COLUMBIA (AP) – A group of nuns in Lancaster County who allowedpeople opposed to a pipeline build a chapel on a proposed pipeline easement have now sued the federal agency that approved the pipeline. The Adorers of the Blood of Christ sued the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The nuns contend the pipeline through their property violates their sincerely held belief in “the sacredness of Earth.” An Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline spokesman says the company has already offered to pay more than the appraised value to use the property. The pipeline would be buried 3 to 5 feet underground on the parcel, which the nuns lease to a corn farmer. Today, the nuns face an unrelated Lancaster County Court hearing on the company’s efforts to seize the land.
READING – Police arrested a man in connection with the murder of a 14-year-old boy in Reading. Reading Police Sgt. Darrin Dougherty says an officer was patrolling a neighborhood around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when he heard several gunshots. The officer ran toward the sound and found Bruce Criddell Jr. of York dead along Mulberry Street. Police say 22-year-old Reynold Henry was arrested at a home in Reading Wednesday night in connection with the death. He has been charged with first and third-degree murder. Police have not determined a motive in the shooting.
ANNAPOLIS, MD (AP) – Gov. Larry Hogan and Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan are holding a cookout to urge Maryland residents to buy locally produced food. The 10th annual Buy Local Cookout is scheduled for today at Government House, which is the name of the governor’s residence in Annapolis. The event will recognize Maryland’s Buy Local Challenge Week, which encourages state residents to incorporate at least one locally grown, produced or harvested product into their meals each day. The event highlights healthy recipes made with locally grown foods. It also aims to help farmers by calling attention to food produced in Maryland.
LANCASTER – The Lancaster Alliance of Jews and Christians United for Israel and America will be hosting Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Bartos to report on his recent discussions with Israeli leaders. Bartos was born and raised in Reading, Berks County and has been proud to call Pennsylvania home his entire life. He currently owns a contracting company and several real estate acquisition and development companies. It takes place on Tuesday, July 25 from 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Degel Israel Synagogue located at 1120 Columbia Avenue in Lancaster. It is open to the public. You can RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 717-405-1012.
DOYLESTOWN (AP) – A judge sentenced a Lancaster County couple to up to seven years in prison after they “gifted” their oldest daughter to a man who sexually assaulted the girl and her five sisters. Judge Jeffrey Finley said Wednesday that the actions of Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus of Quarryville were unimaginable as he sentenced the couple to up to seven years for child endangerment. Authorities say the couple gave their children to 52-year-old Lee Kaplan, because he helped them out of financial trouble. Kaplan has been convicted on multiple offenses.
MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP – York County authorities are seeking two men involved in a robbery of a woman in the parking lot of the Northgate Shopping Center at 1500 N. George Street in Manchester Township. On Friday, July 14 around 7:40 p.m., a 58-year-old woman had left the Grocery Outlet Bargain Market after finishing her shopping. As she got into her maroon 2009 Subaru Forester, two men approached her vehicle. As one of the men ran around to the passenger side of the car, the other stopped the woman from closing her door and ordered her from the vehicle. The man told the victim that if she screamed they would kill her. After the woman was able to get out of the vehicle, the two men drove out of the parking lot at a high rate of speed. The two men were captured on a surveillance camera near the scene of the incident. You can see their picture below. Anyone who can identify the men is asked to contact Northern York County Regional Police at 717-292-3647.
BALTIMORE (AP) – Some Maryland school board members say they have found a loophole to Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order to start all public schools after Labor Day. State board members learned the law fails to define a category of schools that could receive an “at-risk” waiver. State school board Director of Leadership and Development, Tiara Booker-Dwyer says there isn’t a state definition for an at-risk school. Last summer, Hogan announced the requirement that all public schools start after Labor Day and end by June 15. Before the mandate, only Worcester County schools consistently started after Labor Day. Board members have asked staff to research further whether an official definition of at-risk schools had ever been established. Findings will be reported at next month’s meeting.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Efforts to end Pennsylvania’s stalemate over how to pay for a nearly $32 billion budget took an unexpected turn. Democrat lawmakers and budget negotiators said Tuesday that House Republican leaders abruptly retreated from discussions over raising taxes to help stitch together the state government’s threadbare finances. Republican House Speaker Mike Turzai left a meeting with top Republican senators, saying only that discussions were positive. Gov. Tom Wolf has sought a tax package he sees as being big enough to avoid a downgrade to Pennsylvania’s bruised credit rating. One element of that – slapping a new tax on natural gas production – remains a key point for Democrats at the bargaining table. Other taxes discussed included those on basic cable service, movie tickets, bank profits, natural gas utility service, electric utility service, and telephone service. Senate Republican leaders helped broker a roughly $2 billion revenue plan based largely on borrowing. It also relies on an expansion of gambling through the state’s licensed casinos and more liquor privatization.