Local mental health experts give insight into far-reaching effects of sexual abuse

With her identity protected by authorities and her privacy honored by the media, the public likely will never know if the alleged victim of Dover Area School District Matthew Puterbaugh suffered any emotional trauma from the reported sexual abuse.

Some local mental health experts were able to weigh in with their professional experience with what sexual abuse victims can encounter. Continue reading “Local mental health experts give insight into far-reaching effects of sexual abuse” »

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A much-needed (and rarely-seen) positive story

Sometimes in the news business, we get people who complain about all the negative news in the paper. I’m one of the reporters for whom that’s my bread-and-butter. I’m a crime or “day cops” reporter, so I cover a lot of fires, accidents and shootings.

But on Tuesday, I had the opportunity to do one of those rarely-seen positive stories. I was sent to the York Expo Center for the Prime of Life event — specifically, a first-of-its kind mature driving competition.

The competition, put on by the York Area Highway Safety Council, the Center for Traffic Safety, and other local agencies and organizations, is a great idea.

In a course designed by the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association, seniors are judged on their driving accuracy and intelligence. There’s also two other tests — written and perception.

Being there at the competition, I wondered if someone exhibited decreased skills, would the cops just take their license on-the-spot? I didn’t see anything like that happen, but wasn’t able to ask if it would, given the circumstances.

In all, it seemed like everybody had a great time, with the mood light and jovial. Nobody likes to think about getting old and losing skills, so it’s great that there are others who are concerned as well.

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York County crime watch

Take a look at what’s been happening in district courts across York County this week.

Judge Robert Eckenrode:

District Judge Robert Eckenrode's crime watch

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Police: Dillsburg man leads police on chase on Interstate 78

A Dillsburg man left the scene of a crash and then led police on a chase through two counties on Interstate 78 on Monday before he eventually crashed and was arrested, according to a news release.

Joshua David Hanna, 21, faces charges of fleeing or attempting to elude police, recklessly endangering another person, DUI and related traffic violations, the release states.

Police said that at 4:51 p.m., Hanna was in a crash on I-78 and then left without giving information or seeing if any victims needed help, the release states.

Police then spotted Hanna and began chasing him, but instead of stopping, he accelerated, according to the release.

The chase went through Schuylkill and Berks counties, and also Schuylkill Haven. Police arrested Hanna when he crashed his vehicle, according to the release.

Hanna was arraigned and was placed in Schuylkill County Prison on $15,000 bail.

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Spring Garden Township Police to target aggressive driving

The Spring Garden Township Police Department has been awarded funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to target aggressive drivers on South Richland Avenue, according to a news release.

Richland Avenue is known for high-speeds and other aggressive driving behavior, the release states.

“These efforts also come with a clear message to aggressive drivers that they will be caught and they will be cited,” the release states.

Aggressive driving includes violations such as speeding, tailgating, running red lights, failing to use turn signals and not stopping for school buses.

The initiative will run through Sept. 30, according to the release.

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Police: Armed man robbed business in Hanover Crossing Shopping Center

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By Brandon Stoneburg

The Hanover Borough Police Department is searching for a man in connection with a May 12 armed robbery in the Hanover Crossing Shopping Center, Chief Dwayne Smith said in a news release.

After pretending to be a customer, the suspect lifted his shirt to show his handgun and demanded money from a 21-year-old McSherrystown man, who was working alone inside the business around 7:15 p.m. Police did not identify the business in the shopping center.

The victim handed over several hundred dollars from the cash register and the suspect ordered him to walk out of the store with him. The suspect told the man to walk east on Eisenhower Drive, while he took off heading west, the release stated.

The victim was not injured and told police that the suspect was a white male in his 20s or 30s. He had a beard and several tattoos on his left arm, hands and neck, including a tear drop tattoo near his right eye, the release stated.

Any witnesses or anyone with information about the suspect is encouraged to contact the Hanover Police Department at 717-637-5575.

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York County crime watch

Take a look at what’s been going on in the district court offices of Judges Robert Eckenrode, Barry Bloss Jr. and Scott Laird.

Eckenrode:

District Judge Robert Eckenrode's crime watch

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York County crime watch

Take a look at what’s been happening at the end of April and early May in York County district courts.

Judge Barry Bloss Jr:

District Judge Barry Bloss' crime watch

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York County crime watch

Take a look at what’s happening this week in York County district courts. More should be sent on Friday.

Here’s Robert Eckenrode’s:

District Judge Robert Eckenrode's crime watch by KateHarmon

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York County crime watch

Take a look at what’s been happening in the York County courts of District Judges Barry Bloss, Robert Eckenrode, Scott Laird and Jeff Joy.

Bloss:

District Judge Barry Bloss Jr.'s crime watch

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