BROWNSTOWN – The Turkey Hill in Brownstown, Lancaster County, was robbed again last night at 9:12 p.m. This is the fifth robbery at the store since July 27 and the fourth this month. The description of the suspect is similar to that of prior robberies, that being a man, thin build, about 5’9″, dark hooded sweatshirt, black pants, and black shoes with blue bandana. The clerk was the only person in the store at the time, and was not injured. No weapon was seen. A witness saw the suspect get into a maroon or dark colored Dodge Charger, which was parked near the store on West Main Street. The vehicle fled west on West Main Street toward the Oregon Pike.
LANCASTER – Police arrested a homeless man in connection with the August 11th robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank at 926 Manor Street in Lancaster. After following some leads, police charged 38-year-old Robert Holmes. He was spotted in the area of a convenience store at the intersection of Lititz Pike and Keller Avenue. Holmes was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit. Holmes was accompanied by a female at the time of his arrest. No charges have been filed against the woman as of this date. Holmes is being held in Lancaster County Prison.
YORK (AP) – The York County District Attorney’s Office said a sheriff’s deputy was justified in fatally shooting a prison escapee who fired at him first. Their report found that Deputy Michael Lutz’s actions on June 9 were in response to the deadly conduct of 38-year-old James Nickol. Authorities say Lutz and other deputies tracked Nickol to his girlfriend’s home in York after he walked away from a prison work release facility. Investigators say he opened fire as Lutz approached. Lutz was shot in the face and thumb, but returned fire, hitting Nickol seven times. Lutz was treated and released, but has not returned to duty.
HARRISBURG – Allegheny County Rep. Nick Kotik is introducing legislation designed to address the way state and local taxes are collected in Pennsylvania. Kotik’s bill would establish a Tax Reform Commission to study the way in which taxes are levied and collected. The seven-member commission would be comprised of four members of the General Assembly and three members appointed by the governor. In addition, the commission would be required to provide a report of its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly. Kotik said his bill is to address ways to collect taxes in a more cost-effective manner, improve fairness, and avoid duplication throughout the state.
HARRISBURG – Harrisburg’s Bethesda Mission is seeking donation of turkeys. The mission is now serving over 400 meals each day and assisting families in need of food. Outreach Director, Zachary Kinard said people don’t often think about purchasing an entire turkey, other than during the Thanksgiving or Christmas season, but for large families in need, receiving a turkey is a real blessing any time of the year. Donated turkeys can be dropped off at anytime at their 611 Reily Street location. For more information, you can contact Ken Ross at 717-257-4442, ext. 223, weekdays from 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
PENN TOWNSHIP – Three people are charged by Lancaster County authorities after blowing up a large turtle with firecrackers. On August 3 around 6:55 p.m., police responded to a reported explosion in the 1100 block of N. Penryn Road in Penn Township. Police found a small crater and the remains of a large turtle. Witnesses described the suspects and the description of the truck they were in at the time of the explosion. Officers identified three individuals that were alleged to have placed two M-80 firecrackers on the shell of the turtle, subsequently lighting the fuse, and killing the reptile. The three were identified as 21-year-old Taylor Geib of Manheim, 21-year-old Austin Garner of Manheim, and a 17-year-old juvenile male. Charges were filed through Lancaster County Juvenile Probation.
HARRISBURG (AP) – A 23-year-old Ukrainian man who faked his name and age while attending a Dauphin County high school pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges. Artur Samarin entered the pleas to passport fraud and Social Security fraud on Tuesday. He pleaded guilty to separate fraud and sex charges in Dauphin County Court earlier this month. Prosecutors say Samarin could be deported. While attending John Harris High School, Samarin called himself Asher Potts. He impressed teachers and community leaders before authorities concluded he was considerably older and overstayed a visa. Authorities say Samarin told a detective in February he had relations with a 15-year-old girl when he was 22.
YORK – Our nation is at a tipping point where if action is not taken soon by churches, we may lose our freedoms. Pastors and church leaders will be equipped to regain a crucial balance before the point of no return at an upcoming Tipping Point Summit to be held in York. The summit seeks to create a grassroots effort among a non-denominational and diverse group of Bible believers who are coming together in unity to deal with the urgency of the times and helping to demonstrate how pastors can step up as cultural leaders, especially in this critical election year. Pennsylvania Pastors Network President Sam Rohrer said the summit will also be streamed live on the web. The Tipping Point Summit is free of charge and held at Grace Fellowship in York on Saturday, September 10 from 9 a.m. till 12:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to register whether attending in York or watching online. You can register at the website: www.tippingpointamerica.com.
LANCASTER (AP) – Lancaster County officials are calling for their sheriff’s resignation amid claims he sent pornographic and inappropriate emails to a female subordinate. A county deputy sheriff filed a complaint in July against Sheriff Mark Reese, claiming he sent her explicit messages. County commissioners say Reese admitted to sending the emails, but the sheriff’s attorney said the county should conduct a full investigation and also review emails sent to the sheriff. While county commissioners cannot fire the elected official, the state Legislature can impeach him. Taxpayers will bankroll Reese’s legal fees at a reduced rate. Commissioners say they are searching for ways to recoup the costs if they cannot prevent the county from paying Reese’s legal bills. Reese is on voluntary paid leave.
LANCASTER –Over a dozen garages were damaged by a four alarm fire in Lancaster. Crews responded to the 600 block of W. Fulton Street around 1 p.m. Tuesday. Investigators say some men were working on a car in one of the garages when apparently some fuel leaked and caught fire. Two people were treated for injuries.