The Amish in the News

In Amish country where life is supposedly simple and quiet, crime is a rare event.

Not this month. Not in western New York, anyway.

A few days ago, a 17-year-old Amish boy was arrested on counts of underage possession of alcohol, overdriving an animal, reckless endangerment and failure to stop at a stop sign.The boy ran his buggy through a stop sign in the presence of Sheriff Deputies (big mistake #1). An attempt was made to stop the buggy by Deputies and the suspect refused to stop.

The chase ensued for approximately 3/4 of a mile when the suspect attempted an unsafe turn in a driveway and crashed the horse and buggy. The victim then exited the buggy and took off on foot, leaving the scene of the accident. (Never a good idea!)

You can read more about the story here.

Earlier this month, in the same Cattaraugus County, another Amish person was driving a buggy was stopped by a group of males in a car. Someone in the car pointed a hand gun and demanded money. When the Amish did not have any money, the suspects fled. The full story is here.

Both stories sound as if they could be in any local newspaper–they just happen to hit the news because they involve the Amish, a horse and a buggy. But people are people, wherever they are. And teens are teens, Amish or not.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.