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Michael Bupp, The Sentinel 

Cedar Cliff’s Zack Gallagher competes in the boys 200 yard individual medley during the first day of the District 3 Swimming Championships on Friday at Cumberland Valley High School.

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Freezing rain Tuesday morning after Monday's snowfall in Cumberland County

What started out as snow Monday is expected to turn into an icy mess Tuesday morning across Cumberland County.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning Monday for Cumberland County that runs through 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The first part of that warning featured snow that started falling late Sunday night and eventually led most school districts to issue 2-hour delays Monday before eventually closing for the day. Forecasters said 2-3 inches fell across the county Monday morning with an expected 3-6 inches of snow Monday night, followed by freezing rain overnight into Tuesday morning.

The ABC27 forecast calls for freezing rain to develop just before sunrise Tuesday and it is expected to last until early afternoon before changing to rain. Before any changeover happens, several inches of snow will likely have fallen along with a glaze of ice on top, ABC27 Meteorologist Brett Thackara said. Tuesday morning travel is expected to be hazardous.

Travel likely won’t improve until after lunchtime Tuesday. Heavy rain is possible Tuesday evening and overnight before the storm exits early Wednesday.

Jason Malmont, The Sentinel 

A longhorn cow at Boiling Springs Longhorn Cattle Co. eats as she stands out in the snow on Monday afternoon. Snow, sleet and ice are expected overnight and could create hazardous driving conditions on Tuesday.

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5 Questions: Conway prepares to lead Dickinson Law

In January, Penn State’s Dickinson Law announced that Danielle Conway would take the reins as the new dean of the school on July 1.

Conway will replace Gary Gildin, who has served as dean since November 2016 after having served as the interim dean beginning in May 2013.

Conway, who is the dean and professor of law at the University of Maine School of Law, is an expert in public procurement law, entrepreneurship and intellectual property law. She joined Maine Law as dean in 2015 after serving for 14 years on the faculty of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, William S. Richardson School of Law.

Conway also retired in 2016 from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel after 27 years. She earned her juris doctor from Howard University School of Law.

Q. What attracted you to Penn State’s Dickinson Law?

A. The first characteristic of the school Conway noticed was that it has “an outstanding program of legal education” especially in relation to its size. Law schools around the country vary in size, but smaller schools like Dickinson Law allow professors to model professionalism by focusing on the importance and significance of relationships, ethics, discipline, commitment and integrity.

“When you have a commitment to a small cohort, what you are demonstrating is the significance of your relationships with those students, and what those students will take into practice is that same commitment to relationships with respect to their clients,” she said.

Conway said the next significant attraction to Dickinson Law was the depth of the school’s clinical legal education programming, again referencing that one-on-one attention to students to make them practice-ready.

Q. What do you see as challenges facing law schools or the legal profession in general?

A. The greatest issue the profession and the academy face is in how people in the larger community think about the role of lawyers and how they fit within the rule of law, Conway said. That extends to the question of whether or not the rule of law is applying to the greater or larger community.

“Lawyers and law schools have to double down on how we explain to the larger community the significance of the rule of law and how we govern our relationships. We have to double down on our community members understanding the importance of the rule of law to them, why the rule of law is still relevant and actually how fragile the concept of the rule of law is without a collective understanding of its importance in an organized, civilized society,” she said.

Q. How do you see Dickinson Law as it relates to the Carlisle community?

A. From what Conway has seen and experienced so far, she’s learned that Dickinson Law is an institution that has brought pride to the community.

“People know the Dickinson law community. They value it, and they respect it,” she said.

The reverence in Carlisle for the law school provides a template for how a law school and the legal profession itself should interact with, and intervene in, the community during a critical time period characterized by challenges to the rule of law, Conway said.

Conway said it’s a testament to the Dickinson Law community that, along with Dickinson College and the U.S. Army War College among other institutions, it provides “cartilage” to the hold the community together.

“I see that the Dickinson Law community has played a key role in the development of the larger Carlisle community,” Conway said.

