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Pa. man charged in crash death of North Catasauqua firefighter

A 58-year-old Lancaster man is charged with homicide by vehicle and several related counts in the May 25 crash death of a 38-year-old North Catasauqua firefighter, the Berks County District Attorney’s Office reports.


Court upholds double-life term in killings of disabled brothers

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) - A state appeals court has denied a new sentence for a Lancaster man serving consecutive life terms for torturing and killing two disabled brothers in their city home.


Lancaster man accused of assaulting woman, barricading himself in home

LANCASTER — The Lancaster County Special Emergency Response Team was called to the location of a reported domestic assault after the suspect barricaded himself inside the home, according to Lancaster Police.


A 'gross' amount of grease, dead leaves, and trash: Lancaster County restaurant inspections

The following Lancaster County restaurants were found to have violated Pennsylvania's health and safety regulations during inspections between March 24-30. Inspections are overseen by the Department of Agriculture. The department notes that in many cases violations are corrected by the restaurant be


Doctor charged with indecent assault worked at four local schools

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) - Lawyers representing accusers of Dr. William Vollmar say at least two sexual assault victims have come forward. They fear there are more since the doctor had access to patients and students at multiple schools and institutions.


Mild day today ahead of rain tomorrow in Lancaster County

Lancaster County will be mostly cloudy today before rain is predicted to hit the area this weekend, beginning on Friday. Today will be a high of 74 and a low of 62. Winds will be around 10 mph as possible thunderstorms begin to move into the area late tonight.


Second victim accuses Pennsylvania doctor of sexual assault; his lawyers are seeking other victims

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. — At least one other person has come forward to provide allegations of sexual assault by a Lancaster County doctor who was charged last week with having inappropriate contact with a male patient during an exam earlier this year, according to the attorneys who say they represent


Police say they talked man with gun out of home

WILLOW STREET, Pa. — Police in Lancaster County said they spent about an hour Wednesday morning talking a man with a gun out of his home. Pequea Township police said the man was threatening suicide and had fired a handgun out a window, hitting a tree.


Young woman 'infatuated' with Columbine is found dead

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — A young Florida woman who traveled to Colorado and bought a shotgun for what authorities feared would be a Columbine-inspired attack just days ahead of the 20th anniversary was found dead Wednesday in an apparent suicide after a nearly 24-hour manhunt.


Court denies new sentence for inmate who killed parents at 17

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) - A prison inmate who was 17 tears old when he tortured and killed his adoptive parents will not get the new sentence he wanted. Michael L. Bourgeois, now 33, is serving 80 years to life for the 2001 murders of Lucy and Terry Smith in their Ephrata home.


Police find bank robbery suspect as he fixes flat tire

EPHRATA, Pa. (WHTM) - A Lancaster man was charged with robbing an Ephrata bank less than an hour after the crime after officers saw him changing a flat tire on his getaway car, police said.


Central Pa. school board passes ‘biological sex’ policy for bathrooms, locker rooms

— A Lancaster County school district has adopted a new student privacy policy — one the superintendent said could lead to a lawsuit. If implemented, it would end the practice of allowing a transgender boy to use the locker room that matches his gender identity. The policy includes an amendment that


More Pennsylvania counties losing population than gaining in latest Census estimates [MAP]

The U.S. Census Bureau released annual population estimates for all counties in the country Thursday, showing that 44% of counties and equivalent areas lost population from 2017 to 2018.


Where’s the best hike in Pennsylvania?

Outside magazine asked its writers and editors to suggest a list of the best hike in every state, and for Pennsylvania they came up with Tumbling Waters Trail in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.


Woman with Lancaster County ties dies in Tennesee outlet mall shooting [update]

A "random shooting" at an outlet mall in Tennessee on Tuesday took the life of a 24-year-old woman from York County. Olivia Katel Cunningham, a 2015 Millersville University graduate who worked with Friendship Community in Lancaster County, was fatally shot outside a Tanger Outlet center near the Gre


Courts grapple with Pa.'s new rules for firearms in domestic abuse cases

"There's a learning curve here between the enactment of the new changes, and when everybody else understands what the limitations are." (Williamsport) -- Lycoming County Judge Joy Reynolds McCoy had a light docket one morning earlier this spring, but the single hearing before her was timely.


First truck stop video slots approved in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Wednesday approved the first batch of licenses permitting truck stops to offer video gambling to their patrons. The first five “truck stop establishments” are spread throughout Central and Western Pennsylvania: Four sit generally along the Interstate 80 corridor


The rise, departure and return of a beloved Lancaster County Easter traditon

Ryan Martin knows more than the average parent about coloring Easter eggs. As general manager of the John Wright Company, a Lancaster County-based manufacturer of cast-iron products, he also oversees the production of a famed dye product.


A Delaware official wants a new time zone. Will Pennsylvania and New Jersey do the same?

One of Delaware’s most powerful elected officials doesn’t like switching between standard and daylight saving time. His solution: Move the state into a different time zone.


Lancaster looks to be 'welcoming city' for immigrants, refugees

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) - The BBC once called Lancaster "America's refugee capital". "We have a long history of being a welcoming community," Mayor Danene Sorace said. Now, Lancaster could be the first city in the state to be certified as a "welcoming city." City officials recently submitted an applic