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Sunday, June 16, 2013, 8:42 p.m.
 

HARRISBURG — A five-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Harrisburg has been reopened from a crash involving a wrong-way driver.

Officials closed all westbound lanes between mile markers 242 and 247 about 9:15 a.m. Sunday because of a three-vehicle collision. All lanes were reopened about five hours later.

State police said that the accident occurred when a car traveled eastbound on the westbound side of a bridge over the Susquehanna River.

The car collided with a tractor-trailer, which was then hit by another vehicle.

Police say one person was critically injured and two were taken to a hospital.

Police: 2 prisoners escapehalfway house during fire alarm

WERNERSVILLE — State police say two prisoners escaped from a halfway house in eastern Pennsylvania when someone pulled a fire alarm.

Authorities have issued warrants for 26-year-old Shaun Patrick Kubacki and 25-year-old Oscar Tim Robinson.

Police say the inmates left the Wernersville Community Corrections Center about 4 p.m. Saturday.

Kubacki had been incarcerated on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His last known address is in Reading.

Robinson had been in custody on charges of giving false identification to law enforcement. His last known address is in Harrisburg.

Philly girl hurt when roofer falls through ceiling

PHILADELPHIA — A man working on the roof of a Philadelphia apartment building fell through into one of the units, where a girl watching TV was hit by debris.

Police said the roofer landed on the couch and was not hurt.

They say the 12-year-old girl was taken to a hospital with possibly two broken fingers.

The mishap occurred on Saturday morning in northeast Philadelphia.

Police say the 60-year-old owner of the roofing company initially told authorities that he fell through into the apartment. However, investigators say it was actually a 38-year-old employee.

Police say company owner John Paul Kravchak, of Collingdale, was charged with making false reports to police. He declined to comment to WPVI-TV.

The city's Licenses and Inspections department is investigating.

Town remembers singer Jones

BEAVERTOWN— Family, fans and neighbors remembered former teen heartthrob Davy Jones with a concert and statue unveiling in central Pennsylvania.

A crowd gathered on Saturday for the celebration at the carnival grounds in Beavertown, about 120 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Jones' daughters Jessica and Annabel attended.

The lead singer of The Monkees had lived in the small Snyder County community for years because it reminded him of his native England.

Jones died of a heart attack last year at age 66.

At Saturday's event, sculptor Chuck LaMark displayed a prototype of a statue of Jones holding his signature tambourine.

WNEP-TV reported the final cast of the statue will be placed in a defunct church that Jones wanted to turn into a theater and museum. That conversion effort continues.

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