Friday, July 20, 2018

New state law potentially pits transparency against school safety

"It does not give school boards unfettered discretion to discuss everything behind closed doors," said Melissa Melewski, media law counsel for the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.


Police seek homicide suspect described as "Armed and Dangerous"

Police were called to a late night shooting at the Lincoln West Apartments in West Hempfield Township last evening just before 11:30 pm.  Officers from West Hempfield, East Hempfield and Manor Township along with Columbia Borough responded and upon arrival found a 48-year-old female deceased from gunshot wounds.  Witnesses reported hearing 3 to 4 gunshots before seeing the female on the ground.  Police were also advised that a suspect entered a red Ford SUV and was last seen heading east on Columbia Avenue.
During the investigation, police determined that the killing was domestic related and that the male shooter and the deceased had not been together since 2016.  Police have identified the suspect as 55 year old Dawood Al-Barwari, AKA Dawood M. Dawood.  He is 65" in height and medium build with black hair and brown eyes.  He wears glasses and has facial hair, possibly more than what the photo shows.  Al-Barwari drives a 2011 red Ford Edge bearing PA registration KBV8885.  Suspect is from Iraq and walks with a limp from an injury he received while fight for Iraqi military.
Anyone knowing his whereabouts should contact their local police immediately.  He should be considered armed and dangerous as the weapon has not he recovered.  At the time of this release Officers from West Hempfield Township were preparing homicide charges against Dawood.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the West Hempfield Township Police Department at 717-285-5191 or 1-800-957-2677.
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All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Police want to know if you can ID the man in these photos

The Columbia Borough Police is investigating several thefts in the area. We need the communities assistance in identifying the male pictured. Please contact Officer Austin Miller if you have any information. 1-800-957-2677
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Columbia Borough Fire Department sets the record straight about viral video

New mural celebrating Columbia history is installed at 301 Locust

A new mural was installed this morning on the back of the former Jack Horner building at 301 Locust Street. The 10' x 20' mural was designed by Columbia artist Jerry Musser and is based on a 1726 Columbia National Bank note. Musser's wife, Janette, and Ophelia Chambliss, painted the design on pieces of fabric at another location before bringing it to the installation site. The finished mural was then fastened to the building's surface. The undertaking, which was carried out by the artists and lift operator Flaco, took several hours to complete.

Flaco gives a thumbs for the successful completion of the project.