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Teen turns gaming hobby into career
By: Jesse Knutson HARRISBURG, Pa.-- Video games are usually something people play in order to relax or have fun, but for 19-year-old Seth Abner of Cumberland County, it' his job. "Everybody in school knew me as 'the gamer'." Abner said, talking about his reputation at Cumberland Valley High School. When Abner was still in high school in 2011, he entered into his first Call of Duty tournament, which he ended up winning. Since then, Abner has been competing in video game tournaments all over the world as a professional gamer. "A lot of people think negatively of it," Abner explained. "Whenever they hear "professional gamer", they're put into some negative connotation right away. They're like, 'professional gamer, what is this kid doing with his life?' The answer to that question? A lot. After four years of competing, Abner has gained more than 600,000 followers on twitter, more than 1,000,000 subscribers on YouTube, and he's expected to make hundreds of thousands of dollars this year, all from playing video games. "Never in my life did I think that I would be where I am now," Abner said. To get an inside look at what the world of professional gaming looked like, CBS 21 News traveled to Columbus, Ohio for a Call of Duty tournament where 128 teams faced off against each other for $25,000. Abner's team, known as OpTic Gaming, was the favorite to win it all. "OpTic is our Yankees basically," Mike Sepso, co-founder and president of Major League Gaming, said. "They're the biggest brand in the league for sure." Sepso co-founded Major League Gaming in 2002, and what started out as a few friends playing video games turned into a business that rivals most professional sports. "Our top players are making more than a million dollars a year now." Sepso said. "It's getting real." While professional gamers compete against each other for big bucks, they also compete in front of a large audience, not just in person, but online. "Literally every day there's more and more people tuning in." Sepso explained, adding that millions of viewers tune in to MLGtv each month to watch the best in the business play video games, and it's not just for a couple of minutes at a time, the average viewer watches a stream for more than two hours at a time. Sepso says while many tune in to see the top gamers in the world play, many also tune in for the personalities, like Abner, who is known by his fans as Scump. "It's not just playing, it's also communicating with fans and essentially building a business around yourself," Sepso said. Abner is one of the favorite personalities on MLGtv, each time he plays, thousands tune in to his live stream. "We're just really, really blessed," Abner said. "These people support us like we're LeBron James." At MLG Columbus, fans from all over the country traveled to cheer on Abner and Team OpTic, wearing OpTic shirts and waving OpTic flags. One of those people cheering on Abner and Team OpTic was Abner's mother, Kristen Abner. "People travel long distances to see these players, and unless you're here and you can understand it and see it, you don't get it," Kristen said. Kristen has watched her son win four Major League Gaming championships and a gold medal at the X Games, and she says while it's a video game...
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Watch out for Facebook Lottery scam
By: Kyle Rogers CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- When Roy Summers accepted a friend request from a woman he didn't know, he wasn't expecting to be told he hit big money jackpot. "It really, really looked official," Summers said. Summers admitted that he didn't know the woman who sent him a friend request, but added her anyway thinking that she may be someone who knows him. Not long afterwards, he said she messaged him notifying him of winning hundreds of thousands of dollars. "So I said, 'What's the catch?'" Summers asked. That's when Summers realized things weren't adding up. In order to get his check, he was told he'd have to send money to pay for it. The earlier he wanted it, the more he had to pay. Summers said he received the email over Dr. Martin Luther King weekend and told the woman on the phone he wouldn't have the cash available at the moment. "And I said, with it being a holiday, I can't get the money," Summers said. "Well, you have a credit card, don't you?" the woman replied. Summers never gave away any personal information other than his home address and phone number. He received names and phone numbers of people to contact, but all the messaging was done via Facebook, he said. Another viewer reached out to CBS 21 News reporting a similar scam. This man shared screen shots of his contact with a woman who assured him it was a "real" prize. She provided pictures of former winners, which appeared to be heavily edited checks made to look like they were from a Facebook Lottery. "The checks (in the pictures) looked kind of corny, too," Summers said. He received the same picture. On Wednesday, Summers said the woman was no longer his friend and the information was gone. The Facebook Lottery scam has been reported to the Better Business Bureau and Facebook is not doing a lottery. Experts recommend not accepting people on Facebook who are not your friends and never give away personal information online.
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Airman surprises little brother
By: Bryant Maddrick LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP, Pa.-- It was a heartwarming reunion between a U.S. Airman and his little brother. Reunions like this are always emotional and this one was no exception. Tears were flowing as cameras rolled. "There's no words that can describe it. It€™s good once we get together, we light up the room. It's a brothers bond,€ Airman First Class Drake Collins said. Collins spent the last eight months serving in Kuwiat in the U.S. Air Force. He was away from his family and little brother, who is 17 years his junior. The airman made a trip back home for a special mission: to reunite with his brother. "I drove in. I got in around 11:30 local time and my dad gathered my belongings. I went downstairs and he had no idea I was here," Collins said. That is until Thursday. Collins said the surprise was, "Amazing! It was very heartwarming and it fulfilled my mission here." Now that the brothers are back together, they plan on spending a lot of time playing and catching up on lost time.
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Are new clothes clean?
By: Tanya Foster HARRISBURG, Pa. -- When you purchase new clothes, you expect them to be clean. But do you wash them before wearing them? When you go shopping for clothes, does it ever occur to you about whether or not the item you're about to buy is actually clean? CBS 21 put clothes into a lab for answers. Several people CBS 21 asked said they didn't wash the clothing they purchase at stores. Some assumed it was already clean, others said the thought to wash the clothing never occurred to them. The assumption the clothing is clean is common -- it's new, so it's clean. But that's not always the case. For example, the new pair of jeans you may purchase may have been worn and returned and put right back on the rack. Also, what about the number of times an item is tried on in a dressing room then returned to the shelf? "Even new clothes off the rack, if people are trying them on, they get bacteria and stuff on them from people just trying them on," shopper Jen Orr said. "You never know who has touched them before you -- you don't know the state of their bodies," shopper Halmia Smith said. To check how clean new clothes really are, CBS 21 anchor Tanya Foster went shopping, buying a pair of pants, a shirt, a dress and a pair of shoes, all of them new, and all of them from stores around central Pennsylvania. For comparison purposes, items were also purchased from a local second store to be tested for cleanliness. Not only were clothing off the shelves tested, but so was wrapped clothing, like a package of underwear. The clothing was taken to the science lab at Harrisburg University, and checked by biotechnology professor Leena Patterkine. "They look clean, but let's see exactly how clean they are," Patterkine said. Each item of clothing was swabbed and placed into an incubator. "Washed clothing, brand new clothing, even I'm curious to see what comes out of it," Patterkine said. Within 24 hours the results were ready, and they were disturbing. The shirts, both the new and second hand ones, had bacteria in the shirts. "New and used and it's the neck. I guess someone tried it and the old one wasn't really washed properly," Patterkine said. Smith said she wasn't surprised by the shirts having the same amount of bacteria. "Would that surprise me? No, because it's practically a second hand item that you're getting in the first place. It's new, you paid for it, but other people have touched it and have tried it on," Smith said. As for the pants, both new and used items had very small traces of bacteria. The shoes, however, were a different story. The new shoes showed bacteria growth. But what was surprising, the shoes from the second hand store were bacteria free. The packaged underwear was the last thing checked, and as Patterkine explained, bacteria growth was discovered. The bacteria on the underwear was circular and yellow, very different from the bacteria on the shirts, Patterkine said. "I don't know, I'm completely floored with that. You (Tanya) opened it front of me," Patterkine said. "That's kind of gross. That's really gross actually," Orr said. "Of course that's alarming. I'm disgusted. I shouldn't wear underwear anymore," Smith said. Experts recommend before wearing any clothes, wash them, and if the material allows, wash them in the hottest cycle possible. The only way to kill everything is to use bleach. Bleach may not be the best option for shoes, so in that case, taken an antibacterial cloth and wipe the insides. "Our bodies are very resilient, even if you have bacteria, you have bacteria on your skin, but there are only certain kinds that make you sick," Patterkine said. Experts also recommended wearing clothes underneath any clothing you are trying on and to always wash your hands following trying on new clothes. Overall, experts said people shouldn't be worried. Formaldehyde is often put on new clothes to prevent bacteria from growing during shipping, which is another good reason to wash before wearing any items. The experiment did bury some of the misconceptions about second-hand stores, something that wasn't intended to be done with the story, but the experiment certainly did just that.
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911 dispatcher finds missing 2-year-old
By: CBS 21 Web Staff WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A York County dispatcher who spent one of her shifts helping to track down an allegedly abducted 2-year-old, would play an even bigger role in her return than she expected. 2-year-old Maria Catalado was reported missing Friday, March 20th at 5:00 pm. She was believed to be with her babysitter, 27 year old Jasmine Myers. The dispatcher came into work Friday night at midnight and immediately helped in the search. Unfortunately, by the time her shift was over, there were still no answers. She took her normal route home, but decided to keep looking for the vehicle the missing 2 year old was believed to be in. The dispatcher did not want to reveal her name for security and modesty reasons, but she shared the emotions she went through as a short time later she spotted the car that the 911 center had been tracking all night long. "To me it felt like a lifetime dialing, but knew it was seconds," she described. "At some point, I saw the little girl's arm raise up and I remember yelling in the phone, she's in there she's definitely in there." She watched as police stopped the car in the Windsor Commons Shopping Center. She watched as the officer arrested the babysitter and pulled the little girl out. She was safe. "And I just stood there and wept and cried," she recalled. Police say Myers is facing possible DUI charges. Nothing has been filed yet as police continue to investigate.
