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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Balancing a ceiling fan
By: James Tully HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Does your ceiling fan shake or rattle when it's on full blast? Ace Hardware's Bill Hornung, along with CBS 21's James Tully, show us the fix is very simple in this week's edition of CBS 21 Housecalls.
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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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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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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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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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DA: Cop not justified in killing man
By: Marc Stempka HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Hummelstown police officer involved in a fatal shooting of a man in early February was not justified in using deadly force, according to the Dauphin County District Attorney. The officer's attorney, however, said the officer acted the best she could after the man refused to comply with orders to show his hands. According to court documents, Lisa Joellen Mearkle was charged with homicide for the Feb. 2 incident. Mearkle shot and killed 59-year-old David Kassick in the backyard of a South Hanover Township home, according to investigators. Investigators said Mearkle attempted to make a traffic stop just after 4 p.m. that day when Kassick fled and a pursuit ensued with Kassick driving to his home, and ending the pursuit. An altercation then took place between Kassick and Mearkle and shots were fired behind the home, according to investigators. Kassick was pronounced dead at the scene. Mearkle was uninjured. According to court paperwork, state police investigators found Mearkle chased Kassick, deployed her stun gun, which did strike him, then she shot him twice. Court documents said Kassick was not acting aggressive. Court documents stated the stun gun recorded audio and video of the incident, which showed Kassick was face down in the snow when he was shot twice in the back. During an interview with investigators, Mearkle said she feared Kassick was reaching into his pocket for a gun, according to court paperwork. Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said Kassick did not have a weapon, but a hypodermic needle was found in the area Kassick was laying, and that he was under the influence of alcohol at the time he was shot. Marsico said Mearkle explained during an interview with investigators she never actually saw a gun. Pennsylvania State Police Captain Adam Kosheba said it was determined thought their investigation Kassick did not display a weapon or anything similar to it at the time he was shot by the officer. Video evidence also showed Mearkle performed CPR on Kassick after he was shot, Marsico said. Kassick's attorney, Brian Perry, said she continued to hold the trigger on the stun gun because she knew there was a camera and it would be recording. Perry said in real time Kassick acted the way she was trained when dealing with a person who was not responding to commands. "If he (Kassick) complied, he'd be alive today," Perry said. Perry said the question at trial will surround what Mearkle was supposed to do in that instant without knowing what was under Kassick's stomach. Marsico said a police officer is justified in using deadly force when it is deemed reasonably necessary to protect that officer from serious injury or death, which in this case wasn't apparent because Kassick never displayed anything that could have been a weapon. "Officer Mearkle by all accounts has been a distinguished member of the Hummelstown Police Department, so this is certainly a tragedy all around," Marsico said. "But when police officers break the law we will charge them accordingly." In the days and weeks following the incident community members and family members rallied stating the shooting was not justified. Mearkle was arraigned on the homicide charge Tuesday afternoon. Bail was denied by the district magistrate and she was taken into police custody. Later Tuesday afternoon Mearkle was released on $250,000 bail. According to court documents a request was made to the county courts to have the bail conditions changed. That change was granted by a county judge. Mearkle will also have to wear an electronic monitoring device. The Kassick family released a statement Tuesday afternoon through their attorneys stating in part they were "extremely pleased" that Marsico has opted to pursue homicide charges. "David is dead and he should not be. The family would like to respectfully remind the public that while David had his problems and struggled with an addiction, he was loved and will be deeply missed," the statement said. Hummelstown borough officials also released a statement Tuesday, stating their full cooperation as a municipality and police department with the investigation. "This was an extremely difficult case for all involved but in the end, we are servants of [j]ustice and must now allow the judicial process to conduct a fair and impartial review of the allegations that have been presented. Please keep everyone involved in your thoughts and prayers as this next phase of the process moves forward," the statement read in part. Borough officials declined additional comment and the status of Mearkle's employment with the department remained unclear. Mearkle is scheduled for a preliminary hearing April 20.
