Harrisburg Councilwoman Eugenia Smith laid to rest as mourners remember her service to others

The many friends of Eugenia Smith, new and old, thronged to Harrisburg’s Forum Building Saturday for one last celebration of a one-time champion from the city who came – in her adult life – to become one of the great champions for the city. “Gina ran a good race,” said Harrisburg Police Chief Thomas Carter, […]

Man stabbed in Harrisburg; injuries described as minor

Harrisburg police are investigating the stabbing of a man this evening during an argument. The victim’s injuries appear minor, said Capt. Deric Moody. The victim went to a local hospital for treatment after the stabbing, which occurred during an argument with a man, Moody said. No further details were available, and Moody said police were […]

Service for Harrisburg councilwoman Eugenia Smith: Hundreds attend services at The Forum

Family and hundreds of friends paid their respects to Harrisburg City Councilwoman Eugenia Smith Saturday at the Forum in Harrisburg. Smith died suddenly Friday, April 11. Smith, 53, was elected to the council in 2009 and took office the next year. She was elected council vice president in 2012 during her first term and won […]

Traffic update: Accident cleared from Interstate 83 in Harrisburg

PennDOT traffic camera Crews have cleared the scene of an accident that had been slowing traffic along the northbound lanes of Interstate 83, near the 19th Street exit in Harrisburg, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Traffic is now moving smoothly in the area where the accident had occurred. The accident was reported just […]

Traffic update: Accident slowing traffic on Interstate 83 in Harrisburg

PennDOT traffic camera UPDATE: As of 12:10 p.m., traffic was moving smoothly in the area of the accident, although the tractor trailer involved in the incident was still on the roadway. An accident is slowing traffic along the northbound lanes of Interstate 83, near the 19th Street exit in Harrisburg, according to the Pennsylvania Department […]

Good Friday stations of the cross procession in Harrisburg

Father Orlando Reyes leads a Good Friday Way of the Cross procession held by St Francis of Assisi Parish around the streets of Allison Hill in Harrisburg. The procession began at the church and extended 8 blocks around the neighborhood stopping at various locations to represent the 14 stations of the cross. Source Article from […]

Overnight police report: Harrisburg man arrested in sex sting, Lemoyne copper theft arrest

Here’s what you may have missed on Thursday in court and police-related news around the midstate. Chambersburg man charged in shooting last weekend near Shippensburg University Fingerprint lifted from burglary scene leads to three arrests in Steelton, police say Girl who ran away from Carlisle home in January found by police in York County Dover […]

Wanted man arrested in Harrisburg after urinating on street corner, police say

A Steelton man was arrested Saturday after police said he was caught urinating on a Harrisburg street and tried to give a police officer a fake name to hide the fact he was a wanted man. Tirique Xaviar Williams, 23, of the 600 block of Ridge Street, was caught relieving himself at the intersection of […]

Harrisburg getting relief from parking price hikes

HARRISBURG – The capital city is less than a month away from getting some relief on its parking price hikes. Operator SP+ Municipal Services will discount monthly parking passes at the River Street Garage, 218 N. Second St., by as much as 64 percent starting May 1.  The company is offering three restricted-hour options for […]

Harrisburg police seek public’s help identifying bank robbery suspect

Police in Harrisburg were hoping someone will recognize a man who they said robbed a bank on North Second Street Tuesday afternoon. The man did not display a gun but motioned to employees in a manner indicating he was armed, police said.Harrisburg city police The man entered the Metro Bank at 101 North Second Street […]

Man charged with attempted homicide, rape in Harrisburg, police say

A 44-year-old man was charged with attacking and choking a 29-year-old woman before raping her Thursday near her house in Harrisburg, according to city police. The woman told police that she was approached by a man around 11:30 p.m. after walking from a bar to her house on South Third Street, according to a city […]

Remembering the Holocaust: Deeply personal for Jews but important for all in the world to remember

Dr. Mark Glick grew up hearing personal and harrowing accounts of life under Nazi rule. Glick’s parents were both from Poland. His mother spent years in Nazi concentration camps, and his father was one of several hundred Jews who escaped into the woods and survived with the help of an underground movement. “It has been […]

Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse’s first 100 days: take the poll

HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse’s 100th day in office is Wednesday. PennLive wants to know: how do you think he’s doing so far? If you need a refresher, check out PennLIve’s coverage of his term’s major developments, transition notebooks and #HBGNext initiative. Source Article from http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/04/harrisburg_mayor_eric_papenfus.html

Harrisburg man escapes injury after car bursts into flames, police say

A Harrisburg man managed to free himself from a car that burst into flames during a crash early Monday morning in East Lampeter Township, according to township police. Quoc Tran, 23, was driving westbound on Route 283 near State Road and Church Street when his vehicle struck the median twice and spun off the roadway, […]

Eugenia Smith ‘was beautiful inside and out,’ heartbroken friends say

HARRISBURG – City Council lost its calming presence when Eugenia Smith died Friday. And Harrisburg lost a someone who was not – truly and rarely – a typical politician. Smith, 53, died at Harrisburg Hospital after suffering a heart attack. During the hours that ensued, a succession of family members, friends and fellow council members […]

Eugenia Smith remembered as ‘a tireless, positive advocate for Harrisburg’

Harrisburg City Councilwoman Eugenia Smith died Friday afternoon after she was rushed to Harrisburg Hospital. In the wake of Smith’s death, colleagues in city and state government remembered her hard work for Harrisburg School District, as well as on the City Council. You can share your remembrances in the comments or on our Facebook page. […]

Harrisburg to announce new anti-violence initiative

Dauphin County District Attorney Edward Marsico Jr. and Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse are planning to announce a new initiative Monday to curb violence in Harrisburg. Under the new initiative, city police officers and the district attorney’s office will ask courts to set bail at a minimum of $100,000 for anyone charged with carrying an illegal […]

Overnight police report: Harrisburg baby’s death still under investigation; possible police impersonator sought

Here’s what you might have missed on Thursday in court and police-related news around the midstate. Cornwall residents warned to be on the lookout for possible police impersonator Grand jury indicts two on international parental kidnapping charges Charges pending against student who allegedly brought gun to Cumberland County school property Lancaster police file charges against […]

The 2014 Blue & Gray Cluster Dog Show kicked off Thursday at the Farm Show

The 2014 Blue & Gray Cluster Dog Shows kicked off Thursday at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. Featuring the South Jersey, Lebanon County, Harrisburg and Mason Dixon Kennel Clubs, the four-days of shows runs through Sunday and features 150 breeds from Alaskan Malamute to Great Dane, to Miniature Pinschers and even Hungarian Komondors. Today’s […]

Man struck by bullet while sitting in car in Harrisburg, police say

File photo  A 56-year-old man was struck by a bullet while sitting in his car early Thursday morning in Harrisburg, according to city police. The man told police that he was waiting for someone while parked in the 1300 block of Swatara Street. He heard multiple gunshots and was struck by a bullet. He was […]

Average gas price in Harrisburg today is 7 cents higher than a year ago

The average gas price in the Harrisburg area has increased again, according to GasBuddy.com. The average gas price today is $3.59 a gallon, 2 cents higher than a week ago, the same as a month ago and 7 cents higher than a year ago. The average price in Pennsylvania is $3.62 a gallon. The national […]

PA Farm Bureau holds annual state legislative conference

The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau recently held its state legislative conference luncheon in Harrisburg. At left, Cumberland County farmer Richard Mains talks with state Rep. Stephen Bloom, R-North Middleton Township, about issues of interest to farm families. According to the bureau, more than 350 farmers from across the state traveled to Harrisburg to talk to lawmakers […]

Proposal for Harrisburg’s Shimmel School: in detail

HARRISBURG – Officials in the capital city’s public school district are considering a proposal that would unload a vacant building for $550,000 and generate more than $51,000 annually for local taxing districts. Pennsylvania Counseling Services made their pitch for buying and operating mental health, truancy and drug and alcohol support programs out of Shimmel School […]

Harrisburg mayor believes statewide grand jury on finances will yield criminal indictments

HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse remained tight-lipped Monday about his grand jury testimony – but he did say he’s “never felt more confident that we will have accountability” for the actions that landed the capital city in crushing debt. Papenfuse last week confirmed he’d testified before a statewide grand jury convened by state Attorney General […]

