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Pennsylvania State Police Reminds Motorists to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this Holiday Season

PublishDate: 12/12/2017 9:30 AM
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NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12, 2017
 
 
Harrisburg, PA – With the festive holiday party season in full swing, the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) is teaming up with 10,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide to participate in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” impaired driving enforcement campaign from Dec. 13 to Dec. 31, 2017.
 
Troopers will participate in dedicated DUI patrols and checkpoints to identify and arrest impaired drivers, with the goal of ensuring everyone on the road makes it to their destinations safely. In addition, certified drug recognition experts — troopers who have received specialized training to distinguish the physiological signs of impairment caused by a wide range of controlled substances — will be on the lookout for drivers who are impaired by drugs other than, or in addition to, alcohol.
 
“No matter where your holiday celebrations take you, it is important to plan ahead for a safe way home and to never get behind the wheel impaired,” said Major Edward Hoke, director, Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Patrol. “Don’t put yourself, your passengers, or others at risk by making the decision to drink and drive.”
 
According to the NHTSA, 37,461 people nationwide were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2016. Twenty-eight percent (10,947) of those fatalities involved a driver who had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the legal limit of .08. In Pennsylvania, PennDOT data shows that 297 people died in alcohol related crashes in 2016. Alcohol was a factor in 25 percent of traffic fatalities in Pennsylvania last year.
 
“Driving under the influence has serious consequences that State Police and our local law enforcement partners see every day, which is why we have adopted a zero-tolerance approach to DUI enforcement.” Major Hoke said. “If you drive impaired, you will be pulled over and you will be arrested.”
 
Criminal penalties for a DUI conviction in Pennsylvania vary based on several factors, but may include thousands of dollars in fines, a license suspension, and even prison time.
 
To help people make it home from their holiday celebrations safely, the NHTSA created the SaferRide smartphone app. Once installed, the app can be used to quickly pinpoint the user’s location and call a taxi or trusted friend for a ride home. The app is free and available for Android and Apple devices.
 
For more information about the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Ryan Tarkowski, 717-783-5556
 
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Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Celebrates Grand Opening of Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store in Newtown, Bucks County

PublishDate: 12/7/2017 5:00 PM
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​Television personalities Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe help cut the ribbon, meet fans

Newtown – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today welcomed local officials, the public, and television competition show personalities Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe to the grand opening of a new Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store at 212 S. State St., Newtown, Bucks County.

Warwick and Lythgoe helped cut the ribbon on the new store, which is one of the largest branded stores in Pennsylvania. Its 13,000 square feet feature more than 4,250 wines and spirits, including Premium Collection luxury items and Chairman’s Selection® wines, which are select, highly rated wines at significant savings over nationally quoted prices. The store also features a wine specialist, who is specially trained to help customers select the perfect wine for every occasion.

The store offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere for consumers to browse the extensive selection and taste featured wine and spirits. The focal point is a center table, where customers can find staff to answer questions or provide individualized recommendations. The center table, which includes a tasting bar, also provides space for highlighting promotional items and a collection of educational materials for customers such as:

• Answers to frequently asked questions about wine and spirits
• A vintage chart
• A food pairing outline
• Party planning guide
• Calorie chart
• Tips for responsible hosting and consumption

The new store has a “Made in Pennsylvania” section to highlight wine and spirits produced in the commonwealth. Also, this store features Pennsylvania Lottery ticket sales.

Throughout design and construction, the PLCB was committed to developing a store that is attractive and environmentally responsible. The majority of the store’s lighting is state-of-the-art LED or energy-efficient compact-fluorescent lighting, using a fraction of the energy of traditional lighting.

This new Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store will be open from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM Monday through Saturday and from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Sundays. The phone number of the store is 215.968.4161.

The Fine Wine & Good Spirits store at 10 W. Centre Ave., Newtown, is now closed.

Warwick and Lythgoe met and greeted fans who purchased their Fat Monk wines. Warwick and Lythgoe created and produced some of the best-known competition shows on television, including “American Idol,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” and “America’s Got Talent.” They met as schoolmates in Liverpool, England, and a friendship blossomed. Both young men loved to entertain and, as they grew into adulthood, this shared passion led to careers that often intersected, first as dancers, then as choreographers, and, finally, as producers of entertainment enjoyed by millions of people all over the world. In 2004, a casual dinner sparked an interest in the Paso Robles (Calif.) AVA that would grow into a love affair with wine. Just one year later, they purchased a 168-acre property near San Miguel, Calif., and created Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery (which produces Fat Monk wines).

 
The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Brassell, 717.919.1905
 
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Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe to Participate in Grand Opening of Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store in Newtown, Bucks County

PublishDate: 12/5/2017 2:00 PM
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Television personalities will help cut the ribbon, meet fans

Newtown – Television show creators Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe will help the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board celebrate the grand opening of a new Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store at 4:00 PM on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 212 S. State St., Newtown, Bucks County.

Warwick and Lythgoe will help cut the ribbon, then remain in the store to meet and greet fans who purchase their Fat Monk wines.

Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe created and produced some of the best-known competition shows on television, including “American Idol,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” and “America’s Got Talent.” They met as schoolmates in Liverpool, England, and a friendship blossomed. Both young men loved to entertain and, as they grew into adulthood, this shared passion led to careers that often intersected, first as dancers, then as choreographers, and, finally, as producers of entertainment enjoyed by millions of people all over the world.

In 2004, a casual dinner sparked an interest in the Paso Robles (Calif.) AVA that would grow into a love affair with wine. Just one year later, they purchased a 168-acre property near San Miguel, Calif., and created Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery, which produces Fat Monk wines.

Customers are advised that they must present both a bottle of Fat Monk wine and a valid receipt indicating the purchase was made at the Newtown Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store to participate in the meet-and-greet event.

Tastings of Fat Monk wines will be held during the meet-and-greet for those 21 years of age and older, and light snacks will be available.

This Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store offers consumers a completely new shopping experience with an expanded floor plan, one of the largest selections of wine and spirits in the state, and a central service point with a tasting bar. It will be one of the largest branded Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores in Pennsylvania.

WHAT: The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board will celebrate the grand opening of a Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store with special guests Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick

WHEN: 4:00 PM, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

WHERE: Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store, 212 S. State St., Newtown, PA 18940

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Brassell, 717.783.8864

EDITOR’S NOTE: In-store media access will be limited to pre-authorized credentialed media and professional photographers. Media interested in covering this event must contact Elizabeth Brassell in advance.

 
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Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Celebrates Grand Re-Opening of Fine Wine & Good Spirits Store in Lansdale, Montgomery County

PublishDate: 11/30/2017 4:00 PM
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​Lansdale – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today welcomed local officials and the public to the grand re-opening of a renovated and expanded Fine Wine & Good Spirits store at Hillcrest Shopping Center, 644 E. Main St., Lansdale, Montgomery County.

With more than 6,700 square feet of space, this store features almost 2,700 wines and spirits, including the popular Chairman’s Advantage® products, which are hand-selected, highly rated wines available for less than $10 a bottle. This store, which temporarily closed on July 22, grew by more than 1,000 square feet and now includes hundreds of products not in the old store.

The remodeled Fine Wine & Good Spirits store offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere for consumers to browse the extensive selection. The focal point of the store is the center table, where customers can find staff to answer questions or provide recommendations. The center table provides counters for highlighting promotional items and educational materials for customers such as:

• Answers to frequently asked questions about wine and spirits
• A vintage chart
• A food pairing outline
• A party planning guide
• A calorie chart
• Tips for responsible hosting and consumption

The store has a “Made in Pennsylvania” section to highlight wines and spirits produced in the commonwealth. Also, this store features Pennsylvania Lottery ticket sales.
 
Throughout design and construction, the PLCB was committed to developing a store that is attractive and environmentally responsible. Most store lighting is state-of-the-art LED or energy-efficient compact-fluorescent lighting, which uses a fraction of the energy of traditional lighting.
 
The Hillcrest Shopping Center Fine Wine & Good Spirits store will be open from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday through Saturday and from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM Sunday. The store phone number is 215.361.2339. To find additional store locations and hours, visit www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com.
 
The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.303.8522
 
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Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Introduces New Licensee Compliance Program

PublishDate: 11/30/2017 10:25 AM
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Retail licensees encouraged to review, abide by license requirements to avoid suspension

Harrisburg – Under new authority granted to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) by Act 44 of 2017, the PLCB today announced its Licensee Compliance Program, through which the agency will educate licensees about existing license requirements and suspend the license privileges of licensees who fail to meet those requirements.

Act 44 newly authorizes the PLCB to immediately take away a licensed establishment’s ability to sell and serve alcohol when PLCB analysts find that a licensee doesn’t meet existing requirements in law or regulation related to seating, food, square footage, rooms, and health license authority. Previously, the PLCB had no enforcement authority and was limited to objecting to licenses when they came up for renewal.

“While our new ability to suspend licensees’ operating privileges became effective earlier this month, we know how important it is to educate licensees about what is expected of them and explain how the PLCB will approach complaints and suspensions,” said PLCB Chairman Tim Holden. “We’ve developed a number of resources and fact sheets to help licensees and their communities understand license requirements and the consequences of not abiding by those requirements.”

While Act 44’s new authorities for the PLCB were primarily driven by an interest in addressing so-called stop-n-gos in the Philadelphia area, the PLCB has established Licensee Compliance Program policies and procedures that will be followed uniformly across the commonwealth.

The PLCB has developed a website, www.lcb.pa.gov/licenseecompliance, that features a number of resources explaining the Licensee Compliance Program to licensees and the public.  Fact sheets detail the following:

  • The kinds of license compliance issues the PLCB will investigate;
  • License requirements for various license types;
  • What kinds and amounts of food are sufficient for restaurant and eating place licensees;
  • The process by which the PLCB will collect complaints, pursue investigations, and suspend operating privileges; and
  • Licensees’ appeal rights.

Licensees are being directly informed of the Licensee Compliance Program by email, and the PLCB is distributing information about the new program to various industry and community groups to spread awareness.

In order to allow licensees time to understand and come into compliance with license requirements, the PLCB will begin investigating license compliance complaints in January 2018.

At that time, the PLCB will begin unannounced on-site investigations of licensees about which the agency has received complaints.

Residents are encouraged to visit www.lcb.pa.gov/licenseecompliance to review the kinds of complaints the PLCB can address and report license deficiencies to RA-LBCompliance@pa.gov.

When the PLCB finds a deficiency as a result of an on-site inspection, the investigator will notify the licensee of the deficiency or problem and suspend operating privileges. The licensee will then have the opportunity to resolve the issue to regain operating privileges upon re-inspection. In cases where the PLCB refuses to reinstate operating privileges because of a continued or unaddressed deficiency, the licensee may request a hearing before Commonwealth Court.

:It is our sincere hope that licensees who are good community partners will take this opportunity to self-assess and ensure compliance with license requirements,” said Holden. “Those that don’t will face consequences and will lose their license privileges.”

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.​

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Brassell, 717.783-8864

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State Police Announces Thanksgiving Holiday Enforcement Results

PublishDate: 11/28/2017 3:00 PM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 28, 2017
 
Troopers make more DUI arrests, investigate fewer fatal crashes compared to 2016
 
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania State Police investigated 981 crashes during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday driving period from Nov. 22 through Nov. 26, 2017. The total represents an increase of 5.4 percent compared to the 931 crashes investigated during the Thanksgiving holiday driving period in 2016.
 
Of the 981 crashes investigated, 85 were alcohol related, 209 people were injured, and four people were killed. One of the four fatal crashes involved alcohol. During the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday driving period, six people lost their lives in crashes investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police.
 
Troopers made 629 DUI arrests over the long holiday weekend, up from 610 in 2016. They also issued 15,912 speeding citations, 1,125 citations for failing to wear a seat belt, and 172 citations to drivers for not securing children in safety seats.
 
These statistics cover only those incidents investigated by state police and do not include statistics on incidents to which other law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania responded.
 
CRASH DATA
Total Crashes
Fatal Crashes
People Killed
People Injured
Alcohol-Related Crashes
Alcohol-Related Fatal Crashes
2016
931
6
6
271
61
2
2017
981
4
4
209
85
1
ENFORCEMENT DATA
DUI Arrests
Speeding Citations
Child Seat Citations
Seat Belt Citations
Other Citations
2016
610
13,941
183
1,264
13,790
2017
629
15,912
172
1,125
15,211
 
Crash and enforcement data by troop is available here.
 
As the holiday season continues, drivers are encouraged to download the SaferRide app. Developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the app provides a simple interface to call a taxi or a trusted friend for a ride if you have had too much to drink.
 
For more information about the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov.
 
MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Tarkowski or Corporal Adam Reed, 717-783-5556
 
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​Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Announces Extended Holiday Hours at Fine Wine & Good Spirits Stores Statewide

PublishDate: 11/21/2017 1:25 PM
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Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today announced that most Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores across the commonwealth will open for extended hours during the upcoming holiday season, to provide customers additional shopping opportunities and convenience.

Through December, Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores will adjust their hours to accommodate customer demand. Many will open earlier and remain open later. Stores in rural communities will open on days they may typically be closed.

People are encouraged to check the hours of local stores by visiting www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com, which will be updated daily, or downloading the Fine Wine & Good Spirits apps for iPhones and Android phones.

Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores will be open on Christmas Eve (Sunday, Dec. 24), with all stores closing by 6 p.m. On New Year’s Eve (Sunday, Dec. 31), most stores will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

All Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day 2018.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.783.8864

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Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Celebrates Grand Opening of Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store at Capital City Mall, Camp Hill, Cumberland County

PublishDate: 11/17/2017 2:00 PM
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​Kathie Lee Gifford helps cut the ribbon, meets and greets fans

Camp Hill – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today welcomed local officials, the public, and “TODAY” show host Kathie Lee Gifford to the grand opening of a new Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store at the Capital City Mall, Camp Hill, Cumberland County.
Gifford helped cut the ribbon on the branded store, which is one of the largest in Pennsylvania. Its 11,600 square feet feature more than 4,400 wines and spirits, including Premium Collection luxury items and Chairman’s Selection® wines, which are select, highly rated wines at significant savings over nationally quoted prices. The store also features a wine specialist, who is specially trained to help customers select the perfect wine for every occasion.
The store offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere for consumers to browse the extensive selection and taste featured wine and spirits. The focal point is a center table, where customers can find staff to answer questions or provide individualized recommendations. The center table, which includes a tasting bar, also provides space for highlighting promotional items and a collection of educational materials for customers such as:
• Answers to frequently asked questions about wine and spirits
• A vintage chart
• A food pairing outline
• Party planning guide
• Calorie chart
• Tips for responsible hosting and consumption
 
The new store has a “Made in Pennsylvania” section to highlight wine and spirits produced in the commonwealth. Also, this store features Pennsylvania Lottery ticket sales.
Throughout design and construction, the PLCB was committed to developing a store that is attractive and environmentally responsible. The majority of the store’s lighting is state-of-the-art LED or energy-efficient compact-fluorescent lighting, using a fraction of the energy of traditional lighting.
This new Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store will be open from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM Monday through Saturday and from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Sundays. The phone number of the store is 717.730.2011.
The Fine Wine & Good Spirits store at 3441 Simpson Ferry Rd., Camp Hill, is now closed.
Gifford met and greeted fans who purchased her GIFFT wines. She is the three-time Emmy-winning co-host of the fourth hour of “TODAY” on NBC. Prior to that, she was co-host of “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee” for 15 years. A playwright, producer, singer, songwriter, author, actress, and philanthropist, Gifford has starred in numerous television programs and movies in her 50-year career. In 2014 she launched GIFFT in partnership with Scheid Family Wines in Monterey, Calif. They have four award-winning wines in the GIFFT family: Pinot Grigio, Red Blend, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir Rosé.
The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.
MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.303.8522
 
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​Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Names Top Bidders in Fourth Restaurant License Auction

PublishDate: 11/16/2017 4:30 PM
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Harrisburg – Following validation of 106 qualified bids received by the Nov. 9 deadline for the fourth restaurant license auction authorized by Act 39 of 2016, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) this week is issuing Notices of Selection to top bidders on 41 licenses.

Winning bids range from $25,605 for a license in Johnsonburg, Elk County, to $351,502 for a license in Lower Pottsgrove Township, Montgomery County. The average winning bid in the fourth auction was $120,490.

The number of bids received for each of the 41 licenses receiving bids ranged from one to six.

Nine licenses – one each in Armstrong, Bradford, Clarion, Crawford, Fayette, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland counties – received no bids.

Winning bids and bidders are posted to the PLCB restaurant license auction web page.

Top bidders have 14 days from the date of each Notice of Selection to remit full bid payment to the PLCB. If bid payment is not received within two weeks of auction award, the second-highest bidder will have opportunity to remit its full bid payment.

Once bid payment is received, each auction winner has six months to file a license application with the PLCB. Bids will be held in escrow by the PLCB, pending approval of the license application.

Revenue from this auction cannot be totaled until license approvals are granted and bids come out of escrow.

This auction included 50 licenses across 40 counties:

  • Two licenses each in the following counties: Allegheny, Berks, Dauphin, Erie, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, and Philadelphia.
  • One license in each of the following 30 counties: Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Delaware, Elk, Fayette, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Northumberland, Pike, Washington, Westmoreland, Wyoming, and York.

Statewide, about 1,200 licenses that have expired since 2000 are being made available through auctions.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.783.8864

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Pennsylvania Fine Wine & Good Spirits Stores Celebrate Nov. 16 Beaujolais Nouveau Day with Sale, Tasting Events

PublishDate: 11/15/2017 1:00 PM
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​Harrisburg – It’s the week before Thanksgiving, and the celebration of this most American of holidays means it’s time for Beaujolais Nouveau, the fruity red French wine that pairs perfectly with the traditional turkey dinner.

Beginning Nov. 16 – per French law, Beaujolais Nouveau is released no earlier than the third Thursday of November – Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau will be available for sale in select Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores for $11.99 for a 750mL bottle.

Across Pennsylvania, all Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection stores will hold tastings of Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau on Nov. 16 between 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM for those 21 years of age and over.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day has become a world-wide celebration, as wine lovers gather to sample the first taste of the year’s wine and begin the holiday season. Fresh, soft Beaujolais Nouveau is a perfect complement not only to Thanksgiving dinner but also for other holiday fare.

The wine, made from Gamay grapes in France’s Beaujolais region, is fermented for just a few weeks before being released for sale. Grapes are harvested by hand, and a lack of barrel aging allows the young wine to retain much of its light, fruity flavor.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn Kelly, 717.783.8864
 
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​Kathie Lee Gifford to Participate in Grand Opening of Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store in Capital City Mall, Camp Hill

PublishDate: 11/14/2017 9:00 AM
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Television personality will help cut the ribbon, meet and greet fans

Harrisburg – Television personality Kathie Lee Gifford will help the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board celebrate the grand opening of a new Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store at 4:00 PM on Friday, Nov. 17, at the Capital City Mall, Camp Hill, Cumberland County.

Gifford will help cut the ribbon, then remain in the store to meet and greet fans who purchase her GIFFT wines. 

Gifford is the three-time Emmy-winning co-host of the fourth hour of “TODAY” on NBC. Prior to that, she was co-host of “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee” for 15 years. A playwright, producer, singer, songwriter, author, actress, and philanthropist, Gifford starred in numerous television programs and movies in her 50-year career. 

In 2014 she launched GIFFT in partnership with Scheid Family Wines in Monterey, Calif. They have four award-winning wines in the GIFFT family: Pinot Grigio, Red Blend, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir Rosé.

Customers are advised that they must present both a bottle of GIFFT wine and a valid receipt indicating the purchase was made at the Capital Mall Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store to participate in the meet-and-greet event. Bottles will be available for sale before the event, including during the store’s soft opening on Thursday, Nov. 16. Customers who purchase a bottle on Thursday, Nov. 16, must bring both the bottle and the receipt back to the store to participate in the meet-and-greet event on Friday, Nov. 17.

Tastings of GIFFT wines will be held during the meet-and-greet for those 21 years of age and older, and light snacks will be available.

This Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store offers consumers a completely new shopping experience with an expanded floor plan, one of the largest selections of wine and spirits in the state, and a central service point with a tasting bar. It will be one of the largest Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores in Pennsylvania.

WHAT: The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board will celebrate the grand opening of a Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store with special guest Kathie Lee Gifford

WHEN: 4:00 PM, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

WHERE: Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store, Capital City Mall, 3725 Capital City Mall Dr., Camp Hill, PA 17011

MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.783.8864

EDITOR’S NOTE: In-store media access will be limited to pre-authorized credentialed media and professional photographers. Media interested in covering this event must contact Shawn Kelly in advance.

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State Police Gambling Detail Nets Cash, Illegal Gambling Devices

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2017
 
 
Harrisburg, PA On November 8, 2017, the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement executed search warrants and/or inspections at licensed liquor establishments and other locations in Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wyoming Counties.
Dozens of unauthorized electronic gaming machines and more than $400,000 were seized as part of an ongoing investigation into illegal gambling. Prosecutions in this case will be handled by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General.  
Electronic gambling devices remain illegal in the commonwealth, other than in statutorily approved locations granted licensure by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. They are not eligible for approval under the Small Games of Chance Act.
So far in 2017, Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement officers have seized over 400 electronic gambling devices. Liquor licensees found in violation may face administrative action under the liquor code, and/or criminal citations, as well as potentially jeopardizing the renewal of their liquor license by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.  
 
Complaints regarding suspected gambling violations or violations involving liquor licensed establishments may be made by contacting the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Enforcement at 800-932-0602.
 
For more information on the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Ryan Tarkowski, 717-783-5556
 
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Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Opens Entry for Pappy Van Winkle Limited-Release Lottery Multiple-bottle packages offered for second year in a row

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Harrisburg – Just in time for holiday gifting and celebrations, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB), through its Limited-Release Lottery, will award the opportunity to purchase 1,804 bottles of Pappy Van Winkle bourbons, including packages containing multiple bottles of the very popular, limited-production spirits.
 
Pennsylvania residents and licensees have until 11:00 PM Saturday, Nov. 18, to opt in to one or more of the drawings by visiting the Limited-Release Lottery web page at www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com, which can be found under the “Events” tab.
 
These Kentucky whiskeys, produced by Pappy Van Winkle’s grandson using recipes dating back three generations, are among the most sought after in the world. Since 2002, the Van Winkle bourbons have been produced at the Buffalo Trace distillery, enabling the Old Rip Van Winkle distillery the ability to increase production while still ensuring strict standards for quality. Wine Enthusiast magazine and the World Spirits Championship have rated the 20-year-old bourbon 99 out of 100.
 
For 2017, the PLCB is again offering multi-bottle packages of Pappy Van Winkle bourbons displayed in custom-made wooden boxes.
• Four packages (two for individual consumers, two for licensees) will include each of the five available expressions of the 2017 Pappy release: Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23 Year, Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 20 Year, Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 15 Year, Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year, and Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year. The price for each six-bottle package is $1,899.99.
• Six packages (three for individual consumers, three for licensees) will consist of four Pappy Van Winkle bottles each: Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 20 Year, Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 15 Year, Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year, and Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year. The price for each four-bottle package is $1,199.99.
• Thirty packages (15 for individual consumers, 15 for licensees) will consist of three bottles each: Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 20 Year, Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year, and Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year. The price for each three-bottle package is $999.99.
 
Additional drawings will be held, in the following order, to award the right to purchase individual bottles as follows:
• Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23 Year, $399.99 each – 86 bottles, including 65 for individual consumers and 21 for licensees
• Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 20 Year, $249.99 each – 110 bottles, including 83 for individual consumers and 27 for licensees
• Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 15 Year, $149.99 each – 185 bottles, including 139 for individual consumers and 46 for licensees
• Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year, $79.99 each – 447 bottles, including 336 for individual consumers and 111 for licensees
• Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year, $99.99 each – 842 bottles, including 632 for individual consumers and 210 for licensees
 
The distillery will not release its 13-year rye expression in 2017.
 
Separate drawings will be conducted for the packages and individual bottles, and lottery participants may opt into one, several, or all drawings. Purchase is limited to one package or bottle per household. If a participant wins a package or bottle in a drawing, he or she will be removed from subsequent drawings.
 
Individual consumers and licensees interested in entering the lottery must be registered customers at www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com with billing information on file. Each participant is encouraged to verify that accurate, up-to-date billing information is associated with his or her customer account to prevent transaction delays or cancellations.
In light of attempts by previous lottery winners to illegally resell products obtained through Limited-Release Lotteries, the Terms and Conditions now remind residents that the sale of alcoholic beverages without a license is strictly prohibited under Pennsylvania law. When entering a Limited-Release Lottery, a participant will be asked to acknowledge that he or she has read and understands these terms and conditions.
 
Limited-Release Lotteries are open to Pennsylvania residents and licensees age 21 or older who provide both a verifiable Pennsylvania billing address and a Fine Wine & Good Spirits store address at registration. Any registrant with a billing address that can’t be verified as a Pennsylvania address will be removed from the lottery. Entries will be vetted for duplicative names, addresses, and other information, and duplicates will be deleted from the lottery pool.
 
Lottery drawings will be witnessed by an independent third party. Winners will be selected at random by computer program. Participants will be notified by email when the lottery process is complete.
 
The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.783.8864
 
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​Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Celebrates Grand Opening of New Fine Wine & Good Spirits Store in Scranton, Lackawanna County

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Scranton – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today welcomed local officials and the public to the grand opening of a new Fine Wine & Good Spirits store at Greenridge Plaza, 1610 Nay Aug Ave., Scranton, Lackawanna County.

With more than 4,100 square feet of space, this brand-new store features more than 2,000 wines and spirits, including the popular Chairman’s Advantage® products, which are hand-selected, highly rated wines available for less than $10 a bottle. 

The Fine Wine & Good Spirits store offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere for consumers to browse the extensive selection. The focal point of the store is the center table, where customers can find staff to answer questions or provide recommendations. The center table provides counters for highlighting promotional items and educational materials for customers such as:

  • Answers to frequently asked questions about wine and spirits 
  • A vintage chart
  • A food pairing outline
  • A party planning guide
  • A calorie chart
  • Tips for responsible hosting and consumption

The store has a “Made in Pennsylvania” section to highlight wines and spirits produced in the commonwealth. Also, this store features Pennsylvania Lottery ticket sales.

Throughout design and construction, the PLCB was committed to developing a store that is attractive and environmentally responsible. Most store lighting is state-of-the-art LED or energy-efficient compact-fluorescent lighting, which uses a fraction of the energy of traditional lighting. 

The Greenridge Plaza Fine Wine & Good Spirits store will be open from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday through Saturday and from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM Sunday. The store phone number is 570.963.4192. To find additional store locations and hours, visit www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.303.8522

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​Fine Wine & Good Spirits to Host Whisky Specialist, Scotch Tasting at King of Prussia Premium Collection Store

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November 15 event to feature Stephen Jamieson from Laphroaig

King of Prussia - The Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store at 125 W. Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia, will host a special scotch tasting with Laphroaig Whisky Specialist Stephen Jamieson from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, Nov. 15.
 
Stephen Jamieson, a Pittsburgh resident of Scottish heritage and American roots, is one of Laphroaig Islay Single Malt’s “Protectors of the Peat” Whisky Specialists. Jamieson is focused on connecting a 200-year-old iconic scotch brand to the consumer of today, one dram at a time. Education at St. Vincent College in Latrobe and 13 years of passionate service in the restaurant field focusing on beverage services has led Jamieson to excel in helping spirits drinkers become single malt connoisseurs.
 
Jamieson will offer samples of the following scotches to those 21 years of age and older:

• Laphroaig Islay Single Malt Scotch 10 Year Old (Code 4569) – $49.99
• Laphroaig Islay Single Malt Scotch Select (Code 36931) – $54.99
• Laphroaig Islay Single Malt Scotch Cairdeas Madeira Cask 2016 (Code 36959) – $74.99
• Laphroaig Islay Single Malt Scotch Lore (Code 75033) – $124.99

 
He will also sign pre-purchased bottles, answer customers’ questions, and share stories, history, and interesting facts about his company’s products.
 
The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.783.8864
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Fine Wine & Good Spirits to Host Malt Distiller, Whiskey Tasting at Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Premium Collection Store

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November 14 event to feature Brian Nation from Powers Irish Whiskey

Philadelphia – The Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store at 1112 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, will host a special whiskey tasting with master distiller Brian Nation from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

A dynamic master distiller responsible for maintaining the quality of all new pot and grain distillates produced at Midleton Distillery in County Cork, Ireland, Brian Nation oversees production from brewing to distillation. He is the first Irish distiller to receive the Worshipful Company of Distillers award for achieving the highest Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) exam results in the world.
Nation will offer samples of the following whiskeys to those 21 years of age and older:

• Powers Irish Whiskey (Code 5763) – $31.99
• Powers John’s Lane Release Irish Whiskey Ireland 12 Year Old (Code 31697) – $68.99
• Powers Signature Reserve Irish Whiskey [Special Order] (Code 534778) – $38.49

He will also sign pre-purchased bottles, answer customers’ questions, and share stories, history, and interesting facts about his company’s products.
The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.
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State Police Corporal Shot During Traffic Stop

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UPDATE:
At 2 p.m. this afternoon, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced that the wounded corporal is being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU) at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem.
“The thoughts of every Pennsylvania State Police employee are with our wounded member at this time,” said Commissioner Blocker. “We remain grateful to the multitude of first responders and medical professionals who have provided care, and to all Pennsylvanians for their continued support.”
More information will be released as it becomes available.
PREVIOUSLY REPORTED:
Plainfield Township, PA – A Pennsylvania State Police corporal was shot and injured during a traffic stop on Route 33 in the area of Route 191 in Plainfield Twp., Northampton County just before 11:00 a.m. The corporal, whose name has not yet been released, was outside of his vehicle when the two exchanged gunfire.
The suspect fled the scene in a blue Pontiac sedan and drove himself to Easton Hospital, where he was taken into police custody. He is being treated for gunshot wounds. The corporal was flown from the scene via medical helicopter to St. Luke’s Hospital, where he is undergoing treatment for multiple gunshot wounds.
More information will be released as it becomes available.
For more information on the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov. For the latest updates, follow on Facebook and Twitter @PAStatePolice.

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Cpl. Adam Reed or Ryan Tarkowski (PSP), 717-783-5556
 
 
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Wolf Administration Recognizes Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, Oct. 28

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 27, 2017
 
 
 
Harrisburg, PA On Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) and the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) will participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) 14th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day initiative. Unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medicine may be dropped off at any of the hundreds of secure locations throughout the state. The service is free and anonymous – no questions asked.
 
“With more than 700 prescription drug take-back boxes in the state, it has never been easier for people to responsibly dispose of unused and unwanted medication,” said Governor Wolf. “Collaborative efforts such as National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day are an excellent reminder of the role we each play in the fight against the opioid epidemic.”
 
The DEA has offered National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day since 2010 with the aim of fighting prescription drug abuse by creating a convenient way to dispose of medication that would otherwise be at risk of misuse in home medicine cabinets. All medication collected will be destroyed by the DEA at EPA-approved incinerators.
 
“Prescription drug abuse is a contributing factor to the heroin and opioid epidemic that is gripping Pennsylvania and the nation, and too many people with prescription drug addictions obtain these medicines from family and friends’ medicine cabinets,” said DDAP Acting Secretary Jennifer Smith. “Keeping unused, unnecessary, or expired medication in homes increases the risk of it being abused. By participating in National Drug Take-Back Day, Pennsylvanians can help make their homes safer by properly disposing of medication.”
 
In September, PSP and DDAP announced the addition of 65 permanent prescription drug take-back boxes inside State Police stations in Pennsylvania that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. An interactive map with addresses of participating State Police stations, and other locations with prescription drug take-back boxes, is available here.
 
“The fight against the opioid crisis is a true team effort,” said PSP Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker. “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is an excellent reminder that we can all do our part by checking our medicine cabinets for unwanted or expired medications and safely dispose of them before they fall into the wrong hands.”
 
During its 13th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in April 2017, the DEA and more than 4,200 of its national, tribal, and community law enforcement partners collected 900,000 pounds (450 tons) of unwanted prescription drugs at almost 5,500 collection sites. Nearly 38,000 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs were collected in Pennsylvania. Since the program began seven years ago, about 8.1 million pounds (more than 4,050 tons) of drugs have been collected nationwide.
 
To find a drop-off location for the disposal of prescription drugs, visit ddap.pa.gov. For more information on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, visit www.dea.gov or call 800-882-9539.
 
MEDIA CONTACTS: DDAP: Ali Fogarty, 717-547-3314
           PSP: Ryan Tarkowski, 717-783-5556
 
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​The World’s Finest Spirits to be Poured During Central PA Whiskey Festival

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Harrisburg – Central Pennsylvania will host its second annual whiskey festival from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, 161 Museum Dr., Hershey. A special VIP session featuring a local distiller will take place from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, an hour before the Grand Tasting.

The Central PA Whiskey Festival will feature more than 200 premium distilled spirits from world-renowned brands, as well as highly-rated, reserve, and small batch products for sampling. The tasting list will feature whiskey, scotch, bourbon, vodka, tequila, rum, gin, and cordials.
 
