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Jefferson County, Illinois -- A Jefferson County man is facing sex abuse charges.Rudy Byler, 38, of Belle Rive was arrested Wednesday on charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, aggravated criminal sexual assault of a victim under the age of 13, and aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim under the age of 9.
Motorists in eastern P.E.I. are being asked to watch for a different kind of vehicle on the roads as the first Amish couple has arrived in the area, and with them, a horse and buggy.Brad Oliver, a local realtor, helped the pair move in to their new home in Summerville last week. All four parents of the couple are expected to arrive Tuesday.Oliver said another group also plans to set up in Dundas.
Millersburg, Ohio - If plain communities donâ€™t deal with sexual abuse among them, the state will step in to deal with the problem, and some freedoms may be lost.That was Chester Weaverâ€™s sober message to attendees of the 11th Anabaptist Identity Conference March 10-12.
Hammond, New York - A 9 year old Amish boy was killed Saturday morning in a farm accident off Route 37, near Hammond.7 News reporter John Moore, on scene, spoke with the boy's father, Henry Mast, who identified the child as David Mast.
Larue, Ohio - A "large caliber," high-powered firearm was used in the shooting of two houses in western Marion County between 1:30 and 1:45 a.m. Sunday, according to a Marion County Sheriff's Office statement released Tuesday.The residents of both homes are Amish, and no one was hit, Sheriff Tim Bailey said.
Canton, Ohio - Gifts of money, food, building materials and other support from the entire community have been a godsend to an Amish family who are finishing a new home out of the ashes of a house where a father and son died Jan. 11.The family of Jost Y. Hershberger, 58, and his son, Benjamin Y. Hershberger, 18, who died in the fire, want to say thank you, said Eli Hershberger, a neighbor.
Lancaster, Pennsylvania â€“ A Lancaster County man has been charged with exposing himself to Amish women and girls.Benjamin R. Grafius, 39, of New Holland, admitted he targeted Amish and Mennonites for three months last summer. He told investigators the women and children were â€śeasy targetsâ€ť who wouldnâ€™t call police, according to the district attorneyâ€™s office.
Who is likely to be a more successful entrepreneur â€“ a Harvard Business School graduate or an Amish man who quit school in eighth grade? According to new research, the answer may surprise you.Amish scholar Don Kraybill says the failure rate of Amish start-ups is less than 10%, while the failure rate for non-Amish businesses is 65%. Although it is tempting to say that their businesses target different consumers, the reality is that Amish businesses are competitive with mainstream businesses, with many Amish even offering online ordering and shipping.
It was a lot of fun to grow up on an old-order Amish farm! Feeding livestock and watching things grow was exciting, and being outdoors was something I enjoyed a lot. Going to church was something I also looked forward to; I always enjoyed seeing friends and having a good time.Growing up in a family of fourteen had its challenges, and I never really felt a strong connection between myself and my parents. Even though attention was often divided, I still had heart to heart talks with my parents sometimes.
Two former classmates who bumped into each other while shopping Friday believe they were there for a reason that day.Both women, who were trained in First Aid, were in the same aisle at the right time when an Amish baby was choking on a lollipop.Leslie Austin of downtown New Castle and Cheryl Paolini of Neshannock Township graduated together from New Castle High School.
Dear Dad and Mom,Greetings of love and cheer from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.This leaves us on Tuesday morning; the next morning after we left your house!You know, Dad, it hurts me to see you so confused and so full of hurt, and in your heart you just donâ€™t understand how your oldest son (me) can do what he does. I hate that you bottle all those things inside yourself. If you go for answers to man or yourself, youâ€™ll never find it; you simply have to go to God for what youâ€™re looking for.
Jesus says in Matthew 5:11, â€śBlessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.â€ť You have done just that in your letter to me. You are not welcome here anymore until things are made right, and you repent. Every time you come, I end up getting a letter full of lies, which you know are not true.
Lancaster, Pennsylvania - Days after a tornado hit the Eby family's Lancaster County farm, the extent of the devastation finally sunk in."At first we were just so happy with all of the support we had from the community," said Corrie Eby, 32, who was in her basement holding her 2-year-old daughter, Gloria, when a tornado hit the home at 334 Millwood Road in Salisbury Township Wednesday.
Gap, Pennsylvania - More than 100 Amish were gathered in a barn on Seldomridge Road here Wednesday when the winds suddenly and violently kicked up.Beth Engel, pastor of the nearby Pequea Presbyterian Church, also in Gap, said attendees would later say it felt like the "barn was breathing," as what is now aconfirmed tornado passed over them and cut a path through surrounding Salisbury Township.
Testimony in a bond hearing Wednesday revealed an ongoing criminal investigation against an Amish man charged with poisoning his own wife.Samuel Borntreger appeared in a Harrison County courtroom Wednesday on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Anna Yoder Borntreger, in 2006. Authorities raised the possibility of additional charges while arguing that Borntreger's bond shouldn't be lowered from its current level of $250,000.
