November 15, 2018

PennDOT crews are out getting the roads ready for the upcoming snow. The whole state is short on plow drivers for the beginning of the winter season, but officials say they’re ready.

Senator Pat Toomey used the final day of the legislative session Wednesday to honor the victims of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh. Senator Toomey also continued his push for reforms to our nation’s gun laws, like requiring background checks for all commercial gun sales.

Fresh off his successful reelection bid, WV Senator Joe Manchin says it’s time for Congress to get busy and fix stuff that needs to be fixed, like health care.

The Christmas Tree is here, Memorial Square Downtown. Next comes the Chambersburg Christmas Parade is this Saturday, Nov 17. Starts at Six.

A Chambersburg woman is in trouble, locked up.  26 year old Ta Lor Fletcher is accused of pointing a gun at another woman and then tried to intimidate her into not speaking with police. Detectives say it happened earlier this month at a home on Lincoln Way West.

We are learning more about the state’s unsuccessful offer to lure Amazon’s HQ2.  Governor Tom Wolf’s administration says its offer included up to four-point-six billion in taxpayer-paid incentives over 25 years.  It also offered another 100-million for improvements in transportation.  Amazon chose to split its HQ2 project between Chrystal City, Virginia and New York City.

The news that Amazon’s second headquarters will be located in Arlington County, Virginia, is creating a buzz in the Eastern Panhandle.  The location is less than a hour from the WV state line.  The new headquarters is expected to bring with it roughly 25-thousand new jobs to the region.

 

Hagerstown Police investigate another shooting, the second in less than a week. This time on Summit Avenue near City Park. No one was hurt.  Monday evening, one man was killed in a shooting on Locust Street.

Wed was the final day of the legislative session in Harrisburg.

The next Operation Save a Life TRAINING IS coming up this evening at the Waynesboro Hospital. You will learn how to help the victim of an overdose by using Narcan. Register at HCPFRANKLINPA DOT ORG.

November 14, 2018

A murder investigation in Hagerstown as police look for a suspect in the death of 21 year old Cody Brian Lynn. Shot multiple times. Lynn was taken to Meritus Medical Center where he died. The shooting happened Monday night on North Locust Street . No word on a suspect or motive.

The Greencastle-Antrim School Board has a new member. Shannon Blanchard replaces Linda Farley, who has moved to Hagerstown. The term runs through December 2019. Blanchard was selected last week.

The Chambersburg Christmas Parade is this Saturday, Nov 17. Starts at Six.

 A new lawsuit claims Pennsylvania sends out absentee ballots too late, preventing some people from being able to return them in time to be counted. The lawsuit by the ACLU and nine voters was filed Tuesday against the governor, top elections officials and the leaders of the House and Senate. The voters say they all submitted absentee ballot applications as required by Oct. 30 but received their ballots too late to meet the Nov. 2 deadline for submitting them.

This year’s Christmas tree is now at Center Square in Waynesboro. The sixty foot spruce tree donated by Waynesboro residents Russ and Kristine Conn.

Attorney Clint Barkdoll of Kulla Barkdoll and Stewart on Florida midterm election issues and problems with the recount in the U.S. Senate and Governor’s race in his own words…

https://soundcloud.com/newstalk1037fm/attorney-clint-barkdoll-on-the-florida-recount

The next Operation Save a Life will take place on November 15th at the Waynesboro Hospital. The training will start at 6:00 pm and run until 7:30 pm. Operation Save a Life students learn how to help the victim of an overdose by using Narcan/Naloxone. Registration is required. at www.hcpfranklinpa.org  (717) 264-1470.

November 13, 2018

Hagerstown Mayor and city council meet today for a work session.

PR stunt or sincere act of community involvement? Trans Source Energy volunteers recently planted six hundred tree seedlings along the banks of Codorus Creek in Spring Valley Park, York County. The action is part of a $25,000 commitment from Transource to support local conservation efforts to improve water quality of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Transource says planting blitz is planned for Franklin County. Trans Source as you know wants to build a series of high power transmission lines thru Franklin and York counties.