Many of the spirits offered for tasting will be available for purchase at the onsite Fine Wine & Good Spirits store. Food will also be available so attendees may enjoy responsibly. All attendees, including designated drivers, must be at least 21 years old and provide valid identification at the event entrance.
 
From 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M., a special VIP event will feature David Stein and still master Coty Edwards of Hidden Still Spirits, a Lebanon County craft distillery. VIP ticketholders will have the opportunity to sample and purchase a special Pennsylvania bourbon produced and bottled exclusively for this event. VIP tickets are $165 and include admission to the grand tasting.
 
Tickets to the Grand Tasting from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM are $100 and include a tasting glass and event parking; designated driver tickets are $30 and do not include the glass. A portion of all proceeds will benefit MidPenn Legal Services, a United Way-associated 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides civil legal aid to families and individuals living at or below poverty level who face serious hardships in the areas of family law and custody, domestic violence, elder law, and more.
 
For more information, visit www.PAWhiskeyFest.com.
 
The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.
 
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​​The World’s Finest Spirits to be Poured During Annual Pittsburgh Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival

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Pittsburgh – Spend a night celebrating the Atlantic City Boardwalk during Pittsburgh’s annual Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival. The event will take place from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Friday, Oct. 27 at Rivers Casino, 777 Casino Dr., Pittsburgh.
 
Recognized as one of the top whiskey events in the country by the editors of Forbes Travel Guide, the Pittsburgh Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival will once again set the standard for spirits events nationwide. This year’s festival theme is Atlantic City, the city that inspired Monopoly, Boardwalk Empire, and some of the most memorable characters of the 1920s. Patrons are invited to attend while dressed for the Boardwalk – think blackjack, poker, salt water taffy, a lovely stroll by the water, and a refreshing breeze.
 
The event will feature hundreds of vendors featuring premium distilled spirits, including whiskey, scotch, vodka, tequila, gin, rum, and cordials. Attendees will be able to mingle with knowledgeable mixologists, distillers, brand ambassadors, and industry personalities available to help guide, inform, and entertain.
 
Many of the spirits offered for tasting will be available for purchase at the onsite Fine Wine & Good Spirits store. Food will also be available so attendees may enjoy responsibly. Attendees must be at least 21 years old with valid identification to enter. Parking is free in the Rivers Casino lot.
 
Tickets are $100 and may be purchased through http://www.pittsburghwhiskeyfestival.com. A portion of the proceeds benefit The First Tee of Pittsburgh, an international youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people.
 
The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.
 
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​The World’s Finest Spirits to be Poured During Annual Philadelphia Magazine Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival

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Philadelphia – The annual Philadelphia Magazine Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival will take place Thursday, Oct. 26, at Lincoln Financial Field. Admission for VIP ticket holders begins at 5:00 PM, while the Grand Tasting will be held from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM.

The event will feature more than 200 premium distilled spirits, including whiskey, scotch, vodka, tequila, gin, rum, cordials, and handcrafted cocktails.

Also featured will be interactive “spirit lounges” highlighting handcrafted cocktails in a variety of settings from a New Orleans-style Southern bar to a seaside escape of the Dominican Republic to the Philly craft spirits scene.

Many of the spirits offered for tasting will be available for purchase at the onsite Fine Wine & Good Spirits store. Food from local restaurants will also be available so attendees may enjoy responsibly. Attendees must be at least 21 years old and provide valid identification to enter.

VIP tickets – which include exclusive tastings of ultra-premium spirits, early access to the tasting floor, and a $15 voucher for the onsite Fine Wine & Good Spirits store – are available for $165. Grand Tasting tickets are $110, and group discounts are available. Designated driver tickets are $30. All tickets may be purchased online at http://www.phillymag.com/whiskeyfest/. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

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​Pennsylvania Liquor Control Approves Financial, Legal Counsel to Pursue Monetization of PLCB Future Earnings

PublishDate: 10/20/2017 12:00 PM
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Harrisburg – At a special meeting today convened earlier this week by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB), the Board approved contracting with financial advisors and legal counsel to pursue entering into a contract that would monetize future earnings of the PLCB.

The PLCB is pursuing a revenue-backed contract to deliver $1.25 billion in up-front revenue to the General Fund by capitalizing on the PLCB’s long-term profitability, at the request of Governor Wolf.

Through a new statement of work issued under an existing state contract, the PLCB will engage Public Financial Management, Inc. (PFM) to perform financial advisory services to the Board related to the transaction.

The Board will also amend its existing contract with the law firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC to provide for legal representation of the Board in connection with the transaction.

"Today’s action is the first real step in pursing securitization in support of providing much-needed revenue to balance the state budget,” said Board Chairman Tim Holden. “Now that we have formally engaged experts to guide us through this transaction, we can get to work developing the details and bringing the financing to market.”

“The next few weeks will require a lot of hard work by our newly hired experts and our own team as we develop an offering that will appeal to the financial market as an attractive investment,” said Board Member Michael Newsome. “There’s a great deal of effort and analysis in front of us, but we maintain hope that we could execute a deal by year’s end.”

Both contracts were approved through a split vote.

“Considering the substantial size and length of this financing, my concern with these contracts and the monetization proposal as a whole is the speed with which they have been pursued,” said Board Member Mike Negra, who cast the dissenting vote on both contracts. “I respect the decision of the majority, however, and I will support the agency’s work in developing this transaction.”

Next steps in the process will likely include competitive procurement of underwriters, an action the Board would consider in an upcoming public vote.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide and licenses more than 20,000 beverage alcohol producers and retailers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies and local municipalities across the state. For more information visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

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Pennsylvania State Police to Participate in ‘Operation Safe Stop’

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For immediate release
October 17, 2017
 
 
 
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) will partner tomorrow, October 18, with PennDOT, school districts, student transportation agencies, and local law enforcement agencies for “Operation Safe Stop.” The goal of the one-day enforcement and education initiative is to raise awareness of the consequences of improperly passing school buses. The event is part of National School Bus Safety Week, which runs October 16-20, 2017.
 
Pennsylvania law requires drivers to stop at least ten feet away from school buses that have red lights flashing and the stop arm extended. Motorists must stop when they are behind the bus, meeting the bus, or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped. If physical barriers such as grassy medians, guide rails, or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the opposing lanes may proceed without stopping.
 
As part of “Operation Safe Stop,” troopers will increase patrols in identified areas with high frequencies of violations. Troopers will also ride in school buses to watch for violators and talk with children about school bus safety.
 
“Each year, the Pennsylvania State Police inspect more than 26,000 buses to ensure students are transported safely to and from school and extracurricular activities,” said Lieutenant Robert J. Krol, Director of PSP’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Division. “It is important for other drivers to remember the critical role they play in keeping children safe while on or around a school bus.”
 
According to PennDOT, 730 motorists were convicted of violating Pennsylvania’s school bus stopping law in 2016. The same year, there were 343 school bus crashes with no school bus passenger or bus driver fatalities. School bus drivers in Pennsylvania traveled more than 400 million miles during school year 2015-16, transporting more than 1.5 million students daily.
Penalties for violating Pennsylvania’s school bus stopping law include a $250 fine, five points on the violator’s driving record, and a mandatory 60-day license suspension for a first offense.
For more information on the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Corporal Adam Reed, 717-783-5556
 
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Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Opens Entry for Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Limited-Release Lottery

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Five-bottle packages including each whiskey in the collection offered for second year in a row

Harrisburg – In its third group of Limited-Release Lottery of 2017, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) will award 902 bottles of Buffalo Trace Antique Collection whiskeys, including packages consisting of one bottle of each of the five whiskeys in the Antique Collection.

Pennsylvania residents and licensees have until 11:00 PM Saturday, Oct. 21, to opt in to one or more of the drawings by visiting the Limited-Release Lottery web page at www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com, which can be found under the “Events” tab.
 
The Antique Collection was introduced more than a decade ago and has become a cult favorite among whiskey connoisseurs. Since 2000, these whiskeys have garnered numerous awards from publications including Whisky Advocate Magazine, Spirit Journal, and Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.
 
The first drawing features six, five-bottle packages of the complete Buffalo Trace Antique Collection (three for individual consumers; three for licensees) including one bottle of each of the following:
  • Sazerac Rye 18 Year, 90 Proof
  • Eagle Rare 17 Year, 90 Proof
  • George T. Stagg 129.2 Proof
  • William L. Weller 128.2 Proof
  • Thomas H. Handy 127.2 Proof

Each complete Antique Collection package costs $599.99.

Additional drawings will be held, in the following order, to award individual bottles of each whiskey in the Antique Collection, each costing $99.99.

  • Sazerac Rye 18 Year, 90 Proof: 39 bottles including 30 for individual consumers and 9 for licensees
  • Eagle Rare 17 Year, 90 Proof: 69 bottles including 52 for individual consumers and 17 for licensees
  • George T. Stagg 129.2 Proof: 165 bottles including 124 for individual consumers and 41 for licensees
  • William L. Weller 128.2 Proof: 192 bottles including 144 for individual consumers and 48 for licensees
  • Thomas H. Handy 127.2 Proof: 407 bottles including 306 for individual consumers and 101 for licensees

Individual consumers and licensees interested in entering one or both lotteries must be registered customers at www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com with billing information on file.  Each participant is encouraged to verify that accurate, up-to-date billing information is associated with his or her customer account, to prevent transaction delays or cancellations.

Separate drawings will be conducted for the packages and each of these limited-release bourbons, and lottery participants may opt into one, several or all drawings. Purchase is limited to one package or bottle per participant, and if a participant wins a package or bottle in a drawing, he or she will be removed from subsequent drawings.

In light of attempts by previous lottery winners to illegally resell products obtained through Limited-Release Lotteries, the lottery Terms and Conditions now remind residents that the sale of alcoholic beverages without a license is strictly prohibited under Pennsylvania law.  When entering a Limited-Release Lottery, a participant will be asked to acknowledge that he or she has read and understands these terms and conditions.

Limited-Release Lotteries are open to Pennsylvania residents and licensees age 21 or older who provide both a verifiable Pennsylvania billing address and a Fine Wine & Good Spirits store address at registration. Any registrant with a billing address that can’t be verified as a Pennsylvania address will be removed from the lottery. Entries will be vetted for duplicative names, addresses and other information, and duplicates will be deleted from the lottery pool.

Lottery drawings will be witnessed by an independent third party. Winners will be selected at random by computer program. Participants will be notified by email when the lottery process is complete.

To opt in to one or more of these lotteries, visit the Limited-Release Lottery web page at www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com, which can be found under the “Events” tab.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.783.8864
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Pennsylvania State Troopers Join ‘Bigs in Blue’ Mentoring Program

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For immediate release
October 13, 2017
 
PSP first in country to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters
 
Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced today that troopers from Troop H and the State Police Academy have volunteered to become youth mentors with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region as part of the organization’s Bigs in Blue program. The announcement was made at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Over the Edge fundraising event in downtown Harrisburg.
 
Bigs in Blue is a one-to-one mentoring program that connects youth with police in their communities to build stronger bonds between law enforcement and the families they serve and to make a positive difference in the lives of children.
 
“I am especially proud of the men and women of the Pennsylvania State Police for their commitment to their communities through all that they do, but in particular for being first in the nation to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters on Bigs in Blue,” Gov. Wolf said. “Congratulations to the 11 members of the State Police who are beginning what I’m sure will be a growing, productive initiative.”
 
“The Pennsylvania State Police is proud to be the first state police organization in the country to participate in Bigs in Blue,” said Commissioner Blocker. “Partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters was a natural fit for the State Police.”
 
Eleven troopers in south central Pennsylvania have been matched with a local elementary or middle school student as part of the pilot program. After a thorough screening and background check, each “big” was paired with a “little” who was referred to Big Brothers Big Sisters because they face a challenge or adversity that may be helped by having a mentor in their life.
 
“The Pennsylvania State Police is dedicated to serving the public and improving the quality of life for all,” said Commissioner Blocker. “Bigs in Blue affords us a unique opportunity to do that while also helping to shape a positive perspective on law enforcement, one child and family at a time. I cannot think of a better role model for a young man or woman than a Pennsylvania State Trooper.”
 
Throughout the school year, troopers will visit their “littles” at school to help with schoolwork, play at recess, or even just hang out.
 
“Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with a positive role-model, and we are honored that the Pennsylvania State Police have volunteered to be mentors in the communities they serve,” said Maddie Young, chief executive officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region. “Each ‘Big’ in Blue will have a positive impact on their mentee, and by doing so, create new avenues of communication that will strengthen the community as a whole.”
 
For more information on the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov.
 
MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Tarkowski (PSP), 717-783-5556 or Bethany Houser (BBBS). 717-236-0199 ext. 230

 
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State Police Seize Heroin, Other Prohibited Drugs Valued at More Than $7 Million in the Third Quarter of 2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 11, 2017
 
 
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania State Police announced today that troopers confiscated $7,408,050 in heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, and other prohibited drugs in the third quarter of 2017.
 
From July 1 through September 30, state police seized nearly 44 pounds of heroin and more than six pounds of fentanyl. The drugs have a combined street value of $1,289,750. Troopers also removed 92 pounds of cocaine and 50 pounds of methamphetamines valued at $3.7 million from the highways and communities of Pennsylvania during the same period.
 
In the first three quarters of 2017, the Pennsylvania State Police has seized over $26.5 million in prohibited drugs, including 97 pounds of heroin and fentanyl.
 
Third Quarter Drug Seizure Totals
Drug
Total Seized
Total Value of Amount Seized
Cocaine
92.26 lbs.
$1,674,000
Crack Cocaine
4.21 lbs.
$191,000
Heroin
43.61 lbs.
$1,187,000
Fentanyl
6.42 lbs.
$102,750
LSD
237 doses
$4,800
Marijuana THC – Liquid
3.14 pints
$21,000
Marijuana THC Solid
7.10 lbs.
$35,500
Marijuana Plants
1,851 plants
$305,000
Processed Marijuana
407.61 lbs.
$1,225,000
Methamphetamines
49.63 lbs.
$2,035,000
Other Narcotics
71.50 lbs.
$165,000
Other Narcotics (pills)
18,407 pills
$461,000
Synthetic Marijuana & Stimulants
1.10 lbs.
$1,000
 
Total Value:
$7,408,050
 
For more information about the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov.
 
MEDIA CONTACTS: Cpl. Adam Reed or Ryan Tarkowski, 717-783-5556
 
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​Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Takes Initial Steps to Pursue Monetization of PLCB Future Earnings

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Harrisburg – At today’s public meeting of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB), the Board discussed next steps in pursuing monetization of future PLCB earnings.

“We continue our legal review and due diligence to determine the feasibility of entering into a certificates of participation (COPs) contract that would provide an upfront payment to the General Fund in exchange for PLCB annual payments to certificate holders,” said Board Member Mike Negra.

“We understand the urgency driving this issue for the Governor’s Budget Office, and we are working as quickly as possible to contract with legal and financial advisors well-versed in this kind of transaction,” said Michael Newsome. “Once they are on board, we can begin evaluating the details of the financing in hopes of closing a deal before the end of the year.”

Board Chairman Tim Holden expressed his support by adding, “We will continue to work collaboratively with the Administration to pursue a revenue-backed contract delivering significant immediate revenue while capitalizing on the PLCB’s long-term profitability.”

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide and licenses more than 20,000 beverage alcohol producers and retailers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies and local municipalities across the state. For more information visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

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​Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Issues Statement on Proposed Monetization of PLCB Profits

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Harrisburg – Following Governor Wolf’s announcement today regarding securitization of Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) profits, Board Chairman Tim Holden and Board Members Mike Negra and Michael Newsome issued the following joint statement:

“The PLCB recognizes the difficult budget situation the commonwealth faces and the need to support Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives with sustainable revenue sources.

“The PLCB has provided more than $15.8 billion in taxes and cash transfers to the General Fund since the agency’s inception, plus an additional $1 billion in funding supporting liquor law enforcement efforts, alcohol prevention and treatment services, grants to reduce underage and dangerous drinking, and local municipalities. Annual cash transfers to the General Fund – transfers of our own profit and operating capital – have not dipped below $80 million for more than a decade.

“As our recently released fiscal year 2016-17 financial statements indicate, we have a strong cash position, and both our net income and gross profit increased modestly last year. We can certainly understand the appeal of monetizing the PLCB as a commonwealth asset.

“Although we have yet to discuss the proposal as a Board or begin to delve into details of a potential arrangement, we pledge to work collaboratively with the Governor’s Budget Office to explore a revenue-backed contract to deliver significant immediate revenue while capitalizing on the PLCB’s long-term profitability.”

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide and licenses more than 20,000 beverage alcohol producers and retailers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies and local municipalities across the state. For more information visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

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​Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Invites K-12 Students to Enter Annual Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest

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Harrisburg – In an effort to continue the dialogue about the dangers of underage drinking, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) is encouraging students from across the commonwealth to participate in the 26th annual Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest.

“Data is showing that alcohol exposure and trial are starting younger and younger, with kids as young as eight years old trying a drink and even drinking on a somewhat regular basis,” said PLCB Chairman Tim Holden. “It’s important for parents and educators to begin talking with children early and often about alcohol, and this poster contest is a fun and creative way to begin those conversations.”

The contest is open to all Pennsylvania students in kindergarten through 12th grade, including those who are home-schooled or in private or parochial schools. Students may enter through their schools, clubs, scout troops or individually.

Entries must feature a clear no-use message about underage drinking and may be created using any artistic medium. Students are encouraged to use positive messages and images, such as the benefits of being alcohol free or alternatives to underage drinking.

Each year, approximately 50 posters are selected by a panel of judges for recognition. Each artist who creates a selected poster will be notified of his or her accomplishment and invited to attend a recognition ceremony in Harrisburg in April 2018, which is Alcohol Awareness Month.

Several students will receive $100, and one student from each grade (K-12) will receive $50. Some of the winning designs may be reproduced in various formats and distributed across Pennsylvania.

Entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. For additional information about submission dates, guidelines and prizes, review the contest guidelines and entry form available at lcb.pa.gov under “Education,” then “Poster Contest.”

New this year, the PLCB is also providing a sample lesson plan, which educators are encouraged to use in guiding and teaching students about the dangers of underage drinking.

Questions about the contest may be directed to 717.772.1432 or RA-LBEducation@pa.gov.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide and licenses more than 20,000 beverage alcohol producers and retailers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

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​Fine Wine & Good Spirits to Host Australian Winemaker, Penn State Graduate at State College Premium Collection Store

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September 29 event to feature Tim Hower from Two Hands Wines

State College – The Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store at 1682 N. Atherton St., State College, will host a special tasting and bottle signing featuring four premium wines poured and discussed by Two Hands Wines director and proprietor Tim Hower, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Friday, Sept. 29.

Tim Hower, a native of Pennsylvania and graduate of Penn State, lived in Denver, Colo., where he had an extensive career in the oil and gas industry. That work took him to South Australia and exposed him to the Barossa Valley and its wine producers. He acquired a number of high quality vineyards through the region and supplied fruit to Two Hands Wines. In February 2015, Hower cemented his relationship with Two Hands and is now director and proprietor of this highly regarded vineyard estate in the Barossa Valley.

Hower will offer samples of the following wines to those 21 years of age and older:

  • Two Hands Hopes and Dreams Red Blend Barossa Valley 2016 (Code 44811) – $29.99
  • Two Hands Lily’s Garden Shiraz McLaren Vale 2013 (Code 72741) – $59.99
  • Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale 2014 (Code 72742) – $34.99
  • Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon McLaren Vale 2015 (Code 73294) – $33.99

He will also sign pre-purchased bottles, answer customers’ questions, and share stories, history, and interesting facts about his wines.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.

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​Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Reports Record Sales and Contributions to State and Local Governments in Fiscal Year 2016-17

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Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today released unaudited financial results for fiscal year 2016-17 that reflect record retail sales of $2.53 billion (including liquor and sales taxes), a $95.5 million or 3.9 percent increase over the prior year and previous retail sales record. PLCB contributions to state and local government beneficiaries totaled $764.7 million for the fiscal year, an increase of $138.4 million, or 22.1 percent, over the prior year and previous record.

Contributions to the General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services, totaled $720.6 million, a $136.9 million, or 23.5 percent, increase over the prior year and previous record. General Fund contributions consisted of the following:

  • $361.9 million in liquor tax;
  • $142 million in state sales tax; and 
  • $216.7 million in cash transfers. 

Other PLCB contributions over the course of the fiscal year included the following:

  • $28.1 million to the Pennsylvania State Police for liquor control enforcement efforts;
  • $9.1 million in local sales taxes to Philadelphia and Allegheny county;
  • $4.5 million in licensing fees returned to local municipalities; and 
  • $2.5 million to the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. 

Net income for the year totaled $104.9 million, a $1 million, or 1 percent, increase over the prior year.  Net income growth is attributable to increases in license fees (surcharges) of $17.9 million and gross profit growth of $16.3 million. Such growth, however, was substantially offset by a $30.3 million increase in operating expenses. Net income as a percentage of sales declined to 5.2 percent from 5.4 percent the prior year.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide and licenses more than 20,000 beverage alcohol producers and retailers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies and local municipalities across the state. 

For more information about the PLCB and to review the unaudited fiscal year 2016-17 financials, visit www.lcb.pa.gov

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​Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Earns Best Retail Innovation Award from National Industry Publication

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Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today announced it won Best Retail Innovation in the 2017 StateWays Control States Best Practices Awards for its rapid response to the retail changes brought about by Act 39 of 2016.

In presenting the award, StateWays recognized the PLCB for quickly and efficiently expanding Fine Wine & Good Spirits store hours on Sundays and holidays, as well as implementing sales of Pennsylvania Lottery tickets.

Prior to Act 39, Pennsylvania law limited both the number of stores that could be open on Sundays and the hours stores may operate on Sundays. The weekend after Act 39 took effect, the 188 stores that had already been open on Sundays saw store hours expanded by three additional hours. Between early August, when the new law took effect, and late September, more than 300 stores were open on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores were also open for the first time last year on holidays including Martin Luther King Jr., Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, offering consumers additional convenience.

Act 39 of 2016 also lifted restrictions prohibiting Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores from selling Pennsylvania Lottery tickets. Two days after the act went into effect on Aug. 8, 2016, 24 stores were selling lottery tickets through convenient self-service, touchscreen terminals. By October 2016, more than 300 stores had Lottery machines installed and operational. As Act 39 marked its one-year anniversary in August, 318 Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores were selling Lottery tickets and had collectively generated more than $10 million in Lottery sales.

StateWays recognized the work the PLCB did to implement those changes in a short two-month timeframe.“Act 39 of 2016 brought about dramatic changes to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, but we embraced the challenge and worked hard to bring additional conveniences to our customers as quickly as possible. Receiving this award from a national publication confirms our team did an outstanding job,” said Board Chairman Tim Holden. “We are pleased and proud to share this recognition with our employees, and with the people of Pennsylvania who benefit from these retail improvements.”

StateWays, the only national magazine devoted to the issues and subjects affecting control state systems, established its Control State Best Practices Awards in 2015 to recognize control state agencies that are leading the industry in innovation, education and enforcement. Winners, including the PLCB as the winner of the Best Retail Innovation award, are featured in the September/October issue of StateWays.

The PLCB was named Overall Winner in the 2016 StateWays Control States Best Practices Awards, an honor that recognized Pennsylvania as a leader in the beverage alcohol industry for its innovations in retail, wholesale operations, alcohol education, technology, and regulatory affairs.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

MEDIA CONTACTS: PLCB - Elizabeth Brassell, 717.783.8864

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​Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, Department of Agriculture and Pennsylvania Winery Association Celebrate PA Wine Month

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Celebrate local wineries at meet-the-winemaker events in Clarks Summit, Easton, Lewisburg, York

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB), the Department of Agriculture, and the Pennsylvania Winery Association (PWA) will kick off Pennsylvania Wine Month on Monday, October 2, by hosting meet-the-winemaker events at Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection stores in Clarks Summit, Lackawanna County; Easton, Northampton County; Lewisburg, Union County; and York.

Each event will be held from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM and will feature winemaker-led tastings and an opportunity for attendees to interact with winemakers. 

Meet John Skrip III, owner of Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery, at the Clarks Summit Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store, 222 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit, PA 18411

John Skrip and his wife Pat founded Clover Hill. John, a civil engineer, and Pat, a teacher, had a fondness for wine and committed themselves to pursue their passion as an occupation. In the early 1970s, they began planting grapes as a hobby at their home in Breinigsville, Lehigh County. They were impressed with the quality of the grapes, and it encouraged them to establish a full-time vineyard and winery business. In September 1985, the Skrips proudly opened the doors of Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery to the public. Over the years, the winery has grown, and they have been joined by two of their children who share the passion of Clover Hill Winery.  John Skrip III joined Clover Hill in the early 1990s after studying enology at Fresno State University in California.

“We are very proud that Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery continues to produce premium Pennsylvania products, as it has for the past 32 years,” said John Skrip III. “It is exciting to be part of a growing industry and one of the pioneers in PA wine business.”

Meet Franklin Hill Vineyards Head Winemaker Bonnie Pysher at the Easton Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store, Northampton Crossings, 3718 Easton-Nazareth Highway, Easton, PA 18045

Bonnie Pysher started with Franklin Hill in 1982. After beginning in the wine business as a young mother of twins with no experience in winemaking or viticulture, she has grown to be one of the area’s top winemakers. She’s heading into her 36th harvest this year and is still every bit as passionate about what she does as she was on day one. Her approach to wine is simple —   drink what you like. Pysher is a pioneer in the industry. As one of the first women winemakers in Pennsylvania, she has been an integral part of Franklin Hill Vineyards’ success.

“I love making wine and teaching the consumer what goes into making their bottle of wine,” says Bonnie Pysher. “If given the opportunity, I will give the consumer some hands-on experience while they are visiting the winery.”

Meet Fero Vineyards & Winery owner Chuck Zaleski at the Lewisburg Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store, Penn House Commons, 310 N. 10th St., Lewisburg, PA 17837

Chuck and Daneen Zaleski, owners of Fero Vineyards & Winery, produce wines from their 13-acre Viniferia Vineyard in Lewisburg. The Zaleskis produce dry and sweet wines to serve all palates. They have been producing wine since 2010 and are always working to make their grapes the best they can be. In return, this allows them to offer interesting, well-balanced, and enjoyable wines.

Chuck Zaleski says, “One day in the near future, Pennsylvania vineyards will be known as the home of premium wine in the eastern U.S.  Come visit our wineries and grow with us.”

Meet Allegro Winery owner Carl Helrich at the York Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store, York Marketplace, 2547 E. Market St., York, PA 17402

One can take many different paths to becoming a winemaker. Helrich’s path started when he was helping his father bottle homebrewed beer in the 1970s. After a variety of disparate career choices, Helrich eventually landed a job at a local winery. This sparked an epiphany for him — he could combine his skills with his desire for new tastes and aromas for the creative outlet he had always sought. He and his wife Kris purchased Allegro in 2001 and have been there ever since, growing grapes and a family of four.

“My life's work is to find and express the true voice of our soils through our wines in this emerging wine region,” Carl Helrich says, “and to help bring Pennsylvania wines to the world of wine and share them with our neighbors.”

In celebration of Pennsylvania Wine Month, all Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection stores will feature Pennsylvania wines at their regularly scheduled in-store wine tastings the weekend of Oct. 6 through Oct. 8. Additionally, wine specialists at Premium Collection stores will add Pennsylvania wines to other regularly scheduled tastings throughout October.

The Pennsylvania Winery Association, a trade association representing more than 100 member wineries and advocating on behalf of the state’s growing multi-billion-dollar wine industry, is also making available at select Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores a touring guide featuring a list of Pennsylvania wineries and a map.  With some of the most fertile grape-growing land on the East Coast, Pennsylvania ranks fifth nationally in grape production, seventh in wine production, and seventh in the number of licensed wineries.

The Pennsylvania Wine Marketing and Research Program is administered by the state Department of Agriculture, which works with Pennsylvania’s wine and grape industry to realize its vision as the premium East Coast wine region. The program promotes an increase in the quality, profitability and consumer awareness of Pennsylvania wines through educational programs, research and marketing efforts.

Dozens of events celebrating Pennsylvania wines and wineries will be held across the commonwealth in October, including farm and vineyard tours; festivals featuring music and celebrations of the fall harvest; and tasting and food pairing opportunities. Pennsylvania Wines will be available to the public on happy hour menus across neighborhoods in Philadelphia, including Tria Cafe Rittenhouse, Tria Cafe Washington Square West, Vintage, Panorama, and Jet Wine Bar. More information is available at pawinemonth.com.

New this year, four Fine Wine & Good Spirits wine specialists from across Pennsylvania – Pittsburgh, Northeast Pennsylvania, Southcentral Pennsylvania, and the greater Philadelphia area – will contribute to Pennsylvania Wine Month festivities by offering blog posts, tips, and recommendations at pawinemonth.com on how to select Pennsylvania wines and how to “buy local” at Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores.

Last fiscal year, Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores stocked 221 different Pennsylvania wines, generating nearly $7.8 million in sales, which represented a 20 percent sales increase over the prior year. These figures do not account for Pennsylvania wine sold at local wineries, at festivals, or at restaurants and other licensees that buy directly from the wineries.

For more ways to get involved with Pennsylvania Wine Month, find Pennsylvania Wines on Facebook, follow @PAWines on Twitter and Instagram, visit pawinemonth.com and use the hashtag #PAWineMonth.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide and licenses more than 20,000 beverage alcohol producers and retailers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit lcb.pa.gov.

MEDIA CONTACTS: PLCB: Elizabeth Brassell, 717.783.8864

Department of Agriculture: Bonnie McCann, 717.783.0133

PA Wines: Esha Dev, pr@swellstart.com​, 858.401.3203

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​Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Returns More Than $2.4 Million in Licensing Fees to Local Communities

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Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today announced the return of more than $2.4 million in licensing fees to 1,428 municipalities in which licensees are located.

Twice a year, as required by law, the PLCB returns liquor license fees paid by PLCB-approved licensees to the municipalities that are home to those licenses. Municipalities have flexibility in allocating and spending the returned license fees to meet local needs.

The PLCB oversees the regulation of more than 15,000 retail liquor licenses statewide, including restaurants, clubs and hotels. Licensees pay liquor license fees ranging from $125 to $700, depending on the type of license and the population of the municipality in which the license is located, as part of the annual license renewal or validation process, as well as in conjunction with approval of certain new applications.

The current dispersal period represents fees paid from Feb. 1 to July 31, 2017. In all, 56 cities, 572 boroughs and 800 townships will receive payments ranging from $25 to $390,575.

The complete list of license fee distributions​ by municipality is available on the PLCB website.

Over the five years, the PLCB returned $22.5 million in licensing fees to local municipalities.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide and licenses more than 20,000 beverage alcohol producers and retailers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.

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Wolf Administration Unveils Prescription Drug Take-Back Boxes

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September 19, 2017
 
 
Harrisburg, PA – As part of the ongoing effort to curb the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania, officials with the Wolf Administration today announced the opening of 65 prescription drug take-back boxes at Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) stations across the commonwealth. State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker was joined by Acting Secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) Jennifer Smith and other Wolf administration officials at Troop H headquarters in Harrisburg to unveil one of the take-back boxes, which were donated by CVS Health as part of the company’s commitment to helping the communities it serves prevent prescription drug abuse and misuse. 
 
The goal of the initiative is to create a safe method for the disposal of expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medication. Medicines that languish in home medicine cabinets and other locations are at risk of misuse and abuse.
 
“PSP stations provide highly visible, well-known locations for prescription drug take-back boxes with lobbies that are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Commissioner Blocker. “By combining existing infrastructure with donated collection units, we are able to provide a valuable public health and safety resource to the communities we serve.”
 
In 2016, more than 4,800 Pennsylvanians died from a drug overdose. Facilitating the proper disposal of prescription and over-the-counter medications is one way state police are working to keep dangerous pills from falling into the wrong hands, said Blocker.
 
“Providing the public an accessible, safe method to dispose of prescription medicine is a big part of keeping these drugs out of the hands of those who might misuse them,” said DDAP Acting Secretary Jennifer Smith. “With the addition of these new prescription drug take-back boxes in the Pennsylvania State Police barracks, we now have almost 680 drug take-back boxes in local law enforcement and other locations.”
 
Smith unveiled a statewide interactive map to help people find the nearest prescription drug take-back box. Since the program began in 2015, the commonwealth has collected and destroyed 301,388 pounds of drugs, she said.
 
“The proper use, storage, and disposal of unused or unwanted prescription medications are an important part of the battle against this public health crisis,” Smith continued. “The fight against the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania is a true team effort. Public-private partnerships and collaboration between the Departments of Health, Human Services, DDAP and law enforcement are critical to preventing and addressing addiction.”
 
CVS Health donated the collection boxes – valued at $685 each – through a partnership with the DDAP. Any solid prescription or over-the-counter medication (pills and capsules) may be anonymously deposited in the secure boxes, including pet medicine. “Sharps” (needles, syringes, EpiPens), liquids, and illicit drugs (heroin, marijuana, LSD, etc.) are not accepted.
 
