July 17, 2018

President Donald Trump’s statement Monday indicating that he believed the word of Russian President Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence agencies on meddling in the 2016 elections draws strong reactions from Pennsylvania’s U.S. senators.  U.S. Sen. Bob Casey called Trump’s conduct “dangerous and reckless,” while U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey called for “tough new sanctions on Russia.”

Investigators say a person pretending to be a state trooper pulled a woman over and tried to steal her jewelry Saturday.  Anyone with information is asked to call state police.

Waynesboro Police arrest 48 year old William B. Burr in connection with a May shooting on North Church Street.

Sen. Pat Toomey joined many Republicans and Democrats alike in fiercely denouncing Russian President Vladimir Putin in connection with wis meeting and press conference with Donald Trump on Monday. Mr. Toomey also took on the president, tweeting: “@POTUS’ blindness to Putin’s hostile acts against the US and our allies — election meddling included — is very troubling.”

Colonel Douglas Mastriano rings in.  https://soundcloud.com/newstalk1037fm/col-mastriano-on-the-trump-putin-summit

Cumberland County Crime Stoppers is offering a two-thousand-dollar reward for information leading to an arrest in a deadly shooting last month.  Investigators are looking for more information in the shooting death of 23-year-old Michael Burch, who was shot and killed while walking on the first block of East Penn Street in Carlisle June 21st.  Witnesses say they spotted a red Chevy Equinox pull up along side him and open fire.

A police officer is accused of scamming the state out of more than seven-thousand dollars in assistance.  PennLive.com reports Schuylkill County Police Officer Ashley Michel allegedly continued receiving money from SNAP even after obtaining a job.   Prosecutors say she failed to report a part time position as a patrol officer in Minersville.  Michel faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

A Hagerstown man who was injured in a motorcycle crash over the weekend has died. Maryland State Police said Alexander E. Cosner, 21, died Sunday at Meritus Medical Center east of Hagerstown. The crash occurred shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 70 near Beaver Creek Road. Troopers say Cosner was driving erraticlly.

 Hagerstown Mayor and City council hold a work session on Tuesday. Chambersburg Curb and Sidewalk Committee meets on Thursday evening.

July 16, 2018

 State Police said the 18-year-old girl reported missing on Friday afternoon in Franklin County has been found safe.  Haley Ann Nicholson was last seen walking on Main Street in Fayetteville Friday around 4:30 p.m. Investigators were concerned about her safety because she has medical needs.  State Police are not saying where she was found.

Hagerstown Mayor and City council hold a work session on Tuesday.

Nearly 100 new troopers are now on the Pennsylvania State Police force.  Ninety-five cadets have graduated from the State Police Academy in Hershey.  The new troopers have been assigned to various troops statewide.

State Police in Franklin County are looking for a man who made a traffic stop while pretending to be a police officer. It happened around 5:30 p.m. Saturday on Jack Road near Snyder Road in Saint Thomas Township. State Troopers say the man was driving a black, older-style police car with a red and blue revolving light on the roof of the car and another similar light sitting on the driver’s side dashboard. Pulled a woman over, searched her, told her to get on the ground, tried to take a ring off her hand, pulled her by the hair and then took off.

State Police in McConnellsburg arrest a man for attacking two women with a pocket knife. 31 year old Daniel Shields is in custody. Police say it happened around just after three thirty Sunday morning. The three got into some sort of scuffle. Shields pulled a knife, threatened to kill both women. Tried to cut one woman on the neck. Both victims have cuts and bruises.

Maryland officials have come up with a prescription drug plan for retired state employees. It’s in response to state pension reform lawmakers approved in 2011. Retired state employees eligible for Medicare will be moving from the state’s prescription drug program to the federal Medicare Part D program in January.  In a one-year transition program, the state will reimburse all out-of-pocket pharmaceutical expenses for affected retirees that go over $1,500.

 Weekend Report

It is illegal to ride bicycles on sidewalks in downtown Chambersburg – this is the message Chambersburg police are sending after receiving numerous complaints that many are disregarding that law in the borough.  This also applies to skateboards and includes East and West King Street to East and West Liberty Streets north to south, and North and South Second Street to the Western Maryland Railroad tracks, east to west.  Police will be patrolling this area and taking  enforcement action.  Chief Camacho also shared with NewsTalk1037FM that officers now have preprinted citations to make enforcement easier.

Another person was arrested Friday in connection to the June 27th shooting at Southgate Mall in Chambersburg – this time for interfering with the police investigation of fugitive John Silvane, wanted in connection with the shooting.  Brittany Robinson was arrested and charged with Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution. 18 year old Sylvester Ford was arrested earlier this week in connection with the shooting, and another shooting on Honey Well Avenue June 2nd.

Hagerstown Mayor Bob Bruchey met with local Muslims Friday to again apologize for comments he made earlier in the week in a FaceBook post calling the Mayor of London, who sought to publicly defame President Donald Trump during his visit there, and who is also a Muslim, “a terrorist”.  Bruchey told the congregation of a local mosque that he doesn’t want to be someone who adds to division in communities.  Kalim Ahmed, president of the Islamic Society of Western MD expressed appreciation that Mayor Bruchey reached out in person to mend fences.

