Stray Horse Perishes In Wednesday Night Salisbury Township Accident

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Around 8:33 P.M. crews were dispatched to the area of Henzel Road near Newport Road (PA 772) in Gap, Salisbury Township, Lancaster County, PA for a vehicle accident. Observations to county radio indicated that involved in the accident were a vehicle and a stray horse. A request for a veterinarian was observed to put the horse down. There was no word on the condition of any of the passengers at the time this report was originally broadcast. Stay with WLRI for any future updates.

 

Update: A patient was transported to LGH for their injuries.

US 30 SHUTDOWN DUE TO VEHICLE ACCIDENT

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Around 8:39 P.M. Gap Fire Company was dispatched by Lancaster County-Wide Communications to the area of LINCOLN HWY / MT VERNON RD in Gap, Salisbury Township, Lancaster County, PA. Observations to county radio indicated that 2 vehicles are involved, PA State Police presence was requested and a total shutdown on Lincoln Highway was requested. One patient was reported to have been transported, no entrapment was reported at this time.  Stay with WLRI for the latest details as they become public.

 

Fire Weather Threat Continues; Another Late Season Snowstorm

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(NWS) – Critical fire weather conditions will continue for parts of the Central/Southern Plains. Dangerous fire weather conditions will continue through most of the week. Another late season snowstorm is forecast for the Central Plains into parts of the Upper Midwest that may bring localized snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches.

Forecast valid Wednesday 18Z

Forecast of Fronts/Pressure valid Fri 12Z

 

The late season snowfall event is currently underway across the northern and central Plains. This area of snow and thunderstorms will continue moving eastward into the Upper Midwest and middle Mississippi Valley this morning and lasting through the afternoon. A band of heavy snow is expected in Iowa and will mostly occur late morning into early afternoon. By this evening, the snow will push across the southern portions of the Upper Great Lakes–with rain moving from the middle Mississippi Valley to the Ohio Valley. The associated surface low will slide into the Northeast by late tonight into early Thursday morning–with rain spreading across the Northeast southward into the central Appalachians. Most of the snow will be confined closer to the lower Great Lakes and the interior of New England. As the surface low moves into the Canadian Maritimes by Friday morning, light showers and snow will linger over New England. The dangerous fire weather conditions will extend into Thursday from the Southwest into the central and southern Plains. An elevated risk of fire weather is expected today from southwest Kansas southward toward the western portions of the Red River Valley. By Thursday, another round of extremely critical fire weather conditions will be concentrated from central Arizona into western New Mexico. See the Storm Prediction Center fire weather products for further information. Another system will approach the West Coast by this afternoon and increase scattered showers and higher elevation snow across California, central Great Basin, and the southern portions of the Pacific Northwest. Accumulating snow will continue across the mountains of Nevada, southern Utah and the southern Rockies on Thursday as the the system moves eastward over the Southwest. By Thursday, showers and thunderstorms will increase across the Big Bend region of Texas into the central High Plains while snow will expand over the central and southern Rockies. Thunderstorms that develop along the Big Bend will have the potential to become severe. Consequently, the Storm Prediction Center has issued a slight risk.

-Reinhart / National Weather Service

MAN ALREADY JAILED FOR CRACK-COCAINE CHARGES NOW CONVICTED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

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A Lancaster man already serving a state-prison sentence for drug-dealing was recently convicted of sexually assaulting a woman at his home in 2016.

Manuel Pagan Jr. was convicted Friday, following a three-day trial, of two felonies and two misdemeanors.

Assistant District Attorney Fritz Haverstick presented evidence that Pagan, 27, used force in sexually assaulting the woman at his East Andrew Street home on Nov. 29, 2016.

The victim, who knew Pagan as “Real Zona” – his musician title – testified, along with an eyewitness to the assault.

The jury deliberated about four hours before deciding the case Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Lancaster County Judge Donald Totaro, who presided over trial, will order sentence after a background check. That background check will include an assessment of Pagan’s consideration as a sexually violent predator.

The conviction will require Pagan to register his whereabouts, under Megan’s Law, for the rest of his life.

In a plea agreement from July 2017, Pagan admitted to possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine and other drugs in exchange for a 2½ -to-5-year prison term.

Lancaster city police Detective Sgt. Jimmy Mummau, who filed charges, also testified.

In all, Pagan was convicted of aggravated indecent assault (by force), aggravated indecent assault (without consent), indecent assault (by force), and indecent assault (without consent).

MILLERSVILLE PAIR CHARGED WITH HAVING HEROIN, COCAINE, MARIJUANA AND XANAX

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A Millersville couple is charged with felony drug-dealing after a search uncovered nearly 900 bags of heroin and several other illegal substances.

Pennsylvania State Police charged Andrew P. Ortiz, 21, and Maria V. Danner, 41, with felony possession with intent to deliver, conspiracy, and four related misdemeanors.

District Judge Scott Albert arraigned the couple on April 12 and set bail at $500,000 apiece, which was not posted.

Trooper Michael Schatzmann filed charges, which were approved by Assistant District Attorney Barry Goldman.

Following an investigation, state police searched the couple’s North George Street apartment April 11 and found:

– 898 bags of heroin

– 3 grams of cocaine

– 40 grams of marijuana

– 12 Xanax pills

– Drug-packaging/dealing supplies, including scales, baggies, rubber bands and glass pipes

Ortiz and Danner are presumed innocent.