 “We are proud to partner with the Wolf administration and with the Pennsylvania State Police in providing these 65 units as part of our Medication Disposal for Safer Communities program, which has already facilitated the collection of more than 100 metric tons of unwanted medication across the country,” said Nicole Harrington, Senior Director, Pharmacy Services for CVS Health.  “Our commitment to safe medication disposal builds on our work to prevent and address drug abuse in the communities we serve by increasing access to naloxone and providing community education to prevent the abuse of prescription drugs.”
 
Contents of the take-back boxes will be safely destroyed on a quarterly basis by the Pennsylvania National Guard. Contents will be weighed, but no identifying information will be recorded or shared.
 
MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Tarkowski, PSP, 717-783-5556
                                    Carol Gifford, DDAP, 717-547-3314
                                     
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​Sammy Hagar to Sign Bottles of Santo Puro Mezquila at Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store in Philadelphia

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Rock star will greet 125 lucky fans; guitars signed by Hagar, Adam Levine to be given away

Philadelphia – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board today announced that Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and multi-platinum artist Sammy Hagar will sign bottles of Santo Puro Mezquila at the Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store, 180 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia, on Monday, Sept. 25, at 2:00 PM.

Wristbands will be made available starting at 9:00 A.M. Monday, Sept. 25, at the 180 W. Girard Ave. Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store to the first 125 people who purchase a bottle of Santo Puro Mezquila (Code 2168, $52.99) and want to attend the 2:00 P.M. bottle signing. Each customer must be present to obtain a wristband, and only one wristband will be available per person who purchases a bottle of Santo Puro Mezquila. Wristbands are non-transferable.

Sammy regrets he will be unable to sign any personal items and will only sign one pre-purchased bottle of Santo Puro Mezquila for each person with a wristband. No one under 21 years of age may participate in this bottle signing. Attendees are asked to present only Santo Puro Mezquila bottles pre-purchased on the day of the event at the 180 W. Girard Ave. store for signature and may not bring large bags, purses, or backpacks to the event. Photographs taken of event attendees with Sammy will be provided to each attendee, so no photographs with personal cameras or mobile devices will be permitted.

Marking a first in the spirits industry, Sammy Hagar and Adam Levine launched Santo Mezquila​, a premium blend of two distillates – 100 percent Blue Agave (commonly known as Tequila), and Espadin Agave, used to produce Mezcal. Born from a creative revelation that Sammy and Adam shared over a 2015 dinner in Cabo San Lucas and honed over two years, Santo represents the first quality blend of different agave distillates to hit the market. Sammy, who achieved success in the spirits industry with his Cabo Wabo Tequila brand, and Adam, the front man of Maroon 5 and “The Voice” coach, and their partners are introducing Santo Puro Mezquila nationwide. Adam describes it as, “smooth, full agave, rich tequila flavor with a touch of smoky-sweetness that you can only find with Mezcal – perfect for sipping.”

Two guitars signed by Sammy Hagar and Adam Levine will be given away during a drawing held only on the day of the event. Participants must enter the contest at the 180 W. Girard Ave. Fine Wine & Good Spirits store before the drawing, and the winners must be present when the guitars are awarded. This contest is open to participants 21 years of age and older, and no purchase is required to enter.

For the last four decades, Sammy Hagar has been one of rock music's most dynamic and prolific artists. From breaking into the industry with the seminal hard rock band Montrose, to his multiplatinum solo career, to his ride as the front man of Van Halen and beyond, Hagar has amassed 25 platinum albums on sales surpassing 50 million worldwide. Along his journey, the “Red Rocker” has set the tone for some of the greatest rock anthems ever written, with songs like "I Can't Drive 55," "Right Now," and "Why Can't This Be Love," and earned the highest respect of the music industry with a Grammy Award and induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame alongside Van Halen. Hagar has also become a dedicated philanthropist, a two-time New York Times best-selling author and auspicious entrepreneur.

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Pennsylvania State Police Makes Crash Reports Available Online

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2017
 
 
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) announced today the launch of https://crashreports.psp.pa.gov, a website that allows the public to search for and electronically obtain copies of crash reports for crashes investigated by PSP. The crash report database can be queried by case number or the date of the crash and last name of an involved party.
“The Pennsylvania State Police is pleased to make this tool available to the citizens of Pennsylvania,” said Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker. “The paperwork associated with even a minor crash can feel overwhelming. By embracing technology and creating an online portal to obtain relevant documents, we hope to relieve some of the stress associated with a motor vehicle crash.”
The fee for an electronic copy of a crash report is $22, payable online by credit card or bank account draft. Reports are typically available 15 days after a crash is reported.
Pennsylvania law states that only certain parties may access a crash report, including those involved in the crash, their attorney, and their insurance company. Users of the crash report site must affirm that they are one of these parties – or another privileged party as defined by section 3751(b) of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code – before completing their transaction.
The Pennsylvania State Police investigated 79,704 crashes in 2016.
For more information about the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Cpl. Adam Reed or Ryan Tarkowski, (717) 783-5556
 
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PLCB Now Accepting Sealed Bids for Fourth Auction of Expired Restaurant Licenses

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Bids for 50 licenses in 40 counties due Nov. 9

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today issued an invitation for bids to award 50 expired restaurant licenses in the fourth license auction since Act 39 became effective in August 2016.

This auction includes 50 licenses across 40 counties:

  • Two licenses each in the following counties: Allegheny, Berks, Dauphin, Erie, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, and Philadelphia.
  • One license in each of the following 30 counties: Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Delaware, Elk, Fayette, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Northumberland, Pike, Washington, Westmoreland, Wyoming, and York.

The auction will again use a sealed bid process, which has successfully awarded 124 licenses in the previous three auctions.

Bids for the 50 licenses offered in this restaurant license auction are due by noon on Thursday, Nov. 9. Bids will be opened Thursday, Nov. 16 and auction winners will be determined soon thereafter.

The minimum bid for each license is $25,000, and each bid must be accompanied by a $5,000 bid surety intended to avoid frivolous and underfunded bids.

The highest responsive bidder for each license will win the right to submit an application for the license to the PLCB within six months of auction award. If bid payment is not received within two weeks of auction award, the second-highest bidder will have the opportunity to apply for the license. Bids will be held in escrow by the PLCB, pending approval of the license application.

Bidders with questions regarding this invitation for bid must submit inquiries via email to RA-LBLicenseAuction@pa.gov by noon on Tuesday, Sept. 26. Questions and answers will be posted to the Department of General Services e-marketplace website by 3:00 PM on Thursday, Sept. 28.

Lists of winning bids from each of the three previous auctions are available on the license auction page of the PLCB website. Auction revenue cannot be totaled until license approvals are granted and bids come out of escrow.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide and licenses more than 20,000 beverage alcohol producers and retailers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.

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​Fine Wine & Good Spirits to Host Visionary California Winemaker at Pittsburgh Premium Collection Store

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September 13 event to feature Clay Shannon from Shannon Ridge

Pittsburgh – The Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store at The Waterworks, 974 Freeport Rd., Pittsburgh, will host a special Chairman’s Selection® tasting featuring four premium wines poured and discussed by Shannon Ridge Family of Wines owner Clay Shannon, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Clay Shannon transformed his ranch into one of the agricultural icons of California’s North Coast, and in doing so is changing the face and substance of grape-growing in the U.S. He grew up on a farm in Sonoma County and began his career as a vineyard manager, traveling the wine regions of California managing the company’s vineyards. A short time later, he started his own vineyard management company, growing grapes for some of the top wineries and fruit companies in Northern California. In 1995, Clay discovered a magnificent piece of property in the hills overlooking Clear Lake in Lake County, 35 miles north of Napa’s famed vineyards. Shannon Ridge is dedicated to creating a family of wines that consumers love at top-quality and affordable prices. Its sustainability practices integrate a flock of sheep that clean the vineyards, remove the excess canopy, and reduce the need for chemicals while providing natural fertilizer.

Shannon will offer samples of the following wines to those 21 years of age and older:

  • Shannon Ridge Circle O Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Lake County 2014 (Code 78380) – $14.99 (quoted at $27.99; save $13)
  • Shannon Ridge High Elevation Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (Code 78678) – $10.99 (quoted at $18; save $7.01)
  • Shannon Ridge Red Hills Chardonnay Lake County Reserve Ranch 2015 (Code 78781) – $19.99 (quoted at $35; save 15.01)
  • Shannon Ridge Zinfandel High Elevation Collection 2013 (Code 78206) – $10.99 (quoted at $23; save $12.01)

He will also sign pre-purchased bottles, answer customers’ questions, and share stories, history, and interesting facts about his wines. The tasting will also feature Steve Pollack, buyer for the Chairman’s Selection program.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.783.8864

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Pennsylvania State Police Welcomes 90 New Troopers

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September 8, 2017
 
Pennsylvania State Police Welcomes 90 New Troopers
 
Harrisburg, PA – Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced today that 90 cadets graduated from the State Police Academy in Hershey and have been assigned to troops across the commonwealth. The men and women represent the 149th graduating cadet class.
 
The ceremony at Bishop McDevitt High School marked the culmination of 27 weeks of classroom and physical training. Guest speaker, Pike County District Attorney Raymond J. Tonkin, joined Commissioner Blocker in congratulating the graduates on their achievements. Cadet William F. Golden, from Lackawanna County, spoke on behalf of the graduating class.
 
Six cadets received special awards and recognition at the ceremony:
 
  • The American Legion Award, presented to the most outstanding cadet in recognition of all-around academic, physical, ethical, and moral qualifications: Joshua D. Wiskeman, Westmoreland County
  • The Colonel Ronald L. Sharpe Award, presented to the cadet who most exemplifies the qualities of leadership: Cadet Joshua D. Wiskeman, Westmoreland County
  • The Colonel John K. Schafer Award, presented to the cadet who achieved the highest combined score on a series of physical skills tests: Garrett R. Hildebrand, Armstrong County
  • The Commissioner Daniel F. Dunn Award, presented to the cadet who earned the highest level of academic achievement in the class: Evan M. Worth, Ocean, New Jersey
  • The Sergeant Charles B. Gesford Award, presented to the cadet who scored the highest on the department’s pistol qualification course: Justin R. Achenbach, Lebanon County
  • The Colonel Paul J. Chylak Award, presented to the cadet who demonstrated the highest proficiency in driver safety training: Steven Knickel, York County
 
The graduates have been assigned to the following troops:
 
Troop A, Greensburg
Bradley J. Ditzler of Somerset County
Corri L. Hannon of Erie County
Steven W. Papuga of Cambria County
John M. Prunier of Indiana County
Branden L. Snyder of Somerset County
 
Troop A, Indiana
Daniel L. Bradley of Westmoreland County
Adam P. Derco of Westmoreland County
Andrew J. Wyandt of Blair County
 
Troop B, Belle Vernon
Nicholas G. Romano of Allegheny County
 
Troop B, Uniontown
Ted A. Dillon of Washington County
Colin J. Harrer of Westmoreland County
Ian P. James of Westmoreland County
Justin S. Rokavec of Centre County
Matthew C. Shiner of Lake County, OH
Jason R. Tanner of Lawrence County
Lauren J. Vernail of Westmoreland County
Anthony D. Vittone, Jr. of Westmoreland County
Joshua D. Wiskeman of Westmoreland County
 
Troop B, Washington
Marco Crivelli of Beaver County
Gregory T. McGee of Allegheny County
 
Troop D, Butler
Travis J. Buckshire of Butler County
Matthew M. Lesnett of Allegheny County
 
Troop D, Kittanning
Jacob T. Beers of Allegheny County
 
Troop D, Mercer
Alexis L. McBride of Mercer County
Mark A. Neugebauer of Mercer County
 
Troop D, New Castle
Matthew J. Hosey of Allegheny County
 
Troop E, Corry
Eric R. Conroe of Erie County
 
Troop E, Erie
William L. Bell III of Erie County
 
Troop E, Franklin
Nicholas P. Schmader of Clarion County
 
Troop E, Meadville
Nicholas A. Toscano of Erie County
 
Troop F, Coudersport
Jesse R. Makelke of Erie County
Devin A. Nicholson of Jefferson County
 
Troop F, Emporium
Chandra M. Baughman of Clearfield County
Garrett R. Hildebrand of Armstrong County
 
Troop F, Lamar
Damon M. Braniff
 
Troop F, Mansfield
Aaron R. Edwards
 
Troop F, Montoursville
Andrew M. Dalkiewicz of Columbia County
Chad S. Daugherty of Tioga County
 
Troop F, Selinsgrove
Joseph M. Civello of Ocean, NJ
Elisha P. Remener of Northumberland County
 
Troop F, Stonington
Jordan O. Judson
Zachary F. Martini of Columbia County
 
Troop H, Carlisle
Justin R. Achenbach of Lebanon County
Cody R. Greenawalt of Franklin County
 
Troop H, Chambersburg
Justin L. Brown of Lackawanna County
Lucas G. Riley of Adams County
 
Troop H, Harrisburg
Vincent J. Fye of Lebanon County
 
Troop H, Lykens
Donald K. Davis of York County
Dariusz M. Stalica of Passaic, NJ
Joshua J. Yaworski of Clearfield County
 
Troop H, Newport
Cody D. Booher of Huntingdon County
Robert E. Brallier of Bedford County
Matthew F. Chester of Mifflin County
Christopher M. Fritz of Berks County
Brandon S. Haney of Clearfield County
 
Troop H, York
Corey T. Heimbach of Berks County
Steven Knickel of York County
Jonathan T. Lear of Berks County
David A. Owens of Centre County
Timothy A. Reynolds of York County
Kelly A. Scarnati of Jefferson County
 
Troop J, Embreeville
Riley M. Ferris of Philadelphia County
Derek J. Paquette of Philadelphia County
Evan M. Worth of Ocean, NJ
 
Troop J, Lancaster
Jeremy W. Houser of Chester County
Brandon R. Jacquette of Delaware County
Noe Vargas of Middlesex, NJ
Shane M. Walton of Luzerne County
 
Troop K, Media
Wayne Butler-Miletto of Bucks County
Antonio V. Stauffer of Allegheny County
 
Troop K, Philadelphia
Robert E. Arias of Bergen, NJ
Amanda M. Concha of Philadelphia County
Anthony J. DiPietro of Philadelphia County
Shareef Mays of Berks County
Ryan J. Tierney of Montgomery County
 
Troop L, Jonestown
Kenneth M. Dahler of Hunterdon, NJ
 
Troop L, Reading
Michael C. Petrozino of Schuylkill County
 
Troop M, Bethlehem
Richard D. Pietrulewicz of Lehigh County
 
Troop M, Dublin
Brennan M. Long of Bucks County
 
Troop M, Fogelsville
Colin S. Carey of Lackawanna County
 
Troop N, Fern Ridge
William F. Golden of Lackawanna County
Garrett T. Lare of Morris, NJ
Edward D. Roll, Jr. of Sussex, NJ
Evan J. Thomas of Wayne County
 
Troop N, Hazleton
Jordyn K. Homyak of Carbon County
 
Troop P, Towanda
Gregory A. Pimm of Luzerne County
Scott M. Shipman of Sullivan County
Justin W. Walton of Chester County
 
Troop N, Stroudsburg
Israel A. Giron of Pike County
 
Troop P, Towanda
Kevin G. Kugler of Lackawanna County
 
For more information on the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov. To learn more about becoming a Pennsylvania State Trooper, visit www.patrooper.com.
 
MEDIA CONTACT:  Ryan Tarkowski, 717-783-5556
 
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Fewer Motorists Killed, Injured Over Labor Day Holiday Weekend

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September 6, 2017
 
 
Harrisburg, PA – Fewer people were killed or injured in traffic crashes investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) over the 2017 Labor Day holiday weekend compared to the same period last year.
 
The official holiday driving period was Sept. 1 through Sept. 4, 2017. Four people were killed and 216 others were injured in 794 crashes investigated by PSP during that time. In 2016, 11 people lost their lives and 223 others were injured over the same four-day period.
 
State police cited 769 individuals for not wearing seat belts over the weekend and issued citations to 125 motorists for not securing children in safety seats.
 
Troopers also issued 12,640 speeding citations and arrested 552 operators for driving under the influence. Of the 794 crashes investigated by PSP, 90 of were alcohol related. Alcohol was a factor in one of the four fatal crashes.
 
The statistics cover only those crashes investigated by state police and do not include statistics on incidents to which other law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania responded.
 
LABOR DAY CRASH DATA
Total Crashes
Fatal Crashes
People Killed
People Injured
Alcohol-Related Crashes
Alcohol-Related Fatal Crashes
2016
704
9
11
223
61
4
2017
794
4
4
216
90
1
LABOR DAY ENFORCEMENT DATA
DUI Arrests
Speeding Citations
Child Seat Citations
Seat Belt Citations
Other Citations
2016
590
11,341
198
769
11,494
2017
552
12,640
125
769
12,066
 
Crash and enforcement data by troop is available here.
 

In addition to the work of enforcing traffic laws, troopers remain proactive in educating the public on traffic safety and applicable laws. In 2016, state police members conducted more than 1,500 driver education presentations. These presentations are conducted at no cost for schools, community groups, and businesses. To arrange a presentation, contact your local state police barracks or visit www.psp.pa.gov.

 
MEDIA CONTACTS: Cpl. Adam Reed or Ryan Tarkowski, 717-783-5556
 
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State Police Announces 2016 DUI Arrest Totals

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 1, 2017
 
 
Harrisburg, PA The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) announced today that troopers made 19,518 arrests for driving under the influence (DUI) in 2016. The total includes arrests for both driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence of drugs and reflects a 3.8 percent increase from the total number of DUI arrests in 2015.
 
Additionally, PSP investigated 4,520 DUI-related crashes in 2016.
 
“Driving under the influence is a serious crime that puts innocent lives at risk every day,” said Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker. “Keeping the roadways safe is a primary function of this department, and we remain committed to preventing DUI through education and enforcement.”
 
State troopers certified as drug recognition experts (DREs) conducted 1,016 drug influence evaluations in 2016. DREs receive specialized classroom and field training to identify the physiological signs of impairment caused by a wide range of controlled substances.
 
“Alcohol, illicit drugs, and even prescribed medication can all negatively affect a person’s ability to drive,” said Commissioner Blocker. “Regardless of the method of impairment, a DUI conviction has long-lasting consequences including the possibility of monetary fines, license suspension, and even a prison sentence.”
 
A complete list of DUI arrest totals, DUI crash investigations, and DRE drug influence evaluations broken down by troop is available here. The statistics cover only those arrests and crashes investigated by state police and do not include statistics from other law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania.
 
As part of PSP’s commitment to raising awareness about the dangers of DUI and the consequences of impaired driving, troopers conducted more than 1,600 driver education presentations in 2016. These presentations are offered at no charge to schools, community groups, and businesses by state police community services officers. To request a presentation, contact your local state police barracks or visit www.psp.pa.gov.
 
MEDIA CONTACTS: Corporal Adam Reed or Ryan Tarkowski, 717-783-5556
 
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State Police Announces Sergeant Promotions

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 1, 2017
 
 
Harrisburg, PA – Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced the promotions of 28 members of the Pennsylvania State Police to the rank of sergeant during a ceremony today at Bishop McDevitt High School.
 
·         Brian L. Barnhart, of Gibsonia, Allegheny County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop B, Pittsburgh to Troop D, Butler. Sergeant Barnhart enlisted in the state police in 1996 and was promoted to corporal in 2004.
 
·         Leigh A. Barrows, of Philipsburg, Centre County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop G, Philipsburg to Troop G, Hollidaysburg. Sergeant Barrows enlisted in the state police in 1996 and was promoted to corporal in 2013.
 
·         Lori A. Bernard, of Greensburg, Westmoreland County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop A, Greensburg to the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards. Sergeant Bernard enlisted in the state police in 1994 and was promoted to corporal in 2011.
 
·         Matthew B. Bly, of Harbor Creek, Erie County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards to Troop E, Erie. Sergeant Bly enlisted in the state police in 2005 and was promoted to corporal in 2014.
 
·         Adam J. Burk, of Lancaster, Lancaster County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop J, Lancaster to Troop H, York. Sergeant Burk enlisted in the state police in 2006 and was promoted to corporal in 2013.
 
·         William J. Castaldi, of Old Forge, Lackawanna County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop R, Dunmore to Troop H, Gettysburg. Sergeant Castaldi enlisted in the state police in 1994 and was promoted to corporal in 2011.
 
·         Nicholas A. Cortes, of Madison Township, Lackawanna County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to Troop M, Bethlehem. Sergeant Cortes enlisted in the state police in 2002 and was promoted to corporal in 2014.
 
·         Michael P. Dugan, of Jim Thorpe, Carbon County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop N, Lehighton to Troop T, Highspire. Sergeant Dugan enlisted in the state police in 1998 and was promoted to corporal in 2008.
 
·         Iian T. Elliott, of Slippery Rock, Butler County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop E, Franklin to Troop D, Butler. Sergeant Elliott enlisted in the state police in 2003 and was promoted to corporal in 2011.
 
·         Joseph Fuentes of Quakertown, Bucks County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to Troop J, Lancaster. Sergeant Fuentes enlisted in the state police in 2004 and was promoted to corporal in 2014.
 
·         Richard J. Gamez, of Millersburg, Dauphin County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop H, Lykens to Troop H, Carlisle. Sergeant Gamez enlisted in the state police in 1994 and was promoted to corporal in 2007.
 
·         Bryan R. Henneman, of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, was promoted and will remain assigned to Troop H, Carlisle. Sergeant Henneman enlisted in the state police in 2001 and was promoted to corporal in 2012.
 
·         Deron A. Julian, of Palmyra, Lebanon County, was promoted and will remain assigned to the Bureau of Training and Education. Sergeant Julian enlisted in the state police in 1993 and was promoted to corporal in 2008.
 
·         Shandra P. Keeler, of Old Forge, Lackawanna County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop R, Blooming Grove to the Bureau of Research and Development. Sergeant Keeler enlisted in the state police in 2007 and was promoted to corporal in 2014.
 
·         Robert A. Kennedy, of Dunmore, Lackawanna County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop R, Blooming Grove to Troop H, York. Sergeant Kennedy enlisted in the state police in 1995 and was promoted to corporal in 2015.
 
·         Rosemary A. McGuire, of Upper Merion, Montgomery County, was promoted and will remain assigned to Troop K, Philadelphia. Sergeant McGuire enlisted in the state police in 2005 and was promoted to corporal in 2015.
 
·         Daniel Mosura, Jr., of Beaver Borough, Beaver County, was promoted and will remain assigned to the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards. Sergeant Mosura enlisted in the state police in 2004 and was promoted to corporal in 2012.
 
·         John E. Mowery, of Everett, Bedford County, was promoted and will remain assigned to the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards. Sergeant Mowery enlisted in the state police in 1994 and was promoted to corporal in 2006.
 
·         John M. O’Neill III, of Harrisburg, Dauphin County, was promoted and will remain assigned to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Sergeant O’Neill enlisted in the state police in 1996 and was promoted to corporal in 2009.
 
·         Kenneth E. Ranalli, of Upper St. Clair, Allegheny County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Gaming Enforcement to Troop A, Greensburg. Sergeant Ranalli enlisted in the state police in 1994 and was promoted to corporal in 2007.
 
·         Michael R. Reffeor, of Bloomsburg, Columbia County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to Troop R, Dunmore. Sergeant Reffeor enlisted in the state police in 1994 and was promoted to corporal in 2007.
 
·         Jessie D. Romanchick, of Scranton, Lackawanna County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop R, Gibson to the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards. Sergeant Romanchick enlisted in the state police in 2007 and was promoted to corporal in 2013.
 
·         Mark K. Rowlands, of Coplay, Lehigh County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations to Troop M, Bethlehem. Sergeant Rowlands enlisted in the state police in 2003 and was promoted to corporal in 2009.
 
·         Orvis E. Rowles, Jr., of Port Royal, Juniata County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop G, Hollidaysburg to the Bureau of Records and Identification. Sergeant Rowles enlisted in the state police in 1996 and was promoted to corporal in 2011.
 
·         Jarred E. Slater, of Greensburg, Westmoreland County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop A, Greensburg to Troop A, Indiana. Sergeant Slater enlisted in the state police in 1997 and was promoted to corporal in 2007.
 
·         Joshua M. Thompson, of Athens, Bradford County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop P, Towanda to Troop A, Greensburg. Sergeant Thompson enlisted in the state police in 2007 and promoted to corporal in 2014.
 
·         John P. Weaver, of New Eagle, Washington County, was promoted and will remain assigned to Troop B, Washington. Sergeant Weaver enlisted in the state police in 2000 and was promoted to corporal in 2011.
 
·         Kiprian S. Yarosh, of Canonsburg, Washington County, was promoted and will remain assigned to Troop B, Washington. Sergeant Yarosh enlisted in the state police in 1992 and was promoted to corporal in 2013.
 
State police ranks are cadet, trooper, corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major, lieutenant colonel, and colonel.  For more information about the Pennsylvania State police, visit www.psp.pa.gov.   
                                                         
MEDIA CONTACTS:  Cpl. Adam Reed or Ryan Tarkowski, 717-783-5556
 
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State Police Announces Corporal Promotions

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 1, 2017
 
 
 
Harrisburg, PA – Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced the promotions of 55 members of the Pennsylvania State Police to the rank of corporal during a ceremony today at Bishop McDevitt High School.
 
 
  • Matthew C. Barrett, of Frackville, Schuylkill County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop L, Frackville to Troop H, Newport. Corporal Barrett enlisted in the state police in 2005.
 
  • Corey L. Beam, of Greensburg, Westmoreland County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop A, Greensburg to Troop B, Uniontown. Corporal Beam enlisted in the state police in 2004.
 
  • David F. Beam, of Orwigsburg, Schuylkill County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop L, Schuylkill Haven to Troop M, Trevose. Corporal Beam enlisted in the state police in 2006.
 
  • Steven A. Bradney, of Duncannon, Perry County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop H, Harrisburg to Troop H, Newport. Corporal Bradney enlisted in the state police in 2004.
 
  • Clinton D. Burdick, of Ephrata, Lancaster County, was promoted and will remain assigned to the Bureau of Communications and Information Services. Corporal Burdick enlisted in the state police in 2008.
 
  • Jason L. Carbaugh, of Carlisle, Cumberland County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop T, Bowmansville to Troop H, Chambersburg. Corporal Carbaugh enlisted in the state police in 1996.
 
  • John B. Carr, of Auburn, Schuylkill County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop L, Frackville to Troop H, Carlisle. Corporal Carr enlisted in the state police in 2001.
 
  • Donald J. Cole II, of Tunkhannock, Wyoming County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop P, Laporte to Troop K, Media. Corporal Cole enlisted in the state police in 1996.
 
  • Brendan M. Connor, of Haverford Township, Delaware County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop K, Philadelphia to Troop H, York. Corporal Connor enlisted in the state police in 2008.
 
  • Morgan A. Crummy, of Douglassville, Berks County, was promoted and will remain assigned to the Bureau of Training and Education. Corporal Crummy enlisted in the state police in 2007.
 
  • Richard T. Dechene, Jr., of Carlisle, Cumberland County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop T, Newville to Troop H, Chambersburg. Corporal Dechene enlisted in the state police in 2005.
 
  • Bertino F. DiGregorio, of Old Forge, Lackawanna County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop R, Gibson to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Corporal DiGregorio enlisted in the state police in 2007.
 
  • Jason L. Domenick, of New Castle, Lawrence County, was promoted and will remain assigned to Troop D, New Castle. Corporal Domenick enlisted in the state police in 2010.
 
  • Joseph C. Dominick, of Old Forge, Lackawanna County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Gaming Enforcement to Troop H, Carlisle. Corporal Dominick enlisted in the state police in 2008.
 
  • George A. Durst, of Shippensburg, Franklin County, was promoted and will remain assigned to the Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations. Corporal Durst enlisted in the state police in 2007.
 
  • Wilbur S. Goodwin III, of Masontown, Fayette County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Gaming Enforcement to Troop B, Waynesburg. Corporal Goodwin enlisted in the state police in 2007.
 
  • Alec J. Hamilton, of Uniontown, Fayette County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop B, Uniontown to Troop B, Washington. Corporal Hamilton enlisted in the state police in 1995.
 
  • Dennis M. Harding, of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Gaming Enforcement to Troop K, Philadelphia. Corporal Harding enlisted in the state police in 2010.
 
  • Kenneth P. Hofer, Jr., of Duncansville, Blair County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop G, Hollidaysburg to Troop G, Bedford. Corporal Hofer enlisted in the state police in 1993.
 
  • Thomas J. Kapolka, of Perryopolis, Fayette County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop B, Uniontown to Troop B, Washington. Corporal Kapolka enlisted in the state police in 2010.
 
  • Edward A. Knapp, of Lebanon, Lebanon County, was promoted and will remain assigned to the Bureau of Communications and Information Services. Corporal Knapp enlisted in the state police in 2009.
 
  • Matthew A. Knock, of Weatherly, Carbon County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop P, Wyoming to Troop H, Chambersburg. Corporal Knock enlisted in the state police in 2004.
 
  • Michael J. Kozma, of Berwick, Columbia County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop N, Bloomsburg to Troop H, Carlisle. Corporal Kozma enlisted in the state police in 1996.
 
  • Jason D. Laudermilch, of Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Corporal Laudermilch enlisted in the state police in 1996.
 
  • Richard L. Levan, Jr., of Quakertown, Bucks County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Gaming Enforcement to Troop M, Dublin. Corporal Levan enlisted in the state police in 2005.
 
  • Michael J. Lewis, of Butler, Butler County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop D, Butler to Troop D, Mercer. Corporal Lewis enlisted in the state police in 2005.
 
  • Brian R. Lumsden, of Murrysville, Westmoreland County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop A, Kiski Valley to Troop A, Greensburg. Corporal Lumsden enlisted in the state police in 2003.
 
  • Nicole R. Mark, of Carlisle, Cumberland County, was promoted and will remain assigned to Troop H, Carlisle. Corporal Mark enlisted in the state police in 2008.
 
  • Joe L. May, of Jonestown, Lebanon County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop L, Jonestown to Troop H, Newport. Corporal May enlisted in the state police in 2002.
 
  • Michael J. Minanno, of Ambler, Montgomery County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to Troop K, Philadelphia. Corporal Minanno enlisted in the state police in 1994.
 
  • James M. Monkelis, of White Oak, Allegheny County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop T, Gibsonia to Troop B, Uniontown. Corporal Monkelis enlisted in the state police in 1995.
 
  • Matthew E. Moylan, of Plymouth Meeting, Montgomery County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Gaming Enforcement to Troop K, Media. Corporal Moylan enlisted in the state police in 2007.
 
  • Frank R. Orlando, of Scranton, Lackawanna County, was promoted and will remain assigned to Troop R, Dunmore. Corporal Orlando enlisted in the state police in 1999.
 
  • Troy L. Owen, of Clarion, Clarion County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to Troop B, Uniontown. Corporal Owen enlisted in the state police in 2005.
 
  • Jason P. Pennington, of Downingtown, Chester County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop J, Avondale to Troop J, Lancaster. Corporal Pennington enlisted in the state police in 2008.
 
  • Shanelle J. Peters, of Mifflin, Juniata County, was promoted and will remain assigned to the Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission. Corporal Peters enlisted in the state police in 2005.
 
  • Matthew J. Pierotti, of Huntingdon, Huntingdon County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop G, Philipsburg to Troop G, Lewistown. Corporal Pierotti enlisted in the state police in 2007.
 
  • Eric T. Porpiglia, of Hazleton, Luzerne County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop N, Hazleton to Troop F, Mansfield. Corporal Porpiglia enlisted in the state police in 2007.
 
  • Mark A. Sadowski, of Exeter, Luzerne County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop P, Wyoming to Troop H, York. Corporal Sadowski enlisted in the state police in 2007.
 
  • Marvin S. Shair, of Saylorsburg, Monroe County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Gaming Enforcement to Troop J, Avondale. Corporal Shair enlisted in the state police in 2011.
 
  • David M. Shearn III, of Langhorne, Bucks County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop K, Philadelphia to Troop J, Embreeville. Corporal Shearn enlisted in the state police in 2004.
 
  • Matthew J. Sheeran, of Media, Delaware County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Gaming Enforcement to Troop H, York. Corporal Sheeran enlisted in the state police in 2007. 
 
  • Michael G. Shipman II, of Watsontown, Northumberland County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to Troop F, Montoursville. Corporal Shipman enlisted in the state police in 2001.
 
  • Ryan L. Shrift, of Northern Cambria, Cambria County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop A, Ebensburg to Troop A, Indiana. Corporal Shrift enlisted in the state police in 2004.
 
  • Steven C. Siko, of Latrobe, Westmoreland County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop T, New Stanton to Troop B, Uniontown. Corporal Siko enlisted in the state police in 2005.
 
  • Zakery R. Sommers, of Plum, Allegheny County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Gaming Enforcement to Troop G, McConnellsburg. Corporal Sommers enlisted in the state police in 2006.
 
  • Michael A. Sprague, of Harrisonville, Fulton County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop G, McConnellsburg to Troop G, Huntingdon. Corporal Sprague enlisted in the state police in 1993.
 
