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Warming Stations
Wednesday January 29th 2014

 WITH CHILLY TEMPERATURES THIS WEEK, MANY HOMELESS WERE WITHOUT SHELTER DURING THE DAYLIGHT HOURS.  NEWS 11'S ERIKA SHYCH VISITED ONE CHURCH THAT OPENED IT'S DOORS TO SPREAD THE WARMTH.  THE PEOPLE OF ANCHORAGE MINISTRIES NOTICED A GAP IN SERVICES WHEN TEMPERATURES DROPPED AND THOSE IN NEED HAD NO WHERE TO GO- BUT OUTSIDE INTO THE COLD.  THE DIRECTOR, LEIGH KALISS, EXPLAINS,
 "WE HAVE THIS BEAUTIFUL SPACE, ITS NOT IN USE, WHY NOT OPEN THE DOORS AT 7AM, STAY OPEN THROUGH 7PM AND THEN THE SHELTER THEN OPENS EACH NIGHT AT 7:30 SO FOLKS HAVE A WARM, SAFE SPACE TO BE WHEN ITS SO BITTER COLD OUT."

THAT'S WHEN THEY TURNED THE LOBBY AND CHURCH OF ST. JAMES' EPISCOPAL CHURCH INTO AN OFFICIAL WARMING STATION, LETTING ANYONE COME IN AND ENJOY THE HEAT.
"IT'S SUCH AN IMPORTANT SERVICE THAT WE'RE ABLE TO PROVIDE IN COLLABORATION WITH THE COUNSEL OF CHURCHES AND THE YWCA, AND THE UNITED WAY. JUST TO KNOW THAT THEY HAVE  A SAFE WARM PLACE TO GO DURING THE DAY IS SO IMPORTANT."
 THE WARMING STATION IS IN ADDITION TO THE BREAKFAST PROGRAM HELD HERE EVERY MORNING HERE AT ST. JAMES PARISH HOUSE.  THE CHURCH WILL OPERATE AS A WARMING STATION UNTIL FRIDAY.

 

 

Petri Trial
Tuesday January 28th 2014

A LEBANON MAN IS ON TRIAL FOR ALLEGEDLY RAPING A LITITZ WOMAN ALMOST EXACTLY A YEAR AGO.  31 YEAR OLD TRAVIS PETRI IS ON TRIAL THIS WEEK, CHARGED WITH SEVERAL FELONY SEX CRIMES.  ACCORDING TO THE VICTIM'S TESTIMONY, ON JANUARY 29-TH OF LAST YEAR, PETRI FORCED HER TO HAVE SEX AT HER LITITZ HOME.  PETRI'S ATTORNEY ARGUES THAT THE WOMAN CONSENTED TO SEX, AND GOT UPSET BECAUSE HE WAS LIVING WITH ANOTHER WOMAN.  THE VICTIM DID SAY SHE AND PETRI DATED FOR ABOUT 4 MONTHS IN 2004 AND THAT HE CONTACTED HER AGAIN IN DECEMBER OF 2013.  PROSECUTORS ARE SEEKING CONVICTIONS THAT COULD KEEP PETRI BEHIND BARS FOR DECADES.

Home Burglaries
Monday January 27th 2014

LEWIS KNIGHT OF EAST EARL TOWNSHIP HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH THE BREAK INS OF SEVERAL LOCAL HOMES.  IT STARTED ON JANUARY 21ST WHEN A MAN DISCOVERED 39 DOLLARS MISSING FROM HIS HOME ON MENTZER ROAD IN EARL TOWNSHIP.  NEXT, A RESIDENT ON NEW HOLLAND ROAD REPORTED THEIR HOME WAS BURGLARIZED ON JANUARY 21ST AND AGAIN ON THE 24TH.  THE HOMEOWNER WAS THERE AT BOTH TIMES OF THE INVASIONS. THEY REPORTED 230 DOLLARS CASH MISSING.  A SIMILIAR INCIDENT ALSO OCCURRED ON JANUARY 25TH AT A RESIDENCE ON SOUTH CUSTER AVENUE.  POLICE ARRESTED KNIGHT AFTER AN INVESTIGATION, THEY SAY HE CONFESSED TO THE CRIMES. HE IS BEING HELD AT LANCASTER COUNTY PRISON AFTER FAILING TO POST 250 THOUSAND DOLLARS BAIL.

