CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A 20-year-old man charged with abducting a 4-year-old girl from her Pennsylvania home and stuffing her into a wooden trunk has waived his preliminary hearing on...
Man charged in 2014 slaying of woman found along roadway
MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Pennsylvania man has been charged in the murder of a woman found strangled along a New Jersey roadway five years ago.
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Many days, Brandi Lehrian wakes up to five or six text messages from men wishing her a good morning — and sometimes more.
Woman recalls NASA job lifelong friendship with astronaut
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — When 94-year-old Margaret Gsell looks at the moon, she remembers the most interesting period of her life.
Gsell worked as an illustrator at NASA in the late 1960s,...
Storm brings up to 10 inches of snow to Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officials say the winter storm that has dumped as much as 10 inches of snow on the commonwealth has also disrupted transportation and prompted school and other closures in...
WWII veteran, 95, receives France’s highest honor
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A 95-year-old World War II veteran from Pennsylvania has received France's highest honor.
Battlefield letters tell soldiers’ stories of World War I
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The War to End All Wars ended a century ago.
The brash Americans through sheer numbers and individual heroics ended the stalemate of World War I trench warfare in western Europe.
"We got there in the nick of time to stave off the attack," said retired Col. Doug Mastriano, a retired military historian living in Fayetteville. "Even British historians will admit the war could not have been won without the Americans."
E-cigarettes gain popularity among teens
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Tobacco cigarettes' popularity is going up in smoke as a new smoking trending gains traction among America's youth.
Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or vapes, are battery-powered devices that heat liquid-based nicotine into an inhalable vapor, USA Today said. This liquid can also be flavored, making it more appealing and taste better than regular cigarettes.
‘I do it for the butterflies’: Monarchs rule this home
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Vonnie Black follows the erratic first flight of a monarch butterfly.
She smiles. She's seen it hundreds of times.
"They are just so amazing," Black said.
The great grandmother has been raising the orange and black butterflies for more than 20 years from her home in Hamilton Township.
2nd person dies of injuries suffered in Army depot fire
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A second person has died of injuries suffered in an explosion and fire last month at an Army facility in Pennsylvania.
The Letterkenny Army Depot's commander says the employee died Thursday at the hospital where he has been treated since the accident July 19.
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — You can't run out to get a bite to eat when you've been admitted to the hospital, and when you're visiting you want to stay close.
That means eating from the hospital menu, once reputed for the industrial delicacies of green beans from a No. 10 tin can, a square of Jell-O or vending-machine mystery meat.
Cafeterias are offering more choices. A quick snack is getting healthier.
Worker killed in Army depot explosion died of burns
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A civilian worker killed in a fire and explosion at an Army facility in Pennsylvania died from burns, officials announced Friday.
The Lehigh County coroner's office identified the victim as Eric Byers, a resident of central Pennsylvania.
Byers was pronounced dead just after 7 p.m. Thursday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest. The coroner's office said Byers, 29, of Satillo, was handling chemicals when a flash fire occurred.
5 injured in explosion in vehicle shop at Army depot
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A small explosion Thursday in a vehicle shop at an Army depot injured five workers, three of them seriously, officials said.
The blast occurred at Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg about 7:15 a.m., causing a small fire, said Col. Stephen Ledbetter, the depot commander.
Army Depot officials quickly posted on social media the incident was contained, that operations elsewhere on the base would not be affected and that there was no suspicion of terrorist activity.
LETTERKENNY, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on an explosion at a Pennsylvania Army depot (all times local):
The Army says a fifth person required hospital treatment after a small explosion and fire at a sprawling military facility in Pennsylvania.
Officials at Letterkenny Army Depot said Thursday evening that the employee was treated for smoke inhalation and released from a local hospital.
Three others were airlifted to Baltimore area hospitals with burn-related injuries.
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania are searching for a man who tried to take a woman's ring while impersonating a state trooper.
Authorities say the woman was pulled over by the man around 5:30 p.m. Friday in St. Thomas Township.
Police say the man told her he was a trooper and ordered her to get out of her vehicle.
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — First responders who were called to help a man allegedly suffering from an allergic reaction in Pennsylvania say he actually had bullet holes in his neck.
The Public Opinion reports emergency workers found the man in Chambersburg on Wednesday with two gunshot wounds in the back of his neck.
Police: 3 adults charged in 3-year-old’s fatal overdose
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police have charged three people in the death of a 3-year-old girl who overdosed on drugs.
State police say Logan Starliper died at a home in Greencastle January 6 from a mix of methamphetamine and buprenorphine, an opioid medication used to treat addiction.
The girl's mother and her boyfriend are facing charges that include third-degree murder and endangering the welfare of children. Police have charged a 43-year-old man with drug delivery resulting in death.
Speech therapy for children is in high demand
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Misty Brown knew early on that her son, William, would need some extra help.
The Shippensburg woman said from the time the 11-year-old boy was young, she noticed his speech development was very slow and his processing was delayed. He would also struggle with understanding multi-step instructions, such as "go upstairs, brush your teeth and put on your PJs."
