KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – Jamaican Police are seeking suspects and trying to determine a motive in the weekend slayings of two American missionaries. The bodies of 48-year-old Randy Hentzel and 53-year-old Harold Nichols were found along a rural road where they were traveling on motorbikes. One of the men was found with his hands bound. Hentzel was from Iowa and had five children with his wife, Sara. Harold Nichols hailed from New York, and is survived by his wife, Teri. They worked for a Macungie, Lehigh County-based ministry called Teams for Medical Missions that has been in Jamaica since 1990. They did evangelism and Bible ministry, built homes, and provided health care. They were apparently killed Saturday on their way to check on the foundation of a home they were building for a needy family.
HARRISBURG – PennDOT will begin adding 70 miles per hour signs to 396 additional miles of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and 400 additional miles of five state highways. That’s in addition to about 200 miles where the speed limit rose to 70 in 2014. Roadways that will get the new 70 mile-per-hour signs include sections of I-79, I-80, US 15, I-99, and I-380. The speed limit will rise on all remaining sections of the turnpike that are now posted at 65 miles per hour. Areas that didn’t qualify for the increase had crash histories, work zones, heavy or weaving traffic or other characteristics that made a higher limit unsafe.
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police held their 23rd annual Police Memorial Service in Harrisburg, honoring six police officers from across the Commonwealth who lost their lives in the line of duty. Speakers included Gov. Tom Wolf and state House and Senate leaders. A state Senate Resolution marked the day as Police Memorial Day. Family members of the fallen officers were given medals and placed flowers in a memorial wreath. Since 1791, 887 law enforcement officers have lost their lives while on duty in Pennsylvania.
LANCASTER TOWNSHIP – Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Weis Market in the Manor Shopping Center. Around 4:12 p.m. Sunday, a woman was making a small purchase in a check out lane when she raised her shirt to show she was carrying a firearm and told the clerk to give her all the money from the register. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The robber is described as a white female in her late 40’s, wearing an orange hoodie, and black pants. Two pictures of the suspect can below. If you know her identity, contact Manheim Township Police at 717-569-6401, ext 0 or call the Anonymous Crime Tipline at 717-569-2816.
DRUMORE TOWNSHIP – Units responded to a barn fire in Drumore Township, Lancaster County. It happened shortly after 10 p.m. Monday in the 1400 block of Harmony Ridge Drive. There were reports of livestock in the barn at the time of the blaze. Stormy weather was moving through the region at the time of the fire and it’s unknown if that may have been a factor. A cause is under investigation.
LANCASTER – A Lancaster County jury has convicted a man in the death of his girlfriend last year at Millersville University. 20-year-old Gregorio Orrostieta of Kennett Square, Chester County, was found guilty on Monday of third-degree murder in the death of 18-year-old Karlie Hall at her dorm. Authorities say he told police they had been drinking and got into the fight and she fell and hit her head. The defense argued an earlier injury figured into her death. Sentencing will be in about 90 days.
SINKING SPRING (AP) – A school bus and a car were involved in a crash in Berks County, sending the car driver and 17 students to the hospital, but no major injuries were reported. Police in Spring Township said the bus was carrying 34 students, two teachers, and a driver when the crash occurred shortly before 2:30 p.m. Monday along Route 724. Wilson School District said the bus was heading to the middle school when it was struck from behind.
HARRISBURG – PA Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says his office is already preparing to audit all state and federal funds spent during the current fiscal year and that he will immediately start tracking extra costs if the 2016-17 budget is not finalized by June 30. He added if the state’s structural deficit is not addressed appropriately this year and we have another budget impasse, the rating agencies will downgrade Pennsylvania’s bond rating again. If there is another budget impasse for the upcoming fiscal year, DePasquale said he will monitor — starting July 1 — what the cost of any budget impasse is for schools, counties, and human services providers such as day cares and domestic violence shelters. He said it is not acceptable to have what transpired with the last budget to happen again this year. There must be bi-partisan cooperation to get the budget done on time.
HARRISBURG – Bishop Ronald Gainer of the Harrisburg Diocese has been discharged from the hospital and his physical condition is much improved. The Diocese says he will be taking a period of time for rest and recuperation before returning to his normal schedule. A complete recovery from a digestive disorder is expected. He is truly grateful for all of the prayers and good wishes that he has received during his hospitalization. Bishop Gainer was admitted to the hospital on April 22. He was not feeling well and doctors suggested routine tests and rest.
LANCASTER – Authorities have charged a Maryland man with burglarizing three area churches and a rental venue. 30-year-old William Wiley of Colora was charged with four counts of burglary, three counts of theft by unlawful taking, and other charges after a three day burglary spree between February 15-17. The churches were Pleasant grove United Methodist in Fulton Township; Wrightsdale Baptist in Fulton Township; Union Methodist in West Nottingham Township; and Oakryn Hall in Little Britain Township. Police found he stole computer and recording equipment, TV’s, musical instruments, and cash. Police reported damage done to the locations was around $5,600.