LOWER WINDSOR TOWNSHIP – Firefighters from York and Lancaster Counties responded yesterday to a three alarm blaze in the 100 block of Calvary Church Road in Lower Windsor Township, York County. Officials received reports of an explosion shortly before 5 a.m. and found a fully involved blaze. A family living in the home was not there at the time. The fire destroyed the home. The cause does not appear suspicious and is believed to have come from a propane tank. One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion.
LANCASTER COUNTY – There were two separate fire calls Thursday in Lancaster County. Units responded to Harvey’s Main Street Barbeque along the 300 block of Main Street in Mount Joy around 6 a.m. There were no injuries. The business is closed as the owners say they will be back bigger and better. The cause is under investigation. Crews also responded to Big Lots in the 300 block of N. Reading Road in Ephrata after smoke was reported from the roof. A malfunction in a cooling unit was the cause. No one was hurt.
LANCASTER (AP) – A Lancaster County high school marching band will not perform some songs by Bruno Mars and Fall Out Boy because of their suggestive lyrics. Garden Spot High School had been rehearsing instrumental versions of the popular tunes, but will not perform them following Monday’s 6-3 board vote. Board member Heidi Zimmerman says people know the songs’ words, calling the lyrics “trashy” and “inappropriate” for teens. But member Glen Hartz says even lyrics to common musical choices like “The Phantom of the Opera” can be seen as “sensual” and or suggestive.
READING (AP) – Charges were filed against a motorist accused of killing a Berks County business executive as she jogged. Police arrested 56-year-old Mark Miller of Fleetwood on vehicular homicide, DUI, and related offenses in the death of Sally Miksiewicz. The 52-year-old CEO of East Penn Manufacturing died of injuries June 20 after being hit by Miller’s pickup truck on a road near her home. East Penn Manufacturing is a battery maker near Reading. Miksiewicz was also a trustee at Moravian College in Bethlehem.
PORT DEPOSIT, MD (AP) – Maryland State Police say an 11-year-old boy is one of three people facing first-degree murder charges in the slaying of their stepfather in Port Deposit. Police announced the charges yesterday against the three in the shooting death of 47-year-old Vincent Robertson. The other defendants are a 14-year-old boy and 23-year-old Alishawaine Monk. Police say they are children of Robertson’s wife. They were living with the couple when Robertson was found in his home Feb. 17.
WILMINGTON, DE (AP) – The Delaware Department of Transportation says it’s preparing for a jacking operation that it calls a critical phase of repairing the damaged Interstate 495 bridge. The agency says engineers and a contractor are working this week on a jacking system to enable crews to build eight temporary towers beneath the southbound bridge deck. Meanwhile, crews are strengthening the jacking towers by tethering them to anchor points with steel cables. The agency says the jacks will then be put in place to begin the slow, exacting process of realigning the bridge deck. The bridge carried about 90,000 vehicles daily before it was closed June 2 after officials learned several columns were tilting. Officials have said they hope to reopen a portion of the bridge before Labor Day.
LANCASTER TOWNSHIP – Manheim Township Police are investigating a robbery in Lancaster Township. A 22-year-old woman entered her home in the 1400 block of E. King Street around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and was attacked by a man with a knife. A struggle ensued and the woman received several lacerations to her upper body. The suspect took her wallet from her purse and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The woman was transported to LGH for treatment of her wounds. The suspect is described as a white male, about 6’ tall, blonde hair and a thin build, wearing a dark blue long sleeve shirt, black cargo pants, and black Nike shoes.
HARRISBURG – The PA Game Commission says July 31 is the deadline for hunters to enter the lottery to receive one of 108 elk licenses to be issued this year. The deadline is about a month earlier than normal because game officials are holding the drawing on Aug. 16 at the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Elk Expo in Elk County. The state will issue 27 licenses for antlered and 81 for antlerless elk. There’s a $10.70 nonrefundable fee to enter the drawing. Anyone selected must also have valid general hunting and elk licenses to participate in the hunt. Elk season is Nov. 3-8 with an extended season from Nov. 10-15 in designated areas for hunters who didn’t bag an elk during the regular season.
MIDDLETOWN – Pennsylvania moved ahead with steps to make travel more efficient today as the PA Turnpike activated its 70 mph speed limit from Blue Mountain Interchange 201 to Morgantown Interchange 298 and PennDOT announced it will launch 70 mph pilot projects on a pair of interstates next month. PennDOT said the sections include 88 miles on Interstate 80 in northern Pennsylvania’s Clearfield and Clinton Counties and 21 miles of Interstate 380 in northeastern Pennsylvania’s Lackawanna and Monroe Counties. The change is to take effect the week of Aug. 11. PennDOT will use data collected from the pilot locations while evaluating other 65-mph roadway sections for potential 70-mph implementation in the spring or summer next year. The Turnpike’s 70-mph speed limit could be implemented on remaining portions of the toll road system in 2015.
HARRISBURG (AP) – More than 500 migrant children are being housed in Pennsylvania as federal officials wrestle with a national crisis created by tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors across the southern U.S. border. State officials confirmed 120 children are in two temporary centers in Bethlehem and Womelsdorf, near Reading. The state Welfare Department says the other 386 youngsters are staying with “sponsors” that include relatives, religious groups, and others. Over 57,000 minors have crossed into the United States since October. President Obama is seeking funds for more immigration judges and detention facilities, while congressional Republicans are demanding changes in federal law to speed up deportations.