Correction: Deadly Crane Accident story
SHADY GROVE, Pa. (AP) — In a story Feb. 4 about an accident at a Pennsylvania crane manufacturer, The Associated Press misidentified a Chambersburg newspaper that was a source of information in the story. It was the Public Opinion, not the Public Record.
A corrected version of the story is below:
2 killed in crane accident in Pennsylvania identified
Authorities have released the names of two men killed in an accident at a Pennsylvania crane manufacturer
The Latest: 2 killed in crane accident identified
SHADY GROVE, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the identities of two men killed in an accident at a Pennsylvania crane manufacturer (all times local):
Authorities have released the names of two men killed in an accident at a Pennsylvania crane manufacturer.
Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey Conner said Sunday the victims were 49-year-old Chris Robison of Marion and 66-year-old John Marcoux of Chambersburg.
Civil War historian re-examines burning of Chambersburg
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The armies fighting the American Civil War scrapped civility in 1864 in the pastoral countryside of the Shenandoah and Cumberland valleys.
U.S. troops burned houses in Staunton, Virginia, then Confederates invading Pennsylvania burned Chambersburg.
The valleys, bread baskets for two warring armies, saw more destruction than almost anywhere else during the war, according to author Edward L. Ayers, president emeritus at the University of Richmond.
Pennsylvania man converts TV box into plow
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man is taking an unusual approach to clearing snow from his property.
KYW-TV reports Jonathan Schill attached a 50-inch television box to his riding lawnmower earlier this week to create his own snow plow.
Schill's fiancee, Kaitlynn Toporzycki, says the box gets the job done.
Suspect in mistaken identity killing back in Pennsylvania
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man sentenced to life in prison for a West Virginia slaying is in Pennsylvania to face charges in an interstate killing that police say was a case of mistaken identity.
The Public Opinion reports John Wayne Strawser is accused of chasing down and killing 28-year-old Timothy Davison along Interstate 81 in January 2014.
Trick-or-treater struck by vehicle in Franklin County
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police say a trick-or-treater was hit by a vehicle in Franklin County.
Police say the boy ran in front of the vehicle on East King Street in Chambersburg around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
He was flown to Hershey Medical Center. His condition is not known.
Cops: Mom discovers teen’s chat with man, who makes advance
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania man made sexual advances toward a 13-year-old girl he met on Facebook, then did the same to her mother after the woman discovered the illicit online conversation.
Twenty-two-year-old Tyler Hornbaker remained in the Franklin County jail Monday on charges of corruption of minors and illegal contact with a minor for the June incident. He was charged last week.
Pennsylvania couple sees image of Jesus in baby’s sonogram
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania couple says Jesus showed up in their daughter's sonogram picture, easing their concerns after two other children were born with birth defects.
Alicia Zeek and Zach Smith tell WPMT-TV (http://bit.ly/2wqRJxx ) they're not especially religious. But they're convinced the image to the left of their daughter's head is a bearded Christ.
Cops: Man posed as wife on Craigslist soliciting his murder
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man accused of posing as his estranged wife in a Craigslist ad that solicited a hit man to kill him has been sentenced to jail.
Public Opinion reported (http://bit.ly/2uXm6rr ) 30-year-old Christian Koelsch was sentenced to a maximum of 23 months in jail after he pleaded guilty to false reports Wednesday.
Guard charged with institutional sexual assault
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A 41-year-old female correctional officer has been charged with institutional sexual assault involving a 22-year-old male inmate at a Pennsylvania jail.
Pennsylvania State Police say they were notified June 7 of "sexually based incidents" at the Franklin County Jail between a guard and an inmate.
Police arrested the guard Wednesday. She has since been released on $75,000 bail.
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania doctor who has since lost his medical license will spend 30 to 95 years in prison for drugging two women and a teenage girl at his home, then sexually abusing two of them.
Former Chambersburg doctor Sohael Raschid told a Franklin County judge on Friday that he gave the wrong dose of drugs to one victim, nothing more.
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man has been jailed on charges he made about 18,000 fentanyl pills worth more than $600,000 on the street which were seized from a central Pennsylvania storage facility.
The Franklin County Drug Task Force raided the BAK Storage unit in Hamilton Township on Tuesday and charged 33-year-old Nathan Ott the next day with manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance.
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic painkiller that is sometimes mixed with heroin in powder form.
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Half-brothers Victor Fogelsonger and Roberto De Angelis met for the first time this week - more than 70 years after their father was swept up in World War II.
The brothers have wanted to meet since learning about each other in 2009.
"I'd always wanted a brother," Roberto said. "This news came, and I had a brother. A big brother at that - four months older. How impossible is that?"
Stepmother sentenced to 20 to 40 years in boy’s death
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A central Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to 20 to 40 years on a third-degree murder conviction in the death of her stepson almost three years ago.