Mercersburg Police announced an arrest Friday for an armed robbery that happened nearly three years ago at Sniders Jewelry.  November 19, 2015, two males wearing hooded jackets and masks entered the store on North Main Street in Mercersburg, pointed a gun and made off with 33K dollars worth of jewelry.  They fled the scene in a waiting car driven by a third accomplice.  An extensive two and half year investigation produced evidence leading to the arrest of Kevin Jade Combs, formerly of Bronx NY.  He is being held in the Franklin County Jail and further arrests are expected.

A woman dropped off a body at the War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs Friday morning and drove away.  The deceased was described as a black man in his late 20s, about 110 pounds and 5’6” tall.   The woman was located a short time later at the Sheetz  convenience store in Hancock, where she appeared to be highly intoxicated. Its reported that she told authorities she knew the deceased only as “Elgin” and picked him up on Harrison Avenue in Berkeley Springs.  She said she drove him to the hospital because he passed out.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department.

There’s an update to the arrest of 17 year old Alexandria Toney and her boyfriend, 22 year old Kevinsly Cherilus,  arrested for a drive by shooting in the first block of South Franklin Street, Chambersburg, Thursday afternoon.  Apparently Toney, who drove the car, and Cherilus who fired the gun, were both in some sort of dispute with the intended victims and drugs were a factor.  Both are cooperating with police investigating the incident, and have been charged with criminal conspiracy to commit homicide among other charges.  Police also said this shooting is unrelated to two other recent shootings in Chambersburg.

PA’s online system for requesting birth and death records had to be shut down for a week recently after it was discovered the system was apparently hacked by someone with inside knowledge, officials disclosed Friday.  Unauthorized changes were made described as system “cosmetic modifications”.  This lead to a extensive cyber investigation which concluded no records were viewed, altered, created or deleted.  The Department of Health’s computer system for vital records was offline from June 20th through the 26th during the investigation.


July 13, 2018

Action in Chambersburg Thursday. A shooting on South Franklin Street. Police say the window of a car was shot out. 17 year old Alexandria Toney is charged. Police say Toney was the driver of a car in which another person identified as Kevinsly Cherilus shot at people on the sidewalk.

Police are also looking for 22 year old John Wesley Silvain in connection with the Southgate Mall Shooting on June 27.  18 YEAR OLD Sylvester Ford was arrested this week in connection with the South gate Shooting and another shooting on Honey Well Avenue.  Police say Ford used the same gun in both shootings.

 Tuition for in-state students at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities will rise by 3 percent.  The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education on Thursday voted to approve the $224 increase for the 2018-19 school year.  The total tuition increase amounts to $30 million, leaving what the system says is a budget gap of about $20 million that it must close.

Right now the American Red Cross says it’s experiencing a major blood shortage.  Donations are in constant demand. If you would like to donate, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment.

Vice President Mike Pence is going to headline a fundraiser for U.S. Senate candidate Lou Barletta later this month.  July the 23rd in Philadelphia.  Barletta will face incumbent Bob Casey in November.

 USPS warns about a secret or mystery shopper scam that many people have fallen victim to. The scam involves a check for thousands of dollars that you get in the mail with a letter saying you should deposit it, wire back some of the money to the company, keep part as payment, and then use the rest to shop at another store.


July 12, 2018

An update now on a shooting near the South Gate Shopping Center in Chambersburg. Police have identified a possible suspect.  Sylvester  Ford (AKA “Duke”) is wanted on an arrest warrant for various weapons violations in New Jersey. Chambersburg Police  want to talk to Ford about the South Gate Shooting incident on June 27. Investigators say Ford is known to hang out with local residents. He is considered armed and dangerous. IF you know or see anything, contact Chambersburg Police. A picture of Ford is posted at CRIME STOPPERS PA DOT COM.

At least 50 people hit with salmonella poisoning after a picnic near State College.  According to the Centre Daily Times, the picnic was held Friday to honor a teacher retiring from Grace Prep High School.   Health officials confirmed that the attendees became ill after eating a tainted dish.  They’re currently testing food to track down the source of the infection.

Over 2,500 inmates at an 89-year-old state prison are being transferred to a new, long-delayed facility about a mile down the road. The first phase of transfers began just after 9 a.m. Wednesday from the state prison at Graterford to the sprawling, $400 million complex at SCI Phoenix. Several hundred inmates will be moved each day by bus, for however long it takes to complete the operation.

Police are investigating a case of animal cruelty where a dog was abused after running off from its home in Franklin County. Someone took the chocolate Labrador retriever and strung it up by its hind legs and then applied a castration band. If you know anything call state police in Chambersburg.

Carlisle Police continue to search for two men wanted in connection with a home break in earlier this week. Happened in the area of West Louther Street  West Locust Street.

Governor Tom Wolf Recently ordered up an increase to the minimum wage paid to state workers.  State Senator John Eichelberger is skeptical of the move.

Starting this month, those employees and contractors will earn $12 per hour, up from $10.20, under an executive order signed by Gov. Wolf. The hourly wage will increase every year until it reaches $15 in 2024.

Sounds of Vermont Senator, Former Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders during the battle to replace and repeal Obama Care. Bernie Sanders is making his second campaign swing through Pennsylvania in two-and-a-half months, campaigning for the Democratic Party’s nominee for lieutenant governor, John Fetterman.  Fetterman is running on a ticket with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf against Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner and the GOP’s nominee for lieutenant governor, Jeff Bartos.

 Chambersburg Area School District has released its schedule for open houses at its 13 elementary schools. CASD ONLINE DOT ORG.