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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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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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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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Young girl found wandering on Carlisle street
By: Marc Stempka CARLISLE, Pa. -- Police in Cumberland County have reunited a young girl with her grandmother after the child was found wandering in a street, saying the girl walk away from a babysitter. Carlisle police said the girl, who is approximately 4-years-old went by the name Carley, was found at 402 N. Hanover St. when she went into a motorshop looking for her grandmother. Police said Cumberland County Children and Youth were contacted and whether or not any charges would be filed was not immediately clear. Police said the girl was returned to the custody of her grandmother. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- By: Marc Stempka CARLISLE, Pa. -- Police in Cumberland County are looking for the parent or guardian of a young girl who was found wandering alone Wednesday afternoon in Carlisle. Police in Carlisle said the girl, who is approximately 4-years-old, was found by police walking by herself on Spring Road after being stopped by employees at the BMS shop. The girl, whose name is possibly Carley, was carrying a green/gray diaper bag when she was located, police said. Anyone who knows who the child is should called Carlisle police at 717-243-5252.
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Harrisburg man pleads guilty to killing estranged wife
By: Marc Stempka HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The man who admitted earlier this year to a CBS 21 reporter that he killed his wife in Harrisburg has pleaded guilty in the case, according to investigators. Phillip Greenhowe entered the guilty plea in the murder of his estranged wife, Shalamar Greenhowe, in Dauphin County court Friday afternoon. The courtroom was anything but orderly, as Greenhowe subjected the victim's family to frequent outbursts and profanity, including obscene gestures. Investigators said they showed up to Greenhowe's apartment on Boas Street in Harrisburg in January to arrest him for allegedly assaulting his son. Instead they found the 27-year-old woman inside, beaten and stabbed to death. She'd been missing for days. Police found Phillip days later in Georgia. He was arrested there because of a fight and was extradited to Pennsylvania in February. He waived his case to trial at a preliminary hearing in March. "There's been a history of domestic violence in this relationship. Unfortunately, in this case, the victim had gone back to him and here we are now with a much more unfortunate situation," Chief Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Gettle said on the day of Greenhowe's hearing. When heading into his preliminary hearing at the magistrate's office that day, Greenhowe spoke of his wife to CBS 21 reporter Lara Greenberg by saying, "she was a whore." When asked if he killed his estranged wife, he confessed on camera. Police are now using the video to build their case against the accused murderer. "Kill my wife? Yeah, absolutely I did," Phillip said. "She was a whore. She had many sex partners. It is what it is." Greenhowe repeated those words to a Judge Richard A. Lewis Friday. "You don't deserve to be on the streets of Dauphin County," Lewis said to Greenhowe. Lewis described Greenhowe's actions as "cold" and "cruel." Greenhowe was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
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Man in Tights: Santa needs helpers
By: Joel D. Smith LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- You won't be making enough toys for all the good little girls and boys, but if Your Next Job is working as Santa's little helper at the mall, you'll still be putting in some long days, and pulling on some tights. Joel D. Smith yelled out, "How do women do this?" while stretching on some red and green tights. He donned the Christmas uniform at Colonial Park Mall recently to see how tough a job it can be. He was nervous, but fellow elf, Helen Powell, said that's only natural. She shared her story about her first day. "I was nervous, as soon as I saw Santa coming down, I was like oh boy," Powell said. To thrive at this job, it's good if you love Christmas, and Christmas music, because it is playing non-stop. Plus, being jolly helps, which means smiling even when kids are not. Also the schedule is tough, with helpers working sometimes 8 to 10 hours a day. Marketing Director at Colonial Park Mall, Susan Ariail said smiling is a must. "Absolutely. Smile on your face the whole time, even when your feet are hurting a little bit," Ariail said. The elves jobs are to also sign in the parents, and take pictures while the child, or animal, with Santa. Making a petrified child smile is challenging, but as we learned from Santa, it's not that important. "You can't always avoid it, sometimes the parents are happy with a crying picture, when the kids get older they can show it to them, and embarrass the children," Santa said. If you think you are cut out for elf-life, hiring begins in September. "Some people even take a leave from their jobs to do it," Ariail said. Based on experience and expertise, at Colonial Park Mall, you can make close to $10 an hour.