The (Chambersburg) Public Opinion (http://bit.ly/2osUFpS ) reports that 32-year-old Michele Hunter was sentenced Monday in Franklin County Court in the June 2014 death of 4-year-old Billy Travis.
Judge: Parents of boy hurt by forceps delivery get $42M
A federal judge has awarded $42 million to the parents of a Pennsylvania boy left disabled because of brain injuries allegedly caused by a doctor who used forceps during his birth.
It took 55 years for sisters to unite
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Karen Stum's parents died with a secret.
Charles and Lavinia Stiffler raised three children together, two boys and Karen, and Charles also had a daughter from his first marriage. None of the Stiffler children knew there was another daughter, born last and given up for adoption as a newborn.
Karen was just 5 years old then, her brothers even younger.
Last month, 55 years after her sister was given up, Karen finally met Vicki Kleiner.
Youth, 15, waives hearing in shooting death of 17-year-old
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A 15-year-old central Pennsylvania youth has been ordered to stand trial in the shooting death of a 17-year-old on New Year's Eve.
PennLive.com (http://bit.ly/2jtAwd4 ) reports that the teenager waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Franklin County in the death of Matthew Mitchell in Greencastle.
Pennsylvania man sentenced in road rage incident
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been sentenced in a road rage incident that led to a cross-county police chase.
The York Daily Record reports (http://bit.ly/2jbgwyK ) Jonathan Fisher, of Chambersburg, pleaded guilty to simple assault and reckless endangerment on Wednesday in Franklin County. Fisher will serve up to two and a half years.
Driver killed in fiery Interstate 81 tanker crash identified
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — State police have identified the driver who died in the fiery crash of the tanker truck he was driving on Interstate 81 in south-central Pennsylvania.
State police say 48-year-old William Golladay, of Mount Jackson, Virginia, was killed in the crash just after 6 p.m. Thursday in Greene Township, Franklin County. That's near Chambersburg, about 50 miles southwest of Harrisburg.
Tanker crashes, burns on I-81, crews search for fatalities
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Crews were continuing to search for possible fatalities after a tanker truck overturned and burned on Interstate 81 in south-central Pennsylvania.
State police say the crash happened just after 6 p.m. Thursday in Greene Township, Franklin County. That's near Chambersburg, about 50 miles southwest of Harrisburg.
The southbound lanes of the highway were closed for about 12 hours while PennDOT crews repaired the road and investigators examined and cleared the wreckage.
Whooping cough vaccines offered to 2 counties after outbreak
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — State health officials say they're offering free whooping cough vaccinations to residents in two central Pennsylvania counties after an outbreak saw 29 cases of the bacterial respiratory disease.
Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy says the department will provide free vaccines on Friday to residents in the Chambersburg and Shippensburg areas of Cumberland and Franklin counties.
The clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chambersburg Area Senior High School.
Name of patient killed after knife threat released
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — State police have released the name of a hospital patient shot and killed last week after officials said he threatened workers and then responding officers with a knife.
Trooper Robert Hicks on Monday identified the patient as 64-year-old Dennis Kirk of Chambersburg.
Patient threatens hospital staff with knife; is shot, killed
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania state police say a hospital patient was threatening workers with a knife and turned the weapon on responding officers, who shot and killed the man.
Trooper Robert Hicks says the ordeal started around 8 a.m. Thursday at Chambersburg Hospital, about 50 miles south of Harrisburg, where state police responded to reports of an armed patient threatening workers.
West Virginia man to be extradited in Pennsylvania slaying
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man sentenced to life in prison for a West Virginia slaying now faces charges in a killing on a Pennsylvania interstate that state police say appeared to be a case of mistaken identity.
Thirty-nine-year-old John Wayne Strawser Jr., of Terra Alta, West Virginia, was sentenced to life in prison last week in the April 2015 shooting death of Amy Lou Buckingham in Preston, West Virginia.
Cops: Teacher left gun in bathroom, elementary kids found it
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A teacher at a Pennsylvania Christian school accidently left her loaded pistol in a bathroom, where elementary school children found it, Pennsylvania State Police said Tuesday.
Beth Jean Dixon, 63, put her holstered pistol on a toilet tank when she used the unisex, one-toilet bathroom Aug. 25 at Cumberland Christian School, in Chambersburg, police said. They said she forgot about it and left.
Police: Neighbor uses golf club on shotgun-wielding man
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police say a neighbor used a golf club to stop and disarm a shotgun-wielding man after a home invasion in central Pennsylvania.
Chambersburg police say the neighbor, Keith Giles, used the golf club to knock down 25-year-old Kevyn Rideout as he ran from a home he robbed Friday night.
MECHANICSVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Hanover County Sheriff's Office says a Pennsylvania man who was driving a car that flipped over has been charged with shooting and killing a passenger in the car.
The department said in a news release that 64-year-old Willie J. Bibbs Sr. of Chambersburg was charged Thursday with first-degree murder in the death of 24-year-old Sharece Branche, also of Chambersburg.
Deputies say Branche's 3-year-old daughter was in the car and was not...