TOP HEADLINES 07/22


>New Director Named For Governor's Advisory Council For Hunting, Fishing And Conservation

(Harrisburg, PA) -- The Wolf administration is naming a new director for a council in the state's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Officials announced that Derek Eberly will be the new director of the Governor's Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation. Eberly was a former Pennsylvania Field representative for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, and he is the owner of Keystone Fly Guides.

>>Harrisburg Man Sentenced To Death For Murdering Two People To Get New Trial

(Harrisburg, PA) -- A Harrisburg man who was sentenced to death for allegedly murdering two people is going to get a new trial because his right to a lawyer was breached. Samuel Randolph was convicted and sentenced to death for a double murder committed in 2001. Officials recently decided that a Dauphin County judge violated Randolph's rights by denying him a short delay in the start of his homicide trial in 2003 requested by his newly hired attorney.

>>York County Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Teenage Girl

(York, PA) -- A York man is being accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl. Twenty-two-year-old Oscar Cottman is facing several charges including statutory sexual assault, a felony count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a victim less than 16 years of age and disseminating an image or video of explicit sexual materials with a minor. Authorities say Cottman had two sexual encounters with the 13-year-old victim in May of 2020 after communicating with her on Facebook Messenger.

>>Dauphin County Police Searching For Driver Of Sedan Accused Of Attempted Abduction

(Swatara Township, PA) -- Swatara Township Police are looking for the driver of a sedan who is being accused of trying to abduct a teenage girl. The incident happened yesterday morning when a white man in his late 20's drove up to a 13-year-old on Walnut Road in the area of Reynders Street and asked her if she needed a ride. He is being described as tall and skinny with short brown hair and was driving a silver sedan. Anyone with any information is being asked to contact the Swatara Township Police Department.

>>Three Penn State Berks Students Named To First Reading Youth Commission

(Reading, PA) -- Three Penn State Berks students are going to be serving on Reading's first Youth Commission. City Council recently announced that Genesis Arias, a senior criminal justice major, and Jose Tineo, a communication arts-and-sciences major, will be representing District Six while Saoni Alcantara, a senior global studies major, will represent District Five. The Reading Youth Commission is designed to give youth in the city a platform for their concerns with city government.

>>Fifteen People Injured Following Crash On PA Turnpike In Lancaster County

(Brecknock Township, PA) -- Fifteen people are being treated at the hospital following a crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Lancaster County. Two crashes involving eight vehicles happened yesterday afternoon on the turnpike in Brecknock Township. Police say two tractor trailers drove into several stopped vehicles on the side of the roadway.

>>Mobile Blood Drive To Be Held At Tanger Outlets Lancaster

(Lancaster, PA) -- People are being encouraged to donate blood at a mobile unit at the Tanger Outlets Lancaster. The mobile blood drive will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on July 28th at the location along Stanley K Tanger Drive in Lancaster. You can schedule an appointment online by going to redcrossblood.org.

>>Plane Goes Off Runway At Reading Regional Airport

(Bern Township, PA) -- The FAA is launching an investigation after a plane went off the runway at Reading Regional Airport. The incident happened yesterday when a Cessna plane went off the runway in Bern Township. Officials say nine people were on board the plane, but there is no word yet if anyone was injured.

>>Seventeen-Year-Old Boy Accused Of Stabbing Person In Lancaster County

(Mount Joy, PA) -- A 17-year-old boy is being accused of stabbing another person in Lancaster County. Authorities announced yesterday that Milton Castillo is being charged with aggravated assault and simple assault for the incident that occurred earlier this week in Mount Joy. Police say Castillo stabbed the victim twice and hit them in the head with a metal rod while the victim was asleep in bed.

>>Wolf Administration Proposes Changes To Regulations For Nursing Homes

(Harrisburg, PA) -- The Wolf Administration is proposing new regulations for nursing homes. The changes would increase the minimum hours spent between staff and residents to about four-hours. State officials say studies have shown that this is the minimum level of care needed by nursing home residents to prevent problems such as bed sores, infections, malnutrition, dehydration and injuries from falls. However, Leading Age Pennsylvania, which represents over 380 providers of services for seniors, is displeased and says nursing home providers will bear much of the cost. Over one-thousand caregivers plan on holding strikes next Tuesday.

>>Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Amazon Workers

(Breinigsville, PA) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is ruling in favor of Amazon workers in a more than seven-year-old lawsuit. In 2013, Amazon employees from the Breinigsville warehouse filed a lawsuit against the company for making them clock out before mandatory security screenings. The employees want to be paid for the time spent waiting and having their bags checked. The court ruled in their favor, saying workers don't have to actually be doing work related to their job in order to get paid under the Minimum Wage Act. Now, employers across the state must pay employees if they want to search their things.

>>State Decertifies Fulton County's Voting system

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Fulton County's voting system is unfit for future elections. Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid decertified the county's voting system yesterday, saying it was subjected to a post-election review by a third-party. She added that earlier this year, Fulton County allowed Wake TSI, which has no knowledge or expertise in election technology, to gain access to their voting system, compromising it. Since its system is no longer fit for future elections, Fulton County must acquire new equipment, which can be costly to taxpayers.

>>Amtrak Looking Into Scranton, New York City Passenger Rail Service

(Scranton, PA) -- Amtrak is looking into the possibility of expanding the state's passenger rail service to connect Scranton to New York City. Amtrak partnered with the Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority to study this possibility, which would take a year to complete. Some commuters who work in New York say they're having to spend four-hours a day on a bus to get to work since transportation options are limited.

>>COVID-19 Guidance For Unvaccinated Children

(Harrisburg, PA) -- State officials are issuing guidance for unvaccinated children. The COVID-19 vaccine has yet to be approved for young children, so kids between the ages of two and 12 are encouraged to wear face masks in public settings, events, gatherings and indoors when around people from outside their household. State health officials say they recommend following the CDC guidance for schools, and they're working with districts to ensure they have the resources to follow the guidance. Adults are encouraged to get vaccinated to help prevent their kids from getting infected with the virus.

>>Chester Co Home Destroyed

(Coatesville, PA) -- Authorities in Chester County are investigating a house explosion that left several people hurt and one home destroyed. The blast happened at a large home in Coatesville around Noon on Wednesday. Two adults and four children were injured as the house went up in flames. It took firefighters several hours to douse the blaze, but there were no reports of any damages to the neighboring homes. Investigators have not determined what caused the explosion.


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