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Power is on: Heat chiropractor makes adjustments
Posted by: Jason Bristol HARRISBURG -- All sports teams make adjustments at halftime. The Harrisburg Heat makes them before the game, too. Heat players turn to team chiropractor Josee Homza and she delivers -- by turning the power on. It's a phrase Homza uses constantly. "That's a saying I've been telling my patients for many years after an adjustment," Homza, a native of Quebec, Canada, told CBS 21 News Sports Director Jason Bristol. "I'll say, 'The power is on!" The power comes from properly aligning the spine, which works with our brain. Homza claims the right adjustments just make people feel better. "When you feel better, you play better is that right?" asked Homza. "One-hundred percent better," added defender Zach Sell. With her portable table, Homza can work anywhere. She has also treated players on the Hershey Bears and Harrisburg Senators, as well. She and her husband own Homza Chiropractic Wellness & Rehab in Harrisburg. While effective, not all the adjustments she makes look nice. "She pretty much puts my neck in this little spring-loaded thing, and does a karate chop," said defender Brad Kerstetter. "It's the best one. It feels great." That's why there's no shortage of Heat players who turn to her for twisting and turning. The Heat's final home games of the Professional Arena Soccer League season are Friday and Saturday at the PA Farm Show against Chicago. It's not just Josee's hands doing all the work, though. Her heart plays a role, too. No session is complete without a hug. She believes there's more power in that than a simple handshake. "When you know you're helping people perform at a higher level, it makes my day," said Homza. Turning the power on? It's a lot easier with a chiropractor who really cares -- someone with so much positive energy.
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The smell of a reliable job
By: Joel D. Smith SUSQUEHANNA TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Some professions come and go. However, you don't have to worry about "Your Next Job" becoming obsolete if you are a trash collector. Andrew Raffensberger is a supervisor for Penn Waste. "It's a great job to have, it's always here. We don't lay folks off, there's always trash at the curb," Raffensberger said. We went on a run in Susquehanna Township with Scott Leash. He's been doing the job for years. He knows the job is not for everyone, but he enjoys it. "I like being outside, plus, I like the sense of accomplishment I have when I see my whole route cleaned up at the end of the day," Leash said. Joel D. was able to use the "crushing controls," but also learn not to stand behind the trash truck at that point because some people sneak materials in the trash that could explode. It's a bit of a guessing game when you pick up a bag, and some can be up to 80 pounds. "We get everything from pianos to bags of Kleenex. You've got to be able to deal with whatever comes in between," Raffensberger said. The smell is the biggest factor to overcome, Leash said. "A lot of it is undefinable. You don't really know what it is you are smelling. I block it out. It really doesn't bother me," Leash said. Penn Waste officials said they are looking now for new drivers and collectors. The job comes with benefits and a 401K plan. According to our research, the average annual salary in our area is to be around $35,000. To apply online click here: http://www.pennwaste.com/about/careers/
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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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York College suspends sorority for hazing
By: Brandon Smith YORK, Pa. -- A sorority at a York County college has been suspended for four years following a hazing investigation, according to college officials. York College spokesperson Mary Dolheimer told CBS 21 Tuesday the Theta Phi Alpha chapter of York College has been suspended for four years. She said the suspension comes after an incident happened off campus on March 9 where hazing and a violation of the school's alcohol policy occurred. Dolheimer said the incident occurred when members of Theta Phi Alpha sorority returned to campus and they caught the attention of a resident advisor. The advisor then called campus safety. The college did not specifically address the nature of the incident, stating only members of the sorority were making a "ruckus" when they returned to a residence hall. After an investigation, York College's Judicial Review Board suspended the sorority. Many of the sorority's approximately 40 members were also subjected to judicial hearings. York College did not indicate if individual members will be punished. Dolheimer said she also expects the sorority's national chapter to review the incident. The suspension means no members can gather as a group representing the sorority.
