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WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI - Horse-drawn vehicles would need windshields, seat belts, child car seats and rear-view mirrors if the Wood County Board passes an ordinance it will consider Tuesday.Amish and other religious groups that rely on animal-pulled buggies also would need to get driver's licenses and vehicle insurance under the measure.It's an ordinance that an expert in Amish culture says is "completely impractical" and will drive those families out of the county.
STANTON, MI - A strong turnout of support at Saturday's benefit for a West Michigan family who lost three of their seven children in a buggy crash last month.A total of $50,000 was raised to help the family with medical expenses.Police say their parents, Judith and Paul, and four siblings were injured in the crash back in October. We have learned that Paul's condition has improved and he is now home from the hospital.
WOOSTER, OH - A 3-year-old Amish girl ran onto a country road to greet her father standing on the other side and was fatally struck by an SUV in northeast Ohio.The state Highway Patrol has identified the girl as Dora Miller. The patrol says she was struck around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday by an SUV that investigators estimate was traveling at 55 mph, the posted speed on the road in East Union Township in Wayne County.
HIGHLAND, OH - A Highland County Children’s Services case involving a local Amish family was dismissed on Friday after the judge determined there was insufficient evidence presented at trial to indicate a 2-year-old child had been sexually assaulted.Highland County Juvenile Court Judge Kevin Greer said that while there was undoubtedly enough reasonable suspicion for authorities to file the case, testimony and evidence presented during the trial couldn’t prove sexual activity had occurred.
On any Amish homestead, after labor’s last push and a check for 10 fingers and 10 toes, family members have heard one of two things for centuries.“Sis en Bu” or “Sis en Maedel.”“It’s a boy” or “It’s a girl.”That language is Pennsylvania Dutch, and the gender announcement isn’t some old-fashioned tradition the Amish use only during childbirth. They “talk Dutch” about horse manure and carrots, about the weather, and whether a buggy’s wheel needs mending before a trip to the market.
HENDERSON, TWP, PA - A Huntingdon woman is facing homicide by motor vehicle charges for a fatal crash that occurred along William Penn Highway in Henderson Township. 19 year-old Madison Thompson is accused of rear ending a horse drawn buggy, claiming the life of Reuben Yoder of Allensville and injuring two others on August 19th. Police say Thompson after the first crash, Thompson crossed the center line, hitting another car before crashing into a Kwik Fill gas station.
OHIO - As Ohio locals the township continues to rebound from a category-2 tornado that thrashed several properties the night of Nov. 5, many residents are getting a helping hand from neighbors they’ve never met.“We’ve got Amish coming in from all over the state that are helping on everybody’s property,” local township trustee Gary Babb said Wednesday. “Several buildings and Amish barns are already back up and they’ve got so much help they’re helping their neighbors that are not Amish.
A genetic mutation in an Amish community in Indiana that can cause fatal blood clotting has been linked to longevity and protection against diabetes, according to a study published in Science Advances this week (November 15).Previous research has shown that the gene in question, SERPINE1, produces a protein that can promote aging in mice. Levels of the protein, called plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1 (PAI-1), are higher in patients with diabetes, obesity, or cardiovascular disease. PAI-1 is also known to play an important role in blood clotting, and people with two defect copies of SERPINE1 suffer from blood clotting disorders, Science reported.
GALATIA, IL -- A family living near in the Harco area says a neighbor shot their dog from a moving horse-drawn buggy in front of their home.Saturday, some members of the Walker family living on Brown Road heard the sound of a buggy going past their house. It's not an unusual sound, according to Hillary Walker, because several of their neighbors are Amish.
Diane Bell is still sworn to secrecy so far as the details of her quest for blood relatives is concerned — but she finally knows when her story will air.Bell’s episode on TLC’s “Long Lost Family” will air at 8 p.m. Dec. 11, she revealed Thursday.The reality series seeks to reunite relatives who, for whatever reason, have been parted.
SHERIDAN, MI - Funeral services are Friday for three Amish children killed last Sunday when their family’s horse-drawn buggy was hit from behind by a pickup truck.Cameron Martin, 11, Kayla Martin, 9, and Kendra Martin, 7, were heading to worship services when the accident occurred near Sheridan in Montcalm County. Lux and Schnepp Funeral Home in Carson City said services are 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Vickeryville Old Order Mennonite Church on the corner of Sloan Road and M-57. Visitation is 1 to 5 p.m. today at Leonard Schrock’s home, 7042 Vickeryville Rd., Sheridan.
