Written by Dan Miller
A school bus was rear-ended in Middletown at 8 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, but there were no injuries and the collision was minor, school district officials and police said.
The bus - Bus 1 - was carrying Fink Elementary and Seven Sorrows students when the bus was hit from behind by a privately-owned pick-up truck with a snow plow.
The bus had turned left off of Mill Street north onto Race, just past the entrance to Hoffer Park, when the bus was struck while making its mandatory stop at the railroad tracks, borough police said.
The students were transferred to another bus and taken to Fink, where the students were examined by the school nurse, the school district said in a post on raiderweb.org. There were no reported injuries.
The driver of the truck will be issued a summons for following too closely, Middletown police said.
Middletown police were assisted at the scene by Royalton police, who provided traffic control.
Last Updated on Monday, 13 February 2017 09:49
Written by Jason Maddux
The Elizabethtown Police Department received an arrest warrant from the Worcester County, Maryland, Sheriff’s Office authorizing the extradition of Christopher Lionel Jones-Rivera, 18, of Elizabethtown for the following charges stemming from an incident that occurred in Ocean City, Maryland, on Jan. 28.
• Three counts of armed robbery.
• Three counts of use of a firearm in a felony/violent crime.
• Three counts of first- and second-degree assault.
• Two counts of theft less than $1,000.
• One count of possession of a handgun.
Elizabethtown police officers located and arrested Jones-Rivera in the 200 block of Brown Street, Elizabethtown, on Wednesday, Feb. 8. He was charged with Arrest Prior to Requisition and arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Miles Bixler.
Jones-Rivera was committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $250,000 cash bail, where he awaits extradition to Maryland.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 February 2017 16:55
Written by Dan Miller
Monday’s Feb. 13 Middletown zoning hearing board meeting to hear a request for a variance from new owners of the former Smuller House Bed & Breakfast at 460 N. Union St. has been canceled.
New owners HE Group, which plans to convert the former bed and breakfast into an Asian restaurant, has withdrawn its application for a variance to obtain relief from Middletown off-street parking requirements, Zoning Hearing Board Chairman Jack Still told the Press And Journal.
HE Group’s application had sought a variance to reduce the number of required off-street parking spaces for the restaurant from 19 to nine.
But the borough has determined that HE Group “met all the criteria” without having to get a variance, said borough Codes and Zoning Officer Mark Shipkowski.
The property is located in a commercial zoning district where a restaurant is an allowed use.
Comments from Howard Dong, a representative of HE Group, indicates that the cancellation may just be a delay and that HE Group still wants to obtain a variance from the off-street parking requirements.
"HE Group submitted the zoning variance application for operating the business with less parking than the ordinance requires so we could save as much as we could on this historical location including the trees and gazebo in the back yard," Dong said.
The borough wanted HE Group to submit a building plan certified by an engineer, however HE Group was not able to do this in time for the Feb. 13 hearing, Dong said. HE Group now has its engineer working on the drawing to submit it to the borough as soon as possible, Dong added.
A software engineer from China and a 2013 graduate of Penn State Harrisburg, Dong on Dec. 21 presented HE Group’s plan to convert the former bed and breakfast into an Asian restaurant to the Middletown Historical Restoration Commission.
Dong told the commission at the time that HE Group hopes to preserve as much of the backyard, including the gazebo, as possible. But in order to do that HE Group would need a variance to reduce the amount of off-street parking that is required, Dong said at the time.
HE Group acquired the property for $350,000 on Dec. 21, 2016, according to Dauphin County records.
Last Updated on Friday, 10 February 2017 10:31
Written by Jason Maddux
Henry Hoffer out shoveling a neighbor's driveway
From Stacey Mulligan: "My kids created a breakfast spot outside consisting of an old glass railroad insulator (for decor), a car mat and plastic table with french toast, fruit salad and cocoa to round out the experience. It struck me that 1) this is kids imagination at its best and 2) the simple pleasures of life really do still exist. Snow makes everything better as long as you're home :)"
Brenda Cavrich Wech, Dauphin
Jammie Lynn Fink, Hummelstown Square
Jorge Burgos Jr.
Brett McCreary, Hummelstown
Catherine Judy, Royalton
Larry Edwin, Pineford
Shannon Hopple Rico
Terry Shuman Mulligan
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 February 2017 16:54
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission advises motorists that all travel restrictions have been lifted across the turnpike system. No further speed limit or commercial vehicle bans remain.
Pennsylvania Turnpike crews continue to treat the roadway as the storm moves across the state. Be alert for rapidly changing pavement and weather conditions:
• Drive at a speed suitable for local conditions — even on those sections with a normal posted limit.
• Do not tailgate or attempt to pass an active snow plow or plow train.
• Be prepared for probable slick surfaces, especially on bridges and ramps.
• High crosswinds may cause reduced visibility and snow drifting in some areas.
Last Updated on Thursday, 09 February 2017 11:14