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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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Handling a house full of kids for your next job
By: Joel D. Smith DERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Here's the deal: You get a huge spacious home and never have to make a mortgage payment, but then again, that home is also your office, and you are nearly always on the clock. Houseparents at Milton Hershey School are paid to live with up to a dozen students, and we went inside the home to see how it all works during one of their busiest time periods. Well, before the morning music is played in the 7,000 square foot home, Erik and Jacqui Niel are up preparing food and themselves for another long day. They have two kids of their own, including a toddler, so mixing their family with the 10 elementary age girls is a daily challenge. yet one they embrace. "It's not anything we expected it to be. In a good way," Erik said. The two have been House Parents for about six years, and expect to continue in the position for at least 10 more years. Before considering this job, there are a few things to keep in mind. "I think the key thing, that folks don't realize when they come here is the integral role house parents play, the lasting role. They have on the lives of children," Milton Hershey School Vice President of Communications Lisa Scullin said. Even though it's a family atmosphere, houseparents are also expected to run it like a small business. Chores, food, devotions and 11 hair-styles to prepare take careful planning on a daily basis. The school teaches many skills to parents, who have high expectations on their time. "These students change your life," Jacqui said. To get the job, parents must pass a background check be at least 27-years-old and married for at least 3 years. The combined salary is $70,000, and you get to live in the adjoining apartment to the large house for free. You must be available around the clock, except for two weekends a month. Relief Parents are also needed for those two weekends. For working as a couple Friday to Sunday, the pay is $750. For more info go here: http://www.mhskids.org/careers/careers-houseparent/
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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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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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School's out for snow
By: Lara Greenberg HARRISBURG, Pa. -- In Harrisburg, school officials decided late Wednesday morning to have an early dismissal. Meanwhile other schools took a snow day. So how do school districts decide whether to start late, end early or close altogether? School's out is a message we imagine almost all children love to hear, the one parents may love equally as much. Or it may the one they may dread. "It's not inconvenient for me. Really, it's enlightening," said parent James Davis. Another parent, Damon Watts said he's not thrilled with students leaving early. "It's crazy. Roads are bad. It's just an inconvenience all around," Watts said. This time of year, there is bound to be delays, early dismissals or school closings, and no matter the decision, it seems there's always someone who's unhappy. "They should have never went because they called for this, and normally when the weatherman calls for something, something's coming," grandparent Michael Baltimore, Sr. said. Wednesday, the Harrisburg School District called for an early dismissal, as did many others. According to school officials, superintendents from around the area decided in a conference call how to handle the snow situation. Depending on what they decide, a call goes out to parents, but not all parents get the calls. "I haven't gotten it yet. But I called up here anyway. I had a feeling it was going to be early dismissal though," Davis said. School officials said those messages are sent to roughly 6,500 households, but parents don't get them if they've blocked certain numbers or changed their number. Message or not, school districts and parents agree on one thing: the importance of keeping the kids safe. "I think it's important for the children. It puts limitations on people that might get hurt in accidents and things of that nature," Davis said. Harrisburg let out an hour early at all their schools Wednesday. Other districts let out much earlier in the day, some around 11 a.m. School officials say even after they get on those morning conference calls with the other superintendents, ultimately they have to look out the window and decide on their own the best call for students, faculty and buses.
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Buy or bust: Wipe New
By: Donna Kirker Morgan HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A product that could save you money when it comes to your car inspection is under the Device Diva's microscope. Some older cars don't pass inspections because the headlights have gone dim. There's a product that promises to wipe away the problem for a fraction of the cost. The product is called Wipe New. It claims to give you "crystal clear headlight in just seconds." Leahy Auto body put the claim to the test. Jerry Leahy went into his stock pile and found an old, not so bright light. He said it happens to all cars. Headlights that should shine 1,000 feet will only project 400 to 800 feet. Eventually, those lights could fail inspection and cost hundreds to replace or have professionally fixed. Wipe New however, promises to restore headlights and guarantees lights will pass inspection. All you have to do is pop on some gloves and wipe your troubles away, supposedly. After application it seems to work well, but what about after some time? Even 10 days later there was a distinct improvement. The headlight was not as clear as when Wipe New was first applied but the lights would certainly pass inspection. "I think from a consumer stand point it is a great alternative to new headlights which could be several hundred dollars," said Leahy. So there you have it, Wipe New is definitely a bright idea and real buy at just $10.
