School bus crash injures 11 students

11 Perry County students suffered minor injuries when their school bus collided with a pickup truck Monday morning.(

A Monday morning accident involving a West Perry School District bus and a pickup truck sent 11 students to the hospital with minor injuries, state police said.

The drivers of the bus and truck weren’t injured in the 7:20 a.m. collision at Erly and Church roads in Centre Township, Trooper Brent Miller said.

The accident remains under investigation, he said.

Man involved in standoff with cops to face charges: Police
Standoff in 5900 block of Larue Street in Lower Paxton Township May 18, 2018.

Charges are pending against a man who was involved in a standoff with Lower Paxton Township police Friday.

Police were called to the 5900 block of Larue Street at 12:05 p.m. Friday for a report of a man who was suicidal and possibly had a gun.

The man had a mental health issue, and is currently undergoing psychiatric care, said Sgt. Tim Hicks of Lower Paxton Township police.

"There is a pending arrest warrant for him, which will be served once he completes his psychiatric care. Once he is arrested, more details, including his name, will be released," Hicks said.

The man’s estranged wife reported she had been on the phone with the man, that he threatened to harm himself and that she heard what sounded like a gunshot.

After police and the SERT team arrived, the man told them he wanted to harm himself, and barricaded himself inside the home.

Police said they believed the man was armed and that he was throwing things out the window of the home, including ammunition.

The man surrendered around 6:30 p.m., and no one was hurt during the incident.

Brutal beating of 62-year-old man leads to state prison term for 23-year-old attacker
(Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office)

A Columbia man will serve up to a decade in prison for brutally attacking a 62-year-old man last year – which a prosecutor called an assault on the security of the entire Columbia community.

Shakim N. McIlwain, 23, was with a group of people who were being loud on Walnut Street at 3 a.m. on Sept. 3, 2017. McIlwain beat a man who came out of his home and asked the group to move along.

The victim sustained facial fractures and permanent injury to his right eye.

Lancaster County Judge Donald Totaro ordered McIlwain serve 4 to 10 years in prison. Judge Totaro said the victim now feels trapped in his own home, where he has lived for 35 years.

Judge Totaro called McIlwain a danger to society.

Assistant District Attorney Ande Gonzalez, who won the trial conviction, called the beating an assault on the safety and security of everyone in Columbia. Others with McIlwain also took part in beating the man.

Gonzalez noted that after the initial group assault, McIlwain returned and beat the injured man even further.

The judge called it appalling that McIlwain would have returned as the victim was injured and cowering on the ground.

One of the other individuals – 22-year-old Randy Cornell Howard – left a cellphone at the scene, which the victim’s wife recovered and turned over to police. A witness also provided police with license plate information regarding the vehicle that fled the scene – leading to McIlwain.

Howard is also charged. His case is pending.

At trial in March, McIlwain was convicted of aggravated assault, conspiracy, and related counts.

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