TOP HEADLINES 10/14


>>Teen Arrested For Dauphin County Homicide

(Dauphin County, PA) -- A 16-year-old is in custody for allegedly shooting and killing a man in Dauphin County last week. Police say on October 7th, they found a man lying dead in a Swatara Township parking lot after reports of a shooting. Yesterday, officers arrested Steven Roman in connection to the shooting. Police say he will be charged as an adult for murder and other charges. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

>>Broadband Project In York County

(York, PA) -- Work is underway in York County to expand broadband and provide internet to rural areas. The county is investing 25-million-dollars of CARES Act funding to get the project done by 2024. County commissioners say having broadband access is really important and added the county needs to make sure residents not only have accessibility, but also affordability. Officials from local school districts say this project has potential for many families. This is because expansion could address problems with equity and give students access to more educational resources.

>>Penn State Study Suggests Half Of People With COVID Experience Long COVID Symptoms

(Hershey, PA) -- A new study from Penn State is suggesting that half of all people diagnosed with COVID-19 experience lingering symptoms. Researchers at Penn State College of Medicine looked at data from more than a quarter of a million unvaccinated individuals that were infected between December of 2019 and March 2021. They found that one's battle with COVID doesn't end with recovery from the acute infection. Researchers say survivors experienced lingering problems for six-months or more following the infection including weight loss, fatigue, fever, pain, mobility issues, and sometimes trouble with major organs. They added that both kids and adults can experience this.

>>Lancaster EMS Short Staffed

(Lancaster, PA) -- Add Lancaster EMS to the list of places that are short-staffed. Director of operations Jerry Schramm says they need about 20 more people. Schramm says their 9-1-1 calls are up and it's difficult to have all their ambulances tied up. He says they are getting more calls for COVID-19 and pandemic issues along with increases in mental health and overdose calls.

>>Reading's Three-Year Paving Project Underway

(Reading, PA) -- Reading Mayor Eddie Moran says the city's first year of a three-year paving plan has so far completed 23-and-a-half city blocks. He and road crews announced yesterday they will pave South Eighth Street to Neversink. Moran is asking for patience from drivers as crews handle the work, saying everyone will be happy when it's done.

>>Police, Parents: Quit Passing School Buses

(Maxatawny Township, PA) -- Berks County parents and Pennsylvania State Police are urging people to stop passing school buses. One woman in Maxatawny Township tells WFMZ-TV she's seen three people pass a school bus last week, and it's happened two or three times a week since the school year started. Kutztown Area School District superintendent Christian Temchatin says they are working with state police to figure out how to stop the problem.

>>Ballots Need More Than One Stamp In Berks County

(Reading, PA) -- Berks County will pay postage for ballots mailed in with just one stamp for next month's general election. County officials say they have learned the ballots will need two stamps, but they are working with the post office to be sure all ballots are delivered even without both stamps. They are suggesting dropping the ballot into one of the county's two drop boxes starting Monday if the voter doesn't want to mail it.

>>State Officials Worried Over Early Statistics On Overdose Deaths

(Dauphin County, PA) -- Officials with the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs are worried about early statistics regarding overdose deaths. Early projections show that 2021 overdose deaths are nearing levels seen at the height of the opioid and heroin epidemic in 2017. Officials say given the number of deaths that we're seeing and the number of overdoses that are non-fatal increasing, we really need to have the tools at our disposal to act immediately. Last year, there were around 52-hundred-17 fatal overdoses and officials believe the numbers for 2021 are going to surpass that.

>>Bipartisan Recreational Marijuana Bill Introduced

(Harrisburg, PA) -- A bipartisan recreational marijuana bill is being considered by the State Legislature. This is the state's first ever joint effort from a Republican and Democrat to legalize cannabis. The bill from state senators Sharif Street and Dan Laughlin would legalize marijuana for Pennsylvanians 21 and older. This bill could reel in hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars in tax revenue for the state. If passed, Pennsylvania could be the 19th state in the country to legalize recreational cannabis.

>>Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro Announces Governor Bid

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is officially running for governor next year. Shapiro announced his bid yesterday, saying he fought for people who have been wronged, citizens who have been left out and communities that have been forgotten and that's the kind of leadership we need right now. Shapiro promises better highways, better access to the information superhighway and to tackle systemic inequality. Shapiro is currently the only Democrat to announce a bid for governor.

>>Police Searching For Man For Sexual Assault In Dauphin County

(Dauphin County, PA) -- Pennsylvania State Police are searching for a field hockey club director that allegedly sexually assaulted a teen. Police say 77-year-old William Gaudette sexually assaulted a juvenile twice a week from June 2020 until July of this year. They added that when the victim approached Gaudette about the assaults he threatened to have her deported and her mother would not be able to immigrate to the U.S. The 77-year-old reportedly resides in South Hanover Township, but he fled and his whereabouts are unknown. Gaudette is described as being five-feet eleven-inches tall, weighing about 175 pounds with blue eyes and gray hair. Anyone with information on the man is urged to call police.

>>Eagles Host World Champs in Primetime

(Philadelphia, PA) -- All eyes will be on Lincoln Financial Field tonight as the Eagles play host to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Both teams enter the matchup following statement wins last week with Philadelphia sitting at 2-and-3 but winless at The Linc. Tight-end Dallas Goedert has been ruled out of the game after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Bucs and Eagles will take the field tonight at 8:20.


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