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200 calves killed in Pa. barn fire

April 5, 2013

PA — At least 200 calves were killed in a devastating barn fire that ravaged an Amish farm in Metal township, PA on Wednesday afternoon. According to the Chambersburg, Pa., Public Opinion, fire crews arrived on the scene too late to save the barn or animals. The building was mostly collapsed and there wasn’t much left.

Sandy Hook shooter fascinated by Nickel Mines Amish killings

April 3, 2013

Adam Lanza apparently was a student of Charlie Roberts. The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter had read about the Nickel Mines Amish school shooter. He identified with him. And he followed in his violent footsteps.

Amos Yoder

April 1, 2013

I was born a typical Amish boy. Growing up, my brothers and I did what normal Amish boys do. Since my dad did construction, and we only had a small farm, we got bored a lot. I have several brothers; one just older than me and one just younger than me. I’m sure we caused mom quite a few gray hairs, trying to keep up with us mischievous little guys. We had goats for milk, so often times we rode goats, led them around, hitched them to sleds in the winter time, chased cats, climbed trees, rode wagons.

Central Ohio Health Department Orders Amish To Leave Their Homes

March 27, 2013

KENTON, Ohio - The Kenton-Hardin Health Department said Tuesday night the way two Amish families are living jeopardizes the health of their neighbors. "There's a potential there for a lot of people to get sick and our job is to prevent things from happening." said Shane Lotts, the Environmental Director for the Kenton Hardin Health Department. The health department voted to uphold a decision by the board that said two families need to vacate their homes because their sewage systems were not up to code.

St. Lawrence County law enforcement seeking ways to reduce car-buggy accidents

March 25, 2013

New York — As the number of Amish families continues to rise in St. Lawrence County, law enforcement agencies are looking for ways to reduce accidents between buggies and motor vehicles on North Country roads. It’s a task officials are finding difficult, even though people on both sides understand the severity of the problem.

Amish families face eviction for shunning septic systems

March 25, 2013

KENTON, Ohio — Amish from northwest Ohio are promising to turn out in force this week for a meeting of a county health board seeking to evict two families from new homes that lack the required modern wells and septic systems. Last summer, the Kenton-Hardin County Health Board said it would start enforcing rules that any new home must have a proper well and septic system - something the simple-living, outhouse-using Amish have never had to do. Health inspectors have not forced existing Amish homes to change

Widow of Amish schoolhouse shooter speaks out in video

March 22, 2013

LANCASTER, PA — The former wife of the man who opened fire inside an Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster County is breaking her silence for the first time since that tragic day.

10 hurt when van carrying Amish to Lansing conference rolls over on I-69

March 21, 2013

BELLEVUE, MI — Ten people were hurt, two possibly critically, when a northbound van slid off I-69 two miles north of N Drive North. Calhoun County Sheriff Department deputies reported the accident at 9:08 a.m. They said the van went out of control on icy pavement.

Amish students learn how to save lives

March 21, 2013

Sixth-graders from the Ohio Amish community at Wise Elementary School in Holmes County are better equipped to save family and friends from choking deaths. Twenty-eight Amish children learned the correct way to perform the Heimlich maneuver recently as part of a Heimlich Heroes curriculum demonstration taught at their school.

Competency evaluation ordered for Amish man accused of rape

March 19, 2013

WARREN, Ohio - The attorney for the Trumbull County Amish man accused of raping young girls has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity on his client's behalf. Daniel Miller is charged with 17 counts of rape, gross sexual imposition and sexual battery.

Amish Inbreeding Causes Genetic Mutation and Mental Retardation

March 13, 2013

The Amish in the US have a genetic mutation that causes mental retardation, researchers have found. Scientists at the Bellvitge Institute for Biomedical Research (Idibell) and the University of Barcelona have said that inbreeding has led the strict religious community to develop a gene that holds back mental development.

Inexpensive land lures Amish, Mennonites to region

March 10, 2013

Lydia Zook, bundled in a plain, black coat over a lavender linen dress, steps out of her family’s renovated barn. A few strands of dark brown hair streaked with gray peek out from beneath a teal kerchief headdress. “I stay inside a lot during the winter,” the native Pennsylvanian says with a laugh.

Hate-crime Amish sent to faraway prisons

March 6, 2013

CLEVELAND, OH — The eight men convicted of an Amish hate crime in Ohio have been assigned to prisons scattered across the United States, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons said. Bishop Samuel Mullet, 67, leader of the Bergholz, Ohio, group who was prosecuted with 15 of his followers for a series of beard- and hair shearing attacks on perceived enemies of the breakaway sect, was notified last weekend he had been "re-designated" to a prison in Texarkana, Texas.

Pinecraft Blogger Hopes PBS Film Could Change Amish's Minds

March 6, 2013

Pinecraft resident Katie Troyer teeters between the English world, the media and the Amish. It's a delicate balance, but she manages it between taking photos for the Pinecraft Pauper, blogging and following her own relationship with God without attending church.

