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Bank Robbery in East Hempfield Township

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East Hempfield Township Police report that on 7/28/18 at 1029 hours a male entered the Citizens Bank, 600 Centerville Road, and demanded money from an employee at the counter. The suspect, is identified as a middle age black male, approximately 5’10” medium build.  No weapon was displayed. The male wore a red Bandana covering his face, dark blue winter cap, sunglasses, dark blue/black sweatpants and long sleeve shirt and white gloves. He took an undisclosed amount of money and left the bank. No one was injured during the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call  Detective Ryan Kelly 717-898-3103.

State Museum of Pennsylvania Announces August Highlights

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Harrisburg, PA – The State Museum of Pennsylvania today announced its program schedule for August 2018:

StoryTime: Art by Patrick McDonnell, Friday, August 3, 10:00 AM
The children’s book Art, by Patrick McDonnell, will be read in the Art of the State gallery for StoryTime, our popular reading series for children aged 3 to 5. Each reading is held in one of our galleries and is followed by a related play activity or exploration of related hands-on artifacts. StoryTime is included with general admission.
Artist Conversations, Sunday, August 5, 2:00 PM
Fine Arts Curator Amy Hammond and artist Jo Margolis will lead a casual tour of Art of the State, sharing their insights on the show. Margolis’ work on paper Things Embedded is part of the exhibit. Art of the State is recognized as the official statewide juried competition for Pennsylvania artists. Jurors selected artwork from five categories: Craft, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Work on Paper. The exhibit includes 103 works by 99 artists from 27 counties and runs through September 9. This program is included with general admission.
Pay as You Wish Summer Fridays
This summer, The State Museum is inviting visitors to pay what they wish for general admission on all Fridays through August 24. Fees for the Planetarium and other special programs will still apply. Curiosity Connection will distribute free timed tickets for entry throughout the day.
Learn at Lunchtime
Learn at Lunchtime is a program featuring a variety of captivating lectures and presentations. This summer Learn at Lunchtime will be presented every Friday at 12:15 PM through August 24. Learn at Lunchtime is included with general admission.
Friday, August 3
Historic Pennsylvania Films with the Pennsylvania State Archives
Friday, August 10
Pennsylvania Turnpike Tunnels with Senior Curator Dr. Curt Miner
Friday, August 17
How the Counties Got Their Shapes with State Museum Education Department
Friday, August 24
Archaeology at Fort Hunter with Curator Janet Johnson
Nature Lab/Meet the Experts
The State Museum of Pennsylvania will offer visitors the opportunity to engage with museum curators and representatives of various Pennsylvania state agencies through its Summer 2018 Nature Lab/Meet the Experts series. This program will be presented every Wednesday and Thursday at 11:30 AM through August 16 and is included with general admission.
Wednesday, August 1 and 8
Pennsylvania Wildlife with Senior Curator of Zoology and Botany Dr. Walter Meshaka
Thursday, August 2
Librarians and the Lovely Lava with the STEM Librarians from the Pennsylvania State Library
Thursday, August 9
Preserving Our Past: Archaeology Lab with The State Museum’s Archaeology Section
Wednesday, August 15
Simple Machines with The State Museum’s Education Department
Thursday, August 16
History of Digging Fort Hunter with the State Museum’s Archaeology Section
Curiosity Kids
Curiosity Kids bridges the fun of Curiosity Connection with the wonders of The State Museum of Pennsylvania. Museum educators will guide you and your children, ages 3 to 6, on fascinating trips through history. Hands-on experiments in science and art will offer enlightening views of the world. Curiosity Kids programs are included with general admission.
Wednesday, August 22, 11:30 AM
Thursday, August 23, 11:30 AM
3rd in the Burg: Great Summer Switch, Friday, August 17, 5:30–8:30 PM
At the second annual Great Summer Switch, Tina Sell, director of education at the Susquehanna Art Museum, will conduct a tour at 6 PM of Art of the State at The State Museum. Afterward, visitors can walk up the street to the Susquehanna Art Museum for a guided tour at 7:30 PM by PHMC commissioner and artist Ophelia Chambliss of Romare Bearden: Vision & Activism. The State Museum building will open at 5:30 PM and close at 7:30 PM. This event is free as part of the 3rd in the Burg.
Art of the State is recognized as the official statewide juried competition for Pennsylvania artists. Jurors selected artwork from five categories: Craft, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Work on Paper. The exhibit includes 103 works by 99 artists from 27 counties and runs through September 9. Art of the State is presented by Jump Street and The State Museum of Pennsylvania.
Summer Reciprocal Membership with Susquehanna Art Museum, now through September 9
Members of the Susquehanna Art Museum and The State Museum of Pennsylvania will receive free reciprocal general admission to the two museums through September 9, 2018.
The Planetarium at The State Museum of Pennsylvania: The planetarium is offering three shows from July 1 through September 2:
Earth, Moon and Sun (Grades 1 through 5), Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 11:00 AM; Saturday, 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM; Sunday, 1:00 PM
Coyote has razor-sharp wit, but he’s a little confused about what he’s seeing in the sky. This production tackles many concepts associated with the Earth-Moon-Sun system, including eclipses, lunar phases, seasonal changes, and the physical nature of the Sun and the Moon.
Compass, Calendar and Clock (Grade 6 and up), Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 1:00 PM; Saturday, 12:00 Noon and 2:00 PM; Sunday, 2:00 PM
Understanding how the planet is aligned with the distant stars allows anyone to use the sky as a compass, a calendar, and a clock. This traditional show asks How can you use the Moon tell time? and How does the Sun help us find directions? See how humankind has used the sky to tell time, track yearly cycles, and find direction.
Planetarium shows are $3 per person in addition to general admission. Planetarium admission is free to members of the State Museum Affiliate and the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation.
The State Museum of Pennsylvania, adjacent to the State Capitol in Harrisburg, is one of 24 historic sites and museums administered by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History. The State Museum offers expansive collections interpreting Pennsylvania’s fascinating heritage. With exhibits examining the dawn of geologic time, the Native American experience, the colonial and revolutionary eras, a pivotal Civil War battleground, and the commonwealth’s vast industrial age, The State Museum demonstrates that Pennsylvania’s story is America’s story.
Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Sunday, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Admission is $7 for adults (ages 12-64), $6 for senior citizens (ages 65 and up), and $5 for children (ages 1-11).
The State Museum has joined other museums across the country in Museums for All. This program enables low-income families to visit participating museums for a nominal fee of $2 per person with the presentation of an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and identification. This offer is for general admission only and excludes special programs or events.

