Hemp project enters next phase
NEWPORT – A Midstate industrial hemp research project is entering a vital phase.
Perry County Land & Cattle is one of 16 research projects approved by the state Agriculture Department in 2017.
They will see how its grass fed Black Angus might benefit from the hemp feed supplement. It tested at roughly 27 percent protein and is high in fiber.
The project involves six heifer calves. The barn yard is split in half by a fence.
Some of them will be fed hay and others will be fed the pressed hemp feed.
“So then we’re weighing every two weeks, and we’re doing this test for at least 12 weeks,” said Jeremiah Elsessor of Perry County Land & Cattle.
Perry County Land & Cattle will expand its industrial hemp research project with a larger plot this summer.
College buys shopping center
YORK – A popular shopping outlet has been sold to one of its neighbors: York College.
This month, the school finalized the sale of the Colonial Shopping Center on South George Street.
York College has told the center’s tenants to continue business as usual. School officials say there is no set timeline for any changes.
“The use of that property is really at this point in time undetermined,” said Mary Dolheimer, the assistant vice president of communications at York College.
“Within the next number of years, we’ll look at any opportunities that might present themselves, to look at the appropriate way to expand programs or opportunities for students.”
Restaurants, shops, a fitness club and a pharmacy are among the businesses at the site.
School officials tell ABC27 that a friend of the college also gave them the property adjacent to the center, which is the old site of a Tom’s Convenience Store.
They also say the acquisition is an opportunity for the school to partner with the York community.
The college says it is not releasing how much money it paid for the center.
LANCASTER – It may have been an unusual drawing of a theft suspect, but it produced the results police were looking for.
Lancaster police on Tuesday released a drawing of a person suspected of stealing money by posing as a vendor at Central Market. The cartoonish sketch was made by a witness.
A veteran investigator took a look at the drawing and it jogged his memory.
Police have identified the suspect as 44-year-old Hung Nguyen.
They’re still looking for him.
Man sentenced in murder
LANCASTER – A Lancaster man will serve the rest of his life in prison for a fatal shooting in the city more than two years ago.
Victor M. Tirado, 52, was sentenced Wednesday in Lancaster County Court. He was found guilty last week of first-degree murder for killing 21-year-old Rahdir Maxton.
Prosecutors said Tirado shot Maxton in the back of the head Sept. 9, 2015, in a parking lot in the 200 block of East Fulton Street.
His attorneys said he intends to appeal the jury’s verdict.
Worker fatally struck
HARRISBURG – An Etters man died after he was struck by a tractor-trailer at a Swatara Township trucking terminal where he was employed, police said.
Carl Hiester, 37, of Etters, was walking across a section of the Pitt Ohio parking lot, in the 5600 block of Grayson Road, when he was hit by the truck around 7:25 p.m. Tuesday.
Police said the driver is cooperating fully with the investigation.