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Police: Trooper fires gun after police pursuit involving Shippensburg man

An 18-year-old Shippensburg man faces charges after police said he led them on a police pursuit and accelerated at officers, one of whom fired a weapon at his vehicle early Sunday morning.

State Police at Carlisle said troopers at 1:24 a.m. Sunday attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck on Route 696 in Southampton Township after they believed the driver—Logan Matthew Shauf—was impaired, given the traffic offenses.

Shauf, however, fled troopers, leading them on a pursuit that was several miles long and went through Southampton and North Newton townships, police said. Shauf reached speeds in excess of 100 mph and failed to obey stop signs and traffic control devices, according to police.

While fleeing police, Shauf ran a stop sign at the “t” intersection of Vaughn Road and Running Pump Road in North Newton, and hit the side of a house, police said.

He continued to flee north on Running Pump Road, went through another “t” intersection at Greenspring Road without stopping and crashed into a wire fence, entering a field, according to police.

The pick-up truck became temporarily disabled in the field, police said, so troopers approached the vehicle intending to apprehend Shauf. As they approached, the wheels of the vehicle kept spinning, getting entangled in the wire, but Shauf was able to accelerate toward the officers, according to police.

A trooper fired his weapon in an effort to stop him before he was “violently” swept off his feet by the fence wire attached to the pick-up, police said. Another trooper was struck by wire fencing and flying wooden fence posts.

Shauf was able to exit the field but crashed into trees a short distance away near Mountain Road, according to police. He was taken into custody by responding troopers, who detected signs of alcohol impairment.

Police said Shauf was taken to Cumberland County Booking and charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, fleeing police, recklessly endangering another person, DUI and associated traffic offenses. Docket information was not available Sunday.

Both troopers were treated at Carlisle Regional Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries and have been released, according to police.

State Police at Harrisburg’s Criminal Investigation Unit is investigating the incident.

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Amani Festival marks Cinco de Mayo in Carlisle

There are changes in store for the largest-yet Amani Festival.

Now in its 19th year, the festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 5.

Though the theme “Cinco de Mayo 2018” plays up the Mexican cultural aspect of this year’s date, the festival features aspects of a variety of cultures in its mission to bring all walks of life and backgrounds together for a day of peace.

Tanis Monroy, chairman of the Amani Committee, said there are 90 participants in this year’s festival including community services, food vendors, artists and others displaying a message or a product for the day.

The festival is also taking advantage of a new downtown addition to enhance the mainstage music experience. The stage has been moved from the square to the area of North Pitt Street near the recently dedicated Vale-Himes Park next to the Cumberland County Historical Society.

The beer and wine garden featuring Market Cross Pub and Castlerigg Wine Shop will be held in the pocket park, Monroy said. That will allow festival-goers to enjoy their drinks while listening to the music.

Los Monstros will headline the mainstage with performances by John Byrne Band, Phyllis Chapell, Shrimp Ryan’s Jig Band, New Kids Old Cars and the Flat Wheels. Also performing will be REACH, Lamberton Middle School, Chinese Cultural Institute, Dwennimmen, Luna Nova Belly Dance and McGinley Irish Dancers.

Performing in front of the Carlisle Theatre will be Brahman Noodles and students from Carlisle High School.

A new attraction, Pet Paths and Beyond, will be set up near the square to celebrate the area’s agricultural heritage and to raise awareness about local shelters and services for animals. Local goat and alpaca farmers will also be on hand to share information about raising the animals.

“The goal is to attract more families and even people who would like to buy a farm animal or two,” Monroy said.

Children’s Alley has moved to West High Street near Bosler Memorial Library to allow the library to play a larger role in the children’s activities. Monroy said there are 15 participants in Children’s Alley this year who will offer opportunities for dancing, cooking, reading and more.

Monroy credited Giant Food Stores for its key sponsorship of the festival in providing not only funding but also volunteers and samples of foods from around the world.

“Without them, we wouldn’t have the festival,” Monroy said.

The Amani Committee that starts its work each June to organize the festival is also key to the strength of the event. The group listens to public opinion, encourages feedback and gathers ideas throughout the year for the event.

“The Amani group really enjoys doing this. We still have volunteers who were part of the very first one. We have a group of volunteers who really love the mission of showcasing the diversity and culture we have here in Pennsylvania,” Monroy said.

The festival is special to Monroy, who grew up in Carlisle and remembers the festival from years back.

“For me, it’s a dream come true to see it going,” he said.

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Groups to host candidate forum Tuesday in Carlisle

As of Thursday, 28 candidates are scheduled to appear in the Cumberland County Candidate Forum Tuesday in Carlisle.

The forum is sponsored by the Cumberland 9/12 Project, Conservative Christian Center and Cumberland County ACTION and features candidates from races that will affect county voters.

The three organizations are conservative-leaning, but the request for attendance was sent out to candidates in both political parties. Most of those who will be in attendance Tuesday are Republicans.