Child injured in crash involving horse and buggy

March 1, 2013

LOYSVILLE, PA — A 5-year-old Loysville girl was flown to Penn State Hershey Medical Center after a car crashed into a horse and buggy in Perry County, according to state police in Newport. Police said the girl was one of four people in the buggy when it was struck Monday afternoon on Route 850 near Fisher Hill Road in Northeast Madison Township.

A Computer Fit For The Amish

February 27, 2013

Last week, I had a story on an Amish trade show. It was mostly about power tools, but there was another other thing that we didn't mention in the online version: The booth selling computers to the Amish.

My Amish Childhood

February 22, 2013

I can still see his face. Lean. Determined. Framed by his lengthy beard. I can see him running up the hill toward our house. He was carrying his bag of doctor implements. Mom was having chest spasms, and any real doctor was miles away—across four hours of the broken, rutted, dusty Honduran road we took only as a last resort. The running man was my Uncle Joe. The smart one of the family. The older brother. The intellectual genius. When Uncle Joe walked by, we stopped talking and listened intently when he spoke. On this day, he rushed by, not paying any attention to us children.

Amish boy dies in barn accident

February 20, 2013

MONTGOMERY, PA — A nine-year-old Amish boy was pronounced dead following a barn accident on Monday.

Amish Mafia star arrested on hit-run, other charges

February 15, 2013

Lancaster, PA — Lebanon Levi's sidekick is in legal trouble after a state constable nabbed him for a stack of criminal warrants, according to officials. However, John Schmucker's attorney said the fugitive arrest won't keep the "Amish Mafia" star off the small screen.

I am a Little Confused

February 13, 2013

I am a little confused between "staying and going" right now. I am Amish, but I had left for a year and a half and I liked it. You probably get this every day! But I have a story for you. I grew up about 4-5 miles from Aylmer, Ontario. They call the community Amish. I happened upon Ira Wagler’s book about a month ago. It was a really good story. He had incredible courage in his journey. My story was different, but you can relate to it, right? Now I'm back with the Amish, but I'm faced with the decision of leaving again and it's tough!!

Amish delegation expresses remorse to Israel

February 11, 2013

Although there is no shortage of extraordinary sights at the Wall, the visit by a group of 31 Amish people (29 Americans and 2 Canadians) had people staring in wonder as the group filled the air with their heartfelt hymns. The group came to Israel to apologize to Jews for not previously recognizing the Jews as the chosen people.

Oil riches await many in Amish community

February 10, 2013

A Chevron rig drills for natural gas behind the property owned by the Mast family in Lawrence County, Pa. Energy companies are leasing land throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio where Amish families like the Masts live.

Trading in a buggy for dreams of NASCAR

February 8, 2013

The closest Marlin Yoder came to having a set of wheels as a youth in an Amish family was hitching the horses to the family’s buggy. He left that world behind to pursue his dream of NASCAR glory. Now 22, Yoder has been gone from his family’s home since age 17½. He’d long entertained thoughts about living as one of the “English,” as the Amish refer to outsiders, and he moved in with a friend who’d left the same Amish community a couple of years earlier.

Ohio Amish beard-cutting ringleader gets 15 years

February 8, 2013

CLEVELAND, OH — The ringleader in hair- and beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish in Ohio was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison and 15 family members received sentences of one year to seven years.

Samuel Mullet, Amish Beard-Cutting Leader, May Get Life Sentence

February 7, 2013

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Federal prosecutors want a life sentence for the leader of an Amish breakaway group convicted in a series of beard- and hair-cutting attacks, saying it's highly unlikely the attacks would have happened without his involvement.

Prosecutors Want Life Term for Ohio Amish Leader

February 5, 2013

Ohio- Federal prosecutors want a life sentence for the leader of an Amish breakaway group convicted in a series of beard- and hair-cutting attacks, saying it's highly unlikely the attacks would have happened without his involvement.

Amish youth drowns while cutting ice on Wis. pond

February 5, 2013

TOWN OF CLINTON, WI - A 17 year old Amish youth drowned while cutting ice on a spring-fed pond in the Town of Clinton in Vernon County of western Wisconsin.

Two Wayne County men charged with killing unsold pups

February 4, 2013

NY- Authorities have charged two Amish men with killing a dog and her nine puppies after no one bought the young animals.

Smyrna man gets 32 years after Amish robbery try

February 2, 2013

DOVER DE – A 46-year-old Smyrna man received a 32-year prison sentence for attempting to rob an Amish couple at gunpoint last July, the Delaware Attorney General’s Office announced Friday. Mark Carter was sentenced to prison Thursday after pleading guilty to two counts of attempted robbery, and one count each of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and burglary on Dec. 6, 2012.

Amish Man Arrested on Sex Charges

January 28, 2013

W Farmington OH -- An Amish man from West Farmington was secretly indicted by a Trumbull County grand jury on numerous sex charges involving young girls over a four-year period. Daniel Miller, 46, is being held at the Trumbull County Jail on a $250,000 bond. He pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Monday to 11 charges, including two counts of rape, eight counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of sexual battery, involving five girls between the ages of 11 and 13.
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