Body Found Arrests
Thursday January 16th 2014

TWO MEN ARE BEHIND BARS FOR THE MURDER OF ASHLEY LYNN KLINE. THE GRUESOME DETAILS OF HOW THE 23 YEAR OLD WAS KILLED, WERE RELASED TODAY DURING A NEWS CONFERENCE.  ACCORDING TO THE CRIMINAL COMPLAINT, 21 YEAR OLD ADAM LYNCH AND 19 YEAR OLD RYAN SHANNOWER ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE HOMICIDE OF ASHLEY LYNN KLINE.  THESE RECORDS ALLEGE THAT THE TWO MEN PICKED KLINE UP FROM HER HOME ON DECEMBER 30TH. THEY THEN DROVE HER AROUND BEFORE BRINGING HER TO THE MIDDLE CREEK WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA WHERE THEY FORCIBLY REMOVED HER FROM THE CAR.  DOWN THIS ROAD, THEY STABBED HER MULTIPLE TIMES IN THE BACK, DOUSED HER IN GASOLINE AND LIT HER ON FIRE WHILE SHE WAS STILL ALIVE.  LANCASTER COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY CRAIG STEDMAN SAID, "WHO EXACTLY DID WHAT IS WITHIN SOME QUESTION. WHAT IS BEYOND CLEAR FROM WHAT THE POLICE HAVE DEVELOPED IS THAT THEY BOTH PARTICIPATED IN THE INTENTIONAL KILLING OF MISS KLINE THROUGH STABBING AND THEN LIGHTING HER ON FIRE."

NOW ITS NOT CLEAR WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED IN THE VEHICLE PRIOR TO HER DEATH.  INTERVIEWS WITH THE SUSPECTS VARY.  INVESTIGATORS ARE NOT SURE IF SHE WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED, THE BODY WAS IN TOO BAD OF CONDITION TO TELL.  BUT THEY ARE SURE THAT THE HOMICIDE HAPPENED  CLOSE TO THE TIME OF HER DISAPPEARANCE. SHE WAS LAST SEEN ON DECEMBER 30TH, WITH RYAN SHANNOWER.  STEDMAN SAYS, "OUR BELIEF AT THIS POINT IN TIME IS THAT SHE WAS NOT TAKEN AGAINST HER WILL. OBVIOUSLY WE CANNOT SPEAK TO HER BUT THAT IS  THE MOST I CAN SAY. CLEARLY THE THOUGHT PROCESS WAS DIFFERENT BETWEEN THEM."

ABOUT A WEEK AFTER THE TWO ALLEGEDLY COMMITED THE CRIME, THEY DROVE BACK TO THIS AREA TO TRY AND CONCEAL THE EVIDENCE FURTHER.  "ON THE 8TH OF JANUARY THEY RETURNED TO THE SCENE AND IN AN EFFORT TO FURTHER OBLITERATE HER IDENTITY AND SO THAT WE COULDNT FIND OUT WHO IT WAS BURNED HER AGAIN."'  THIS PAST SUNDAY AFTERNOON, JANUARY 12TH, TWO CIVILIANS DISCOVERED KLINE'S REMAINS. DUE TO THE CONDITION OF THE BODY, DENTAL RECORDS WERE NEEDED TO IDENTIFY KLINE.
NOW, JUST A FEW DAYS LATER, LYNCH AND SHANNOWER ARE CHARGED WITH HOMICIDE, ARSON, ABUSE OF A CORPSE AND CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY.