WOOSTER, OH - The annual Buckeye Book Fair is one of the biggest book events in Ohio with 100 Ohio authors, illustrators and photographers to sign copies of their new books for readers of all ages. The 30th anniversary Buckeye Book Fair will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fisher Auditorium (1680 Madison Ave) in Wooster.
NEW WILMINGTON, PA - A New Wilmington Amish teen is facing charges for allegedly driving his horse-drawn buggy while under the influence of alcohol.New Wilmington Borough police arrested John J. Byler, 19, of 220 Pine Lane, on Oct. 1 after he allegedly failed two field sobriety tests. An officer pulled over the buggy around 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 because the buggy did not have on its flashing lights in the dark, according to a criminal complaint. The officer, who was stopped on stationary patrol on Route 208 at Park Avenue, flashed the headlights of his cruiser four times at the buggy to inform the driver that his lights were not on.
DAUPHIN COUNTY, PA - An Amish man said nothing Thursday before a Dauphin County judge sentenced him to 1 to 2 years in state prison for molesting two girls six years ago.Daniel Ray Fisher's family and the members of his Old Order church weren't silent, however.They told Judge Deborah E. Curcillo they forgave the Mifflin Township man years ago, after Fisher confessed his "sins" to Amish bishops in northern Dauphin County.
Whitefield, ME - The hot topic at the Tuesday, Oct. 10 meeting of the Whitefield Board of Selectmen was the Wednesday, Oct. 4 rear-ending of a horse-and-buggy on East River Road by a Whitefield resident driving an SUV. (See “SUV strikes horse-and-buggy in Whitefield, no injuries”.)Several members of the public joined the ongoing meeting at the Whitefield fire station shortly before 6:30 p.m., the time stated on the meeting’s agenda for discussion of the crash. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rand Maker, who had been invited to attend the meeting by Aaron Miller, administrative assistant to the Whitefield Board of Selectmen, arrived at about the same time.
LICKING, MO - The story of abrupt change in this small south-central Missouri town starts with the water tower. A giant baseball is painted on top as a fading reminder of when Rawlings was king.As sporting goods manufacturing dried up, a $60 million maximum-security prison opened in 2000. The South Central Regional Correctional Center doubled the local population to more than 3,000 people.
FREDERICKSBURG, OH - Holmes County Sheriff's deputies say normally the area near County Road is peaceful and quiet.Lately, however, they have received several calls of break-ins of Amish businesses. Deputies in Wayne County have also received a couple reports.“One of the things we realized is criminal do not recognize jurisdictional boundaries,” said Wayne County Capt. Doug Hunter.
GRABILL, IN – At least two cows were killed after fire ripped through an Amish barn outside of Grabill late Thursday night, according to Northeast Fire officials.The fire was reported in the 11400 block of Witmer Road shortly before 11 p.m.Firefighters arrived to find a large barn fully engulfed in flames.
ELKHART COUNTY, IN - While Amish buggies may be a quaint sight along country roads, those horse hooves are causing damage to asphalt surfaces.Ruts or troughs cut into the road an inch or two deep-- that could cause problems for scooters, motorcycles, or other vehicles.Extra money is being spent to fix the damage.
BUCKS COUNTY, PA - A cult-like figure whose spiritual and financial hold over a formerly Amish couple enabled him to have sexual relationships with six of their daughters has been sentenced to up to 87 years in prison in the United States.The sentencing of Lee Donald Kaplan on multiple counts of child rape, statutory sexual assault and other charges that authorities said were committed during at least six years marks the end of a set of criminal cases that have landed the victims in protective custody and their parents in prison."Corrupted, perverted, atrocious. Use what adjective you would like to use," Bucks County Judge Jeffrey Finley told Kaplan, 52, adding that the court has classified him as a sexually violent predator.