Pennsylvania’s Unemployment Rate Down to 4.3 Percent in June

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Commonwealth Jobs Set Record High for 15th Consecutive Month

Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) released its employment situation report for June 2018.
Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate declined two-tenths of a percentage point from May to 4.3 percent, the lowest rate in 11 years (June 2007). The commonwealth’s rate remained above the U.S. rate, which rose by two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.0 percent. Over the year, the Pennsylvania unemployment rate declined by one-half of a percentage point.
The estimated number of Pennsylvania residents working or looking for work, known as the civilian labor force, was essentially unchanged in June at 6,363,000, as a drop in unemployment over the month was matched by a gain in employment. Over the year, the civilian labor force was down by 61,000 due to declines in both employment and unemployment.
The estimated number of jobs in Pennsylvania, referred to as total nonfarm jobs, was up 4,000 from May to a record high of 6,016,900. Highlights from this month’s jobs report include:
·      15th consecutive month jobs established a record high level
·      Jobs were up in six of the 11 industry supersectors
·      Leisure & hospitality experienced the largest supersector gain, up 3,600 in June
Total nonfarm jobs in Pennsylvania were up 1.3 percent from June 2017. During this timeframe, nine supersectors in the commonwealth added jobs with increases ranging from 33,600 in education & health services to 2,000 in mining & logging. Nationally, jobs were up 1.6 percent over the year.
Additional information is available on the L&I website at or by following us on FacebookTwitter, and YouTube.
Note: The above data are seasonally adjusted. Seasonally adjusted data provide the most valid month-to-month comparison.
MEDIA CONTACT: Penny Ickes, 717-787-7530 or
Editor’s Note: A breakdown of Pennsylvania’s employment statistics follows.
Current Labor Force Statistics
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
        Change from Change from
  June May June May 2018 June 2017
  2018 2018 2017 volume percent volume percent
Civilian Labor Force 6,363 6,364 6,424 -1 0.0% -61 -0.9%
Employment 6,088 6,080 6,115 8 0.1% -27 -0.4%
Unemployment 275 283 309 -8 -2.8% -34 -11.0%
Rate 4.3 4.5 4.8 -0.2 —- -0.5 —-
Civilian Labor Force 162,140 161,539 160,214 601 0.4% 1,926  1.2%
Employment 155,576 155,474 153,250 102 0.1% 2,326  1.5%
Unemployment 6,564 6,065 6,964 499 8.2% -400 -5.7%
Rate 4.0 3.8 4.3 0.2 —- -0.3 —-
Note: July 2018 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released August 23,2018.