"BOTH ADMITTED TO CONDUCT THAT WOULD CONSTITUTE CRIMINAL HOMICIDE WHETHER THE ONE IS STABBING, WHETHER THE ONE IS POURING THE GAS ONE, ONE IS LIGHTING THE FIRE. UNDER THE LAW IT DOESN'T MATTER. IF YOU SHARE THE INTENT AND YOU'RE CAUSING THE DEATH YOURE JUST AS CRIMINALLY RESPONSIBLE AND AS IT SHOULD BE. AND OBVIOUSLY IT DOESNT REALLY MATTER TO THE VICTIM WHICH ONE'S POURING THE GASOLINE ON THEM, WHICH ONE IS LIGHTING IT. ITS HORRIFIC."

SHANNOWER AND LYNCH ARE NO STRANGERS TO THE LAW. THEY EACH HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH FELONIES IN THE PAST.  BOTH WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND ARE BEHIND BARS AT LANCASTER COUNTY PRISON WITH NO BAIL. A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SET FOR JANUARY 24TH.

 

Body Found Update
Tuesday January 14th 2014

THE BODY FOUND SUNDAY AFTERNOON IS THAT OF 23 YEAR OLD ASHLEY LYNN KLINE OF BERKS COUNTY.  THE BODY WAS IN BAD CONDITION. IT DIDN'T HAVE ANY IDENTIFIERS ON HER. FROM LOOKING AT HER, YOU COULD NOT TELL WHO IT WAS, SO, THEY HAD TO GET HER DENTAL RECORDS COMPARE THEM TO THEM.  SUNDAY AFTERNOON, SOMEONE FOUND THE REMAINS IN A WOODED AREA JUST DOWN THE ROAD AT THE MIDDLECREEK WILDLIFE REFUGE.  INVESTIGATORS SAY THE BODY HAD BEEN THERE FOR SOME TIME BUT THY'RE NOT SURE HOW LONG.  KLINE WAS MISSING FROM HER BERKS COUNTY HOME SINCE DECEMBER 20TH.  LAST WEEK A PIECE OF EVIDENCE LED INVESTIGATORS TO TWO WATER RETENTION POOLS  IN ADAMSTOWN. OFFICALS DRAINED THEM,  BUT NOTHING WAS FOUND.  LANCASTER COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY CRAIG STEDMAN SAYS THE CASE IS BEING INVESTIGATED BY STATE POLICE, BUT UNTIL THEY FIND OUT WHERE KLINE WAS KILLED, THE PROSECUTION WILL STAY IN LANCASTER COUNTY.

 

Body Found
Monday January 13th 2014

A BODY WAS FOUND YESTERDAY IN A CLAY TOWNSHIP WILDLIFE AREA.  THE MATTER HAS SINCE BEEN RULED A HOMICIDE.  IT WASN'T UNTIL ABOUT 2 P-M THIS AFTERNOON THAT NORTHERN REGIONAL POLICE CONFIRMED THAT A BODY HAD BEEN FOUND ALONG LAUREL DRIVE IN CLAY TOWNSHIP.  OFFICIALS SAY THE BODY IS THAT OF A WOMAN.   TWO PEOPLE DISCOVERED THE REMAINS NOT FAR FROM MIDDLE-CREEK LAKE AT AROUND 4:15 YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.  CREWS FROM THE NORLANCO POLICE AND STATE POLICE WERE JOINED BY THE COUNTY FORENSIC UNIT AND CORONER'S OFFICE.  OFFICIALS SAY THE DECEASED RECEIVED SUBSTANTIAL TRAUMA.  THE COUNTY CORONER IS WORKING TO IDENTIFY THE BODY BY USING DENTAL RECORDS.  KEEP IN MIND, JUST LAST WEEK, POLICE SEARCHED THE ADAMSTOWN WASTE STATION FOR A MISSING BERKS COUNTY WOMAN.  IT IS NOT CLEAR IF THESE TWO CASES ARE RELATED.

