BRECKNOCK TOWNSHIP – An early morning crash has claimed the life of a Lancaster County man. State Police say 23-year-old Vincent Troupe of East Earl was traveling south on Reading Road, which is Route 625, near Turkey Hill Road in Brecknock Township before 2:30 a.m.when his vehicle went out of control and flipped several times landing into a creek. Troupe was not wearing a seat belt and his body was found in the creek. The investigation into what caused the crash is continuing.
MANHEIM – Police arrested a Lancaster County man for stalking. On March 25th, Manheim Borough Police responded to East Fairview Church of the Brethren about a suspicious person on their property. A witness reported that an older male was seen in a car watching children. The man also walked around the church. On April 2nd, he was spotted again in the church’s parking lot and appeared to be watching children. A witness was able to get a vehicle registration. Police traced it to 60-year-old Jay Hilsher of Manheim who admitted he was the suspect. He admitted to watching children several times at different locations in Rapho and Penn Townships, and Manheim Borough. Hilsher was held on $10,000 bail and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing April 29th. Authorities are asking individuals who may have seen the suspect or his vehicle in similar locations to contact Detective Jeffrey Kiesel at Manheim Borough Police at 717-665-2481.
NEW YORK – A Lebanon County man was arrested by TSA officers at JFK Airport in New York. Port Authority Police say the man from Annville had a loaded .32 caliber handgun and cat eye knuckles as they passed through an X ray machine. The unidentified man was headed to Los Angeles. He was arrested on a state weapons charge.
HARRISBURG – Several bills were signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett that will further protect Pennsylvania’s children from child abuse. The new laws expand and further define mandatory reporters and the reporting process, increase penalties for those mandated to report suspected child abuse who fail to do so, and provide protections from employment discrimination for filing a good faith report of child abuse. Several of the new laws follow recommendations from a November 2012 report by the Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection.
HARRISBURG – Responding to a growing shortage of volunteer firefighters, legislation has been introduced to give municipalities the power to waive their local earned income tax for volunteer first responders. Volunteers at nonprofit emergency medical service agencies would also be eligible to receive the tax credit. Under Luzerne County Sen. Lisa Baker’s measure, municipalities would be able to set the amount of the tax credit and the guidelines of the program. Baker has also formed a working group to advance other strategies for a comprehensive first responder relief package. The ranks of volunteer firefighters and EMTs have dropped from 300,000 to 50,000 in a 30 year period.
LANCASTER – State Police located a missing Berks County child after an amber alert had been issued yesterday. 20-month-old Aedan Mauger had been taken from his home by his mother, 24-year-old Jessica Mauger. The child and mother were located safe in Lancaster. The alert was canceled around 8:15 last night.
READING (AP) – A Berks County man tried to snatch a baby from her stroller. Court documents allege that 33-year-old Nevin Walls tried to lift the baby from her stroller as her mother stood in line Monday at the welfare office in downtown Reading. The baby’s mother, Destinea Torres, told police that Walls kept looking at her 2-month-old daughter and then grabbed the infant, but couldn’t get her out of the stroller because she was strapped in. A struggle ensued and a security guard stepped in to help Torres. Walls was charged with simple assault and reckless endangerment and sent to the Berks County jail on $100,000 bail.
STEELTON (AP) – A Dauphin County family physician has been temporarily barred from practicing medicine amid claims she failed to properly disinfect equipment and put patients at risk of infection. The State Board of Medicine said that Maryjo Szada’s license was suspended after an inspection at her Steelton office. Inspectors allege Szada used Lysol floor cleaner and Lysol spray to disinfect medical tools, including gynecological equipment, for at least a year and admitted leaving dirty gynecological equipment sitting in a sink for a week. Investigators said specimens had been sitting around for days and Szada didn’t know what patients they belonged to.
HARRISBURG – A new mobile version of PAPowerSwitch.com was launched this week by The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. PUC Chairman Robert F. Powelson says the variable rate issue this winter has brought higher traffic to PAPowerSwitch – both overall and with mobile users – and this is one more thing they’re doing to make it easier for consumers to navigate the competitive market. The new mobile version makes it easier for consumers to navigate the website and even switch their electric suppliers from their smartphone or tablet, rather than a desktop or laptop computer.
HARRISBURG – Another Republican state lawmaker is lining up behind a proposal to impose a new tax on Pennsylvania’s booming natural gas industry. Monroe County Rep. Mario Scavello asked fellow lawmakers today to support his forthcoming bill to impose a 5 percent tax on the highest producing shale gas wells. He says that would generate about $600 million a year, based on 2013 production figures. Gov. Tom Corbett opposes an extraction tax.