TOP HEADLINES 01/15


>>Governor Deploys National Guard

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Governor Tom Wolf says over four-hundred Pennsylvania National guard members have been deployed throughout the state to tighten security amid online threats of violence across all 50 states. The governor says he will not allow what happened at the nation's capital to happen here. He added that the guard's presence will enhance law enforcement's ability to provide continued public safety and critical infrastructure security during these unprecedented times. More than one-thousand Pennsylvania National guard troops have also been sent to Washington D.C. to provide security at the Capitol during President-elect Joe Biden's Inauguration.

>>Capitol Police Increase Presence Ahead Of Potential Weekend Protests, Violence

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Capitol Police in Harrisburg are increasing their presence ahead of any potential violence this weekend. While Superintendent Joe Jacob said there are no specific threats to the capitol complex, they are acting now to be prepared. There are crisis response teams patrolling the area in tactical gear while Harrisburg city police are prepared to help, if needed.

>>Two Dauphin County Libraries Closing In Harrisburg

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Two Dauphin County Library System locations are going to be closing this weekend in Harrisburg. The county's library system announced yesterday that it will be closing two buildings in Harrisburg this Saturday. The McCormick Riverfront located at 101 Walnut Street and Madeline L. Olewine Memorial at 2410 North Third Street will be closed out of precaution due to the threat of riots breaking out throughout the city this weekend. The two buildings are expected to reopen next Tuesday, after they will remain closed on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Junior Day.

>>New COVID-19 Cases Rise In Pennsylvania

(Harrisburg, PA) -- New positive COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported over 7,100 new cases yesterday. There are currently more than 5-thousand people in the state who are hospitalized with the coronavirus. About one-thousand of those hospitalized cases are being treated in the ICU. Another 300 people passed away due to complications of COVID-19.

>>Bryan McQuillan Announces Bid For Dauphin County Judge

(Lower Paxton Township, PA) -- A defense attorney for a firm in Lower Paxton Township is going to be running for a judge's seat in Dauphin County. Bryan McQuillan announced yesterday that he will be running for the open seat left behind after Judge Jeannine Turgeon retired recently. McQuillan is considered a Republican, but he will be cross-filing to appear on both the GOP and Democratic ballots in May's election. He is a member of the Criminal Law Committee of the Dauphin County Bar Association and has been a part of hundreds of cases in the county.

>>Greencastle Man Faces Terroristic Threat Charges For Weekend Incident In Waynesboro

(Waynesboro, PA) -- A Greencastle man is facing terroristic threats charges following an incident last weekend. Christopher Brown is accused of taking part in a domestic assault at a home on East North Street in Waynesboro Saturday morning. It’s unclear what prompted the incident.

>>Clark’s Ferry Tavern Gets Half-Million Dollar Grant Toward Renovations

(Duncannon, PA) -- The owners of Clark’s Ferry Tavern in Duncannon are getting a half-million-dollar state grant to help with its renovation. The oldest building in Perry County dates back to the late 1700s. The hope is for the building to have a welcome center for those walking the Appalachian Trail.

>>East Pennsboro School District Pauses Athletics, In-Person Learning

(East Pennsboro Twp., PA) -- East Pennsboro School District is now the fourth Mid-Penn school to pause athletics amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A positive case was reported at the high school earlier this week and in-person learning will resume next Tuesday when all athletics will resume as well.

>>Wolf Wants 145-Million To Support Small Businesses

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Governor Tom Wolf wants state government to use $145-million to support small businesses. Wolf says he cannot act on allocating the money from the worker’s compensation fund himself, and he will need the General Assembly to move it forward. A spokesperson for the House GOP says Wolf has not reached out to discuss the allocation with them, but they are open to short-term ideas and long-term solutions.

 >>Senator David Argall Appointed To State Government Committee

(Berks County, PA) -- A state senator who represents Berks County is taking a seat in a bigger committee in Harrisburg. Republican Senator David Argall announced Wednesday that he is going to serve as the new Chairman of the State Government Committee in the 2021-2022 legislative session. Argall's new responsibilities include overseeing the executive branch as well as developing and approving legislations regarding elections and ethics in state government.

>>YWCA Lancaster To Host Kid-Friendly MLK-Junior Event Online

(Lancaster County, PA) -- YWCA Lancaster is going to honor Martin Luther King Junior Day a little differently this year. The organization announced yesterday that it will be hosting a kid-friendly event online on the holiday. Kids are being encouraged to join a series of virtual book readings that celebrate the historical civil rights leader's life and teachings. The books are called Be A King: Dr. Martin Luther King Junior's Dream and You and A Sweet Smell of Roses. They can be picked up today from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Bright Side Opportunities Center Parking Lot. Those who are interested in registering for the free event can do so on the YWCA Lancaster's website.

>>Second Man Involved In Lancaster City Hall Arson Sentenced

(Lancaster, PA) -- The second man involved in an arson at Lancaster City Hall is going to serve over three years in prison. Dwain London Junior was sentenced to almost 40 months in prison on Wednesday for setting fire to Lancaster City Hall in 2018. He is also being required to pay ten-thousand-dollars in restitution to make up for the city's insurance deductible cost. The other man involved in the arson was sentenced this past August to about 25 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

>>Public Auction For Roadside America Begins

(Upper Bern Township, PA) -- People in Berks County can now own a piece of the past as the online auction for Roadside America has begun. The auction is being hosted by the Renaissance Auction Group and started Wednesday. Over 700 individual pieces that include model buildings and other miniature displays are being put up in the public auction. Trains will be sold in a different auction that will be held later this year. Those who are interested in making bids in the auction are being invited to visit the Renaissance Auction Group's website.

>>One Person Injured In Cumru Township Car Accident

(Cumru Township, PA) -- One person is recovering at the hospital after a car crash in Cumru Township. The accident happened last night on Mountain View Road. Police say a person was rescued from their car and an ambulance took them to the hospital. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

>>Lehigh, Northampton County Buildings On High Alert

(Undated) -- High security measures are in place in Lehigh and Northampton County government buildings in case of unrest. Officials from both counties did not share exact details, but they say they're ready if anything happens between now and President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. This comes after the FBI warned all 50 states of possible armed protests this weekend and on Biden's inauguration.

>>Pottsville Shooting Kills Dog, Injures Man

(Pottsville, PA) -- A dog is dead and its owner is injured after a shooting in Pottsville yesterday afternoon. Police say around 1:30 p.m. yesterday near West Market and Fourth Street, Seth Howard allegedly opened fire on a pitbull multiple times, killing it, and one of those bullets struck its owner in the thigh. When authorities approached the suspect, he was taken into custody without a fight. About ten bullet casings were recovered by police. The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for his gunshot wound. No word was said on why the shooting occurred, but Howard is facing charges of aggravated assault and aggravated cruelty to animals.