  • Philip G. Strosser, of Holtwood, Lancaster County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop J, Lancaster to Troop J, Avondale. Corporal Strosser enlisted in the state police in 1998.
 
  • Nathan A. Svencer, of Friedens, Somerset County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop T, Somerset to Troop A, Somerset. Corporal Svencer enlisted in the state police is 2002.
 
  • Michael R. Turlip, of Archbald, Lackawanna County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop R, Dunmore to Troop H, York. Corporal Turlip enlisted in the state police in 2005.
 
  • Sean M. Waters, of Mount Joy, Lancaster County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop J, Lancaster to Troop H, Carlisle. Corporal Waters enlisted in the state police in 2007.
 
  • Bruce W. Wesnak, of Pittston, Luzerne County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop N, Fern Ridge to Troop H, Gettysburg. Corporal Wesnak enlisted in the state police in 2007.
 
  • William E. Winner, Jr., of Milton, Northumberland County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Research and Development to Troop F, Coudersport. Corporal Winner enlisted in the state police in 2002.
 
  • Chris J. Yaworski, of Allentown, Lehigh County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop M, Fogelsville to Troop M, Trevose. Corporal Yaworski enlisted in the state police in 2006.
 
  • John J. Youngblood, of Shavertown, Luzerne County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop P, Wyoming to Troop H, Lykens. Corporal Youngblood enlisted in the state police in 2006.
 
State police ranks are cadet, trooper, corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major, lieutenant colonel, and colonel.  For more information about the Pennsylvania State police, visit www.psp.pa.gov.   
 
MEDIA CONTACTS:  Cpl. Adam Reed or Ryan Tarkowski, 717-783-5556
 
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​Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Celebrates Grand Opening of New Fine Wine & Good Spirits Store in Newport, Perry County

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Newport – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today welcomed local officials and the public to the grand opening of a new Fine Wine & Good Spirits store at CrestView Plaza, 201 Fickes Lane, Newport, Perry County.

With almost 4,800 square feet of space, this store features more than 2,000 wines and spirits, including the popular Chairman’s Advantage® wines, which are hand-selected and highly rated wines available for less than $10 a bottle.

This Fine Wine & Good Spirits store offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere for consumers to browse the extensive selection. The focal point of the store is a new table, where customers can find staff to answer questions or provide recommendations, highlighted promotional items and educational materials for customers such as:

  • Answers to frequently asked questions about wine and spiritsA vintage chart
  • A food pairing outline
  • A party planning guide
  • A calorie chart
  • Tips for responsible hosting and consumption

The store includes a “Made in Pennsylvania” section that highlights products produced in the commonwealth and a Pennsylvania Lottery machine.

Throughout design and construction, the PLCB was committed to developing a store that is attractive and environmentally responsible. Most store lighting is state-of-the-art LED or energy-efficient compact-fluorescent lighting, which uses a fraction of the energy of traditional lighting.

The Newport Fine Wine & Good Spirits store will be open from 11:30 AM through 6:00 PM Monday through Thursday and from 11:30 A.M. through 8:00 P.M. Friday and Saturday. The store phone number is 717-567-2068. To find additional store locations and hours, visit www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.303.8522

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How to Help Survivors of Hurricane Harvey While Making Smart Choices

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Harrisburg, PA - As a tremendous number of people, businesses, and service organizations throughout the country begin collecting and donating goods and services to assist storm survivors in Texas, the Pennsylvania Department of State, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of Attorney General Josh Shapiro want Pennsylvanians to know how they can best help and not hinder rescue and recovery efforts while also protecting themselves.

While donations of goods such as food and clothing are well-intentioned, unsolicited materials can overwhelm organizations that are tasked with helping survivors but are unprepared to store, sort and distribute large quantities of donated goods.

“This storm’s impact will be felt for years to come along the Gulf Coast,” said PEMA Director Richard D. Flinn, Jr. “Many people feel compelled to help those impacted by the storm, but please do so in a way that will truly help storm survivors, while also protecting yourself financially from those who might try to take advantage of your generosity.”

The most useful form of assistance is donations of money. Make check and credit card donations to well-established, charitable organizations that are assisting the flood relief effort. Monetary donations allow charitable organizations the flexibility to purchase items that are needed most, and, unlike material donations, entail no transportation costs.

All three agencies offered the following tips:

  • Do not give to a charity you know nothing about. Call the charity or do some research on your own. Search the name online — with the word “complaints” or “scams.” Check with the Better Business Bureau.

  • Do not donate over the phone unless you are familiar with the organization.

  • For door-to-door solicitors, ask to see the person’s identification and consider avoiding them altogether. Do not feel pressured into giving and allowing someone into your house.

  • Do not give credit card numbers, bank account numbers or other personal financial information over the phone. Never wire money to someone claiming to be a charity.

  • Whenever possible, write a check payable to the charity so you have a record of your donation. Or make a donation directly through a legitimate organization’s secure website, rather than a third-party website.

  • Don't click links in unsolicited emails or on social media. Unless you previously donated to an organization, assume that an unsolicited donation request by email is a scam. Plus, links in emails or social media can unleash malware.

“It is a terrible thing to see the devastation that is occurring in Texas and throughout the Gulf region,” Secretary of State Pedro Cortés said. “As in any time of great need, generous Pennsylvanians are looking for ways they can help. We want to ensure their donations go to reputable organizations with a proven record of good service.”

 

Charitable organizations that solicit contributions in Pennsylvania must register with the department’s Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations if their gross annual contributions are more than $25,000. There are some statutory exclusions and exemptions to the registration requirement, for groups such as religious institutions, hospitals, and police, firefighter or veteran organizations.

 

To determine if a charitable group is properly registered, the public can search the Charities Online Database. The website also provides a list of organizations that have been subject to corrective actions taken by the Bureau. The public may also call 1-800-732-0999.

 

The Annual Charities Report online contains detailed information about charitable organizations registered in Pennsylvania and professional solicitors and fundraising counsels. For instance, the report outlines what percentage of every donated dollar goes to the charity and how much is charged by the solicitors or counsels for their services.

 

Attorney General Josh Shapiro noted the importance of protecting yourself while helping others.

 

“We care deeply about the victims from this terrible storm and want to help any way we can,” said Attorney General Shapiro. “We also want Pennsylvanians to be careful as they donate, and want to help them avoid the scam artists who always surface after natural disasters like this one. Our office is here to help you avoid being scammed.”

 

More helpful tips about informed giving can be found at the Charities section of the Department of State’s website.

 

To file a complaint about any charity soliciting donations in the commonwealth, contact the Division of Investigations/Audits at 717-787-0700, by email at ra-stbeiciu@pa.gov, or by mail at 401 North St., Room 212, Harrisburg, PA, 17120,

 

If you believe you’ve been scammed, call the Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. 1-800-441-2555 or email at scams@attorneygeneral.gov.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Ruth A. Miller, PEMA, ruthmiller@pa.gov
Wanda Murren, State, 717-783-1621
Joe Grace, OAG, 717-574-9095

 

 

 

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​Zac Brown to Sign Bottles of Z. Alexander Brown Wines at Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store in Hummelstown

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Country music star will greet 150 lucky fans

Hummelstown – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board today announced that Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum artist Zac Brown of Zac Brown Band will sign bottles of Z. Alexander Brown Wines at the Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store in Hershey Square Shopping Center, Hummelstown, Dauphin County, on Sunday, Sept. 3, at 1:30 PM.

Numbered wristbands will be made available starting at 10:00 A.M. Sunday, Sept. 3, at the Hummelstown Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store to the first 150 people who purchase a bottle of Z. Alexander Brown Uncaged Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast (Code 1182, $18.99) or Z. Alexander Brown Uncaged Proprietary Red Blend North Coast (Code 1183, $18.99) and want to attend the 1:30 P.M. bottle signing. Each customer must be present to obtain a wristband, and only one wristband will be available per person who purchases at least one bottle of those two wines. Wristbands are non-transferable.

Zac regrets he will be unable to sign any personal items and will only sign up to two pre-purchased bottles of Z. Alexander Brown Wines for each person with a wristband. No one under 21 years of age may participate in this bottle signing. Attendees are asked to present only Z. Alexander Brown Wines bottles pre-purchased on the morning of the event at the Hummelstown store for signature and may not bring large bags, purses, or backpacks to the event. Photographs taken of event attendees with Zac will be provided to each attendee, so no photographs with personal cameras or mobile devices will be permitted.

Z. Alexander Brown Wines are a creative collaboration between Zac Brown and Napa Valley winemaker John Killebrew. Launched January 2016, Z. Alexander Brown became the No. 1 new wine brand of 2016 and the leading new varietals in the $13-$20 price segment – No. 1 new Cabernet Sauvignon and No. 1 new Red Blend. The label of Z. Alexander Brown Uncaged wines were designed with Zac and boast the name “Uncaged,” the guiding maxim for Zac and John’s approach to crafting Z. Alexander Brown Wines and the title of one of Zac Brown Band’s multi-platinum albums.

Three-time Grammy-winning, multi-platinum artist Zac Brown of Zac Brown Band is on a North American tour to support “Welcome Home,” the band's fourth consecutive No. 1 Country album and fifth consecutive top 10 on the Billboard 200 (the tour stops at Hersheypark Stadium on the night of the signing). Billboard calls Zac Brown Band “one of the biggest success stories in country music over the past decade,” following three platinum-selling albums, the five-time platinum “The Foundation,” their 2013 project “The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1,” and selling more than 25 million singles and eight million albums. Other recent milestones include a performance at the Super Bowl LI pregame festivities, Live Nation’s Twitter Concert Series first live stream, and an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Additional information can be found at http://www.zacbrownband.com/​.

WHAT: Zac Brown to sign pre-purchased bottles of Z. Alexander Brown Wines

WHEN: 1:30 PM, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017

WHERE: Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store, Hershey Square Shopping Center, 1158 Mae St., Hummelstown, PA 17036

MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.303.8522

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​Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Celebrates Grand Reopening of Renovated Fine Wine & Good Spirits Store in Downtown Pittsburgh

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Pittsburgh – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today welcomed local officials and the public to the grand reopening of the handsomely renovated Fine Wine & Good Spirits store located at 959 Liberty Ave. in downtown Pittsburgh.

With more than 7,400 square feet of space, this refurbished store features nearly 1,350 wines and spirits, including the popular Chairman’s Selection® wines, which are hand-selected and highly rated. 

With its new color palette, the Fine Wine & Good Spirits store offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere for consumers to browse the extensive selection. The focal point of the store is a new table, where customers can find staff to answer questions or provide recommendations, highlighted promotional items and educational materials for customers such as:

  • Answers to frequently asked questions about wine and spirits 
  • A vintage chart
  • A food pairing outline
  • A party planning guide
  • A calorie chart
  • Tips for responsible hosting and consumption

Throughout design and construction, the PLCB was committed to developing a store that is attractive and environmentally responsible. Most store lighting is state-of-the-art LED or energy-efficient compact-fluorescent lighting, which uses a fraction of the energy of traditional lighting. The 959 Liberty Ave. Fine Wine & Good Spirits store will be open from 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Saturday. The store phone number is 412-880-0452. To find additional store locations and hours, visit www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.

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Pennsylvania State Police to Participate in National ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Impaired Driving Crackdown

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Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) will join in the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” impaired driving enforcement campaign from August 16 through September 4, 2017.
 
Although DUI-related fatalities have fallen by a third over the last three decades, recent statistics show a frightening trend. According to the NHTSA, 10,265 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2015, an increase from the 9,967 people killed in 2014. On average, 10,000 people were killed each year from 2011 to 2015, which equals one person killed every 51 minutes in 2015.
 
“As Pennsylvanians prepare to mark the end of summer with Labor Day festivities, it is important to remember to celebrate responsibly and make a plan to get home safely,” said Major Edward Hoke, director of PSP’s Bureau of Patrol. “Troopers will conduct high-visibility patrols and DUI checkpoints, with a zero-tolerance approach toward impaired driving.”
 
During the three-day Labor Day holiday enforcement period in 2016, PSP investigated 704 crashes statewide, including 61 crashes involving alcohol, and four alcohol-related fatal crashes.
 
Penalties for a DUI conviction in Pennsylvania vary based on several factors, including an individual’s criminal history, blood alcohol content (BAC) level, and whether or not there were injuries or property damage in the event of a crash. Potential consequences include thousands of dollars in fines, a license suspension, and even prison time.
 
“Impaired driving is a deadly, yet preventable, crime that impacts countless Pennsylvanians ever year.” Major Hoke said. “The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ is to enhance public safety through enforcement and education.”
 
The NHTSA developed the SaferRide smartphone app as part of its effort to curb impaired driving. The app can be used to quickly pinpoint the user’s location and call a taxi or trusted friend for a safe ride home. The app is free and available for Android and Apple devices.
 
For more information about the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov.
 
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State Police Promotes Dennis W. Long to Lieutenant

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August 11, 2017
 
 
Harrisburg, PA State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced the promotion of Dennis W. Long, a native of Slatington, Lehigh County, to lieutenant yesterday and assigned him as the director of the Criminal Records and Identification Division within the Bureau of Records and Identification. He most recently served as supervisor of the Patrol Section at Troop M, Fogelsville.
 
Lieutenant Long enlisted in the state police in 1991. Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop L, Schuylkill Haven. As he progressed through the ranks, Lieutenant Long also served in Troop M (Dublin and Bethlehem Stations), Troop B (Washington Station), and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (Computer Crime Unit). He was promoted to corporal in 2007 and sergeant in 2013. 
 
Lieutenant Long received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mansfield University.
 
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State Police Promotes Kevin F. Mahoney to Lieutenant

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August 11, 2017
 
 
Harrisburg, PA State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced the promotion of Kevin F. Mahoney, a native of Scranton, Lackawanna County, to lieutenant yesterday and assigned him as the eastern section commander of Internal Affairs Division, Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards. He most recently served as the Criminal Investigation Section supervisor at Troop R, Dunmore.
 
Lieutenant Mahoney enlisted in the state police in 1996. Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop P, Wyoming. As he progressed through the ranks, Lieutenant Mahoney served in Troop P (Tunkhannock and Wyoming Stations), Troop M (Bethlehem Station), Troop R (Dunmore, Blooming Grove, and Gibson Stations), and the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards. He was promoted to corporal in 2005 and sergeant in 2012.
 
Lieutenant Mahoney received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Scranton.
 
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State Police Promotes Barry L. Brinser to Lieutenant

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August 11, 2017
 
 
Harrisburg, PA State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced the promotion of Barry L. Brinser, a native of Londonderry Township, Dauphin County, to lieutenant yesterday and assigned him as the tactical operations section commander in the Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations.  He most recently served as the coordinator of the Special Emergency Response Team - East in the Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations.
 
Lieutenant Brinser enlisted in the state police in January of 1994.  Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop L, Hamburg.  He later transferred to Troop L, Jonestown, where he served in the Patrol Unit.  As he progressed through the ranks, Lieutenant Brinser served in Troops L, H, and J, and the Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations.  He served as a corporal in Troops J and H and as a corporal and sergeant in the Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations.  Lieutenant Brinser was promoted to corporal in 2007 and sergeant in 2013.
 
He is a 1982 graduate of Lower Dauphin High School and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
 
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State Police Promotes Leo D. Hannon, Jr., to Lieutenant

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August 11, 2017
 
 
Harrisburg, PA State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced the promotion of Leo D. Hannon, Jr., a native of Luzerne County, to lieutenant yesterday. Lieutenant Hannon now serves as the commander of the operations section of the Drug Law Enforcement Division within the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. He most recently served as commander of the Eastern Organized Crime Task Force within the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
 
Lieutenant Hannon enlisted in the state police in 1996. Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop P, Tunkhannock.  As he progressed through the ranks, Lieutenant Hannon also served in Troop P (Shickshinny and Wyoming Stations), as well as the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.  Lieutenant Hannon was promoted to corporal in 2004 and sergeant in 2013.
 
He received a Bachelor of Science degree from King's College in 1993.
 
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State Police Promotes John G. Nederostek to Captain

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August 11, 2017
 
 
Harrisburg, PA State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced the promotion of John G. Nederostek, a native of Jim Thorpe, Carbon County, to captain yesterday and assigned him as the commanding officer of Troop P, Wyoming. He most recently served as station commander of Troop M, Fogelsville.
 
Captain Nederostek enlisted in the state police in 1993. Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop M, Fogelsville. As he progressed through the ranks, Captain Nederostek also served in the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards, as well as the Bethlehem and Trevose stations in Troop M. Captain Nederostek was promoted to corporal in 1998, sergeant in 2011, and lieutenant in 2013.
 
He received an associate degree from Lehigh County Community College and will be attending the 273rd session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy next July.
 
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State Police Promotes Daniel W. Ekis to Lieutenant

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August 11, 2017
 
 
Harrisburg, PA State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced the promotion of Daniel W. Ekis, a native of Franklin, Venango County, to lieutenant yesterday and assigned him as the station commander of Troop D, Kittanning. He most recently served as the supervisor of the Criminal Investigation Section in Troop D, Butler.
 
Lieutenant Ekis enlisted in the state police in 1995 and was assigned to Troop B, Waynesburg, after graduating from the academy. He has served at Troop B (Waynesburg, Uniontown, and Pittsburgh stations), Troop D (Butler and Mercer stations) and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (Tactical Intelligence Unit). Lieutenant Ekis was promoted to corporal in 2007 and sergeant in 2011. He also served as a negotiator with the Special Emergency Response West Team from 2013 to 2017.
 
Lieutenant Ekis is a 1991 graduate of Franklin Area High School and attended Clarion University. He is also a 2016 graduate of the Northwestern University's Police Staff and Command School.
 
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State Police Promotes Joseph M. Gabryluk III to Lieutenant

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August 11, 2017
 
 
Harrisburg, PA State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced the promotion of Joseph M. Gabryluk III, a native of Walnutport, Northampton County, to lieutenant yesterday and assigned him to the Bureau of Training and Education. He most recently served as the supervisor of the Special Services Unit in the Bureau of Training and Education.
 
Lieutenant Gabryluk enlisted in the state police in 1994. Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop N, Fern Ridge. As he progressed through the ranks, Lieutenant Gabryluk served at Troop J (Lancaster, Ephrata, and Avondale stations), Troop E (Erie), Troop J (Lancaster), and the Bureau of Training and Education. He was promoted to corporal in 2007 and sergeant in 2010.
 
Lieutenant Gabryluk is a graduate of Northampton High School and DeSales University.
 
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State Police Promotes Jeffrey M. Schaeffer to Lieutenant

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August 11, 2017
 
 
Harrisburg, PA State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced the promotion of Jeffrey M. Schaeffer, a native of East Huntingdon Township, Westmoreland County, to lieutenant yesterday and assigned him as the director of the Western Pennsylvania All Hazards Fusion Center within the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. He most recently served as the criminal investigation section supervisor at Troop B, Uniontown.
 
Lieutenant Schaeffer enlisted in the state police in 2003. Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop H, Chambersburg. As he progressed through the ranks, Lieutenant Schaeffer also served at the Uniontown, Washington, and Belle Vernon stations in Troop B. He was promoted to corporal in 2007 and sergeant in 2013. 
 
Lieutenant Schaeffer received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
 
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State Police Promotes Michael B. Tinneny to Lieutenant

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Harrisburg, PA State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced the promotion of Michael B. Tinneny, a native of Conshohocken, Montgomery County, to lieutenant yesterday and assigned him as the commander of the Investigative Services Section in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. He most recently served as the station commander of Troop M, Dublin.
 
Lieutenant Tinneny enlisted in the state police in 1994. Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop J, Embreeville. As he progressed through the ranks, he has also served in Troop K (Skippack, Media, and Philadelphia Stations), Troop M (Trevose Station), and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (Organized Crime Task Force). He was promoted to corporal in 2003 and sergeant in 2013.
 
Lieutenant Tinneny is a graduate of Delaware Valley University.
 
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William M. Bowen Promoted to State Police Captain

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August 11, 2017
 
 
Harrisburg, PA – State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced the promotion of William M. Bowen, a native of Lawrence Township, Clearfield County, to captain yesterday. Captain Bowen’s new assignment is director of the Systems and Process Review Division within the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards. He most recently served as the central section commander of the Internal Affairs Division in the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards.
 
Captain Bowen enlisted in the state police in 1988. Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop B, Waynesburg.  As he progressed through the ranks, Captain Bowen served at Troop H, Lykens and the Bureaus of Technology Services and Gaming Enforcement.  He was promoted to corporal in 1995, sergeant in 2004, and lieutenant in 2013.
 
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Christopher Blugis Promoted to State Police Captain

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August 11, 2017
 
 
Harrisburg, PA – State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced the promotion of Christopher Blugis, a native of Kulpmont Borough, Northumberland County, to captain yesterday and assigned him as the director of the Internal Affairs Division in the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards. He most recently served as the criminal section commander at Troop L, Reading.
 
Captain Blugis enlisted in the state police in 1990. Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to the Troop L, Schuylkill Haven. As he progressed through the ranks, Captain Blugis served in Troop L and the Bureau of Training and Education. He served as a corporal, sergeant, and lieutenant in Troop L. He was promoted to corporal in 1994, sergeant in 2004, and lieutenant in 2011.  
 
Captain Blugis holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wilkes University.
 
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Richard H. D'Ambrosio Promoted to State Police Captain

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August 11, 2017
 
 
Harrisburg, PA – State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced the promotion of Richard H. D'Ambrosio, a native of Philadelphia, to captain yesterday and named him commanding officer of Troop M, Bethlehem. He most recently served as the station commander of Troop J, Avondale.
 
Captain D’Ambrosio enlisted in the state police in 1991. Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop J, Avondale. As he progressed through the ranks, Captain D'Ambrosio also served in Troop N (Fern Ridge), the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards, Troop K (Philadelphia), Troop J (Embreeville), and Troop J (Ephrata).  Captain D’Ambrosio held the ranks of trooper, corporal, and sergeant while at the Avondale Station. He was promoted to corporal in 1995, sergeant in 2005, and lieutenant in 2011.
 
Captain D’Ambrosio received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University in 1991.
 
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Troy K. Hyman Promoted to State Police Captain

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August 11, 2017
 
 
Harrisburg, PA – State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced the promotion of Troy K. Hyman, a native of Allentown, Lehigh County, to captain yesterday. Captain Hyman is now assigned as the director of the Intelligence Division in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. He most recently served as the commander of the Tactical Intelligence Section in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
 
Captain Hyman enlisted in the state police in 1994. Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to the Troop K, Media. From 2001 to 2007, Captain Hyman served as a trooper on the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force in Philadelphia. As he progressed through the ranks, Captain Hyman served in the Patrol and Criminal Investigation Units in Troop J. He also served as the commander of the Analytical Intelligence Section in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. 
Captain Hyman was promoted to corporal in 2007, sergeant in 2011, and lieutenant in 2013.
 
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern University in 2000, and is a graduate of the 268th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
 
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Joseph D. Ruggery Promoted to State Police Captain

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August 11, 2017
 
 
Harrisburg, PA – State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced the promotion of Joseph D. Ruggery, a native of Altoona, Blair County, to captain yesterday and assigned him as the commanding officer of Troop B, Washington. He most recently served as the Criminal Investigation Section commander at Troop A, Greensburg.
 
Captain Ruggery enlisted in the state police in 1994. Following his graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop T, New Stanton. As he progressed through the ranks, Captain Ruggery also served in Troop A (Greensburg, Ebensburg, Indiana, and Somerset Stations), Troop E (Warren), Troop C (Punxsutawney), and the Bureaus of Drug Law Enforcement and Gaming Enforcement. Captain Ruggery was promoted to corporal in 2004, sergeant in 2008, and lieutenant in 2012.
 
Captain Ruggery received a Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1993. He is also a 2016 graduate of the 255th Session of the FBI National Academy.
 
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State Police Promotes James Curto to Lieutenant

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August 11, 2017

Harrisburg, PA – State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced the promotion of James Curto, a native of Queens, New York, to lieutenant yesterday and assigned him as the central section commander in the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards. He most recently served as supervisor of the Criminal Investigation Section at Troop N, Hazleton.

Lieutenant Curto enlisted in the state police in 2000. Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop K, Skippack. As he progressed through the ranks, Lieutenant Curto served at Troops K and N and the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards. Lieutenant Curto was promoted to corporal in 2011 and sergeant in 2013.

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State Police Promotes James E. Degnan to Major

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August 11, 2017
 
 
Harrisburg, PA State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced the promotion of James E. Degnan, a native of Luzerne County, to major yesterday and assigned him as the commanding officer of Area III. He most recently served as the commanding officer of Troop P, Wyoming.
 
Major Degnan enlisted in the state police in 1988. Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop F, Mansfield. As he progressed through the ranks, Major Degnan held positions in the Patrol, Crime, and Staff Services Units.
 
Major Degnan served in Troops F, P, and R in addition to being assigned as the Wilkes Barre district office commander within the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement. During his career, he also served on the Special Emergency Response Team.
 
Major Degnan was promoted to corporal in 1993, sergeant in 2000, lieutenant in 2006, and captain in 2010.
 
Major Degnan is a 1981 graduate of Wyoming Area High School, the International Chiefs of Police – Leadership in Police Organizations, and the 248th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.
 
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State Police Promotes Joseph N. Altieri to Lieutenant

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August 11, 2017
 
 
Harrisburg, PA State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced the promotion of Joseph N. Altieri, a native of Avenel, New Jersey, to lieutenant yesterday and assigned him as commander of the Patrol Section for Troop K, Philadelphia. He most recently served as an investigator in the eastern section of the Internal Affairs Division in the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards.
 
Lieutenant Altieri enlisted in the state police in 1996. Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop K, Limerick. He spent the first 15 years of his career in Troop K, also serving at the Skippack, Media, and Philadelphia Stations. As he progressed through the ranks, Lieutenant Altieri also served in Troop M as a criminal investigator.
 
Lieutenant Altieri was promoted to corporal in 2006 and sergeant in 2014. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1994.
 
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State Police Promotes Norman J. Cramer to Lieutenant

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August 11, 2017

Harrisburg, PA - State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced the promotion of Norman J. Cramer, a native of East Stroudsburg Borough, Monroe  County, to lieutenant yesterday and assigned him as the commander of the Special Projects and Programs of the Drug Law Enforcement Division, Bureau of Criminal Investigation. He most recently served as an internal affairs investigator in the eastern section of the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards.

Lieutenant Cramer enlisted in the state police in 1993. Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop P, Wyoming. He later transferred to Troop N, Swiftwater, where he served in the Patrol Unit. As he progressed through the ranks, Lieutenant Cramer served in Troop N (as a corporal in the Patrol and Criminal Investigation Units) and the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards (as a corporal and sergeant). Lieutenant Cramer was promoted to corporal in 2000 and sergeant in 2014.

He is a 1988 graduate of the East Stroudsburg High School and attended Northampton Community College before enlisting in the United States Army Reserve. Lieutenant Cramer is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War.

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State Police Promotes Michael T. Carroll to Lieutenant

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Harrisburg, PA - State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced the promotion of Michael T. Carroll, a native of Scranton, Lackawanna County, to lieutenant yesterday and assigned him as commander of the Patrol Section of Troop P. He most recently served as the station commander of Troop R, Gibson.
 
Lieutenant Carroll enlisted in the state police in 1994. Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop P, Wyoming. As he progressed through the ranks, Lieutenant Carroll also served at the Blooming Grove and Honesdale stations in Troop R, as well as the Vice Unit. Lieutenant Carroll was promoted to corporal in 2008 and to sergeant in 2014.
 
Lieutenant Carroll graduated from the Lackawanna College Municipal Police Academy in 1992 and served as a Scranton City police officer prior to enlisting in the Pennsylvania State Police.  He is also a 2015 graduate of the Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command.
 
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​Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Celebrates Grand Opening of New Fine Wine & Good Spirits Store in Philadelphia

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Philadelphia – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today welcomed local officials and the public to the grand opening of a new Fine Wine & Good Spirits store at Penrose Plaza, 2900 Island Ave., Philadelphia.

With almost 6,200 square feet of space, this brand new store features nearly 2,400 wines and spirits, including the popular Chairman’s Advantage® products, which are hand-selected, highly rated wines available for less than $10 a bottle.

The Fine Wine & Good Spirits store offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere for consumers to browse the extensive selection. The focal point of the store is the center table, where customers can find staff to answer questions or provide recommendations. The center table provides counters for highlighting promotional items and educational materials for customers such as:

  • Answers to frequently asked questions about wine and spirits
  • A vintage chart
  • A food pairing outline
  • A party planning guide
  • A calorie chart
  • Tips for responsible hosting and consumption

The store has a “Made in Pennsylvania” section to highlight wines and spirits produced in the commonwealth. Also, this store features Pennsylvania Lottery ticket sales.

Throughout design and construction, the PLCB was committed to developing a store that is attractive and environmentally responsible. Most store lighting is state-of-the-art LED or energy-efficient compact-fluorescent lighting, which uses a fraction of the energy of traditional lighting. 

The Penrose Plaza Fine Wine & Good Spirits store will be open from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday through Saturday and from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM Sunday. The store phone number is 215-365-0299. To find additional store locations and hours, visit www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.303.8522

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Commonwealth Response Coordination Center Activated After Train Derailment in Bedford County

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Harrisburg, PA - The Commonwealth Response Coordination Center at PEMA Headquarters outside Harrisburg has been activated with personnel from multiple state agencies after a train derailment in Hyndman Borough, Bedford County.

Specially trained staff from the following agencies are monitoring on-scene events: Human Services, Drug and Alcohol Programs, Fish and Boat, PA State Police, Public Utility Commission, Environmental Protection, Transportation, Military and Veterans Affairs, Health, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, and American Red Cross.

PEMA and DEP liaisons are currently on scene, working closely with county and local emergency management personnel.

At this time, residents are reminded to monitor local media and follow the guidance of local emergency response personnel.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ruth Miller - 717-651-2009

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Possible Flash Flooding Across Southern PA; Citizens Reminded to Monitor Weather and Stay Alert

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Harrisburg, PA - With forecasts calling for potentially heavy rain across much of southern Pennsylvania through Saturday, emergency officials are reminding citizens to monitor weather forecasts and stay alert for rapidly changing conditions.

As of Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service is calling for 2-3 inches of widespread rain mainly south of Interstate 80, with localized amounts over 4 inches possible. While the heaviest rain is expected to fall over an extended period from Friday afternoon to Saturday afternoon, some heavier pockets of rainfall may produce flash flooding. Some rises on streams and creeks are possible, too. Areas that saw flooding over the weekend may be susceptible to additional flooding.

“You should have access to weather alerts, either on a cell phone or through a NOAA weather radio, so you’ll know if flooding is happening in your area,” said Richard D. Flinn, Jr., director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. “In particular, you’ll want to pay close attention to the weather if you have any outdoor events planned this weekend.”

Flinn said it is important for the public to understand the difference between a watch and a warning because each represents a different level of action to be taken.

  • A flood or flash flood watch means that conditions are favorable for flooding to occur. Residents should stay alert and watch for rapidly rising waters, including rivers and streams, and be prepared to move to high ground quickly.

  • A flood or flash flood warning means that there is actual flooding, or flooding is imminent. Residents should act at once and move to high ground.

Always follow the guidance of local emergency personnel or law enforcement if you are told to evacuate. Flinn said you should be familiar with multiple ways to evacuate places where you spend a lot of time, such as your home and work location.

Flinn said motorists should never drive through floodwaters. More than half of all flooding deaths occur in cars. While water on a flooded roadway might not look deep, the roadway could actually be washed away under the water, or the road could be compromised in a way that could make it unsafe to travel.

To help ensure safety for motorists and emergency responders alike, state law mandates that motorists who drive around or through signs or traffic control devices closing a road or highway due to hazardous conditions will have two points added to their driving records and be fined up to $250. Penalties are higher if emergency responders are called to rescue motorists who disregard warning signs.

Flinn also recommended that families develop an emergency communication plan in the event that family members are separated from one another during severe weather - a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school or other activities - and have a plan for getting back together.

Free emergency preparedness information, including templates for family emergency plans and checklists for emergency kit supplies, is available at www.ReadyPA.org. Follow @ReadyPA on Twitter and like ReadyPA on www.facebook.com/BeReadyPA for more emergency preparedness information.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ruth A. Miller – 717-651-2009 or ruthmiller@pa.gov

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Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Issues Statement on Federal Investigation into Wine and Spirits Suppliers

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​Harrisburg – Following the U.S. Department of Justice’s announcement today regarding non-prosecution agreements reached with four suppliers to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB), Board Chairman Tim Holden and Board Members Mike Negra and Michael Newsome issued the following statement:

“The PLCB has been fully cooperative with the U.S. Attorney’s investigations over the last two years, and these companies’ admissions of unethical behavior occurring from 2000 to 2012 are a matter the PLCB is taking very seriously. The Board has called senior leadership of each the three companies still supplying wines and spirits to Pennsylvania into PLCB headquarters in the immediate future to discuss the settlements and determine how the agency and these suppliers can move forward preserving the highest ethical standards.

