CENTRAL PA HEADLINES 10/05


>Lancaster County Woman Allegedly Shot Neighbor

(Lancaster County, Pa) -- A Lancaster County woman is facing charges for allegedly shooting her neighbor on Sunday. Police say the incident happened after 2 p.m. that day in Elizabethtown. The woman who fired the shot, Abba Copes, reportedly told police she heard noises outside her window and was afraid it was someone she had problems with in the past and opened fire. However, she allegedly shot her neighbor in the shoulder, shattering it. Copes is facing a charge of aggravated assault.

>>Lancaster County Crash Injures Six, Including Two Kids

(Lancaster County, PA) -- Six people are injured following a crash in Lancaster County on Saturday, including a toddler and an infant. Police say around 8 a.m. that day, a 60-year-old driver allegedly failed to stop at an intersection in Lititz. Their vehicle ended up crashing into another one carrying four people, including the children, and caused it to overturn into a field near the intersection. They all suffered moderate to major injuries and were taken to the hospital. The 60-year-old driver and their passenger were also taken to the hospital. Their conditions are unknown, but police say they cited the 60-year-old with a stop sign violation and careless driving.

>>Police Searching For Missing Dauphin County Man

(Dauphin County, Pa) -- Police are asking for help in their search for a missing Dauphin County man. Police say Nicholas "Nick" Smyre was last seen last Wednesday leaving his family home in Harrisburg with another man, and his family says his disappearance is out of character. He was last known to be in the Carlisle area last Friday and is described as being six-feet tall, weighing about 125-to-135 pounds with a thin build, long brown hair that's parted to the side with a beard and a mustache. He also wears contacts, but could be wearing glasses, tan work boots, blue jeans and possibly a black zip hoodie. Police say his family just wants to know if he is safe.

>>Nine-Year-Old Hit By Car In Lancaster County

(Lancaster County, PA) -- Police are investigating after a nine-year-old boy was hit by a car Sunday morning in Lancaster County. Police say around 9 a.m., the boy was riding his scooter in Strasburg Township when he reportedly swerved into the lane of traffic and was sideswiped by a car. The boy was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police added that there was heavy fog during the time of the incident, and no one has been charged yet, but the investigation is ongoing.

>>Former Tower Health Doctor Facing Charges

(Amity Township, PA) -- A former Tower Health doctor is facing charges of secretly recording guests as they used the bathroom and showered in his home. Police say they seized over 28-hundred videos and 14-hundred images of six children and two adults from 32-year-old Justin Rutherford's camera. Rutherford is also accused of sexually assaulting two boys. He was arrested when returning from the United Kingdom over the weekend.

>>Two Hurt When Trash Truck Overturns

(Cumru Township, PA) -- Police say two people have been taken to a hospital after being hurt when they were in a trash truck that overturned. The crash happened just before 3 p.m. yesterday in Cumru Township. Authorities have not released information about what caused the truck to overturn on Route 10. 

>>Pennsylvania State Police Searching For Shooting Suspect

(Salisbury Township, PA) -- A suspect accused of shooting at a horse and buggy in Lancaster County is being sought by Pennsylvania State Police. Troopers say someone who was a passenger in a green Jeep Cherokee fired from an airsoft or BB gun around 10:30 p.m. Sunday at the buggy. No one was hurt, and there was no damage to the buggy. The shooting happened in Salisbury Township at White Horse and Amish roads.

>>Woman Pleads Guilty To 25 Animal Cruelty Charges

(Lancaster County, PA) -- A Berks County woman has pleaded guilty to 25 charges of animal cruelty in Lancaster County. Forty-six-year-old Joanna Fleming was then sentenced to seven years of probation. The first six months of that will be served as house arrest. Fleming also was ordered to surrender all animals and not own any for the next seven years.

>>John Updike's Childhood Home Now Museum

(Shillington, PA) -- The childhood home of late author John Updike in Shillington is now a museum and a state historical site. John Updike Society vice president Dr. James Schiff told an audience at the unveiling ceremony that the house "will complement Updike's writing and become a spot on the global literary map, like Hemingway's Key West home or Dickens' home in London." The author's four children and several of his classmates from his childhood attended the celebration. Updike died at 77 in 2009.

>>Support For Recreational Marijuana Growing

(Harrisburg, PA) -- The push for recreational marijuana is gaining support from GOP state lawmakers. Yesterday, Republican state Senator Mike Regan began circulating a memo to other lawmakers to gain support for his bill, which would allow anyone 21 and up to buy and possess an ounce of marijuana. Regan says as chairman of the Senate Law and Justice Committee and a former member of law enforcement, rather than sit idly by and allow others to shape the legislation, he is stepping up to be a leader on the issue. If the bill passes, Pennsylvania could be the 19th state to legalize cannabis.

>>Preliminary Hearing For Students Involved With Columbine-Style Plot Rescheduled

(Lackawanna County, PA) -- The preliminary hearing for two students involved in a Columbine-style plot to attack their Lackawanna County high school is being rescheduled. Last month, police arrested four teens for their alleged plan to attack Dunmore High School on April 20th, 2024, which is the 25th anniversary of the Columbine mass shooting. Two 15-year-olds involved in the plot are being charged as adults due to the severity of their threats. Their preliminary hearing was set for yesterday, but it will now be held on November 16th at 9 a.m.

>>Prison Guard Accused Of Encouraging Inmate Suicide

(Luzerne County, PA) -- A prison guard from the Luzerne County Correctional Facility is being accused of encouraging a suicidal inmate to take her own life. The lawsuit from Hailey Povisil's family says in January 2018, she was released from suicide watch and was found hanging eight-hours later. Before taking her own life, Povisil was begging for help with her heroin withdrawals when Correctional Officer Melissa Yankovich allegedly told her to go ahead and kill herself. The lawsuit says that had county officials taken proper precautions, her death would have been prevented. There is no word on how much money the family is asking for.

>>Wolf Administration Preparing For Winter Months

(Harrisburg, PA) -- The Wolf Administration is preparing for the coming winter season. State officials say their number one priority is safety, and that guides their winter preparations and operations. They added that they are ready for the season ahead, and motorists are their partners in making this season a safe one. Last year, there were 301 crashes on snow and ice which resulted in 143 injuries and four-deaths, so they urge drivers to plan ahead when deciding to travel during inclement weather. They also urge drivers to bring potentially life-saving items before heading out such as food, water, blankets, extra gloves, hats, a cell phone charger and more.

>>Jefferson Hospital Comments On Deadly Shooting

(Philadelphia, PA) -- Staff at Jefferson Hospital are mourning the loss of one of their co-workers that was fatally shot inside the facility on Monday. In a statement, the hospital said that their hearts were broken as they stand united against violence. The hospital is providing emotional support and counseling for any of the employees and patients that might need it. Philadelphia Police were able to arrest the suspect a short time later after a gun battle that also left two officers wounded. Both officers are expected to make a full recovery.

>>Car Slams Into Court Building

(Bethlehem, PA) -- Police have arrested a driver that drove their vehicle directly into a court building in Bethlehem. It all unfolded yesterday afternoon at the District Court. No one was hurt, but the driver remains behind bars. No word yet on what charges the driver will face.

>>Simmons Missing In Action

(Philadelphia, PA) -- Despite the fact that the preseason is underway for the Philadelphia 76ers, Ben Simmons is still missing from the team. Simmons has plans to stay away from the Sixers until he's traded. Joel Embiid called the situation 'borderline kind of disrespectful' when speaking yesterday. Meanwhile, ESPN reports that the team did not pay Simmons more than eight-million-dollars that was owed to him at the start of the month due to his absence.


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