TOP HEADLINES 07/23


>>New Jobs To Be Created At Wolfgang Confectioners In York County

(York, PA) -- A chocolate company in York County is going to be creating new jobs soon. Governor Wolf recently visited Wolfgang Confectioners and announced the company will be starting a $3.5-million project that will retain 375 jobs and create 95 new, full-time jobs. The project will expand the company and add a new production line as well as redeveloping an under-utilized one.

>>Pool In Dauphin County Borough Will Not Open Until Next Summer

(Middletown, PA) -- A popular pool in a Dauphin County borough is not going to be opening until next summer. Middletown officials announced yesterday that the pool needs to complete repairs that will cost about $80,000 before it can reopen. It has been closed since last summer due to the ongoing pandemic.

>>One Person Injured Following Crash In Dauphin County

(Grantville, PA) -- One person is recovering at the hospital following a crash in Dauphin County. The accident happened along I-81 in Grantville. Police say a car rear-ended a tractor trailer. State Police are currently investigating the cause of the crash.

>>Justo Smoker Expected To Enter Guilty Plea

(Lancaster, PA) -- The man accused of kidnapping and killing an 18-year-old Amish girl in Lancaster County is expected to enter a guilty plea. Justo Smoker is going to be appearing before the Lancaster Court of Common Pleas this morning. He is facing several charges including homicide for allegedly killing Linda Stoltzfoos on Father's Day last year.

>>Reading Police Department To Participate In 2021 National Night Out

(Reading, PA) -- The Reading Police Department will be participating in this year's National Night Out. Mayor Eddie Moran announced yesterday that the event will be held on August 3rd from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the 500 block of Penn Street. Organizers say there will be live music and kids activities as well as free food and goods featured at the event.

>>Berks County Commissioners Going Back To In-Person Meetings

(Reading, PA) -- The Berks County Commissioners will be meeting in-person again soon. The commissioners announced recently that they plan to return to in-person meetings starting next Thursday. Commissioner Christian Leinbach says the weekly meetings will still be broadcasted virtually.

>>Man Shot In Reading

(Reading, PA) -- One man is being treated at the hospital after he was shot in Reading. The shooting happened yesterday afternoon in the eleven-hundred and 12-hundred block of Marion Street. Police say the shooting victim was conscious when he was taken to the hospital, but his condition is unknown at this time. Anyone with any information on the incident is being asked to contact the Reading Police Department.

>>Four People Accused Of Trafficking Drugs In Reading

(Reading, PA) -- Four people are being accused of drug trafficking in Reading. Authorities announced yesterday that Julio Arocho and three of his associates have been taken into custody for allegedly dealing fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine in the 400 block of Minor Street. Detectives successfully executed a search warrant at Arocho's home yesterday and recovered one-hundred grams of cocaine, 87-grams of crack cocaine, three bags containing fentanyl and heroin and about $12,500 in cash.

>>GOP Planning To Reintroduce Election Reform Bill

(Harrisburg, PA) -- House Republicans are planning to reintroduce election reform legislation. Republican lawmakers passed their original Election Reform Bill through the state House and Senate, but Governor Tom Wolf vetoed the bill over its proposed changes to voting by mail and voter ID requirements. However, Wolf reportedly said he's not against broadening the state's voter ID law, just not the way Republicans originally envisioned it. Their new bill would be called the Pennsylvania Voting Rights Protection Act.

>>State Lawmaker Resigns Following Charges

(Harrisburg, PA) -- State Representative Margo Davidson is resigning after being charged for allegedly misusing campaign funds. The Pennsylvania Attorney General's office says Davidson allegedly falsely reported thousands of dollars in expenses. They added that between 2015 and 2019, Davidson received fraudulent reimbursements from her campaign that personally enriched her through direct deposit payments. Davidson released a statement yesterday saying she takes legal responsibility for improper record keeping and reimbursement of expenses, for which she is paying the full restitution. Davidson paid the restitution of 69-hundred-25-dollars yesterday.

>>Monroe County Fugitive Found In Mexico

(Monroe County, PA) -- A Long Pond man convicted of killing a woman in a crash in 2014 is in custody after being found in Mexico. Kirk Randler has reportedly been on the run after he posted bail in 2016. The trial continued without him, and he was found guilty of killing Katrina Strausser in a crash after speeding on Route 611 and attempting to pass another vehicle in a no-passing zone. He was sentenced to eleven-and-a-half to 23-years in prison by a Monroe County judge. Randler was extradited to Texas yesterday, and he will be brought back to the Poconos soon.

>>York State Fair Starts Today

(York, PA) -- The York State Fair is back. The fair is opening today after being canceled last year due to the pandemic. Officials say they wanted to focus on safety this year as two people were injured while riding the Ferris wheel in 2019. The Fair hired State Shows Incorporated to ensure rides are safe, and two inspectors have been working around the clock to prepare for today. The York State Fair will run from today until August 1st, and residents can buy tickets online at yorkfair.org.

>>Lawmaker Convicted Of Child Pornography Charges Released From Prison

(Lebanon County, PA) -- Former state Senator Mike Folmer is out from prison after serving one year for child pornography charges. Folmer pleaded guilty and resigned from his position in the state legislature after images were found on his cell phone in 2019. Last year, he was sentenced to serve 364 to 728-days in prison, but Lebanon County Judge John C. Tylwalk approved his parole on June 17th. Folmer is to remain a registered sex offender and must report his whereabouts to State Police for 15 years. He's also on probation for eight years.

>>Plane Slides Off Runway

(Reading, PA) -- Federal authorities are trying to determine what led a plane to skid off the runway at the Reading Regional Airport. The incident was reported late Wednesday afternoon as nine people were on board but no one was hurt. Officials say that it could've been a lot worse but the plane was able to recover without causing any major damages. Airport personnel helped safely remove the all of the passengers from the plane.

>>Wear Your Mask Indoors

(Philadelphia, PA) -- City health officials are making some new recommendations to all Philadelphia residents regarding face masks. Acting Health Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Bettigole is encouraging everyone to wear their face coverings while indoors. She says this goes for everyone regardless of your vaccination status and people should also avoid indoor crowded spaces. Philly previously dropped the mask mandate back on June 12th.

>>Krasner Sues PA Attorney General

(Philadelphia, PA) -- Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner is not happy with Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro. According to NBC-10, it's all stemming from the proposed $26-billion national opioid settlement. That's why Krasner is suing Shapiro because he feels that the AG has no rights to hold Philadelphia to it. Krasner also feels like the settlement doesn't hold opioid manufacturers responsible for the damages he says they've caused in the city. All of this comes as Philadelphia is working on its own suit against the opioid industry. Philadelphia would only get about $5-million each year from the settlement. 


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