DOG LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL BE CONDUCTING A LICENSE CANVAS IN LANCASTER COUNTY ON MAY 15TH

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THE BUREAU OF DOG LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL BE CONDUCTING A LICENSE CANVAS IN LANCASTER COUNTY ON MAY 15TH.  MULTIPLE WARDENS WILL BE GOING DOOR TO DOOR EDUCATING DOG OWNERS AS WELL AS CHECKING THE STATUS OF THEIR DOG LICENSES AND RABIES VACCINATIONS.

License Your Dog in PA – 

All dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs.

An annual license is $8.50 and a lifetime license is $51.50. If the animal is spayed or neutered, the annual fee is $6.50 and lifetime is $31.50. Discounts are available to older adults and people with disabilities.

The small license fee helps the millions of dogs in the state by funding the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement.

Dog licenses are available from your local county treasurer and other licensing agents.

Reasons for dog licensing:

  • It’s the law. All dogs three months and older must have a current license.
  • If your dog gets lost, a license is the best way to get him back. A license helps animal control and shelters identify your dog and get him back home safely.
  • The cost of a license is less than the penalty for being caught without one. Owners who fail to license their dogs could face a fine of up to $300 for each unlicensed dog.
  • License fees support animal control. The annual fee you pay to license your dog helps keep shelters running and supports the work of the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, which is responsible for ensuring the welfare of dogs, regulating dangerous dogs and overseeing annual licensing and rabies vaccinations.

PENNDOT TO REHABILITATE POCOPSON ROAD BRIDGE OVER POCOPSON CREEK IN CHESTER COUNTY

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King of Prussia, PA – Construction is scheduled to begin Monday, April 30, to rehabilitate the bridge carrying Pocopson Road over Pocopson Creek in Pennsbury and Pocopson townships, Chester County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

PennDOT’s contractor will be removing and rebuilding three of the four wingwalls and performing other miscellaneous repairs on the structure.
Due to the nature of the repairs, Pocopson Road will be closed and detoured between Route 926 (Street Road) and Parkersville Road through the completion of the project scheduled for September.
During the four-month closure, Pocopson Road motorists will be directed to use Route 926 (Street Road) and Parkersville Road. Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the area because slowdowns will occur.
Built in 1929, the single-span concrete encased steel I-beam bridge is 32 feet long, 20 feet wide and carries an average of 1,685 vehicles a day.
This bridge rehabilitation is being performed under PennDOT’s $11,766,000 project to rehabilitate 10 structurally-deficient bridges in Bucks, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, and replace six structurally-deficient culverts in Bucks, Chester and Delaware counties.
Beginning Monday, April 23, PennDOT’s contractor will begin rehabilitation on the structure carrying Grubbs Mill Road over Crum Creek in Willistown Township, Chester County, which was closed in March due to structural damage sustained from impact by a vehicle.
The bridges/culverts currently under construction include:
• Street Road over Octoraro Creek in Upper Oxford Township, Chester County;
• MacDade Boulevard over the Muckinipattis Creek in Glenolden Borough, Delaware County; and
• White Horse Road over a branch of Pickering Creek in Schuylkill Township, Chester County.
Structures completed under this project include:
• Rocky Ridge Road over a branch of Tohickon Creek in Richland Township, Bucks County;
• State Road over a branch of Cooks Creek in Springfield Township, Bucks County;
• Route 282 (Creek Road) over a branch of Brandywine Creek in East Brandywine Township, Chester County;
• Route 113 (Souderton Road) over Mill Creek in Hilltown Township, Bucks County;
• Henry Avenue over Wissahickon Creek in Philadelphia;
• The historic Loux Covered Bridge over Cabin Run on Carver-Wismer Road in Bedminster Township, Bucks County;
• Oxford Valley Road over U.S. 1 in Falls, Lower Makefield and Middletown townships, Bucks County;
• Route 663 (Layfield Road) bridge over Green Lane Reservoir Creek in Upper Hanover Township, Montgomery County;
• Edenton Road bridge over Rattlesnake Run in Upper Oxford Township, Chester County;
• Torresdale Avenue bridge over Academy Road in Philadelphia; and
• Route 82 (Doe Run Road) over a branch of Sucker Run in East Fallowfield Township, Chester County.
Loftus Construction, Inc. of Cinnaminson, N.J., is the general contractor on this project that is financed with 100 percent state funds through Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation plan. Work on the entire project is expected to be completed in August 2019.

PENNSYLVANIA AMERICAN WATER TO RESTRICT ROUTE 372 (LIMESTONE ROAD) NEXT WEEK FOR RESURFACING OPERATIONS IN CHESTER COUNTY

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King of Prussia, PA – Pennsylvania American Water is planning lane restrictions with flagging on Route 372 (Limestone Road) between First Avenue and Sixth Avenue in Parkesburg Borough, Chester County, on Monday, April 23, through Friday, April 27, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, for resurfacing operations, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work area because slowdowns will occur during construction. The schedule is weather dependent.
Pennsylvania American Water will complete this project under a PennDOT Highway Occupancy Permit.

Governor Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff to Honor Former First Lady Barbara Bush

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Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the Commonwealth flag on the Capitol Complex, at all Commonwealth facilities, and all public buildings and grounds throughout the state to fly at half-staff to honor former First Lady Barbara Bush.

Barbara Bush, 92, passed away Wednesday April 17, 2018.

“Barbara Bush was an amazing American and an inspiration to millions,” Governor Wolf said. “She will be remembered and missed by our nation. Frances and I send our condolences to the Bush family.”

The Commonwealth flag shall be lowered from Wednesday, April 18, 2018, through interment. The United States Flag should also be lowered to half-staff until Barbara Bush’s interment.

All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.