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One person is in custody in connection to the death of a man over the weekend. The killing happened on the 100 block of Lock Lane in Smithfield Township, where 57-year-old Howard Dowell was found dead from blunt force trauma to the head. The suspect is identified as 51-year-old Harold Heffer. Monroe County officials say Heffer turned himself in. It's believed Heffer and his girlfriend had been out celebrating her birthday, but she returned to the house before he did. That’s when Dowell came over. Heffer apparently returned home later, found Dowell at the house and allegedly killed him.

A North Whitehall Township home is burned down after a fire late Saturday night. It happened in the Lil Wolf Mobile home park. Fire officials say it was fast-moving and took a few hours to put out. It also destroyed the home next door. The fire began around 11:30 Saturday night.

Two people are under arrest for a robbery in Allentown on Saturday. Police were called to a home on the 1300 block of West Emmett Street, where the suspects allegedly broke in and fired a gun. Police say the suspects tried to flee, but were found by officers after a short chase. The suspects are identified as 33-year-old Richard Robinson and 34-year-old Kasson Green. Nobody inside the home was hurt.

The deadline to register to vote in Pennsylvania is one week away. Pennsylvanians have until next Monday to register to vote or update your voter registration. Both can be done at www.votespa.com.

It looks like President Trump will be coming to Pennsylvania again this week. He's scheduled to appear at a Make America Great Rally in Johnstown tomorrow night. The event is set to be held at the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport at 7 o'clock. Tickets are still available for anyone who'd like to attend.

Pennsylvania's most recent COVID-19 numbers are 1742 higher. That announcement came Saturday and brings the total number of cases to 171,050 since the pandemic began. There were 36 more coronavirus-related deaths reported as well.

The Lancaster Fraternal Order of Police says the police Chief Jarrad Berkihiser was forced to resign over pro-Trump comments posted by his wife on Facebook. Former FOP President John Fiorill says the alleged pressure came from the Lancaster's mayor's office. Fiorill says Berkihiser got advice from the FOP solicitor and was able to retire on his own terms. Fiorill believes the Democrat mayor's pressure was politically motivated. The mayor's office hasn't commented on the issue.

Pennsylvania's Second Lady has posted video of an incident Sunday that happened while she was shopping. Giesele Fetterman, wife of Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, says she was shopping when a woman walked up to her and called her names, including a racial slur. The woman followed Fetterman to her car and continued calling her names. That's when Fetterman began videotaping the incident. She says she wasn't hurt physically, just emotionally.

A Republican state representative is refusing to resign over videos that showed him encouraging his five-year-old son to smoke. Instead, Aaron Bernstine wants voters to decide his fate at the polls in November. The videos were posted on Bernstine's Snapchat account and have now been deleted. Bernstine says the videos were a joke that went too far.

A number of Allegheny County voters are reporting that they've received the wrong mail-in ballots for the 2020 election. County elections officials report that they've fielded calls from at least 20 voters stating that they had received the wrong ballot. The county says that it is investigating how this happened and how many more voters might be affected. In the meantime, county residents who received the wrong ballot are encouraged to contact the elections division.

What could be New Jersey's last annual bear hunt is starting today. The event will look a little different than previous years because of the coronavirus pandemic. The check stations run by the state where hunters typically bring their bears will be closed this year. They'll instead call a phone number to receive instructions. This comes as Gov. Phil Murphy promises to end the bear hunt, but only the Fish and Game Council has the legal authority to do so since it oversees the event.

The Eagles couldn't come all the way back Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh and lost to the Steelers 38-29. A big reason for the loss was the Eagles defense's inability to stop Pittsburgh on third down. Coach Doug Pederson says some of the problems were self-inflicted. "We can't make mistakes like jumping offsides. That helped them stay on the field a couple times on third down," Pederson said. The loss drops the Eagles to 1-3-1.