“Following investigations into former PLCB employees who violated state ethics standards, in 2014 the PLCB clarified and reissued its employee code of conduct and developed a new and separate code of conduct for wine and spirits vendors. Although we already had one of the strictest employee conduct codes in Pennsylvania state government, the unethical actions of a few cast a temporary shadow over the agency. As a result, the PLCB has embraced the opportunity to regularly remind employees of their ethical obligations and foster a culture of awareness and the highest standards of integrity among its employees and suppliers.

“The Board is disappointed at the action of all parties involved, who violated the trust of the agency and Pennsylvanians.”

The agency’s employee code of conduct and vendor code of conduct are publicly available at www.lcb.pa.gov.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

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Montgomery County Man Arrested for Unlawful Contact With a Minor; Police Seek Potential Additional Victims

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 24, 2017
 
 
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania State Police announced today the arrest of Omar Santiago-Muniz, 27, of Pottstown, PA. Santiago-Muniz was taken into custody on July 21, 2017 after an investigation that involved Facebook communication between Santiago-Muniz and two female minors – ages nine and ten – that was sexual in nature. The accused also communicated with a trooper who he believed to be a juvenile female.
 
The case remains under investigation by troopers from Pennsylvania State Police Troop L, Frackville and Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Central Computer Crime Task Force. Investigators believe additional victims may be identified.
 
Santiago-Muniz remains confined to Montgomery County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.
 
Anyone with information is asked to call police or Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers at 1-800-4-PA-TIPS. For more information on the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov.
 
MEDIA CONTACTS: Cpl. Adam Reed or Ryan Tarkowski, 717-783-5556
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​Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Announces Temporary Closing of Fine Wine & Good Spirits store in Lansdale, Montgomery County

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Lansdale – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board will temporarily close the Fine Wine & Good Spirits store at Hillcrest Shopping Center, 644 E. Main St., Lansdale, while the store is remodeled.

The store will close at 9:00 PM on Saturday, July 22. The following nearby Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores will serve consumers in the area until this store reopens on a date to be determined in the future:

  • Allen Forge Shopping Center, 850 S. Valley Forge Rd., Lansdale – This is a Premium Collection store.
  • Gwynedd Crossing Shopping Center, 1200 Bethlehem Pike, North Wales

Store hours and additional locations can be found at www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com.

When it reopens, the remodeled Fine Wine & Good Spirits store will offer consumers a warmer, more welcoming atmosphere to browse its extensive collection.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.783.8864

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Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Killed in the Line of Duty

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2017
 
 
Greensburg, PA – Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner, Colonel Tyree C. Blocker regrets to announce the death of Trooper Michael P. Stewart from injuries he received in a two-vehicle crash at approximately 2:30 a.m. in Ligonier Township, Westmoreland County.
 
Stewart was one of two troopers in a marked patrol vehicle traveling on State Route 711 near State Route 271 when the crash occurred. The second trooper was transported to the hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening. The crash remains under investigation.
 
“My thoughts, and the thoughts of the entire department, are with the family of Trooper Stewart during this difficult time,” said Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker. “Trooper Stewart served the commonwealth honorably, and we join all Pennsylvanians to mourn his passing.”
 
Trooper Stewart enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police in January 2014. A graduate of the 138th cadet class, he had been assigned to the Patrol Unit in Troop A, Greensburg since August 29, 2015. He had previously been assigned to Troop H, Chambersburg.
 
Trooper Stewart is the 98th member of the Pennsylvania State Police to be killed in the line of duty. He was 26 years old.
 
A photograph of Trooper Stewart is available here.
 
MEDIA CONTACTS: Cpl. Adam Reed or Ryan Tarkowski, 717-783-5556
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​Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Opens Entry for Rare Bourbons in Limited-Release Lotteries

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Harrisburg – This month the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) will hold its second group of Limited-Release Lotteries of 2017, providing the opportunity to purchase two different highly sought-after Kentucky straight bourbons, including a 25-year-old Old Rip Van Winkle bourbon described by the distillery as a once-in-a-lifetime offering.

Pennsylvania residents and licensees have until 11:00 PM Saturday, July 15, to opt in to one or all of two separate lotteries, which feature the following products:

  • Lottery One features 10 bottles (eight for individual consumers, two for licensees) of the one-time bottling of Old Rip Van Winkle 25 year, a 100-proof Kentucky straight bourbon that was distilled in 1989.  The bourbon spent 13 years in Shively, Kentucky, then was moved to the Buffalo Trace distillery for another 12 years of aging before it was placed in stainless steel tanks in 2014 to stop the aging process. The retail price for each 750-milliliter bottle – which is an individually numbered, handmade glass decanter packaged within a custom-made wooden box featuring oak from the barrels the bourbon was aged in – is $1,899.99.  Each bottle, one of only 710 available from this one-time bottling, is also accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
  • Lottery Two features 270 bottles (203 for individual consumers, 67 for licensees) of E.H. Taylor Four Grain, a Kentucky straight bourbon.  This bourbon is made from a unique mash bill of high quality corn, rye, wheat, and malted barley – the grains E.H. Taylor had access to in the late 1800s when he began distilling – then aged for 12 years.  Buffalo Trace Distillery notes the bourbon is impeccably balanced with a lot of character, with a flavor that is sweet, yet spicy. The retail price for each 750-milliliter bottle is $79.99.

Individual consumers and licensees interested in entering one or both lotteries must be registered customers at www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com with billing information on file.  Each participant is encouraged to verify that accurate, up-to-date billing information is associated with his or her customer account, to prevent transaction delays or cancellations.

Lottery participants may opt into one or both lotteries. Purchase is limited to one bottle per household, per lottery.

In light of attempts by previous lottery winners to illegally resell products obtained through Limited-Release Lotteries, the lottery Terms and Conditions have been updated to remind residents that the sale of alcoholic beverages without a license is strictly prohibited under Pennsylvania law.  When entering a Limited-Release Lottery, a participant will be asked to acknowledge that he or she has read and understands these terms and conditions.

Limited-Release Lotteries are open to Pennsylvania residents and licensees age 21 or older who provide both a verifiable Pennsylvania billing address and a Fine Wine & Good Spirits store address at registration. Any registrant with a billing address that can’t be verified as a Pennsylvania address will be removed from the lottery. Entries will be vetted for duplicative names, addresses and other information, and duplicates will be deleted from the lottery pool.

Lottery drawings will be witnessed by an independent third party. Winners will be selected at random by computer program. Participants will be notified by email when the lottery process is complete.

To opt in to one or more of these lotteries, visit the Limited-Release Lottery web page at www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com, which can be found under the “Events” tab.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.783.8864

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​Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Names Top Bidders in Third Restaurant License Auction

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Harrisburg – Following validation of 131 bids received by the June 30 deadline for the third restaurant license auction authorized by Act 39 of 2016, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) this week issued Notices of Selection to top bidders on 45 licenses.

Winning bids range from $25,101 for a license in Coal Township, Northumberland County, to $347,127 for a license in Abington Township, Montgomery County. The average winning bid in the third auction was $133,137.

The number of bids received for each of the 45 licenses receiving bids ranged from one to seven.

Five licenses – one each in Beaver, Clearfield, Forest, Fulton, and Potter counties – received no bids.

Winning bids and bidders are posted to the PLCB restaurant license auction web page​.

Top bidders have 14 days from the date of each Notice of Selection to remit full bid payment to the PLCB. If bid payment is not received within two weeks of auction award, the second-highest bidder will have opportunity to remit its full bid payment.

Once bid payment is received, each auction winner has six months to file a license application with the PLCB. Bids will be held in escrow by the PLCB, pending approval of the license application.

Revenue from this auction cannot be totaled until license approvals are granted and bids come out of escrow.

This auction included 50 licenses across 40 counties:

  • Two licenses each in the following counties: Allegheny, Berks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Montgomery, Philadelphia and York.
  • One license in each of the following 30 counties: Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Columbia, Dauphin, Erie, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Lackawanna, Lebanon, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Tioga, Westmoreland, and Wyoming.

Statewide, about 1,200 licenses that have expired since 2000 are being made available through auctions.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Brassell, 717.919.1905

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​Fine Wine & Good Spirits to Welcome Jesse James Dupree to York Premium Collection Store

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Lead singer of Jackyl to sign bottles of Jesse James America’s Outlaw Whiskeys on July 11

York – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board today announced that Jesse James Dupree, the lead singer of the multi-platinum rock-and-roll group Jackyl, will sign pre-purchased bottles of Jesse James America’s Outlaw Whiskey products at 5:00 PM Tuesday, July 11, at the Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store at West Manchester Town Center, 880 Town Center Dr., York.

Jesse James Dupree created the Jesse James line of spirits in 2010, starting with bourbon and adding flavored whiskeys a short time later. In addition, Dupree heads entertainment company Mighty Loud Entertainment, which created and produced the popular TruTV series Full Throttle Saloon.

Dupree will offer samples of the following premium whiskeys to those 21 years of age and older:

  • Jesse James America’s Outlaw Bourbon Whiskey (Code 9298), $17.99
  • Jesse James America’s Outlaw Honey Flavored Whiskey (Code 9297), $17.99
  • Jesse James America’s Outlaw Spiced Flavored Whiskey (Code 9299), $17.99

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

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​Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Announces Temporary Closing of Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store in Wayne, Chester County

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Wayne – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board will temporarily close the Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store at 161 E. Swedesford Rd., Wayne, while the store is remodeled.

The store will close at 9:00 PM on Saturday, July 8. The following nearby Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores will serve consumers in the area until this store reopens on a date to be determined in the future:

  • 125 W. DeKalb Pike, King of Prussia – This is a Premium Collection store
  • 821 W. Lancaster Ave., Suite 310, Wayne – This is a Premium Collection store
  • 209 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne
  • 552 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn

Store hours and additional locations can be found at www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com.

When it reopens, the remodeled Fine Wine & Good Spirits store will offer consumers a warmer, more welcoming atmosphere to browse its extensive collection.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

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State Police Announces Independence Day Weekend

PublishDate: 7/5/2017 2:30 PM
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 5, 2017
 
 
 
Harrisburg, PA – During the four-day Fourth of July holiday driving period, which took place July 1 through July 4, Pennsylvania State Police troopers investigated a total of 741 crashes.
 
The crashes resulted in 259 injuries and 13 fatalities. Alcohol was involved in 75 of the crashes and the deaths of four people. Of the 13 fatal crashes, only one individual involved was wearing a seat belt.
 
Troopers arrested 474 motorists for driving under the influence and issued 11,481 speeding citations during the holiday weekend. State police also cited 764 people for not wearing seat belts and cited 216 drivers for failing to secure children in safety seats.
 
During last year’s holiday driving period, which spanned three days, three people were killed and 165 others were injured in the 423 crashes that state troopers investigated.
 
CRASH DATA
Total Crashes
Fatal Crashes
People Killed
People Injured
Alcohol-Related Crashes
Alcohol-Related Fatal Crashes
2016
423
3
3
165
52
1
2017
741
13
13
259
75
4
ENFORCEMENT DATA
DUI Arrests
Speeding Citations
Child Seat Citations
Seat Belt Citations
Other Citations
2016
447
9,100
219
628
9,263
2017
474
11,481
216
764
11,431
 
More information on 2017 Independence Day enforcement, broken down by troop, is available here. These statistics cover only those incidents investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police and do not include incidents to which other law enforcement agencies responded.
 
In addition to enforcing traffic laws, troopers remain proactive in educating the public on traffic safety and applicable laws. In 2016, state police members conducted more than 1,500 driver education presentations. These presentations are conducted at no cost for schools, community groups, and businesses. To arrange a presentation, contact your local state police barracks or visit www.psp.pa.gov.
 
MEDIA CONTACT:  Cpl. Adam Reed or Ryan Tarkowski, 717-783-5556
 
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Fine Wine & Good Spirits Stores Will be Open on Independence Day, Other Holidays in 2017

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​Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) reminds customers that hundreds of Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores will be open Tuesday, July 4 – Independence Day – as well as on Columbus Day and Veterans’ Day this year.

On Independence Day, stores that are normally open on Tuesdays will be open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Store locations and hours are available at www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com

Previously, state law had prohibited stores from opening on holidays. Act 39 of 2016 removed the holiday restrictions, opening the door to improved consumer convenience and customer service.

Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores will observe their normal operating hours on Columbus Day (Monday, Oct. 9) and Veterans’ Day (both observed and actual –  Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11).

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

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​Blake Shelton to Sign Bottles of Smithworks® Vodka at Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store in Hummelstown

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Country music and television star will introduce product to Pennsylvania

Hummelstown – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board today announced that award-winning singer, songwriter, and television personality Blake Shelton will sign bottles of Smithworks® Vodka at the Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store in Hershey Square Shopping Center, Hummelstown, Dauphin County, on Saturday, July 8, at 5:00 PM. 

Shelton’s appearance celebrates the July 8 debut of Smithworks Vodka in Pennsylvania. Smithworks Vodka, which just earned a gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, is made with corn from Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma, and water from Lake Fort Smith, Arkansas. It was initially launched in Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma in March 2016, and recently Nashville in June 2017. 

Numbered wristbands will be made available Saturday, July 8 at the Hummelstown Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store to the first 150 people who purchase a bottle of Smithworks Vodka and want to attend the 5 p.m. bottle signing. Each customer must be present to obtain a wristband, and only one wristband will be available per person who purchases at least one bottle of Smithworks Vodka.

Blake Shelton regrets he will be unable to sign any personal items and will only sign up to two pre-purchased bottles of Smithworks Vodka for each person with a wristband. No one under 21 years of age may participate in this bottle signing. Attendees are asked to present only pre-purchased Smithworks Vodka bottles for signature and may not bring large bags, purses, or backpacks to the event. Photographs taken of event attendees with Blake will be provided to each attendee, so no photographs with personal cameras or mobile devices will be permitted.

Country Music Association’s 2012 Entertainer of the Year, five-time Male Vocalist of the Year winner, and Grammy Award nominee Blake Shelton is the reigning and five-time champion coach on the Emmy Award-winning television show “The Voice.” His most recent album, “If I’m Honest,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Album Sales Chart and the Billboard Country Album Chart, and is the best-selling country album release of 2016. The album features three songs written by Shelton, including the gospel-tinged “Savior’s Shadow,” “Friends” (which was featured in “The Angry Birds Movie,” for which Shelton provided a voice), and “Go Ahead and Break My Heart,” a song he wrote and performs with Gwen Stefani.

A member of the Grand Ole Opry, Shelton earned a host of awards throughout his career, which most recently include Favorite Country Male Artist at the American Music Awards as well as the first-ever Male Artist of the Year. In 2017, he became the first country artist to win Favorite Album at the People’s Choice Awards in addition to his win for Favorite Male Country Artist. In May, Shelton won the 2017 Billboard Music Award for Top Country Artist, and he was nominated for a Billboard Music Award for Top Country Album. In June, he won the 2017 CMT Music Award for Male Video of the Year. He recently wrapped up his headlining 2017 “Doing It To Country Songs” Tour.

WHAT: Blake Shelton to sign pre-purchased bottles of Smithworks Vodka

WHEN: 5:00 PM, Saturday, July 8, 2017

WHERE: Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store, Hershey Square Shopping Center, 1158 Mae St., Hummelstown, PA 17036

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Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Awards Record $2.3 Million in Grants to Reduce Underage and Dangerous Drinking

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​Harrisburg – Committed to providing financial support to reduce underage and dangerous alcohol consumption, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today announced it will award almost $2.3 million to 66 schools, community organizations, municipalities, law enforcement organizations, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education through the 2017-19 Alcohol Education Grant Program.

“This year, we’re awarding a record amount of funding to the most grant recipients we’ve ever approved through this grant program because we know how important these local projects are to alcohol education and public health and safety,” said PLCB Chairman Tim Holden.  “Preventing underage and irresponsible drinking is an important part of our mission, one we take very seriously, and we’ve awarded more than $14.1 million in grants since 1999.”

Of 99 grant applications received, 66 organizations from 33 counties across Pennsylvania were awarded a total of $2,295,090 in grants. The maximum award for each two-year grant is $40,000.

Of the grants awarded:

  • More than 40 will fund community law-enforcement efforts for targeted underage patrols, training, and equipment.
  • 17 will be used to support community and nonprofit organizations by funding initiatives such as Project Alert, Project Northland, the Strengthening Families Program, Project Sticker Shock and enforcement efforts.
  • Three will go to primary and secondary schools to fund various programs aimed at reaching students, such as enforcement during school special events and programs including Alcohol Wise, MADD’s Power of Parents®, and Parents Who Host, Lose the Most®.
  • 22 college and university grants will help schools develop strategies to reduce underage and dangerous alcohol use through surveys and assessments, enforcement efforts, attendance at alcohol education conferences, training for resident assistants, peer education programs, and evidence-informed programs like CHOICES, Alcohol Edu®, and Operation Buzzkill.

The complete list of grant recipients and projects​​ is available at www.lcb.pa.gov.

The PLCB works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups and licensees.  Alcohol education programs include a poster contest for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, a free annual alcohol education conference, the creation and distribution of a wide range of educational materials, and training and technical assistance for organizations working to address issues related to irresponsible consumption.

In addition, the PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide and licenses more than 20,000 beverage alcohol producers, retailers and handlers.  Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.783.8864

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Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Celebrates Grand Reopening of Expanded, Rebranded Fine Wine & Good Spirits Store in Dresher, Montgomery County

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​Dresher – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today welcomed local officials and the public to the grand reopening of the expanded and rebranded Fine Wine & Good Spirits store at Fairway Shopping Center, 1825-A Limekiln Pike, Dresher, Montgomery County.

With more than 4,300 square feet of space, this expanded store is much larger than it was when it closed for refurbishment in February. The extra space means the Fine Wine & Good Spirits store now features more than 2,150 wines and spirits, including the popular Chairman’s Advantage® products, which are hand-selected, highly rated wines available for less than $10 a bottle.

The Fine Wine & Good Spirits store offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere for consumers to browse the extensive selection. The focal point of the store is the center table, where customers can find staff to answer questions or provide recommendations. The center table provides counters for highlighting promotional items and educational materials for customers such as:

  • Answers to frequently asked questions about wine and spirits
  • A vintage chart
  • A food pairing outline
  • A party planning guide
  • A calorie chart
  • Tips for responsible hosting and consumption

The store has a “Made in Pennsylvania” section to highlight wines and spirits produced in the commonwealth. Also, this store features Pennsylvania Lottery ticket sales.

Throughout design and construction, the PLCB was committed to developing a store that is attractive and environmentally responsible. Most store lighting is state-of-the-art LED or energy-efficient compact-fluorescent lighting, which uses a fraction of the energy of traditional lighting. 

The Dresher Fine Wine & Good Spirits store will be open from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday through Saturday and from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM Sunday. The store phone number is 215-591-5243. To find additional store locations and hours, visit www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.303.8522

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Fine Wine & Good Spirits to Host Influential Italian Winemaker at Lemoyne Premium Collection Store

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June 19 event to feature Giorgio Rivetti from La Spinetta

Lemoyne – The Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store at the West Shore Plaza Shopping Center, 1200 Market St., Lemoyne, will host a special tasting and bottle signing featuring four premium wines poured and discussed by La Spinetta winemaker Giorgio Rivetti, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Monday, June 19.

Giorgio Rivetti received international accolades for his wines, including more than 50 scores of 95 or more from wine publications such as Wine Spectator and wine critics such as Robert Parker and James Suckling. A native of the Piemonte region in Italy, Rivetti earned Three Glasses from the Gambero Rosso, Italy’s most prominent wine award, more than 30 times.

Rivetti will offer samples of the following wines to those 21 years of age and older:

  • La Spinetta Bionzo Barbera d’Asti Superiore 2010 (750 mL), Code 43761 – $49.92 (save $12.07)
  • La Spinetta Bricco Quaglia Moscato d’Asti 2015 (750 mL), Code 44497 – $19.99
  • La Spinetta Fontana Vi Barbera d’Asti 2012 (750 mL), Code 78435 – $14.99
  • Indigenous Selections Rosso Piceno 2015 (750 mL), Code 78445 – $12.99 

He will also sign pre-purchased bottles, answer customers’ questions, and share stories, history, and interesting facts about his wines. 

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

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​Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Celebrates Grand Reopening of Expanded, Rebranded Fine Wine & Good Spirits Store in Duncansville, Blair County

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Duncansville – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today welcomed local officials and the public to the grand reopening of the expanded and rebranded Fine Wine & Good Spirits store at 202 Hollidaysburg Plaza, Duncansville, Blair County.

With more than 6,400 square feet of space, this expanded store is about 50 percent larger than it was when it closed for refurbishment on Dec. 31, 2016. The Fine Wine & Good Spirits store now features 2,600 wines and spirits, including the popular Chairman’s Selection® and Chairman’s Advantage® products, which are hand-selected, highly rated wines available for less than nationally quoted prices. 

The Fine Wine & Good Spirits store offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere for consumers to browse the extensive selection. The focal point of the store is the center table, where customers can find staff to answer questions or provide recommendations. The center table provides counters for highlighting promotional items and educational materials for customers such as:

  • Answers to frequently asked questions about wine and spirits
  • A vintage chart
  • A food pairing outline
  • A party planning guide
  • A calorie chart
  • Tips for responsible hosting and consumption

The store has a “Made in Pennsylvania” section to highlight wines and spirits produced in the commonwealth. Also, this store features Pennsylvania Lottery ticket sales.

Throughout design and construction, the PLCB was committed to developing a store that is attractive and environmentally responsible. Most store lighting is state-of-the-art LED or energy-efficient compact-fluorescent lighting, which uses a fraction of the energy of traditional lighting.

The Duncansville Fine Wine & Good Spirits store will be open from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday through Saturday and from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Sunday. The store phone number is 814-696-6030. To find additional store locations and hours, visit www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

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Fine Wine & Good Spirits to Host Bourbon Tasting at Bethel Park Premium Collection Store

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June 15 event to feature founder and master blender of Jefferson’s Bourbon

Bethel Park – The Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store at the Village Square Mall, 5000 Oxford Dr., Bethel Park, will host a special tasting featuring four premium bourbons poured and discussed by Trey Zoeller, founder and master distiller of Jefferson’s Bourbon, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thursday, June 15.

Founded by Zoeller in 1997, Jefferson’s Bourbon currently offers several lines of very small batch bourbons and whiskies using only eight to 12 barrels per batch. Lines of Jefferson’s bourbons are distilled, blended, and bottled at the Kentucky Artisan’s Distillery in Crestwood, Kentucky, and include Jefferson’s, Jefferson’s Select, Jefferson’s Ocean, and a wood experiment collection.

Zoeller will offer samples of the following premium bourbons to those 21 years of age and older:

  • Jefferson’s The Manhattan Barrel Finished Cocktail (750 mL), Code 2019 – $29.99
  • Jefferson’s Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon (750 mL), Code 7485 – $59.99
  • Jefferson’s Very Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon (750 mL), Code 5335 – $32.99
  • Jefferson’s Ocean Aged at Sea Kentucky Straight Bourbon (750 mL), Code 34276 – $79.99

He will also sign pre-purchased bottles, answer customers’ questions, and share stories, history, and interesting facts about his bourbons. 

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

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State Police, PennDOT Remind Drivers to Secure Their Loads to Prevent Crashes

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2017
 
 
Harrisburg, PA ­– With the goal of preventing crashes caused by debris falling from vehicles, the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today joined to recognize June 6 as “Secure Your Load Day” in Pennsylvania.
“Secure Your Load Day” is a nationwide initiative conceived by Robin Abel, whose daughter was catastrophically injured in Washington State when an unsecured piece of particle board flew from the back of a moving trailer and through her windshield. The 2004 accident nearly killed the 24-year-old and left her totally blind.
Pennsylvania law mandates that any vehicle driven on a highway must be loaded in a way that prevents its load from dropping, shifting, leaking, or otherwise escaping. If any item or piece of a load falls from a vehicle and causes property damage or injury to another person, the driver faces a fine of up to $1,000. A violation that does not result in injury or property damage is punishable by a fine of up to $300.
In 2016, troopers issued 571 citations to drivers who failed to properly secure their cargo.
More important than any potential fine, however, is the responsibility we all share to keep fellow drivers and passengers safe, according to Major Edward Hoke, director of the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Patrol.
“No one sets out with the intention to cause a life-changing traffic accident, but failing to properly secure items in your truck bed or trailer puts everyone at risk,” Major Hoke said. “We’re asking everyone to secure their loads as if someone they love is in the car behind them.”
A 2016 study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that more than 200,000 crashes in the United States over the previous four years involved debris on the roadway. The study also showed that debris-related crashes are much more likely to occur on interstate highways, where driving at higher speeds increases the risk of cargo falling onto the road.
“Keeping our highways free of debris and obstructions is critically important to the safety of not only drivers, but also road crews and first responders,” Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “An extra five minutes to ensure your load is properly secured could prevent a tragic crash.”
Experts offer the following advice to keep a load secure when driving:
  • Ensure the vehicle or trailer is properly maintained before loading; check the tires for proper inflation.
  • Tie down the items with strong rope, netting or ratchet straps.
  • Fasten larger items directly to the vehicle or trailer – never rely on the weight of an item to keep it stable.
  • Make multiple trips if necessary; don’t overload the vehicle.
For more information on the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov. For more information on PennDOT safety programs, visit www.penndot.gov/safety.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Tarkowski, PSP 717-783-5556
                                    Ashely Schoch, PennDOT 717-783-8800
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‘6-State Trooper Project’ Enforcement Initiative Focuses on Seat Belts, Child Safety Seats

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 5, 2017
 
 
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) recently teamed with law enforcement agencies from five neighboring states to take part in the “6-State Trooper Project” Memorial Day enforcement effort. The goal of the eight-day campaign was to encourage the use of seat belts and child safety seats through enforcement and education.
 
From May 22 through May 29, 2017, Pennsylvania State Troopers issued 1,398 seat belt citations and 239 child safety seat citations. More than 15,000 seat belt citations – and 685 child safety seat citations – were issued by the six state police agencies participating in the campaign.
 
PSP also joined in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Click it or Ticket” seat belt mobilization from May 22 through June 4.
 
“The Pennsylvania State Police continues to work with our local, state, and federal partners to keep roads safe,” said Major Edward Hoke, director of the Bureau of Patrol. “Partnerships like ‘6-State Trooper Project’ and ‘Click it or Ticket’ offer the clear, unified message that seat belts save lives.”
 
Pennsylvania State Police investigated 757 traffic crashes over the Memorial Day weekend, including nine fatal collisions.
 
The “6-State Trooper Project” is a collaboration between the Pennsylvania State Police, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Kentucky State Police, Indiana State Police, West Virginia State Police, and Michigan State Police with the goal of enhancing highway safety, criminal patrol, and intelligence sharing.
 
The next initiative will take place from July 16 through July 22, 2017, with a focus on distracted driving enforcement.
 
MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Tarkowski or Corporal Adam Reed, 717-783-5556
 
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Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Releases Biennial Report Detailing Efforts to Address Underage and Dangerous Drinking

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​Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) released its biennial Report on Underage and High-Risk Drinking, which identifies current levels and trends of underage and college drinking, details prevention strategies and efforts pursued by state and local organizations, and identifies evolving alcohol-related challenges public health partners will face in the future.

“While the beverage alcohol landscape in Pennsylvania has changed since the passage of landmark laws last year, the critically important alcohol education mission of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has not,” said PLCB Chairman Tim Holden. “This report is an excellent opportunity to take stock of what programs are working; to examine current patterns of alcohol use, especially among young people; and to call attention to concerning trends we see emerging.”

Required by Act 85 of 2006, the report was compiled by PLCB with input from various partners in alcohol education, and it is presented to the General Assembly to bring awareness to alcohol issues of public health concern.

Using data from the Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) and national sources, the 2017 PLCB report on underage and high-risk drinking shows:

  • About 1 in 6 Pennsylvania sixth-graders said they have at least tried alcohol; more than 1 in 3 of eighth-graders and 7 out of 10 high school seniors have at least tried alcohol.
  • Pennsylvania continued to stay below the national average for reported binge drinking (consuming five or more drinks in a row at least once in the last two weeks) by eighth and 10th grade students.
  • Pennsylvania reported a reduction in the percentage of binge drinking in the 10th and 12th grades from the 2013 PAYS to the 2015 PAYS.

“We see areas that have improved, and we see areas that need improvement,” Holden said.

“Perhaps most troubling is the number of children eight, nine, and 10 years old – kids traditionally thought of as way too young to drink – who are trying alcohol and even drinking on a somewhat regular basis. Whether that trend is inspired by increased consumption among adult populations or other factors, we don’t know, but these are important issues for the PLCB and public health and education communities to explore,” Holden added.

PLCB efforts to reduce underage and dangerous drinking include more than 1 million age verification checks annually at Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores, Responsible Alcohol Management Program (RAMP) training and certification for licensees and their employees, grants totaling more than $1 million each year awarded to local partners in alcohol deterrence efforts, an annual conference drawing hundreds of experts and participants to discuss alcohol education issues, an annual poster contest for children in kindergarten through 12th grade, an award-winning training program for resident assistants on college campuses, advertising and marketing efforts, and partnership-building with communities and organizations across Pennsylvania committed to the prevention of alcohol abuse and underage drinking.

The PLCB’s Report on Underage and High-Risk drinking and more information about alcohol education efforts are available at www.lcb.pa.gov.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Brassell, 717.783.8864

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Memorial Day Holiday Crashes Investigated by State Police

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 30, 2017
 
 
Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania State Troopers investigated a total of 757 traffic crashes during the four-day Memorial Day holiday driving period, from May 26 through May 29, 2017.
 
The crashes resulted in 178 injuries and nine fatalities. Alcohol was a factor in 61 of the crashes, including one fatal collision.

Troopers made 550 arrests for driving under the influence and issued 13,916 speeding citations over the long holiday weekend. State police also cited 1,256 individuals for not wearing seat belts and issued citations to 198 motorists for not securing children in safety seats.
 
During last year’s four-day Memorial Day holiday driving period, six people died and 282 others were injured in 839 crashes to which state troopers responded. These statistics cover only those crashes investigated by state police and do not include statistics on incidents to which other law-enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania responded.
 
CRASH DATA
Total Crashes
Fatal Crashes
People Killed
People Injured
Alcohol-Related Crashes
Alcohol-Related Fatal Crashes
2016
839
6
6
282
79
3
2017
757
9
9
178
61
1
ENFORCEMENT DATA
DUI Arrests
Speeding Citations
Child Seat Citations
Seat Belt Citations
Other Citations
2016
475
13,935
289
1,222
13,228
2017
550
13,916
198
1,256
13,703
 
In addition to the work of enforcing traffic laws, troopers remain proactive in educating the public on traffic safety and applicable laws. In 2016, state police members conducted more than 1,500 driver education presentations. These presentations are conducted at no cost for schools, community groups, and businesses. To arrange a presentation, contact your local state police barracks or visit www.psp.pa.gov.
 
Crash and enforcement data by troop is attached.
 
MEDIA CONTACTS: Cpl. Adam Reed or Ryan Tarkowski, 717-783-5556
 
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​Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Announces Temporary Closing of Fine Wine & Good Spirits Store on Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh

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Pittsburgh – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board will temporarily close the Fine Wine & Good Spirits store at 959 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, while the store is remodeled.

The store will close at 6:00 PM on Saturday, May 27. The following nearby Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores will serve consumers in the area until this store reopens on a date to be determined in the future:

  • 1 Oxford Centre, 320 Smithfield St., Pittsburgh – This is a Premium Collection store
  • 529 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh

Store hours and additional locations can be found at www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com.

When it reopens, the remodeled Fine Wine & Good Spirits store will offer consumers a warmer, more welcoming atmosphere to browse its extensive collection.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

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​Fine Wine & Good Spirits Stores Will be Open on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Other Holidays in 2017

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Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) reminds customers that hundreds of Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores will be open Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day – as well as on Independence Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans’ Day this year.

On Memorial Day, stores that are normally open on Mondays will be open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Store locations and hours are available at www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com.

Previously, state law had prohibited stores from opening on holidays. Act 39 of 2016 removed the holiday restrictions, opening the door to improved consumer convenience and customer service.

On Tuesday, July 4, stores that are normally open Tuesdays will be open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores will observe their normal operating hours on Columbus Day (Monday, Oct. 9) and Veterans’ Day (both observed and actual –  Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11).

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

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State Police Announce Results of Luzerne County Operation Nighthawk

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2017
 
 
 
Harrisburg, PA ­– The Pennsylvania State Police released results of the Operation Nighthawk DUI enforcement operation that occurred on May 5-6, 2017. Troopers from Troops N, P, R, M, L, K, and J teamed up with municipal officers from ten local police departments for the operation. Before the enforcement portion of the detail began, participating law enforcement heard from Debbie and Ken Iwaniec, who lost their son, Pennsylvania State Police Tpr. Kenton Iwaniec, to an impaired driver in Chester County in 2008. The Iwaniecs discussed the tragic impact that the impaired driver had on everyone involved after Kenton was struck and killed on his way home from the barracks.
The following are the results of the detail:
DUI Arrests: 50
Drug Arrests: 18
Driving Under Suspension Citations: 25
Driving Under Suspension DUI Related: 3
Seatbelt Citations: 6
Child Seat Citations: 8
Speeding Citations: 19
Other Traffic Citations: 193
Underage Drinking Arrests: 1
Misdemeanor / Felony Wanted Individuals Arrested: 10
Other Misdemeanor Arrests: 4
 
The operation was dedicated to the memory of Tpr. Iwaniec, Tpr. Joshua Miller, Cpl. Bryon Dickson, and Patrolman John Wilding of the Scranton Police Department.
 
