ENOLA (AP) – A Cumberland County district is closing all schools so officials can test for mold. East Pennsboro closed all schools today as a precaution to check the heating and cooling systems in its buildings. Students had just returned Monday after summer vacation. Mold was found on ceiling tiles at the high school and was later found on pipes at the elementary school. A testing company blamed the growth on extreme humidity and rain over the summer. A decision on whether schools will reopen Thursday will be made later today.
HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf has launched OpenDataPA to enhance access to valuable information by creating a central repository to share the Commonwealth’s data with the public. Citizens can now browse through the first released data sets at data.pa.gov, including information about job creation, school performance, bridges being repaired, and more. Future releases will include data sets from agencies and programs across state government. There is also an online suggestion form for new data sets. By making data easily accessible, the Wolf Administration hopes to encourage citizens to become more familiar with how government is performing, engage with the state’s developer community, and build tools and resources that ultimately make Pennsylvania a better place to live and work.
HARRISBURG – Some area airports will make safety upgrades and expand operations with the assistance of state funding. Lancaster Airport will get $200,000 to construct three new box hangars to accommodate newer privately owned aircraft based at the airport. York Airport will receive over $646,000 to rehabilitate their runway. And Lebanon County’s Deck Airport will get $90,000 to install a new airport weather observation system that reports current weather conditions to pilots.
LANCASTER – Some Lancaster residents detained a Philadelphia man in a home invasion. Last Friday, police responded to a home in the 900 block of Wabank Street after an 85-year-old man answered his front door and found 29-year-old Alberto Merced claiming to be an electric company employee. As the man attempted to close the door, Merced pushed the elderly man and pulled out a handgun. The man yelled for his son, who came to his aid. Merced began to flee when the son grabbed and restrained him. A neighbor came to assist after hearing the commotion and helped the two men hold Merced down until police arrived. Merced faces burglary, assault, and other charges. He is being held in Lancaster County Prison.
OLEY (AP) – State Police say a fight between a father and son at their Berks County home has ended with the younger man dead and his father in the hospital. Troopers say 37-year-old Jason Hirschorn reportedly was assaulting his father, 60-year-old Robert Hirschorn in a dispute in Oley Township. It began in the house in the 1600 block of Limekiln Road and ended outside early today. But police are still trying to determine what the fight was about and how Jason Hirschorn was killed. Police have not said whether a weapon was involved. The investigation continues.
HARRISBURG – Evangelist Franklin Graham is going to every state capitol in our nation this year to challenge Christians to live out their faith at home, in public, and at the ballot box. Graham’s Decision America Tour 2016 will be coming to Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey in September and to Maryland in October. Graham says America is much different today than the time of his father, Dr. Billy Graham when the Ten Commandments were posted in public schools, teachers read from the Bible, and even people who did not regularly attend church, still had a respect for things of God and Jesus Christ. He says America is drifting away from the God who established her and is allowing abortion, same sex marriage, crime, and evil to run rampant. Graham said he believes his father would be speaking out on today’s issues as he did when communism was a growing threat during his ministry. Franklin Graham’s Decision America Tour will be in Dover, Delaware on Tuesday, September 13 at noon; Trenton, New Jersey on Wednesday, September 14 at noon; and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Thursday, September 15 at noon. The tour will be in Annapolis, Maryland on Tuesday, October 11 at noon. You can get more details about each location at www.decisionamericatour.com.
HERSHEY (AP) – In less than a week, two roller coasters somehow got stuck at Hersheypark. Officials say the Sidewinder “experienced a stoppage” at 3:30 p.m. Monday, and workers escorted all 27 riders safely off it. They say the coaster worked as it should during a malfunction by settling at a point that allowed guests to safely exit. The malfunction is being investigated. The Sidewinder is a steel roller coaster that’s rated an “aggressive thrill ride” on park’s website. Last Friday, the park’s Fahrenheit roller coaster was briefly stuck mid-ride for about six minutes. No one was evacuated and the ride continued.
SINKING SPRING – Authorities released the name of the woman who died in a house fire in Berks County. Around 3:30 a.m. Monday, crews responded to the 3900 block of Penn Avenue in Sinking Spring. Two women were found on the ground after apparently jumping from a third story window to escape. 24-year-old Maira Bazan died at the scene. A 21-year-old woman who lived with her was hospitalized in critical condition. Her name was not released. An autopsy is scheduled for today. Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire, but it does not appear suspicious. Four others in the home escaped unharmed.
BROWNSTOWN – Another robbery occurred at the Turkey Hill at 14 N. State Street in Brownstown, Lancaster County. On Monday at 8:45 p.m., a suspect entered and demanded cash. No weapon was seen. He fled on foot with an undetermined amount of money. The suspect is believed to about 5’8″ to 5″10 with a thin build, wearing a black hooded sweat shirt, black pants, black shoes, gloves, and a blue bandana over his face. The clerk, a 21 year old man, was not injured. There was one customer in the store at the time who also was not hurt. The store has been robbed three prior times by an actor dressed similarly since June 2016 with those robberies occurring on June 27, August 9, and August 15.
UNDATED (AP) – PA Department of Education data shows an increase in unsolved bomb threats in public schools over the last three academic years, but a general decrease in terroristic threats. An analysis of school threat data found the disruptions increasing nationwide at the expense of students’ learning time and local police departments’ resources. The data was gathered from Pennsylvania’s 500 public school districts. In 2014-2015, Pennsylvania schools received 132 unsolved bomb threats by phone, email or other methods. That‘s up from 88 in 2013-2014 and 82 in 2012-2013. Terroristic threats include solved bomb threats and other threats to commit violence. More than 1.7 million students attend Pennsylvania public schools.