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Heart, not height, defines shortest pitcher
Posted by: Jason Bristol MONT ALTO -- Tucked within the rolling hills of the Borough of Mont Alto is the biggest little secret in college baseball. Penn State Mont Alto may have the shortest pitcher in all of college baseball, senior right-hander Zeb Thorson, who is only 5"4." "I don't know if I'm proud or a little embarrassed," said Thorson, of Carlisle. On the mound, Thorson obviously doesn't intimidate; but he locates his pitches well. How hard does he throw? "Maybe 80 (miles per hour)," said Thorson, "Nothing special or I'd be somewhere else." Thorson is 1-1 in three games with a 3.72 ERA. He's allowed 10 hits in 9.2 innings with three strike outs and seven walks. What kind of pitcher is he? "He's decent," said teammate Cody Casey. "He does what he can." Actually, he does more than that -- and it's why Thorson is so respected. He's one of the team's top hitters with a .364 batting average; he leads the club in stolen bases (17) and can play nearly every position on the field, when he's not pitching. He's Mont Alto's MVP -- and it's most versatile player. "Especially this year, because we only have 14 guys on the team," said Thorson. "So we need everybody we can get." He'd probably be a better pitcher if he wasn't playing other positions. "He doesn't get enough reps at it," said coach Terry Clark of Thorson's pitching. "But I'm sure as anything else, with (more) reps, he's probably be very accomplished at it. Because everything else we've thrown at him, he's been about as good as we can get." Yes, he's college baseball's shortest pitcher. What he lacks in height, he more than makes up for it in heart.
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Township's new signs declare: "Not a gun-free zone"
By: Bryant Maddrick CONOY TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A Lancaster County community is putting up signs warning criminals residents are armed. "We take pride in what's ours and we want to keep it," Conoy Township supervisor Stephen Mohr said. Mohr believes the signs, that read 'This is not a gun free zone,' sends a loud and clear message to criminals. He says the idea for the signs came after learning of break-ins in neighboring communities and hearing of crimes in advertised 'Gun free zones.' Mohr explains the signs cost around $500 and anonymous people have expressed a desire to pay for the signs. For now, Mohr said, the township will cover the cost and defends spending tax payer money. "This is a small price that if we can keep the workload down for a police department, which is already overwhelmed at times, it's a small price to pay," said Mohr. Mohr understands not everyone will agree with the message, but some residents don't mind. "If we told criminals that we didn't have guns, we'll see more crime. So if you tell criminals that we do have guns so maybe there will be less crime," resident Charles Heinaman said. Resident Bonnie Leas thinks the sign is simply stating a fact. "In this community, a lot of people hunt. There's a lot of hunters out here. So I don't see anything wrong with that sign," Leas said. Mohr said there are four signs throughout the township and there will be 12 more installed in the next couple of weeks.
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Sherry Christian takes the PA State Police challenge
Reported by: Sherry Christian "We will not be bullied to change and lower our standards by the Department of Justice." That's a statement by PA State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan last month after the U.S. Department of Justice announced it is filing a lawsuit against the Pennsylvania State Police for using what the DOJ says is a discriminatory physical fitness test for entry into the academy. Commissioner Noonan took his objections a step further by inviting female members of the media to take the test. So CBS 21 sent morning news anchor Sherry Christian to see if she was up to the challenge. The first of five feats Corporals Jeff Martin and Brendan McAnally, instructors with the Pennsylvania State Police Academy, use to test physical fitness are the vertical jump where Sherry had to jump 14 inches past her vertical arm reach in 3 attempts. She passed. Corporal McAnally said, "Good for vaulting and jumping, kinda like if you're chasing someone and you gotta get over a fence or something like that." Next up, the agility test. It measures the ability to chase suspects and dodge obstacles. Sherry had to spring and weave in and out of cones-- in 23 and a half seconds. Corporal McAnally gives her agility time, "20.9, 20.9." Applicants get two attempts at the agility test. Sherry then went into the next test which is the 300 meter run. 2 for 2 but running isn't her strong point, despite running track in high school...34 years ago! That's right, at age 50, even if Sherry passed all the tests she couldn't apply for the State Police Academy because the age cap is 40. McAnally says, "Hands on your head, open your lungs, relax. 7 seconds under the required time." Next up, push ups, 13 of them with no time limit but you can't break form. Pennsylvania State Commissioner Frank Noonan explained why they have this test at a press conference last month, saying troopers have to be strong enough to pull someone out of a burning car. Commissioner Noonan says, "I don't know about you, but if I'm in that burning car, I want to make sure it's somebody who can pass the test and is strong enough to accomplish that job." Sherry is not that person, unable to complete unlucky number 13. Even though she's already failed, she finished the mile and a half run anyway. The goal, less than 17 minutes and 48 seconds. Corp. McAnally calls out, "18:38 - 39," as she crosses the finish line. Now keep in mind, once you pass the basic fitness test, you have another 6 months of academy training and if you can't run a mile and a half in 18 minutes, it's going to be even harder when you put on that uniform, because you're adding another 50 pounds of equipment on top of that. It's that practical use of the physical strength that has the State Police saying if they lower the standards they will be raising the risk of harm, or worse, to the public and police. Applicants who fail can re-take the written exam and the physical exam again in February. State Police hold the Physical Fitness Exams in February and August each year. You can get details of the tests at: www.patrooper.gov
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The warnings for buying used tires
By: CBS 21 Web Staff HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A car's tires are the only thing between a motorist and the road, and that's why manufacturers recommend changing them every six to 10 years. But tires can be expensive, so buying used tires is a great alternative, but consumers need to know what to be on the look out for when purchasing. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are nearly 11,000 tire-related crashes every year in the United States. "America is sort of behind on the safety telling consumers that the tires are too old and need to discard it," attorney Justin Hill said. Hill specializes in cases involving tire recalls and blowouts. He said saving a little money by buying a used tire may be like playing Russian roulette. Most manufacturers recommend replacing a tire anywhere from six to 10 years, depending on the condition of the car. However, there's no expiration dates on tires. "Some other countries have stamped on expiration dates on tire, but we have been unable to do that. No legislation has been passed that does that," Hill said. When shopping for used tires, the first thing that needs to be found is the Department of Transportation number on the tire. It will be a four digit code at the end telling the consumer the week and year the tire was made. If the tire is too old, it's best to discard it and find other tires. Often times, despite the year, it comes down to the overall condition of the tire, and that can be tested with some elbow grease. "Here is the real test: You throw a tire down and you step on it and you can really see the cracking," mechanic Dennis Mensch said. Sometimes it'll be easy to tell if a tire is dry rotted. If the rubber doesn't appear to be sealed to the rim it can lead to problems, like the tire separating. Juan Santellan, who has owned a tire shop for 35 years, said when purchasing tires, it's all about safety. "For the money and what you are protecting your family, your kids. When it blows out, you go every direction but straight. You can go into oncoming traffic or even the people coming along side you. It's not worth it," Santellan said. Best practice is to have any tires checked before purchase or putting them on a vehicle.
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'Baltimore Batman' wards off looters
By: Lara Greenberg BALTIMORE -- One man is now being referred to at the Baltimore Batman after he fended off looters at a business during riots. Brian Woodyard has the same initials as fictional character, Bruce Wayne, who is also known as DC Comics' Batman. "I asked them to please let me stay in because I could set up a defense," Woodyard said. Woodyard works as a bouncer at The Old Clubhouse, but left before riots broke out in that part of the city on Monday night. Looters took tobacco and liquor from the business. When Woodyard returned to work, he was wearing a mask and armed with a machete to keep looters away. Woodyard, an ex-felon, said protecting the bar was important to him. "These people actually stood up and gave me a chance," Woodyard said. Keeping the bar safe is his way of saying thanks, but says he is not Batman. He says the city has many Batmen. "A lot of us did not wear masks, but a lot of us did defend our homes, our storefronts, defend our bars and we did our best," Woodyard said. The bar estimates it lost a couple thousand dollars from stolen items and damages. Woodyard says he was told by a reporter watching him that he kept about 50 looters away from the business.
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The praises and warnings of essential oils
By: Christina Butler YORK, Pa. -- It's a growing trend, with more and more people using essential oils for anything from weight loss to improving health, but the science remains unclear about whether or not these oils are actually doing what their manufactures are claiming. Many people claim the oils have done wonders for their families, but the oils aren't regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, so it really falls on the users to self-educate before usage. The oils may be inhaled, applied or ingested and are quickly becoming essential to many families. For Kathleen Gingrich, she has seen them relieve a family member's crippling migraine. "They gave her Delaudin, they gave her Ativan, they gave her Imitrex," Gingrich said. "Going on for seven or eight days, [it] was not able to be abated. [She'd] been to the emergency room, had been to the doctor, I got all kinds of medications and it just didn't go away." Gingrich said after starting use of the oils, the migraine didn't go away completely, but it helped to abate it when most medications would not. Gingrich isn't alone. Gwenn Wheeler became a believer and later a distributor of Doterra Oils after her daughter got two staph infections. "Doctors took it very seriously. They stabbed an antibiotic pencil several times. She was on two different medications and it took a long time, and it finally went away," Wheeler said. The second time, the infection was identical and in the exact same place. Wheeler said she remembered she had some oils in a drawer. Wheeler said she combined olive oil, oregano, and frankincense and applied it to where her daughter's infection was and down her neck. Within one hour it was clearing up. "All that was left was this little crust around her ear and it wasn't swollen anymore, and I was in a rush, I could not believe it cannot be these oils," Wheeler said. Wheeler said her daughter wasn't on a prescription when she applied the oils. Oils and fragrances aren't anything new to humanity and Dr. John Neely, with Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, said that's one reason they're growing in popularity. "So we're now developing the superbugs. I think people are seriously interested in not using so many antibiotics, but thinking of more natural ways to deal with it," Neely said. "What I often find when I see patients in my integrative medicine clinic, people come in with 10 or 12 different medications for different purposes, they cross react with each other, they have more problems with the medication then they do with the original disease. It's just not the way to go. Understanding self-care, understanding how to keep things in balance is a much better way to go." For stress relief or relaxation, Neely recommended lavender or a blend, but he stresses all oils need to be used properly and from a well-researched producer. "I would ask about these, be skeptical about them, but go ahead and give them some try," Neely said. Peppermint is a commonly used oil. One drop is the equivalent to 26 cups of peppermint tea. It can sooth stomach aches and headaches, but if incorrectly ingested, can be fatal. The FDA does not regulate oils. They aren't a prescription, so they are considered to be like a vitamin. The FDA did send warning letters to two popular distributors at the height of the Ebola outbreak in 2014, warning them they cannot tout their products as treatments or cures. Those were claims paid representatives of the companies made. Wheeler, who has a pharmaceutical background, doesn't make promises for particular cures. "It's been years and I still can't believe when these oils work for many different things," Wheeler said. She hosts parities for people to come and learn about the oils and their preventative benefits. "The essential oils come from plants. They are aromatic compounds that naturally come from plants and they protect the plants from disease or from predators and different things so when you take that and put it on your body, or you breathe it in, or you take it internally in your body, you're trying to protect yourself and help yourself," Wheeler said. Nan Melham uses the oils for a different reason. "I use it to clean my countertops because it smells good and it's a disinfectant, and you don't have to use chemicals, which is one of the things I'm really a stickler about," Melham said. "I hate using chemical products on surfaces my kids are going to be touching and we have pets and that sort of thing." Medical professionals remind essential oils users to use them only has directed and make sure they're from a reputable company that has been well-researched. The oils should also not be used in place of wellness check-ups or treatment from a doctor. The prices for oils may vary, with some being about $10 per bottle for basics like lemon lavender and peppermint, but some like frankincense can be up to $80 or $90 per bottle.
