Area/Region News In Brief…

Salvation Army

dinner canceled

The Salvation Army of Warren will not hold its community dinner on Wednesday, June 11.

Corbett to team

with Christie

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett’s hitting the Pennsylvania fundraising circuit with fellow Republican and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

The Republican Governors Association said Corbett and Christie will headline fundraisers Friday in Pittsburgh and Monday in Philadelphia. A spokesman for the Washington, D.C.-based RGA did not provide more details.

Christie is the chairman of the organization. Corbett is running for a second term as governor and his campaign is leaning heavily on the group’s financial assistance.

Corbett faces Democrat Tom Wolf in the Nov. 4 election. Early polling in the race shows Corbett far behind Wolf, the wealthy York County businessman who is spending at least $10 million of his own money to help him in his first effort to win public office.

In his 2010 race, Corbett’s biggest contributor was the Republican Governors Association, giving $6 million.

Lockdown lifted

at PSU campus

ABINGTON, Pa. (AP) – A lockdown at a Penn State campus in suburban Philadelphia has been lifted after a weapon scare.

Abington Township police Chief William Kelly says the weapon turned out to be a pellet or BB gun and there was never any danger.

Kelly says a man had apparently been showing the gun to a friend Thursday and had already gone home when the lockdown at Penn State Abington was announced.

The chief says the man contacted police when he heard the news and is now in custody with the friend.

First responders

trained on train

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – A train equipped with four oil tankers and two classroom cars is making a whistle stop at the Port of Albany as part of a multi-state tour providing enhanced safety training in response to increased shipments of North Dakota crude oil.

Albany has become a major hub for shipping the crude oil, which arrives daily in hundreds of tank cars to be shipped down the Hudson River to New Jersey refineries. A massive expansion in the volume of crude oil rail transport has raised safety concerns in the aftermath of several major accidents, including one in Quebec that killed 47 people.

The CSX Safety Train is conducting training at Albany Thursday as part of schedule that takes it through Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.

Dads protest child

support text

YORK, Pa. (AP) – Some men in central Pennsylvania are protesting a text message they received from a county agency urging them to celebrate Father’s Day by paying child support.

The York Dispatch reports that Wednesday’s message from the York County Domestic Relations agency said a payment would be “the ideal Father’s Day gift.”

One recipient, Ricardo Reyes, tells the paper he was offended by the implication that all dads are deadbeat dads. Another, Jesse Mauss, says it also implies that fathers are only good for money and no other parental responsibilities. Both say they are up to date on payments.

Agency director Theresa Gross says the message wasn’t meant to offend

Bus driver gets

probation in crash

POTTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A school bus driver has been sentenced to three years’ probation and 600 hours of community service in an accident that killed an elderly pedestrian in suburban Philadelphia last fall.

The (Pottstown) Mercury reports that 64-year-old Donna Engler of Perkiomenville was sentenced Thursday in Montgomery County Court.

She pleaded guilty in January to a misdemeanor charge of involuntary manslaughter in the Sept. 9 accident that killed 78-year-old Shirley Wilhelm of Pottstown.

Police said the victim was out for her morning walk when she was hit as the bus turned right.

Montgomery County Judge Gary Silow said Engler had shown remorse. Engler tearfully apologized to the victim’s relatives, saying “I cry myself to sleep at night wondering how this accident happened.”