News update - Friday, February 16, 2024

The next conditional use hearing for the proposed Northern Business Park is Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Carroll Township municipal building, 555 Chestnut Grove Road. Take a look at the truck routing suggested for the plan and PennDOT’s highway improvements and rerouting of Rt. 74.

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Print Edition Highlights - February 15, 2024

Wellsville man who shot his father to death gets life sentence

By Marie Chomicki/Dillsburg Banner

 

Wyatt Nathaniel Dettinger

Wyatt Nathaniel Dettinger, 25, was sentenced to mandatory life in prison on Tuesday, Feb. 8, for the murder of his father Duane Dettinger, 48, at their home in Wellsville on July 22, 2019, according to the York County District Attorney's office. Wyatt was also sentenced to a concurrent six to 12 months for tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. On Dec. 8, 2023, following a week-long trial, Wyatt was found guilty of first-degree murder and tampering with or fabricating evidence.


In 2019, Wyatt, then 21, Pennsylvania State Police he shot his father to death in a “fit of rage,” according to the affidavit of probable cause.


Police said Wyatt was in his bedroom hitting the television with his hands and a rifle, when his father entered the room and asked him to stop. Wyatt told police when his father left the room, he shot through the wall with a .243 caliber rifle, striking his father. Police said Wyatt then walked into the hallway and shot his father again as he lay on the floor.

For the rest of the story see the February 15, 2024 edition.

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Storm dumps over eight inches of snow

Carolyn Hoffman/Dillsburg Banner

The snow is picture perfect, so where are the skiers? The eight inches of snow that fell on Tuesday knocked out power to Roundtop Mountain Resort. As of early Wednesday afternoon the ski area was still awaiting Met-Ed to restore electricity.

 

A quick moving storm dumped over eight inches of snow in the Dillsburg area early Tuesday morning Feb. 13, closing down schools in the Northern York County School District.


More than 535 customers in York County were affected, according to First Energy Corps, including Roundtop Mountain Resort.


As of early Wednesday afternoon, the ski area was still awaiting for Met-Ed to restore electricity.

Hilary Keeney/Dillsburg Banner

A front end loader clears snow in front of the Northern York County Fire Rescue building on South Baltimore Street Tuesday morning.

 

For the rest of the story see the February 15, 2024 edition.

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Carroll Township: Board adopts several resolutions

Logan Park pavillion fee increases to $75

Kristen Stagg/Staff Reporter

At the Carroll Township board of supervisors meeting on Feb. 12, the board unanimously adopted several resolutions and made appointments. Tim Kelly was absent; Kelly Wall participated by Zoom.


Resolution 2024-08 amended resolution 2024- 06, increasing the Chestnut Park pavilion reservation fee to $75, the same as Logan Park. Resolution 2024-09 set the official house numbering system for Logan Meadows Phase III development. Resolution 2024-10 authorized a grant application for $53,200 from the Pennsylvania Municipal Assistance Program to help offset costs of updating the Northern York Region Comprehensive Plan.


A bid from Zead Property Services, LLC, was accepted for the April 2024-March 2027 mowing seasons. Their bid of $480 per mow - to include both the township building fields and Chestnut Park - was more than $6 below the next lowest bid.

For the rest of the story see the February 15, 2024 edition.

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Pennsylvanians with old felonies may petition for ‘clean slate’

Staff Reports

Beginning on February 12, people with old felonies will be able to seal their records for the first time in Pennsylvania, as part of the state’s expanded Clean Slate Law that went into effect.


Clean Slate’s expansion will open doors to employment, housing, and education for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians.


The law was signed into effect on December 14, 2023. Under the expanded program, certain drug felonies will be eligible to be sealed after 10 years without a subsequent misdemeanor or felony conviction. Other property-related felonies, such as thefts, will be eligible for sealing after 10 years without a subsequent misdemeanor or felony conviction.
Clean Slate 3.0 will also shorten waiting periods for sealing convictions of misdemeanors to seven years and summary convictions to five years. Drug felonies will not be eligible for sealing if a sentence of 30 months to 60 months imprisonment or more was imposed, which excludes more serious cases such as drug trafficking.

For the rest of the story see the February 15, 2024 edition.

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Keefer and Lloyd star at Mid-Penn Championships

Joe Guty/Dillsburg Banner

Curt Werner/Dillsburg Banner

Morgan Keefer, foreground, closes in on Madison Watschke of State College in the Girls 100-Yard Breaststroke.

 

After the Mid-Penn Swimming and Diving Championships concluded at Cumberland Valley H.S. last weekend, Northern left their mark with outstanding performances. Senior diver Zach Lloyd opened things up on Thursday night when he posted a Career High 11-dive score of 445.90 points. That mark crushed his previous best of 396.35 points, and earned him the Mid-Penn Class AAA silver medal.