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Teens with Down syndrome hear wedding bells after prom
By: Kristin Mazur NEWVILLE, Pa. -- Haley Wickard and Gage Gsell attend Big Spring High School and say their senior year has been special would be an understatement. Saying they're in love is even more of an understatement. The two teens both have Down syndrome and say they plan to get married someday. "It's a wonderful feeling to know that my daughter has somebody out there that is going to love her," Haley's mom Kim said. The couple has been together since kindergarten, so it's only fitting they'd be together on Friday as they were announced the 2015 Big Spring High School Prom King Queen. "It's just a good memory for them and I'm very proud," Gage's mom, Kim, said. Prom night is something Gage, Haley and their families say they won't soon forget. "This whole weekend has been overwhelming," Kim Wickard said. "A big shout out to the Big Spring Bulldog class of 2015 for nominating Haley and Gage as prom king and queen. You have really made this a special year for them." And this year is just the beginning. With graduation around the corner, the two are destined to have a special life together. Haley's goal is to be a cook. Gage would like to be a firefighter if the NFL doesn't call.
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After guarantee, Collins delivers in Browns' 1964 title game
By: Jason Bristol HERSHEY - Looking back on his remarkable football career, Gary Collins has few regrets. "In my career I dropped seven balls," recalls Collins. "Total." There is this one thing, this one collectible, Gary wishes he still had. "It would be nice to have," Collins said. "I blew it. Young, dumb, stupid." Let's forget all that for a minute, though. How Gary Collins ended up pictured on the hood of a car is one of the best football stories you've likely never heard. It starts during the 1960s, when Gary Collins was one of the top receivers in the National Football League for many years with the Cleveland Browns. "There was no one who could stop Gary Collins inside of the red zone (inside the opponent's 20-yard line)," Browns teammate Paul Warfield said in an interview with WOIO-TV, the CBS television station in Cleveland. "He had magnificent hands. In the red zone, he was unstoppable." Yes, unstoppable. But who would have ever predicted this? At the 1964 NFL Championship game in Cleveland, Collins and the Browns stunned the mighty Baltimore Colts. Collins caught three touchdowns passes -- still a title game record (Jerry Rice of the 49ers twice caught three touchdowns in a Super Bowl http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/records/playoffs/player/receiving). "The first ball I caught, I thought I was going to drop it," Collins remembered. Cleveland was a 17-point underdog and pulled the upset. Fifty years later, the City of Cleveland hasn't won a major sports title since. "Once you have a memorable game like that, which I did, you're remembered by that game alone,€ Collins added "I played 126 games." But what a championship game it was. Who would have predicted it? Well, Gary Collins did. Before that game, he said he told a reporter, 'We're going to win by three touchdowns.' "I don't know why I said it, but I was 24 [years-old at the time]." Collins was right; the final score was 27-0. Here's what makes this story even more astonishing, that picture of Gary on the hood a car, It's a 1965 Corvette -- a prize given to the championship game's Most Valuable Player. "I was the MVP,€ Collins said. Gary Collins predicted that, too. "(He) told me before the game all week, he was going to win that corvette," offensive lineman Dick Schafrath in another interview with WOIO-TV said. "By golly, he called his shot. He was something." "I was just confident," Collins replied. ESPN ranks Cleveland's stunning 1964 title game victory as the second-greatest upset in National Football League history; behind only the Jets' win four seasons later over the Colts in Super Bowl III, which featured Joe Namath's more famous 'guarantee.' Collins, from Williamstown, now lives in Hershey. That corvette? Who knows. "My son traced it," Collins said, "up to ten years ago to Arizona or something." Collins traded it in. "I was 24 when I won it. Things come easy then. 'I'll get another. It don't matter," he said. It's one of his few regrets but he still has another collectible, his 1964 World Championship ring. It's a piece of NFL history; something he'll never get rid of. Gary Collins guarantees it.
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Police use construction trucks to catch speedy drivers on Pennsylvania Turnpike
Reported by: Kyle Rogers LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. €“ Within 10 minutes, three drivers were pulled over for speeding on a stretch of the turnpike in Lancaster County Wednesday. €œIf you€™re going to choose to speed in a construction zone, you better think twice,€ said Sgt. David Devitt of the Pennsylvania State Police. Earlier this year, The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission along with state police announced Operation Orange Squeeze. The goal of the operation is to keep motorists traveling a safe speed through construction zones. In June, one maintenance worker was killed on a site when near West Chester. €œIt€™s an issue across the state and it hits close to home,€ said Renee Colburn, a spokeswoman with the turnpike. Even after the speed limit on the turnpike increased in July, some drivers continue to speed, said police. However, in construction zones, the speed limit is reduced to 55mph. €œThe most important thing is for protection of the workers,€ said Devitt. One officer sits in a strategically placed construction vehicle €“ an orange one €“ as motorists approach a construction site. Using a radar gun, the officer picks up on drivers€™ speeds and if one is going over the speed limit, that officer will radio ahead to another with the vehicle description and the speed. John Seesholtz was on his way to Hershey by way of West Chester when he said he got caught up in the flow of traffic. €œNext thing I know, I€™m getting waved over,€ said Seesholtz. Fines are doubled in construction zones and the penalty could cost a license for almost two weeks. Seeshoultz said he€™ll slow down in the future and continue to obey the signs €“ something both police and turnpike officials hope others drivers will do.
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Fight breaks out after York beats Harrisburg
Posted by: Jason Bristol HARRISBURG -- It was an ugly ending to an exciting game. Players from Harrisburg and York each appeared to throw punches moments after the Bearcats defeated the Cougars 69-66 at Kimber Gymnasium. York player Jahaire Wilson appeared to be the most injured. Additional police officers responded to the scene to restore order. No arrests were made. As expected, it was a physical game between two of the area's top boys' teams. Harrisburg (7-3) is ranked sixth in the District 3-AAAA Power Rankings, while York (9-3) is seventh.
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More details emerging in York gang crackdown
By: Christina Butler YORK, Pa. -- Investigators are releasing more details about a massive crackdown on gang activity in York County. Officials gathered Tuesday to release details about a sweeping indictment that identified and charged 21 alleged gang members with a wide range of crimes. Investigators said Wednesday the alleged gang activity behind the indictment is much broader, with the 34-page indictment focusing on one York gang particularly. According to the indictment, that one gang, known as the Southside Gang, is being held responsible for committing several crimes and centers around Maple and Duke streets, with subsections on Cleveland and Manor streets. Locals called that section of the city "the jungle," and indictment laid out the appearance of a neighborhood in chaos, overrun with crime. The indictment said the Southside Gang, which has ties to the New York Bloods Gang, has around 100 members. The indictment listed 15 examples of violent encounters with rival York gang, Parkway. The indictment said innocent bystanders have been caught in the crossfire between the two gangs, including 9-year-old Ciara Savage, a Lancaster girl visiting family on Duke Street on Mother's Day in 2009. Savage was killed by a stray bullet while riding her bicycle. Outlined in the indictment were 62 incidents involving Southside members, and members who have been arrested for gun or drug crimes. Authorities are calling the gang members locked and loaded -- with one arrest for an alleged gang activity netting two alleged members with nine guns and body armor. The Bureau of Alcohol Tabaco and Firearms and York police said Monday's sweep got the most violent alleged gang members, but police were still looking for two more men. Police said 19 of the 21 were arrested, with 26-year-old Eugene Rice and 22-year-old Malik Sturdivant still on the run.