Q. Dickinson Law is celebrating its 185th anniversary. What is it like to step into an institution with that kind of history behind it?

A. Conway is celebrating the past as she looks to the future of Dickinson Law.

“It provides a great opportunity and a privilege because the Dickinson Law experience has been an experience of service,” Conway said.

One of the great value propositions of the school is how it has served both the legal profession and the community. Conway said she approaches this 185th year celebration thinking about continuing to deliver this service that the school is known for.

She acknowledges that she is stepping into big shoes with respect to promoting the service mission of the legal academy and the legal profession, but that her experience in service leadership at the University of Maine helped her find and develop her voice as a service leader.

“I’m ready for the challenge,” she said.

Q. What is something about yourself that is interesting or fun for the Carlisle community to know?

Conway may have found her voice, but in violin teacher Dee Dee Oerhtmann, she’s met her match.

“I’m doing Suzuki violin with my son, and I’m absolutely afraid of his violin teacher,” Conway said.

A piano player herself, Conway said the Suzuki method requires a parent to attend lessons and to coach the child as they practice their instrument. Oehrtmann is “phenomenal,” Conway said, and holds the parent as accountable as the child.

“She is a perfectionist, a professional, and she’s about the only person that makes me shudder in my boots,” Conway said.

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Carlisle American Legion Shooting Trial: Suspect told family he welcomed his day in court

Within a few months of 30-year-old Daniel Harris being shot and killed inside the Haines Stackfield American Legion in Carlisle police began intercepting phone calls to and from the man they believed pulled the trigger.

For more than a month leading up to the indictment of Robert Anderson, 41, of Carlisle, for Harris’s murder, police listened in on Anderson’s calls.

“They coming straight for me,” Anderson was heard saying on one call. “Well, come at me with what you got.”

“They ain’t stopping until somebody’s locked up,” his son Sadeek Anderson responded.

Roughly two hours of phone conversations were played Monday in open court during Anderson’s trial.

Anderson is charged with first- and second-degree murder, two counts of criminal homicide, felony possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and misdemeanor reckless endangerment, according to court records.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Anderson could face the death penalty.

Harris was shot multiple times inside the American Legion on West Penn Street in Carlisle around 12:45 a.m. June 11, 2016.

Most of the phone conversations played in court Monday involved Anderson speaking with family members about the investigation into the trial, but absent from the recordings was a confession from Anderson.

In one conversation with his girlfriend Jennifer Crespo, Anderson was heard getting angry and telling Crespo that she hurt his alibi.

However, in many instances Anderson said he welcomed a trial if he were to be charged.

“You want to take to trial for something like that, let’s go,” he said. “… The truth shall set you free.”

Several of the calls reference a grand jury investigation into Harris’s death and a prior grand jury investigation into shootings in Carlisle.

In one of those incidents, Anderson was shot multiple times. Harris was believed to be the shooter.

Carlisle Police K9 Officer Jeffrey Kurtz, who is the department’s officer in charge of wiretaps, was on the stand as the recordings were played Monday.

During cross examination, defense attorney Heidi Eakin questioned Kurtz about the firearm used to kill Harris.

That gun was recovered by Philadelphia Police in September 2016 in the possession of Khalil Williams, who Kurtz said was known to come to Carlisle and sell drugs.

Williams was questioned by Carlisle Police, but Kurtz said he had already been ruled out as a suspect.

“The man who had the murder weapon was not a suspect?” Eakin asked.

“That’s correct,” Kurtz responded.

The gun, a 40-caliber Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun, was found during a traffic stop and matched shell casings found at the scene of Harris’s killing.

Williams is in prison on charges arising from that stop and is awaiting trial in a murder case in Philadelphia that occurred a little more than a month after the shooting at the American Legion, according to court records.

Williams was arrested while driving a silver Pontiac Grand Prix.

Eakin showed surveillance video from the night of Harris’s killing showing a silver Pontiac-style sedan driving through Carlisle.

When questioned, Kurtz said he had not been aware of that video.

Anderson’s trial is expected to continue Tuesday and last several more days.