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Police seek driver who killed garbage hauler
LANCASTER (AP) — Police say they’re looking for a driver who struck and killed a Pennsylvania garbage truck worker then left the scene.
Police in West Lampeter Township say the worker was struck about 5:20 a.m. Monday and pronounced dead a short time later at a hospital.
Investigators say the dead man is 24-year-old Vince Nalencz, of Media. They say he was working for Eagle Disposal of East Earl when the vehicle hit him. Police say it may have been a Ford or Mercury sport-utility vehicle.
Forest fire on Mount Penn now under control
READING (AP) — Crews from the state Bureau of Forestry are investigating and assessing the extent of a forest fire now under control on an eastern Pennsylvania mountain.
The fire on Mount Penn in Reading was reported Monday evening. Officials say it began in the woods behind Reading High School.
Crews will use GPS devices to measure the size of the fire, which has been estimated as 50 to 60 acres.
Firefighters from Reading and surrounding communities have responded and reported containing the blaze by early Tuesday.
There have been no reports of injuries or damage to any homes or businesses in the area and no residents or businesses have been evacuated. The fire and smoke have been visible for miles.
Reading is about 60 miles northwest of Philadelphia.
DA: Officer shot son in dispute over family car
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia police officer has been charged with shooting his son in the back during a dispute over the use of the family car.
Officer Dorion Young has been charged with attempted murder and other counts in the Labor Day shooting.
District Attorney Seth Williams says the son had retreated to his bedroom when Young broke the door down and shot the 19-year-old with a personal weapon during a struggle. They say a second bullet bounced off the officer’s shoe.
Williams says the son had to have his spleen removed and continues to recover from his injuries.
The 46-year-old Young is in custody and does not have a lawyer listed in court records. Police officials have suspended the 25-year veteran and plan to
Democrat school board member defends Tweets
PALMYRA (AP) — The lone Democrat on a central Pennsylvania school board is defending profanity-laced tweets criticizing president-elect Donald Trump on election night.
Palmyra School Board member Ralph Duquette tells Pennlive.com, “Should an elected official drop the F-bomb? … Maybe not.”
Still, Duquette says he won’t resign and plans to run for re-election despite criticism and calls for him to step down.
Among the tweets Duquette sent are, “I hope the Trumpster bites you in the (expletive)” and another in which Duquette used the F-word to call Trump a “flaming dumpster fire” when the stock market dropped suddenly after Trump’s victory. The market rebounded to historic highs later in the day.
School board officials say they have no authority over Duquette, though board president Christopher Connell called the tweets “unfortunate.”