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PA Farm Show Wraps Up On Saturday

The 2022 Pennsylvania Farm Show continues through tomorrow at the Farm Show complex in Harrisburg. Today’s events feature a sticky bun contest at 5pm, then at 7p its the First Frontier PRCA Circuit Finals Rodeo. On Saturday at 1:00 p.m. its the Master Showmanship Competition and at 2:30p its a Lumberjack Demonstration and Competition. Learn more at the web site: FarmShow.PA.gov

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York City Shooting Leaves One Injured

A man was wounded in a shooting in York City. Police say they were notified around 2am Thursday that a 20-year old man was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound. The crime scene was along the 500-block of Maryland Avenue. The investigation continues.

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January Is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Lancaster County district attorney Heather Adams announced this week the creation of a human trafficking task force. Adams says the task force will bring local, county, state and federal governments together with organizations combating human trafficking. Meanwhile, a York County Collaborative of various organizations and agencies will host a free screening of the documentary “Blind Eyes Open” Saturday from 11am to 2:30pm at the LCBC York Campus on North Hills Road. Register by visiting the York City Police Facebook page.

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Code Orange Day Thursday

The state Department of Environmental Protection has declared Thursday as a Code Orange Air Quality Day for York, Lancaster, Cumberland, Dauphin, and Lebanon counties. That means there are unhealthy pollution levels in the air for sensitive groups of people such as those with asthma

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PA Farm Show Thursday

The 2022 Pennsylvania Farm Show continues through this Saturday at the Farm Show complex in Harrisburg. Today’s events feature the Open Breeding Sheep Show at 2:30p then at 7p its the First Frontier PRCA Circuit Finals Rodeo. Learn more at the web site: FarmShow.PA.gov

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Mt Joy Man Gets Prison For Arson & Ethnic Intimidation

A Lancaster County man has pleaded guilty to ethnic intimidation and arson against Mexican immigrants. The District Attorney’s Office says 19-year-old Jeremy Anderson of Mount Joy threw two Molotov cocktails toward a home along the 200-block of Mount Joy Street in February 2021. Anderson was caught using video surveillance from neighbors. He was sentenced to serve from 2-to-5 years in state prison.

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Burglar Charged For Lancaster Co. Crime Spree

A Florida man has been arrested for burglarizing multiple homes in Lancaster County last November. Manheim Township police say 45-year old Francisco Cartagena, whose last known address was Winter Haven, Florida, broke into at least five houses over several hours, stealing various items including about $53,000 worth of jewelry. Officers are investigating whether the suspect was involved in similar burglaries last fall in Mount Joy and York, Berks, Bucks, Dauphin and Cumberland counties. Police identified Cartagena using residential surveillance video from doorbell cameras.

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PA House Approves New Redistricting Map

A new congressional district map has been approved by the Pennsylvania House and now moves on to the Senate. It’s significant because it was designed by a Lehigh Valley resident using recommendations from other citizens. To see the map visit the web site: PARedistricting.com

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Arson Suspect Wanted In Lancaster City

A Lancaster County man is wanted for multiple crimes including arson. Police say 31-year-old Alvin Chambers of Maytown deliberately started fires on two separate days at an apartment complex on the 500-block of Poplar Street in Lancaster City earlier this month. Officers say no one was hurt in the fires and damage was minimal but there was a risk of death to several children inside. Police had tried to apprehend the suspect but he was able to escape. Anyone with information on Chambers’ whereabouts is asked to contact the authorities.

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Urgent Need For Blood Donors In PA

Supplies at regional blood banks blood levels are at dangerously low levels and officials are asking residents to roll up their sleeves and donate. Some Blood drives in Lancaster County this month include the Gordonville Fire Company today, Bareville Fire Company in Leola Thursday, and the Kinzer Fire Company next Wednesday. All blood drives are between 2 to 8pm. Learn more at redcrossblood.org

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Ruling Issued On York City Shooting Death

A York City restaurant owner wont face any charges after he shot and killed a robber. The owner of Asian Best along North Penn Street killed 33-year old Rickey Cox of Manchester Township during an attempted robbery on January 4th. The District Attorney has ruled the incident as a justifiable homicide. The business has since closed due to the traumatic nature of the incident.

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PA COVID-19 Weekly Update

Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Health provided a weekly COVID-19 update as of Monday, Jan. 10.

“Getting a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine is the best thing we can do to help the healthcare workers across the state who are overwhelmed by the number of patients with COVID-19 who need specialized and extensive care as hospitals are nearing capacity,” Acting Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter said. “Sadly, the risk of hospitalization due to COVID-19 is significantly higher for those that are unvaccinated.

“While initial data suggest that fewer patients are being admitted specifically for COVID-19, there are more patients who test positive upon arrival,” Klinepeter said. “In talking to healthcare workers and hospital leaders, it is clear that regardless of why they are admitted to the hospital, every patient with COVID-19 places significant strain on healthcare workers because they require additional care and precautions such as isolation and PPE.