Strasburg, Pennsylvania - Soon after birth, Daniel and Rebecca Stoltzfus's first child fell ill.Fearing pneumonia, her parents rushed her to a hospital where she later died.Testing revealed Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID), a rare genetic disease, as the cause of death.
Sarasota, Florida - Sarasota County commissioners on Wednesday approved a master plan to preserve and protect the Pinecraft neighborhood, a historic Amish and Mennonite community struggling to maintain its lifestyle amid the steady encroachment of the modern world.
LaGrange, Indiana - One Amish family in LaGrange County is still in shock after their horse was shot in a drive-by shooting Wednesday morning.So far, neither the police nor the family knows who did this. Now, they're just hoping to find answers.The ownerâ€™s grandson heard the shots. He wants to warn others about the incident.
When Emma Gingerich left her Amish community in Eagleville, Missouri, she was 18 and had an eighth-grade education. She barely spoke English.The life that awaited most Amish womenâ€”one of cooking, cleaning, and child-rearingâ€”never appealed to her. She wanted an education and the freedom to choose her own path.
My name is Nora Garrett, and I have kind of a unique story because I was only Amish for the first four years of my life. Even though I was really little when we left, I still remember loving visiting my grandparents every Saturday night and taking rides in my grandmaâ€™s buggy. My best friend at school was Amish, and we also had many fun conversations in Dutch at school and church.
Chet Beiler is worried about the direction of the country.The Lancaster County Republican is concerned that leaders in Washington are bankrupting America by shrinking the economic opportunity of its people and failing to keep the nation secure from threats abroad.Beiler thinks he can do better.
Gallia County, Ohio - A man is behind bars, accused of robbing an Amish bakery and store.The robbery happened about 11:45 a.m. Friday at Hillside Variety Store on Deckard Road in Raccoon Township in Gallia County.Investigators say Steven S. Davis, 41, of Gallipolis, walked into the store and had what appeared to be a handgun tucked into this pants.
Visitors to my neighborhood in central Maine are often startled by the presence of Amish people. Locals, though, are accustomed to the yellow road signs with black silhouettes of horse-drawn buggies, tracks of bicycle tires and horse hooves in the snow on the shoulder, and the sight of women in bonnets and long dresses in line at the local grocery store. The handful of families that arrived eight years ago have grown into a sizeable and thriving group which coexists well within the greater community.
I enjoyed growing up in an Old Order Amish home. I had a big family with lots of brothers and sisters, and I was also really close to many of my cousins. I am an outdoors-man, so I also really enjoyed all of the time spent working outside. As a young child, I had a decent relationship with my parents, but when I reached my teenage years, things went downhill fast. Our relationship was very strained during this time in my life. Because of the tensions at home and because I genuinely felt that I was going to hell no matter what, I eventually made the decision to leave the Amish behind in order to pursue a life in the English culture.
Sam Girod is a Kentucky farmer who runs a small business selling natural skin salves made from herbs such as chickweed, which seem to help relieve a host of skin conditions, including allergic rashes, psoriasis, poison oak and even skin cancers.
Growing up as an Amish boy, I was very close to God and nature. I was so close, in fact, that the whole world was pretty much blocked out in my mind. For instance, at one point in my childhood, one of my older brothers ran away and left home for a few days, and I had blocked things out so well that I didn't even notice he was gone until my sister told me. I was undoubtedly the black sheep of my family, and at times, I got picked on for it. In spite of being the black sheep, I still had a close relationship with most of my siblings.
Hansen, Wisconsin - Amish safety on Wisconsin roads needs to be addressed in the wake of recent fatal buggy crashes, according to a state lawmaker.Republican State Rep. Bob Kulp of Stratford hopes the Amish communities in Wisconsin would be open to a discussion about making horse-drawn vehicles more visible. Many Amish don't realize how difficult it can be for a driver to see a buggy when their vehicle is traveling 55 or 60 mph down a highway, he told Daily Tribune Media (http://wrtnews.co/1nIhfGu ).
The non-Amish community has been reaching out to Amish neighbors near Canton since Jan. 11, when a fire destroyed not only a home but is presumed to have taken the lives of two Amish men â€“ Yost Hershberger, 58, and his son, Benjamin Hershberger, 18.Even as the fire was burning, some English, as the Amish call non-Amish, were at the scene, helping out in large and small ways, even bringing groceries to the affected families.
Shortly after a fire tore through an Amish home 14 miles south of Lanesboro, killing two men, a call went out for help. In southeastern Minnesota, where the Amish and non-Amish coexist but rarely intermingle, the call was heard by everyone, said local resident Mary Bell.Hundreds of Amish have stopped by the property since the Jan. 11 fire, but so, too, has a contractor with heavy machinery, bakers donating pies, visitors with donations of food and cash for the family, and others. Itâ€™s been a comforting reminder that the Amish and non-Amish communities can rely on each other when needed, said Bell.