Manhunt Ends For PA Trooper Ambush Suspect

LORDS VALLEY – Authorities finally captured Eric Frein, the man suspected of killing a PA State Police officer and wounding another. He surrendered to U.S. Marshals in an abandoned airplane hangar. The arrest ended seven weeks of tension and turmoil, as authorities at times closed schools, canceled outdoor events, and blockaded roads to pursue him. Frein is accused of opening fire outside the Blooming Grove barracks on Sept. 12, killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and seriously wounding Trooper Alex Douglass. Authorities used the handcuffs of the slain officer to take Frein into custody. Gov. Tom Corbett and law enforcement officials held a news conference regarding the capture. Corbett praised the work of law enforcement personnel and thanked the people of the search area for their patience and support. Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty in this case. Frein faces an initial court appearance this morning.

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Assisted Suicide Case Spotlighted

LANCASTER – In January 2014, 29-year-old Brittany Maynard was told she had a fatal form of brain cancer and had only about six months to live. She and her family moved from the San Francisco Bay area to Portland, Oregon, to access the state’s physician assisted suicide law. She planned to end her life this weekend, but now says she feels good and now is not the time. Michael Ciccocioppo, Executive Director of the PA Pro Life Federation, says he feels she is being used by a pro euthanasia group called Compassion and Choices. You can hear more about the Brittany Maynard case and euthanasia on Saturday afternoon’s Spotlight at 12:30 on WDAC and 2 p.m. on 1075Alive.fm. You can listen to the program right now online at wdac.com under our blog.

Going The Extra Mile In Lancaster

LANCASTER – Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray has declared November 1 as Extra Mile Day, a day recognizing the capacity we each have to create positive change in ourselves, families, organizations and communities when we “go the extra mile.” In connection with Extra Mile America, Lancaster joins a national movement that originated in 2009 with 23 declaring cities. In 2014, 500 cities are expected to make the November 1 declaration. The unique declaration also serves as a reminder that we each have the power to create positive change in our own lives and in the lives of others when we go the extra mile.

Recognize The Burglar?

MANHEIM TOWNSHIP – Police are searching for a man who cut and stole copper wire and pipe from a home in the 300 block of Pleasure Road in Manheim Township early Wednesday morning. Surveillance cameras recorded the man and you can see him below. Three surveillance cameras were also taken. If you know his identity, call Manheim Township Police at 717-569-6401, ext. 0 or the Manheim Township Police Anonymous Crime Tipline at 717-569-2816.

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Harrisburg Couple Sent To Trial In Son’s Death

HARRISBURG (AP) – A Dauphin County couple has been ordered to stand trial on criminal homicide charges in the starvation death of their 9-year-old son. A judge announced the decision after a two-hour preliminary hearing Thursday at the jail where Kimberly and Jarrod Tutko Sr. are held without bail. Police who found Jarrod Tutko Jr.’s body on Aug. 1 say the boy lived in a locked, filthy room on the third floor of the family’s Harrisburg home. An autopsy showed he died of malnutrition and neglect and weighed less than 17 pounds.

Letter Written For Extention Of The Federal SelectPlan

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Women’s Health Caucus has written a letter to the Corbett Administration, asking them to take action to extend the federal SelectPlan for Women. The program is set to expire Dec. 31st of this year. The SelectPlan for Women provides crucial health services to nearly 90,000 predominantly low-income women across Pennsylvania annually. Services provided include gynecological exams, emergency contraception, screening and treatment for various sexually transmitted infections, and breast and cervical cancer screenings. It does not cover abortion services, since no public dollars are allowed to be used for abortions in Pennsylvania. Many of these services are scheduled to be covered under Gov. Corbett’s new Healthy PA plan, which goes into effect January 1, 2015, but the administration has not yet made it clear to women using SelectPlan that they will have to re-apply for coverage under Healthy PA, and that their SelectPlan coverage will be dropped when the program expires December 31st.

Game Commission Alerts Motorists To Watch For Deer

HARRISBURG – With deer becoming increasingly active, and daylight saving time about to put more vehicles on the road during the hours when deer move most, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is advising motorists to slow down and stay alert. Executive Director, R. Matthew Hough said all motorists should be advised that white-tailed deer have entered a period of increased activity due to their fall breeding season and are crossing roads more frequently as a result. A driver who hits a deer with vehicle is not required to report the accident to the Game Commission. If the deer dies, only Pennsylvania residents may claim the carcass and must call the Game Commission region office within 24 hours of taking possession of the deer. For more information please go to the Game Commission’s website at www.pgc.state.pa.us.

A Call To “Let’s Talk, Pennsylvania”

LANCASTER – Aevidum partnered with Mental Health America of Lancaster County to kick off a major mental health awareness campaign entitled, “Let’s Talk, Pennsylvania!” Students from across our region, joined by local, state, and national leaders, engaged in a collaborative session to learn how to foster a culture of caring in their schools and communities. The intention is to eventually spread the message to every community in the state. Too often, a negative environment in school leads to depression and thoughts of self-harm. Aevidum, which was founded at Lancaster County’s Cocalico High School in 2004, empowers youth to become mental health advocates for themselves and their peers. Aevidum has emerged as a leading mental health awareness organization that focuses on educators and students in schools and universities across the nation. Mental Health America of Lancaster County is dedicated to helping individuals lead mentally healthy lives and is committed to working with community organizations to promote mental health awareness.

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