HARRISBURG – Harrisburg’s Bethesda Mission is in need of 5-7 lb. hams, fresh produce, and canned food to help provide a traditional Christmas dinner to hungry men, women, and children. On Sunday, December 25 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., a Christmas dinner will be offered to anyone who needs a meal or has nowhere else to go to celebrate the Christmas season. The mission is planning on serving 200 people. Any additional hams that are not used immediately will be frozen and will help to replenish their food needs for the coming months. Food donations can be dropped off at Bethesda Mission at 611 Reily Street at any time. Monetary donations can be mailed to Bethesda Mission, P.O. Box 3041, Harrisburg 17105, Attn: Christmas.
WEST EARL – A Lancaster County woman is charged in connection with a September vehicle crash that killed a 2-year-old girl. 23-year-old Grace Martin of Terre Hill told police she drove down a driveway on the 300 block of South Farmersville Road toward three young children and honked the horn to scare them, but the minivan did not stop. A 2-year-old girl, Martin’s niece, was struck and died an hour later. The two other children, ages 3 and 4, were able to get out of the way. West Earl Police charged Martin with misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter and three counts of reckless endangerment for the Sept. 20 incident. Martin turned herself in for arraignment this morning, when she also waived a preliminary hearing. District Judge Rodney Hartman ordered the charges to Lancaster County Court. State Police inspected and tested the minivan and determined it was in working order without mechanical issues.
HARRISBURG –A state lawmaker plans to reintroduce legislation to increase fines for littering in Pennsylvania. Currently, fines are $50 to $300 for a first time offense and $300 to $1,000 for a second and subsequent offense. Monroe County Rep. Mario Scavello feels its time to raise those fines. His measure will boost fines to $2,000 for multiple offenses based on the size and cubic feet of the litter. A bill passed the state Senate last legislative session, but was not taken up in the state House.
HARRISBURG – Progress is being made in consumer financial protection in Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Wolf’s Consumer Financial Protection Initiative is helping Pennsylvanians work towards financial independence, protecting them from illegal financial schemes, helping professionals and firms to understand how to navigate the state’s regulatory structure and comply with our laws, and protecting senior citizens from financial abuse, according to PA Banking & Securities Secretary Robin Wiessmann. She announced publication of the department’s first Consumer Services Office Annual Report. You can read the report by CLICKING HERE.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Pennsylvania election officials want a federal judge to throw out a Green Party-backed lawsuit that seeks a recount of paper ballots cast in Pennsylvania’s presidential election and an inspection to make sure election software wasn’t hacked. Thursday’s court filing says Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein lacks the necessary standing to challenge the election result because any change won’t make her the winner. A hearing is scheduled for today in the case. Meanwhile, Chester County will begin a hand recount of more than 190,000 paper ballots cast in the presidential election. The county approved the recount Thursday, five days before the federal deadline for states to certify results. A county spokeswoman couldn’t say how long it’ll take.
HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf joined cabinet members for the 27th annual Holiday Wish Program gift drive in Harrisburg. The drive provides gifts to about 200 families and 100 seniors, a total of 900 Pennsylvanians. Volunteer state employees and the PA National Guard loaded wrapped gifts into military vehicles and delivered them to participating county assistance offices for distribution to the families and individuals. The families and older adults sponsored for the event were identified through case workers at county assistance offices, a senior citizen complex serving older adults in need, and a community action agency. The Holiday Wish Program was started in 1989 by a small group of employees from the Department of Public Welfare, which is now called the Department of Human Services.
HARRISBURG – A Luzerne County lawmaker plans to introduce legislation that would create the Prescription Drug Donation Program. Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski’s proposal would require the State Board of Pharmacy to establish a voluntary program under which health care facilities may donate unused prescription drugs to vendor pharmacies that would repackage and redistribute the donated drugs to community-based clinics that provide primary health care services to financially disadvantaged Pennsylvanians. In order for a prescription drug to be donated, it would have to be in the original unopened, sealed, and tamper-evident unit dose packaging. The legislation would also require that entities volunteering to participate must be approved by the State Board of Pharmacy and comply with all applicable laws associated with safety and procedure. Pashinski will introduce his proposal when the 2017-18 session convenes in January.
CARLISLE – The Borough of Carlisle has lifted its mandatory water restriction. It’s water plant is back online producing, treating, and distributing water to consumers, who may now use water for any purpose. The Borough will continue to watch its water supply over the next several days and, if needed, may supplement a small portion of its water from adjacent municipalities. The Borough will continue to bring all systems and equipment online, further investigate and remedy the causes of the flooding, evaluate its response, and a host of other tasks. Consumers may experience a slight increase in chlorine taste and smell over the next several days.
LANCASTER – Lancaster City/County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in a homicide case. On December 4 around 12:56 p.m., State Police responded to 5852 Timothy Drive in Salisbury Township for a death investigation. Troopers found 52-year-old Dennis Pitch on the floor after being shot multiple times. Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Jonathan Potoka at 717-299-7650 or Lancaster City/County Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-322-1913.
HERSHEY – President-Elect Donald Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence are coming to Hershey. They will be bringing the 2016 USA Thank You Tour to the Giant Center on Thursday, December 15 at 7 p.m. Doors to the event will open at 4 p.m. You can register to attend the event by CLICKING HERE.