Harrisburg Couple Face Hearing In Son’s Death

HARRISBURG (AP) – A Harrisburg couple charged in the starvation death of their 9-year-old son face a preliminary hearing on charges of criminal homicide. A hearing is scheduled today for Kimberly and Jarrod Tutko Sr., who are being held without bail. Police who found Jarrod Tutko Jr.’s body on Aug. 1 say the boy, who suffered from several painful conditions, lived in a locked and filthy room on the third floor of the family’s home. An autopsy showed he died of malnutrition and neglect and weighed less than 17 pounds. Authorities say the child spent his early years moving between foster care and his parents’ custody. Kimberly Tutko told police the couple collected $710 a month each in state disability payments and that neither parent had a job.

Lancaster Shooting Under Investigation

LANCASTER – The investigation continues into a Wednesday night shooting in Lancaster. Authorities responded to West King and North Mulberry Streets shortly after 9:30 p.m. and found a male York County teenager with a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital and is listed in stable condition. Police believe an argument occurred before the victim was shot. There is no word on the identity of the shooter.

Liberian Ambassador Speaks At Lancaster County College

ELIZABETHTOWN (AP) – Liberia’s ambassador to the United States says his country needs help from U.S. troops, more ambulances and food to cope with the Ebola crisis, but he believes it can be brought under control by the end of the year. Jeremiah Sulunteh spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday at Lancaster County’s Elizabethtown College, where delivered a lecture. He says a plan to have 3,000 U.S. troops train Liberian health care workers is key to the recovery effort. Sulunteh also says an ambulance shortage has resulted in sick people spreading the disease because they must use public transportation. And because many farmers have been killed or abandoned their farms, food shortages are a growing threat. The ambassador says 38 new Ebola cases were reported last week, which was down from a weekly peak of more than 100.

AMB. JEREMIAH SALUNTEH

AMB. JEREMIAH SALUNTEH

Sad Ending To Search For Missing York County Man

FAIRVIEW TOWNSHIP – A missing York County man was found, but later died. Police say 88-year-old Earl Calhoun of Lewisberry was located by searchers around 4:30 p.m. yesterday in the woods off Pinetown Road. He was alive and conscious, but very cold and not alert. He was flown to Hershey Medical Center for treatment, but later died at the hospital. Searchers were looking for Calhoun for two days since he was discovered missing from his home in the 1100 block of Pinetown Road on Monday night. Fairview Township Police wants to thank all who assisted in the search.

EARL CALHOUN

                  EARL CALHOUN

PA Death Records Now Available Online

HARRISBURG – More than seven million Pennsylvania death records are now available online thanks to a continued collaboration between the Pennsylvania State Archives and Ancestry. David Carmicheal, state Archivist for the Commonwealth, says many people are interested in the genealogical value of death records as they are able to get information about the person who died, their spouse, birthplace, their mother and father’s birthplace, and occupation. The collection contains all of the publicly available death records from the Pennsylvania State Archives from 1906 until 1963. Ancestry will add new records as they become publicly available. Residents of Pennsylvania can go to www.PAStateArchives.com to set up a free account to access the records free of charge.

PA Youth Experiencing Homelessness Week

HARRISBURG – This is “Pennsylvania Education for Youth Experiencing Homelessness Awareness Week” in the Commonwealth. The PA Senate adopted a resolution recognizing the week. During the 2012-2013 school year, over 22,600 students in Pennsylvania were homeless or without adequate housing. That number increased from about 19,000 the previous year. Speaking about his resolution, Montgomery County Sen. Bob Mensch said we need to shine a light on the problem and do what we can to help these young people. Mensch said more resources should be committed to address the issue. He added that while there are organizations committed to sheltering and providing supportive services, meals, and supplies to those experiencing homelessness, younger individuals who are without shelter need extra resources in order to help them attend school and obtain the necessary supplies to complete their education or find a job.

SEN. BOB MENSCH

     SEN. BOB MENSCH

York County Teen Dies Jumping Off Overpass

LEWISBERRY (AP) – State Police say a teenager died after apparently jumping from an overpass onto a York County interstate and being struck by multiple vehicles. Trooper Robert Hicks said emergency dispatchers were called just before 1:30 p.m. Wednesday about the male teenager plunging from the Fishing Creek overpass onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 83. The York County Coroner’s office said the deceased was a male teenager whose name would not be released. Police said the southbound lanes of the interstate were closed to allow for the investigation but were later reopened. Hicks said the case is being classified as a suspected suicide but remains under investigation.