Additional Sandusky Victims Receive Payments From Penn State

HARRISBURG (AP) – Penn State says it settled with six more victims of accusers of Jerry Sandusky during the year that ended June 30, bringing the payout total to nearly $93 million. The university’s audited financial statements, dated Oct. 30, show $33.2 million in new payments over claims related to the university’s retired longtime assistant football coach. The report says more claims could be paid in the future, but provides no details. Penn State had said in October 2013 it had agreed to pay 26 people $59.7 million related to the Sandusky scandal. The report says the school’s now paid 32 claims. Sandusky is pursuing an appeal while he serves 30 to 60 years in prison on a 45-count child sexual abuse conviction.

Hunters Report Increase In Bear Harvest

HARRISBURG (AP) – Hunters killed 223 bears during the third day of Pennsylvania’s statewide bear season, raising the three-day total to nearly 2,500. That’s almost a 9 percent increase over the number of bears taken during the first three days of last year’s season. The figures come from preliminary data released Wednesday by the state Game Commission. With one day remaining, bears have been harvested in 54 of 67 counties. The heaviest bears taken so far weighed 713 pounds each. One was killed in Granville Township in Mifflin County, the other in Blair Township in Blair County. Hunters harvested 3,366 bears during the 2014 season. The state’s largest bear harvest happened in 2011, when 4,350 bears were taken.

Maryland Receives 1,081 Medical Marijuana License Applications

ANNAPOLIS, MD (AP) – Maryland has received 1,081 applications for licenses for the state’s medical marijuana program and most sought dispenser licenses. The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission announced this week the total number of applications received by the Nov. 6 deadline. Officials say 811 of the applications received were from prospective dispensers. The commission says many submitted applications in all 47 state Senate districts, but state regulations prohibit any candidate from receiving more than one dispensary license. The state will only award two dispensary licenses per Senate district, for a total of 94 statewide. The commission received 146 applications for growers and 124 for processors statewide. The first stage of license approvals was expected by January, but because of the large number of applications, that will be delayed.

Motorcyclist Killed On Interstate 695

NOTTINGHAM, Md. (AP) – Maryland State Police say a motorcyclist was killed when he crashed into a car on Interstate 695. It happened about 1 p.m. Thursday in Nottingham. Troopers said in a news release that 32-year-old Kendall Redhead was speeding and hit a car trying to change lanes. Redhead was ejected from the motorcycle. Police say he was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash is under investigation.

Two Killed After Man Suffers Medical Emergency

CHAMBERSBURG,  (AP) – Authorities say a man suffered a medical emergency while driving in south-central Pennsylvania, causing an accident that killed him and a young passenger. State police say 44-year-old Calvin Edmonds and an unidentified 12-year-old boy died Wednesday on Interstate 81 near Chambersburg. Police say after Edmonds fell unconscious, the car left the northbound lanes and crossed over the grassy median into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer. A 42-year-old woman and an 11-month-old baby also traveling with Edmonds were hurt. The truck driver was not injured. Authorities say Edmonds was from Roanoke, Virginia.

Man Killed After All-Terrain Vehicle Crashes

BROGUE,  (AP) – Authorities say a man lost control of his all-terrain vehicle in central Pennsylvania and died after being thrown from it. The York County coroner’s office says 31-year-old Zachary Hoffmaster Sr. was killed early Thursday in Chanceford Township. The York Daily Record reports Hoffmaster was thrown from the ATV after he lost control and it rolled over. Passers-by found him along a road around 1:50 a.m. The coroner’s office says Hoffmaster was not wearing a helmet and died of blunt force trauma. Hoffmaster lived in Wrightsville. A relative said Thursday that the family was not ready to comment.

Looking For A Woman Who Tried To Stab A Paramedic

HARRISBURG, (AP) – Authorities are searching for a woman they say lunged at a paramedic with a knife and tried to stab him in the chest. Harrisburg police said in a release that Juanee Crawford is wanted for criminal attempted homicide after the incident Wednesday night around 10:30 p.m. at the Hall Manor complex. Paramedics were trying to treat a 68-year-old man who had been assaulted when authorities say Crawford confronted them with a knife. They say she threatened to kill them before striking the officer in the chest, where his metal-reinforced vest stopped the knife’s blade. They say she also slashed at his waist and damaged his radio holder and belt. Police say the paramedic wasn’t hurt and fought Crawford off before she fled the scene.

No More Arrest Warrant Duties For Constables

LANCASTER (AP) – Constables will be removed from arrest warrant duties starting next June in one central Pennsylvania county, and deputy sheriffs will take over the role. Lancaster Online reports a Lancaster County judge made the change today, saying it will cut costs and improve service. The order ends a system where about 100 elected and appointed constables served warrants on a per warrant basis. Some earned over $100,000 annually. President Judge Dennis Reinaker says constables didn’t cooperate with efforts to boost oversight of warrant service. Six deputies will be hired. The county expects to save hundreds of thousands of dollars because constable compensation costs about $1.6 million.

Struggling PA Counties Have Had Enough

HARRISBURG (AP) – Pennsylvania’s cash-strapped counties are saying enough is enough as the state government’s budget impasse nears its sixth month. The stalemate between Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican lawmakers has meant a lack of state funding for counties, school districts and nonprofits, which in turn have reduced staff, slashed services and borrowed money. The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania says it’s exploring the possibility of a lawsuit to force state government to fund services for children, senior citizens, addicts, and mentally disabled and mentally ill people. Its lawyers are also researching whether counties can withhold money they collect on behalf of the state.

Freight Train Derailment Near Harrisburg Station

HARRISBURG (AP) – Thanksgiving travel has hit a bump for some train passengers in central Pennsylvania after a freight train’s two-car derailment blocked tracks to the Harrisburg station. Norfolk Southern Public Relations Manager Dave Pidgeon said the two empty boxcars derailed this afternoon just west of the station, making it inaccessible to two arriving Amtrak trains. No one was injured. Norfolk Southern crews were on the scene, evaluating the situation.

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