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Grant scam
Reported by: Jesse Knutson HARRISBURG, Dauphin County- With the increase in tuition costs for college, more people are applying for scholarships and grants, and in turn, more people are becoming victims of scams. Brooke Deschenes, a graduate student at Shippensburg University, was nearly a victim of a scam. €œFor a couple minutes, I was thinking, €˜Yay! I won money, this is wonderful!€™€ Deschenes said referring to a phone call she received. During the phone call, a person called claiming to be a representative from the government and told Deschenes that she was being awarded a $12,000 grant. €œHe gave me my name, my first and last name, I said, €˜Yup, that€™s me.€™ He gave me my address, and €˜yup, that€™s my address.€™ Gave me my email and I said, €˜Yeah, that€™s my email.€™ Everything seemed really legitimate.€ Deschenes explained. Deschenes had been applying for grants for the past year and was excited about the phone call, but weary at the same time due to the threat of scams. €œI said, €˜Okay, well, can I ask you something? Am I going to have to give out my bank account information or a credit card?€™ Because I thought this is where they get you, you give out your information and then they steal from you.€ Deschenes explained of her phone conversation. In response to her question, the man on the phone told Deschenes that they would need her credit card information in order to transfer the money. €œRight has he said that, I know it was a scam.€ Deschenes said. €œThat€™s when I hung up.€ Thousands of students like Deschenes have had scammers reach out to them, but unlike Deschenes, many of them fall for the scams. €œThey€™re getting very sophisticated as far as making their solicitations look legitimate.€ Keith New, Communications Director for the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), said. PHEAA hears about scholarship and grant scams often, and PHEAA says there are some red flags that grant and scholarship offers are scams. €œAny service that requires a fee, especially if they request that fee upfront, is something you should be very, very skeptical of.€ New explained. PHEAA warns that you should never give out your personal information, such as your social security number or bank information. Those actions have led to thousands of people having their identities stolen and hundreds, if not thousands of dollars stolen. €œTypically the people that are preyed upon and fall victim of these types of scams are really the people that can least afford to be taken advantage of.€ New said. IF you want to learn more about how to safely apply for grants or scholarships, you can visit PHEAA€™s website: https://www.pheaa.org/
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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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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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DUI checkpoint laws
By: Chris Nallan HARRISBURG, Pa.-- A Florida attorney got national attention after he tried going through a DUI checkpoint without saying a word. That attorney said all a driver needs to do is show the officer a sign and a license through a closed window. But is this method acceptable in Pennsylvania? Video of a DUI checkpoint in Florida last New Year€™s Eve went viral. In the video police wave a driver through without asking him to roll down his window. One may wonder if someone can actually get away with that? The man behind the wheel in the video is Florida Attorney Warren Redlich. He says this is a way to protect a driver€™s rights at a DUI checkpoint; it€™s not however, designed to allow drunk drivers through the checkpoints. Michelle Haselrig of Harrisburg doesn€™t agree with this tactic one iota. "That would hurt somebody; get into a car accident when they could have stopped them. I don't think people should start doing this at all. Just go through the checkpoints,€ Haselrig said. How feasible is this method in Pennsylvania? Harrisburg DUI attorney Richard Roberts has the answers. "Simply because you refuse to roll down your window, simply because you refuse to speak to the officer does not give them grounds to stop you,€ Roberts said. It is by rights that one can keep their window up at a check point as long as you provide a visible license and registration, but it€™s not advised. "You are drawing attention to yourself, so you understood that anytime you assert your rights there are probably some risks with people who think you€™re doing the wrong thing,€ Roberts said. Studies have found that DUI checkpoints reduced alcohol related crashes by about nine percent.
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Readying to reseal a bathtub
By: James Tully HARRISBURG, Pa. -- In this edition of CBS 21 Housecalls, Ace Hardware's Bill Hornung shows the first steps to resealing a bathtub or shower. This segment focuses on properly cleaning the surface and how to safely and easily remove the existing caulk. Items you'll need: Grout Cleaner Solution ($8.99) or Bleach Contractors Solvent ($9.99) Grout removal tool ($3.99) or Putty knife Denatured alcohol. ($7.49 Qt)
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Harrisburg sued over gun laws
By: Lara Greenberg HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The growing gun debate continues. Now the Capital City is being sued under a new law targeting gun measures. The lawsuit comes after Act 192 went into effect earlier this month. The act says only the state, not municipalities, has the power to regulate guns and gun use. Because Harrisburg has several gun laws in place, a pro-second amendment group is now taking the city to court. For months, usually when a violent crime has happened in Harrisburg, city police Chief Tom Carter has told the media it€™s time to end gun violence in the city. "We're trying to get as many guns off the street as possible. We're trying to educate the public about gun violence," Carter said last week. To combat that violence, Harrisburg has several gun ordinances in place. For instance, minors can€™t have guns, unless they€™re with an adult. Guns can€™t be fired in the city, unless it€™s at a firing range. Also, lost and stolen firearms must be reported. But now one group is working to get rid of these laws, calling them illegal and wrong. "Municipalities don't get to make the law. It's just that simple. It's completely preempted. They cannot operate in gun laws period," U.S. Law Shield of PA attorney Justin McShane said. McShane is the lawyer for and member of U.S. Law Shield of Pennsylvania, which offers legal services, education and training on guns and gun laws. State laws rule that municipalities can€™t make their own gun laws. Group members say despite a city€™s good intentions for having gun laws, all cities should follow the state law and be consistent. "In five seconds, you can be in one municipality or the other municipality and those laws change, you can find yourself an accidental criminal,€ said U.S. Law Shield of PA program director Todd Hoover. If the group wins the lawsuit, Harrisburg€™s gun laws could change, and under Act 192, the city would have to pay for legal fees on both sides. Harrisburg€™s spokesperson said the city had no comment on the lawsuit because it hadn€™t yet been served. Chief Carter said Friday about the city€™s first homicide, €œThere's no future when it comes to guns, drugs, and other things of that nature." This is believed to be the first lawsuit of its kind in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Lancaster are already fighting the law in court, saying lawmaker approved it illegally.