Pennsylvania Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
(in thousands)
Change from Change from
June May June May 2018 June 2017
2018 2018 2017 volume percent volume percent
Total Nonfarm Jobs 6,016.9 6,012.9 5,939.4  4.0  0.1% 77.5  1.3%
Goods Producing Industries 850.4 849.3 837.8  1.1  0.1% 12.6  1.5%
  Mining & Logging 28.6 28.7 26.6 -0.1 -0.3%  2.0  7.5%
  Construction 253.2 255.1 249.8 -1.9 -0.7%  3.4  1.4%
  Manufacturing 568.6 565.5 561.4  3.1  0.5%  7.2  1.3%
Service Providing Industries 5,166.5 5,163.6 5,101.6  2.9  0.1% 64.9  1.3%
  Trade, Transportation & Utilities 1,131.1 1,129.6 1,125.3  1.5  0.1%  5.8  0.5%
  Information 80.1 80.4 84.0 -0.3 -0.4% -3.9 -4.6%
  Financial Activities 325.3 324.9 321.2  0.4  0.1%  4.1  1.3%
  Professional & Business Services 812.1 815.8 799.9 -3.7 -0.5% 12.2  1.5%
  Education & Health Services 1,274.5 1,273.4 1,240.9  1.1  0.1% 33.6  2.7%
  Leisure & Hospitality 576.8 573.2 565.7  3.6  0.6% 11.1  2.0%
  Other Services 265.1 264.1 261.2  1.0  0.4%  3.9  1.5%
  Government 701.5 702.2 703.4 -0.7 -0.1% -1.9 -0.3%
For a more detailed breakdown of seasonally adjusted jobs data at the sector level, please contact the
Center for Workforce Information & Analysis at 1-877-4WF-DATA, or visit
Note: July 2018 labor force and nonfarm jobs statistics will be released August 23,2018.

Governor Wolf Appoints Charles Ramsey Chairman of the School Safety and Security Committee July 23, 2018 EDUCATION, 

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Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has appointed Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) Chairman Charles H. Ramsey as Chairman of the new School Safety and Security Committee. PCCD Acting Executive Director Derin Myers will perform the duties of the committee chairman if Ramsey is unavailable.

“This committee is bringing together a broad range of stakeholders to develop a holistic approach to protecting our students and teachers in communities throughout Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “By working together, we will make our school buildings more secure, improve training for school officials and law enforcement, and ensure that students get the emotional and behavior supports they need.”

In June, Governor Wolf signed Act 44 of 2018 into law, creating a Safe Schools and Security Committee within PCCD. The committee will administer the new $60 million School Safety Fund, created in the 2018-19 state budget.

The committee will award the funding to school districts and other school entities in the form of grants to cover numerous expenses and programs to keep students and teachers safe, including physical building upgrades, security equipment, teacher training, alternative education programs, community violence prevention programs, and special and individualized mentoring programs.

The 17-member committee will also establish best practices when conducting school safety and security assessments for school buildings, trainings and student behavioral health support, as well as issue a survey to school entities to measure school safety and security preparedness.


