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John J. “Jack” Gray
John J. “Jack” Gray, 82, of New Cumberland, died Wednesday, December 22, 2010, at the Carolyn Croxton Slane Hospice Residence, Susquehanna Twp. He retired as a construction mechanic for the former Fairview Twp. plant of the DuPont Corporation; an Air Force veteran of the Korean War; a member of Baughman Memorial United Methodist Church for over 50 years, New Cumberland and the American Legion Post 143, New Cumberland; a former fire fighter with the New Cumberland Fire Dept. and was a wood craftsman and had displayed his crafts at the New Cumberland Apple Festival for fourteen years. Born on October 27, 1928, in Harrisburg, he was the son of the late John Elmer Jr. and Marjorie Miller (Snyder) Gray. He was also preceded in death by a son, John J. Gray Jr. Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Martha E. (Hartzell) Gray; a son and his wife, Daniel B. and Lynn C. Gray of Mechanicsburg; a daughter, Joan M. Duke of New Cumberland; twelve grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Tuesday in Parthemore Funeral Home and Cremation Services, New Cumberland, with the Rev. Bob Steele officiating. Burial will be in Emanuel Cemetery, Fairview Twp. Visitation will be held 6 – 8 PM Monday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central PA, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg PA 17110, or to Alzheimer’s Assn. of South Central PA, 3544 N. Progress Avenue, Suite 205, Harrisburg PA 17110. For more information or to send messages of condolence, please visit www.Parthemore.com
CUMBERLAND COUNTY Police seek man who robbed bank
LOWER ALLEN TWP. G Police are investigating a bank robbery Friday at Graystone Bank in the 3500 block of Gettysburg Road. A man walked into the bank at 8:42 a.m., jumped over the teller counter and ordered employees to the vault. He did not show a weapon, police said. Witnesses described the robber as black, between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall, wearing all black clothing and a black ski mask. He left in a dark minivan, which ofﬁcers later found in a parking lot off Rosemont Avenue. The van had earlier been reported to Hummelstown police as stolen. Anyone with information on the robbery can call township police at 2389676.
JOHN C. WHITEHEAD, The Patriot-News
Solar panels are installed just a few feet from a neighboring backyard in East Pennsboro Twp.
Continued from Page A1 on their needs, said John Repetz, spokesman for the DEP. “I think maybe we gave permission for something we didn’t know enough about yet,” township manager Bob Gill said. The expanding use of solar panels is sending waves of controversy around the nation. A California couple tested that state’s rightto-sunlight law in 2008. After installing solar panels, they sued their neighbors whose redwoods cast shadows on the panels. The redwood owners were required to trim about 4 feet from their trees. Last month, the East Pennsboro Board of Commissioners put a temporary stop to solar energy systems being installed. The moratorium requires the commissioners to review each request for a permit to install the sys-
tems until it can recommend appropriate changes to the ordinance. Lewis said before the ordinance is rewritten, she thinks the board should seek expert advice on the effects of solar panels. Other municipalities have been more hesitant about setting their own standards for solar energy systems. In April, the Hampden Twp. commissioners discussed adopting a solar ordinance but has since put the idea on hold. Township manager Michael Gossert said they’ve held off on writing a new ordinance for the systems because they’re still researching how to get past potential conﬂicts. “It’s tough to talk about because you’re talking about a structure on somebody’s property,” he said. Dickinson Twp. is in the process of writing a solar ordinance, with the intent to take a proactive approach, township manager Ron Reeder said. The township already
has several solar systems installed of varying sizes. “All we’re trying to do is avoid future problems with them by making sure how they’re going to be,” Reeder said. Reeder said they want to prevent neighbors from feuding and keep everybody as happy as possible. The planning commission has consulted other solar ordinances for guidance over the last six months. West Hanover Twp. adopted its ordinance on solar panels in 2009, and Robert Leonard, the township’s zoning administrator, said they haven’t run into any problems. Leonard said in the last year, seven or eight residents have installed them on their homes, more than double the number put on in 2009. The township did, however, add language that said no adjacent property owner would be required to cut or remove any plants or structures to accommodate the panels. So if, say, a tree grows in the way of the panels,
there’s nothing the township can do about the tree. East Pennsboro’s standards require that the panels be 15 feet from the property line and no more than 18 feet high. Panels cannot be in the front yard and cannot extend past the front wall of the building. In the last year, the interest in installing solar energy systems has grown, thanks to government incentives. As of June, Cumberland County has 49 residents using the state rebate — the seventh most in the state. Lancaster is number three on the list with 104 installations, and York County is number ﬁve, with 65 installations, according to the Department of Environmental Protection. Lewis said she has a problem with companies that install the systems targeting homeowners. “I understand the desire to decrease energy bills, but when does saving energy overtake the ability to enjoy my home and back yard?” she said.
