TOP HEADLINES 11/19/20


>>Harrisburg Teen Arrested in Connection to Fatal Shooting

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Police say a Harrisburg teen is behind bars in connection with a deadly shooting that happened over the weekend. Seventeen-year-old Keith Moore was arrested yesterday for allegedly shooting and killing a 57-year-old man on the 300 block of South 13th Street. He is being charged with homicide, robbery and carrying a weapon without a license.

>>Governor Wolf Urges Colleges to Test Students for COVID-19

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Governor Tom Wolf is calling for universities to test students for COVID-19 before going home for the holidays. The governor issued an advisory yesterday for colleges to provide COVID-19 testing to students before fall and winter break. He is also urging colleges to stay in virtual instruction for the rest of the semester.

>>Rally in Harrisburg Supports the Hospitality Industry

(Harrisburg, PA) -- A rally in Harrisburg yesterday hopes to boost the hospitality industry. Supporters are calling for Pennsylvania lawmakers to give restaurants a piece of the remaining $1.3 billion left in Cares Act Funding. Data collected by the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association is showing that many restaurants could close next year if funding doesn't increase.

>>Police Search for Armed Robber in Harrisburg

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Harrisburg Police are investigating an armed robbery that happened this past Friday. The robbery took place at the 76 Gas Station at North 7th and Maclay Street. Police released evidence yesterday that shows the suspect holding a firearm to the store clerk and demanding money. They are asking the public for help in identifying the robber.

>>Carlisle Community Action Network Gives Four-Thousand Masks to Businesses

(Carlisle, PA) -- The Carlisle Community Action Network is helping local businesses during the COVID pandemic. The group's members say they delivered over four-thousand masks and safety posters to many different local businesses yesterday. About 120 businesses signed a pledge to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

>>State Supreme Court To Hear Trucker’s Appeal Following Sentence For Deadly I-83 Wreck

(Harrisburg, PA) -- The state Supreme Court is agreeing to hear the appeal of the trucker who was sentenced to up to 78 years in prison after a deadly accident on I-83 in 2018. Jack Satterfield pleaded guilty to three counts to homicide by vehicle while DUI and other charges in June 2019 for the deaths of Zachary and Elliana Lybrand as week as Ethan Van Bochoven. Investigators say video from inside his cab showed Satterfield drinking and driving. He’d admitted to drinking several beers and five double-shot margaritas in New Jersey earlier in the day.

>>PIAA Green Lights Start Of Winter Sports Season

(Mechanicsburg, PA) -- The PIAA is giving schools the green light to move forward with winter sports practice starting tomorrow. Yesterday’s announcement also set December 11th as the first day games can be played. They have reached out to the Governor’s office for clarification on the mask mandate that came down this week and how it will impact sports like swimming and wrestling.

>>Department of Health Announces Over 63-Hundred New COVID-19 Cases

(Harrisburg, PA) -- The Pennsylvania Department of Health is announcing 6,339 new COVID-19 cases across the Commonwealth. Wednesday’s announcement, which is the highest single day report to date, brings the statewide total of confirmed or probable cases to 281,852 since the start of the pandemic. 

Statewide, there are 2,737 people hospitalized due to COVID-19, with 579 of them in the ICU.

>>PA’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan To Be Discussed Later Today

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Doctor Rachel Levine is expected to talk later today about Pennsylvania’s vaccination plan for COVID-19. Earlier this week, the Health Secretary talked about the measures being taken to control the spread of coronavirus across PA. That announcement included wearing masks inside when around people outside your family and testing or quarantine whenever someone returns to the commonwealth from out of state.

>>Members 1st Taking Branches To Appointment Only Amid COVID-19 Case Spike

(Mechanicsburg, PA) -- Members 1st Federal Credit Union is temporarily returning their branches to appointment only next week. The move comes amid a spike in COVID-19 cases across Pennsylvania. The Mechanicsburg-based credit union is also temporarily closing all in-store Giant branches as well as their Strawberry Square branch location in Harrisburg.

>>Berks County Hospitals Preparing for More COVID-19 Patients

(West Reading, PA) -- Hospitals in Berks County are preparing for more COVID-19 patients. Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center reported 18 confirmed COVID-19 cases yesterday. Reading Hospital said it is looking to expand on areas of the hospital that are currently not being used because of the overwhelming number of COVID patients. Both hospitals are getting more personal protective equipment and are hoping to have more rapid testing.

>>Reading Royals Opt-Out of 2020-2021 Season

(Reading, PA) -- The Reading Royals will not be playing this season. The team opted out of the 2020-2021 season yesterday under the ECHL's voluntary suspension policy. Five other teams have also decided not to play. Team officials say they will be in touch with 2020-2021 plan holders to discuss membership options.

>>Berks County Completes Canvass of Votes

(Reading, PA) -- Berks County is getting closer to certifying its election results. The county announced yesterday that it has completed the canvas for over 200-thousand votes that were made during the general election. Election officials say the voter turnout in Berks County was about 76-percent. There will be a meeting next Thursday to certify the results.

>>Exeter Township School Board Allows In-Person Classes

(Exeter Township, PA) -- The Exeter Township School Board is allowing in-person classes to continue through its hybrid model. A recommendation was made on Tuesday by district administrators to switch to virtual learning and to suspend winter sports. While administrators asked for a longer time in remote-learning, the board voted to table the motion eight-to-one. The board also unanimously voted against the motion to postpone the winter sports season and extracurricular activities.

>>Dutch Wonderland Debuts New Holiday Display

(Lancaster, PA) -- Dutch Wonderland is revealing a new lights display for this holiday season. The park said yesterday families can take a driving tour to see the Holiday Lights event this year. Holiday Lights will be open from December 2nd until December 31st. Discounted tickets can be purchased on Dutch Wonderland's website.

>>Racist Graffiti In Mifflinburg

(Mifflinburg, PA) -- Mifflinburg police are launching an investigation to find whoever spray painted several garages, windows and vehicles with racist messages earlier this week. Police say around nine different locations were vandalized with the blue spray paint Monday night. Residents were shocked, saying they have never seen anything like it in their neighborhood. Mayor David Cooney says the hateful messages have no home in Mifflinburg. Police are looking into surveillance cameras in the area, and anyone with information on the incident is urged to call Mifflinburg Police.

>>Luzerne County Central Court Closed

(Wilkes-Barre, PA) -- The Luzerne County Central Court is closing for a week after three county employees tested positive for COVID-19. Officials say the three employees are self-quarantined and experiencing mild symptoms of the virus. All impacted offices will be cleaned. The closure will start on Monday next week and last until November 30th.