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Fire Incidents

Incident No. Incident Type Incident Location Municipality Dispatch Time Station
F18030640 POLES,WIRES,TRANSFORMER CHARLES ST & W NINTH AVE Valley Township 07-22-2018 20:51:41 44
F18030639 RELOCATE FIRE/EMS UNITS FIREHOUSE WAY & GAP NEWPORT PIKE Avondale Borough 07-22-2018 20:49:54 23
F18030638 POLES,WIRES,TRANSFORMER MCKEAN DR & CHESTERVILLE RD Franklin Township 07-22-2018 20:50:13 22
F18030637 POLES,WIRES,TRANSFORMER STREET RD & DALEVILLE RD Londonderry Township 07-22-2018 20:49:42 27
F18030636 ELECTRICAL INSIDE HEMLOCK DR & JENNERSVILLE RD Londonderry Township 07-22-2018 20:47:11 27
F18030635 POLES,WIRES,TRANSFORMER BARREN RD & CHROME RD Elk Township 07-22-2018 20:44:51 21
F18030634 RELOCATE FIRE/EMS UNITS WALLACE AVE & E PENNSYLVANIA AVE Downingtown Borough 07-22-2018 20:42:43 46
F18030631 RELOCATE FIRE/EMS UNITS BALTIMORE PIKE & GREENWOOD RD Kennett Township 07-22-2018 20:36:58 25
F18030630 RELOCATE FIRE/EMS UNITS LIMESTONE RD & CHURCH ST West Fallowfield Township 07-22-2018 20:35:13 27
F18030629 BRUSH WAGNER LN & LYONS LN East Fallowfield Township 07-22-2018 20:30:02 44
F18030625 FIRE ALARM WALKER RD & GENERAL MCINTOSH RD Tredyffrin Township 07-22-2018 20:16:28 02
F18030624 WATER RESCUE NEWARK RD & MYSTERY ROSE LN Upper Oxford Township 07-22-2018 20:13:54 21
F18030618 ACCIDENT – BLS REIFF LN & WADE DR UNKNOWN 07-22-2018 19:57:58 62
F18030616 NOTIFY FIRE CHIEF OLD STOTTSVILLE RD & E FRIENDSHIP CHURCH RD Highland Township 07-22-2018 19:51:09 27
F18030614 WATER RESCUE THOURON RD & N CHATHAM RD West Marlborough Township 07-22-2018 19:44:20 36
F18030609 FIRE POLICE REQUEST NB RT 1 TO RT 796 & NB RT 1 BYP Penn Township 07-22-2018 19:08:34 22


Flood Advisory

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The National Weather Service in State College PA has issued a

* Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for Poor Drainage Areas
  Central Lancaster County in south central Pennsylvania...
  Southeastern York County in south central Pennsylvania...

* Until 945 PM EDT.

* At 745 PM EDT, Doppler radar indicated heavy showers approaching
  the area.  This rainfall will cause mainly urban flooding.
  Overflowing poor drainage areas will result in minor flooding in
  the advisory area.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include...
  Lancaster, York, Weigelstown, Columbia, Millersville, Willow
  Street, Red Lion, New Holland, Spry, East Petersburg, Dallastown,
  Shiloh, East York, Leola, Stonybrook-Wilshire, Paradise, West York,
  Salunga-Landisville, Maytown and Shrewsbury.


Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small
creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as
well as other drainage areas and low lying spots.


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A Quarryville man was recently sentenced to 34 years of supervision for sexual abuse of four children.

John Lapp, 55, pleaded guilty in March to 13 crimes, including felony aggravated indecent assault, regarding the behavior that spanned several years, beginning in 1995.

Lancaster County Senior Judge Joseph Madenspacher ordered the following sentence:

  • One to two years in prison;

  • 32 years of probation;

  • Registration under Megan’s Law for life;

  • Abide by sex-offender conditions while on supervision;

The four victims represented that they did not want Lapp to go to prison. One spoke at the hearing.

Judge Madenspacher said he considered that when fashioning a sentence.

Assistant District Attorney Fritz Haverstick said the victims’ wishes are always of paramount importance, but he also has a duty to protect the public.

Haversick called Lapp a “sexual predator” who abused the girls for years.

The behavior was disclosed to authorities many years after it began.

Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Jonathan Potoka filed charges.

Cities, States, Business Push for More Electric Vehicles

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By: Andrea Sears

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Cities and states are using their collective influence to speed up the transition to electric vehicles. This weekend is the second running of the Formula E Championship, ten teams driving electric cars in a race along the Brooklyn waterfront.

Against that backdrop, The Climate Group, an international organization dedicated to fighting global climate change, launched the “Zero Emission Vehicle Challenge.” Climate Group CEO Helen Clarkson said cities and businesses operate large fleets, and by switching to electric, they send a signal to car manufacturers.