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Make a wish surprises local girl with trip to Disney
Written by: Sherry Christian She has the face of an angel - but a syndrome with the same name is causing a "devil" of a time for a Dauphin county 10-year old. Selena Smith of Middletown, Dauphin county has Angelman Syndrome, a rare chromosome depleting disorder. But thanks to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Philadelphia and the Susquehanna Valley-- a rare trip the Smith family will be taking is making a difference in their lives. Abbey Dunn is Selena€™s mom and she says, "we were told she wouldn't walk, she wouldn't talk, she wouldn't do anything. Selena walks, Selena talks, she plays at the playground with all the other kids." But Selena didn't learn to walk until she was 8 years old because of Angelman Syndrome. David Smith, Selena€™s dad says, "she's always happy, when we start bickering amongst ourselves, she pulls it back together." And what really put a smile on Selena's face was the local Make-a-Wish Foundation -- when they granted her wish of going to Disney World. It will be the first destination vacation ever for mom, dad, Selena and her 8-year old brother, David, junior. Abbey says, "as soon as we told her she was going to Disney World, her Minnie and Mickey shirts were out, sleeping with Minnie and Mickey at nighttime." Not only is this wish making it possible for Selena and her brother to go to Florida, but it will also be a healing process for the entire family. David says, "right now we're having a few issues with our son. He throws it at us that we spend more time with Selena which in all reality, we have to. And we€™re gonna try to make it about him." The Make a Wish Foundation chose the Olive Garden on Jonestown Road, Dauphin county for the "wish reveal party" because spaghetti is Selena's favorite food. John Brant, Manager for that Olive Garden says, "anything to make Selena and the family happy. If we can do the reveal here, that's fantastic." Sherrie Davis is a €œVolunteer Wish Granter€ for the foundation and says, "everybody does it different. Sometimes it happens at their home, sometimes it happens here at the Olive Garden and other places. We try to do it at places that are special for the child." And if the family had a specific wish it would not be to change their child. David says, "I never seen myself as one of those type of people who could actually deal with having a handicapped child -- or even someone close to me. I mean, I wouldn't have it any other way. The Smith family is going to Disney World in May and then right after that they head to Reading, PA for the annual Angelman Syndrome walk. Here are links to learn more about the Make-a Wish Foundation and Angelman Syndrome Foundation. http://philasv.wish.org/ http://www.angelman.org/
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Alarm issue likely cause of carbon monoxide scare at Harrisburg school
By: Marc Stempka HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Students and staff at a Harrisburg elementary school were evacuated Thursday afternoon due to carbon monoxide concerns, but officials said it may have been battery problems with a CO detector that caused the alarm to sound. Despite the false alarm, the events frustrated parents who rushed to the school to figure out what was happening. Thursday's evacuation comes after the air quality inside of the school has been questioned. In the past week, many parents have questioned the air quality of Harrisburg schools after an analysis of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in the schools found some of the buildings did not meet air quality codes. People in Camp Curtin Elementary School, at the corner of North Sixth and Division streets, were evacuated just before 12:30 p.m. due to those concerns, according to Dauphin County emergency dispatch. Students and staff were permitted back into the building within 20 minutes, and no readings of carbon monoxide were found, according to Harrisburg Bureau of Fire officials. No injuries were reported and students and staff were safe, officials said. "This building, in our professional opinion, is 100 percent safe to be in, there is no need for any student, teacher, faculty member to panic about being in the building, it is 100 percent safe," Harrisburg Bureau of Fire Chief Brian Enterline said. Fire officials said a teacher, who brought her own carbon monoxide detector to the building, reported that alarm was going off. "My opinion is because of everything that came out of the Siemens report last week, and the frenzy that has started, a teacher brought a detector in thinking they were doing the right thing and absolutely did the opposite and did the absolute worst thing you could ever do," Enterline said. As a result of the alarm, fire officials said the fire alarm was pulled to evacuate people from the building. Five hundreds students were inside. After a search of the building, no carbon monoxide was detected, fire officials said. It was determined the detector used by the teacher was likely either old or low on batteries, which gave a false reading. Nine teachers and three students were seen by paramedics, and one student was transported to the hospital, but for the flu-like symptoms. None of the people had any symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Several parents who showed up at the school, like mother Iennedra Finley, were clearly frustrated by the situation. "I talked to the superintendent before I came out, she told me nothing was going on. She told me that the fire department will tell me that nothings going on, evidently, something's going on. Because look," Finley said of the emergency crews parked outside the building. Enterline said the school is installing brand new carbon monoxide alarms in classrooms that will be monitored by staff. "I'm tired. Like, my children are here to get an education and everything that's going on here, it can, it can be resolved," Finley said. As for the teacher that brought in the carbon monoxide alarm, the school did not comment on whether any disciplinary action will be taken for causing the scare.
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One-handed wrestler goes for ultimate goal
By: Jason Bristol LEWISBERRY, Pa. -- In this sport, you're expected to leave it all on the mat. Ryan Ressler does this after bringing everything he's got. "One of my biggest pet peeves is when people say you are at a disadvantage," said Ressler, a 106-pound wrestler at Red Land High School. "I don't think of it that way. I don't like that." It's that kind of talk Ryan holds onto as he wrestles toward his ultimate goal -- despite being born without a right hand. He realized early on baseball probably wasn't going to happen, even though he's a huge fan. "I was (like) 'Wow,' I'm only swinging with one hand,'" recalls Ryan. Now? He makes things happen. "That's why I like wrestling," he said. "You just go out there and you try to beat that kid before he beats you." Ressler, a sophomore, wins some and loses some; and not every move comes easy for him. But wrestle Ryan Ressler and you're going to have your hands full. How does Ryan do it? For him, its all about adapting. However, his opponents may be watching. Do you think he's going to give away his game plan? What's not a secret? "He brings a lot of good energy, you know?" added Kiernan Kelly, a junior. Ryan's attitude. "I've never once heard him make an excuse," said coach Brian Baglio. "Everybody's always looking for an excuse. You'll never hear that from Ryan." Push-ups. Pull-ups. Tie-ups. To Ryan, its all no big deal. Which brings us back to his ultimate goal -- to eventually qualify for the state tournament. "Go to states, definitely," Ressler said. "Can you do it?" asked CBS 21 News Sports Director Jason Bristol. "Not right now, but definitely I think if I can put in enough work. I think anybody can do it, if they put in enough work. Ressler said he has a 'limb difference.' When compared to other wrestlers, there's really no difference at all.
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Teenager struck, killed by train in Lebanon
By: CBS 21 Web Staff LEBANON, Pa. -- Police in Lebanon County said a teenager was struck and killed by a train Friday morning. Sixteen-year-old, Antonio Hernandez was struck by a Norfolk Southern train just before 7:00 a.m. in the area of 7th and Scull streets in Lebanon. The preliminary investigation revealed the teen ignored the crossing gates and lights and tried to run across the tracks as a train was coming. As a result Hernandez was hit. At this point, investigators do not suspect foul play The investigation is ongoing. Norfolk Southern said the train was going to Allentown. The track speed in the area is 50 miles per hour and there was a two-man crew on the train. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- By: CBS 21 Web Staff LEBANON, Pa. -- One person was struck by a train in Lebanon County Friday morning according to officials. The incident occurred around 6:55 a.m. in the area of 7th and Scull streets in Lebanon. There was no immediate information about who was struck by the train. Police said their investigation was ongoing. The is just blocks away from where the three-alarm fire occurred on Friday morning. Traffic backups were a major issue in Lebanon, with the stopped train stopping traffic from crossing the tracks from 9th Street back to 5th Avenue. If possible, avoid traveling through Lebanon, officials said. CBS 21 will continue to update this as more information becomes available.
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Boy with leukemia gets toy shopping spree
By: Bryant Maddrick MECHANICSBURG, Pa. -- A boy battling leukemia was sent on a Toy-R-Us shopping spree to buy whatever he wanted. The Make-A-Wish Foundation was behind Ryan Payne's shopping spree. Payne was diagnosed with leukemia last January. "I didn't know anything about leukemia," Ryan's father, Richard, said. "I didn't know anything about cancer. I didn't know anything about that and so it was a roller coaster of emotions." Ryan and his family had $2,900 to spend.
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Figuring out sinkholes beneath central PA communities
By: Chris Nallan PALMYRA, Pa. -- Sinkholes are an ongoing problem across central Pennsylvania. It's difficult to know when one will open, and some communities, like Palmyra and Harrisburg, have been seemingly plagued by them. A lot of residents may not know they're living above one, but there are things than can be done to figure out of if property is sitting above a sinkhole. Sinkhole experts say it's hard to know when one will open, but there are signs residents need to watch out for, not matter if they've been living in the same area for years or are planning to buy or build a new home. ARM Group Vice President of Geotechnical Services John Masland said sinkholes are inevitable for parts of central Pennsylvania, but not all areas are at risk. "A potential homeowner should ask is whether or not the property in question is under laid by sinkhole prone bedrock," Masland said. "Just because you are in area that is generally prone to sinkholes doesn't necessarily mean the rock beneath is limestone or dolomite." Homes built on bedrock composed of limestone and dolomite are most at risk for sinkholes. On the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources websites residents can locate property or potential property to see the bedrock type. Masland said residents should have a survey done of the property. "It's a matter of degree certainly a geophysical survey could you an idea or the extent the rough likelihood of a sinkhole," Masland said. If it's determined the property is on bedrock prone to sinkholes, there are signs a sinkhole could exist beneath your floors. "If you see settlement of your house, cracking of walks, depressions in the yard where there weren't any before, windows that start to stick or doors that stick," Masland said. Palmyra resident Ron Pritchard said he's noticed unsettling signs around his home. "It's definitely an instance where you don't know when it might happen to you, even your own house," Pritchard said. "On both sides of the door we've noticed probably over the last three or so years." Pritchard said there were cracks on both sides of the front door, and they were somewhat similar. The door is dead center in the home, but that's not the only place that has his attention. "Last time we had a small flood in this area that was pretty much under the water in the yard there, like there was a dip," Pritchard said. "Pretty much right in this main area that always sits a little bit lower." Pritchard said it seems to be getting worse lately. "Just a few blocks up the street that's what happened there, people can't go back in the houses, it could happen at any time," Pritchard said. Masland said the ground beneath property isn't a sure thing. "Soils that have been stable for many, many thousands of years can become unstable," Masland said. Masland said the instability that comes from how people work the land. "The disturbance with development, construction, changing the way the water flows both above surface and below ground, installation of water bearing and utility lines, all those changes can impact what's going on under ground," Masland said. Over the years human interactions with central Pennsylvania's ground has impacted sinkhole potential. "I think many areas are in a relatively delicate state of balance, before something either man made it naturally changes that balance and a sinkhole can develop relatively rapidly," Masland said. Pritchard knows that rapid isn't the speed he can tolerate. "Yeah, I think about it quite often, I mean this is our livelihood right here, I don't really want to lose it, but you never know," Pritchard said. Masland said anyone living on sinkhole prone land should get sinkhole insurance. "I wouldn't say that you can absolutely prevent a sinkhole from occurring, because sinkholes could be caused by movement of water you have no control of," Masland said. However, being aware is something the most that can be done. "It's become a thought you know that we might have to move, whether we like it or not," Pritchard said. "It's like a cancer, it spreads." Sinkhole Resources: PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/ Interactive Rock Map: http://www.gis.dcnr.state.pa.us/maps/index.html
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Cold weather ready, preventing freezing pipes
By: Chris Nallan HARRISBURG, Pa. --Weather is shaping up to be bitterly cold in the coming week and it€™s important for you to be prepared. "Pipe insulation, heat tape, space heaters,€ Steve Merino, Manager at Hornung's Ace Hardware said. That pretty much sums up what you'll need to prevent your pipes from freezing this Week. But not all pipes freeze. €œThe ones that usually freeze quickest are either outside or on an exposed wall,€ Merino said. In this case you may want to consider affordable, but protective foam. You can also go the extra mile and purchase heat tape, which is a bit more expensive, but efficient in preventing those frozen pipes. "Plug it in go to sleep, don't worry about it, your pipes aren't going to freeze,€ Merino said. Even though energy costs become a concern this time of year, experts suggest keeping a steady thermostat during the bitter cold days and nights. Heating the home could prevent exposed pipes inside the home from freezing. Also, when it is very cold outside you may want to let cold water drip from faucet served by exposed pipes. Water flow could prevent freezing pipes. "You know how much water pressure you have and if it starts to trickle it may be starting to freeze at that point,€ Merino said. If pipes freeze, immediately turn off the water in your house to avoid bursting pipes from too much water pressure. Then apply heat from a hair drier or space heater to help unfreeze the pipe. If you can't locate the frozen pipe call a licensed plumber. Another cheap and efficient way to protect your pipes from freezing is to get some newspaper and wrap around your exposed pipe to a thickness of a quarter of an inch and wrap that with tap. This can help insulate the pipe and prevent a freeze and burst situation.