MEDIA CONTACT:  Cpl. Adam Reed, 717-783-5556
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Sunny Day Camp Earns State Police Corporal Governor’s Award for Excellence

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​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
MAY 22, 2017
 
 
 
Harrisburg, PA – For creating an inclusive, fun, and interactive summer day camp experience for children and adults with special needs, Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Corporal Samantha Minnucci was recently recognized with the Governor’s Award for Excellence.
 
The awards recognize commonwealth employees for exemplary job performance or service that reflects initiative, leadership, innovation and increased efficiency. Minnucci is one of 37 state employees to be honored for 2016.
 
Sunny Day Camp was modeled after the long-running Camp Cadet program, organized by state police troops across the commonwealth each summer. Like Camp Cadet, the goal of Sunny Day Camp is to build strong relationships between the PSP and the communities it serves.
 
More than 250 people, including 86 participants with special needs and their families, attended the inaugural Sunny Day Camp on August 6, 2016, at Penn Township Park in Chester County. Corporal Minnucci credits the inspiration for Sunny Day Camp to her brother Gabriel, who has special needs, and enjoyed serving as her “assistant” at a previous Camp Cadet.
 
“Gabriel loved participating in Camp Cadet with me and I realized that children like him were at risk of missing out on the fun of summer camp because of their special needs or disabilities,” said Corporal Minnucci. “I’m thankful for the support of my fellow troopers and the entire community of Chester County.”
 
The campers saw displays from a PSP Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) and the mounted unit. They also participated in games and a graduation ceremony with certificates. The event was supported by more than 50 troopers who volunteered their time, local businesses, and the Special Olympics.
 
“I’m exceedingly proud of Corporal Minnucci for spearheading this event from concept through implementation,” said Avondale Station Commander Lieutenant Richard D’Ambrosio, who nominated her for the Governor’s Award for Excellence. “It was her vision and hard work that made the lives of several people brighter through the Sunny Day Camp.”
 
Corporal Minnucci is now part of the Bureau of Training and Education at the state police academy in Hershey, PA. Sunny Day Camp will return to Chester County – and several other counties throughout Pennsylvania – this summer.
 
For more information on the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov. 
 
MEDIA CONTACT:    Ryan Tarkowski, PSP, 717-783-5556
                                    Dan Egan, Office of Administration, 717-772-4237
 
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State Police Continues Megan’s Law Compliance

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​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 19, 2017

 

Harrisburg, PA – With the goal of enhancing safety by making accurate, complete information about sexual offenders available to the public, the Pennsylvania State Police Megan’s Law Section has conducted thousands of compliance checks in 31 counties throughout Pennsylvania since February 2016.
Checks were completed at 4,758 residential addresses, at which 4,249 offenders were found to be compliant. The compliance checks resulted in 51 arrests for a Megan’s Law violation, while numerous investigations are still ongoing.
Future compliance sweeps will occur, unannounced, throughout the commonwealth, according to Megan’s Law Section Commander Lieutenant Todd Harman. 

“Megan’s Law exists to protect the public, especially children, from victimization by repeat sexual offenders,” said Lieutenant Harman. “Offenders are responsible for providing up-to-date information about where they live and work and face additional felony charges for violating the regulation.”

Several law enforcement entities assist the Pennsylvania State Police with compliance checks, including municipal and county police departments, county probation officers, and the United States Marshals Service. 
To report a sexual offender who is out of compliance with his or her registration requirements, visit the Pennsylvania State Police Megan’s Law website and click the “Submit a Tip” button on the offender’s page. Tips may also be submitted via telephone by calling 1-866-771-3170 or 1-855-791-1990. All tips can be submitted anonymously.  
For more information about the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov. 

MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Tarkowski or Corporal Adam Reed, 717-783-5556
 
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​Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Celebrates Grand Opening of Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County

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Mechanicsburg – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today welcomed local officials and the public to the grand opening of a Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store at Cumberland Marketplace, 6560 Carlisle Pike, Suite 250, Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County.

With more than 9,000 square feet of space, this new store in a popular retail center is almost twice the size of the store it replaces and features more than 3,800 wines and spirits, including luxury products. The store also carries the popular Chairman’s Selection® products, which are hand-selected, highly rated wines available for less than nationally quoted prices.

The Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere for consumers to browse the extensive selection. The focal point of the store is the center table, where customers can find staff to answer questions or provide recommendations. The center table, which includes a tasting bar, provides counters for highlighting promotional items and educational materials for customers such as:

  • Answers to frequently asked questions about wine and spirits
  • A vintage chart
  • A food pairing outline
  • A party planning guide
  • A calorie chart
  • Tips for responsible hosting and consumption

The store has a “Made in Pennsylvania” section to highlight wines and spirits produced in the commonwealth. Also, this store features Pennsylvania Lottery ticket sales.

Throughout design and construction, the PLCB was committed to developing a store that is attractive and environmentally responsible. The majority of store lighting is state-of-the-art LED or energy-efficient compact-fluorescent lighting, using a fraction of the energy of traditional lighting.

The Mechanicsburg Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store will be open from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM Monday through Saturday and from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM Sunday. The store phone number is 717-691-0350. To find additional store locations and hours, visit www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.303.8522

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​Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to Reopen Fine Wine & Good Spirits Store in Uniontown, Fayette County

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Uniontown – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today announced the Fine Wine & Good Spirits store at 111 W. Fayette St., Uniontown, Fayette County, will reopen at 9:00 AM Friday, May 19.  The store has been closed since February, following a fire and resulting store restoration.

“The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board thanks our loyal customers for their patience as we worked to restore and refresh the Fine Wine & Good Spirits store in Uniontown,” said PLCB Executive Director Charlie Mooney. “The store suffered more damage than we realized, so it took longer than anticipated to reopen it.”

The Fayette Street Fine Wine & Good Spirits store will be open from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday and Tuesday and from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Wednesday through Saturday. The store phone number is 724-439-7008. To find additional store locations and hours, visit www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.783.8864

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​Fine Wine & Good Spirits to Host Scotch Tasting at Mechanicsburg Premium Collection Store

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May 18 store grand opening event to feature special tasting, spirits expert

Mechanicsburg – A new Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store at the Cumberland Marketplace in Mechanicsburg will host a special tasting featuring four premium scotches poured and discussed by a luxury spirits specialist from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Thursday, May 18. The special spirits tasting will be held in conjunction with the grand opening of the new Cumberland County store.

Rob Mullane, luxury specialist for Beam Suntory, comes from a family with roots in the Irish spirits industry. A native of County Cork, he is the third generation of his family to work in the whiskey industry.

Mullane will offer product samples of the following premium scotches to those 21 years of age and older:

  • Laphroaig Triple Wood Single Malt Scotch Islay (750 mL), Code 30874 – $64.99 (save $5)
  • Laphroaig Quarter Cask Single Malt Scotch Islay (750 mL), Code 8933 – $59.99
  • Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch 10 Year Old Islay (750 mL), Code 4569 – $49.99
  • Bowmore Single Malt Scotch Small Batch (750 mL), Code 1311 – $42.99

He will also share stories, history, and interesting facts about the scotches and answer customers’ questions.

The grand opening ceremony for the Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store at Cumberland Marketplace, 6560 Carlisle Pike, Suite 250, Mechanicsburg, will be at 4:00 PM, and Mullane’s tasting program begins after the ribbon is cut.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.303.8522

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Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Celebrates Grand Opening of New Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store in Newtown Square, Delaware County

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​Newtown Square – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today welcomed local officials and the public to the grand opening of a new Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store at Ellis Preserve, 3735 West Chester Pike, Suite 201, Newtown Square, Delaware County.

With nearly 8,800 square feet of space, this new store in a popular retail area features almost 3,700 wines and spirits, including luxury products. The store also carries the popular Chairman’s Selection® products, which are hand-selected, highly rated wines available for less than nationally quoted prices.

The Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere for consumers to browse the extensive selection. The focal point of the store is the center table, where customers can find staff to answer questions or provide recommendations. The center table, which includes a tasting bar, provides counters for highlighting promotional items and educational materials for customers such as:

  • Answers to frequently asked questions about wine and spirits
  • A vintage chart
  • A food pairing outline
  • A party planning guide
  • A calorie chart
  • Tips for responsible hosting and consumption

The store has a “Made in Pennsylvania” section to highlight wines and spirits produced in the commonwealth. Also, this store features Pennsylvania Lottery ticket sales.

Throughout design and construction, the PLCB was committed to developing a store that is attractive and environmentally responsible. The majority of store lighting is state-of-the-art LED or energy-efficient compact-fluorescent lighting, using a fraction of the energy of traditional lighting. 

The Newtown Square Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store will be open from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday through Wednesday; from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM Thursday through Saturday; and from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM Sunday. The store phone number is 610-325-2360. To find additional store locations and hours, visit www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com.

The Fine Wine & Good Spirits store at 42 Alpha Drive is now closed.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.303.8522

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PLCB Now Accepting Sealed Bids for Third Auction of Expired Restaurant Licenses

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​Bids for 50 licenses in 40 counties due June 30

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today issued an invitation for bids to award 50 expired restaurant licenses in the third license auction since Act 39 became effective in August 2016.

This auction includes 50 licenses across 40 counties:

  • Two licenses each in the following counties: Allegheny, Berks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Montgomery, Philadelphia and York.
  • One license in each of the following 30 counties: Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Columbia, Dauphin, Erie, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Lackawanna, Lebanon, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Tioga, Westmoreland, and Wyoming.

The third auction will again use a sealed bid process, which successfully awarded 37 licenses in the first auction and 42 licenses in the second auction.

Bids for the 50 licenses offered in this restaurant license auction are due by noon on Friday, June 30. Bids will be opened and auction winners will be determined the week of July 3.

The minimum bid for each license is $25,000, and each bid must be accompanied by a $5,000 bid surety intended to avoid frivolous and underfunded bids. 

The highest responsive bidder for each license will win the right to submit an application for the license to the PLCB within six months of auction award. If bid payment is not received within two weeks of auction award, the second-highest bidder will have opportunity to apply for the license. Bids will be held in escrow by the PLCB, pending approval of the license application.

Bidders with questions regarding this invitation for bid must submit inquiries via email to RA-LBLicenseAuction@pa.gov by noon on Wednesday, May 24. Questions and answers will be posted to the Department of General Services e-marketplace website by noon on Friday, May 26.

Lists of winning bids from each of the two previous auctions are available on the license auction page of the PLCB website. Auction revenue cannot be totaled until license approvals are granted and bids come out of escrow.  

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide and licenses more than 20,000 beverage alcohol producers and retailers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Brassell, 717-783-8864

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State Police Announces Corporal Promotions

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May 5, 2017
 
State Police Announces Corporal Promotions
 
Harrisburg – Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced the promotions of 98 members of the Pennsylvania State Police to the rank of corporal during a ceremony today at Bishop McDevitt High School.
 
  • Keith C. Abels, of Forward Township, Allegheny County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop B, Pittsburgh to Troop B, Uniontown. Corporal Abels enlisted in the state police in 2007.
 
  • Brandon B. Allis, of Towanda, Bradford County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop P, Towanda to Troop C, Punxsutawney.  Corporal Allis enlisted in the state police in 2006.
 
  • Douglas E. Artman, of Martinsburg, Blair County, was promoted and will remain assigned to the Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations.  Corporal Artman enlisted in the state police in 2001.
 
  • Christopher M. Bayzick, of West Hazleton, Luzerne County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop N, Hazleton to Troop M, Bethlehem.  Corporal Bayzick enlisted in the state police in 1994.
 
  • Henry J. Beaumont, of Churchville, Bucks County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop T, King of Prussia to Troop K, Philadelphia.  Corporal Beaumont enlisted in the state police in 1997.
 
  • William S. Bigelow, of Greensburg, Westmoreland County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Training and Education to Troop D, Mercer.  Corporal Bigelow enlisted in the state police in 2002.
 
  • Chris F. Birckbichler, of Butler, Butler County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop D, Butler to Troop D, Mercer.  Corporal Birckbichler enlisted in the state police in 2000.
 
  • Daniel P. Boyd, of Elizabeth Township, Allegheny County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop B, Belle Vernon to Troop B, Washington.  Corporal Boyd enlisted in the state police in 2006.
 
  • Ty C. Brininger, of Mifflinburg, Union County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop F, Selinsgrove to Troop F, Stonington.  Corporal Brininger enlisted in the state police in 1999.
 
  • Walter R. Brunner, Jr., of Chambersburg, Franklin County, was promoted and will remain assigned to Troop H, Chambersburg. Corporal Brunner enlisted in the state police in 1994.
 
  • Ryan R. Burns, of Brookville, Jefferson County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop B to the Executive and Administrative Offices. Corporal Burns enlisted in the state police in 2007.
 
  • Curtis A. Confer, of Mill Hall, Clinton County, was promoted and will remain assigned to the Executive and Administrative Offices. Corporal Confer enlisted in the state police in 2005.
 
·         Jerry Cooley, Sr., of Greensburg, Westmoreland County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop T, New Stanton to Troop A, Indiana. Corporal Cooley enlisted in the state police in 1993.
 
·         Andy J. Dalton, of Bradford, McKean County, was promoted and will remain assigned to Troop C, Kane.  Corporal Dalton enlisted in the state police in 2005.
 
·         Aaron A. Davis, of North East, Erie County, was promoted and will remain assigned to Troop E, Erie.  Corporal Davis enlisted in the state police in 2010.
 
·         Paul M. Decker, of Carlisle, Cumberland County, was promoted and will remain assigned to Troop H, Chambersburg.  Corporal Decker enlisted in the state police in 2000.
 
·         Adam M. Dickinson, of Downingtown, Chester County, was promoted and will remain assigned to Troop J, Embreeville. Corporal Dickinson enlisted in the state police in 2007.
 
·         Gregg M. Dietz, of Whitehall, Lehigh County, was promoted and will remain assigned to Executive Services Office. Corporal Dietz enlisted in the state police in 1994. 
 
·         Nathan J. Drumm, of Jackson Center, Mercer County, was promoted and will remain assigned to Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations. Corporal Drumm enlisted in the state police in 2008.
 
·         Daniel T. Eddy, of Uniontown, Fayette County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop B, Uniontown to Troop B, Washington.  Corporal Eddy enlisted in the state police in 2011.
 
·         Lori B. Edgar, of Downingtown, Chester County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop R, Blooming Grove to Troop M, Dublin.  Corporal Edgar enlisted in the state police in 2009.
 
·         Bryan D. Fedor, of Wyoming, Luzerne County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop P, Wyoming to Troop M, Bethlehem.  Corporal Fedor enlisted in the state police in 2005.
 
·         Michael C. Felsman, of Prompton, Wayne County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop R, Honesdale to Troop H, York.  Corporal Felsman enlisted in the state police in 2010. 
 
·         Benjamin A. Frantz, of Chambersburg, Franklin County, was promoted and will remain assigned to Troop H, Chambersburg.  Corporal Frantz enlisted in the state police in January 2007.
 
·         Anthony C. Garipoli Jr., of Reading, Berks County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop L, Reading to Troop M, Fogelsville. Corporal Garipoli enlisted in the state police in 2007.
 
·         Mary L. Gausman, of Kane, McKean County, was promoted and will remain assigned to Troop C, Kane.  Corporal Gausman enlisted in the state police in 2003.
 
·         Jonathan R. Gerken, of Macungie, Lehigh County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to Troop H, Harrisburg. Corporal Gerken enlisted in the state police in 2007.
 
·         Nicholas A. Goldsmith, of Breinigsville, Lehigh County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop M, Fogelsville to Troop M, Bethlehem. Corporal Goldsmith enlisted in the state police in 2009.
 
·         Christopher M. Graf, of Gordon, Schuylkill County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop L, Jonestown to Troop H, Carlisle. Corporal Graf enlisted in the state police in 2007.
 
·         Carrie A. Gula, of Old Forge, Lackawanna County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop N, Fern Ridge to Troop M, Trevose.  Corporal Gula enlisted in the state police in 2009.
 
·         Randolph L. Guy, of Ellwood City, Lawrence County, was promoted and will remain assigned to Troop D, New Castle. Corporal Guy enlisted in the state police in 1996.
 
·         Jerry L. Harper, of Lititz, Lancaster County, was promoted and will remain assigned to Troop J, Lancaster.  Corporal Harper enlisted in the state police in 2004.
 
·         Craig D. Heim, of Emporium, Cameron County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop F, Emporium to Troop F, Coudersport.  Corporal Heim enlisted in the state police in 1996.
 
·         Brennan R. Herr, of Indiana, Indiana County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop A, Indiana to Troop A, Somerset. Corporal Herr enlisted in the state police in 2004.
 
·         Manuel R. Hicks, of Gouldsboro, Lackawanna County, was promoted and will remain assigned to the Equality and Inclusion Office. Corporal Hicks enlisted in the state police in 1994.
 
·         Matthew J. Higgins, of Kersey, Elk County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop C, Ridgway to Troop C, Punxsutawney.  Corporal Higgins enlisted in the state police in 2002.
 
·         Charles W. Hockenberry Jr., of Stormstown, Centre County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop G, Rockview to Troop C, Clearfield. Corporal Hockenberry enlisted in the State police in 1994.
 
·         Mark A. Hoehn, of Butler, Butler County was promoted and reassigned from Troop D, Butler to Troop D, Mercer.  Corporal Hoehn enlisted in the state police in 2007.   
 
·         Jonathan W. Houseknecht, of Montoursville, Lycoming County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop F, Montoursville to Troop H, Gettysburg.  Corporal Houseknecht enlisted in the state police in 2010.
 
·         Matthew A. Hunter, of Bloomsburg, Columbia County, was promoted and will remain assigned to Troop N, Hazleton. Corporal Hunter enlisted in the state police in 2008.
 
·         Derek S. Johnson, of Everett, Bedford County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop G, Hollidaysburg to Troop G, McConnellsburg.  Corporal Johnson enlisted in the state police in 2005.
 
·         Toby Johnson, of Titusville, Crawford County, was promoted and will remain assigned to Troop E, Meadville.  Corporal Johnson enlisted in the Pennsylvania state police in 2000.
 
·         Todd L. Jones, of Whitehall, Lehigh County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop N, Lehighton to Troop K, Philadelphia. Corporal Jones enlisted in the state police in 1998.
 
·         Timothy M. Keating, of Mountaintop, Luzerne County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop P, Shickshinny to Troop H, Gettysburg. Corporal Keating enlisted in the state police in 2007.
 
·         Patrick R. Kelly, of South Abington Township, Lackawanna County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop P, Tunkhannock to Troop K, Philadelphia.  Corporal Kelly enlisted in the state police in 1996.
 
·         David A. Kirkendall, of Jersey Shore, Lycoming County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop F, Lamar to Troop F, Montoursville.  Corporal Kirkendall enlisted in the state police in 1996.
 
·         Norman A. Klahre, of Shanksville, Somerset County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to Troop A, Somerset.  Corporal Klahre enlisted in the state police in 2005.
 
·         Todd W. Koebley, of Warren, Warren County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop E, Warren to Troop H, York.  Corporal Koebley enlisted in the state police in 1995.
 
·         Shawn D. Kofluk, of Zion Grove, Schuylkill County, was promoted and will remain assigned to the Bureau of Criminal investigation. Corporal Kofluk enlisted in the state police in 1996.
 
·         David R. Kostok, of Punxsutawney, Jefferson County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop C, Punxsutawney to Troop C, Marienville. Corporal Kostok enlisted in the state police in 2007.
 
·         Jeffrey M. Lambert, of Harleysville, Montgomery County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Gaming Enforcement to Troop J, Avondale.  Corporal Lambert enlisted in the state police in 2007.
 
·         Michael J. Larkin, of Carmichaels, Greene County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop B, Waynesburg to Troop B, Uniontown. Corporal Larkin enlisted in the state police in 2008.
 
·         Thomas C. Leib, of Ashland, Schuylkill County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop F, Stonington to Troop H, Gettysburg. Corporal Leib enlisted in the state police in 2007.
 
·         Barton Lemansky, of Uniontown, Fayette County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop A, Somerset to the Bureau of Training and Education.  Corporal Lemansky enlisted in the state police in 1994.
 
·         Timothy J. Longenecker, of Hershey, Dauphin County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop H, Harrisburg to Troop H, Carlisle.  Corporal Longenecker enlisted in the state police in 1994.
 
·         George M. LoPresto, of Pittston, Luzerne County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop R, Blooming Grove to Troop F, Stonington. Corporal LoPresto enlisted in the state police in 2007.
 
·         Matthew A. LoPresto, Jr., of Pittston, Luzerne County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop R, Blooming Grove to Troop N, Swiftwater. Corporal LoPresto enlisted in the state police in 2008.
 
·         Mark E. Mackachinas, of Mountain Top, Luzerne County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop T, King of Prussia to Troop H, Lykens. Corporal Mackachinas enlisted in the state police in 1999.
 
·         Eric P. McAndrew, of Dalton, Lackawanna County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop R, Gibson to Troop J, Avondale. Corporal McAndrew enlisted in the state police in 2009.
 
·         David J. McClintock, of Penn Trafford, Westmoreland County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop A, Greensburg to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.  Corporal McClintock enlisted in the state police in 2002.
 
·         Robert W. McGarvey, of Dubois, Clearfield County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop C, Dubois to Troop C, Clarion.  Corporal McGarvey enlisted in the state police in 2007.
 
·         James S. Medvit, of New Castle, Lawrence County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop D, New Castle to Troop D, Beaver.  Corporal Medvit enlisted in the state police in 1995.
 
·         John A. Michalak, of Cochranton, Crawford County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop E, Meadville to Troop E, Erie. Corporal Michalak enlisted in the state police in 1995.
 
·         James C. Mooney, of Romansville, Chester County, was promoted and will remain assigned to Troop J, Embreeville. Corporal Mooney enlisted in the state police in 2008.
 
·         Lawrence J. Napierkowski, of Shavertown, Luzerne County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop P, Shickshinny to Troop F, Mansfield. Corporal Napierkowski enlisted in the state police in 1994.
 
·         Nicholas A. Nederostek, of Brackney, Susquehanna County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop R, Gibson to Troop H, Chambersburg. Corporal Nederostek enlisted in the state police in 2005.
 
·         Jeffrey S. Nicholson, Jr., of Connellsville, Fayette County, was promoted and will remain assigned to Troop B, Uniontown. Corporal Nicholson enlisted in the state police in 2008.
 
·         Patrick J. Nied, of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to Troop A, Greensburg.  Corporal Nied enlisted in the state police in 1995.
 
·         Emily L. Page, of West Deer Township, Allegheny County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop D, Kittanning to Troop D, Butler.  Corporal Page enlisted in the state police in 2008. 
 
·         Joseph J. Pericci, of Hanover Township, Luzerne County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop P, Wyoming to Troop N, Swiftwater.  Corporal Pericci enlisted in the state police in 2004.
 
·         Robert G. Pomponio, of Hatfield, Montgomery County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop K, Philadelphia to Troop K, Skippack.  Corporal Pomponio enlisted in the state police in 2009.
 
·         Shawn D. Reynolds, of Windber, Somerset County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop A, Somerset to Troop A, Indiana. Corporal Reynolds enlisted in the state police in 2007.
 
·         William J. Ritrosky, of Cowansville, Armstrong County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop C, DuBois to Troop C, Punxsutawney.  Corporal Ritrosky enlisted in the state police in 2011.
 
·         Lacy L. Roane, of Philadelphia City and County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Gaming Enforcement to Troop J, Embreeville. Corporal Roane enlisted in the state police in 2011.
 
·         Cory M. Robenolt, of Dauphin, Dauphin County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to Troop H, Newport. Corporal Robenolt enlisted in the state police in 2000.
 
·         Noelle K. Schad, of Russell, Warren County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop E, Warren to Troop C, Clarion.  Corporal Schad enlisted in the state police in 2010.
 
·         Charles W. Schaefer, of Tyrone, Blair County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to Troop G, Bedford.  Corporal Schaefer enlisted in the state police in 1995.
 
·         Deanna M. Sell, of York, York County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop H, Harrisburg to Troop H, Carlisle.  Corporal Sell enlisted in the state police in 2003.
·         Raymond J. Shaw, of Elkins Park, Montgomery County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop K, Philadelphia to Troop H, York.  Corporal Shaw enlisted in the state police in 1997.
 
·         Judson A. Shephard, of North Huntingdon, Westmoreland County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop A, Greensburg to Troop A, Kiski Valley.  Corporal Shephard enlisted in the state police in 2002. 
 
·         Lauren A. Spallone of Ligonier, Westmoreland County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop A, Somerset to Troop A, Indiana. Corporal Spallone enlisted in the state police in 2009.
 
·         Jordan A. Starliper, of Harrisburg, Dauphin County, was promoted and will remain assigned to Troop H, Newport.  Corporal Starliper enlisted in the state police in 2010.
 
·         Edward R. Stefanides, of North Cornwall Township, Lebanon County, was promoted and will remain assigned to the Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations. Corporal Stefanides enlisted in the state police in 2007.
 
·         Linda M. Stevick, of Fairview, Erie County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop E, Girard to Troop E, Erie.  Corporal Stevick enlisted in the state police in 1999. 
 
·         Matthew J. Sweet, of Wellsboro, Tioga County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop F, Montoursville to Troop H, Newport.  Corporal Sweet enlisted in the state police in 2005.
 
·         Sarah N. Teagarden, of Waynesburg, Greene County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop B, Washington to Troop B, Belle Vernon.  Corporal Teagarden enlisted in the Pennsylvania state police in 2004. 
 
·         Adam L. Thomas, of Indiana, Indiana County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop A, Kiski Valley to Troop A, Indiana.  Corporal Thomas enlisted in the state police in 2005.
 
·         Michael J. Tribendis Jr., of Dallas, Luzerne County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop P, Tunkhannock to Troop M, Trevose. Corporal Tribendis enlisted in the state police in 2007.
 
·         Kevin C. VanFleet, of Walnutport, Northampton County, was promoted and will remain assigned to Troop K, Media.  Corporal Van Fleet enlisted in the state police in 2002.
 
·         Brian L. Walters, of Weatherly, Carbon County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop L, Frackville to Troop F, Lamar.  Corporal Walters enlisted in the state police in 2001.
 
·         Patrick L. Weindorf, of Erie, Erie County, was promoted and will remain assigned to the Bureau of Training and Education.  Corporal Weindorf enlisted in the state police in 1999.
 
·         Tony S. Weller, of Schnecksville, Lehigh County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop N, Hazleton to Troop N, Lehighton.  Corporal Weller enlisted in the state police in 2007.
 
·         Richard D. Wienches, of Hazle Township, Luzerne County, was promoted and will remain assigned to Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations.  Corporal Wienches enlisted in the state police in 2007.
 
·         David A. Yearick Jr., of Dalmatia, Dauphin County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop H, Lykens to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.  Corporal Yearick enlisted in the state police in 2007.
 
·         Matthew W. Yingst, of Forty-Fort Borough, Luzerne County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop H, Harrisburg to Troop H, Carlisle.  Corporal Yingst enlisted in the state police in 2007.
 
·         Scott I. Yockey, of Shippenville, Clarion County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop C, Clarion to Troop C, Punxsutawney.  Corporal Yockey enlisted in the state police in 2005.
 
·         Cory M. Zelenak, of Aliquippa, Beaver County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau Gaming Enforcement to Troop D, Butler. Corporal Zelenak enlisted in the state police in 1998.
 
·         Alan J. Zulick, of Saint Clair, Schuylkill County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop L, Reading to Troop H, Harrisburg.  Corporal Zulick enlisted in the state police in 2010.
 
State police ranks are cadet, trooper, corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major, lieutenant colonel, and colonel.  For more information about the Pennsylvania State police, visit www.psp.pa.gov.   
                                                         
MEDIA CONTACTS:  Cpl. Adam Reed or Ryan Tarkowski, 717-783-5556
 
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State Police Announces Sergeant Promotions

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 5, 2017
 
State Police Announces Sergeant Promotions
 
Harrisburg – Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker announced the promotions of 42 members of the Pennsylvania State Police to the rank of sergeant during a ceremony today at Bishop McDevitt High School.
 
  • Jeremy M. Barni, of Washington, Washington County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop B, Washington to Troop E, Erie. Sergeant Barni enlisted in the state police in 2004 and was promoted to corporal in 2014.
 
  • John A. Biever of Annville, Lebanon County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Forensic Services to Troop H, Harrisburg. Sergeant Biever enlisted in the state police in 2002 and was promoted to corporal in 2014.
 
  • Matthew W. Blauvelt, of Pottstown, Montgomery County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop K, Philadelphia to Troop G, Hollidaysburg. Sergeant Blauvelt enlisted in the state police in 1998 and was promoted to corporal in 2009.
 
  • Michael J. Borosh, of Jim Thorpe, Carbon County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop N, Lehighton to Troop A, Greensburg. Sergeant Borosh enlisted in the state police in 1999 and was promoted to corporal in 2011.
 
  • Brandon S. Corby of Pennsburg, Montgomery County, was promoted and will remain assigned to Troop K, Philadelphia. Sergeant Corby enlisted in the state police in 2005 and was promoted to corporal in 2015.
 
  • Brandon M. Dawson, of Harrisburg, Dauphin County, was promoted and will remain assigned to the Executive and Administrative Offices. Sergeant Dawson enlisted in the state police in 2002 and was promoted to corporal in 2014.
 
  • Brian R. Dolan, of Brookville, Jefferson County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Gaming Enforcement to Troop C, Punxsutawney. Sergeant Dolan enlisted in the state police in 2003 and was promoted to corporal in 2009.
 
  • Daryl J. Elias, of Pocono Lake, Monroe County, was promoted and will remain assigned to the Bureau of Forensic Services. Sergeant Elias enlisted in the state police in 2005 and was promoted to corporal in 2013.
 
  • Tracy M. Flynn, of Fredericksburg, Berks County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Patrol to Troop L, Reading. Sergeant Flynn enlisted in the state police in 1995 and was promoted to corporal in 2011.
  • Douglas A. Foura, of Sunbury, Northumberland County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop F, Selinsgrove to the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards. Sergeant Foura enlisted in the state police in 1994 and was promoted to corporal in 2006.
 
  • Kevin J. Havern of McKean, Erie County, was promoted and will remain assigned to Troop E, Erie. Sergeant Havern enlisted in the state police in 1993 and was promoted to corporal in 2007.
 
  • Thomas A. Hertlein, of Woodland, Clearfield County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards to Troop G, Hollidaysburg. Sergeant Hertlein enlisted in the state police in 2005 and was promoted to corporal in 2012.
 
  • Shawn A. Hilbert of Wind Gap, Northampton County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to Troop N, Swiftwater. Sergeant Hilbert enlisted in the state police in 1994 and was promoted to corporal in 2009.
 
  • Douglas W. Howell of Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop H, Harrisburg to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Sergeant Howell enlisted in the state police in 1996 and promoted to corporal in 2008.
 
  • David M. Kennedy of Honey Brook, Chester County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop J, Lancaster to the Bureau of Training and Education. Sergeant Kennedy enlisted in the state police in 1995 and was promoted to corporal in 2007.

  • Scott A. Krofcheck of Uniontown, Fayette County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop B, Uniontown to the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards. Sergeant Krofcheck enlisted in the state police in 1997 and was promoted to corporal in 2012.
 
  • Joseph J. Kulick, Jr. of Nanticoke, Luzerne County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop P, Shickshinny to Troop A, Greensburg. Sergeant Kulick enlisted in the state police in 2003 and was promoted to corporal in 2013.

  • William J. Langman, of Hazle Township, Luzerne County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop P, Wyoming to the Bureau of Training and Education. Sergeant Langman enlisted in the state police in 1994 and was promoted to corporal in 2012.

  • Robert J. Lombardo, of Pittston, Luzerne County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop N, Swiftwater to Troop H, York. Sergeant Lombardo enlisted in the state police in 2003 and was promoted to corporal in 2014.

  • Thomas J. Maher of Uniontown, Fayette County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop B, Uniontown to Troop B, Waynesburg. Sergeant Maher enlisted in the state police in 1999 and was promoted to corporal in 2008.
 
  • John A. McGeary of Catawissa, Columbia County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to Troop F. Sergeant McGeary enlisted in the state police in 1994 and promoted to corporal in 2014.

  • Cory S. Mengel, of Hamburg, Berks County, was promoted and reassigned to from Troop L, Hamburg to Troop L, Jonestown. Sergeant Mengel enlisted in the state police in 2005 and was promoted to corporal in 2013.

