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Lagrange, Indiana - At a young age, Matthew Schwartz would hurry down the long driveway at his home when he heard sirens.Any emergency vehicle fascinated the Amish boy.Schwartz says his parents decided to leave the Amish community when he turned 13.
Kentucky - A new ruling allowing Amish people to ride bikes is creating chaos for motorists in Kentucky, according to local officials.While motorists have long been frustrated by horse drawn carriages on the roadways, now the community is taking to bikes as well.
Nappanee, Indiana - Six-month-old Noah Troyer smiled as his brown eyes twinkled between the straps of the brown helmet covering his skull.On July 22, the infant was ejected from the buggy he was riding in with four members of his Amish family during a crash at Ind. 19, south of C.R. 50 near Nappanee.
Smicksburg, Pennsylvania - A coroner says a 21-year-old man was accidentally shot by his 12-year-old cousin in an Amish community in western Pennsylvania.Indiana County Coroner Jerry Overman Jr. says the victim is Allen Troyer, of Smicksburg.
St. Lawrence County, New York - St. Lawrence County legislators are one step closer to finalizing an agreement concerning Amish buggy safety.Members of the Amish community agreed to increase the amount of gray reflective tape along with other measures to help motorists see buggies at night.
Wilmington Township, Pennsylvania - Police in Pennsylvania have identified the two teenagers whose bodies were found in a creek along the county lines of Mercer and Lawrence Counties.According to the Pennsylvania State Police 15 -year-old John Mast, of Mercer, Pa., and 16-year-old Seth Byler, of New Wilmington, accidentally drowned around 3:30 this afternoon in the Little Neshannock Creek in Wilmington Township.
Elkhart, Indiana - An Amish family did something out of the ordinary by filing a lawsuit after a 2012 crash killed their infant son.In a statement made to the Elkhart Truth, Steve Nolt, a Goshen College history professor who studies Amish Culture says filling lawsuits is "highly unusual" because it's contrary to their religious belief in "nonresistance and defenselessness." However, fatal buggy crashes are not out of the ordinary in Michiana.
Often viewed as outcasts by mainstream society, the Amish may seem downright bizarre to the average American. Foregoing technological advancements that many of us would be lost without, the Amish have created a way of life that fosters a connection with the land and environment, while also cultivating an impressive sense of community. And they are healthy -- exceedingly so. The Amish rarely experience disorders like cancer or cardiovascular disease, seemingly able to bypass illness altogether. What's their secret?
A large group of minors is being investigated after an alcohol-fueled, underage party was held in rural Livingston County, Mo., this past weekend.Around 100 underage minors reportedly gathered on a portion of secluded property without the landowner’s consent late Saturday night, said Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox. Amish leaders contacted law enforcement on Monday after the location of the party was known and a group of Amish youth were allegedly involved in the soiree.
An aggressive vaccination effort in response to the 2014 measles outbreak among North American Amish communities in Ohio significantly reduced the transmission of measles and the expected number of cases, according to a new study, even though under-vaccination among the North American Amish and in other communities around the United States led to the highest national annual number of reported cases in 2014 in the last 20 years.In their new study--Modeling measles transmission in the North America Amish and options for outbreak response--Dr. Kimberly Thompson and her colleague at Kid Risk, Inc. (www.kidrisk.org), Kasper H. Kisjes, explored the impact of the 2014 outbreak response compared to no or only partial response. They concluded that "aggressive outbreak response efforts in Ohio probably prevented widespread transmission of measles within the entire North American Amish."
A 19-year-old Geauga County man who targeted Amish people in several robberies had his eight-and-a-half-year prison sentence affirmed this week in the 11th District Court of Appeals. Chase Kontur appealed from the judgment of the Geauga County Court of Common Pleas where he pled guilty to a consolidated indictment that included two second-degree felonious assaults, a lesser-included offense of third-degree robbery, one count of fourth-degree safecracking and six counts of fifth-degree breaking and entering.
Auburn, Kentucky - In this rural outpost near the border with Tennessee, Amish women park their horse-drawn buggies at the edge of town and walk in dragging wooden wagons behind them, returning with good stacked high. Some avoid town altogether. They fear ending up like Amos Mast and Dan Mast, an Amish father and son who face the possibility of jail for refusing to pay fines for not attaching a bag behind their horse to catch manure. The Masts say the bags spook the horses and that paying the town’s fines would set an unwelcome precedent.
New Auburn, Wisconsin - Richard A. Atkinson had a theory on why the green 2001 Ford Windstar he was driving ran into the back of a horse-drawn buggy, injuring two people on May 24 in New Auburn.A criminal complaint detailed that Atkinson, 49, of 2723 3 ½ Ave., New Auburn, transports the Amish and felt terrible about hitting the buggy. It read: “Richard Atkinson thought that the reason he did not see the buggy was because the front lights on the buggy were not activated because, ‘They sometimes like to save batteries.’”
