House Fire In Lancaster County

EPHRATA – Crews responded to an early morning house fire in Lancaster County. Firefighters responded around 4:30 to the 900 block of Fairview Avenue. Preliminary reports say the occupants did escape from the two alarm blaze. No injuries have been reported. There’s no word on what may have caused the blaze which is believed to have begun in the garage with explosions being heard.

Death Investigation Continues In Lebanon

LEBANON – Police continue their investigation into the death of a man and woman inside a Lebanon city residence. Authorities say a passer-by heard a heated argument and glass breaking inside the home in the 300 block of Old N. 9th Street and called 911. Arriving officers got no response at the door, but forced their way inside after looking through a window and seeing a man lying on the living room floor. Police said a man and woman were found dead with gunshot wounds. Their identities have not been released pending autopsies to determine the cause and manner of death. Lebanon Police Chief Daniel Wright said bullet casings were found, but could not say whether a weapon was recovered. Anyone with information is asked to contact Lebanon Police at 717-272-6611.

PA Officials Lay Out Ebola Readiness Plan

HARRISBURG – The state House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee held an informational meeting in Harrisburg to discuss the Commonwealth’s readiness in the face of the Ebola threat. PA Health Secretary Michael Wolf, PA Physician General Carrie DeLone, and PEMA Director Glenn Cannon provided testimony on the nature of Ebola, how it is transmitted, and what is being done to prevent the spread. There are no known cases of Ebola in the Commonwealth and no flights are landing in Pennsylvania from any of the hot zones where Ebola is prevalent. Health and emergency service providers told the committee they are addressing the equipment and training needs of emergency responders who are on the frontline in the state’s quest to prevent an outbreak of Ebola, and to control it if it happens.

Maryland Releases Ebola Plan

ANNAPOLIS, MD (AP) – Anyone diagnosed with Ebola in Maryland would be treated at one of three hospitals if a federal facility is not available. State officials released their plan yesterday. The state still hasn’t said how it plans to monitor all people returning to the state from West Africa, where the virus is concentrated. The Centers for Disease Control has ordered Maryland and five other states to monitor everyone coming from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. If no federal treatment centers are available, anyone testing positive for Ebola in Maryland would go to either Johns Hopkins Hospital or the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore or to Medstar Washington Hospital Center.

Men Of Iron Participates In Extraordinary Give

MANHEIM – Men of Iron, a men’s mentoring ministry based in Lancaster County, is participating in Lancaster County’s biggest day of fundraising—Extraordinary Give 2014 on Friday, November 21. During Extraordinary Give, potential donors can visit the Men of Iron Extraordinary Give website to donate a minimum of $25 to the organization of their choice. For the 2013 Extraordinary Give event, the Lancaster County community raised more than $3 million to benefit local organizations. Through its fundraising goal, Men of Iron will be able to partner with 20 churches and impact more than 400 men. For more information, visit www.lancfound.org/extragive or email extragiveinfo@lancfound.org. The scriptural heart of Men of Iron is Proverbs 27:17, which states, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

Lancaster County Police Search For Two Suspects

MANHEIM TOWNSHIP – Police in Lancaster County are searching for two men after a Lancaster woman reported that her bank card information was used to make a purchase at Giant at 1605 Lititz Pike on October 11. She did not authorize the purchase, which was for $276 worth of soft drinks. Two black males in their late 20’s to early 30’s made the purchase. Within a short period of time, an attempt was made to use the same bank card information at Kmart at 1890 Fruitville Pike, but the attempt was declined. The suspects can be seen below. Anyone knowing their identity is asked to contact the Manheim Township Police at 717-569-6401, ext 0. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call the Manheim Township Police Anonymous Crime Tipline at 717-569-2816.

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ADF Defends Religious Expression In School

NAZARETH – A Philadelphia area school district revised its policy restricting student religious expression in the wake of a federal lawsuit Alliance Defending Freedom filed on behalf of a 1st grade student and his parents. In a settlement agreement approved by a federal district court and resulting in a voluntary dismissal filed Wednesday, the Nazareth Area School District acknowledged that it had changed its policy and would recognize that the First Amendment protects student religious expression. ADF Legal Counsel Matt Sharp said “Public schools ought to encourage, not suppress, the free exchange of ideas. That includes respecting a student’s freedom to include a Bible verse and a reference to God in a Valentine’s Day card.” Sharp commend Nazareth Area School District for revising its speech policy so that it respects student religious expression. In February, Floyd R. Shafer Elementary School prohibited a student from distributing St. Valentine’s Day cards to classmates because the cards contained a note that mentioned God and included the Bible verse John 3:16 after a sentence about the history of St. Valentine’s Day. Principal William Mudlock ordered the cards removed because of their religious nature and because they contained a Bible verse, telling the student’s parents that they could be “offensive” to others.

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Early Voting Underway In Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, MD (AP) – Registered voters can cast ballots in person before election day in Maryland during eight days of early voting. Early voting began today and runs every day through next Thursday, Oct. 30. Voters can go to special sites in the county where they live. The State Board of Elections says there are 59 such centers statewide, with most counties having one. Poll hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

White House Fence Jumper From Bel Air, MD

WASHINGTON, DC (AP) – The Secret Service says a 23-year-old Bel Air, Maryland man who climbed over the White House fence Wednesday night has been charged with felonies for assaulting a police dog and making threats. Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary says Dominic Adesanya is in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service for previous outstanding warrants. He has also been charged with four misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and unlawful entry. Adesanya was swiftly apprehended on the North Lawn by uniformed Secret Service agents and their dogs. He was unarmed when he was arrested. President Obama was at the White House at the time of Wednesday’s incident.