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July 15, 2014

Hearings delayed in rock-throwing case

By Francis Scarcella The Daily Item

MIFFLINBURG -— Thursday’s preliminary hearings for two New Columbia teens facing aggravated assault charges in connection to a rock throwing incident which left an Ohio woman fighting for her life have been postponed until Aug. 19, according to court documents.

Dylan Lahr, 17, of New Columbia, and Brett Lahr, 18, of New Columbia, were arrested late Friday night and face identical felony charges of aggravated assault and conspiracy, as well as seven misdemeanors.

Sharon Budd, 52, of Uniontown, Ohio, remains in critical condition this morning at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, according to a hospital spokesman.

Budd, her husband Randy and their daughter Kaylee were traveling eastbound in White Deer Township, Union County, on Interstate 80 for a week-long trip to New York City when a large rock thrown from the Gray Hill Road overpass struck their vehicle at 11:56 p.m. Thursday.

The rock smashed through the windshield and struck Budd, in the front passenger seat, in the face.

A family friend said Sharon lost an eye and had to have parts of her skull removed to allow the brain to swell for a risky procedure.

State troopers noticed a gold Honda Accord twice driving slowly past the scene when they arrived on scene and got a licence plate number of the vehicle and then began to interview the owner. The boys admitted to throwing the rocks, police said.

The rocks were tossed from as high as 22 feet on the overpass, given estimates from the state Department of Transportation.

One rock struck a tractor-trailer driven by Matthew Baker, 55, of Plainville, Mass., who was uninjured. A minute later, the second rock struck the Budds’ vehicle.

The Lahrs' preliminary arraignments will be held on Aug. 19 at 10:30 a.m. in front of Mifflinburg District Judge Jeffrey Mensch

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