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York State Fair Opens For 10-Day Run On Friday

The York State Fair opens today. The nation’s oldest fair will run thru August 1st at the York Fairgrounds.  For more details and tickets for any show go to the web site yorkstatefair.org.

Friday, July 23, 2021
PeoplesBank Dollar Day
$1 Admission per person for everyone all day!
Ride the Strates Show Rides for $1 Per Ride

Sunday, July 25, 2021
UPMC Heroes Appreciation Day
FREE Admission plus one guest all day for all Firefighters, Police, Veterans, Active Duty Military, EMS and all Healthcare Personnel with proper ID.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
PA Lottery Senior Citizens Day
FREE Admission for all Sr. Citizens with a Medicare Card from Noon to 4 PM.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Weis Markets Day
FREE Admission all day with a Weis Markets Card
Includes cardholder and up to 4 guests.

Friday, July 30, 2021
Pre-School Pals Day
FREE Admission from 11 AM to 3 PM for one Adult with a Pre-schooler.
Kiddie Kindom Ride Wristbands – $10
(Purchase from 11 AM to 3 PM, Ride till 4 PM)

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New Charges Filed Ahead Of Expected Plea In Lancaster County Murder Case

Lancaster County prosecutors Thursday filed new charges against the man accused of abducting and killing an 18-year old Amish woman last year. Lancaster Online reports that 35-year Justo Smoker of Paradise Township is charged with homicide, kidnapping and false imprisonment in the death of Linda Stoltzfoos. The new offenses include abuse of corpse, tampering with evidence and possession of an instrument of crime. Earlier this week Smoker’s attorney says his client intends to plead guilty to something today. Stoltzfoos disappeared as she walked home from a church service in Upper Leacock Township in June of 2020. Officials say Smoker killed Stoltzfoos within hours of kidnapping and initially buried her near a business on Harvest Lane in Ronks. They say Smoker later moved the body to where it was discovered on railroad property behind Dutchland Incorporated in Sadsbury Township. The suspect is being held at Lancaster County Prison without bail.

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PA In Line To Share In Opioid Settlement

Pennsylvania could get up to one billion dollars in payments as part of a historic agreement with opioid distributors and manufacturers and their role in the crisis. State Attorney General Josh Shapiro says the $26 billion dollar deal with AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, McKesson, and Johnson & Johnson will resolve claims from both state and local governments, including nearly 4,000 lawsuits in state and federal courts. States have 30 days to sign on to the deal. Shapiro says the payments are important to help stop the abuse of opioids and expand life-saving treatment options in the commonwealth.

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Attorney: Suspected Killer In Lancaster Co. To Plead Guilty

The attorney for the man charged with abducting and killing Linda Stoltzfoos last year in Lancaster County says his client intends to plead guilty on Friday. Lancaster Online reports that 35-year Justo Smoker is charged with homicide, kidnapping and false imprisonment in Stoltzfoos’ death. He is being held at Lancaster County Prison without bail. The 18-year old Amish woman disappeared as she walked home from a church service in Upper Leacock Township in June of 2020. The District Attorney’s Office says Smoker killed Stoltzfoos within hours of kidnapping and initially buried her near a business on Harvest Lane in Ronks. They say Smoker later moved the body to where it was discovered on railroad property behind Dutchland Incorporated in Sadsbury Township. Her body was released to the family earlier this year and she was buried.

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Memorial Held In Farquhar Park

On the 52nd anniversary of the York Race Riots, a memorial was held last night to remember the two people who were shot and killed. Participants gathered at Farquhar Park to honor Lillie Belle Allen and Officer Henry Schaad.

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Biker Struck In York Co. Traffic Accident, Lebanon Co. Man Arrested

A Lebanon County man is charged with allegedly hitting a motorcyclist while under the influence along I-83 in York County. Police say 34-year old Joshua Winters of Palmyra was traveling southbound near the Locust Lane overpass in Manchester Township around 10:30pm last Thursday when he swerved, hitting the biker, and then left the scene. A witness followed the suspect vehicle until officers made the arrest. The 26-year old rider from Harrisburg suffered a broken leg and wrist. Winters now faces 3-felonies including aggravated assault and accidents involving death or personal injury.

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Weekend Road Projects Could Slow Travels

There could be a couple of delays in your weekend travels. Closures will begin Friday at 9pm on the ramps at the Exit 4/Shrewsbury Exit of Interstate 83. They’ll continue thru 5am Monday. Detours will be in place. Also Northbound I-83 will be down to a single lane this Saturday on the Wade Bridge between 7am and 4pm. Major delays are expected and other routes over the river may be extremely busy.

