HARRISBURG – Hunters will be out for the start of Pennsylvania’s rifle deer hunting season begins at sunrise today and runs to Dec. 12. The Pennsylvania Game Commission expects about 750,000 hunters to hit the woods. The Commission says the chances to take a trophy buck in Pennsylvania might be better than ever. All hunters must wear a minimum of 250 square inches of fluorescent orange material on their head, chest, and back combined. An orange hat and vest will satisfy the requirement. Motorists need to be aware that deer will be on the move and so be alert for deer on the roadways or running across roads. This is the time of year for many vehicle accidents involving deer.
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania deer hunters who are successful in bagging a deer are encouraged to donate all or part of their venison to Hunters Sharing The Harvest. In 2014, hunters donated 97,000 pounds of ground venison burger for distribution to food banks and pantries. This year, the goal is to provide over 100,000 pounds of venison to the needy through community-based food programs. You can get more information at www.sharedeer.org or by calling 1-866-HSH-2141.
HAGERSTOWN, MD (AP) – Maryland’s two-week firearm deer season has begun. Maryland’s most popular deer season began Saturday and continues through Dec. 12. More than 50,000 hunters are expected to participate in the season. Brian Eyler, deer project leader for the Wildlife and Heritage Service of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, says he anticipates 30,000 to 40,000 deer will be harvested this season. Hunters can donate venison to feed the hungry in Maryland through the Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry program at www.fhfh.org or calling 1-866-438-3434.
EAST DRUMORE TOWNSHIP – Crews responded to a mobile home fire in southern Lancaster County. It happened Sunday around 9:40 a.m. after a caller reported the blaze in the 900 block of Goshen Mill Road in East Drumore Township. Officials say an elderly woman was displaced by the fire and was being assisted by the American Red Cross. No injuries were reported. The cause was ruled accidental.
GETTYSBURG (AP) – A bust of Abraham Lincoln stolen from outside a museum near where he delivered the Gettysburg Address has been found. Hall of Presidents and First Ladies Museum manager Rose Little says the bust was found in a nearby cemetery’s bushes by some out-of-state visitors. The visitors called the museum to report the discovery and delivered the bust to her. It appeared to be in good shape, with just a bit of mud caked on it. She says the museum will clean it and “put President Lincoln back up on the pedestal where he belongs.” The bust was stolen between Nov. 22 and Nov. 23, days after the city celebrated the 152nd anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address on Nov. 19.
HARRISBURG (AP) – A 15-year-old boy was charged as an adult and jailed in one fatal shooting in Harrisburg and police were searching for a suspect in an unrelated fatal shooting. Jasuan Johnson was charged with criminal homicide for allegedly shooting 25-year-old Rashaad Gallmon-Queen just before 6 p.m. Friday. Police say that happened when Johnson fired shots from one vehicle at another in which the victim was a passenger. Police say another man was killed about an hour later in the third floor of a warehouse building used to host parties. Police say 25-year-old Rayon Braxton was fatally shot as he was preparing to host a dance party that hadn’t started. Police haven’t named a suspect in that shooting. Over 100 people marched in Harrisburg Saturday calling for an end to the gun violence.
HARRISBURG – Continued debate this week among PA’s elected officials over whether or not to admit Syrian refugees resulted in a state Senate resolution. Sponsored by Berks County Sen John Rafferty, it received positive votes from 6 Democrats and all Republicans which include the support of our Lancaster County Sens. Lloyd Smucker, and Ryan Aument. The resolution asks Governor Wolf, President Barack Obama, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to discontinue resettlement until such time as systems are in place to conduct effective and thorough security and background checks on Syrian refugees and to send a report detailing the increased measures to the states that are under consideration to receive Syrian refugees. Gov. Wolf responded by reiterating his backing of the President’s stance to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees nationally this year. Wolf remarked that he directed PA’s Dept of Human Services and Office of Homeland Security to review the federal government’s process and make any additional recommendations to strengthen these already extensive safeguards.
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.
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.
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.