Big Reward for Missing Explosives in PA

Federal authorities have doubled the reward to $20,000 for information on the theft of hundreds of explosives from a worksite in Pennsylvania. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says approximately 700 pounds of dynamite and 400 blasting caps were stolen over the weekend from a Gregory General Contracting Company site in the southeastern part of the state. The ATF says the explosives had been stored in a locked truck trailer when workers left the site Friday, and they discovered the theft Monday after noticing that the trailer door was ajar and the locks were missing.

Latest on Small Plane Crash

A small plane crashed in central Pennsylvania, killing two men traveling to Indiana for a University of Notre Dame alumni conference. The Federal Aviation Administration says the single-engine aircraft crashed about 8:45 a.m. Thursday in a residential area in Williamsburg, about 10 miles east of Altoona. The plane had taken off in Lancaster and was originally bound for South Bend, Indiana, but was diverted to the Altoona airport. The men were identified as Stephen Grady and James Durkin. Grady was a Camp Hill dentist and Durkin owned a Lancaster security business.

Blair Co. Plane Crash Being Investigated

The coroner was called to the scene of a plane crash in Blair County Thursday morning. Dispatchers said it happened along the 800 block of Larke Road in Woodbury Township.
6 News contacted the Federal Aviation Administration for more information about the crash.
“A Cirrus SR22 aircraft crashed in residential area in Williamsburg, Pennsylvania today at 8:44 a.m. The FAA will investigate and the NTSB will determine the probable cause of the accident,” according to an FAA representative . NTSB officials have confirmed the plane took off from Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Stiffer Penalties for for PA Drunk Drivers

Legislation is advancing in Pennsylvania to impose stiffer punishments on a repeat drunk-driving offender who kills someone while driving under the influence. The Senate voted 45-4 on Wednesday to send the bill to the House. Currently, a drunk driver who kills someone faces a three-year mandatory sentence. Under the bill, that sentence would rise to five years in prison for a repeat drunk driver and to seven years in prison for someone who has two or more prior drunk-driving convictions. The bill imposes a consecutive prison term for each victim.

Massive PennDot Bridge Projects Continue

There are 390 bridges complete and open to traffic with 50 under construction in the state’s public-private partnership for bridges, according to Pennsylvania Transportation Secretary Leslie S. Richards. As part of the statewide program, the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, construction is expected to start on an additional 20 bridges and to be completed on eight others by the end of April. Richards says, “We are making significant investments in bridges across the state to enhance safety and commerce,This project complements our robust program by further reducing our number of structurally deficient bridges.” Through the project and other Pennsylvania Department of Transportation investments, more than 1,600 bridges were repaired or replaced from 2015 to 2017.

No Bids for PA Mini-Casino

Pennsylvania received no bids for a sixth mini-casino license on today, leaving state regulators to decide whether to open five remaining licenses to bidding by out-of-state casino operators or non-casino businesses. Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board officials said after the auction that board members will have to decide whether to hold another auction and, if they do, who is qualified to bid.

New Medicaid Work Rules May Be on the Way

“Able-bodied” adults enrolled in Medicaid would have to work at least 20 hours a week, look for a job or participate in job training under a bill passed Tuesday by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The Republican-controlled chamber voted 115-80 for a bill that would require state officials to seek federal approval for a work requirement. All but five Republicans and just four Democrats voted to send it to the state Senate.

PA Rep Dent Stepping Down

Republican Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania says he’ll resign from Congress in the coming weeks, after the leader of an influential caucus of GOP moderates announced last year that he wouldn’t seek re-election. The seven-term Dent didn’t give a precise departure date in today’s statement. He said he’d made the decision after discussing it with his family and careful reflection. Dent’s been a frequent critic of President Donald Trump and polarization and dysfunction on Capitol Hill. Gov. Tom Wolf will have 10 days from Dent’s resignation date to set a special election, which must be at least 60 days out. Dent’s district was redrawn earlier this year under court order and it’s now considered a toss-up in November’s election.

Two Firefighters Hurt in Logan Township

Two local firefighters were hurt in falls while battling a brush fire in central Pennsylvania, and two others were treated for dehydration and heat exhaustion. Acccording to fire officials, 50 volunteer firefighters responded to the scene Saturday after a transformer malfunction ignited a fire in a wooded area in Logan Township near Altoona. Officials say the steep ground and gusty wind complicated matters. Firefighters were on scene for more than six hours.

PA Dem Connor Lamb Sworn In.

Democrat Conor Lamb has been sworn in as the newest member of Congress after winning a closely watched special election in Pennsylvania. Members of the state’s congressional delegation escorted Lamb to the well of the House where House Speaker Paul Ryan administered the oath. The top House Democrat, Nancy Pelosi, is recommending that Lamb serve on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee. The 33-year-old Lamb won his seat by about 750 votes in a Pittsburgh-area district Donald Trump captured by almost 20 percentage points in 2016.