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Fonda, New York - A St. Johnsville man was sentenced today to 40 years in state prision after being convicted of sexually abusing six Amish boys at his farm.
Robert Madsen, 48, of 1489 Kringsbush Road, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court by Judge Felix J. Catena.
Augusta, Maine - Emergency legislation was submitted Tuesday to allow Amish hunters to wear red items of clothing instead of the standard orange during hunting season.
The Amish faith prohibits the use of bright colors, but Amish hunters are forced to use the bright, fluorescent hunter orange to comply with safety regulations, Maine Senate President Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport, said in a prepared statement issued Tuesday afternoon.
Auburn, Kentucky - Clara Mast, an Amish woman, was cited recently in the city of Auburn for violating the animal ordinance. Mast will be joining two other Amish individuals who were recently found guilty by a jury in Logan County District Court for the same infraction. She is scheduled to appear in court May 27 at 1 p.m. unless she pays the $50 fine associated with the violation.
St. Lawrence County, New York - State Senator Patty Ritchie says she feels confident a compromise can be reached that will allow members of the Amish community to avoid using orange safety triangles on their buggies.
Several Amish bishops met with the senator, St. Lawrence County Legislative Chair Joe Lightfoot, Sheriff Kevin Wells and State Police Lieutenant Kevin Boyea for more than an hour at the Heuvelton fire station Thursday.
The McJenkin family has a special connection to the Jewish holiday Shavuot. On the eve of the holiday last year, they became part of the Jewish people, and on Wednesday, days before this year's holiday, they immigrated to Israel with their 11 children.
Meet the family: father Chad-Shalom, 38, mother Jennifer-Nehama, 35, and children Ashley, 17, Madison, 16, Clara, 15, Chad Jr., 13, Madeline, 12, Ryan, 10, Ethan, 8, Journey, 6, Nathan, 3, Nava, 2, and baby Yosef who is less than a year old.
Warrnen, Ohio - The father of an Amish girl who was sexually assaulted by Norman Mullet, also of the Amish community, asked prosecutors not to send Mullet to jail.
The father also would have asked Judge Andrew Logan of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court for a nonprison penalty, but Judge Logan declined to let him speak during Mullet’s sentencing hearing Tuesday.
Orleans, New York - State police have released the name of the Amish boy killed in Tuesday's accident on a farm in the town of Orleans.
The child is identified as 9 year old Andy Swartzentruber.
State police were called to 31623 Dog Hill Road at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Warren, Ohio - The father of an Amish girl who was sexually assaulted by fellow Amish man Norman Mullet asked prosecutors not to send Mullet to jail.
The father also would have asked Judge Andrew Logan of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court for a non-prison penalty, but Judge Logan declined to let him speak during Mullet’s sentencing hearing Tuesday.
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania - A woman has been charged in a deadly crash months after it happened.
Police arrested Roberta Bolden Wednesday on several charges including homicide by vehicle. They say the 31-year-old was driving the car that hit a buggy back on August 30th 2014, killing Daniel Swarey and his wife, Mary. The horse also died. No word on what lead to the crash, but at the time Bolden did not have a valid license.
Hazleton, Iowa – The iconic photo of Amish children fleeing into Iowa cornfields to escape school and law enforcement officers who were there to enforce compulsory public education laws turns 50 this fall.
Taken by Des Moines Register photographer Thomas DeFeo, the image was picked up in Life magazine and other publications, and historians credit it with rallying a national public outcry. It resulted in a religious liberties movement that substantially shifted Iowa's public education requirements, granting wide exemptions that remain in place today.
A suspect in the kidnapping of two Amish girls in St. Lawrence County planned on killing the girls, but his partner talked him out of it, according to a report.
WWNY-TV in Watertown says Stephen Howells’ girlfriend, Nicole Vaisey, convinced him to refrain from killing the children they allegedly abducted from a vegetable stand outside their family’s home in the town of Oswegatchie.
Kosciusko County, Indiana - Law enforcement officers visited an Amish school in Kosciusko County on Tuesday to talk primarily about bike safety.
The school asked Kosciusko County Sheriff Aaron Rovenstine and the department’s public information officer Sgt. Chad Hill to talk to the children about bicycle safety as well as the functions of the sheriff’s department.
Russellville, Kentucky - An Amish father and son were found by a jury to have violated a local ordinance concerning the collection of large animal waste.
Amos Mast and his son, Dan Mast, both of Auburn, were found guilty today in Logan District Court of violating the Auburn city ordinance on three separate occasions in January.
Middlebury, Indiana - On hearing that confession is good for the soul, Chuck Mather stood up at an Old Timers’ meeting, a free event held once a year in Middlebury for young and old alike, and he told the audience about a buggy prank that he and some of his friends pulled when they were young men many decades ago.
During the 1930s through the early 1980s, before video games and cell phones gave idle young men something to do with their hands, they would get into mischief, especially on Halloween.
St. Lawrence, New York - Monday night the St. Lawrence County Legislature voted to table a resolution that would ask the state to require Amish buggies to display orange, reflective triangles.
People on both sides of the buggy debate spoke at the meeting.
Mark Matthews, a member of the Kendrew Grange in DeKalb, the group that brought the buggy issue to legislator Larry Denesha, said his group is focused on safety.
Lancaster, Pennsylvania - The folks at the Culture Trip recently released their guide to the 10 most beautiful towns in Pennsylvania, and two of their choices are located here in Lancaster County.
Lancaster city was lauded for its “unique shops and boutiques, a plethora of outstanding restaurants and a beautiful countryside.”
