(Harrisburg, PA) -- New COVID-19 cases continue to pile up in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported over 5,600 positive cases yesterday. There were also 260 more people who passed away due to complications of COVID-19, taking the PA death toll to 20,128. There have now been almost 789,000 positive cases reported in the state since the beginning of the pandemic.
>>Harrisburg Woman Accused Of Stealing From Nancy Pelosi's Office Released From Jail
(Harrisburg, PA) -- The Harrisburg woman who is being accused of stealing from Nancy Pelosi's office during the Capitol riot is now being put on house detention. Riley Williams was released to the custody of her mother yesterday by a federal judge. She is being put on house detention and will be wearing an ankle monitor while she isn't allowed to travel or leave her home unless preapproved. Williams is being charged with obstructing Congress, aiding and abetting theft of U.S. property and violent entry on Capitol grounds for her involvement during the riot in Washington D.C. earlier this month.
>>Man From York County Accused Of Threatening Representative Scott Perry
(Washington Township, PA) -- A man from Washington Township is being accused of sending threatening emails and messages to U.S. Representative Scott Perry. Mark Malinowski was charged yesterday with harassment by communication for sending threats to Perry over the last month. He allegedly sent about four emails and two voicemails to Perry's office between December 4th and January 9th. Authorities say Malinowski's messages were blaming Perry for the riot at the U.S. Capitol.
>>York City To Take Responsibility Of North York Borough Fire Coverage
(York, PA) -- York City is going to be taking on a new responsibility for the community soon. The North York Borough Council accepted a bid from York City Fire Department yesterday for the department to cover the borough's fire and rescue services. The decision was made because the Liberty Fire Company, who serves the borough, is expected to close permanently on February 11th. North York Borough will be paying about 70-thousand dollars per year for the York City Fire Department's services.
>>The Civic Club Of Harrisburg Asking For Help Cleaning Vandalism Incident
(Harrisburg, PA) -- The Civic Club of Harrisburg is asking the public for help in cleaning up a vandalism incident that happened last month. The club's riverfront property located at 612 North Front Street was vandalized on December 29th. Officials say that police are still searching for a suspect in connection to the crime, and in the meantime, it has set up a vandalism relief fund to help with the cost of damages. Anyone who is interested in making a donation to the relief fund is being asked to contact the Civic Club of Harrisburg.
>>Weather Maker Expected To Bring Snow, Ice To Midstate Next Week
(Harrisburg, PA) -- Another blast of winter weather may be bearing down on the Midstate next week. Forecasters are expecting snow and ice to be part of the system that could hit near the evening commute Monday. As of now, it’s believed the storm will have passed through the area by Tuesday morning.
>>York County Coroner IDs Aspers Man Killed In Turnpike Wreck
(Fairview Twp., PA) -- The York County Coroner is identifying the Aspers, Adams County resident killed in a crash on the PA Turnpike this week. Robert Arbogast’s big rig left the highway near Spangler’s Mill Road Wednesday morning and hit a bridge barrier. The 59-year-old’s death was ruled an accident.
>>Man Dies Days After York County Crash
(Conewago Twp., PA) -- A 68-year-old man from Conewago Township is dead days after crashing into a tree in Manchester Township, York County. David Klinedinst wasn’t wearing his seatbelt when he hit the tree near Church Road and Sandhurst Drive January 11th, according to police. No one else was involved in the wreck.
>>The Civic Club Of Harrisburg Cleans Up After Vandalism
(Harrisburg, PA) -- Officials with The Civic Club of Harrisburg say they are cleaning up from vandalism at their riverfront property. On December 29th, someone stole an air conditioner and caused damage to the historic structure, according to Pennlive. Club President Mary Beth Lehtimaki tells the website the act is a hurtful blow to their efforts to improve the city of Harrisburg and support their community.
>>Report: Bears, AHL To Announce Schedule Today
(Hershey, PA) -- The American Hockey League is reportedly going to announce the league’s 2021 season schedule later today. The Hershey Bears will play in a modified North Division against rival Lehigh Valley and Wilkes-Barre Scranton. It’s unclear how the Bears or any of the teams will handle allowing fans back into the stands.
>>Upper Bern Farm Fire Kills Over 67-Thousand Chickens
(Upper Bern Township, PA) -- Pennsylvania State Police and Berks County authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed two buildings and killed thousands of chickens on a farm in Upper Bern Township. The fire happened yesterday morning at A&L Farms in the 3,300-block of Mountain Road. Officials say over 67,000 chickens perished in the flames and two buildings also burned down. The cost of the damage to the farm is being estimated around $2-million.
>>Woman Dies After Being Hit By Car In Reading
(Reading, PA) -- One woman is dead after being hit by a car in downtown Reading. The accident happened last Friday near the intersection of Fifth and Penn streets. The woman passed away yesterday due to her injuries. Authorities say they will determine if charges need to be filed after an autopsy is completed.
>>Reading Symphony Orchestra To Host Online Concert Saturday
(Reading, PA) -- The Reading Symphony Orchestra is going to be finally playing again at the Santander Performing Arts Center this weekend. The orchestra announced yesterday that it will be hosting a free online concert this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. It has not been able to perform since March 7th of last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those who are interested in watching the concert are being invited to stream it live through the Reading Symphony Orchestra's website.
>>Police Searching For Missing Elderly Woman In Lancaster County
(Manor Township, PA) -- Manor Township Police are asking the public for help in finding a missing elderly woman. Mildred Cranmer was last seen yesterday morning at Wildbriar Court North in Lancaster. She is being described as weighing about 140-pounds and has gray hair and hazel eyes. Police say she could be in risk of harm or injury and might be confused. Anyone with any information on her whereabouts is being asked to contact the Manor Township Police Department.
>>Humane League Of Lancaster To Waive Adoption Fees This Weekend
(Lancaster, PA) -- A Lancaster-based pet shelter is inviting residents to celebrate Change a Pet's Life Day this weekend. The Humane League of Lancaster County announced yesterday that it will be waiving all pet adoption fees this weekend beginning today. Some of the fees that are being dismissed include spaying and neutering, flea treatment, microchipping and vaccinations. Residents will be able to view and meet any dogs or cats that are available for adoption throughout the weekend.
>>Bethlehem Area School District Closing Freedom High Due To COVID-19
(Lehigh, PA) -- The Bethlehem Area School District is closing Freedom High School and students will move to virtual learning due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. District officials say it's kind of a preemptive closure as around ten cases of the virus have been reported this week, but they don't appear to be connected to the school. They added that the pause will give the school a chance to complete contact tracing and get the spread under control. Starting today, students will transition to remote learning, but the school will have a modified schedule next week as students are slated to take the state Keystone Exams.
>>Northampton County Officials Considering Ban On Plastic Bags In Stores
(Easton, PA) -- Northampton County officials are considering a ban on plastic bags in stores to reduce litter and pollution. However, municipalities in Pennsylvania are not allowed to implement these types of bans until at least July. Banning single-use plastic bags would add a fee of up to 15¢ for customers to get heavier bags to encourage them to bring reusable bags. Some officials argued that adding costs and regulations amid the pandemic would be a mistake. No actions were taken yesterday, but officials say more information is needed before they make any decisions.