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Top Stories for June 21, 2022

>>Bicyclist Dies from Injuries in Traffic Collision

(Harrisburg, PA) -- City police say a bicyclist who became trapped under a car making a U-turn has died from their injuries. The unidentified bike rider was struck Friday night by a car on Market Street, then went under the vehicle as it tried to make the U-turn. Officials say the cyclist remained in critical condition until Sunday when the cyclist died. Police continue investigating the incident.

>>Fireworks Bill Advances from Senate Committee

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Pennsylvania could soon see new limits on when fireworks can be set off. The Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee has voted to send to the full chamber for consideration. Every Republican except Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman voted in favor of the bill. The proposal would limit the time for using fireworks from 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. except on certain holidays. It would also redirect the fireworks tax to help fund EMS and firefighter programs and require people to give livestock owners at least three days' notice.

>>State's Supreme Court Could Have Final Say in PA Gun Control Laws

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Three separate suits are being appealed to the state's highest court that argue that cities and municipalities in Pennsylvania should be allowed to pass their own gun laws. The suits would either loosen or overturn a nearly 30-year-old precedent that gives the legislature the sole authority to regulate gun ownership throughout the state. Judge Renee Cohn Jubelirer has said that it might be time for the state's high court to reconsider, given the toll that gun violence has taken on cities.

>>McCormick Riverfront Library Closed Until Saturday 

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Officials with the Dauphin County Library System say one of their branches is closed this week. Harrisburg's McCormick Riverfront Library is shut down through Saturday so workers can remove the elevator for the next phase of planned renovations the upstairs area. Patrons won't be able to use the elevator to the library's main floor until July 9th. Library officials say curbside pick-up will return for members who can't use the stairs.

>>Shapiro Way Out in Front of Mastriano in Campaign Funds

(Harrisburg, PA) -- State campaign records show democratic candidate for Governor Josh Shapiro has nearly $13.5 million on hand heading into the November elections. His Republican opponent Doug Mastriano had just under $400,000. Both figures come from campaign finance reports filed with the Department of State and reflect the candidates' funds from May 3 to June 6, which include the final weeks of the primary campaign.

>> Man Sentenced to Life for Stabbing Carlyle Woman to Death in 2020

(Carlisle, Cumberland County, PA) -- A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to life in prison for the stabbing death of Jodi Sivak nearly two years ago. The verdict was read for Sean Michael Roberts Friday. Testimony during the trial shows Roberts admitted to police that he stabbed Sivak in the neck while he was staying with her in October of 2020.

>> Pennsylvania Crowns New Miss Pennsylvania and New Miss Outstanding Teen 

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Pennsylvania has crowned two new beauty queens to represent the state. The Miss Pennsylvania Scholarship Foundation announced and crowned Alysa Bainbridge from Reading as the new Miss Pennsylvania Saturday. Jersey Gianna Smith, the current Miss York County's Outstanding Teen, was crowned Miss Pennsylvania's Outstanding Teen this past Thursday. Bainbridge will represent Pennsylvania in the Miss America pageant in Connecticut in December and Smith will go on to her national teen competition in August of this year. 

>>Hersheypark Extending Hours For Summer

(Hershey, PA) -- You'll soon be able to stay a little later at Hersheypark on weekends. The tourist site is extending its hours for the summer starting Friday, July 1st. It will be open from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Right now, it's only open until 8 o'clock at night. The extended hours will be in effect every Friday and Saturday until August 6th.  

>>Housing Director Blames 40K Applications on Glitch

(Lancaster, PA) -- The executive director of Lancaster's housing authority thinks a glitch caused some 40,000 applications for affordable housing to come through their online system. Barbara Wilson says that's the number of submissions for the city's waiting list that was reported from their web developer. She adds that none of the 565 units are available at the moment and that the recent opening of submissions through the website was just to replenish their waiting list. 

>>Four-year-old Hit By Amazon Truck in Lititz 

(Lititz Borough, PA) -- Officials say a four-year-old child is expected to be okay after they were hit by an Amazon delivery truck . Lititz Borough Police investigated the crash in the area of the 400 block of Springfield Court late last week. The child reportedly ran into the road from behind a parked car and was struck by a truck driven by 25-year-old, McKenzie Tucker of Red Lion. The child was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

>>Florida Man Accused of Shoplifting $12K in Merchandise in Lancaster

(Lancaster, PA) -- A man from North Miami, Florida is in jail in Lancaster County for allegedly stealing $12,000 worth of goods from a local store. Police were called to the Ross Dress for Less store in Lancaster last week for a report of shoplifting in progress. Employees told them a man had stolen many items and drove off in a blue Volvo. The car was later stopped, and 44-year-old Nelson Mirabal Rodriguez was taken into custody. He faces two felony charges related to retail theft.

>>Flower Growing Remains Big Business in Pennsylvania

(Lancaster County, PA) -- Floriculture continues to rise in Pennsylvania. A USDA report shows Pennsylvania has the most flower growers of any state in the nation and has new businesses opening each year. Producers say the pandemic was good for their industry and increased sales by 15 percent. State officials say annual bedding and garden plants are by far the largest floriculture sector, generating a third of the industry's nearly six and a half billion dollars in sales.  

>>New Wildlife Museum to Open This Weekend

(Lancaster Co., PA) -- A new museum set to open Saturday will show how stewardship of the state's wildlife has evolved - and continues to do so. Officials with the Pennsylvania Conservation Heritage Museum say it features a chronological walk-through explaining how the Game Commission came to be and why it's needed to protect wildlife. The museum will be housed at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area Visitor Center in Stevens, which is on the border of Lebanon and Lancaster counties.


>>Elderly Man facing Charges for Shooting Off Gun in Public

(Allentown, PA) - Police say a 75-year-old man from Millville has been charged with reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct for shooting off a gun in public. Robert Fought bought ammunition at the Susquehanna Valley Firearms store, then accidentally fired a shot in the parking lot outside. Witnesses who were with Fought say he had one round in the chamber and while he was loading it outside, the gun went off. A customer at nearby pizza shop said the shot was fired just beyond the glass vestibule where he was standing.


>>Selinsgrove Man gets Angler Award for Catching Largest Fish in PA

(Selinsgrove, PA) -- A man who caught a nearly 58-pound catfish has been given the 2021 Angler Award for the State of Pennsylvania. Results of last year's fishing have now been verified and state game officials say Garrett Hollenbach has been given the prize. He caught the flathead catfish while trolling on Lake Aldred in September. Hollenbach was participating in the 24 hour "Iron Man" event held by the Catfish Mafia Tournament Series, when he caught the fish.

>>Funeral Set for Fallen Firefighter

(Philadelphia, PA) -- Services have been set for fallen firefighter Lieutenant Sean Williamson. The Philadelphia Firefighter died after a building collapsed during a fire over the weekend. There will be a pair of viewings on Sunday and Monday ahead of the funeral on Monday at Epiphany of Our Lord Church. Flags are flying at half-staff across Pennsylvania in his honor.

>>Improving Crisis Response Services

(Chester Co, PA) -- Officials in Chester County are looking to make some improvements to their crisis response services. They have launched a brief online survey to get feedback regarding children over the age of five-years-old. There's a link to the survey on the Chester County Government Twitter handle. 

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