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Inspiration behind 'Unstoppable' weighs in on crash
By: Donna Kirker-Morgan MARYSVILLE, Pa. -- A local man says there were immediate signs at the crash scene in Philadelphia that indicated speed may have been a factor in the train wreck that killed seven and injured over 200 passengers. Jon Hosfeld can often be found at the Marysville V.F.W., but for 37 years his life centered around the railroad. One of those days was actually immortalized in the movie "Unstoppable". Tuesday's Amtrak accident, however, stopped Jon in his tracks. He told us that he stayed up all night Tuesday watching the live coverage of the train accident. With a trained eye he saw how far that train had gone off the tracks and he feared the worst. Hosfeld has inspected other derailments and says trains don't usually travel too far once they derail and hit the ground. "As far as they were away for the mainline, there had to be a speed factor, Hosfeld said. "All my experience on railroad - 37 years of experience - never seen it back that distance from the mainline," he said. He says even at 100 miles an hour, that train would have glided quietly on the rails. No shaking. No rattling. He believes the engineer must have been active at the helm, otherwise, an emergency alert would have activated. "An alerter, if you're not doing things the train will physically stop," he explained. Now a National Transportation Safety Board Inspector says that the brakes were applied at the train neared that curve. It was moving, they say, at 107 m.p.h. That curve has a speed limit of 50 m.p.h. "One of the things as a locomotive engineer is that you have to stay focused all the time, self-discipline because you're in the engine by yourself on Amtrak," he said. Now the retired railroad man fears this will hurt the industry that he says has an extremely good safety record. "Almost to the point of emotions, because one fact safety, safety, safety. Lack of judgment error: if they prove that it's very sad," Hosfeld said.
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What to do when your pipes freeze
By: Chris Nallan MECHANICSBURG, Pa.-- With bitter cold expected to linger into next week frozen pipes in your home are and increasing concern. There are things you can do if you find pipes in your home frozen. "Know where your main is so you can turn the water off in your house if you need too, so you€™re not flooding everything," Steve Merino of Hornung's Ace Hardware said. He said frozen pipes could lead to flooding, in your own home. That's the last thing you need to deal with on a frigid night. "You can open cabinet doors put a space heater in front of that and that will keep the pipes warm to where they don't freeze," Merino said. This tactic may "prevent" frozen pipes, according to Pennsylvania American Water, if your pipes should freeze immediately. Other helpful tips: € Don't attempt to thaw frozen pipes unless the water is shut off. Freezing can often cause unseen cracks in pipes. € Apply heat to the frozen pipe by warming the air around it, or by applying heat directly to a pipe. You can use a hair dryer or space heater. Be sure not to leave space heaters unattended. € Once the pipes have thawed, turn the water back on slowly and check for cracks and leaks. € If your pipes won't thaw then call a plumber immediately.
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Arson Investigators: Working to solve difficult cases
Reportred By: Michael Gorsegner YORK, Pa. -- It's known as one of the hardest crimes to solve and prosecute -- arson, and in one local community, an increase in the amount of cases has investigators searching for answers. It's almost an unimaginable scene: Flames and smoke pouring from a house, your house, with all of your belongings and even possibly your loved ones trapped inside. "The potential danger is absolutely astronomical," said York City Fire Department Assistant Chief Chad Deardorff. I''s a troubling scenario that is becoming more frequent in the City of York. As of Nov. 12, fire investigators are looking into 32 intentionally set fires this year with 13 of those burning in buildings. The number of intentionally set building fires is up nearly 25 percent from all of 2013. "You can see from all of the heavy damage in the front, the sprawling of the concrete, the heavy charring here on the front of the property," Deardorff said. This burned out shell along Manchester Street was home to four families before an early morning fire on Aug. 16. "As you can see, there is definitely some heavy charring back here. So the fire traveled quickly," Deardorff said. Investigators have determined the case to be arson, but so far there are no suspects and no arrests. "Proving the intent of the situation is the most difficult," Deardorff said. For some investigators, learning methods to find those answers starts at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. A short drive from the Pennsylvania line, this two-week arson investigation class brings in students from across the country and across the world. "It's like putting a puzzle together. You are going into a room that most people look as just a blackened shell of a room and you are having to put the pieces to understand why the fire started," said John Golder with the ATF. "Understanding fire science. Understanding algebra or calculus. Understanding how fire works, what fire departments do [is the goal]." ATF Certified Fire Investigator Seth Graybill and his team of ATF Certified Fire Investigators combine classroom work with live burns to put the students to the test. On one class day, eight different rooms, all decorated and furnished are burned. From an arsonist spraying gas in a room and lighting it up, to kids lighting off fireworks in a house, students are exposed to all types of causes and origins. "We want them to have a good understanding of how to go into these scenes and process each and every scene and render a good opinion," Graybill said. "We try to give them a fair share of both accidental fires and incendiary fires because we don't want them going into every scene with the mentality that it is a set fire." One of these is your typical real world scenario, burning candles left unattended. But this gives you an idea of just how many sources these investigators will have to look at, nearly a dozen different possible ignition sources besides these candles that could light up in this room causing for quite a mess. Five minutes later, the fire has destroyed everything inside and even though the flames are out, this is where the investigation begins. "To come in, collect the data. We have to analyze that data and then develop a hypothesis on how that fire started," Graybill said. After the students make an educated guess, the instructors will use video and science to review the scenarios and see if the students are on the right path, many times disproving the myths that go along with arson investigation. "They can understand why the fire started. It is not a big mystery," Golder said. Eventually, the end goal is more than just determining a cause or prosecuting the offender. It will hopefully deter the crime, making everyone from Emmittsburg to York and beyond more comfortable in their own homes. "Our goal is to make them safe. Quite honestly, if we didn't have to fight another fire, that would make our life a lot easier," Deardorff said. The tab for the ATF arson investigation course is picked up by the federal government and open to all interested fire investigators. As for the cases in York, city police have made three arrests this year.
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New credit card scam that seems very real
Reported by: Ewa Roman €œYou may also review your activity online at Barclayus.com. We monitor your account activity,€ says an automated message left on Pamela Kemp€™s cell phone. It sounds official. Pamela got the voicemail Monday. €œMy initial reaction was, I have a MasterCard, maybe this is actually legit,€ said Pam. The automated message directed her to call back and when she did, another automated recording prompted her to input her credit card number and more. €œI called the number, entered my digits, then rethought everything, asked somebody else to double check that number and they did not get the same response that I did,€ said Kemp. When the number was called Thursday-- a message saying the number had been disconnected. €œDoesn€™t surprise me in the slightest. It€™s happening all the time. People want to get their money so they find one way or another to get it,€ said Zachary Ricords, Dauphin County resident. €œIt just seems like no matter what, there€™s always another one that€™s on the horizon that€™s coming up. My husband€™s work, paycheck accounts stuff like that got hacked into,€ said Anne Schwalm of Dauphin County. €œWell, it just makes me not want to use credit cards. I usually don€™t pick up either even if they call and they say they€™re from so and so, I hang up because I feel that if it€™s really important, they€™ll try to contact me more than once,€ said Meghan Hoffman, Dauphin County. If you receive a call or text the Better Business Bureau says call your bank or credit card company right away if this happens to you. Ignore instructions to text €œstop€ or €œno€ to prevent future texts, a common ploy scammers use to confirm they have your active number. Forward the texts to 7726, to alert your cellphone carrier to block future texts. Know how your bank or credit card company communicates. For more information visit: http://www.bbb.org/council/news-events/bbb-scam-alerts/2014/05/scam-alert-your-creditdebit-card-hasnt-been-deactivated/
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Dealing with mice in the winter
Reported by: Chris Papst When it comes to mice, the old saying goes it€™s better to keep them out than to get them out. Either way, if they get into your home this winter, they can be dealt with. €œThis is a huge issue right now. In the fall time about 45 percent of the time a mouse comes in. This is the time we catch them,€ said Don Mills with Ehrlich Pest Control. As the weather gets colder and food becomes less plentiful, mice begin to look for a winter home. For millions of Americans, that home will be there€™s. Companies like Ehrlich Pest Control in Harrisburg are ready. The first line of defense against mice is to never let them in. Mills showed us how mice can come in through plumbing that is not caulked to a wall, holes in the outside of your home, or under a small crack in the garage door. €œA mouse can basically get in by the width of a pen,€ said Ehrlich. If mice do get into your home, a female can have 12 pups every three weeks. So, in a short amount of time a few can become many €“ in which case there are a variety of traps and snaps to remove them before they get a chance to damage drywall or eat electrical wiring, which can cause fires. €œYou€™re going to find that 50 percent of the mice population is going to be in your kitchen with 25 percent in the attic and 25 percent in the basement,€ concluded Ehrlich. Another major problem with mice in your home is disease. They can carry ticks and harmful bacteria in their feces.