Amtrak service restored between Harrisburg, Lancaster

Amtrak service has been restored between Harrisburg and Lancaster after a brief delay earlier Monday. A track system problem required repairs, Amtrak said. Service Harrisburg, PA (HAR) to Lancaster, PA (LNC) restored after track system problems. Residual delays expected. — Amtrak Northeast (@AmtrakNEC) April 7, 2014 Source Article from http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/04/amtrak_service_restored_betwee_1.html

Amtrak service suspended between Harrisburg, Lancaster

Update: Amtrak service restored between Harrisburg, Lancaster Amtrak announced Monday morning that its train service has been suspended between Harrisburg and Lancaster due to track system problems. Repairs are underway, Amtrak announced on its Twitter feed. There were no other information immediately available.  Service suspended Harrisburg, PA (HAR) to Lancaster, PA (LNC) due track system […]

Man found shot Saturday morning along Derry Street in Harrisburg, police say

A man was found Saturday along the 1700 block of Derry Street in Harrisburg with a gunshot wound to his stomach, city police said. The shooting victim, who was not identified, told officers the incident took place just before 2:30 a.m. near the old Mercacado’s Pizza Shop, police said. The victim was taken to a […]

Harrisburg man charged with stabbing woman, police say

A Harrisburg man is in custody after police said he repeatedly stabbed a woman early Saturday morning, according to Harrisburg police. Steven R. Ball, 25, was charged with aggravated assault and fleeing from police for the incident that took place just after 7 a.m. at a house along the 1300 block of South 13th Street, […]

Harrisburg civil rights leader urges reconciliation and benevolence to those torn by Bishop Sullivan church-collapse case

Civil rights activist the Rev. Hilton O. Smith on Friday night urged reconciliation and a coming together of the City of Harrisburg at an event marking the anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Smith’s message, which underscored the Martin Luther King Foot Soldiers Dinner, resonated with the mission of the […]

Afternoon police report: Woman sentenced in ‘sextortion’ scheme; standoff in Harrisburg leads to arrest

Here’s what you may have missed earlier Thursday in crime news and other breaking stories across the midstate: Police have released the identity of a man who was involved in a standoff early Thursday in Harrisburg A heroin habit drove a York County woman to blackmail a man in a sextortion scheme An ex-convict was […]

Blighted property owners from other states use Harrisburg as investment opportunity

HARRISBURG – Now little more than a pile of rubble, the former church at Magnolia and 12th streets isn’t the only demolition project the city has on its hands. As contractors clear the church site during the next week or so, others will start tearing down a long-deteriorating multi-unit dwelling at 32 S. 13th St. […]

Leading civil rights proponent to speak on economic justice, urge reconciliation in Bishop Sullivan case

The Rev. Hilton O. Smith In his upcoming visit to Harrisburg, a leading civil rights advocate is expected to urge reconciliation in the wake of the arrest of a prominent religious leader in the black community who has been criminally charged in the collapse of his empty church. The Rev. Hilton O. Smith on Friday […]

Man arrested in Harrisburg on corruption of minors charges

A 53-year-old Egyptian national was arrested Tuesday on charges of indecent assault and corruption of minors. Police allege Aman Ziadeh had inappropriate contact with two minors on multiple occasions. The allegations were made to the Lower Paxton Township Police Department, which investigated the allegations and on March 24, issued an arrest warrant for Ziadeh. He […]

Getting a driver’s license? You’re going to pay more

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Fees in Pennsylvania to get a driver’s license, certificate of title and a range of other records are now more expensive. The fees went up Tuesday as part of the major transportation funding law Gov. Tom Corbett signed in November. Under the law, fuel taxes and motorist fines and fees are […]

The church collapse’s next chapter, plus help for Harrisburg: transition notebook

PennLive’s transition notebook details the first 100 days of Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse’s term Noted: City hall beautification continues. Country Meadows Retirement Community will paint and re-carpet a few rooms in the Public Safety Building. The estimated value of the donation is $3,000. Papenfuse highlighted the neglected police department offices during a media tour conducted […]