DAUPHIN COUNTY Man on foot robs Taco Bell drive-thru
DERRY TWP. G Police continue to search for a man who robbed Taco Bell on Walton Avenue on Thursday. The man walked up to the drive-thru window about 8:30 p.m., showed a weapon and took money from the cash register, police said. Witnesses described the robber as a light-skin Hispanic man, about 5 feet 6 inches tall with a medium build, police said. Anyone with information can call township police at 534-2202 or Dauphin County Crime Stoppers at 800-262-3080.
1 man charged, 1 sought in holdups
HARRISBURG G A 19-year-old city man is accused of robbery and another is sought as a suspect in a pair of holdups early Thursday, police said. Bryson Doubs-Clark, 19, of the 1600 block of Swatara Street, was arrested and charged with robbery. Kendric Williams, 19, of the 100 block of South 15th Street, is being sought on charges of robbery and ﬁrearm offenses. Police believe the pair robbed a man at gunpoint about 1:30 a.m. at South 15th and Market streets and another man at gunpoint 20 minutes later at South 16th and Market streets. Ofﬁcers searched Williams’ home and found two handguns, police said. Doubs-Clark was identiﬁed as one of the robbers by a victim, police said. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Dennis Sorensen at 255-6586 or dsorensen@ cityofhbg.com.
Margaret M. Wilbert
Margaret M. Wilbert, 89, of Wyomissing, formerly of Harrisburg, passed away Thursday. She was born in Enhaut on March 30th, 1921 to the late John and Katherine (Koch) Mabius. She retired from the former Olivetti Corporation. She was a member of the Harrisburg First Seventh-Day Adventist church. She is the widow of Lloyd G. Wilbert. She was predeceased by her son, Lloyd "Skip" Wilbert and her daughter, Stefanie Watson. She is survived by her daughter, Margaret "Peg" Adams and her son-in-law, Keith Adams with whom she lived since 1998. She is also survived by five grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren, two brothers and one sister. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 at 11am at HetrickBitner Funeral Home, 3125 Walnut Street, Harrisburg. Glenn Sutton will officiate. There will be a viewing from 10-11 am at the funeral home. Private burial will be held at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. Condolences can be shared at www.hetrickbitner.com.
Man to face charges in death of woman
PITTSBURGH G An off-duty Pittsburgh police ofﬁcer turned himself in to police Thursday to face drunken driving and other charges in the death of a woman who was riding on the back of his motorcycle when he crashed in September. Adam Lewis, 28, was at the Allegheny County Jail on Thursday, a day after being charged. Investigators said Lewis’ blood alcohol level was 0.112 percent when he gave Jessica Lojak, 28, a ride following a bachelorette party for Lewis’ ﬁancee. The limit at which a driver can be charged in Pennsylvania is .08. According to police, Lewis was speeding when he crossed into the opposite lane and crashed head-on into a sport utility vehicle. The driver of the SUV told police he tried to veer off the road to avoid the motorcycle, according to court documents.