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Basketball brawl at Harrisburg game
By: CBS 21 Web Staff HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A brawl broke out at a big rivalry basketball game between York and Harrisburg just as the buzzer sound to end the game. It was a great game featuring two of the best teams in the area. But under the hoop is where the chaos began. Now, what should have been a game to remember will be hard to forget for all the wrong reasons.
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Doc Talk: Microvascular Disease
Microvascular disease (MVD) used to be known as "Syndrome X" because it was so hard to diagnose and understand exactly what was going on in a person's heart.
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RAW: Letitia Smallwood exclusive interview after prison release
By: CBS 21 Web Staff MUNCY, Pa. -- CBS 21 News was the only station there as Letitia Smallwood was released from prison after her 1970's arson-murder conviction was overturned. CBS 21's Lara Greenberg got the exclusive interview with Smallwood, her attorney Nilam Sanghvi and her sister Lisa Smallwood.
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Food costs on the rise in 2015
By: Lara Greenberg HARRISBURG, Pa. -- With a new year comes new comes new prices, and that includes changes at the grocery store. Lots of food prices are expected to go up this year, and some going down, but we€™ve got you covered so you know how to budget your grocery shopping the next time you head to the stores. With the New Year come new prices. €œEven gas prices are going up so new year, new things coming along, €œ Danette White, of Lower Paxton Township said. Gas prices are rising and also food prices. One thing expected to go up in price starting in 2015, eggs, even avocados, and don€™t forget about the coffee. So what€™s up? Experts say right now there€™s high demand for avocados and chocolate. A new animal rights law in California means farmers will be making costly upgrades to their facilities, hence, the rise in egg prices. Not to mention droughts and bad weather only making the cost of food higher. €œThose are the basic, essential things that we need, so of course they€™re going to go up in the price of it, but we€™re going to buy it anyway because those are the things that we need,€ Maurice Quinn, of Harrisburg said. The good news is experts say more meat supplies are expected to be available this year, so chicken and beef may be cheaper. €œThat€™ll be great, and you can stock up on the freezers,€ White said. Overall, shoppers say they€™re getting their wallets ready for 2015. A few other things are expected to go up in price that aren€™t food: airfare, electricity, and Redbox rentals. Redbox prices, though, will still be cheaper than many other online streaming prices.
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Former pastor sentenced in death of first wife
Reported by: Chris Papst A former Lebanon County pastor convicted of killing both his wives has now received essentially a second life sentence, ensuring he will never get out of prison. Last year, Arthur Schirmer was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his second wife. Wednesday he was sentenced 20-40 years, given his age, a life sentence for the murder of his first wife. When Schirmer arrived at the Lebanon County Courthouse, he had nothing to say. Neither did any of his family, friends or former church members. After a judge sentenced him to 20-40 years, both sides had something to say. €œI waited fifteen and a half years for this day to come. I had a lot of emotions bottled up inside. Today was my day.€ John Behny is the brother of Jewel Schirmer, the pastor's first wife. €œMy father is a good man and he is going to spend his life in prison for something he did not do.€ Julie Campbell is the daughter of Jewel and Arthur. Schirmer was sentenced after pleading no contest to killing his first wife Jewel in 1999. At first, her death was ruled an accident saying she fell down the basement stairs of the couple's home in North Lebanon Township. The case was re-opened when Schirmer was charged with the murder of his second wife, Betty Jean. In court Wednesday, the former pastor of Bethany United Methodist spoke saying, €œI loved Jewel and she loved me. We made beautiful music together. I did not kill Jewel. I am not a murderer.€ €œI see the people who are closest to him, and who actually knew our mother, all feeling the same way,€ said Campbell. €œNobody wants to think your dad is a serial killer,€ added Behny. After court 66-year-old Schirmer was transported back to the Greene State Correctional Institute, where he will spend the rest of his life.
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Man challenges panhandler with do not donate sign
Reported by: Jesse Knutson West Manheim Township, York County-- Should panhandling be illegal? That€™s the big question in West Manheim Township, and some residents have taken their views to the corner of Baltimore Pike and Brunswick Drive, where panhandlers have been reported. €œI believe in working for your money.€ Jason Mangus said. Mangus works a full-time job, but has found time to stand on the street to tell people not to give money to panhandlers. €œGive it to a local charity where you know where your money€™s going to instead of a stranger that€™s on the street.€ Mangus said. According to Mangus, many of the panhandlers are scamming the public by asking for money they don€™t need. Mangus has noticed some panhandlers arriving in new cars, changing from nice clothes into raggedy clothes to look more hopeless, and even using new gadgets, like the iPhone 6. In response to what Mangus believes is a scam, he decided to make his own sign and stand on the corner himself with the message: Do not give money to panhandlers. Mangus said he€™s spreading his message to benefit the kids in the community that he thinks are being sent the wrong message. €œWhen a kid is in a vehicle in the back seat, and seeing the beggar on the median begging for money, they€™re going to think that€™s okay, that it€™s the norm.€ Mangus explained. While Mangus believes many people are scamming the system, he knows there are some who are not, but he still thinks they should seek a job instead of standing on a corner, and many people who drove past the corner agreed. West Manheim Township police have received numerous complaints about panhandlers in the area, but they say there isn€™t much they can do to stop it. €œWe have not seen them do anything unlawful.€ Police Chief Timothy Hippensteel said. €œWe have watched them several times. They€™re not stopping traffic, they€™re not forcing anyone to stop, their conversations, if there are any, are very brief and very polite.€ In Pennsylvania, there are no laws against panhandling, and according to Hippensteel, that€™s largely due to the fact that panhandling is considered free speech. €œOur advice at this point is if you don€™t wish to give them money, ignore them and go about your business, drive by.€
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Being a secret shopper may not be the job for you
By: Joel D. Smith HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Have you heard of "secret shopping?" It's where people are paid to shop and then give their opinions on their experience. Especially around the holidays, Joel D. Smith thought it would be a great time to see if that could be "Your Next Job." What he found instead was a way scammers try to steal your money around the holidays, and leave you on the hook for even more. A number of legitimate "secret shopping agencies" recruit people to sample stores, and report their experiences, for a fee. Yet, Joel D. was contacted by email by a company trying to scam him out of nearly $2,000. After filling out a couple of questions and giving his work address in the response, he was sent a package. In it was a check made out to him for nearly $2,000, with directions on what to do with the money. He took all the material to the Pennsylvania State Police, and indeed it was a scam. "They are asking you to split the money and wire it to two different people in two different states," Trooper Robert Hicks said. "That would be something that would tip me off." Wiring money is a typical way for scammers to try to work around law enforcement. "Honestly it's very difficult to track. A lot of these scams use wire transfers with the money and the reason for that is, it's very diff to trace, and the scammers know that," Hicks said. Yet it gets worse. Instead of just being fooled, if you actually deposit the check in your account as directed by the scammers, you become an unwilling accomplice. "A few days or weeks later the banks find out the check is actually a fake, and then unfortunately you are liable for that," Hicks said. Here's a couple ways to check on how legitimate the company really is: Ask them for a phone number to discuss the job. (One was never received) See if the email address matches the heading. (This one did not) Never wire money to an unknown source Contact the Better Business Bureau or police before you act Secret shopping does exist, but to really make that "your next job," shop around.
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Medical marijuana legislation reintroduced in PA Senate
By: Marc Stempka HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Two Pennsylvania lawmakers have reintroduced a bill to legalize marijuana for medical use in the Commonwealth. It's a bill that Gov. Tom Wolf said he will sign if it makes it to his desk. A similar bill, sponsored by Sen. Daylin Leach, a Democrat, and Sen. Mike Folmer, a Republican, died in the house last year after being passed by the Senate. The two men reintroduced an expanded bill Tuesday at the capitol rotunda during a news conference. Known as Senate Bill 3, the bill will expand the medical conditions that will be able to use medicinal marijuana as treatment. "This is not about getting high. This is not about recreation. This is about medicine," Folmer said. He represents parts of Dauphin, Lebanon and York counties. The bill passed in the Senate last session 43-7. Backers said reintroduction of the bill will hopefully mean it meets a different fate. "One of the big differences is that we passed it in the Senate with about a week to go in the session," Leach said. "Now we're at the beginning of the session. We don't have those time constraints." Leach represents Montgomery County. Folmer and Leach also said they worked to educate many legislators who didn't fully understand the bill previously. Some of those legislators are now on board with the bill, according to the men. Also on board is the governor. He campaigned last year on signing legislation that would allow medical marijuana in the state, are reiterated those comments Tuesday. Also on hand during the news conference were people who said they would be greatly helped if medical pot was allowed in the Keystone State. "This bill needs to pass, or I'm moving to Colorado," Washingtonville resident Robert Billhime, Jr., said. Billhime said he has had four major surgeries on his back and medical marijuana has enabled him to stop abusing painkillers. "I shouldn't risk my imprisonment so I don't become an addict," Billhime said. Leach and Folmer said marijuana would be strictly regulated if it became legal. Recreational smoking would remain illegal.
