TOP HEADLINES 12/02


>>Dauphin County Sheriff Charged For Selling Drugs

(Dauphin County, PA) -- A Dauphin County deputy sheriff is facing charges for allegedly selling drugs. Twenty-seven-year-old Christopher Reid was charged yesterday for possession with intent to deliver a Schedule One controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver drug paraphernalia. The Susquehanna Township Police searched Reid's house last week and found a half-pound of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, eleven firearms and about 28-thousand dollars in cash. His preliminary hearing will be held on December 17th.

>>Deadly Crash In Lebanon County

(Lebanon County, PA) -- One person is dead after a crash in Lebanon County. The crash happened yesterday morning in Bethel Township at the intersection of South Pine Grove Street and Shirksville Road. Police say a passenger vehicle didn't come to stop at the intersection and was hit by a tractor-trailer. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene, and a passenger was airlifted to Hershey Medical Center.

>>Cumberland County Board Of Commissioners Adopt Next Year's Budget

(Cumberland County, PA) -- Cumberland County is getting a new budget for next year. The Board of Commissioners adopted a 255-and-a-half-million-dollars on Monday for the 2021 budget. Officials say there will be no increase in taxes. It's the 7th year in a row the county's budget hasn't raised its general fund real estate rate.

>>York Man Injured In Shooting

(York, PA) -- A man is being treated at the hospital after a shooting in York. The shooting happened in the 12-hundred-block of East Philadelphia Street yesterday. York City Police say that while they were reporting to the shooting, the 19-year-old victim went to the hospital. The investigation is still ongoing.

>>Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opening In Harrisburg

(Harrisburg, PA) -- A medical marijuana dispensary is opening in Harrisburg today. Zen Leaf is located at 137 South 17th Street. It's the first of three stores to open in Pennsylvania by the cannabis company Verano. The store is offering cannabis products to registered medical marijuana cardholders.

>>Republican State Rep Wants To Roll Back Mail-In Ballot Expansion In PA

(Harrisburg, PA) -- A Republican state representative says he is going to introduce a bill that would repeal the expansion of mail-in voting in Pennsylvania. Representative Jim Gregory of Blair County says the bill, if passed, would undo provisions set up with Act 77, which gave all Pennsylvanians the ability to request a mail-in ballot without citing a reason why. Gregory said he had previously voted for the expansion of mail-in balloting, but he didn’t vote for an activist state Supreme Court and secretary of state changing the rules for the election in the weeks leading up to election day.

>>Ten-Year-Old Killed In Franklin County Pedestrian Accident

(Fannett Twp., PA) -- A ten-year-old boy is dead after a pedestrian accident in Franklin County yesterday morning. It happened on the 22-thousand-block of Path Valley Road in Fannett Township, where the boy was struck by a pickup truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene. It’s unclear what may have led to the accident.

>>York County Judicial Center Court Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19

(York, PA) -- A York County judicial center court employee is among the latest to test positive for COVID-19. Officials say the employee last worked at the judicial center Friday November 20th and did adhere to the health and safety protocols while on the job. Contact tracing is underway, but officials say as of now there’s no indication to public exposure.

>>PA Department Of Health Announces 56-Hundred-76 New COVID-19 Cases

(Harrisburg, PA) -- The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 5,676 new COVID-19 cases across PA. That brings the total number of confirmed or probable cases to 367,140 since the start of the pandemic. Tuesday’s announcement added 180 new deaths related to COVID-19 complications, with the death toll now at 10,563.

>>2021 Fishing Licenses, Permits On Sale With PA Fish And Boat Commission

(Harrisburg, PA) -- The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is reminding anglers that 2021 fishing licenses are on sale. The licenses and permits can be purchased at the Commission’s website as well as nearly 700 retail spots and are immediately good for the rest of this year as well as all of 2021. The price of an annual resident fishing license in 2021 remains $22.91.

>>VF Outlet In West Reading Closing

(West Reading, PA) -- VF Outlet in West Reading is closing its doors for good. The store's owner made the announcement yesterday that it will be closing the West Reading location permanently this Christmas Eve. Until then, the store is offering discounts as part of a storewide liquidation sale.

>>Driver Cited For I-78 Wreck

(Berks County, PA) -- A driver of a tractor-trailer is being cited for causing the accident on I-78 Monday afternoon. State police say the driver lost control and ran into the concrete median, pushing it in front of another tractor-trailer which swerved and hit a car. No injuries were reported.

>>Fire Damages Lancaster Animal Shelter

(Lancaster, PA) -- Authorities are investigating a fire that damaged a Lancaster animal shelter. The fire happened yesterday afternoon at the Organization for the Responsible Care of Animals shelter on the 400-block of East Orange Street. Officials say at least one cat died in the flames. The total cost in damages to the building will be released after the investigation is over.

>>Man Dies Two Weeks After Crash In Hamburg

(Berks County, PA) -- A Bethlehem man is dead after a car accident from two weeks ago. Seventy-nine-year-old James Sisko was pronounced dead Monday. He died from his injuries after hitting another vehicle at the intersection of Route 61 and Grand Street in Hamburg.

>>Reading Man Set Free After Charges Dismissed

(Reading, PA) -- A Reading man who spent over 20 years in jail is being set free. Roderick Johnson was serving time in jail for the murders of his two cousins in Exeter Township back in the late-90's. His charges were dismissed yesterday.

>>State To Expand COVID-19 Testing

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Governor Tom Wolf is planning to expand COVID-19 testing throughout the state through mobile COVID-19 strike teams. Wolf says their goal is to make sure anyone who needs a test in the state can get one as each county that doesn't have a local health department will have one of the state's five mobile units offering free testing. The mobile units are set to launch today starting with Bedford, Mifflin, Northampton and Tioga counties, with the fifth set to launch in Butler County this Friday.

>>Philadelphia Restaurants Receive Grant Money

(Philadelphia, PA) -- Several Philadelphia restaurants are benefiting from a new grant program to help with accommodating consumers for the winter months. According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, the food delivery platform Door Dash recently introduced an initiative called "Main Street Strong." It provided 60 area restaurants five-thousand-dollars each, which they can use for things like buying PPE for employees and heating gear. The goal is to help restaurants survive in a time of uncertainty all while indoor dining is currently banned in the city.

>>Tornado Confirmed In Mo Co

(Montgomeryville, PA) -- Some residents are shaken up after learning that a tornado rushed through the area Monday afternoon. The National Weather Service confirms that an E-F-0 tornado touched down in Montgomeryville. Officials say it quickly went through near Routes 309 and the 202 Parkway causing minor damage, knocking down some trees, and sending furniture flying into the air. The N-W-S says there were no injuries, and the twister was only around for less than a minute.