TOP HEADLINES 01/12


>>Pennsylvania State Capitol Gets Stronger Security

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Security at the Pennsylvania State Capitol is growing stronger because of last week's riots in D.C. The Department of General Services announced yesterday it is teaming up with local, state and federal law enforcement to increase security at the state Capitol. Witnesses say officers were carrying long guns on the steps of the building yesterday. The state Capitol is still closed to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic, but House Speaker Bryan Cutler says the Bipartisan Management Committee is going to work with Capitol Police to go over new safety policies soon.

>>Harrisburg Shooting Kills One Man

(Harrisburg, PA) -- One man is dead after a shooting in Harrisburg. The shooting happened last night at Antonio's Grocery located at 6th and Woodbine Streets. Police say they found a man suffering from gunshot wounds outside of the store, and he later died from his injuries. It is the first homicide in the city this year. Harrisburg Police say they haven't made any arrests yet as the investigation is still ongoing.

>>Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella Makes Last Donation Before Term Expires

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella is keeping a promise of donating any pay increase above his $160,000 salary to charities. Torsella donated over $7,700 to Keystone Scholars yesterday. Keystone Scholars is a program that gives a one-hundred-dollar deposit in the PA 529 college savings plan for every baby born or adopted in the state. Torsella was not re-elected in November and will be giving his seat up to Stacy Garrity next Tuesday.

>>York County Coroner Identifies Motorcyclist Killed In Weekend Crash

(York, PA) -- The York County Coroner’s office is identifying the man killed in a motorcycle crash on Interstate 81 over the weekend. Andrew Webber died after the accidental crash near mile marker 32 southbound Sunday afternoon, according to investigators. It’s believed the West York man was with a group of motorcyclists and was riding at high speed when he hit another vehicle.

>>Perry Issues Single Word Respond To Calls To Resign: No

(York, PA) -- Congressman Scott Perry says he will not resign amid calls and protests to do so following his objection to Pennsylvania’s election results. Yesterday, about a dozen members of the group Indivisible York gathered at Continental Square in the White Rose city to step down. Perry’s office issued a one-word response yesterday afternoon: no.

>>Weis Markets Recalls Contaminated Ice Cream

(Sunbury, PA) -- Officials with Weis Markets are recalling some ice cream they say may be contaminated. They are asking for just shy of ten-thousand-900 half gallons of Weis Quality Cookies and Cream Ice Cream to be recalled over concerns about small pieces of metal. They say there has been one report of an intact piece of metal found in one of the packages.

>>From Camp Hill To Capitol Hill: Biden Taps Trinity Grad To Lead C-A

(Washington, DC) -- Joe Biden is turning to a Trinity High School graduate to be his pick to become CIA director. Bill Burns graduated from the Lower Allen Township school in 1973 and has since served as deputy secretary of state and as an ambassador. Biden said the American people will sleep soundly with Burns as director.

(Undated) -- Here is the latest news: Berks County Representative Manny Guzman is taking on a lot of responsibility in his first term. The shutdown of all rental facilities in Exeter Township is going to remain in place for the time being. State Police are searching for a man who was injured in a pedestrian crash in Alsace Township.

>>Berks County Representative Manny Guzman Handling Four House Committee Roles

(Berks County, PA) -- Berks County Representative Manny Guzman is taking on a lot of responsibility in his first term. Guzman announced yesterday he is going to serve on four different House committees. He was assigned to the House Environmental Resources and Energy, Gaming Oversight, Liquor Control, and Professional Licensure committees for the 2021-2022 legislative session. Guzman is also the treasurer for the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus.

>>Rental Facility Shutdown To Remain In Exeter Township

(Exeter Township, PA) -- The shutdown of all rental facilities in Exeter Township is going to remain in place for the time being. The Exeter Township Board of Supervisors voted yesterday to continue the shutdown. The decision for the vote came after several residents started requesting to rent the Dunn Community Center for events scheduled later this year. Supervisors say the township can't properly advise COVID-19 restrictions inside the community center at this time. The board will consider making rent at the center available closer to spring, unless the state lifts its gathering restrictions earlier.

>>State Police Looking For Man Injured In Berks County Pedestrian Crash

(Alsace Township, PA) -- State Police are searching for a man who was injured in a pedestrian crash in Alsace Township. The accident happened yesterday evening in the three-thousand-block of Pricetown Road. Police say a man was struck by a sedan while walking on the road. The driver remained on the scene, but the man who was injured has not yet been found. Anyone with any information on the accident or the man who was hurt is being asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police Department.

>>Boil Water Advisory Set In Hamburg

(Hamburg, PA) -- The Hamburg Municipal Authority is issuing a boil water advisory for the Berks County borough. The advisory started yesterday and will be effective until further notice for all water system customers. Officials say customers may have a loss of water service or cloudy water while they complete emergency repairs. The municipal authority is going to let all customers know when the advisory is lifted.

>>Weekend Stabbing Injures One In Lancaster

(Lancaster, PA) -- Lancaster Police are investigating a stabbing attack that injured one man. The stabbing occurred over the weekend at the Garden Court Apartment complex in the 500-block of East End Avenue. Police say a 26-year-old man was taken to the hospital for stab wounds and underwent a successful surgery to treat his injuries. No arrests have been made as of now, but anyone with any information about the attack is being asked to contact the Lancaster Police Department.

>>Next Phase Of COVID Vaccinations Could Start Soon

(Harrisburg, PA) -- State health officials say the next phase of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan could start sooner than expected. Some health systems like Lehigh Valley Health Network and St. Luke's University Health Network have reported vaccinating all of their interested, eligible employees and will start administering them to those in Phase 1-B. Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says she doesn't want to put a vaccine back on the shelf or waste any doses, so any providers that don't have someone from Phase 1-A, but have someone from 1-B, should vaccinate them. This means that first responders and essential workers may start receiving their first doses of the vaccine.

>>Easton Mayor Wants Homeless Encampment Cleaned Or Else

(Easton, PA) -- Easton Mayor Sal Panto Jr. is threatening a homeless encampment on Mount Ida to clean up their mess or he will dismantle the encampment. The mayor took to Facebook on Sunday, saying he doesn't want to evict the group, but the trash is starting to get a little bit more than anticipated as he reports they're throwing their garbage and human waste over the mountain. He added that they have not visited the encampment, but the city tried to accommodate the camp by setting up port-a-potties and trash cans, which they trashed. Panto plans on bringing up this issue today during a meeting with his team and will reach out to Safe Harbor homeless shelter to see if they can work with the encampment.

>>Petitioners Calling For Termination Of Susquehanna Township School District Teacher

(Susquehanna Twp, PA) -- An online petition with more than five-thousand signatures is calling on the Susquehanna Township School District to fire a teacher that attended the violent rally at the nation's Capital last week. Organizers of the petition say they want him removed for the safety of the students he is influencing on a daily basis as he posted a video on social media of him, maskless, in a crowd of Trump supporters. The district responded by asking the public to be patient as they conduct an investigation to determine whether the teacher broke any laws or not.