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Crowdfunding becoming popular way to help pay for medical bills
By: James Tully MECHANICSBURG, Pa. -- People who are finding themselves in over their head with medical costs are turning to a new method to keep from filing bankruptcy, instead of relying strictly on government programs to keep them afloat. It's called internet crowdfunding. Lori Mardis feels like she's been losing a nearly five-month long battle. With her father's skyrocketing medical costs piling up, and his income just barely disqualifying him from assistance, Lori is turning to the internet -- and the kindness of strangers -- to help defray some of the costs. "From Nov. 7 I've been fighting this phone call after phone call to different places. Sometimes you get different stories, from the same place you get different quotes, it's crazy," Lori said. She is caring for her father, Ed. He's a 79-year-old former dock worker stricken with a blood disorder requiring him to take medication that keeps his ammonia levels down. "When they said $1600 a pill, it just about floored me," Ed said. Lori said she's seeing firsthand how much prescription drugs slice into her father's pension every month, even with his insurance coverage. That drug, Xifaxan, at first wasn't covered by Ed's insurance. That meant out of his monthly $2,200 pension, 75 percent of it went to cover his medication. In 2015 the price of Xifaxan went up, but Ed's insurance started covering some of the cost. "When you're paying $721.76 for one medication, it's still ridiculous," Lori said. She said she's tried seemingly everything to get the cost down. Ed's pension is slightly above the threshold to qualify for any major prescription programs, and even worse, he said, is watching his daughter's efforts come up short. The costs come down to the equivalent of a mortgage for Ed. He can't live by himself, even if he wanted to, and he still doesn't qualify for any assistance programs. With the out-of-pocket costs being too much and if the government can't provide enough assistance, maybe the financial help this family, and others, may need, is just a few clicks away. Two Mechanicsburg neighbors, Shawnna Abel and Sandy Adams, grew up together in Kansas, and seemingly had fate bring them back together. Now their bond is even stronger. When Sandy needed help, Shawnna was there -- in person and online. While Sandy was out of town, the boiler in her home stopped working. Her husband, George, developed hypothermia and fell into a diabetic shock with his blood sugar dropping to a life-threatening level. George developed an infection that's kept him in an intensive care unit since the end of last year. "He had been sick. We thought with the flu or food poisoning, and then he just collapsed on New Year's Eve," Sandy said. It was Shawnna's idea to start a GoFuneMe page to help replace the boiler and cover some of George's medical costs. With that gesture, help started coming in from near and far. The GoFundMe page seemed like the perfect solution. It's a form of crowdfunding, with the goal being raising money from a large group of people on the web. GoFundMe has become a popular way for individuals and groups to work to raise money to cover expenses. It's one of several personal fundraising sites and has been operating since 2010. The site claims to have raised more than $670 million for people in need. In 21 days, 30 donors raised nearly $4,000 from people they knew, and even some they didn't. "Some of our other friends share the story and it reaches their friends as well," Sandy said. GoFundMe allows users to set up a page for free. If crowdfunding is helping Sandy, perhaps it could it help Lori and Ed. Lori set up a GoFundMe page, and she started sharing it on Facebook. For pages to be successful, the site suggests sharing it frequently on social media and with family and friends. People set up a payment account, or link it to a bank account, and can request a check or transfer of the funds raised at any time. The page isn't entirely free, however. GoFundMe takes 5 percent of each donation and issues a 3 percent credit card processing fee. Those fees are similar with other crowdfunding sites, which charge as little at 4 percent and as much as 9 percent. Another crowdfunding website, GiveForward.com, said medical costs are the number one reason for personal bankruptcy in the United States. GoFundMe said in 2014 more than $147 million went to help with medical bills. When selecting a GoFundMe site to make a donation toward, it is consumer beware. GoFundMe said it's not feasible to investigate every claim made by millions of fundraising campaigns to make sure they are legitimate, whether it's for someone seeking help with medical bills or a group fundraising for a trip. The site recommends potential donors to only give to people and causes they personally know and trust.
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110 handmade decoys taken from Susquehanna River
Reported by: Kyle Rogers PEACH BOTTOM, Pa. €“ Matt Kneisley has been an avid duck hunter for most of his life, but never before had he a run-in with lame duck, figuratively, who stole $8,000 worth of his decoy ducks. Kneisley, like other serious duck hunters, uses decoy ducks to attract the migrating birds over the Susquehanna River. €œIt€™s been a way of life for me,€ said the fourth-generation duck hunter. €œMy father taught me everything I know.€ For more than 40 years, he and his father attach 6-pound weights to the handcrafted decoy€™s he has made. In those decades, a few have been stolen or washed away but on Thanksgiving morning, he knew somebody made a foul move. Since a child, he put out 120 decoy ducks in an area of the river near Peach Bottom. Putting the ducks in and taking them out takes about six hours, so for the daily hunter it was always easier to leave the decoys out for weeks at a time. €œMy gut just sank,€ said Kneisley. While taking his boat to where he kept the decoys, only 10 were there. The other 110, he believes, were stolen. That Thanksgiving the morning was the first time he would go duck hunting without his father who died just five months before. €œIt hurts my feelings,€ said Kneisley. €œHe€™s gone and now I lost another big part of him.€ The father and son spent hours upon hours creating the decoy ducks. From shaping the life-like birds to delicately painting them. €œThat€™s not here anymore,€ he said. €œThey took a tradition that we€™ve always done and stopped it,€ said Kneisley. He€™s since had to cancel several hunting trips with those in the community who wanted to experience duck hunting. One little boy, he said, was very upset. Kneisley, who serves as the regional director for the Delta Waterfowl Foundation, reported the theft to police. He said his hunting season had to end suddenly. He hopes a similar crime won€™t happen to other hunters. €œThis is what I do every day. I protect water fowl. Conservation. Hunter€™s rights,€ said Kneisley. €œThis goes up against my grain for somebody to come in and do something like that.€ Kniesley took to social media to spread the word. He fears they may be sold online and he€™s keeping a close eye on website popular for buying the items. The bottom of each duck features his initials €œM K€ and he€™s offering a cash reward to get them back.
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Outlaws run by Allen, Schuchart fueled by family
Posted by: Jason Bristol HANOVER -- They are chips off the old engine block. Now they're tackling the World of Outlaws together. Both Jacob Allen, 19, and Logan Schuchart, 21, are getting a lot of advice and inspiration from the owner of their race team, Bobby Allen -- who simply tells it like it is. "It will be about a 1-2-3 year growing period," said Bobby Allen, who owns Shark Racing. "And (then) I think they'll be in the top ten." That's right, he said top ten. But how? We're told to get the heart of every story and here it is. inside this race shop in Hanover, York County, Bobby Allen, once a hall of Fame driver himself, is building future champions from the ground up. Jacob Allen is his son. Logan Schuchart is his grandson. Spoken like an old pro, Bobby believes the better understanding you have of your race car, the better you'll drive it. Garage time is family time. "If we didn't have racing in this family, I'd still be close to my Grandpa either way," said Shuchart. "If I could at least be half of what my Dad was or is; that would mean the world to me," added Jacob. Bobby Allen notices the same determination in Jacob and Logan he had. The raceshop, surrounded by family, is where it all starts. Bobby can't wait to see where takes all of them -- together. "I tell everybody I'm lucky I'm able to do it through them," said Bobby Allen. "All three of us are lucky. They're lucky they've got me and I'm lucky I've got them."
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91 members of the 139th PSP graduating class set to serve
Reported by: Jesse Knutson HERSHEY, Dauphin County€”91 cadets graduated from their 27-week long Pennsylvania State Police training program on Friday, making them PSP troopers. "They want this job. They want to do this job, they want to make a difference." Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said. The graduation ceremony for the cadets was held in Hershey, and with their friends and families watching, cadets walked across the stage and got their badges. One of the cadets who graduated was former Penn State tight end, Brian Irvin. "I'm the third generation in the family to go into law enforcement." Irvin said. "It's been a dream of mine." Both Irvin's grandfather and uncle are in law enforcement. His uncle is the chief of police in Derry Township, and his grandfather served in the state police for more than 35 years. In addition to today's graduation ceremony, a special presentation was given to Trooper Bradley Wilson, who was shot twice last September while serving a search warrant in Jefferson County. "It was really touch and go whether he would live." Noonan recalled. Luckily, Trooper Wilson did live, and on Friday he was awarded the Purple Heart and took time to meet with the 91 new troopers. "After I got my badge, I was able to salute Trooper Wilson back stage, and it was a breathtaking moment." Trooper Irvin said. Trooper Wilson said it was an honor for him to meet the new troopers who are going to serve the community, and he's happy to hear that people are continuing the strong tradition of the Pennsylvania State Police. "The Pennsylvania State Police has been very strong and supportive towards me and my injuries and my family and my friends, and I'll never forget them." Trooper Wilson said. The 91 members of the 139th graduating Pennsylvania State Police class will serve all across the commonwealth, including in Central Pennsylvania.
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Getting rid of bats
By: James Tully In a Halloween-themed edition of CBS 21 Housecalls, Bill and James show you the best ways to keep bats out of your attic. Also, we throw in an extra tip about how to properly walk in an attic.
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Parking your work vehicle in your driveway may be a thing of the past
Reported by: Chris Nallan "If it's just workers taking a truck home why is it an issue," said John Daniels. John Daniels works for a heating and air conditioning company in Lower Allen Township. "I just drive the work truck home when I'm on call so if I get a call in the middle of the night I can just leave without having to drive to our shop," said Daniels. Without John's truck being parked at his house, his job couldn't be done. "Are we going to get fined for parking in front of somebody's house during the day, when we're fixing a faucet or heating and air conditioning," said Daniels. Monday night Lower Allen Township commissioners met to continue their discussion on regulations for commercial vehicle parking in residential areas. This came after a small number of anonymous complaints saying commercial vehicles were eyesores and could be dangerous. Several against this idea spoke out at the Lower Allen Township meeting Monday night. "I don't know what your motivation is, if it's like you say it's to make the township look prettier." "Over the past forty years no ones complained to me about my property." "When I'm called by 911 I have twenty minutes to respond so that truck must be at my home." After an overwhelming number of residents sharing their concerns about this new proposed ordinance, Lower Allen Township Commissioners decided to reconsider their proposal. "It's very hard to look at these folks and hear their life story with this faceless complainer somewhere, who's going to change all of their lives" Lower Allen Township does plan to look further into the current ordinance set back in 2011 concerning only RVs.
