RV Park and Campground Briefs
From WHTM-TV, Harrisburg:
Police in Dauphin County have released new information in a homicide at a campground from Thursday (May 31).
Investigators want to speak with Lucas Levi Myers and Nikki Stum. They are considered “persons of interest” in an early-morning shooting on the 1400 block of Swatara Park Road that killed 48-year-old Michael Snyder of Middletown and injured his brother.
According to police, Myers has a tattoo of Stum on his left forearm. The pair may also appear thinner now than in the given pictures.
Both are considered dangerous, so anyone who knows where they are should call Lower Swatara police immediately.
From Your News Now, Austin:
The oldest state park in Texas is acquiring new land to expand. Officials hope it will lead to new visitors for Mother Neff State Park.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission recently approved the purchase of 142 private acres of land near the park. The addition not only expands the 259-acre park’s borders, but will provide visitors with activity options when they visit.
“The property that we have acquired is going to give us that flexibility to allow even more users of different kinds,” Park Superintendent Leah Huth said. “More banks along the river for fisherman, along with swimmers, kayakers, canoers. Then the property itself will give us an opportunity to develop additional trails.”
The land is being purchased for $1.1 million. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, some of the money comes from the sale of state-owned land, as well as from federal funding.
“We’re already experiencing growth in the Central Texas area so this will set aside additional public land, so we’ll be prepared for the increased number of people living in this area,” Huth said.
After the sale is finalized, park officials say several studies will have to be done on the land itself.
From the Olean Times Herald:
This was to have been the summer when smoking was banned in New York state parks — including its largest, Allegany State Park.
The ban, dated Nov. 29, 2011, was declared to be immediate. Then, on April 9, the smoking ban was announced again. NYC C.L.A.S.H., a New York City group, challenged the rule. By suspending the ban, compliance is voluntary until there is a new official policy in place. There is a 45-day public comment period before a new rule can be enacted.
That ban on smoking is voluntary. A full rule-making process must now be held before enacting the rule outright. That includes a public comment session.
State officials acknowledged acting on the smoking ban without regard to smokers.
“We haven’t put up signs yet,” said Park Director Brad Whitcomb in an interview Wednesday. While state park officials were ready to enforce the ban, he said, “We’ve never had a problem here. I don’t recall anyone complaining about cigarette smoke. The beach areas are signed for no smoking.”
From the Miami Herald:
Authorities say a 3-year-old girl has drowned in a swimming pool at an RV park near Robertsdale in Baldwin County.
The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office says the girl drowned Sunday afternoon (June 3) at the Styx River RV Resort. Her name was not released.
Deputies say the girl was pulled from the pool and airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fla. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Authorities are investigating the incident.