“Zero-emission vehicles are here today, so the sooner we can really get them into the market, the better,” Clarkson said. “And by really pulling this demand signal together, we give the surety to manufacturers that they can switch, and they can switch quickly.”

The State of California, as well as cities like Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, London, Paris, and major businesses around the world, have joined the Zero Emission Vehicle Challenge.

According to Grant Ervin, Pittsburgh’s Chief Resilience Officer, they are not only bringing low- and zero-emission vehicles into the city’s fleet, they’re adding infrastructure, like solar-powered charging stations.

“What we’re looking to do is create a total zero-emissions lifecycle where we can not just have zero emissions at the tailpipe but also, using renewable energy to power those vehicles, as well,” Ervin said.

He said the city is also installing charging stations in public garages to encourage residents to make the shift to electric vehicles.

Clarkson noted that as demand increases, the price of electric vehicles is falling. As more cities, states and businesses commit to the Zero Emission Challenge, she said, the message is clear.

“We want with this challenge to say to the automotive industry, ‘Tell us what your end game is,'” Clarkson said. “This is happening, so how quickly can you do it? What can you commit to by 2025, and what can you commit to beyond that?”

She added that several countries, including the United Kingdom, Norway, France and India, have said they will ban internal-combustion engines beginning in the year 2040.

Use of County Clean-Air Funds for Building Renovation Challenged

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By: Andrea Sears

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Clean air advocates contend using the County Clean Air Fund for Allegheny County Health Department office renovations is illegal.

The Group Against Smog and Pollution, or GASP, and the Clean Air Council have asked the Court of Common Pleas to stop the county from using the money for purposes that don’t advance efforts to end air pollution. Allegheny County is in the top 2 percent of counties nationwide for cancer risk related to inhaled toxins.

GASP’s Executive Director Rachel Filippini explained the money comes from fines paid by companies that violate pollution permits, and the law dictates how it is supposed to be spent.

“Projects that will actually improve air quality, that help to educate Allegheny County residents about air pollution,” Filippini said; “they could go towards things like supplying a university with money to do a study on air pollution, to try to figure out how to control it better.”

Allegheny County Health Department officials have not responded to reporters’ requests for comment on the lawsuit. The renovation is expected to cost about $9 million, with half the money coming from the Clean Air Fund. The other half would come from a fund used to issue and enforce Title V pollution permits.

Attorney Logan Welde with the Clean Air Council pointed out that many facilities in Allegheny County have been operating for years with expired Title V permits.

“With the Title V fund, they could have sped that process up, hired inspectors,” Welde said. “We believe that both the Clean Air Fund and the Title V fund could have been put to a better use.”

He added that Allegheny County has a rainy-day fund of about $46 million, and the County Council recently approved $114 million for infrastructure bonds.

Filippini noted the law does allow the County Health Department to use up to 5 percent of the balance of the Clean Air Fund every year for operational expenses, but the building renovation project would use much more than that.

“It’s just inappropriate to use this much, an unprecedented, huge amount of this money – nearly 40 percent of the remaining balance – on one building renovation project,” she said.

The groups are asking the Court of Common Pleas to issue a judicial order preventing the use of air-quality improvement funding on the office renovation.


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A convicted drug dealer will serve up to 16 years in prison for a 2017 sale of fentanyl that killed an Elizabethtown man.

Tyler S. Bobola, 22, pleaded guilty in April to felony drug delivery resulting in death and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.

On Aug. 31, Bobola sold the 22-year-old victim heroin – actually pure fentanyl – and the victim overdosed shortly after at his North Cherry Alley home.

Regarding the endangering charge, police found heroin and fentanyl residue near Bobola’s infant child when they searched Bobola’s South Market Street apartment on Sept. 6.

At a recent hearing in Lancaster County Court, Judge Merrill Spahn Jr. sentenced Bobola to 6 years and 8 months to 16 years in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Barry Goldman said there are differences between legitimate dealers and individuals who sell drugs solely to support their own drug habits.

Bobola’s operation was profitable and had been going on for years, Goldman said.

Goldman showed Judge Spahn photos of what was found at Bobola’s apartment – about 1,000 bags of heroin/fentanyl and eight cellphones, believed to be used in the drug-dealing operation.

Elizabethtown Borough police Detective Dustin Ryan filed charges.