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What to do if your rental has no heat
Reported by: Lara Greenberg HARRISBURG €“ A River Plaza Apartments resident says he has no heat in his apartment and it€™s been that way since November. Turns out, if you live in one of the 11,000 rental properties in the city and aren€™t getting heat in your apartment, your landlord could be fined a pretty hefty amount. This time of year, heat is important not only for your health and well-being, but also for the pipes and plumbing in your building. So if your property manager isn€™t helping you out, call code enforcement, but don€™t be surprised if it takes some time to fix. Craig Bunker has been living at the River Plaza Apartments in Harrisburg for a little more than a year. He says it€™s convenient, affordable and comfortable €well, some of the time. "I can turn on the fan all day long, and if they have not turned the boiler on, then it just blows cold air," said River Plaza Apartments tenant Craig Bunker. He says this has been going on since November and chats with his property manager have gone nowhere. We tried to speak with the property manager too, but were told to call the property owner. He could not be reached. So we called Harrisburg City Code Enforcement, located right inside City Hall. Though Craig says he€™d called them once before, they had no record of it. So we encouraged him to call again. "They don't have to go through the normal, fill out a complaint form that they traditionally have to do with regular property maintenance code complaints. They just need to call in," said Harrisburg code administrator Dave Patton. Code administrator Dave Patton says Craig called Wednesday morning at 7:30. Another River Plaza tenant called as well. By 2:00pm, code enforcement showed up. "We'll respond to whoever the complaint is. Generally if get more than one, then we're going to dispatch more than one inspector out to the property, take a reading," said Patton. One of the apartments was 60 degrees. This time of year, Patton says apartments need to be at least 68 degrees. Now Patton says crews at River Plaza are working on the new boiler the complex purchased a few months ago. Good news for Craig Bunker. "After a while, you stop asking because it falls on deaf ears. Nothing...you ask and ask and you realize it's an exercise in futility so why bother asking?" said Bunker. But there is a reason to bother asking. Citations for heat issues like this could cost a property owner anywhere from $50 to $1000. The Harrisburg code administrator says they won€™t cite the complex since property managers are working to get it up to code. Code enforcement says they€™ll continue to follow up, and for now, the manager has given electric heaters to the two tenants. A similar program had already been in effect in York County, and Stedman said the positive results from York County made it a no-brainer to bring a similar program to Lancaster County. €œWe€™re never going to know exactly whose life was saved by this, but I€™m convinced that somebody and multiple people€™s lives will be saved by it.€ Stedman said.
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Hummelstown residents gather, demand justice for man killed by cop
By: Bryant Maddrick HUMMELSTOWN, Pa. -- People gathered demanding justice for David Kassick, a 59-year-old man shot and killed by a police officer on Monday. Hummelstown residents gathered at Borough Park to discuss Kassick€™s shooting death. "The safest place for me to be is my home and if I can't be safe there, then the hell with it," says Hummelstown resident Ron Painter. €œEvery life is important." Kassick was shot and killed in his backyard Monday, February 2nd by Hummelstown police officer Lisa Mearkle. Since the incident, the Pennsylvania State Police and Dauphin County District Attorney€™s Office have launched an investigation into the incident. Attorney John Solt spoke for the Kassick family at Saturday€™s gathering. €œThere€™s a lot of eyes on this and we're looking with great anticipation to the results of the investigation that are being performed by the state police," said Solt. As the investigation continues, Facebook pages like €œJustice for David NOW€ and €œSupport Officer Lisa Mearkle and blue line€ have been created. On the page supporting Officer Mearkle, part of a response to Kassick supporters says, "€ how do you know that David did not grab something in the back yard? How do you know he did not try and harm the officer?€œ While those questions have yet to be answered, people at the gathering were encouraged to get involved. "Keeping pressure on the borough council, the mayor, using their rights such as the open records law to find out more information about how the police department operates here in Hummelstown,€ said Andy Hoover with the ACLU of Pennsylvania. A state police official says results from their investigation won€™t be released for at least several weeks.
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Taking a turn with the Flagger crew
By: Joel D. Smith HARRISBURG, Pa. -- They work in tough, dangerous conditions, and have to deal with people that never want to actually see them. Yet some still like the job because at its core, it's simple, important and you get to wear fluorescent chaps. Joel D. Smith put on the uniform to see if "Your Next Job" should be a flagger with PennDot. New employees take a three hour course, spend a day with a current flagger, and then get a week of training on the road. Safety is stressed at every turn, and when your job is to flip a sign back and forth, there are a lot of turns. PennDot stats show there are usually dozens of fatalities in work-zones each year, so keeping you and your co-workers safe is obviously the most important thing. Derrick King has been on the job for about seven months, and he's not surprised by the stats, because he's seen a big reason why it happens. He says, "With the onset of cellular phone and texting that sort of thing, drivers aren't as aware as they used to be." King accepts the pressure involved with keeping people safe, and although he admits it's repetitive, he welcomes the calmer pace compared to the responsibility he had when he used to manage an office in the corporate world. To avoid distractions, no cellphones are allowed when workers are on the road flagging. This means they have to remember license plates if problems come up, and write it down as soon as possible. PennDOT supervisor Tim Singleton says, "Unfortunately every so often, you have DUI's to contend with." For those situations, co-workers can call in the police. Singleton says he's heard it all from drivers trying to bypass the flagger. He says the most popular reasons are doctor's appointment, court cases, and picking up children from school. Sometimes he says drivers will actually threaten him. "You'd be surprised, we have kids, high school kids that challenge the flaggers," Singleton said. If you are up to this challenge and can take on the tough weather for 8 hour shifts (without your cellphone), PennDOT is hiring now. The beginner rate is 12 dollars an hour. "Skilled laborers," meaning workers who have their CDL license, can start at $17.30 an hour. Good Luck! To apply, click here: If you have additional questions, you can call PennDOT at this number: 717-783-3058.
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Harrisburg couple arrested for filthy home conditions
Reported by: James Tully North Middleton Township police made a startling discovery inside the home of a Carlisle couple Monday morning. Conditions were so deplorable two children were removed and the couple, Christine Christ, 41, and Robert Dotson, 30, now face felony charges. A Cumberland County sheriff's deputy served official documents to Christ's Carlisle trailer home Monday morning and noticed the poor living conditions. "I never, never could imagine my house getting that bad," says Melissa Bubnis who claims to knowing Christ for more than a decade. The two children were removed from the conditions by Cumberland County Children and Youth Services and placed with family members. Pictures taken by police of the inside show items in complete disarray and what those pictures don't show neighbors can describe very well. "Absolutely horrible the smell that came out of that house, no joke, you open up the door and bugs flew out everywhere," says neighbor Amber Daniel. At least half a dozen different cats showed up on the window sills, peering out at us through broken glass. Christ was out on bail Monday morning while Dotson remained incarcerated. While she was inside Christ wouldn't answer when we knocked on the door.
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A job that really delivers
By: Joel D. Smith HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Monday, Dec. 15, is the busiest day of the year for deliveries, making an already tough job, even more challenging. They work in the rain, the snow, and everything in between. Mail carriers are a hearty bunch, and right now the USPS is looking for some more help. To get a taste of this job we met up with Dan Lidduck, a 17-year veteran mail carrier who still loves his job. Yet which part he likes might surprise you. Lidduck said about the cold weather, "I like it outside. These days are better." Carriers actually begin their day inside, helping to sort the mail that will be on their route. They pack up their carts and trucks with mail and packages sometimes weighing 70 pounds, and then they hit the street for up to 10 miles a day. Lidduck likes the solitary nature of the job, but admits some new recruits are still surprised by the conditions they are expected to work in. "We've had new hires say, "It's raining." Yeah, we deliver in the rain. Or, "It's snowing." Yeah, we deliver the mail in the snow. So they are not used to working in the elements," Lidduck said. One of those elements might drool on you, or worse. Each carrier is supplied with a dog repellent spray. Yet Lidduck said, use it at your own risk. "People have given me stories where they spray the dog and all it does is agitate them," Lidduck said. While the Postal Service has been taking some massive financial hit in the past few years, the job is still needed, and there is an older workforce now that is retiring at a quick rate. USPS spokeswoman Karen Mazurkiewicz said the jobs are secure. "When you get into carrier positions, it is a very secure job, as a matter of fact, we just converted in this office alone, 12 non-careers to career positions," Mazurkiewicz said of Harrisburg's 7th Street location. No one likes bills, but Lidduck enjoys being the one to deliver many of the things that make people smile like packages around the holidays. Yet this job can take a toll on the body. He admits some co-workers have hip replacements, knee replacements and shoulder replacements. If you are ready to deliver, here are the numbers: Non-career employees earn $15.30 per hour. Career employees start at $30,000 a year.
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Unsolved in Pa: The case of Toni Lee Sharpless
Unsolved in Pa: The case of Toni Lee Sharpless
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Report: Teen dating violence numbers rise
By: Kyle Rogers MILLERSVILLE, Pa.-- A statue near the main walkway for students at Millersville University is covered as flowers lay at the feet to recognize the death of one student on campus. On Sunday morning, Karlie Hall, 18, was found unresponsive in her dorm room; her boyfriend was arrested in connection to her death. Investigators said Hall died after being strangled and suffered multiple traumatic injuries from blunt force trauma. By Tuesday, students had been going to Jayme Trogus, the director at the university€™s center for health education, to discuss ways to raise more awareness on dating. Trogus said students were advocating for more education despite periodic campaigns and online programs and sessions students are required to take before taking a class. According to numbers provided by the CDC, nearly 1 in 10 high-school-aged students or younger are the victim of abuse from an intimate partner. €œThis kind of violence is prevalent in our society,€ Ellen Kramer with Pennsylvania€™s Coalition Against Domestic Violence said. Kramer said the number of cases reported may be due to more victims coming forward. €œIn many of these cases, it€™s not just about physical violence, it€™s about a dating partner exercising power and control,€ Kramer said. Several resources are available for Millerville University students who may be victims of dating violence, Trogus said. Trained police officers and counselors are on hand as well as referrals to nearby medical facilities. There are often campaigns organized by the campus for dating violence prevention, but Trogus said students will be meeting later this week to discuss ways to keep the conversation on-going at all times. Adding that some victims may not get help; feeling intimidated or fear. She said anonymous hotlines area available to call. The National Teen Dating Violence Hotline is one of them at 1-866-331-9474. Both Kramer and Trogus said the conversation about domestic and dating violence needs to start at a younger age since some children as young as 11 experience it at the hands of a close partner. €œI think it€™s incumbent on schools to talk to their students about it and help them understand how to red flag these issues if you€™re in a controlled relationship,€ Kramer said. Teen dating violence can range from insults, text messages, peer pressure, constant check-ins, forced sex and or hitting or hurting the other. For more information about the resources available on teen dating violence, visit pcadv.org.
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