A young woman, wearing a traditional full-length Amish dress and white bonnet, stepped away from a farmer’s market, opened her palm and revealed a smartphone. She began to scroll through screens, seemingly oblivious to the activity around her.Not far away, a man in his late 60s with a silvery beard, wide-brimmed straw hat and suspenders adjusted the settings on a computer-driven crosscut saw. He was soon cutting pieces for gazebos that are sold online and delivered around the country.The Amish have not given up on horse-drawn buggies. Their rigid abstinence from many kinds of technology has left parts of their lifestyle frozen since the 19th century: no cars, TVs or connections to electric utilities, for example.
In October of 2015, Emma Drummond left her Orthodox Mennonite community in Gorrie for the modern world. Her aunt and uncle picked her up just after midnight and drove her to their home in Hanover.Two years later Drummond wrote about her experience for the CBC Nonfiction Prize and was selected alongside 28 others for the long list."Growing up in the Mennonite community I was always a little different and didn't have someone to talk to, so I put it into writing," she said during a phone interview. "I did a lot of journaling ... I have this love for books. It's kind of an escape from the real world."
Andy Yoder believes there are lessons to be learned from the ashes that were once his home.Someday soon — before anyone has a chance to begin cleaning up the charred trees, molten metal and other burned debris — the 34-year-old Amish man will take his family back to its 20-acre parcel that was ravaged on Sept. 2 when the Caribou fire tore through a portion of the state's oldest Amish community in West Kootenai just west of Eureka.He knows there will be tears.
Dauphin County, PA - An Amish bishop pleaded guilty in Dauphin County court last week to a charge of failure to report child abuse.Christ M. Stoltzfus, 70, of Elizabethville, entered the plea Thursday before Judge Deborah E. Curcillo and was sentenced to three months probation, according to the Dauphin County District Attorney's Office.State police launched an investigation in January after a confidential source alleged child sexual abuse in the Amish community.
Auburn, KY - An Amish man stood trial Wednesday for violating an animal ordinance in the city of Auburn.John Mast was tried by a jury in District Court on four counts. The ordinance requires all large animals traveling through the Auburn City limits to wear collection devices to capture manure.According to County Attorney and acting prosecutor Joe Ross, Mast was found guilty of three of the counts and not guilty of one.
CARTER COUNTY, KY - Kentucky State Police troopers in Ashland arrested a Carter County man on multiple charges involving the sexual abuse of a child.According to a release, Levi Hershberger, 39, of Olive Hill, was arrested after troopers investigated a report of illegal sexual activity involving a juvenile in June 2017.Troopers obtained evidence that Hershberger was involved in sexual intercourse and sodomy with a female relative while she was under the age of 12.
REXFORD, MT - The wildfire that ran roughshod through West Kootenai west of Eureka on Saturday evening wreaked havoc on Montana’s oldest Amish community.“Everyone’s kind of in shock. We’re just kind of dazing around here,” Darinda Yoder said Tuesday from her family’s temporary home near Rexford across Lake Koocanusa.The house and adjacent Kootenai Kraft and Grocery that Yoder and husband Dean own weren’t among the 10 homes burned by the Caribou fire when it came roaring down the mountain within three miles of Canada.
Andy Weaver had always loved his quaint Amish community in West Salem, Ohio, United States. He treasured the joys of simple life and the natural rewards of hard work and communal living.It was his people’s Christian religion, however, that presented him with some challenges.“I never found peace in the Amish religion,” said Andy. In his communal church, he heard a lot of “fire and brimstone” preaching. How can a merciful God torture sinners in the lake of fire for eternity? he wondered. How can I know whether I will end up living with God or burning for ever?
OSWEGATCHIE, NY - Two Amish men were charged with third-degree criminal mischief, a class E felony, by St. Lawrence County sheriff's deputies Monday, Aug. 28.A press release from the sheriff's office said the Amos F. Gingerich, 45, and Henry A. Gingerich, 16, both of 595 Horseshoe Road, Heuvelton, allegedly cut hay on another person's property without permission on Aug. 4.
MORRISTOWN, NY - A second drowning victim pulled from the murky waters of Black Lake near Edwardsville about 8:30 a.m. Friday has been identified as 47-year-old Menno L. Glick of Hammond, according to the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s office.On Wednesday, the body of 67-year-old Eli Yoder was pulled from the water. Mr. Yoder, a member of the Lisbon Amish community, had been fishing with Mr. Glick when their boat apparently capsized, according to St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputies.