Top Stories for June 23, 2022


>One Charge Dropped in Troopers', Man's Deaths

(Allentown, PA) -- One charge of third-degree murder has been dropped against a Philly-area woman who police say hit and killed an Allentown man and two state troopers on Interstate 95. The other counts remain against 21-year-old Jayana Webb, who is accused of hitting and killing the three while driving drunk. Court records show the third-degree murder charge was dismissed for lack of evidence.

>>Two Hurt in Marijuana Plant Explosion

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Fulton County medical officials say five people have been injured in an explosion at a marijuana plant in Taylor township. A volunteer fire department chief tells WJAC-TV that it happened in an incinerator room Wednesday afternoon. He said two people were seriously hurt and flown to UPMC Altoona. The plant is located on North Hess Road in Taylor Township.

>>York Woman Sentenced for Keeping Grandma's Remains in Freezer

(Harrisburg, PA) -- A York County woman could spend nearly two years in jail after she kept her grandmother's remains in a freezer and got her Social Security checks. Court officials say Cynthia Black has been ordered to jail on charges of receiving stolen property and theft by deception. Prosecutors had alleged she kept the body frozen for more than a decade. The guilty verdict came from a bench trial, which means a county judge made the final decision, not a jury. 

>>Suspect In Barbershop Killing Now On Most Wanted List

(Harrisburg, PA) -- A man who authorities say has been on the run for more than a year is now on the FBI's most wanted list. Michael Baltimore is accused of killing a Cumberland County barbershop owner last year. Kendell Cook was working at the GQ Barbershop when he was shot twice in the torso. Officials say the two were in the midst of a "personal dispute" and that Baltimore used to work at the shop. Another man was also shot, but survived, police said. Baltimore is considered armed and dangerous.

>>House Bill Would Do Away with Residency Requirement

(Harrisburg, PA) A bill that would eliminate a county residency requirement for Pennsylvania's partisan poll watchers has been approved by the House State Government Committee on Wednesday. The measure would allow poll watchers to have a clear view of the pre-canvassing and counting of ballots. All the opponents to the bill were Democrats, who raised concerns that the idea would lead to voter and poll worker intimidation. Supporters say the measure is needed to restore confidence in state elections. 

>>Houlahan Among Lawmakers Asking For Review Of Semiconductor Supply Chains

(Reading, PA ) -- A Pennsylvania lawmaker is among a group of U.S. House Representatives who are asking for a review of semiconductor supply chains in light of the worldwide shortage. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan is among those who proposed the review Wednesday in an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. Semiconductors are mostly produced in Taiwan. Due to concerns of a Chinese invasion there, the federal government has urged tech companies to invest in plants that make them on U.S. soil.

>>Bill for Toll Evaders Passes State House

(Harrisburg, PA) -- A bill that would require the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission to notify an E-ZPass account holder of certain violations has passed the state house. It would cover notification for the first time a person incurs a video, aka v-toll, in a calendar year. V-tolls are charged when the E-ZPass system can't detect a transponder in a car as it gets on or off a turnpike or travels through a toll plaza. The car is then identified and charged based on the plate or registration information. The V-Toll bill is now in the senate for consideration there.

>>Multi-Factor Authentication To Be Added To Access Unemployment Compensation Benefits

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Pennsylvania's Department of Labor & Industry says it has detected an increase in attempts to steal unemployment compensation benefits through more sophisticated schemes. A news release from L and I says to try to prevent those, a two-step process will be added for claimants to offer another level of protection. The agency encourages people to guard their personal and confidential information and to monitor for signs that their information is being used fraudulently.

>>Funeral Services Set For Late Reading City Council President

(West Reading) -- Funeral services will take place Thursday morning in West Reading for the late Reading City Council president. Jeffrey Waltman died last Monday at the age of 58 after serving Reading for 22 years. A legacy fund for parks and recreation is being established in his honor as friends say Waltman loved hiking and believed in land preservation. 

>>Police Arrest Woman, Passenger for Evasion and Crash

(Lancaster, PA) -- Two people have been arrested after a chase led to a police vehicle and garage getting crashed into. It happened Monday near Clay Township in Northern Lancaster County. Police say they went to check on two people who were seen nodding off in a parked car, but when they approached the driver reportedly hit the police cruiser and sped away. The driver later tried to get away by driving through a front lawn and hitting a garage. Chelsea Beiler of Adamstown and her passenger were removed and placed into police custody from there. No injuries were reported.

>>Animal Rights Activists Descend on State Capitol

(Harrisburg, PA) - Animal rights advocates are supporting a bill known as Victoria's Law. They rallied at the Pennsylvania Capitol Tuesday for legislation that would end the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores. Victoria's Law would also require kennel licensing transparency on all dog sale advertising. The bill is sponsored by Pennsylvania State Sen. Kirsten Phillips-Hill, a Republican who represents York County.

>>Commercial Building Catches Fire in Lancaster County

(Lancaster, PA) -- Reamstown Fire officials are investigating the cause of a fire Tuesday night in Stevens. It happened in the 1,300 block of North Reading Road at Eagle Rental. No injuries were reported The cause of the fire and the extent of damage are also under investigation.

>>Bridge Work Set for Next Week Near Millersville

(Lancaster County, PA) -- The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is advising drivers in Lancaster County that a bridge inspection and work is planned on Route 741 near Millersville Borough. The bridge spans the Conestoga River about a mile and a half southeast of Route 999 in Lancaster and Pequea townships. Weather permitting, work will be performed on the bridge from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday, June 27, through Wednesday, June 29th.  

>>HS Principal Suspended With Pay After Charges Of Sexually Assaulting Male Student

(Williamsport, PA) -- A man who was to become the head principal of Williamsport Area High School in the fall is being charged with having sex with a student. A statement from the school board says Roger Weaver Freed, has been suspended with pay after he was charged Tuesday. He is accused of having sex with a male student over a seven-year-period. The district says the investigation was begun following a June 5th ChildLine report made in the county where the student was attending college.

>>Lehigh Valley Residents Welcome Golf Celebrities for US Senior Open

(Bethlehem, PA) -- The U.S. Senior Open is teeing off Thursday morning at Saucon Valley Country Club and the local community is looking forward to seeing golf pros come to town. Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker and Davis Love the third are just some of the big players coming to the Lehigh Valley. The U.S. Senior Open runs through Sunday. If you'd like to attend, you can still find tickets online.

>>Sixers Owner Sells

(Philadelphia, PA) -- Changes are coming at the top of the Philadelphia 76ers organization. Michael Rubin has plans to sell his stake in the team. He informed Sixers fans on Twitter yesterday while stating that he plans to continue cheering on the team from the sidelines. Rubin has been part of the ownership team since 2011.


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