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TMI reactor shut down temporarily for repairs


Three Mile Island's Unit 1 reactor was shut down temporarily on Wednesday, May 6 to repair an electrical component that powers a control rod, according to a plant spokesman.

During the shutdown, a valve opened and allowed steam to be released, a release that was audible to nearby residents, the spokesman said.

The repair could not be made while the reactor was generating electricity, according to the spokesman.

The reactor generates enough electricity for 800,000 homes.



Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2015 12:49

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Middletown cop saves woman who collapsed


The quick actions of a Middletown police officer helped save the life of a borough woman on Saturday, April 18.

Police said that Middletown Sgt. Rick Hiester arrived first when a call came in to assist emergency medical responders in the 200 block of W. Main St. Hiester found the 49-year-old woman lying face up on the floor and struggling to breathe. He applied the automated external defibrillator carried in his vehicle and used it to check for a pulse.

The device showed no pulse. The AED advised Hiester to administer a shock, followed by cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Middletown volunteer firefighters arrived and helped Hiester give CPR until an ambulance arrived.

The woman was taken to Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Her name has not been released.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 16:37

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SKIMMED? Debit, credit card fraud strikes unsuspecting Lower Swatara residents

Thieves recently have gone on shopping sprees using stolen information from credit and debit cards owned by Lower Swatara Twp. residents, township police say.

Residents from Lower Swatara found unauthorized charges on their account statements linked to various cards, said Chief Richard Brandt. He said that while residents still had possession of the cards, someone had skimmed the information and used it.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 16:35

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Middletown man charged in bank robbery

A Middletown man was arrested and charged with trying to rob the Susquehanna Bank in East Donegal Twp., Lancaster County on April 13.

According to court documents, the live-in girlfriend of Anthony Jay Osborne told police that Osborne was the suspect after she saw photos of the robber from the bank video surveillance that police released to the media.

Middletown police took Osborne, 29, into custody at his residence in the 200 block of Scott Ave. on Friday, April 24 by serving him with bench warrants on unrelated charges that had been brought by state police and Lancaster County authorities.

Susquehanna Regional Police charged in court documents that Osborne entered the Susquehanna Bank on River Road around 2:30 p.m. on April 13 and handed a teller a hand-written note that demanded money “so that no one will get hurt."

Osborne was arraigned before District Judge Scott E. Albert of Mount Joy and held in York County Prison. He was then transferred to state prison. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 19 before Albert.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 16:32

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STREET TALK: Big changes on tap for Main St


With a $2.7 million improvement project about to begin, downtown Middletown has been getting most of the attention. But in case you haven’t noticed, some big changes are in the works for the busy Main Street corridor.

A new AutoZone auto parts store is planned for a retail pad site at MidTown Plaza. Property owner Levin Management is scheduled to go before the Middletown Zoning Hearing Board on Thursday, May 14 to seek approval to install two signs for the business.

To the west, a number of key commercial properties have recently changed hands, or are on the market for sale or lease.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 May 2015 16:27

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