Hundreds of Pennsylvania National Guard members will hopefully be spending Thanksgiving at home.  Penn Live reports members of the 28th Infantry Division have started returning home to the U.S. from their deployment in the Middle East.  The 28th is handing over headquarters duty to the 34th Division, made up of soldiers from Iowa and Minnesota.

Quick reminder:  the Christmas Parade in Chambersburg is this Saturday, Nov 17. Starts at Six.

 Gas prices are continue to go down ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday week.  Hagerstown drivers pay around two seventy a gallon to fill up. Kinda pricey in Chambersburg, two eighty six a gallon.

The next Operation Save a Life will take place on November 15th at the Waynesboro Hospital. The training will start at 6:00 pm and run until 7:30 pm. Operation Save a Life students learn how to help the victim of an overdose by using Narcan/Naloxone. Registration is required. at www.hcpfranklinpa.org  (717) 264-1470.

 

 A group of Hagerstown Fire fighters visited Emma K. Doub Elementary school Monday morning to hand out nearly new warm winter coats to students. The coats in a variety of styles and colors. The annual event was sponsored by Operation Warm, a national nonprofit giving to children in need.

Opponents of the Trans Source Energy Power line project are skeptical of recent efforts by  Source volunteers to plant six hundred tree seedlings along the banks of Codorus Creek in Spring Valley Park. The action is part of a $25,000 commitment from Transource to support local conservation efforts to improve water quality of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Transource says a similar effort is planned for Franklin County. Trans Source as you know wants to build a series of high power transmission lines thru Franklin and York counties.

November 12, 2018

Local Veteran Ed Miller on today’s Veteran’s day Parade here in Chambersburg. Start around Ten this morning. Finishes up at Memorial Square for a special service.  Hear Ed in a recent visit to First News – https://soundcloud.com/newstalk1037fm/never-forget

A reminder that most government offices are closed in observance of Veterans Day Monday.  This includes Washington County in MD and Franklin and Fulton Counties in PA.  Essential public safety services remain in effect as do Washington County Public Transit services and all regular flights at the Hagerstown Regional Airport.

Hagerstown Mayor and city council meet tomorrow for a work session.

Disappointing grades for two area hospitals.  The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grades gave Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg a “C,” while Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown received a “D” grade. Chambersburg Hospital was awarded an A grade.   Leapfrog’s grades are based on medical errors, accidents, patient injuries and infections. The semiannual report uses 28 measures of publicly available data from surveys and governmental reports to assign grades to more than 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Berkley and Meritus leaders admit there are challenges but say they are committed to quality patient care.

 State auditor general Eugene Depasquale talking about untested rape kits. There’s been a back log of untested kits in recent years. Thousands of them. De Pasquale says he is taking action to fix the problem, prevent future back logs.

 

Delegate Neil Parrott made an announcement Friday that he would be forming an exploratory committee to run for US Congress in the 6rh District in 2020 in light of Federal Court ruling this week that the 6th district must be redrawn after agreeing that state officials unfairly redrew it in 2011 to favor Democrats, in a suit brought by voters.  Parrott also pointed out that neither the outgoing nor newly elected representative for the 6th district even lives within the district and indicated that, “Western Maryland has not had representation in Congress since 2012, when the districts were redrawn, and now is the time to change that.”

Two employees of the Berkeley Heights Elementary School have apparently been suspended as officials investigate allegations that a six-year-old special needs student had been.  A complaint was made to Martinsburg Police Department October 5th from a parent that her child had been harassed by members of the school staff.  Martinsburg Police report they immediately visited the school and personally notified the school administration of the allegation, but that there is no criminal investigation being conducted at this time. Berkeley County school officials said it’s taking the matter very seriously, adding that a third party investigator is reviewing the matter.  The child has since been moved to another school.