BACKGROUND: Lojak, a licensed practical nurse, died of head and neck injuries. Lewis was seriously injured.
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Ruthmarie Moore, 54, of Linglestown, passed away Friday, December 24, 2010 at her home. Born in Harrisburg, she was the daughter of Shirley (Stoner) Smith of Duncannon and Donald Deiter and his wife Fae of Mechanicsburg. Ruthmarie was an employee of RWC in Harrisburg, and a member of American Legion Post 272 Ladies Auxiliary, Linglestown. She loved the outdoors and the beach. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband of 36 years, Larry E. Moore; a step-son, Jeremy Moore of Montandon; a brother, Eric Deiter of Newport; two sisters, Melissa Jumper of Marysville and Donna Foose of Duncannon; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held on Wednesday, December 29, at 7:00 PM at Hoover Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc., 6011 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg. Rev. Dr. Donald C. Wetzel will officiate. There will be a visitation Wednesday evening from 6:00 PM until time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Pennsylvania, 1320 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17110. To share online condolences, visit www.hooverfuneralhome.co m.
Deputy killed in crash was drunk, ofﬁcials say
SINKING SPRING G Ofﬁcials say an off-duty Berks County sheriff’s deputy who died in a ﬁery single-car crash was driving drunk. Investigators say 36-year-old Kyle Lesher had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the level at which drivers can be charged when he crashed and rolled his car Thursday night in Cumru Twp. The Lehigh County coroner’s ofﬁce says the Sinking Spring man was transported to Lehigh Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police tell The Reading Eagle that neighbors ran to the scene and pulled Lesher from the burning wreckage before medics arrived. Lesher was a Berks County sheriff’s deputy and a part-time ofﬁcer in Hamburg.
LEBANON COUNTY Man faces assault, domestic violence charge
LEBANON G Brandon Fessler, 19, of Lebanon, is accused of hitting a man several times in the face and head after an argument Sunday in the 100 block of South 11th Street, police said. The other man did not receive medical treatment for his injuries, police said. Fessler is charged with simple assault/domestic violence, police said. He was placed in county prison in lieu of $5,000 bail, police said.
Repossession of vehicle was actually theft
WHITE TWP. G State police say a western Pennsylvania woman had her car stolen when her brother was duped by two fake repo men. Investigators say the men claimed to be from a repossession company when they approached a home in White Twp. about a 2005 Ford Focus. Police say the men convinced the woman’s brother they were authorized to drive the vehicle away. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Friday that police later learned the company the men claimed to represent hadn’t authorized a repossession.
Stolen wheels sold to recycler, police say
LEBANON G A 44-year-old North Lebanon Twp. man is accused of selling 12 tractor-trailer wheels that had been stolen to the CSR Recycling center in the 1400 block of Lehman Street on Dec. 2, police said. Rafael Drozvazquez is charged with receiving stolen property, police said. Police said Drozvazquez received $840 from the recycling center for the wheels. — Compiled by Matthew Kemeny and Barbara Miller
A century later, German Nativity scene arrives
ERIE G Stymied by war and delayed for nearly a century, a German Nativity scene arrived at a Pennsylvania church in time for Christmas. The last of the hand-carved, gold-leaf pieces arrived earlier this month at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Erie, ﬁnally giving the parish the Christmas scene it had hoped for when it put in its order in the early 1900s. “It’s really striking,” said the church’s pastor, the Rev. Larry Richards. “I wanted it to be really inspiring for Christmas.” The parish had placed an order for a Nativity scene from Germany early last century, but after ﬁghting broke out in World War I, the scene never arrived. While doing research for the church’s upcoming 150th anniversary, Richards told The Erie Times-News he discovered a reference to the scene in a 1917 book about the church. It was then that he decided to search for a replacement during an upcoming trip to Germany.
BACKGROUND: In July, Richards found what he was looking for in Oberammergau, Germany: a carved, 51-piece Nativity set similar to the one his church had ordered decades earlier.
— Stories by The Associated Press