Thumbs up: Police are trained professionals, and we civilians should leave the crime-fighting in their capable hands.

Still we can't help but love this story.

A 51-year-old Wellsville woman was inside the PNC Bank at 3405 Rosstown Road in Warrington Township when it was robbed Thursday morning.

As the suspect fled, Tina Gleim jumped in her pickup truck and gave chase. She ended up ramming the man's SUV, damaging both vehicles in the process, as he tried to drive away from the nearby Lions Club parking lot.

The suspect only made it about a quarter-mile up Old York Road before a newly damaged wheel made his vehicle undrivable.

He abandoned the SUV and ran on foot, but a state police helicopter and officers from a few area departments were able to set up a perimeter around the wooded area where he fled. He was apprehended at Yeager and Lisburn roads a short time later.

Alexis Laskowski, 38, of Mount Holly Springs is allegedly that man.

After his arrest for Thursday's heist, Laskowski admitted to robbing banks in Boiling Springs and Mount Holly Springs between Feb. 27 and March 18, Pennsylvania State Police said. He also admitted to a Northern York County Regional Police detective to robbing a Dover bank on April 14, according to his charging documents.

Police appreciated Gleim's heroics, but stressed there are safer ways to help police.


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"It's probably safe to say it was because of her ramming his car, that's what disabled his vehicle," said state police spokesman Trooper Robert Hicks, adding it's hard not to tell people to intervene when the result is a capture.

"Obviously there isn't any way to reconcile it," he said. "Her actions were courageous and helped apprehend him ... but we would prefer people call 911 and let us handle it. That's what we do ... keep people safe."

Thumbs down: Kid, we shouldn't have to tell you this, you being a middle-schooler, but here goes:

Stop putting candy up your nose.

Didn't you learn that lesson when you were 2, and the pediatrician had to pull a jellybean from your ear?

Apparently not,.

The principal at Northeastern School District's Shallow Brook Intermediate School recently emailed a letter to parents letting them know of a "rash" of students grinding Smarties candy into a powder and "sniffing" or "smoking" it.

Oh, and some students have also been sniffing crushed Cheerios, according to the letter.

While there are far worse things to inhale, Principal Kathleen Walker admits, the similar behaviors of huffing Smarties dust and inhaling drugs or inhalants is the biggest concern.

"I think it does represent a much stronger issue," she said. "If they're thinking that's cool, then what else are they doing?"

Let's not even go there.