EDITORIAL: Good dog, McGruff

York Dispatch

Thumbs up: Beware, would-be thieves in the Dover area — a real-life McGruff the Crime Dog is on patrol, and it just might take a bite out of you next time.

Northern York County Regional Police say a man used a plastic handgun Sunday to rob a Dollar General on Carlisle Road in Dover Township, then fled from the store.

While making his escape, however, the man cut through a yard where he was met by a very large dog who promptly chomped down on his arm.

The robber also scuffled with the dog's owner before speeding north on Carlisle Road in an old Dodge Caravan.

Police are still looking for the man, who was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with the number 87 on it, blue jeans, black gloves and a blue baseball cap.

Oh, and the sweatshirt sleeve would be ripped and the suspect would have bite wounds on his arm.

Thumbs up: A Fairview Township man recently spent two weeks in South Carolina assisting with Red Cross relief efforts after massive flooding there.

Chris Weidenhammer — chief of the Fairview Township Fire Department and regional disaster officer for the Red Cross serving central Pennsylvania — spent Oct. 4 to Oct. 18 in Columbia, South Carolina helping with the relief effort.

At the beginning of October, South Carolina experienced heavy rainfall, upward of two feet in some areas, causing flooding across the state.

"It was kind of the same type of situation we experienced here in central Pennsylvania with Tropical Storm Lee," Weidenhammer said.

Thumbs down: Let's hope authorities quickly catch up with the people who set a fire last week that damaged four York City row homes, displaced six families and sent two firefighters to the hospital.

Police have released still shots from a video of three 13- to 15-year-olds they say set the three-alarm fire that drew crews from all over the county the night of Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Maribel Ruelas was one of 21 people who lost their homes and possessions — "everything," she said, "except some stuff in the basement."

The city police department is asking for the public's help in identifying the three teenagers. Anyone with information about the three is encouraged to call the department at 846-1234.