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Hersheypark rides ready to go after winter safety checks
By: Michael Gorsegner DERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- It's opening weekend for the 2015 edition of Hersheypark. While the rides have been quiet for months, the work to get the park open has been in high gear. It takes 200 personnel an estimated 120,000 man-hours to get the park ready for opening day. Looking around, it doesn't take long to see where the memories are made at Hersheypark, the speed of Skyrush and the falls of Fahrenheit, but it's the maintenance shops where those memories get off the ground. "There are a lot of people that think we just turn it off for the year and turn it back on the next year. The overhaul season is our busiest time," said Hersheypark Director of Ride Maintenance Rod Underkoffler. When Hersheypark closes for the winter, the true work begins. The park's 65 plus rides are brought inside for maintenance. A quick glance around the maintenance building during the winter turns up some familiar faces. The cars the of Comet and Fahrenheit are all disassembled, with millions of parts put to the test. "Overhaul season is where we tear it down to the bare frame, clean everything up, check it for any failures or flaws and then put it all back together," Underkoffler said. Maintenance staffers use five methods to check and recheck ride parts. The easiest is a visual inspection. The others use some intense technology. "We have a good solid piece of steel there," said Don Linn, of Linn Enterprises. Thousands of steel components are run through ultra sound, the same technology that enables soon-to-be-parents to hear their baby's heartbeats, which will detect any flaws or inconstancies. "Each part is fracture critical so it needs to have non-destructive testing done on it," Linn said. That non-destructive testing can also include magnetic particle testing, X-rays and dye penetrant sprays. Even with the slightest of problems, the parts are fixed or completely replaced. "Our safety record is our main goal," Underkoffler said. For more than 35 years, Bruce Winters has spent his winters servicing the Comet. He strips the cars to the bare wood and puts them back together. "I have seen it advance, I have seen coasters come in," Winters said. "In winter, my primary job is to overhaul of these cars and make sure everything gets done on time." And on time means in time to crane these rides back on the track. Sixty-five full time mechanics work tirelessly for nearly six months, sometimes six and seven days a week, to get to this last step. Cranes lift the rides into place just in time to open for another season. "It's a very short window," Underkoffler said. It's been exactly 180 days since many rides were last open to the public, but after thousands of man hours, they're ready to roll. "I''s kind of sigh of relief. You get to see people in the park and actually see the things that we worked on, work," said Ride Maintenance Supervisor Bob Smith. The task is daunting, but Hersheypark leaders say two things keep them going through even the toughest of times. "Safety and our guest experience is our most important goal," Underkoffler said. Hersheypark is open weekends for most of May before going to a full time schedule beginning Memorial Day weekend. Over Memorial Day weekend, the park will debut its 13th roller coaster, Laff Trakk.
