News in brief from around the commonwealth


Welfare payments to be restored

Pennsylvania plans to restore general assistance cash payments this fall for poor or disabled Pennsylvanians following a state Supreme Court decision.

The Department of Human Services said Friday it’s updating internal systems and training employees in how to determine eligibility and process benefits.

The agency will post information at county assistance offices, and people can also call a helpline at 800-692-7462.

Applications will be accepted online or through county offices .

The high court last month unanimously struck down a 2012 law ending state cash welfare benefits, ruling lawmakers violated constitutional requirements that bills be considered in each chamber for at least three session days before being voted out.

When the program ended, it had been distributing about $150 million a year, typically in $205-a-month cash payments, to some 60,000 people.


Vehicles removed from sinkhole

Vehicles stranded in a large sinkhole that opened up in the parking lot of a Pennsylvania outlet mall have been removed with the help of a crane.

At least six vehicles were engulfed by the sinkhole that opened at Tanger Outlets just east of the city of Lancaster at about 4:45 p.m. Friday.

LNP newspaper reported that a worker tethered to a tower ladder from Lafayette Fire Company climbed into the sinkhole and connected the cars to the crane.

All vehicles had been removed by about 1:15 a.m. Saturday. A fence has been set up closing off the area around the sinkhole.


Police: Man killed by officers

Police allege that a man shot and killed by Philadelphia officers had fired seven rounds at two other officers nearby.

Police said officers saw 48-year-old Charles Meadows riding his bicycle the wrong way on a south Philadelphia street Thursday and tried to stop him. They said Meadows dropped his bike and began running, but fell and dropped a .40-caliber handgun. Police said he picked it up and began firing at the pursuing officers, continuing to fire as he ran. Both officers returned fire.

Police said Meadows then encountered two other officers and pointed his gun at their patrol car, and they opened fire through the windshield and killed him. Capt. Sekou Kinebrew said Meadows didn’t have a gun permit and the weapon had earlier been reported lost in Upper Darby.


Two killed in vehicle crash

State police said a two-vehicle crash killed two people and injured a third in central Pennsylvania.

Police in Adams County said a vehicle heading south on Carlisle Pike at high speed went out of control and traveled across the road, striking another vehicle. One of the vehicles in the Hamilton Township crash caught fire.

Cpl. James Flanagan said the 22-year-old driver of the southbound vehicle died. He said a passenger in the northbound vehicle was killed and the 34-year-old driver was injured.