The groups invited candidates who are running in the May 15 primary for governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. Senate, 10th Congressional District, 13th Congressional District, 30th Senatorial District, 87th Legislative District, 88th Legislative District, 92nd Legislative District, 193rd Legislative District and 199th Legislative District.

Candidates who have confirmed their attendance are:

  • Governor: Republican Paul Mango by surrogate
  • Lieutenant governor: Republicans Peg Luksik, Kathy Coder and Diana Irey Vaughan
  • 10th Congressional District: Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Perry
  • 13th Congressional District: Republicans Rep. Stephen Bloom, Sen. John Eichelberger, Art Halvorson, Benjamin Hornberger, John Joyce, Doug Mastriano, Travis Schooley and Bernie Washabaugh II
  • U.S. Senate: Republican Jim Christiana
  • 30th Senatorial District: Republicans Judith Ward and Daniel Kiss
  • 87th Legislative District: Republican Rep. Greg Rothman
  • 88th Legislative District: Republican Rep. Sheryl Delozier and Democrat Jean Marie Vargas Foschi
  • 92nd Legislative District: Republicans Rep. Dawn Keefer and Joshua Hershey
  • 193rd Legislative District: Republicans John Wardle, Torren Ecker, Andrew Myers and Barry Cockley
  • 199th Legislative District: Democrat Sherwood McGinnis and Republicans Barbara Gleim and Jason Kelso

The forum will start with a “meet and greet” at 6:30 p.m. The forum will run from 7 to 9 p.m. at Carlisle Fire & Rescue, 177 Carlisle Spring Road, Carlisle. It will be moderated by Ken Matthews of WHP-580 News Radio.

Written questions will be taken from the audience and given to Matthews. Candidates have submitted answers to a survey, and their answers will be published online by the sponsoring groups.

A straw poll will also be held to determine what the audience thought of the candidates and their choices for the seats.

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Teen of the Week: Boiling Springs senior charts course to nursing career

Boiling Springs High School senior Brianna Metzger never wavered from her answer to the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

“I told my mom when I was 3 that I wanted to be a cheerleader and I wanted to be a nurse,” Metzger said.

The cheerleading came first for the daughter of Brian and Heather Metzger. Not long after making her announcement, Metzger signed up for cheerleading, and has been cheering ever since. She was the senior captain of the varsity cheerleading team this year.

But, it’s the interest in nursing that has driven much of Metzger’s activity through high school despite a significant medical setback during her freshman year, one that she only mentions with some hesitation.

Metzger missed more than two months of the fall of her freshman year after being diagnosed with chronic migraines.

“For a few weeks, I couldn’t watch TV, couldn’t have the lights on in my house. Loud sounds bothered me. The doctors really couldn’t figure out why they started,” she said.

Tutors came to her house to keep her on schedule, and she returned to school for only a block a day at first while building up to half days on the way to full days, all the while wearing “big, goofy sunglasses” to prevent the fluorescent lights from triggering a migraine.

And she maintained honor roll status through it all.

“I didn’t want pity from people. I just wanted people to understand what I was going through, not to feel bad for me. … I didn’t want treated any differently than I had been before or that I would be after,” she said.

Looking back on that fall when she missed her first homecoming, her friends and her first fall season of cheerleading, Metzger knows it was a low point. Then she looks at all of the things she accomplished after those months and knows that it really didn’t keep her from doing what she loved.

“I started volunteering for firefighters as soon as I was allowed at 14. And then, as soon as I turned 16, I was going to take my EMT. I’ve just really been trying to get as much experience in the medical field and nursing that I can,” Metzger said.

She was the youngest in her class when she earned her EMT certification during her sophomore year, and was named the 2014 Junior Firefighter of the Year by the Cumberland County Volunteer Firefighters Association during her first year as a junior firefighter.

Participating in Geisinger Holy Spirit’s Health Care Exploration Program was a significant experience in Metzger’s road to nursing. The selective program allowed students to visit various departments at the hospital for an hour to 90 minutes each day.

“It wasn’t just the emergency room or the surgery floors. It was even behind the scenes,” she said. “It really showed the whole hospital experience, even the things you don’t get to see if you were just walking through a hospital.”

Trauma nursing came into focus during Metzger’s junior year when she volunteered in the emergency room at UPMC Pinnacle Carlisle. She did routine tasks like labeling biohazard bags or cleaning patient rooms, but was able to see a lot of what happens in the ER.

“The whole time I was in there I just had this feeling like I know this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. It just felt right,” she said.

Metzger hopes to take all of this experience to college at Bloomsburg University, and then on to working in the intensive care unit or emergency room at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. After working for a few years, she plans to study for an advanced degree as a nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist or a similar higher level nursing degree.

That she was drawn to the medical field may not be a surprise since her mother is a nurse practitioner and her father is an EMT.

“I’ve always grown up around emergency services and health care. They never pushed me towards that, but I can never picture myself doing anything else because it’s kind of all I’ve ever known,” she said.