Harrisburg’s Mulberry Street Bridge closure: A survival guide

City and regional transportation officials reminded Harrisburg residents and commuters Friday that starting Wednesday, April 2, the Mulberry Street Bridge will be closed to all traffic for repairs. The $16.8 million project, which will include major repairs to both the travel surface and support structures of the 105-year-old bridge, is expected to run through Dec. […]

Harrisburg’s Mulberry Street Bridge closure: A survival guide

City and regional transportation officials reminded Harrisburg residents and commuters Friday that starting Wednesday, April 2, the Mulberry Street Bridge will be closed to all traffic for repairs. The $16.8 million project, which will include major repairs to both the travel surface and support structures of the 105-year-old bridge, is expected to run through Dec. […]

Harrisburg’s Mulberry Street Bridge closure: A survival guide

City and regional transportation officials reminded Harrisburg residents and commuters Friday that starting Wednesday, April 2, the Mulberry Street Bridge will be closed to all traffic for repairs. The $16.8 million project, which will include major repairs to both the travel surface and support structures of the 105-year-old bridge, is expected to run through Dec. […]

Harrisburg’s Mulberry Street Bridge closure: A survival guide

City and regional transportation officials reminded Harrisburg residents and commuters Friday that starting Wednesday, April 2, the Mulberry Street Bridge will be closed to all traffic for repairs. The $16.8 million project, which will include major repairs to both the travel surface and support structures of the 105-year-old bridge, is expected to run through Dec. […]

Harrisburg woman charged with abuse of two young children

Harrisburg police announced charges against a Harrisburg woman Thursday after officers found signs of abuse on two children in her care earlier this week. Goldie Duncan, 32, was charged Wednesday after police arrived in the first block of North 18th Street at about 9:14 a.m. for reports that a child had become unresponsive, according to […]

Harrisburg’s $452K street surveillance: how is privacy protected?

HARRISBURG – The capital city’s new surveillance system allows police to pan, zoom and recall footage at 10 key locations, with more to come by next summer. Already, the cameras – which aren’t constantly monitored, but always are recording – have helped make Harrisburg officers make arrest, said Capt. Colin Cleary Friday. But what about […]

Man pleads guilty to shooting former Harrisburg City Islanders soccer player

WEST CHESTER, Pa. — A suburban Philadelphia man has pleaded guilty in the shooting of a former professional Harrisburg soccer player outside a bar last summer in West Chester. View full sizeFormer Harrisburg City Islander Jason Hotchkin. PennLive, file The Daily Local News said 25-year-old Curtis Zebley of Kennett Square pleaded guilty Thursday in Chester […]

Finance pros: Harrisburg incinerator deal better than expected

Moody’s Ratings Agency affirmed a AA- rating for the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, despite previously pledging a downgrade if the authority bought Harrisburg’s incinerator. The agency still backs that rating – the second-highest possible – of $19.7 million of unrelated outstanding authority debt, despite last year predicting a downgrade if the authority bought […]

Harrisburg man accused of stealing credit and debit cards while working in house

MIDDLEBURG – A laborer from Harrisburg has been accused of stealing a debit card and credit card from a house in Snyder County where he was working and then using them to make purchases totaling approximately $750, police said. Charles James Thornewell, 32, who has used several Harrisburg addresses, was arraigned Friday night and committed […]

Identity of woman strangled to death in Harrisburg rooming house released by police

Police on Monday released the identity of a woman who was strangled to death over the weekend in a Harrisburg rooming house. Yevette Morrison, 44, was strangled by Joseph Albert Riddick, 46, her boyfriend, who has been charged with homicide. Police announced earlier Monday the two were living at the Alva Motel, 19 S. Fourth […]

Harrisburg police looking for information in Allison Hill shooting

HARRISBURG – Police are looking for information about a shooting that landed a young man in the hospital over the weekend. A black male in his 20’s underwent emergency surgery Sunday afternoon for two gunshot wounds sustained during a shooting that happened at 1:17 p.m. Sunday on Apricot Street near a recovery center in Harrisburg’s […]

Crews work on sinkhole street in Harrisburg

Crews are on site today at the 1400 block of South 14th Street in Harrisburg to repair damage done by a massive sinkhole that opened on the street last week. Officials are not certain what caused a water main to break, leading to the sinkholes in the block. Pipes under the block date back to […]