 

Truck Fire
Friday January 10th 2014

TRAFFIC WAS MOVING SLOW ON ROUTE 222 NORTH-BOUND IN WEST EARL TOWNSHIP THIS AFTERNOON AFTER A TRACTOR TRAILER CAUGHT FIRE.  OFFICIALS SAY THEY WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE JUST BEFORE NOON.  BEFORE THEY ARRIVED, THE DRIVER TRIED TO PUT OUT THE FLAMES BUT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL.  WHEN CREWS DID ARRIVE, THEY FOUND THE CAB FULLY ENGULFED IN FLAMES.  BUT NO DAMAGE WAS DONE TO THE TRAILER.  NO ONE WAS INJURED IN THE FIRE AND THE CAUSE IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.  TRAFFIC ON 222- NORTH WAS DOWN TO ONE LANE UNTIL ABOUT 2:30 PM THIS AFTERNOON.

Water Pipe Breaks
Wednesday January 8th 2014

THE EXTREMELY COLD WEATHER CONTINUES TO CREATE ISSUES, THIS TIME FOR RESIDENTS AT A LOCAL RETIREMENT CENTER.   A SPRINKLER PIPE IN THE 5TH FLOOR OF THE VILLAGE SQUARE APARTMENT BUILDING RUPTURED AT GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE JUST BEFORE 8 P-M LAST NIGHT DAMAGING 6 APARTMENTS, COLLAPSING THE CEILING IN ONE OF THEM.  6 RESIDENTS WERE EFFECTED, THREE WERE MOVED TO OTHER UNITS IN THE COMPLEX.  PROBLEMS LIKE THIS WITH SPRINKLER SYSTEMS AE NOT UN-COMMON THIS TIME OF THE YEAR.  THERE ARE A FEW WAYS TO KEEP YOUR PIPES FROM FREEZING.  THE EASIEST IS TO LET YOUR FAUCETS RUN WITH A SLOW DRIP.  DON'T FORGET TO DIS-CONNECT YOUR OUTSIDE HOSE.  ALSO IN A SMALL ENCLOSED AREA, YOU CAN WRAP YOUR PIPES WITH HEATER TAPE BETWEEN THE PIPE AND ITS INSULATION.

Rapho Twp Fire
Monday January 6th 2014

A FIRE AT A RAPHO TOWNSHIP HOME ON SATURDAY DISPLACED A  FAMILY OF FIVE.  CREWS WERE DISPATCHED SHORTLY AFTER 6AM TO A HOME ALONG NORTH ESBENSHADE ROAD.  OFFICIALS BELIEVE THE FIRE STARTED IN THE WALL NEAR THE CHIMNEY.  THE HOMEOWNER FOUGHT THE FIRE WITH AN EXTINGUISHER BEFORE FLEEING THE HOUSE WITH HIS FAMILY.  35 FIREFIGHTERS BATTLED THE BLAZE AND BROUGHT IT UNDER CONTROL IN AN HOUR.  NO-ONE WAS INJURED.  TOTAL DAMAGES ARE ESTIMATED AT 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS.  THE FAMILY IS CURRENTLY STAYING WITH RELATIVES

 

Buggy Accident
Monday January 6th 2014

OVER THE WEEKEND A MAN WAS CRITICALLY INJURED WHEN HE WAS THROWN FROM A HORSE AND BUGGY IN WARWICK TOWNSHIP.  IT HAPPENED AT AROUND 1:30 IN THE AFTERNOON IN THE 12-HUNDRED BLOCK OF CLAY ROAD.  ACCORDING TO NORTHERN LANCASTER COUNTY REGIONAL POLICE, 66 YEAR OLD ISAAC KING WAS DRIVING HIS BUGGY, WHEN SOMETHING SCARED HIS HORSE.  THE HORSE BOLTED OFF, AND STRUCK A BOULDER, EJECTING BOTH KING AND HIS WIFE FROM THE BUGGY.  BOTH WERE TAKEN TO LANCASTER GENERAL HOSPITAL.  MR KING IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION, HIS WIFE WAS TREATED AND RELEASED.

