TOP HEADLINES 11/20


>>Cumberland Valley Schools Going Remote Until December

(Cumberland County, PA) -- The Cumberland Valley High School and Green Ridge Elementary School are going to switch to remote-learning through the Thanksgiving holiday due to new COVID-19 cases. The district announced yesterday each school had one new positive COVID-19 case. The schools will be closed starting today until the end of the month. District officials say both buildings will be deep-cleaned and disinfected during the closure.

>>Lebanon Couple Charged for Abusing Three-Month-Old

(Lebanon County, PA) -- A Lebanon County couple is being accused of assaulting their three-month-old baby. The couple was arrested yesterday and both face one count each of misdemeanor child endangerment. Attorney General Josh Shapiro says an investigation revealed the child was suffering from over 20 bone fractures while in the couple's care.

>>Groundbreaking Ceremony Held at the Old Bishop McDevitt High School

(Harrisburg, PA) -- The old Bishop McDevitt High School is beginning its change towards becoming an eco-village. The Bridge Eco-Village held a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday morning. The group's plan is to start doing light interior demolition this winter and full construction in the spring. The eco-village is hoping to be completed by the summer of 2022.

>>Man Arrested for Lancaster County Stabbing

(Lancaster, PA) -- A Juniata County man is behind bars for allegedly being involved in a stabbing incident. Thirty-eight-year-old Albert Alicea-Gonzalez was arrested yesterday. Police say Alicea-Gonzalez stabbed a 44-year-old man Sunday morning on the 500 block of High Street. He is being charged with attempted murder and other relatable offenses.

>>Small Plane Crashes in Lancaster County

(Lancaster County, PA) -- Authorities are investigating a small plane crash that happened yesterday evening. A video taken yesterday of the crash shows the plane flipped upside-down with a damaged wing. One man was taken to the hospital but his condition is unknown. Authorities say the plane never left the ground and nobody else was on board.

>>Wolf Expected To Get State Budget On His Desk Today

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Governor Tom Wolf is expected to get the state budget on his desk today. It’s five months late after the state House and Senate passed a five-month stop gap spending plan amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The spending plan doesn’t include layoffs, but also doesn’t have increased funding for programs

>>Middle District Of PA To Suspend Civil, Criminal Trials

(Harrisburg, PA) -- All civil and criminal jury trials are being suspended at the Middle District of PA courthouse becuase of coronavirus rates going up. Chief Judge John Jones made the order yesterday, suspending trials until at least January 11th, 2021. Jones added that the court is erring on the side of prudence and caution.

>>Another Day, Another Record Number Of COVID-19 Cases In PA

(Harrisburg, PA) -- State officials say Pennsylvania set another record with new COVID-19 cases. Thursday’s announcement of 7,126 new COVID-19 cases raises the total number of confirmed or probable cases to 288,978 since the start of the pandemic. They also announced 116 deaths related to coronavirus complications Thursday, with the death toll now at 9,581.

>>Report: 240-Thousand In PA At Risk Of Eviction

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Officials with the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania say 240-thousand people are at risk of eviction. Phyllis Chamberlain, who is the alliance’s Executive Director, says they need the federal government to step in with rental assistance and unemployment benefits. It’s reported that there’s no word at this point on any relief coming from the state level.

>>New COVID-19 Cases Rise in Berks County

(Reading, PA) -- Positive COVID-19 cases are rising in Berks County. The Pennsylvania Health Department reported more than 190 new cases in Berks County yesterday. It's the largest increase of coronavirus cases in more than seven months. The state also announced four people died in Berks County from COVID-19.

>>Berks Colleges Preparing to Test Students for COVID

(Reading, PA) -- Many different colleges in Berks County are reacting to Governor Wolf's order to test students for COVID before they go home for Thanksgiving. Albright College says it is using rapid tests and is testing over 200 students a day. Kutztown University is testing symptomatic students at the campus health center. Penn State Berks says it is offering free departure testing for students who are planning to go home for Thanksgiving. Campus health directors are asking students to continue to limit contact with people and wear masks over break.

>>Reading Man Convicted in Death of 14-Year-Old

(Reading, PA) -- A Reading man is facing life in prison for killing a 14-year-old boy. A jury convicted Reynold Henry yesterday of second-degree murder for killing 14-year-old Bruce Criddell Junior in Reading about three years ago. Authorities say Henry shot Criddell Junior near the 900 block of Mulberry Street in the summer of 2017.

>>Holiday Lights at Gring's Mill Plans Change Due to COVID Pandemic

(Spring Township, PA) -- Holiday Lights at Gring's Mill is still taking place this holiday season but will be a little different. Berks County Parks and Recreation Department announced yesterday afternoon it will be putting on the Holiday Lights event at Gring's Mill as a walk-thru-only display. Concerts, Santa visits and other activities have been canceled due to COVID-19. The display is getting ready to open during the beginning of December at the park on Tulpehocken Road in Spring Township. The county is going to waive the five-dollar parking fee this year for all attendees.

>>Lancaster County Woman Charged for Possession of Heroin

(Lancaster County, PA) -- A Lancaster County woman is being charged for possession of heroin after trying to run from the cops in New Holland. Police say they attempted to stop the woman Wednesday afternoon on the one-thousand block of West Main Street before the woman fled. They arrested her and found over three dozen baggies of heroin in her possession. She is facing charges of fleeing, possession of a controlled substance and false identification to law enforcement. She is being held at the Lancaster County Prison.

>>Lehigh University Switching To Remote Learning

(Lehigh, PA) -- Lehigh University is switching to remote learning just a week before Thanksgiving. Officials say they saw a large uptick of COVID-19 cases and students reporting symptoms as 141 cases out of their 181 total active cases were reported this week. Students will be learning from home effective immediately, and the model will remain even after Thanksgiving break. Students that tested positive can stay on campus through the break to quarantine.

>>State Health Officials Review Vaccine Rollout Plan

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine is updating citizens on the state's COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan. Levine says no major changes were made to the plan, and Pfizer's vaccine will likely be ready sometime next month. Levine added that Moderna's vaccine could also be ready late December or early January. When the vaccines are available, they will be distributed to healthcare workers first, then in phases to the general population with vulnerable and exposed populations at the top, then citizens in the last phase.

>>Pennsylvania Hospitals Feeling Strained By COVID Pandemic

(Lewisburg, PA) -- Hospital and Intensive Care Unit beds are filling up across the state, and some hospitals are scrambling to find extra space amid the pandemic. Evangelical Community Hospital officials say they have 25 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, six of them are in ICU and they have several waiting for ICU bed space. The hospital plans on adding two more beds to its COVID ICU unit along with seven non-COVID ICU beds as cases of the virus continue to rise, with no end in sight. Officials urge people to follow COVID guidelines and say it's demoralizing to their staff when they're dealing with people who are sick and dying meanwhile there are others refusing to take the pandemic seriously.