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.
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.
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.
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.
LANCASTER – The investigation continues into a Wednesday night shooting in Lancaster. Authorities responded to West King and North Mulberry Streets shortly after 9:30 p.m. and found a male York County teenager with a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital and is listed in stable condition. Police believe an argument occurred before the victim was shot. There is no word on the identity of the shooter.
ELIZABETHTOWN (AP) – Liberia’s ambassador to the United States says his country needs help from U.S. troops, more ambulances and food to cope with the Ebola crisis, but he believes it can be brought under control by the end of the year. Jeremiah Sulunteh spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday at Lancaster County’s Elizabethtown College, where delivered a lecture. He says a plan to have 3,000 U.S. troops train Liberian health care workers is key to the recovery effort. Sulunteh also says an ambulance shortage has resulted in sick people spreading the disease because they must use public transportation. And because many farmers have been killed or abandoned their farms, food shortages are a growing threat. The ambassador says 38 new Ebola cases were reported last week, which was down from a weekly peak of more than 100.
FAIRVIEW TOWNSHIP – A missing York County man was found, but later died. Police say 88-year-old Earl Calhoun of Lewisberry was located by searchers around 4:30 p.m. yesterday in the woods off Pinetown Road. He was alive and conscious, but very cold and not alert. He was flown to Hershey Medical Center for treatment, but later died at the hospital. Searchers were looking for Calhoun for two days since he was discovered missing from his home in the 1100 block of Pinetown Road on Monday night. Fairview Township Police wants to thank all who assisted in the search.
HARRISBURG – More than seven million Pennsylvania death records are now available online thanks to a continued collaboration between the Pennsylvania State Archives and Ancestry. David Carmicheal, state Archivist for the Commonwealth, says many people are interested in the genealogical value of death records as they are able to get information about the person who died, their spouse, birthplace, their mother and father’s birthplace, and occupation. The collection contains all of the publicly available death records from the Pennsylvania State Archives from 1906 until 1963. Ancestry will add new records as they become publicly available. Residents of Pennsylvania can go to www.PAStateArchives.com to set up a free account to access the records free of charge.
HARRISBURG – This is “Pennsylvania Education for Youth Experiencing Homelessness Awareness Week” in the Commonwealth. The PA Senate adopted a resolution recognizing the week. During the 2012-2013 school year, over 22,600 students in Pennsylvania were homeless or without adequate housing. That number increased from about 19,000 the previous year. Speaking about his resolution, Montgomery County Sen. Bob Mensch said we need to shine a light on the problem and do what we can to help these young people. Mensch said more resources should be committed to address the issue. He added that while there are organizations committed to sheltering and providing supportive services, meals, and supplies to those experiencing homelessness, younger individuals who are without shelter need extra resources in order to help them attend school and obtain the necessary supplies to complete their education or find a job.
LEWISBERRY (AP) – State Police say a teenager died after apparently jumping from an overpass onto a York County interstate and being struck by multiple vehicles. Trooper Robert Hicks said emergency dispatchers were called just before 1:30 p.m. Wednesday about the male teenager plunging from the Fishing Creek overpass onto the southbound lanes of Interstate 83. The York County Coroner’s office said the deceased was a male teenager whose name would not be released. Police said the southbound lanes of the interstate were closed to allow for the investigation but were later reopened. Hicks said the case is being classified as a suspected suicide but remains under investigation.