  • Michael D. Murray, Jr. of Galeton, Potter County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop F, Coudersport to Troop F, Montoursville. Sergeant Murray enlisted in the state police in 1996 and was promoted to corporal in 2004.

  • Christopher A. Nacios of Warminster, Bucks County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop M, Trevose to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Sergeant Nacios enlisted in the state police in 2002 and was promoted to corporal in 2013.

  • Maurice E. Nadachowski of Lincoln University, Chester County, was promoted and will remain assigned to the the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards. Sergeant Nadachowski enlisted in the state police in 1993 and was promoted to corporal in 2008.

  • Jerry D. Nemes, Jr. of North Huntingdon, Westmoreland County, was promoted and will remain assigned to Troop A, Greensburg. Sergeant Nemes enlisted in the state police in 2000 and was promoted to corporal in 2011.

  • James R. Olinger, of Thompsontown, Juniata County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop H, Newport to the Bureau of Training and Education. Sergeant Olinger enlisted in the state police in 2004 and was promoted to corporal in 2012.

  • James J. Pratt, of Pottstown, Montgomery County, was promoted and will remain assigned to the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards. Sergeant Pratt enlisted in the state police in 2006 and was promoted to corporal in 2012.

  • Dwayne R. Rouzer of South Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, was prmoted and reassigned from Troop M, Bethlehem to the Bureau of Training and Education. Sergeant Rouzer enlisted in the state police in 1996 and was promoted to corporal in 2011.

  • Rocco J. Russo, of Sarver, Butler County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop A, Greensburg to Troop D, Butler. Sergeant Russo enlisted in the state police in 2002 and was promoted to corporal in 2012.

  • Michael Sadusky of Schuylkill Haven, Schuylkill County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop L, Schuylkill Haven to Troop H, Chambersburg. Sergeant Sadusy enlisted in the state police in 1999 and was promoted to corporal in 2006.

  • Jeffrey S. Sampson, of Pine Grove, Schuylkill County, was promoted and will remain assigned to the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards. Sergeant Sampson enlisted in the state police in 1990 and was promoted to corporal in 1999.
 
  • Brian J. Schutter, of Douglassville, Berks County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop L, Reading to Troop B, Washington. Sergeant Schutter enlisted in the state police in 2006 and was promoted to corporal in 2013.

 
 
  • Dustin C. Shireman, of Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, was promoted and will remain assigned to Troop J, Lancaster. Sergeant Shireman enlisted in the state police in 2007 and was promoted to corporal in 2015.

  • William C. Slaton, of New Hanover, Montgomery County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop K, Philadelphia to the Equality and Inclusion Office. Sergeant Slaton enlisted in the state police in 2007 and was promoted to corporal in 2013.

  • Daniel M. Sneath, of Huntingdon, Huntingdon County, was promoted and reassigned from the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards to Troop G, Lewistown. Sergeant Sneath enlisted in the state police in 1993 and promoted to corporal in 2008.

  • Michael A. Stoner, of West Chester, Chester County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop J, Lancaster to Troop T, Highspire. Sergeant Stoner enlisted in the state police in 2006 and was promoted to corporal in 2012.

  • Kenneth F. Tallman, of Enola, Cumberland County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop H, Newport to Troop H, Carlisle. Sergeant Tallman enlisted in the state police in 2002 and was promoted to corporal in 2012.

  • John T. Van Buren, of Columbia County, was promoted and will remain assigned to the Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations. Sergeant Van Buren enlisted in the state police in 2003 and was promoted to corporal in 2011.

  • Michael A. Walsh, of Pittston, Luzerne County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop R, Dunmore to Troop N, Swiftwater. Sergeant Walsh enlisted in the state police in 2005 and was promoted to corporal in 2013.

  • James E. Weaver, of Knox, Clarion County, was promoted and reassigned from Troop C, Marienville to Troop E, Meadville. Sergeant Weaver enlisted in the state police in 2004 and was promoted to corporal in 2013.

  • Keye A. Wysocki, of New London, Chester County, was promoted and will remain assigned to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Sergeant Wysocki enlisted in the state police in 1996 and was promoted to corporal in 2004.
 
State police ranks are cadet, trooper, corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, major, lieutenant colonel, and colonel.  For more information about the Pennsylvania State police, visit www.psp.pa.gov.   
                                                         
MEDIA CONTACTS:  Cpl. Adam Reed or Ryan Tarkowski, 717-783-5556
 
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​Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Celebrates Grand Opening of New Fine Wine & Good Spirits Store in Harleysville, Montgomery County

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Harleysville – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today welcomed local officials and the public to the grand opening of a new Fine Wine & Good Spirits store at The Court at Harleysville, 237 Harleysville Pike, Harleysville, Montgomery County.

With nearly 6,800 square feet of space, this new store in a popular retail area features more than 2,800 wines and spirits. The store also carries the popular Chairman’s Selection® and Chairman’s Advantage® products, which are hand-selected, highly rated wines available for less than nationally quoted prices.

The Fine Wine & Good Spirits store offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere for consumers to browse the extensive selection. The focal point of the store is the center table, where customers can find staff to answer questions or provide recommendations. The center table provides counters for highlighting promotional items and educational materials for customers such as:

  • Answers to frequently asked questions about wine and spirits
  • A vintage chart
  • A food pairing outline
  • A party planning guide
  • A calorie chart
  • Tips for responsible hosting and consumption

The store has a “Made in Pennsylvania” section to highlight wines and spirits produced in the commonwealth. Also, this store features Pennsylvania Lottery ticket sales.

Throughout design and construction, the PLCB was committed to developing a store that is attractive and environmentally responsible. The majority of store lighting is state-of-the-art LED or energy-efficient compact-fluorescent lighting, using a fraction of the energy of traditional lighting.

The Harleysville Fine Wine & Good Spirits store will be open from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday through Saturday and from 11:00 AM to 7 PM on Sunday. The store phone number is 215-256-3084. To find additional store locations and hours, visit www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com.

The Fine Wine & Good Spirits store at Shelly Square Shopping Center, 2710 Shelly Rd., Harleysville, is now closed.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.303.8522

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​PLCB Awards Nearly $1 Million in Grants for Developing, Promoting Pennsylvania Wines

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Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today awarded grants totaling $999,394 to 13 projects intended to enhance the Pennsylvania wine industry and increase production of Pennsylvania-made wines.

“Recognizing consumer’s interest in buying local and the significant impact that the growing Pennsylvania wine industry has on agriculture and tourism in Pennsylvania, the PLCB has long been supportive of Pennsylvania wineries and winemakers,” said PLCB Chairman Tim Holden. “These grants are a new avenue for the PLCB to help Pennsylvania’s wine industry grow and flourish.”

The grant projects, summarized as follows, were recommended for approval by the Pennsylvania Wine Marketing and Research Board. They focus on agricultural research ($178,394 for nine projects), wine marketing ($815,000 for three projects), and education ($6,000 for one project).

Grant Project, Grantee, Grant Amount

  • Marketing: Pennsylvania Wine Land marketing and promotions, Pennsylvania Winery Association & SWELL LLC, $495,000
  • Marketing: Pennsylvania Wine Trail Grants to enable promotion and development of individual trails and regions, Pennsylvania Winery Association & SWELL LLC, $220,000
  • Marketing: Pennsylvania Wine Month marketing and promotions, Pennsylvania Winery Association & SWELL LLC, $100,000
  • Research: "Effect of maceration parameters on white wine quality made from interspecific hybrid grapes (Vitis ssp.)," Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, $45,162
  • Research: "Sensory characterization of Riesling wines from different Pennsylvania regions with a trained panel and winemakers," Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, $40,000
  • Research: "The impact of chemical and sensory wine quality by two different frost avoidance strategies," Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, $23,300
  • Research: "Does delaying bud burst reduce the risk of frost damage while maintaining grape and wine quality? Comparing the effectiveness of pruning time and Amigo oil application," Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, $18,558
  • Research: "Defining the effects of meso- and microclimatic factors on rotundone accumulation in Noiret wine grapes," Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, $15,088
  • Research: "The mechanization of early leaf removal for enhanced adoption into bunch rot control programs in Pennsylvania," Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, $12,706
  • Research: "Survey for Grapevine Leafroll Viruses in Pennsylvania," Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, $11,940
  • Research: "Residual decline and efficacy of commonly used insecticides against spotted wing drosophilia in Pennsylvania wine grapes," Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, $6,786
  • Research: "Analysis of invasive insect pests in the Lake Erie region to characterize abundance and seasonal emergence patterns," Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences, $4,854
  • Education: 2017 Pennsylvania Wine Marketing and Research Board Symposium, Penn State Extension & Pennsylvania Winery Association, $6,000

Act 39 of 2016 expanded the Pennsylvania Wine Marketing and Research Board and authorized the PLCB to approve up to $1 million annually for wine promotion.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide and licenses more than 20,000 beverage alcohol producers and retailers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Brassell, 717-783-8864

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PEMA: House GOP Budget Would Compromise Public Safety

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Harrisburg, PA - In a letter sent last month to the four chairmen of the House and Senate committees on Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness, Richard D. Flinn Jr., director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, said that proposed budget cuts in House Bill 218 – the House Republican budget proposal – would severely limit the agency’s capacity to serve counties and citizens of the commonwealth.

“We are dedicated to using our limited resources wisely and efficiently, in support of a cooperative and seamless government that works for all Pennsylvanians,” Flinn wrote. “A spending cut of this magnitude, unfocused and on top of the changes we have already proposed, would cause significant difficulties.”

Flinn said the proposed 6.5 percent cut in General Government Operation (GGO) funding will result in staff furloughs that would impact the 24-hour Commonwealth Watch and Warning Center (CWWC), training and exercise staff, and specialized technicians and personnel who deploy and work directly with emergency personnel in counties impacted by disasters and emergencies.

In addition, House Bill 218 cuts $4.7 million in disaster relief funding that is required under the terms of the federal Public Assistance program as a state match to the $38 million available to dozens of applicants in Bradford, Centre, Lycoming and Sullivan counties after devastating flooding last October. Flinn said the proposed cut means repair efforts in those communities likely would not be completed.

On top of reduced state funding, Flinn said the potential loss of $10 million in federal funding through the Homeland Security Grant Program and the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program would force the agency to cut an additional 20 positions and result in the loss of funding for 35 county emergency management positions.

Flinn thanked the chairmen for their continued support of PEMA and encouraged them to contact him to discuss the impact of the proposed state budget cuts. The full text of the letter can be viewed here.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ruth A. Miller – 717-651-2009 or ruthmiller@pa.gov

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​Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Announces Harrisburg Wine Festival as Part of Wine Week 2017

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Legendary entertainer Smokey Robinson will promote his new wines, greet fans

Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) is pleased to announce that 2017 Wine Week celebrations will conclude with the Harrisburg Wine Festival at The State Museum of Pennsylvania on Saturday, May 6. The event will feature 450 wines and dozens of vintners, a legendary entertainer, and an onsite Fine Wine & Good Spirits store carrying wines sampled at the event.

During the Harrisburg Wine Festival, vintners, winemakers, and industry experts will be on hand to help guide and inform guests on each wine being sampled. The VIP Tasting, from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, features easy access to more than 100 exclusive VIP-only wine offerings, hors d’oeuvres, admission to the Grand Tasting, and a more intimate experience with the winemakers and winery representatives. The first 200 VIP ticketholders to arrive will also receive a $15 voucher redeemable on a purchase of $30 or more at the on-site Fine Wine & Good Spirits store. Forty of those ticketholders will also win a sample of Penfolds Grange Australia 2012 (valued at $849.99; a limited number of bottles is available to purchase at the festival).

The Grand Tasting follows the VIP Tasting from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Patrons can join the Chairman's Selection® Premier Tasting from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM. It features program buyer Steve Pollack and notable California winemakers Harrison Heitz from Heitz Cellars in Napa Valley and Jessica Boone of Passalacqua Winery in Sonoma County. Guests will enjoy a seminar and guided tasting of 10 Chairman's Selection wines from around the world, five of which are being introduced in Pennsylvania during Wine Week. Guests will have the opportunity to visit the on-site Fine Wine & Good Spirits store to purchase these wines – in some cases, weeks before they reach other stores. The premier tasting also includes admission to a half-hour of the VIP Tasting and to the Grand Tasting.

To purchase tickets or view the list of wines that will be available for tasting, visit www.harrisburgwinefest.com. All tickets include a souvenir glass and parking at South Street Garage. A portion of ticket sales will benefit the Patient- and Family-Centered Care Program at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

Entertainer Smokey Robinson, who is also participating in the wine festivals in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, will be on hand for the duration of the Harrisburg Wine Festival to promote his newly released Engine House 25 Smokey Robinson Cabernet Sauvignon (750 mL, $59.99) and Riesling (750 mL, $29.99) wines, which are fermented from California grapes and bottled at Engine House 25 Winery in Pittsburgh. Attendees may sample and buy his wines on site and have a photo taken with Smokey (a minimum purchase of one bottle is required to meet Smokey and take a photo with him).

Once pronounced by Bob Dylan as America's "greatest living poet," Smokey Robinson’s career as an acclaimed singer-songwriter spans more than four decades. He received numerous awards, including the Grammy Living Legend Award, NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, an honorary doctorate from Howard University, and the National Medal of Arts Award from the President of the United States. He has also been honored at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and been inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.

At the festival, winemakers of note will pour their creations, including Deb and Tom Mortimer from Aubichon Cellars/Joleté Wines/Le Cadeau Vineyard (Deb is a Pennsylvania native); Jake Beckett, owner/winemaker from Chronic Cellars; Hugo Bernard, owner of Domaine de Chevalier in Bordeaux; Pietro Oddero from the noted Italian wine-producing family; and Carlos Reynolds from Reynolds Wine Growers in Portugal. Many of the wines at the festival have received high scores from notable publications.

Attendees are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and consume responsibly. Attendees should create a plan, make a list of the wines they want to try, and designate a driver or find a safe ride home, perhaps by downloading the free SaferRide app​.

Wine Week 2017 also included festivals at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Thursday, May 4, and in Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field on Friday, May 5.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.

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Trooper Landon Weaver Honored at State Police Memorial Ceremony

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May 2, 2017
 
 
Harrisburg, PA – A young Pennsylvania State Police trooper who gave his life in the line of duty was remembered by his family, fellow troopers, and the public today at a memorial ceremony in Hershey. Trooper Landon Weaver was just 23 years old when he was shot and killed on December 30, 2016. He had enlisted in the Pennsylvania State Police in December of 2015 and was assigned to the Patrol Unit of Troop G, Huntingdon.
 
“Trooper Weaver exemplified the professionalism, dedication, and bravery that every member of law enforcement should display,” said Colonel Tyree C. Blocker, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police. “Today’s events are a reminder that we will not forget his sacrifice, or the sacrifices of the troopers who laid down their lives before him.”
 
Colonel Blocker presented the Pennsylvania State Police Cross to Trooper Weaver’s wife, Macy. The award is given posthumously to the next of kin of a member whose life was lost under honorable circumstances in the performance of duty. She was joined by several members of the Weaver family.
 
“When Trooper Weaver enlisted with the Pennsylvania State Police, he made a vow to protect the citizens of the Commonwealth at any cost, putting all of our lives above his own,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “Unfortunately, he made the ultimate sacrifice on December 30, 2016. Today, and every day, we are so thankful to Trooper Weaver and his family, for everything they have given.”
 
The program at the State Police training academy marked the 112th anniversary of the department, which was created on May 2, 1905, when Governor Samuel Pennypacker signed legislation to create the first uniformed police organization of its kind in the United States. Trooper Weaver was the 97th member of the department to die in the line of duty.
 
“Today, we remember all of our troopers who paid the ultimate price in service of the commonwealth,” said Colonel Blocker. “For more than 100 years, the courage of these men and women has been the cornerstone of the Pennsylvania State Police.”
 
The ceremony included the unveiling of a new memorial wall and searchable computer kiosk at the academy, containing the names, pictures, and stories of each of the 97 members who have died in the line of duty. An online version of the memorial wall is available at http://www.psp.pa.gov/memorial-wall/Pages/Memorial-Wall.aspx
 
MEDIA CONTACTS:  Cpl. Adam Reed or Ryan Tarkowski, 717-783-5556
 
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Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Announces Philadelphia Wine Festival as Part of Wine Week 2017

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​Legendary entertainer Smokey Robinson will promote his new wines, greet fans

Philadelphia – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) is pleased to announce that 2017 Wine Week celebrations will continue with Philadelphia Magazine’s Wine Festival at Lincoln Financial Field on Friday, May 5. The event will feature more than 500 wines and dozens of vintners, a legendary entertainer, and an on-site Fine Wine & Good Spirits store carrying wines sampled at the event.

The Philadelphia Magazine Wine Festival brings local restauranteurs and culinary favorites together with vintners, winemakers, and industry experts who help guide and inform guests on each wine being sampled.

The Lexus VIP Tasting is from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM. VIPs will enjoy early access to the event, a selection of rare wines not offered during the Grand Tasting, a more intimate experience with the winemakers and winery representatives, and a behind-the-scenes tour of Lincoln Financial Field and the locker room. The first 200 Lexus VIP tickets purchased will also include a $15 gift card redeemable on a purchase of $30 or more at the on-site Fine Wine & Good Spirits store. Forty of those ticketholders will also win a sample of Penfolds Grange Australia 2012 (valued at $849.99; a limited number of bottles is available to purchase at the festival).

The Grand Tasting will be held from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM. All guests will have the opportunity to visit the on-site Fine Wine & Good Spirits store to purchase many of the wines sampled during the event.

To purchase tickets or view the list of wines that will be available for tasting, visit www.phillymag.com/winefest/.

Entertainer Smokey Robinson will be on hand for the duration of the Philadelphia Magazine Wine Festival to promote his newly released Engine House 25 Smokey Robinson Cabernet Sauvignon (750 mL, $59.99) and Riesling (750 mL, $29.99) wines, which are fermented from California grapes and bottled at Engine House 25 Winery in Pittsburgh. Attendees may sample and buy his wines on site and have a photo taken with Smokey (a minimum purchase of one bottle is required to meet Smokey and take a photo with him).

Once pronounced by Bob Dylan as America's "greatest living poet," Smokey Robinson’s career as an acclaimed singer-songwriter spans more than four decades. He received numerous awards, including the Grammy Living Legend Award, NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, an honorary doctorate from Howard University, and the National Medal of Arts Award from the President of the United States. He has also been honored at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and been inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.

At the festival, winemakers of note will pour their creations, including Deb and Tom Mortimer from Aubichon Cellars/Joleté Wines/Le Cadeau Vineyard (Deb is a Pennsylvania native); Jake Beckett, owner/winemaker from Chronic Cellars; Hugo Bernard, owner of Domaine de Chevalier in Bordeaux; Pietro Oddero from the noted Italian wine-producing family; and Carlos Reynolds from Reynolds Wine Growers in Portugal. Many of the wines at the festival have received high scores from notable publications.

Attendees are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and consume responsibly. Attendees should create a plan, make a list of the wines they want to try, and designate a driver or find a safe ride home, perhaps by downloading the free SaferRide app.

Wine Week 2017 also includes festivals at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Thursday, May 4, and in Harrisburg at The State Museum of Pennsylvania on Saturday, May 6.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.783.8864

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ADVISORY – HERSHEY – TOMORROW – State Police to Pay Tribute to Fallen Trooper Landon Weaver at Memorial Ceremony

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Tomorrow, the Pennsylvania State Police will hold a public memorial ceremony to honor the 97 members who gave their lives in the line of duty since the department was created on May 2, 1905. At the ceremony, special tribute will be paid to Trooper Landon Weaver, who was shot and killed while responding to a call in Huntingdon County on December 30, 2016.
 
Hundreds of troopers from across the state will be joined by several members of the Weaver family as the Pennsylvania State Police Cross is presented to Trooper Weaver’s wife, Macy Weaver. The award is presented posthumously to the next of kin of a member whose life was lost under honorable circumstances in the performance of duty.
 
Also at the ceremony, a new memorial wall and searchable computer kiosk will be unveiled, in remembrance of the legacies and unique stories of each of the 97 members who died in service of the people of Pennsylvania.
 
The public is invited to attend the ceremony.
 
WHAT: State police will hold a memorial ceremony to honor Landon Weaver and all fallen troopers; the program will mark the 112th anniversary of the Pennsylvania State Police.
WHEN: Tuesday, May 2, 2017; 9:30 AM
WHERE:  State Police Academy, 175 East Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, PA 17033
 
There will be a satellite feed of this event:
 
EVENT: PSP - Memorial
DATE: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
TIME: 15:15 to 15:30  (Eastern)
FORMAT: 16 x 9 HD 720p
SATELLITE: AMC - 9 (KU-Band -  DIGITAL)
ORBITAL POSITION:  83 Degrees West
TRANSPONDER: K 12
CHANNEL: A/B (18Mhz)
SYM RATE: 13.235 msps
FEC: 3/4
BIT RATE:  18.295441
DOWNLINK POL: Vertical
DOWNLINK FREQ: 11931.00 MHz
Modulation Type:  DVB-S, QPSK
TROUBLE: 717-772-4282
 
MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Tarkowski or Corporal Adam Reed, 717-783-5556
 
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​Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Announces Pittsburgh Wine Festival as Part of Wine Week 2017

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Legendary entertainer Smokey Robinson will promote his new wines, greet fans

Pittsburgh – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) is pleased to announce that 2017 Wine Week celebrations will begin with the Pittsburgh Wine Festival at Heinz Field on Thursday, May 4. The event will feature almost 500 wines and dozens of vintners, a legendary entertainer, and an on-site Fine Wine & Good Spirits store carrying wines sampled at the event.

The Pittsburgh Wine Festival marks its 15th year honoring the art of the grape, with vintners, winemakers, and industry experts on hand to help guide and inform guests on each wine being sampled. The VIP Tasting is from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, featuring special and reserve wines not available during the Grand Tasting event, as well as an opportunity for guests to have a more intimate experience with the winemakers and winery representatives. All VIP ticketholders will have a chance to win a sample of Penfolds Grange Australia 2012 (valued at $849.99; a limited number of bottles is available to purchase at the festival), a pair of VIP tickets to next year’s wine festival, or a voucher for a $15 discount on a purchase of $30 or more at the on-site Fine Wine & Good Spirits store.

The Grand Tasting follows the VIP Tasting from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. 

Patrons can also join the Chairman's Selection® Premier Tasting at 6:30 PM, featuring program buyer Steve Pollack and notable California winemakers Harrison Heitz from Heitz Cellars in Napa Valley and Jessica Boone of Passalacqua Winery in Sonoma County. Guests will enjoy a seminar and guided tasting of 10 Chairman's Selection wines from around the world, five of which are being introduced in Pennsylvania during Wine Week. Guests will have the opportunity to visit the on-site Fine Wine & Good Spirits store to purchase these wines – in some cases, weeks before they reach other stores.

To purchase tickets or view the list of wines that will be available for tasting, visit www.pittsburghwinefestival.com​. Proceeds from the event benefit the Pittsburgh Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases.

Entertainer Smokey Robinson will be on hand for the duration of the Pittsburgh Wine Festival to promote his newly released Engine House 25 Smokey Robinson Cabernet Sauvignon (750 mL, $59.99) and Riesling (750 mL, $29.99) wines, which are fermented from California grapes and bottled at Engine House 25 Winery in Pittsburgh. Attendees may sample and buy his wines on site and have a photo taken with Smokey (a minimum purchase of one bottle is required to meet Smokey and take a photo with him). 

Once pronounced by Bob Dylan as America's "greatest living poet," Smokey Robinson’s career as an acclaimed singer-songwriter spans more than four decades. He received numerous awards, including the Grammy Living Legend Award, NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, an honorary doctorate from Howard University, and the National Medal of Arts Award from the President of the United States. He has also been honored at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and been inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.

At the festival, winemakers of note will pour their creations, including Deb and Tom Mortimer from Aubichon Cellars/Joleté Wines/Le Cadeau Vineyard (Deb is a Pennsylvania native); Jake Beckett, owner/winemaker from Chronic Cellars; Hugo Bernard, owner of Domaine de Chevalier in Bordeaux; Pietro Oddero from the noted Italian wine-producing family; and Carlos Reynolds from Reynolds Wine Growers in Portugal. Many of the wines at the festival have received high scores from notable publications.

Attendees are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and consume responsibly. Attendees should create a plan, make a list of the wines they want to try, and designate a driver or find a safe ride home, perhaps by downloading the free SaferRide app.

Wine Week 2017 also includes festivals in Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field on Friday, May 5, and in Harrisburg at The State Museum of Pennsylvania on Saturday, May 6.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.783.8864

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Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Returns More Than $2 Million in Licensing Fees to Local Communities

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​Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today announced the return of more than $2 million in licensing fees to 1,123 municipalities in which licensees are located.

Twice a year, as required by law, the PLCB returns a portion of liquor license fees paid by PLCB-approved licensees to the municipalities that are home to those liquor licenses. Municipalities have flexibility in allocating and spending the returned license fees to meet local needs.

The PLCB oversees the regulation of more than 15,000 liquor licenses statewide, including restaurants, clubs, and hotels. Licensees pay liquor license fees ranging from $125 to $700, depending on the type of license and the population of the municipality in which the license is located, as part of the annual license renewal or validation process, as well as in conjunction with approval of certain new applications.

The current dispersal period represents fees paid for approved applications from Aug. 1, 2016, to Jan. 31, 2017. In all, 51 cities, 410 boroughs, and 662 townships received funds ranging from $25 to $879,850.

The complete list of license fee distributions by municipality is available on the PLCB website, www.lcb.pa.gov.

Over the past five fiscal years, the PLCB has returned more than $22.4 million in licensing fees to local municipalities.

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Brassell, 717.783.8864

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Pennsylvania State Police Statement on Frein Conviction

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April 20, 2017
 
 
 
Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker released the following statement regarding the conviction of Eric Frein on charges related to the fatal 2014 ambush of Corporal Bryon K. Dickson II and the wounding of Trooper Alex Douglass:
 
“On behalf of the Pennsylvania State Police, I would like to thank the Pike County District Attorney, members of the jury, and the court for ensuring that a cowardly killer faces justice. We also extend our gratitude to the countless local, state, and federal authorities who assisted in the capture and conviction of the perpetrator. The unprovoked ambush was an attack on not only law enforcement, but all Pennsylvanians.
“Our thoughts remain with the family of Corporal Dickson, Trooper Douglass, and all those whose lives have been forever changed by the events of September 12, 2014. The outpouring of support from across the nation has been invaluable during this time and is appreciated by all who serve with the Pennsylvania State Police.”
 
Captain Christopher Paris, commanding officer of Troop R, extended his gratitude to the community in northeastern Pennsylvania:
 
“The heartfelt cards, letters, and words of encouragement from the people of Pike County and the surrounding area have been much appreciated by the men and women who serve in Troop R. We are pleased that justice has been served in this case and reaffirm our commitment to providing quality, professional police services to all of the residents and visitors to the commonwealth.
 
“The 2014 attack on the Blooming Grove station stole the life of our friend and coworker, Corporal Dickson, and gravely injured Trooper Douglass. The verdict of ‘guilty on all charges’ is an important step in the healing process, and we appreciate the hard work of everyone that helped to ensure the killer will face the consequences of his actions.” 
 
For more information on the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov.
 
MEDIA CONTACT:  Ryan Tarkowski, 717-783-5556
 
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Update on Steve Stephens Investigation

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April 19, 2017

 

Erie, PA – The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) continues to work with local and federal authorities, as well as Ohio law enforcement, to investigate the circumstances leading up to the conclusion of the nationwide manhunt for Steve Stephens.
 
A Glock Model 30-S .45 caliber pistol was recovered from the white Ford Fusion Stephens was driving on Tuesday morning. Stephens shot himself with the weapon after a short pursuit with PSP and local officers. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Erie County Coroner.
 
Investigators continue to process the vehicle as they work to develop a timeline of activities between the Cleveland homicide on Sunday, April 16 and the subject’s apprehension.
 
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact PSP Troop E, Erie at (814) 898-1641 or Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers, (800) 472-8477.
 
For more information on the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov or follow @pastatepolice on Facebook and Twitter.
 
MEDIA CONTACTS:  Ryan Tarkowski or Corporal Adam Reed 717-783-5556
 
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ADVISORY – HERSHEY – TOMORROW – State Police to Announce Graduating Class of Cadets

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April 20, 2017
 
 
Hershey, PA – Tomorrow, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker will address the 148th class of Pennsylvania State Police cadets as part of a ceremony at Founders Hall in Hershey, PA. Ninety graduates will be joined by family and friends to celebrate their completion of 27 weeks of intense training and become Pennsylvania State Troopers.

At the ceremony, one cadet will be recognized as the recipient of the inaugural Ronald M. Sharpe Leadership Award. Colonel Sharpe was the first African American commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, serving from 1987 to 1991. He passed away in 2004 at the age of 64.

 
Colonel Sharpe was a trailblazer, the nation’s first African American leader of a statewide police force. He is remembered within the department for his commitment to continuing education and innovation. To honor his legacy, the Pennsylvania State Police will present an award in his name to the cadet who embodies the key components of leadership: honesty, integrity, vision, courage, and self-awareness.
 
Members of Colonel Sharpe’s family will be in attendance, along with federal, state, and county dignitaries and representatives of other law enforcement agencies.
 
WHAT:  The graduation ceremony for 148th class and presentation of the inaugural Colonel Ronald M. Sharpe Leadership Award
WHEN:  Friday, April 21, 2017; 10:30 AM
WHERE:  Founders Hall, 460 East Governor Road, Hershey, PA 17033
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Ryan Tarkowski, 717-783-5556
 
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​Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Celebrates Alcohol Awareness Month by Honoring Young Artists for Educating Peers about the Dangers of Underage Drinking

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Annual poster contest winners celebrated at The State Museum of Pennsylvania

Harrisburg – During a ceremony in The State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today recognized 52 students who participated in the 25th annual Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest.

“Every year through the Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board challenges students across the commonwealth to create positive, no-use messages that can influence their peers. And, every year, the students of Pennsylvania deliver some amazing, colorful, creative results that encourage fun, healthy, safe alternatives to underage drinking,” said PLCB Chairman Tim Holden. “We are proud to celebrate April as Alcohol Awareness month by recognizing the work and talent of our young artists.”

In their winning poster designs, students focused on positive messages, such as the benefits of being alcohol-free and healthy alternatives to drinking, such as hobbies and extracurricular activities.

The PLCB will use the designs to create posters, bookmarks, and coloring sheets to distribute throughout Pennsylvania. In addition, grade winners will have their artwork reproduced in a calendar. Students who created the best pieces received cash prizes.

Nearly 750 students from 38 counties participated in this year’s contest, using crayons, ink, colored pencils, paint, and computer-generated imagery to create their posters. Entries were judged on presentation and message. Since the poster contest began in 1992, more than 35,000 entries have been submitted.

This year’s winning posters were displayed in The State Museum of Pennsylvania from April 17 through April 21. 