“That is why we continue to urge every Pennsylvanian to continue to take public health measures that we know will help to preserve inpatient capacity for those who need it most,” she said. “Please get vaccinated and boosted, wear a mask, social distance, get tested, and follow all applicable isolation and quarantine guidelines.”

Weekly Update

Pennsylvania continues to make critical strides in getting eligible residents vaccinated working closely with vaccine providers, grassroots organizations, and relevant stakeholders to ensure all Pennsylvanians have access to the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the CDC, as of Monday, Jan. 10, 74.6% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated. This percentage reflects all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. 

If you or your loved ones are not yet vaccinated, now is the time to get fully vaccinated, get boosted, and get children ages 5 – 18 vaccinated. Visit vaccines.govOpens In A New Window to find a vaccine provider near you to schedule your vaccine appointment.

This week, the Department of Health analyzed the following vaccine data within its 66-county vaccine jurisdiction; Philadelphia is a separate vaccine jurisdiction:

  • 313,260 vaccine doses were administered in the past week, including:
    • 154,179 booster doses administered in the past week.
    • 48,395 pediatric doses administered in the past week.
  • 16.2% increase in vaccines administered from previous week.

Here is a statewide summary of COVID-19 trends over the past 7 days Monday, Jan. 3 –Sunday, Jan. 9:

  • The daily average number of cases was 27,545.    
  • The number of people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 on Monday, Jan. 10 was 18.3 percent higher than on Jan. 3. The percent of available adult and pediatric ICU beds in the state fell to 13.8% and rose to 12.4%, respectively.
    • Approximately 31% of all staffed adult ICU beds are COVID-19 patients.  
    • 32.7% of all ventilators statewide are in use.

The Department of Health continues to provide the public with extensive and frequently updated data on both the COVID-19 dashboard and the vaccine dashboard. Both dashboards provide an interactive experience for the user to review statewide and local-level data updated daily.

The department also provides a dashboard showing COVID-19 data for skilled nursing homes including case counts, deaths and vaccination status for residents and staff. 

For more information on the Department of Health’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit here.

To stay informed about the Wolf Administration’s vaccination efforts, the latest federal vaccine news, and answers to pressing vaccine questions, visit the Unite Against COVID Weekly Update.  

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PA Farm Show Tuesday

The 2022 Pennsylvania Farm Show continues at the Farm Show complex in Harrisburg. Today’s events feature an Agri-Magic show at 1pm, a cooking presentation at 3p where they will make Caprese Potato Tarts with a Tomato Basil Relish, Country Steak and Potato Salad. At 5:30 p.m. there’s a Cornhole Competition, followed by a Honey Extraction Demonstration by the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association. Learn more at the web site: FarmShow.PA.gov

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One Dead In York Co. Shooting

A verbal altercation between two men who knew each other in York County ends with one dead. State Police say the two stopped at the intersection of Wolfe Road and East Forrest Avenue in Shrewsbury Township around 12-noon Monday. Troopers say both men were armed and at one point the 51-year-old man inside his vehicle shot and killed 57-year-old James Lynch, of New Freedom who was outside his vehicle. The shooter is cooperating and was interviewed and released. At last check no charges have been filed. Anyone who knows more about the incident is asked to contact state police. An autopsy on Lynch is planned for Tuesday at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown.

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Naked Man Charged In Lancaster Co.

You want to feel comfortable when you test drive a new car, but maybe not THIS comfortable. Police say 42-year old Horace Samuels of Lebanon walked into the CARMAX dealership in Lancaster County fully-clothed late last month. However, Samuels left the dealership for a short time only to return completely naked in front of about 30-people inside the showroom. Samuels was charged with indecent exposure.

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Teen Dead In York City Shooting

A teenager is dead after being shot in a York City home on Saturday morning. The Coroner’s Office says it happened around 6:10am at a residence along the 600-block of West Philadelphia Street. Police offered no other details. An autopsy is scheduled for this morning at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown.

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Fire Claims Large Home In Adams County

An Adams County home was destroyed by a 4-alarm fire over the weekend. The York Daily Record reports that the blaze began early Saturday morning along the 800-block of Pond Bank Road in Straban Township. No one was at home at the time. There were no injuries. No word yet on how the fire started or a damage estimate. YDR.com notes the home was listed on a real estate web site as being nearly 10,000 square feet with an asking price of over $2-million dollars.

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COVID-19 Test Site Opens In York

Wellspan has opened another COVID-19 test site. The drive-up/no appointment test collection site is open Monday thru Friday from 8am to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 4pm at the WellSpan Education Center on Williams Road in York. For more information visit WellSpan.org

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Two Displaced Following Lancaster Co. Fire

A fire severely damaged a home in Lancaster County. Crews were called to the 700-block of East Main Street in Ephrata Township around 10pm Friday. Officials say 2-residents were displaced. Damage is estimated at 100-thousand dollars. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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Help For PA Residents Dealing With Hardships From COVID-19

Governor Wolf is encouraging homeowners who are dealing with COVID-19 related financial hardships to apply for the Pennsylvania Homeowner Assistance Fund. Applications will be accepted starting February 1st at PAhaf.org

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