Pitts Re-election
Monday January 6th 2014

CONGRESSMAN JOE PITTS ANNOUNCED HIS INTENTION TO SEEK RE-ELECTION TO THE U-S HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON SATURDAY.  THE REPUBLICAN OFFICIALLY KICKED OFF HIS CAMPAIGN FOR ANOTHER TWO-YEAR TERM AT THE FARM AND HOME CENTER, WHERE HE SPOKE ABOUT CURRENT ISSUES FACING CONGRESS, SPECIFICALLY THE NEED FOR MORE FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY.  PITTS ALSO ADDRESSED THE MUCH TALKED ABOUT 'AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.'  AS CHAIR OF THE HOUSE HEALTH SUB-COMMITTEE, PITTS SAID "REPUBLICANS NEED TO CHART A REAL PATH FORWARD ON HEALTHCARE REFORM AND THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN GET THINGS DONE IS BY DOING THE HARD WORK AT THE COMMITTEE LEVEL. THAT'S WHAT MY FOCUS WILL BE."  PITTS HAS REPRESENTED THE 16-TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT SINCE 1997.  NO OTHER CANDIDATES HAVE COME FORTH TO CHALLENGE HIM AT THIS TIME.

Flu Death
Friday January 3rd 2014

SOME SAD NEWS TO REPORT THIS FLU SEASON.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS A LANCASTER COUNTY MAN DIED OF FLU-RELATED CAUSES LAST MONTH.  THIS IS THE COUNTY'S FIRST FLU DEATH THIS SEASON.  SOURCES SAY THE MAN DID NOT HAVE HIS FLU SHOT.  P-A DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTS THAT THERE ARE 68 CONFIRMED CASES OF THE FLU IN LANCASTER COUNTY AND MORE THAN 22-HUNDRED IN THE STATE.

Caernarvon Fire
Thursday January 2nd 2014

NOW TO CAERNARVON TOWNSHIP, WHERE A FIRE DESTROYED A WORKSHOP AND LEFT TWO ANIMALS DEAD.  IT HAPPENED NEW YEARS DAY AROUND NOON, AT A TWO STORY BARN ON SANDSTONE LANE.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS, THE 40 BY 60 FOOT STRUCTURE WAS FULLY ENGULFED IN FLAMES WHEN ABOUT 60 VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED AT THE SCENE.  OFFCIALS SAY A WOOD STOVE SPARKED THE BLAZE.  THERE WERE SEVEN DOGS INSIDE WHEN THE FIRE STRUCK.  THE MOTHER AND FOUR OF HER SIX PUPPIES WERE SAVED, THE OTHER TWO DIED.  NO PEOPLE WERE INJURED.

Tree Recycling
Thursday January 2nd 2014

CHRISTMAS IS OVER, PRESENTS ARE UN-WRAPPED AND YOUR TREE MAY BE STARTING TO LOOK A LITTLE DROOPY, BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO THROW IT IN THE TRASH.   DENVER BOROUGH IS SPONSORING A CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING PROGRAM.  BOROUGH OFFICIALS ARE ENCOURAGING RESIDENTS TO BRING THEIR REAL TREES TO THE DESIGNATED DROP OFF SITE TO BE RECYLCED.  THE TREES SHOULD BE AS CLEAN AS POSSIBLE WHEN DROPPED OFF.  THIS MEANS NO LIGHTS, ORNAMENTS, TINSEL OR STANDS.  TREES ARE ACCEPTED AT THE COMPOST FACILITY ON 8-TH AND MAIN STREET UNTIL JANUARY 17TH.

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