The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses more than 20,000 beverage alcohol producers and retailers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717-783-8864

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2016-17 PLCB ALCOHOL AWARENESS POSTER CONTEST WINNERS

County, Student, Grade, School

    Reproductions – $100 each

    • Adams, Mady Calore*, 4, Fairfield Area Elementary School
    • Butler, Joshua Bostedo, 2, Mars Elementary School
    • Butler, Mei Lien Mansfield, 2, Mars Elementary School
    • Mercer, Malana Beach, 6, Kennedy Catholic Middle School
    • Mercer, Talia Morgenstern, 7, Kennedy Catholic Middle School
    • York, Ashley Morin, 9, York County School of Technology

    Grade winners – $50 each

    • Berks, Mary Groff, 8, Tulpehocken Area School
    • Butler, Gabby Rossi, 2, Mars Elementary School
    • Chester, Kerry Reynolds*, 10, Home School
    • Cumberland, Marie-Laurence Heil*, 3, Immaculata Academy Home School
    • Cumberland, Amanda Shoemaker, 12, Home School
    • Dauphin, Isabella Bender, K, Upper Dauphin Area Elementary School
    • Dauphin, Julianna Carmen, 1, Upper Dauphin Area Elementary School
    • Delaware, Aliya Mengine, 4, Media Elementary School
    • Delaware, Richie Chism*, 5, Westbrook Park Elementary School
    • Luzerne, Emily Trella*, 6, Heights-Terrace Elementary/Middle School
    • Monroe, Angelina Marie Kimmins, 11, Pocono Mountain West High School
    • Schuylkill, Sidney Lescowitch, 7, McAdoo-Kelayres Elementary/Middle School
    • York, Cynthia McDaniel, 9, York County School of Technology

    Special Recognition

    • Adams, Lillian Clark, 1, Fairfield Area Elementary School
    • Adams, Leah Hobbs, 3, Fairfield Area Elementary School
    • Berks Jillian Avery, K, Schuylkill Valley Elementary School
    • Berks Kira Adams, 7, Tulpehocken Area School
    • Berks Makayla Barrett, 7, Tulpehocken Area School
    • Berks Kyla Ebersole, 7, Tulpehocken Area School
    • Berks Diego Aparicio, 8, Tulpehocken Area School
    • Berks Jordan D. Baer, 8, Tulpehocken Area School
    • Berks, Bailee Gagnon, 8, Tulpehocken Area School
    • Berks, Bailee Gagnon,  8, Tulpehocken Area School (two pieces recognized)
    • Berks, Swaye Hopwood, 8, Tulpehocken Area School
    • Berks, Isaac Vogel, 8, Tulpehocken Area School
    • Butler, Camden Hoffman, 2, Mars Elementary School
    • Butler, Teagan Tumulty, 3, Mars Elementary School
    • Butler, Ellie K. Koma*, 4, Mars Elementary School
    • Butler, Ella Schupp, 4, Mars Elementary School
    • Chester, Ryan Reynolds*, 3, Home School
    • Cumberland, Maria-Catalina Heil*, 1, Immaculata Academy Home School
    • Cumberland, Emily Hammaker, 5, Northside Elementary School
    • Cumberland, Kaitlyn Kiernan, 5, Broad Street Elementary School
    • Dauphin, Emily Weaver*, 5, Halifax Elementary School
    • Dauphin, Kenny Lavery12, Lower Dauphin High School
    • Forest, Vera Heferle, 1, East Forest Elementary School
    • Luzerne, Jacob Hutchison, 6, Hazleton Elementary/Middle School
    • Mercer, Ariana Davidson, 6, Kennedy Catholic Middle School
    • Montgomery, Gia Schweitzer, 11, Plymouth Whitemarsh High School
    • Schuylkill, Antonio Potence, 4, McAdoo-Kelayres Elementary/Middle School
    • Schuylkill, Lauren Hammer, 6, Minersville Elementary
    • York, Isabelle Latshaw*, 5, Shallow Brook Intermediate
    • York, Jackelyn Martinez, 9, York County School of Technology
    • York, Shayelyne Harleman, 10, York County School of Technology
    • York, Jessica Thompson, 10, York County School of Technology
    • York, Catherine Noble, 11, York County School of Technology
    • York, Rayne Sheffer, 11, York County School of Technology

    * denotes Previous Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest winner

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    Update on Hunt for “Facebook Killer” Steve Stephens

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    4/18/2017

    Erie, PA – "Facebook Killer" Steve Stephens was spotted just after 11 a.m. this morning by an alert citizen near the intersection of Buffalo Road and Downing Avenue in Erie County, Pennsylvania, which is less than two miles from PSP Troop E headquarters.
     
    PSP troopers immediately began to canvas the area for Stephens and located him in his vehicle a short time later. Troopers in marked patrol units initiated a pursuit that lasted approximately two miles. The troopers attempted a PIT maneuver to disable Stephens’ vehicle, a white Ford Fusion. As the vehicle was spinning out of control from the PIT maneuver, Stephens pulled a pistol and shot himself in the head.
     
    A patrol trooper involved with the pursuit could not stop in time and slid into Stephens’ vehicle causing minor damage. No injuries to law enforcement or members of the public were reported.
     
    For more information on the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov or follow @pastatepolice on Facebook and Twitter.
     
    MEDIA CONTACTS:  Ryan Tarkowski or Corporal Adam Reed 717-783-5556
     
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    Contest Winner’s Poster To Be Displayed Across the State

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    Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) today announced that the statewide winner in the weather safety poster contest held earlier this year was submitted by Maximilian Marcieski, a 5th-grader from West Hempfield Elementary School in Westmoreland County.

    “We were so impressed by the poster submissions that came in to us,” said PEMA Director Richard D. Flinn Jr. “The students who took the time to participate in this contest should be commended for their creativity and clarity in sharing this important safety message.”

    The contest focused on the safety message “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors” and was open to all Pennsylvania students in grades 1-6. PEMA received more than 180 submissions, which were initially judged at the agency’s regional offices to select finalists by grade, which were then judged at PEMA headquarters last month by emergency management partners.

    The winning poster, which is available online at www.ReadyPA.org, will be displayed at Pennsylvania State Parks, Forest Lands, Welcome Centers, and Rest Stops throughout the summer, when outdoor activities and lightning are most prevalent, to remind people of the dangers of lightning.

    For his efforts, Marcieski won a cash prize of $500. Other winners by grade level and their corresponding prizes are listed below. The cash prizes were made possible with generous support from AccuWeather, Price Chopper Supermarkets, the PA Turnpike Commission, and the PA Association of Broadcasters Foundation. Flinn thanked the following organizations for their assistance in making the contest a success: the state departments of Education, Transportation and Conservation and Natural Resources; American Red Cross; United Way of Pennsylvania; Keystone Emergency Management Association; and National Weather Service.

    1st Grade Winners

    1st Place - $100

    Jenna Campbell

    Trinity East

    Washington

    2nd Place $50

    Panayiotis Giovanis

    Keystone Christian Academy

    York

    3rd Place $25

    Evan Seesholtz

    Central Columbia Elementary

    Columbia

     

    2nd Grade Winners

    1st Place - $100

    Katrina Cameron

    Conneaut Valley Elementary

    Crawford

    2nd Place $50

    Timothy Lengle

    Shiloh Hills Elementary

    Berks

    3rd Place $25

    Jacey Blood

    Conneaut Valley Elementary

    Crawford

     

    3rd Grade Winners

    1st Place - $100

    Haydyn Wagner

    Nancy Grayson Elementary

    Franklin

    2nd Place $50

    Charles Zhao

    Danville Area School District

    Montour

    3rd Place $25

    Eliza Hockenberry

    Nancy Grayson Elementary

    Cumberland

     

    4th Grade Winners

    1st Place - $100

    Nevin Eicher

    Ramsay Elementary

    Westmoreland

    2nd Place $50

    Benjamin Leflar

    Cumru Elementary

    Berks

    3rd Place $25

    Emily Lin

    Tracy Elementary

    Northampton

     

    5th Grade Winners

    1st Place - $100

    Brooke Woll

    Liberty Valley Intermediate

    Montour

    2nd Place $50

    Maggie Prock

    Reiffton School

    Berks

    3rd Place $25

    Emily Hasson

    Trinity East

    Washington

     

    6th Grade Winners

    1st Place - $100

    Katie Patchell

    Reiffton School

    Berks

    2nd Place $50

    John Ferster

    Central Dauphin Middle School

    Dauphin

    3rd Place $25

    William Scott

    St. Anne School

    Lancaster

     

    MEDIA CONTACT: Ruth A. Miller (PEMA), 717-651-2009; ruthmiller@pa.gov

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    PEMA Provides Tips for Calling 9-1-1, Recognizes 9-1-1 Telecommunicators

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    Harrisburg, PA - The 9-1-1 system in Pennsylvania handles over nine million calls annually from those in need of emergency response from law enforcement, medical, and fire services. PEMA Director Richard D. Flinn Jr. stressed the importance of this vital emergency system, and those who keep it working every day.

    “The 9-1-1 system in Pennsylvania is usually the first point of contact in emergency situations.” said Flinn. “We rely on these trained individuals to be prepared and watchful 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The continued safety of our families, our neighbors, and visitors in Pennsylvania depends upon Public Safety Telecommunicators. These men and women contribute to saving lives every single day in Pennsylvania and are a vital part of the first responder community.”

    Because of the open-face design of most mobile phones today, it is common to accidentally place a call to a friend, family member, or even 9-1-1. If you dial 9-1-1 by mistake, or if a child in your home dials 9-1-1 when no emergency exists, please do not hang up – that could make public safety telecommunicators think that an emergency exists, and possibly send responders to your location. Instead, simply explain to the call-taker what happened.

    In addition, during emergencies and times of high call volume, remain on the line even if it seems as though it’s taking a long time for your call to be answered. Hanging up the phone requires telecommunicators to take extra steps to try to re-establish contact, which can delay assistance. Never call 9-1-1 as a prank or for general information needs as such to report power outages or request weather or roadway reports.

    The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is honoring all telecommunicators who answer 9-1-1 calls in Pennsylvania during National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week April 9 – 15.

    In 2016, 2,700 telecommunicators in the 69 public safety answering points (PSAPs) in Pennsylvania answered over nine million 9-1-1 calls. National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week provides special recognition to the efforts and contributions of 9-1-1 telecommunicators to public safety.

    National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week was established by the United States Congress in 1991 to recognize emergency telecommunicators as the vital link between the public and emergency responders.

    “This week is a time for us to show our appreciation and to recognize that our safety in emergency situations is often dependent on the commitment, courtesy, and professionalism of public safety telecommunicators,” Flinn said.

    For more information on 9-1-1 programs in Pennsylvania, including a map showing where Text-to-911 Service is available, visit PEMA online at www.PEMA.pa.gov.

    MEDIA CONTACT: Ruth A. Miller (PEMA), 717-651-2009; ruthmiller@pa.gov

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    State Police Seized Heroin, Other Prohibited Drugs Valued at More Than $13 Million in the First Quarter of 2017

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    April 4, 2017
     
    Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania State Police today announced that troopers seized $13,755,803 worth of heroin, cocaine and other illegal drugs in the first three months of 2017.
     
    The heroin and opioid epidemic remained evident throughout the commonwealth in the first quarter. From January 1 through March 31, troopers removed more than 29 pounds of heroin and 8.5 pounds of Fentanyl from circulation. The drugs have a combined approximate street value of more than $10 million.
     
    In addition, state police confiscated 22 pounds of methamphetamines, valued at over $1 million, during the same period.
     
    In 2016, the Pennsylvania State Police seized over $68 million in prohibited drugs, including 100 pounds of heroin valued at $34.2 million.
     
    First Quarter Drug Seizure Totals
                             Drug
    Total Seized
    Total Value of Amount Seized
    Cocaine
    6.6 lbs.
    $316,000
    Crack Cocaine
    2.2 lb.
    $99,990
    Heroin
    29.26 lbs.
    $10,194,375
    Fentanyl
    8.5 lbs.
    $5,200
    LSD
    208 doses
    $2,080
    Marijuana THC – Liquid
    1.8 pints
    $32,510
    Marijuana THC Solid
    2.8 lbs.
    $50,473
    Marijuana Plants
    119 plants
    $119,000
    Processed Marijuana
    539 lbs.
    $1,884,625
    Methamphetamines
    22.2 lbs.
    $1,004,642
    Other Narcotics
    1.4 lbs.
    $5,318
    Other Narcotics (pills)
    4,075 pills
    $40,750
    Synthetic Marijuana & Stimulants
    1 lb.
    $840
     
    Total Value:
    $13,755,803
     
    For more information about the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov.
     
    MEDIA CONTACTS: Cpl. Adam Reed or Ryan Tarkowski, 717-783-5556
     
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    “First Taste” at FineWineandGoodSpirits.com Introduces Popular Wines for Online Sale in Advance of In-Store Availability

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    ​Harrisburg – Beginning in April, the Fine Wine & Good Spirits “First Taste” program will allow e-commerce customers at FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com an exclusive, 24-hour opportunity every other month to buy a choice Chairman’s Selection® wine online, weeks before the product becomes available in stores.

    To debut “First Taste,” Domaine Les Verrières Les Sept Fontaines 2008 will be available for online purchase only from 10 a.m. Monday, April 3, to 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 4. This French red, which received 91 points from Wine Spectator Online in 2013 and is quoted at $20, is available for $11.99 per bottle, a savings of $8.01.

    Steve Pollack, wine buyer for the Chairman’s Selection program, which features select, highly rated wines at significant savings over nationally quoted prices, calls this wine “a pretty yet powerful red from Languedoc, a region in southern France.”

    To receive notification of First Taste opportunities every other month, customers must register at FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com​ and subscribe to email notifications. Each First Taste opportunity will be announced by email in advance of the 24-hour online sale, and First Taste orders will be processed the week of the online sale.

    The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.

    MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Brassell, 717.783.8864

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    PEMA and Partner Agencies Collaborate on Flooding Prevention Seminars

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    Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, along with the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District Silver Jackets team, will host three regional flood proofing workshops across western Pennsylvania next month. The informational workshops are intended for the general public as well as local elected and community officials.

    These events will give attendees an opportunity to learn about the different types of nonstructural flood proofing techniques from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Nonstructural Flood Proofing Committee. The discussion will include topics such as elevating buildings, wet and dry flood proofing and relocation/acquisition.

    The times for all workshops will be the same at each location. An afternoon workshop will be conducted for community officials from 1 to 4:30 p.m.; the public is invited to attend an evening workshop session from 7 until 9 p.m.

    Dates and locations are as follows:

    April 4: Green Tree Municipal Building, 10 West Manilla Ave., Green Tree, PA 15220

    April 5: Butler County EMA Office, 120 McCune Drive, Butler, PA 16001

    April 6: Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive, Erie, PA 16505

    While these events are free, attendance will be limited. To reserve a seat, email RA-SHAZMITOFF@PA.GOV with the location and session (community officials or public) you would like to attend.

    Federal and state representatives will be on hand to discuss other floodplain management topics, such as the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and Community Rating System (CRS). Continuing Education Credits are pending approval from ASFPM for floodplain managers who attend.

    More information on flood proofing is available at the National Nonstructural Flood Proofing Committee website. For questions regarding the flood proofing workshop, please contact Michael Debes, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, at (412) 395-7327 or Michael.R.Debes@usace.army.mil.

    American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information: The meeting sites are accessible to persons with disabilities.

    MEDIA CONTACT: Ruth Miller – 717-651-2009

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    Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Celebrates Opening of New Fine Wine & Good Spirits Store in Birdsboro, Berks County

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    ​Birdsboro – The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today welcomed local officials and the public to the grand opening of a new Fine Wine & Good Spirits store at The Shops at St. Mark’s Square, 200 W. First St., Birdsboro, Berks County.

    With 3,000 square feet of space, this new store in a popular shopping center features more than 1,400 wines and spirits. The store also carries Chairman’s Advantage® products, which are hand-selected, highly rated wines available for less than $10 a bottle.

    The Fine Wine & Good Spirits store offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere for consumers to browse the extensive selection. The focal point of the store is the center table, where customers can find staff to answer questions or provide recommendations. The center table provides counters for highlighting promotional items and educational materials for customers such as:

    • Answers to frequently asked questions about wine and spirits
    • A vintage chart
    • A food pairing outline
    • A party planning guide
    • A calorie chart
    • Tips for responsible hosting and consumption

    The store has a “Made in Pennsylvania” section to highlight wines and spirits produced in the commonwealth. Also, this store features Pennsylvania Lottery ticket sales.

    Throughout design and construction, the PLCB was committed to developing a store that is attractive and environmentally responsible. The majority of store lighting is state-of-the-art LED or energy-efficient compact-fluorescent lighting, using a fraction of the energy of traditional lighting.

    The Birdsboro Fine Wine & Good Spirits store will be open from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday and Tuesday and from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Wednesday through Saturday. The store phone number is 610-582-1063. To find additional store locations and hours, visit www.FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com.

    The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.1 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov​.

    MEDIA CONTACT: Shawn M. Kelly, 717.303.8522

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    James P. Raykovitz Promoted to State Police Major

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    NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    March 22, 2017
     
     
    Harrisburg, PA – State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker has promoted James P. Raykovitz, a native of Lower Makefield Township, Bucks County to major and assigned him as the director of the Bureau of Forensic Services. He most recently served as the commanding officer of Troop K, Philadelphia. 
     
    Major Raykovitz enlisted in the state police in 1985.  Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop J, Avondale.  As he progressed through the ranks, Major Raykovitz also served in Troop M at the Trevose, Dublin, Fogelsville and Bethlehem Stations He was promoted to corporal in 1993, sergeant in 2000, lieutenant in 2005 and captain in 2012. 
     
    Major Raykovitz received a bachelor of science degree from Shippensburg University in 1984.
     
    Major Raykovitz and his wife, Carol, have three children and reside in Langhorne, Bucks County.
     
    MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Tarkowski or Cpl. Adam Reed, 717-783-5556
     
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    James H. Fisher Promoted to State Police Captain

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    March 22, 2017
     
    James H. Fisher Promoted to State Police Captain
     
    Harrisburg, PA – State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker has promoted James H. Fisher, a native of Radnor Township, Delaware County, to captain and assigned him as the director of the Operational Records Division in the Bureau of Records and Identification.  He most recently served as the station commander of Troop J, Embreeville.
     
    Captain Fisher enlisted in the state police in 1994.  Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop B, Belle Vernon.  During his career, he has served at the Limerick, Skippack, Philadelphia and Media Stations in Troop K, the Highspire Station in Troop T and in the Bureaus of Gaming Enforcement and Liquor Control Enforcement.  He was promoted to corporal in 2003, sergeant in 2005 and lieutenant in 2010. 
     
    Captain Fisher is a 1990 graduate of Upper Darby High School, a 2008 graduate of West Chester University and a 2010 graduate of the Northwestern University’s Police Staff and Command School.
     
    Captain Fisher and his wife, Jennifer, reside in West Nantmeal Township, Chester County.
     
    MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Tarkowski or Cpl. Adam Reed, 717-783-5556
     
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    Chris D. Yanoff Promoted to State Police Captain

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    NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    March 22, 2017
     
     
    Harrisburg, PA – State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker has promoted Chris D. Yanoff, a native of Ford City, Armstrong County, to captain and assigned him as the director of the Tactical Operations Division in the Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations.  He most recently served as the director of the Investigation and Operational Support Division in the Bureau of Forensics.
     
    Captain Yanoff enlisted in the state police in 1987.  Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop B, Uniontown.  As he progressed through the ranks, Captain Yanoff served in Troops A, B, D, J and P and in the Bureaus of Emergency and Special Operations and Forensic Services.  He served as a corporal in Troops A, D and P, as a sergeant in Troops D and J and as a lieutenant in the Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations and Troop D.  During his service at Troop D, he served as a trooper, corporal, sergeant and lieutenant.  He was promoted to corporal in 1995, sergeant in 2008 and lieutenant in 2011.
     
    Captain Yanoff is completing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
     
    Captain Yanoff and his wife, Alice, have two children and reside in Manorville, Armstrong County.
     
    MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Tarkowski or Cpl. Adam Reed, 717-783-5556
     
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    Pasquale J. Donnian Promoted to State Police Lieutenant

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    NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    March 22, 2017
     
     
    Harrisburg, PA – State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker has promoted Pasquale J. Donnian, a native of Naples, Italy, to lieutenant and assigned him as the patrol section commander at Troop J, Lancaster. He most recently worked as the patrol section supervisor at Troop J, Avondale.
     
    Lieutenant Donnian enlisted in the state police in 1993.  Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop J, Avondale.  As he progressed through the ranks, Lieutenant Donnian served at Troop K, Skippack; the Bureau of Communications and Information Services; and Troop J, Avondale.  He was promoted to corporal in 1998 and sergeant in 2011. 
     
    Lieutenant Donnian is a 1992 graduate of Temple University.
     
    Lieutenant Donnian and his wife, Billie Jo, have two children and reside in Uwchlan Township, Chester County. 
     
    MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Tarkowski or Cpl. Adam Reed, 717-783-5556
     
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    James J. Hennigan Promoted to State Police Lieutenant

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    March 22, 2017
     
     
    Harrisburg, PA – State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker has promoted James J. Hennigan, a native of Dunmore, Lackawanna County, to lieutenant and assigned him as the station commander of Troop K, Media.  He most recently served as the criminal investigation section supervisor at Troop K, Philadelphia.
     
    Lieutenant Hennigan enlisted in the state police in 1999.  Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop M, Bethlehem, and also served as a trooper at Troop R, Blooming Grove.  As he progressed through the ranks, he served as a corporal in Troop K and as a sergeant in the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards and Troop K.  He was promoted to corporal in 2011 and sergeant in 2013. 
     
    Lieutenant Hennigan is a 1993 graduate of the Bishop O’Hara High School and a 1998 graduate of Marywood University.
     
    Lieutenant Hennigan and his wife, Maria, have two children and reside in Falls Township, Bucks County.
     
    MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Tarkowski or Cpl. Adam Reed, 717-783-5556
     
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    Jonathan F. Kinsey Promoted to State Police Lieutenant

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    NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    March 22, 2017
     
     
    Harrisburg, PA – State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker has promoted Jonathan F. Kinsey, a native of Detroit, Michigan, to lieutenant and assigned him as the station commander of Troop H, Newport.  He most recently served as the office commander of the Penn National Grantville Gaming Office in the Bureau of Gaming Enforcement.
     
    Lieutenant Kinsey enlisted in the state police in 1993.  Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop N, Lehighton.  As he progressed through the ranks, Lieutenant Kinsey served in Troops N, L and M and in the Bureaus of Criminal Investigation and Gaming Enforcement.  He served as a corporal in both bureaus and as a sergeant in Troop M and the Bureau of Gaming Enforcement.  He was promoted to corporal in 2007 and sergeant in 2013. 
     
    Lieutenant Kinsey holds a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Shippensburg University.
     
    Lieutenant Kinsey has two children and resides in Derry Township, Dauphin County.
     
    MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Tarkowski or Cpl. Adam Reed, 717-783-5556
     
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    Sondra L. Klepsky Promoted to State Police Lieutenant

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    NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    March 22, 2017
     
     
    Harrisburg, PA – State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker has promoted Sondra L. Klepsky, a native of Connellsville, Fayette County, to lieutenant and assigned her as the western section commander of Troop T in the Bureau of Patrol.  She most recently served as the station commander of Troop T, Gibsonia.
     
    Lieutenant Klepsky enlisted in the state police in 2000.  Upon graduation from the academy, she was assigned to Troop K, Skippack.  As she progressed through the ranks, Lieutenant Klepsky served as a corporal in Troops B and A and as a sergeant in Troops A and T.  She was promoted to corporal in 2006 and sergeant in 2013. 
     
    Lieutenant Klepsky resides in Bullskin Township, Fayette County.
     
    MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Tarkowski or Cpl. Adam Reed, 717-783-5556
     
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    Douglas J. Burig Promoted to State Police Major

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    March 22, 2017

    Harrisburg, PA – State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker has promoted Douglas J. Burig, a native of Elkton, Maryland, to major and assigned him as the director of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.  He most recently served as the director of the Intelligence Division in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
     
    Major Burig enlisted in the state police in 1995.  Upon graduating from the academy, he was assigned to Troop J, Lancaster.  As he progressed through the ranks, Major Burig served in Troops J and H and the Bureaus of Forensic Services and Criminal Investigation.  He served in the Criminal Investigation Units in the Lancaster, Avondale and Carlisle Stations and as the commander of the Analytical Intelligence Section.  Major Burig was an Amber Alert designee and a member of the All-Hazards Incident Management Team.  He was promoted to corporal in 2004, sergeant in 2005, lieutenant in 2008 and captain in 2013. 
     
    Major Burig earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Salisbury University and a master of science degree in administration of justice and homeland security from Wilmington University.  
     
    He is also a graduate of the 255th session of the FBI National Academy and attending the FBI’s International Leadership in Counterterrorism Program.
     
    Major Burig and his wife, Dana, have two children and reside in West Lampeter Township, Lancaster County.
     
    MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Tarkowski or Cpl. Adam Reed, 717-783-5556
     
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    Christopher V. Manetta Promoted to State Police Lieutenant

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    March 22, 2017
     
     
    Harrisburg, PA – State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker has promoted Christopher V. Manetta, a native of Berwick, Luzerne County, to lieutenant and assigned him to the Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations.  He most recently served in the Drug Law Enforcement Division of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
     
    Lieutenant Manetta enlisted in the state police in 1995.  Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop F, Montoursville.  As he progressed through the ranks, Lieutenant Manetta served at the Chambersburg and Carlisle Stations in Troop H and the Drug Law Enforcement Division in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.  He was promoted to corporal in 2011 and sergeant in 2013. 
     
    Lieutenant Manetta is a 1989 graduate of Berwick High School and a 1993 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University.
     
    Lieutenant Manetta and his wife, Trina, have two children and reside in Penn Township, Cumberland County. 
     
    MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Tarkowski or Cpl. Adam Reed, 717-783-5556
     
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    Troy S. Lokhaiser Promoted to State Police Major

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    March 22, 2017
     
    Harrisburg, PA – State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker has promoted Troy S. Lokhaiser, a native of Dover Township, York County, to major and assigned him as the executive director of the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission.  He most recently served as the operations director in the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.
     
    Major Lokhaiser enlisted in the state police in 1988.  Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop K, Media.  As he progressed through the ranks, Major Lokhaiser served in Troops K and H and the Bureaus of Criminal Investigation, Records and Identification and the Liquor Control Enforcement.  He served as a trooper, corporal and sergeant at Troop H, York; as a trooper in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation; as a sergeant in the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement; as a lieutenant in the Bureau of Records and Identification; and as a captain in the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.  Major Lokhaiser was promoted to corporal in 1999, sergeant in 2005, lieutenant in 2008 and captain in 2013. 
     
    Major Lokhaiser is a 1982 graduate of Dover Area High School.
     
    Major Lokhaiser and his wife, Denise, have two children and reside in Dover Township, York County.
     
    MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Tarkowski or Cpl. Adam Reed, 717-783-5556
     
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    James S. Cuttitta Promoted to State Police Lieutenant

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    March 22, 2017
     
    Harrisburg, PA – State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker has promoted James S. Cuttitta, a native of Marlin, Schuylkill County, to lieutenant and assigned him to the Department Discipline Office.  He most recently served as the station commander of Troop L, Hamburg.
     
    Lieutenant Cuttitta enlisted in the state police in 1999.  Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop J, Lancaster.  As he progressed through the ranks, Lieutenant Cuttitta served at the Reading, Schuylkill Haven and Frackville Stations in Troop L and in the Internal Affairs Division of the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards.  Lieutenant Cuttitta was promoted to corporal in 2011 and sergeant in 2013. 
     
    Lieutenant Cuttitta is a 1994 graduate of Pottsville Area High School and a 1998 graduate of Pennsylvania State University.
     
    Lieutenant Cuttitta and his wife, Michelle, reside in Norwegian Township, Schuylkill County. 
     
    MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Tarkowski or Cpl. Adam Reed, 717-783-5556
     
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    Steven C. Dowlin Promoted to State Police Lieutenant

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    March 22, 2017
     
    Harrisburg, PA – State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker has promoted Steven C. Dowlin, a native of Waynesburg, Greene County, to lieutenant and assigned him as the station commander of Troop B, Uniontown.  He most recently served as the station commander of Troop B, Waynesburg.
     
    Lieutenant Dowlin enlisted in the state police in 2002.  Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop B, Uniontown.  As he progressed through the ranks, Lieutenant Dowlin served at the Washington and Waynesburg Stations in Troop B and as an adjunct instructor for the 125th Cadet Class at the Southwest Training Center of the Bureau of Training and Education.  He was promoted to corporal in 2008 and sergeant in 2013. 
     
    Lieutenant Dowlin is a 1993 graduate of Waynesburg Central High School and a 1997 graduate of California University of Pennsylvania. 
     
    Lieutenant Dowlin and his wife, Tennille, have two children and reside in Waynesburg, Greene County. 
     
    MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Tarkowski or Cpl. Adam Reed, 717-783-5556
     
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    Michael Gaines Promoted to State Police Lieutenant

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    NEWS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    March 22, 2017
     
    Harrisburg, PA – State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker has promoted Michael Gaines, a native of the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, to lieutenant and assigned him to the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.  He most recently served as the patrol section supervisor at Troop K, Media.
     
    Lieutenant Gaines enlisted in the state police in 1988.  Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop J, Ephrata.  As he progressed through the ranks, Lieutenant Gaines served in the Philadelphia, Limerick, and Media Stations at Troop K and the Bureau of Gaming Enforcement.  He was promoted to corporal in 1993 and sergeant in 2014.
     
    Lieutenant Gaines holds a master of human services degree from Lincoln University and resides in East Nottingham Township, Chester County.
     
    MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Tarkowski or Cpl. Adam Reed, 717-783-5556
     
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    David P. Gouldy Promoted to State Police Lieutenant

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    March 22, 2017
     
    Harrisburg, PA – State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker has promoted David P. Gouldy, a native of New Cumberland Borough, Cumberland County, to lieutenant and assigned him as the assistant director of the Investigation and Operational Support Division in the Bureau of Forensic Services.  He most recently served as the patrol section supervisor of Troop H, Carlisle.
     
    Lieutenant Gouldy enlisted in the state police in 1993.  Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop K, Limerick.  As he progressed through the ranks, Lieutenant Gouldy served in Troops L, J and H.  He served as a corporal in Troops J and H and as a sergeant in Troop H.  Lieutenant Gouldy was promoted to corporal in 2001 and sergeant in 2008.
     
    Lieutenant Gouldy is a 1987 graduate of Cedar Cliff High School and attended Millersville University.
     
    Lieutenant Gouldy and his wife, Christine, have one child and reside in Lower Allen Township, Cumberland County.
     
    MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Tarkowski or Cpl. Adam Reed, 717-783-5556
     
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    William A. Maitland Promoted to State Police Lieutenant

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    March 22, 2017
      
    Harrisburg, PA – State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker has promoted William A. Maitland, a native of Scott Township, Lawrence County, to lieutenant and assigned him to the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards.  He most recently served as the patrol section supervisor of Troop E, Meadville.
     
    Lieutenant Maitland enlisted in the state police in 1999.  Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop A, Kiski Valley. As he progressed through the ranks, Lieutenant Maitland served in the Butler and New Castle Stations of Troop D, the Punxsutawney and Clarion Stations in Troop C, the Internal Affairs Division within the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards and the Meadville Station in Troop E.  He was promoted to corporal in 2005 and sergeant in 2015. 
     
    Lieutenant Maitland is a 1993 graduate of the Laurel High School, a 1995 graduate of Butler County Community College and a 2016 graduate of the Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command.
     
    Lieutenant Maitland and his wife, Rosalyn, have two children and reside in Hermitage, Mercer County.
     
    MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Tarkowski or Cpl. Adam Reed, 717-783-5556
     
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    John W. Murarik Promoted to State Police Lieutenant

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    March 22, 2017
     
    Harrisburg, PA – State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker has promoted John W. Murarik, a native of Houtzdale, Clearfield County, to lieutenant and assigned him to the Intelligence Division in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.  He most recently served as the station commander of Troop G, Philipsburg.
     
    Lieutenant Murarik enlisted in the state police in 1991.  Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop G and subsequently served at the Philipsburg and Rockview Stations.  As he progressed through the ranks, Lieutenant Murarik served as a corporal at the Clearfield Station in Troop C and as a sergeant in the Systems and Process Review Division within the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards.  He returned to Troop G in 2014 and served as a station commander and acting crime section commander.  Lieutenant Murarik was promoted to corporal in 2002 and sergeant in 2011.
     
    Lieutenant Murarik holds a business degree from the Pennsylvania State University and is a 2016 graduate of the Northwestern University’s Police Staff and Command School.
     
    Lieutenant Murarik and his wife, Renee, have four children and reside in Houtzdale, Clearfield County.
     

    MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Tarkowski or Cpl. Adam Reed, 717-783-5556

     
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    George E. Peach Promoted to State Police Lieutenant

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    March 22, 2017
     
    Harrisburg, PA – State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker has promoted George E. Peach, a native of South Lebanon Township, Lebanon County, to lieutenant and assigned him to the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission.  He most recently served as the criminal law unit supervisor in the Bureau of Training and Education.
     
    Lieutenant Peach enlisted in the state police in 1990.  Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop J, Avondale.  As he progressed through the ranks, Lieutenant Peach served at Troop J, Ephrata; the Bureau of Training and Education; Troop L, Jonestown; Troop N, Hazleton; the Domestic Security Division in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation; and the Aviation Section within the Bureau of Emergency and Special Operations.  He was promoted to corporal in 1995 and sergeant in 2011. 
     
    Lieutenant Peach is a 1979 graduate of Cedar Crest High School and a 1984 graduate of Clarks Summit University.
     
    Lieutenant Peach and his wife, Dana, have three children and reside in South Lebanon Township, Lebanon County. 
     
    MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Tarkowski or Cpl. Adam Reed, 717-783-5556
     
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    Gerald E. Williams Promoted to State Police Lieutenant

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    March 22, 2017
     
    Harrisburg, PA – State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker has promoted Gerald E. Williams, a native of Plymouth Township, Luzerne County, to lieutenant and assigned him as the executive officer to the Deputy Commissioner of Operations.  He most recently served as an investigator in the Internal Affairs Division of the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards.
     
    Lieutenant Williams enlisted in the state police in 1991. Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to Troop T, Pocono.  As he progressed through the ranks, Lieutenant Williams served at the Towanda, Shickshinny, and Wyoming Stations in Troop P and the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards.  He served as a corporal in the Troop P Polygraph Unit and as a sergeant in the Internal Affairs Division of the Bureau of Integrity and Professional Standards.  Lieutenant Williams was promoted to corporal in 2005 and sergeant in 2014.
     
    Lieutenant Williams is a 1987 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and a 1999 graduate of the Maryland Institute of Criminal Justice with a certification in polygraph examination.
     
    Lieutenant Williams and his wife, Jennifer, have two children and reside in Plymouth Township, Luzerne County.
     
    MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Tarkowski or Cpl. Adam Reed, 717-783-5556
     
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