Alex Peterson, abc27 WHTM

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abc27 WHTM

Harrisburg, PA, United States

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Past articles by Alex:

Reforming use of force policies, defunding police bring emotion to Harrisburg town hall

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — A contentious outdoor town hall at Harrisburg’s Reservoir Park brought dozens of residents out to address a host of concerns directly with city leaders. The mayor and police chief were there, taking some heat at times over topics like reforming use of force policies and the re-allocation of police funding. The […] → Read More

Honoring the life of Lillie Belle Allen 51 years after her death in York Race Riots

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) — A rally was held to honor the life and legacy of Lillie Belle Allen 51 years to the day after she was shot and killed in the York Race Riots of 1969. Ralliers marched through the city, to the spot where white gang members gunned her down. Allen, 27, was shot […] → Read More

Activists warn of spike in homelessness when evictions moratorium ends in Pennsylvania

CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) — With near-record summer heat hanging in the air, a so-called “activists’ sleep-out” got underway in Carlisle’s Biddle Mission Park Monday evening to highlight how the pandemic is impacting homelessness. The situation is dire organizers say, with many social services in jeopardy and incomes for some families dwindling. One advocate describes the […] → Read More

Hundreds attend vigil for missing Amish teen more than three weeks after her disappearance

BIRD-IN-HAND, Pa. (WHTM) — A Lancaster County community is holding out hope that a missing Amish girl will be found safe. Wednesday evening in Bird-in-Hand behind a farmhouse, the Amish community and their neighbors gathered in a field to pray for the safe return of Linda Stoltzfoos. Stoltzfoos has been missing now for three and […] → Read More

Republicans push bill to change how statewide appellate judges are elected

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — A Pennsylvania Senate committee passed a bill Monday along party lines that would change how state appellate court judges are elected. → Read More

One suspect arrested for homicide in York County

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) — One suspect has been arrested for a homicide in York County last month. On June 23 Michael Quinones, 19, was found dead in the backyard of his residence on the 500 block of W. Princess Street around 8:20 p.m. as a result of a shooting. York City Police began investigating and […] → Read More

York City Council: Consumer fireworks usage in the city ‘is not authorized’

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) — York City Council is joining a growing chorus of municipal leaders in calling for state lawmakers to address a recent uptick in illegal fireworks being used within city limits. “It was the worst I had ever seen in my 50 years of life,” said York City Councilman, Lou Rivera, describing the […] → Read More

Long delays for COVID-19 test results reported at some CVS locations in the midstate

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — For months, increasing Covid-19 testing was a major hurdle across the country and here in Pennsylvania. With that testing now up to speed, some are experiencing delays in getting results back. “Took a total of nine days to get the results,” said Ed Gallagher, from Carlisle. “Was totally in the dark […] → Read More

New Cumberland mayor defends himself over posts claimed to be racist

NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa. (WHTM) — The mayor of New Cumberland is defending himself over posts he’s made online that some consider to be racist. A Facebook group for the borough has spurred dozens of posts and hundreds of comments in response. New Cumberland Mayor Doug Morrow liked a post on Facebook that says in part, […] → Read More

Police seek two suspects involved in Dauphin County armed robbery

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Police are looking for two suspects involved in an armed robbery in Dauphin County Tuesday morning. According to police, three victims say they engaged in a private sale of a vehicle at a PennDOT facility in Harrisburg. One victim told police they sold a vehicle to someone for $4,500 cash and […] → Read More

Policy hearing to be held on child care issues

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WHTM) — A senate policy hearing on child care issues will take place today in Pittsburgh. The hearing will focus on legislation that would provide financial support to child care centers. It would provide $100-million to child care centers to cover expenses including payroll and tuition loss. The legislation would also provide $17-million […] → Read More

Top news quotes of the day in PA

Here are Monday’s top quotes from our news coverage in Pennsylvania. “This is not Pittsburgh. Whoever did this, please leave today.” Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on war memorial vandalism. full story “We’re thrilled to see more people riding bicycles, unfortunately, it took a pandemic to make this happen.” Dick Norford, a member of Bike Harrisburg. […] → Read More

Central Pennsylvania Food Bank serving more people than ever

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is serving more people than ever. On a zoom call Wednesday afternoon with Auditor General Euguene Depasquale, Executive Director Joe Arthur said they’re serving 40,000 more people than usual, and the amount of food they’re serving has increased 40 to 50%. “We’ve also had a number […] → Read More

State Police report fewer DUI arrests, property crimes due to stay-at-home orders

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — According to State Police, DUI arrests have decreased significantly due to stay-at-home orders. During the last week of February, there were 420 DUI arrests compared to this past week with 181.Property crimes are also down since more people are staying home. “We would love to see this decrease in property crimes, […] → Read More

Date set for funeral service for fallen firefighter Jerome Guise

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Fallen firefighter Jerome Guise will be put to rest this Saturday, March 14. The funeral services will be conducted at the Carlise Evangelical Free Church located at 290 Petersburg Orad. Visitation will be available from 9 a.m – 11 a.m. The funeral with full honors will begin immediately afterward. State Police […] → Read More

Police investigating sexual assault along rail trail in downtown York

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) — Police are investigating a brutal attack along a section of the York County Rail Trail in downtown York. Investigators say a woman was sexually assaulted Friday, Feb. 28 around 6p.m. in the area of Kings Mill Road. Wednesday, others who frequently use the trail warned others about the potential dangers. “Whenever […] → Read More

Coronavirus fears fueling uncertainty in stock market, expert advises ‘better days ahead’

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Coronavirus isn’t just affecting people’s health, it’s also taking a toll on the stock market. On Thursday alone, the Dow Jones plummeted nearly 1,200 points, which was the biggest one-day point drop ever. So far this week, it’s plummeted more than 3,000 points, or about 11-12% off recent highs. An investment […] → Read More

Midstate professor born in Iran offers insight into escalating tensions

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The escalating conflict in the Middle East can be tough to understand and the details often difficult to break down. So we took questions to a midstate professor who was born in Iran, and is offering expert insight. “people do not have any problem with the Americans, people have problems […] → Read More

Midstate Methodist Church disagrees with proposal to split over same-sex marriage

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Should the United Methodist Church allow same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy? That question has caused a rift between members of the church in some parts of the country, and it was highlighted Friday when the United Methodist’s news service posted an article detailing a new proposal suggesting the church should split […] → Read More

Hockey players raise thousands to provide service dogs to veterans

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The Central PA Lawmen’s Hockey players have traded in their pucks for pennies, and lots of them. Coaches challenged the players to raise $200 each to collectively raise $5,000 to pay for a veteran’s service dog. It was their way of giving back and supporting their community. But this is a […] → Read More