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Lancaster Co. MD Charged With Being ‘Pill Mill’

A Lancaster County doctor is being held in lieu of 1-million dollars bail after he is accused of being a ‘pill mill.’ The state Attorney General’s Office says 83-year old Dr. Robert Mathew of Millersville, is charged with 14-felony counts of writing unlawful prescriptions for addictive drugs for patients, as long as they paid 175-dollars in cash. Patients visited Mathew from West Virginia, New Jersey and Maryland.

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Homicide Charge Filed In Fatal Lancaster Co. Traffic Accident

Homicide by vehicle is the latest charge filed against a Lancaster County man. East Earl Township Police say 18-year old Phillip Sullivan the Second of Lititz was behind the wheel and under the influence when he struck a horse and cart along the 57-hundred block of Division Highway on July-5th. Officers say Sullivan then fled the scene before he was captured less than an hour later. The driver of the cart, 18-year old Andrew Stoltzfus of Honey Brook was taken to a hospital where he died of his injuries 2-days later. The horse died at the scene.

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York County Bank Robbed, Suspect Escapes

The man who robbed a York County bank is still at-large. Penn Township Police say the suspect entered the BB&T branch along the 13-hundred block of Baltimore Street just after 1pm Monday. Officers say he demanded money and then fled on foot with his loot. Police described him as a white male, possibly 6-feet tall, wearing glasses, a face mask, and a New York Mets baseball cap. No one was injured.

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PA School Bus Drivers Needed

There is growing concern that a shortage of school bus drivers could affect students trying to get to school as they reopen this summer. The Pennsylvania School Bus Association has a new recruitment website called YouBehindTheWheel.com. The goal is to link potential drivers with open positions with wages of 15 to 20-dollars an hour.

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PA Sets Gambling Revenue Record

Pennsylvania has broken the state’s record for gambling revenue by 17-percent in the last fiscal year totaling nearly 3.9-billion dollars. The pandemic crimped gamblers but now on-line casino gambling and sports betting is powering overall revenue along with in-person gambling at the state’s 14-casinos.

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York Halloween Parade Returns For 2021

The York Halloween Parade was canceled due to COVID last year but it will be back for 2021. Organizers say the 71st edition will be Sunday, October 24th and will follow the traditional route. Parade registration will open September 1st at the web site eventiveyork.com forwardslash York Halloween Parade.

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York Co. Traffic Accident Claims A Life

A single-vehicle accident last week in York County killed a Fairview Township man. The Coroner’s Office says 57-year old Michael Stoey died when his car crashed into some telephone poles along the 600-block of Potts Hill Road in Newberry Township on July 15th. An investigation continues.

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York Murder Suspect Arrested

A York County man is accused of murdering his girlfriend. Police say 50-year old William Hudson of Fairview Township allegedly shot and killed 51-year old Catherine Hartman on June 26th at a home along the 600-block of Pleasant View Road. Hudson had a gunshot wound to his face. He was taken into custody just as he was released from the hospital.

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PA State Colleges Consolidate

Six Pennsylvania state universities will be consolidated into two new institutions. The board of governors for the State System of Higher Education passed the measure that will partner Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield together and, Clarion, Edinboro, and the California University of Pennsylvania into the other. Each will have a single administration, budget, unified faculty, and student information system and will expand the number of programs offered. The consolidation efforts will start next August.

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Suspect Arrested In York City Homicide

An arrest has been made in last week’s death of an Adams County woman in York City. The Coroner’s Office ruled the death of 44-year old Melissa Duffy of Conewago Township as a homicide. Duffy was found along the 300-block of Rose Avenue. An autopsy determined she died of blunt force trauma to the head. Now police have charged 27-year old Kiamboo Dearing of York. Officers say Dearing admitted to events leading to Duffy’s death.

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York Mini-Casino Has Opening Date

Penn National Gaming has announced that the Hollywood Casino York is expected to open to the public on Thursday, August 12th at 12-noon. The mini-casino located in the York Galleria Mall will offer about 500-slot machines, and 24-table games with room to add more. There will also be a casual restaurant and bar, and a Barstool Sportsbook and racebook.

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USPS Job Fair Saturday

The U.S.Postal Service will host a job fair this Saturday. It’ll be from 9am to 2pm at their facility on Crooked Hill Road in Harrisburg. Open positions include rural and city carriers, mail handlers, postal support, truck drivers, and more. For information visit About.USPS.com

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PA State Police Records Now Available Online

If you’re curious as to how many citations and warnings State Police troopers issue in your county, there’s now a way to find out. The Community Access to Information Dashboard displays state police incident, crash, and enforcement data which can be refined down to the municipality in some cases. For more info visit PSP.PA.gov

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