TOP HEADLINES FOR BERKS AND LANCASTER 12/03


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(Undated) - Here's the latest news: Funeral Services have been set for Saturday morning for two York sisters following their deaths at the hands of their father, Robert Vicosa. A 47-year-old Lancaster resident has been indicted in federal court for charges of drug trafficking and money laundering. Ten men are now police officers after graduating Thursday night from the Lackawanna College Police Academy.

>>Funeral Services Set for Tomorrow for Girls Murdered by Their Father

(York, PA) -- Funeral Services have been set for Saturday morning for six-year-old Aaminah Vicosa and her older sister, seven-year-old Giana, following their deaths at the hands of their father, Robert Vicosa. The former Baltimore cop had taken them from their mother and set out on a crime spree across southeast Pennsylvania before killing them, himself and an accomplice near the Maryland border November 18th. An obituary relays that funeral services for the girls will be held at eleven a.m. Saturday at Living Word Community Church in Red Lion.  

>>Ten Cadets Graduate to Officers at Lackawanna College Police Academy

(Lackawanna, PA) --  Ten men are now police officers after graduating Thursday night from the Lackawanna College Police Academy. And officials say, for the first time in program history, all of the new graduates in the 255th class have been hired by two local police departments. The director of academy operations says all of them had jobs waiting even before this session of the academy got underway. Four are joining the Wilkes-Barre Police Department and six are going to the Scranton Police Department.  

>>Local Man Indicted By Federal Grand Jury On Charges Of Drug Trafficking, Money Laundering

(Lancaster, PA) -- A 47-year-old Lancaster resident has been indicted in federal court for charges of drug trafficking and money laundering. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced Thursday that Dwayne Sherman is facing eight different charges for allegedly conspiring to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine and sending thousands of dollars in illegal drug proceeds to Mexico. U.S. Attorney John C. Gurganus says the maximum sentence Sherman could get is 40 years of imprisonment.

>> Gas Prices Continue to Rise 

(Harrisburg, PA) -- The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Pennsylvania is up eight-cents-a-gallon compared to a week ago. Triple-A says the price at the pump statewide as of Thursday is three-dollars-and-57-cents. The national average for regular gas is three-370 a gallon. A year ago, gas was two-dollars-and-50-cents per gallon in the state. 

>>Holiday Season Officially Starts inReadingwith Tree Lighting, Menorah Blessing 

(Reading, PA) -- City leaders have kicked off the holiday season inReadingwith the lighting of a huge Christmas tree and celebrating of a huge menorah downtown. Hanukkah officially started at sundown this past Sunday, but a blessing was proclaimed Thursday on the fifth night of the "Festival of Lights." The menorah will continue to mark the eight days of the Jewish observance. The tree features more than four-thousand colored lights and hundreds of red, green, and gold balls. It's topped by a white star.


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