TOP HEADLINES 03/03


>>Harrisburg Woman Who Stole Nancy Pelosi's Laptop Accused Of Being Neo-Nazi Activist

(Harrisburg, PA) -- The Harrisburg-area woman who stole Nancy Pelosi's laptop during the U.S. Capitol riots earlier this year is being accused of Neo-Nazi activism. An investigative website called Bellingcat uncovered social media posts from 22-year-old Riley Williams that includes a video of her giving a Heil Hitler salute as well as her making neo-Nazi statements. While Williams is entirely masked in the video, investigators say they can identify her in the video by matching her clothing, hair, eyeglasses, a tattoo and other unique items in the room to other photos where William's face is uncovered.

>>Whitaker Center For Science And The Arts To Reopen In Harrisburg

(Harrisburg, PA) -- The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg is going to be reopening soon. The center announced this past Monday that it is preparing to open its doors again on March 12th. The Harsco Science Center and Select Medical Digital Cinema will be open on Fridays and Saturdays only with limited capacity. Visitors are being required to purchase tickets in advance.

>>U-S-P-S Seeking To Fill 58 Open Positions At Harrisburg Processing And Distribution Center

(Harrisburg, PA) -- The U.S. Postal Service is looking to hire in Harrisburg. The USPS announced yesterday that it is seeking to fill in 58 open positions at its Processing and Distribution Center located at 1425 Crooked Hill Road. Officials say Mail Handler Assistant positions are open through March 16th, and the starting salary is set at about $16.55-per hour. Those who are interested can apply on the USPS Careers website.

>>Steelton Changes Course, Cuts Ties With New Public Works Director

(Steelton, PA) -- Steelton’s Borough Council is changing course and is letting go their new Public Works Director. Gary Kline had previously been Camp Hill’s Borough Manager but resigned after entering a no contest plea to dumping raw sewage in creeks. Several members of council said they were not aware of what happened in Camp Hill.

>>No Charges Filed In YCP Inmate’s Death

(York, PA) -- York County’s DA says they won’t be filing any charges for the death of an inmate at York County Prison. In 2018, Everett Palmer was allegedly banging his head against the inside of the cell door when he hurt himself and became unresponsive. Palmer’s family later claimed Coroner Pam Gay lost track of the inmate’s organs, which Gay said wasn’t true.

>>North Cornwall Township Police Chief Resigns

(North Cornwall Twp., PA) -- The chief of North Cornwall Township’s police is resigning. Chief John Leahy had been placed on administrative leave last month following an investigation into Officer Joe Fischer’s involvement in the US Capitol riot in early January. Leahy had previously claimed he wasn’t aware of what Fischer had been accused of doing during the breach. Fischer is on leave without pay.

>>No Word From Hershey On Increasing Giant Center Crowd

(Derry Twp., PA) -- There is no word yet from Hershey Entertainment regarding allowing more fans into Giant Center to see Hershey Bears home games. Currently, the team is allowing around 400 people to watch in person, but this week Governor Tom Wolf increased the indoor occupancy capacity to 15%. That would equal around 15-hundred fans. The Bears are on the road at Lehigh Valley today.

>>Students In Exeter Township School District Expected To Return To In-Person Classes

(Exeter Township, PA) -- Students in Exeter Township School District are going to be returning to in-person classes soon. The school board voted eight-to-one in favor of having the students return to the classrooms for five days a week during a virtual meeting held last night. Board members say the decision to return to in-person instruction was made because of the decline of active positive COVID-19 cases in Berks County. Students are going to be welcomed back to the schools beginning March 15th.

>>Police Investigating Shooting In Reading

(Reading, PA) -- Reading Police are investigating a late-night shooting in the city. The shooting happened last night in the 700-block of Moss Street. Police say at least one victim was found in a car, but their condition is currently unknown. Anyone with any information on the shooting is being asked to contact Crime Alert Berks County.

>>Network Outage At Millersville University Considered External Cyber Attack

(Millersville, PA) -- The network outage that caused classes to be canceled at Millersville University for two days is being considered an external cyber-attack. The school announced yesterday that its network was attacked this past Sunday, and it affected its Wi-Fi, internet, Zoom, D-Two-L, campus telephones and other services. Officials say they believe no personal data was compromised during the attack. While virtual classes resumed yesterday, it is unknown when in-person classes will reopen for students.

>>Man Being Accused Of Setting Up Bathroom Camera At Berks County Car Dealership

(Bern Township, PA) -- A man is being accused of putting a camera inside a women's bathroom at a car dealership in Berks County. Authorities confirmed yesterday that Jason Vander Duim admitted to putting the camera inside the bathroom at Volkswagen Reading in Bern Township. He is facing several invasion of privacy charges, but was freed from jail on a 25-thousand-dollar bond.

>>PSPCA Agents Remove 47 Rabbits From Lancaster County Property

(Ephrata, PA) -- The Pennsylvania SPCA is investigating an animal cruelty case after its agents removed 47 rabbits from a property in Lancaster County. The PSPCA announced yesterday that its Humane Law Enforcement team removed the rabbits from a property on Church Road in Ephrata. Officials say the rabbits were suffering from untreated medical conditions and were being kept in cages that were considered unsanitary. Most of the rescued rabbits were babies, and they were taken to the PSPCA's headquarters in Philadelphia to receive medical care.

>>Teachers Could Get Priority For Johnson And Johnson Vaccine

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Shipments of Johnson and Johnson's newly approved single-dose COVID-19 vaccine are arriving this week, and Governor Tom Wolf is indicating that teachers could get priority. Wolf previewed the state's plan for the next eligible groups to get vaccinated yesterday, saying there's some important front-line workers that should be included in it, like teachers. He added that not too far down the road, child-care workers, first-responders, grocery-store workers and bus drivers could be eligible. The governor is expected to make an official announcement today.

>>Officials Identify Body Found In Susquehanna River Over The Weekend

(Upper Augusta, PA) -- Officials are identifying the body that was found on Saturday in the Susquehanna River as Maverick Wilton. Police say the 16-year-old's body was discovered along the river in Upper Augusta Township around 3 p.m. on Saturday. Wilton has been missing since December. Officials say they're now working to determine the cause and manner of death.

>>Hospitality Industry To Receive Millions In Relief

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Local businesses in the hospitality industry that have been impacted by the pandemic are going to receive millions of dollars in relief. Governor Tom Wolf says they will be supported through the state's new COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program. About $145-million will be split between all 67 counties in the state. Grants will be awarded in five-thousand-dollar increments with a maximum of 50-thousand-dollars. Local businesses interested in receiving the grants must sign up for the program by March 15th.

>>Former Corrections Officer And Serial Rapist Sentenced

(Sunbury, PA) -- Former corrections officer and convicted serial rapist John Kurtz is being sentenced to spend decades in prison. Back in October, he was convicted on charges of rape, kidnapping, burglary, strangulation and related charges for crimes he committed against five women over a five-year-period. Officials say those crimes happened in Northumberland, Montour and Columbia counties. Kurtz was sentenced to serve 59 to 270-years in state prison.