Strasburg was recognized for its railroad attractions and its countryside, which was described as “rich in history and beauty.”
Washington Township, Pennsylvania - A 48-year-old Amish man was sentenced to eight to 16 years in state prison and 10 years of state probation Tuesday for sexually molesting several children on a regular basis between 1997 and 2012 in Washington Township.
Though John Stoltzfus Beiler, of Allenwood, initially faced nearly 30 charges last year related to molesting five girls and three boys, he pleaded guilty to only some of the charges, all felonies, as part of a plea agreement in January.
Geauga County, Ohio - Geauga County Common Pleas Judge David L. Fuhry had a message for Gerald Wise.
“You have an opportunity here to redeem yourself,” Fuhry cautioned. “Don’t blow it.”
Wise, 19, of Cleveland, was the last of three men to learn his fate for a series of attacks on the Amish.
Pulaski Township, Michigan – A sharp, intuitive 2-year-old, Jonathan Miller had just realized his boots were not interchangeable.
As he put the proper foot into one of them he smiled mischievously at his mother as if to say, "Is this right?"
Soon, he was out the door, looking back to see if his dad was following.
It has been my privilege in recent years to become friends with several members of the Amish community in the southeastern corner of our state. One afternoon earlier this month, I visited three Amish friends. At each home, I was told about a buggy accident that occurred in March, which resulted in the deaths of a young father and his 6-month-old daughter.
Each person told the story with deep, heartfelt sadness. Although the accident took place near Gilman, Wis., everyone reacted as if they were neighbors, reflecting a deep-rooted belonging to a larger community.
In the first half of the 20th century, there were only a few thousand Amish in North America, and scholars were predicting their demise, Professor Donald Kraybill told his audience Monday evening.
Fast forward to 2015. There are about 300,000 Amish, and the population is doubling every 18 to 20 years.
"This rapid growth is what motivated me to explore this question ... how do the Amish flourish in the midst of modernity?" Kraybill said.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – A young Amish girl was flown to the hospital after she was shot with a shotgun this afternoon.
It happened at a farm in Lackawannock Township in Mercer County.
Police say the girl’s father was out shooting groundhogs and other rodents, when he put the shotgun down to go fishing.
Holmes County, Ohio - An I-Team analysis of Ohio school vaccination data found that the schools with the highest rates of unvaccinated children tend to be in the Amish community, especially in Holmes County.
But some schools in southwest Ohio are not far behind, and one area school district has a higher exemption rate than Holmes schools.
Auburn, Kentucky - Two Amish men are heading to trial on May 6 over horse manure.
Amos Mast and his son Dan appeared in a Logan County District Court today for a pre-trial conference, and both men said they wanted a jury trial together.
The two Amish, who live in the Auburn community, have been cited for violation of the city of Auburn’s animal ordinance, which requires all large animals to have collection devises on them to prevent manure from gathering on the streets and parking areas. The violation carries with it a $50 fine and $143 in court costs.
Albert Lee, 23, who was born Amish and has since left the community, spoke with KMZU’s Shaylee Miller about the charges of child abuse coming from the Bogard Amish community.
Albert Lee left the Amish community at the age of 15, after being mistreated his entire youth by an abusive father and an enabling mother. His father has since been convicted and incarcerated for his years of neglect to his children. Lee’s father, Andrew Lee, was arrested while living in Lamar, Missouri and currently remains incarcerated.
Bluff Siding, Wisconsin - A Minnesota man accused of getting high while driving a van full of Amish passengers to Iowa has pleaded guilty to fifth-offense felony operating with restricted controlled substance.
Trenton A. Anderson, 37, of LeRoy, Minn., was sentenced in Buffalo County District Court to serve three years of probation and 12 months in jail, with credit for 78 days already served. Four months of jail time will be stayed if Anderson complies with conditions of probation. A 30-day jail credit was given for inpatient treatment. Anderson’s driver’s license was revoked for two years and vehicle ignition interlock devices are required for two years.
Carroll County, Missouri - A Carroll County resident has been taken into custody on 3 felony charges.
According to court records, Leander Gingerich, 26, of Bogard, was arrested Wednesday after a warrant was served for his arrest. Gingerich has been charged with 1 count of 1st degree statutory sodomy- deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 14, and 2 counts of 1st degree child molestation.
Fonda, New York - The trial of a St. Johnsville man accused of sexually abusing six Amish boys from two western Montgomery County families over several years opened Tuesday in Montgomery County Court.
Montgomery County District Attorney Jed Conboy told a jury that allegations against Robert A. Madsen, 48, date back to 2006 and involve boys as young as 12 at the time of the abuse.
Fairchild, Wisconsin - Amos Borntreger has no plans to leave the house he built for his wife and five children in rural Fairchild despite a court order to vacate the property.
“I guess we’ll take it one day at a time and see what happens,” Borntreger, 29, said Tuesday. “I don’t plan on moving.”
Borntreger lives on property adjacent to that of his father, Clemens Borntreger.
Fairchild, Wisconsin - A ruling Monday that an Amish couple and their four young children have to vacate their rural Fairchild home “immediately” for failing to obtain the proper sanitary and building permits may have a much greater impact, according to the family’s attorney.
Matthew Krische, attorney for renters Amos and Vera Borntreger and homeowner Clemens Borntreger, said the ruling by Eau Claire County Judge Kristina Bourget that the Borntregers were in contempt of a court order may influence whether a large segment of Old Order Amish remain in the county.