Lancaster, Pennsylvania - It took three days, but Elma Byler, 66, was finally released from the Lancaster County Mental Health Facility after being mistakenly committed a few days earlier. Byler spent the last month telling her friends and family that she was “retahren.” When she revealed this news to her physician, Dr. Mark Barenger, during a routine check-up, he immediately contacted the LCMHF.“She told me she was…in poor mental health,” said Barenger. “Just outright told me.”
Clark, Missouri - Maryann Yoder, 5, will join her sister Edna, 7, and other Amish children in a local one-room schoolhouse in a few years. But until then, speech therapist Anna Crusha provides a different education for the girls, just for the two of them, in their tidy home every Thursday.Crusha, working for the Sturgeon R-V School District, uses board games and other activities to improve their speech. The sisters are both partially deaf.
Seymour, Missouri - A 30-year-old Amish man died Friday morning after a lightning strike hit his horses as he plowed a garden at his farm on Smith Road, about six miles northeast of Seymour. Samuel H.K. Beechy was leading his two-horse team, pulling a cultivator, when lightning struck the horses at about 11:30 a.m., Webster County Sheriff Roye Cole said Monday morning.“The question still remains, as of today, whether his death is the result of the lightning strike or the result of a secondary injury, such as injuries sustained in the impact after the strike,” Cole explained. “Regardless, it is safe to say that the lightning strike did lead to his death.”
I’ve been fascinated by the Amish since my first trip to Holmes County, where my sister and I donned bonnets to play in a buggy, and my brother got a wooden rubber band gun.Every year we went, stopping first at the Shearer’s outlet store in Brewster to stock up on sustenance for our day of exploring. We’d stop at the wooden toy store outside Wilmot and the World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock in Winesburg, and whatever else looked enchanting.
Seymour, Missouri - A man has died after being struck by lightning in a southwest Missouri farm field.
KYTV reports the 30-year-old Amish man died Friday morning along with two horses he was using to cultivate the field near Seymour.
Blanchard, Michigan - Horse drawn buggies clatter across the streets of Blanchard in increasing frequency.Shops are often patronized by customers dressed in homemade garments, reminiscent of the 1800s.As the Amish community continues to flourish in the small Michigan farming town, residents work to adjust to their hardworking but softspoken new neighbors.
Russellville, Kentucky - Jail time was averted, at least for now, by an Amish father and son who refuse to pay fines for violating an Auburn city ordinance requiring owners to prevent waste from horses from falling on city streets.Logan District Court Judge Ken Williams deferred a show cause hearing for two weeks in the cases of Amos and Dan Mast.
Jefferson County, Ohio - A child was killed after a pickup truck crashed into her horse and buggy on Tuesday afternoon along County Road 58 in Bergholz.Officials say an 86-year-old who lives nearby was heading westbound behind the 11-year-old child, who was operating the horse-drawn buggy.
Auburn, Kentucky - Amos Mast and his son Dan Mast are scheduled to appear in court Thursday, June 25 to pay fines they owe to the City of Auburn, as well as court costs they owe to the county after being found guilty in April of violating an animal ordinance.Amos Mast owes the court $386 and Dan Mast owes $193. Since the trial Amos has been cited again for the same violation.
Four decades ago, Carl Cisney’s life changed when he gave an Amish neighbor a lift to a welding shop.The neighbor introduced him to an Amish man named Steve Esh.The Amish population is growing and needs drivers, Esh told Cisney. If you get a van, I’ll make sure you’re busy, he promised.
In case you missed it, The First Lady took over London earlier this week and she did not arrive empty handed!While having tea with none other than Prince Harry at Kensington Palace on Tuesday, Mrs Obama brought gifts for him to give to his royal nephew and niece. The Prince was said to be very pleased to host Michelle at the palace after the pair bonded back in 2013 over their joint work to honour veterans and support their families.
Carroll County, Missouri - Two Amish men accused of sex crimes in Carroll County entered pleas of guilty this afternoon.KMZU’s Kim Nuelle was in the court room when Melvin Gingerich, 29, pleaded guilty to one felony count of first degree child molestation. He was given a 5-15 year sentence, which is suspended while he is placed in a 120 day sex offender assessment program in Farmington, Missouri to decide if he will be a repeat offender.
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania - A man rode a bicycle past a group of young Amish children several times in Lancaster County before police say he stopped and assaulted one in the group.Police responded to the reported indecent assault around 5:30 p.m. on May 25 in the first block of west Center Square Road, according to a news release from East Lampeter Township police.
Auburn, Kentucky - Clara Mast, an Amish woman who was cited recently in the city of Auburn for violating an animal ordinance, will not be heading to court since someone came into City Hall and paid her $50 fine.Ms. Mast looked as if she would be following in the footsteps of two other Amish individuals, who also violated the ordinance, but so far have refused to pay the fine and court costs associated with taking it through the judicial system.
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.