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December 4, 2012

Evening News Brief | Nativity scene's baby Jesus returned, replacement swiped

CHAMBERSBURG — A baby Jesus figure taken from a Pennsylvania church's Nativity scene last year was found cradled in the arms of a nearby statue, just hours before the replacement statue was swiped.

The vintage figurine was taken last year from outside Chambersburg's Central Presbyterian Church. It was found Sunday in the arms of a bronze Civil War soldier statue across the town square.

A local business had replaced the Jesus statue when the Nativity scene was set up a couple weeks ago. The Chambersburg Public Opinion reports that replacement statue was swiped sometime after services on Sunday.

Congregant Buffy Super calls the statue's return a "Christmas miracle." Another says the church will have to considering securing the statue to deter theft.

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Harrisburg college closes after student abducted

HARRISBURG — Harrisburg Community College is closing its Wildwood campus while police investigate the abduction of a student.

Public safety director Todd Crawley said the school closed the facilities in Harrisburg shortly before noon on Tuesday as a precaution and to help with the investigation.

He said the decision was made by the school administration at the request of city police.

Police have identified a suspect in the abduction of the 18-year-old woman as she parked her car on a campus lot early Monday.

Authorities said the man held her at gunpoint and tried to sexually assault her. That's when she fled and got help at a home in Enola, several miles from campus.

Classes are expected to resume on Wednesday.

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Police: 300 lbs. of marijuana seized

UPPER DARBY — State police say they've arrested two men on drug charges after seizing more than 300 pounds of marijuana and a half-million dollars in suburban Philadelphia home.

Investigators say a tip led to the arrests of Steven Goodman, of Upper Darby, and Richard Donald Brown, of Pittsburgh, last week after authorities targeted Goodman's home.

Police say they were tipped off to a large marijuana delivery to Goodman set for Nov. 29. Troopers say they saw Brown arrive at Goodman's home and pull up to his garage before departing a short time later. After a traffic stop they allegedly recovered up to $500,000 from Brown's vehicle and searched Goodman's home.

Both men are being held on $1 million bail. Messages left for their attorneys weren't immediately returned Tuesday.

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