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Students shown the positive side of hacking
By: Jesse Knutson Hacking. It€™s a word that has a negative connotation. Most people think it€™s reserved for those web experts who go into websites and shut them down, or steal people€™s personal information. But in reality, hacking has a much different meaning, and it€™s not all negative. Saturday dozens of kids from grade school to high school gathered in Harrisburg for Local Hack Day. It's a day dedicated to learning about Internet security and computer programming. €œHacking is all about understanding computer systems and being able to take those computer systems and have them function the way that we want them to,€ said Joe Laviola, a social studies teacher at the Commonwealth Connections Academy. That means hacking includes everything from computer programming to website design €“ and today, to teach kids more about computer programming and coding, Commonwealth Connections Academy hosted the first annual Local Hack Day. €œComputer programming, like mathematics, is this sort of universal language,€ said algebra teacher Daniel Freiss. In today€™s society, technology is everywhere, and local teachers say it€™s more important than ever to make sure our next generation not only understands what goes into creating this technology, but has a part in creating new technologies. €œIt€™s a shame that everybody doesn€™t see computer programming as essential. Computer programming is something that every school should be teaching,€ said Freiss. As part of Local Hack Day, kids were invited to learn how to build computers, design websites, write code, and learn more about what make our digital lives tick. €œAlthough its very complex, it€™s made that way so you can shape it anyway you want to, but first you need to learn how to shape it,€ said Commonwealth Academy Sophomore David Mohamad. €œIt€™s really interesting. All those letters, all those numbers, and all those codes just make the websites we see everyday,€ said Commonwealth Academy Junior Asnawy Mohamad. In addition to learning, Commonwealth Connections Academy hopes this event will help foster a community for kids interested in technology. €œTypically technology kind of seems like one of those things where it€™s not as personal as other aspects €“ like a sporting event, and the myth is shattered. We have a community here. We build it and it€™s alive and well," said Laviola.
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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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Family and friends react to death of Adrian Robinson
By: Kristin Mazur HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Friends, family, and fans are reacting to the shocking death of football star and Harrisburg native Adrian Robinson. The Philadelphia City Department of Heath says the athlete committed suicide. A representative for Robinson says he died over the weekend. Robinson played for Harrisburg High School. He then went on to be a defensive lineman for Temple University. Robinson also saw time in the NFL, playing for the Steelers, Broncos and Eagles, among others. Robinson's high school coach, George Chaump, calls him "one of the greats." "He was one of the best I've ever coached," Chaump said. "I got the news and I just didn't want to believe it," he said. Many took to Twitter to express their condolences. Steelers' head coach Mike Tomlin tweeted: "My thoughts are with the family of Adrian Robinson during this difficult time. Very sad that he passed away at such a young age." Meanwhile, Temple's head football coach Matt Rhule tweeted: "The program lost a friend, a brother, and a wonderful young man." Chaump says he couldn't agree more. "He was a great young man not only as a player but a human being," he said. Robinson is survived by his parents Terry and Adrian Sr., brother Averee, sister Aija, and his daughter Avery Marie. Robinson had also recently signed with the Canadian Football League's Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The program also tweeted out about his death saying: "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family." A GoFundMe page has also been set up for his daughter Avery Marie.
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Teen arrested in death of Lancaster Co. teacher
Updated December 16, at 9:03 a.m. By: Marc Stempka LANCASTER, Pa. -- Police in Lancaster County have arrested a 16-year-old boy with the killing of a Lancaster County elementary school teacher, according to investigators. Lancaster City police said Marcus Anthony Rutter, of Lancaster, was arrested around 10 p.m. Monday in relation to the death of 32-year-old Nicole Mathewson. Mathewson was found dead inside her North Franklin Street home Monday morning. She had taught for seven years at Brownstown Elementary school in Conestoga Valley School District. Details about the death were not immediately available, nor was any possible connection between the two individuals released. Rutter was charged with criminal homicide, burglary, criminal conspiracy to commit burglary and robbery, police said. Police said the investigation into the homicide is ongoing, as well as the investigation into other people being involved in the crime. Police were searching for Mathewson's Mazda sedan as part of the investigation, but the vehicle was recovered. Anyone with additional information about the case was asked to contact Lancaster police or Lancaster City-County Crime Stoppers. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Reported By: Donna Kirker Morgan LANCASTER, Pa. -- Police tape remained up around a Lancaster city North Franklin Street home after a 6th grade teacher was found dead Monday morning. Nicole Mathewson, 32, taught for seven year at Brownstown Elementary school in Conestoga Valley School District. Police continue to search for Mathewson's car, a black 2005 Mazda 3 sedan, with Pennsylvania license plate number FVN-8421. The car was missing when police arrived at the home Thursday morning around 9 and found her body. The home remained under police watch Monday night. For almost 11 hours crime scene investigators, wearing specialized suits, carried evidence bags into the 32-year-old victim's home as neighbors watched concerned. Levon Higgins said, "This is little too close for comfort," as he checked on his aunt who lives nearby. Lancaster police simply said Mathewson's body had signs of trauma and her car, usually parked out front, was gone. District Superintendent Gerald Huesken said counseling will be provided for students and teachers who need help with a tragic death that remains unsolved thus far. He gave his condolences to the staff and to Mathewson's family.
