The Northampton County sheriff is again warning residents of a phone scam. Northampton County officials say a man has been calling residents about repaying their Paycheck Protection Program loans. The caller instructs them on how to repay the loan at secure public kiosk that takes Bitcoin, and tells them if they do not do that they will be arrested immediately. The sheriff’s office does not call residents and solicit money.
All six bodies have now been recovered from inside a Delaware County home, where a gunman opened fire Wednesday, shooting two police officers, before setting the house on fire. Six people from the same family were found dead inside the residence, including the apparent killer. "We think we have found everybody," said Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer.
The Shapiro administration is hoping to raise revenue by taxing skill game machines. They'd like to see it happen later this year. Josh Ercole is executive director of the Council of Compulsive Gambling and says small retailers aren't able to monitor people who have a problem. "There’s no talk of training any of the people who are going to be playing these games, maybe looking for signs that something may be going on," Ercole says.
A House Republican lawmaker has announced plans for legislation that would require seat belts on all new school buses within five years. Currently, the federal government requires three-point seat belts to be installed in buses under ten-thousand-pounds. However, it's left to states and local districts to decide whether or not larger buses should require seat belts. Representative Natalie Mihalek says a bus's design provides the most protection for riders during front and rear-end collisions, but that children aren't well-protected when a bus is hit from the side.
Pennsylvania residents and others around the state have until March 7th to submit their application to become a game warden. The Pennsylvania Game Commission says that qualified applicants will have a high school diploma or GED and must have completed the Hunter-Trapper Education course by the application deadline date. Those accepted into the training can expect classes to begin in March of next year with graduation in February of 2026. More details can be found at www.pgc.pa.gov.
PennDOT officials say they'll be enforcing more DUI and sobriety checkpoints this weekend because of the Super Bowl. The department's spokesman says the effort is not being done to penalize drivers and that law officers really just want to keep people safe. State data show 46 drinking-related crashes happened on Super Bowl Sunday from 2022, the last year such figures were available.
With Valentine's Day now just a week away, many Pittsburgh-area residents are considering gifts and treats that might make their partner smile. According to online retailer Candy Store-dot-com, Hershey's Kisses are a safe bet for those of us in the Keystone State. The company says sales data from the last 16 years shows Kisses are the favorite in Pennsylvania for Valentines. The site lists M&M's as second-favorite, with the always-popular Conversation Hearts landing at number three.