Area/Region News In Brief…


stream Stomp

Get out and celebrate Earth Day with the Chapman State Park Naturalist from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Investigate Penny Run to determine the health of the stream while looking for fish, crayfish, salamanders and other aquatic critters. Be prepared to get your feet wet. Meet the Park Naturalist at Parking Lot #1.


Join the Chapman State Park Naturalist to discover the park with this high tech treasure hunt from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Geocaching is growing in popularity around the world and is something you can do near home or any Pennsylvania State Park. GPS units will be available or bring your own. Meet the Park Naturalist at the Environmental Learning Center.

Safety check

A child safety seat check will be held today at the Northwest Savings Bank in Youngsville from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The check is a part of Northwest’s celebration of Community Banking Month.

Companies to create, run bike share

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A long-planned bicycle sharing program in Philadelphia is moving forward.

City officials on Wednesday announced that Bicycle Transit Systems has been chosen to plan and operate the system and B-cycle has been picked to provide the bicycles, stations and technology platform.

The bike share is slated to roll out in spring 2015.

Bicycle Transit Systems is a Philadelphia-based business that has created and currently runs bike share programs in Boston, Chicago and Washington D.C.

Woman crashes

into suspect

WELLSVILLE, Pa. (AP) – A central Pennsylvania man was arrested for allegedly robbing a York County bank after police say a witness intentionally crashed her vehicle into his getaway car.

Pennsylvania State Police said a 51-year-old woman followed the suspect out of the PNC Bank after the Wednesday morning robbery in Warrington Township and hopped in her car, crashing into the fleeing vehicle. Her name wasn’t released. Police say the robber was able to drive off but his car became disabled about a quarter mile away, where he was captured after running into the woods.

Thirty-eight-year-old Alexis Laskowski of Mount Holly Springs is facing charges in the robbery.

Probe in suicide at Pa. prison

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) – Officials say the death of a New Jersey man in a Pennsylvania prison will be investigated and prison procedures will be reviewed. said 26-year-old Patrick Kanney, of Pennsauken, N.J., died Wednesday, two days after attempting suicide at the Lancaster County prison.

Coroner Stephen Diamantoni said an autopsy Thursday has concluded that Kanney’s death was a suicide by hanging.

Kanney had been jailed since April 19 on charges of theft, loitering and prowling as the result of incidents the day before in Ephrata.