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Lancaster County woman heads to trial after parking lot shooting
By: Kyle Rogers COLUMBIA, Pa. -- A Columbia woman accused of attacking a woman and shooting another in a racially-fueled exchange in a grocery store parking lot will head to trial. Ashley Curry, 31, faces charges of aggravated assault, simple assault and ethnic intimidation following an incident on February 3 outside of the Musser's Market store on Lancaster Avenue. According to court documents, Curry was shouting racial slurs towards Alicia Glenn-McCowin at the parking lot after the two parked their cars at the Columbia Plaza. Glenn-McCowin said she noticed Curry acting odd before the incident by looking at her through the mirror and not moving at a green light to turn into the plaza. Curry was driving in a vehicle directly in front of Glenn-McCowin, according to testimony. The racial slurs became so intense that others nearby came down to assist Glenn-McCowin. In court on Monday, McCowin said Curry spit and kicked her causing cuts on her legs. Two bystanders, Jamie Roland and her sister, said they tried talking to Curry about her excessive use of the n-word when Curry suddenly pulled out a gun and fired one shot. Roland said she didn't think she was shot in the stomach until she realized she was bleeding. At that point, according to court testimony, Curry sat back inside her vehicle with her boyfriend until police arrived. Roland was rushed to the hospital and stayed there until she was transferred to a therapeutic center, she said. On Monday, she was subpoenaed to Judge Robert Herman's courtroom but was not called testify. "I gotta tell you, I don't wish it on anybody and I don't wish it on her," Roland said describing the pain. She said she hasn't been able to walk since the incident and may need a hip replacement. Curry's lawyer Doug Cody convinced a judge to modify his client's bail option. Since the incident, Curry has been locked up in Lancaster County Prison on a $100,000 monetary bail. Cody said Curry is not a dangerous person and has several connections to Columbia and would not leave. However, the Lancaster County District Attorney's office disagreed. "I think it's fair to say that she is a danger to the community and she's looking at significant time," First Assistant District Attorney Christopher P. Larsen of Lancaster County said. Monday Judge Herman ordered she can post 10% of the $100,000 bail. As of Monday night, she remains behind bars. Curry and her lawyer had no comment following Monday's hearing.
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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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Tornado siren usage depends on county
By: Chris Nallan HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Some people heard them, others did not, as tornado sirens were sounding throughout the Susquehanna Valley Monday night, with tornado warnings being issued for five counties. But whether or not residents had a siren activated in their community depends on the county or municipalities standards. While CBS 21 News was on the air with extended severe weather coverage, the sirens went off in Harrisburg. "We've had tornado warnings before, but for them to actually set the sirens off was a little unusual," said Elaine Walker from Harrisburg. It's not a sound heard every day in the Capitol City, but Monday was a different story. Hugh Irwin, of Harrisburg, said his wife heard the roaring sirens. "She thought wow, I wonder what's going on, but she got in her car and drove home and I had to tell her later it was a tornado warning. If she'd have known that she would have stayed put," Irwin said. Walker said the sound may not be comforting but at least another warning that you may be in harm's way. "Because a lot of people they don't get the warnings. So at least we were fortunate enough that if something does happen, we do have a warning system in place," Walker said. Not all counties across the midstate mandate the tornado siren warning system. In York County, activation of fire department sirens would be a decision made by the applicable fire department. That is the same for Cumberland County. Irwin thinks the extra warning is needed. "I think they're a good idea but it probably requires more public education I would think," Irwin said. In Dauphin County, the county dispatch center will sound sirens for communities in the projected tornado path.
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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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