On Friday evening, freshman Charleigh Adams kept the Polar Bears’ momentum going. She came into the 200 IM seeded 22nd, with a time of 2:27.07. When she finished, Adams looked up at the scoreboard and saw a time of 2:23.46, good for 16th place. Junior Morgan Keefer was seeded 4th in the IM, but scratched in that event so she could focus on the 100 Breaststroke on Saturday (and one of the most remarkable efforts in program history).


After Adams’ swim, junior Brody Douglass stepped up on the block for his opportunity in the 100 Butterfly. Seeded 25th with a time of 1:01.78, Douglass swam a very determined race and fought his way to a time of 59.74 and 21st place. On Saturday, it was Adams once again, getting things started in the Girls 100 Backstroke. Seeded 16th with a time of 1:07.01, from lane 8 she cruised a swift time of 1:04.04 and finished 13th.

For the rest of the story, see the February 15, 2024 edition.

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Streak ends as Bears fall to Mechanicsburg in overtime

Joe Guty/Dillsburg Banner

Curt Werner/Dillsburg Banner

Hannah Freese is fouled taking a shot under the basket.

 

After falling behind in the regular season finale at Mechanicsburg H.S. the Northern H.S. varsity girls’ basketball team fought back to ultimately send the game into overtime. With a chance to win it, the Lady Polar Bears fell short as the Wildcats held on for a 41- 39 victory. While Northern’s almost perfect, regular season run ended at 21-1, they had another crack at their cross-town rivals this past Wednesday in the Semifinals of the Mid Penn Conference Championships.


Colonial Division champion Northern faced the Keystone champion ‘Cats at the neutral site of Big Spring H.S. In the other semifinal, Susquehanna Twp. was scheduled to meet Central Dauphin H.S. The championship is slated for Friday, Feb. 16 at Central Dauphin East H.S. in Harrisburg at 6:05 p.m. In the boys’ section semifinals, Trinity squares off against Cumberland Valley while Greencastle-Antrim takes on Hershey H.S. The championship game will also be hosted at Central Dauphin East H.S. on Friday, Feb. 16 at 7:35 p.m. Results to follow in next week’s Banner.

For the rest of the story, see the February 15, 2024 edition.

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Bears close out season against the Wildcats

Joe Guty/Dillsburg Banner

In their season finale last Tuesday against the Mechanicsburg Wildcats, the Northern H.S. varsity boys basketball team closed out the 2023-24 season. The Wildcats led by one point at halftime and held off the Polar Bears, 57-46. Andrew Bream led the host Polar Bears with 13 points and Ryland Yinger added 12. Ryan Wagner scored 10 points followed by Josh Danz (5), Matt Kendall (3) and Gavin Moyer (3).


Josh Smith scored his 1000th career point for Mechanicsburg as he poured in 27 to lead all scorers. Chance Yanoski added 17 points for the Wildcats. Northern finished 8-14 overall on the season. Northern will rebuild for next season as following seniors will graduate: Alex Shook, Ryan Wagner, Josh Danz, Zech Signor, Jackson Grimm, Gavin Moyer, Andrew Bream, Kyle Hull and Ian Troutman.

For the rest of the story, see the February 15, 2024 edition.

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Polar Bears conclude the 2023-24 season

By Joe Guty/Dillsburg Banner

After posting scores of 10-3 and 9-1 against Cumberland Valley on Feb. 5, the Northern Bocce Ball team concluded the 2023- 24 season. The team’s overall record was 8-4 and conference record was 6-4.


Northern opened the season on Monday, Dec. 18 with a home match against the Central Dauphin H.S. Rams. Recording winning scores of 8-4 and 12-0 set the tone for a fun and successful season. Team members included: Sierra Ramsey, Lucas Maylock, Matthew Kreiger, Charles Whipple, Julianna Sprigg, Alana Beaty, Jackie Snyder and Natalee Maus. Head Coach Lauren Berry and Assistant Coach Marc Anderson were happy with the team’s effort and sportsmanship this year.


Additional results from the season: 12/18 vs. Central Dauphin, Northern won 8-4 and 12-0; 1/12 vs. East Penn, Northern won 10-3 and 9-2; 1/17 vs. Carlisle, Carlisle won 5-4 and 4-3; 1/22 vs. Red Land, Red Land won 7-1 and Northern won 5-4; 1/31 vs Cedar Cliff, Northern won 6-5 and Cedar Cliff won 10-0.

For the rest of the story, see the February 15, 2024 edition.

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