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 email@example.com 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.
HARRISBURG – Motorists on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be hit next year with a 6% increase in the price of tolls. The turnpike commission voted Tuesday for the rate increase that will take effect Jan. 7. A typical fare for a passenger car will increase from $1.23 to $1.30 for E-ZPass customers and from $1.90 to $2.10 for those paying in cash. The new rates will not apply at the Delaware River Bridge westbound cashless tolling point in the Philadelphia suburbs. In a few areas, the new rates won’t take effect until April. The toll increase, like previous increases since 2009, is required to meet the Turnpike Commission’s various funding obligations. These include providing funding to PennDOT to support public transportation statewide and improving the Turnpike’s own 550-mile toll-road system that is almost 77 years old in places. Meanwhile, PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards was named the first female chair of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.
LITITZ – Lancaster County authorities are searching for a suspect who fled from officers. An arrest warrant was issued for Jerry Puryear stemming from an incident which occurred Monday night. Lititz Borough Police were investigating suspicious activity in the 300 block of North Lane. A vehicle related to the investigation, driven by Puryear, was stopped by police. During the stop, Puryear provided false information about his identity to conceal an unrelated warrant for his arrest. He fled the traffic stop in his vehicle leading police on a pursuit which lasted about 5 minutes before Puryear crashed into a telephone guide wire, traveled through a corn field, and struck two peach trees causing damage to all. Puryear fled on foot, leading to an hour-long manhunt by police on foot. He was able to avoid immediate apprehension. Anyone with information regarding Puryear’s whereabouts are asked to contact Lititz Borough Police at 717-626-6393.
LANCASTER – Charges have been filed against a worker at the Lancaster County Youth Intervention Center. 52-year-old David Stevenson of Reading is accused of sexual assault, corruption of minors, and other offenses after authorities spoke to two female victims. The offenses committed were alleged to have occurred at the center. Stevenson was placed under arrest yesterday. He was later arraigned and committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bail.
ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP – One person died in a single vehicle crash in Lancaster County. Around 5:15 a.m. Tuesday, police responded to the 28th Division Highway near Pumping Station Road in Elizabeth Township. Authorities say Travis Hibshman of Ephrata was eastbound when he left the roadway and crashed head on into a tree. He was the sole occupant of the vehicle and was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are continuing their investigation into what caused the crash.
HARRISBURG –An armed robbery in Dauphin County has led to an arrest thanks to an anonymous tipster. On July 17th at 12:26 a.m., a man followed two women to their apartment complex and confronted them as they exited their car in the 400 block of Harvard Court in Harrisburg. The male pointed a handgun at one of the women and demanded her belongings. She gave him her purse which contained some cash and a credit card. No one was hurt. A tipster contacted police saying they believed 34-year-old Daniel Brady of Middletown may be the person involved. Investigators followed the lead and were able to confirm with the victim that Brady was the person who had robbed her. An arrest warrant was obtained for Brady and he was taken into custody early this morning by Swatara Township Police. A BB gun was recovered from the Acura being driven by Brady. He is in custody and is awaiting arraignment. He was charged with robbery and access device fraud.