TOP HEADLINES 02/23


>>Lancaster Teen Accused Of Killing Her Own Sister

(Manheim Township, PA) -- A Lancaster County teen is facing charges for allegedly killing her older sister. Police say around 1 a.m. yesterday morning, they received a call from 14-year-old Claire Miller, who was reportedly hysterical and told them she killed her sister. When police arrived to her home on Clayton Road in Manheim Township, the teen directed officers to the body. Police say they found the body of 19-year-old, wheelchair-bound Helen Miller with a blood stained pillow over her face and a knife in her neck. It happened while their parents were asleep. The 14-year-old is currently being charged as an adult for the killing, and the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

>>New COVID-19 Cases Increase In Pennsylvania

(Harrisburg, PA) -- New positive COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise in Pennsylvania. The state's Department of Health announced more than 1,500 new positive cases yesterday. There are currently almost two-thousand people statewide who are hospitalized with COVID-19. Out of those cases, about 420 patients are being treated in the intensive care unit.

>>Bomb Threat Evacuates Pennsylvania State Police Headquarters

(Harrisburg, PA) -- An investigation is being conducted on a bomb threat that evacuated the Pennsylvania State Police Headquarters in Harrisburg. The incident happened yesterday after the headquarters located in the 18-hundred-block of Elmerton Avenue received a bomb threat and had to be evacuated. Officials say State Police and Capitol Police searched the building for a few hours, but no explosive devices were found.

>>Governor Tom Wolf Introduces New Plan To Develop Workforce

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Governor Tom Wolf is introducing a new plan that would help those in the state's workforce that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Wolf announced the three-billion-dollar plan yesterday. The plan would fund programs that focus on developing new skills for workers as well as enhancing digital literacy. The governor says it would be paid for by using a new severance tax on natural gas.

>>Black Is Beautiful Expo Coming To Harrisburg This Weekend

(Harrisburg, PA) -- A free expo for Black and minority-owned businesses is going to be held in Harrisburg this weekend. The Black is Beautiful Expo is scheduled to take place this Friday and Saturday at the Crowne Plaza Harrisburg-Hershey hotel located at 23 South Second Street. The expo will feature services and products offered by many different Black and minority-owned businesses, and there will be a free raffle to win prizes. Any vendor or person interested in attending is being asked to register online on the Black is Beautiful Expo website.

>>Suspect Wanted For Stealing From Music Store In Susquehanna Township

(Susquehanna Township, PA) -- Police are asking the public for help in identifying a suspect who is being accused of stealing from a music store in Susquehanna Township. Surveillance images were released yesterday of the theft that happened at the Menchey Music store on Union Deposit Road. Police say the suspect stole more than 500-dollars' worth of merchandise including saxophone and clarinet mouthpieces. Anyone with any information on the theft is being asked to contact the Susquehanna Township Police Department.

>>Police Chief On Leave After Cop Arrested In Capitol Riot Fallout

(North Cornwall Twp., PA) -- North Cornwall Township’s chief of police is on a paid leave of absence. Chief John Leahy allegedly knew suspended officer Joe Fischer had been connected in some way to the riots at the US Capitol, which contradicts a police department statement which claimed no township official had knowledge of Fischer’s actions before his arrest. Sergeant Harry Ward is leading the department on an interim basis.

>>Steelton Hires Former Camp Hill Borough Manager For Public Works Department

(Steelton, PA) -- Steelton is hiring Camp Hill’s former borough manager to serve as Public Works director. Gary Kline had resigned in 2015 after entering a no contest plea to accusations of dumping millions of gallons of untreated waste into creeks and streams. There are reports some members of borough council were unaware of Kline’s previous legal trouble.

>>WellSpan To Reschedule Some COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments

(York, PA) --Officials with WellSpan say they are rescheduling some COVID-19 vaccination appointments this week due to a shortage of the Moderna vaccine. The issues are tied to severe winter weather and issues with the supply chain. They do say those who are set to get their second shot will be unaffected.

>>Winter Weather Blamed For Lancaster County Big Rig Wreck

(Warwick Twp., PA) -- There is at least one tractor-trailer accident attributed to yesterday’s winter weather in Lancaster County. A big rig lost control on Newport Road in Warwick Township and struck a utility pole. There’s no word if anyone was hurt in the wreck.

>>Former F&M Star Hired To Lead Timberwolves

(Minneapolis, MN) --A former Franklin-and-Marshall star basketball player is set to lead an N-B-A team. Chris Finish, who graduated from F-and-M in 1992, was named the Minnesota Timberwolves head coach yesterday afternoon. He was inducted into the F-and-M Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.

>>Tower Health's President Announces Retirement

(Reading, PA) -- The president and C-E-O of Tower Health in Reading is retiring. The health system announced yesterday that Clint Matthews has retired after ten years of service. Board member P. Sue Perrotty was named as Matthews' interim replacement. She joined Tower Health's board in 2019 and is a retired bank executive.

>>Berks County Community Foundation To Launch Programs For Post-Pandemic

(Reading, PA) -- The Berks County Community Foundation is already preparing for a post-pandemic world. The foundation announced yesterday that it will be launching three new programs that will focus on helping nonprofit organizations in the area. Officials say the foundation will be giving out up to one-hundred-thousand-dollars in grants through each of the new programs. The programs are expected to benefit initiatives planned for nonprofits, arts and culture events and projects aimed at connecting community members to each other.

>>Armed Robbery Suspect Wanted In Lancaster County

(East Hempfield Township, PA) -- Police are searching for a suspect who was allegedly involved in an armed robbery in Lancaster County. Authorities announced yesterday that they are searching for Melvin John Vassor who is being accused of robbing two people at gunpoint at a business in East Hempfield Township last year. Vassor is being charged with robbery, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. Anyone with any information is being asked to contact the East Hempfield Township Police Department.

>>Reading City Council Tables Application For Opportunity Zones

(Reading, PA) -- Reading City Council is going to discuss a resolution to submit an application for renewing five opportunity zones in the city later this year. The council voted yesterday to table the application. Officials say the council didn't object to the renewal of the zones, but they are requesting that the city's administration provides more information on the boundaries and properties within each zone.