HARRISBURG – The PA Senate adopted Senate Resolution 263 to study mandatory overtime within the state Department of Corrections. The resolution directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to compile a study within six months to review costs associated with mandatory overtime of corrections officers. Schuylkill County Sen. David Argall sponsored the measure. The study is to look at the costs to hire, train, and equip new corrections officers versus paying overtime to existing officers. The Department of Corrections continues to be one of the fastest growing areas of the state budget.
EAST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP – Lancaster County authorities are investigating a strong arm robbery. It occurred at 1:47 a.m. Thursday at the Bridgeport A-Plus Sunoco. A black male suspect, with his face covered, entered the store and forced the male clerk away from the register. The suspect stole an undetermined amount of cash, cigarettes, and sunglasses. He fled in a dark colored, early 2000’s,Volkswagen Passat. The suspect was described as a dark skinned black male, five six to five eight in height, wearing a yellow hooded sweatshirt, black pants, and dirty sneakers. Anyone with information is asked to contact East Lampeter Township Police at 717-291-4676.
BALTIMORE (AP) – The “bomb” a man claimed to be wearing when he walked into Baltimore’s WBFF-TV 45 was in reality a red flotation device stuffed with chocolate candy bars wrapped in aluminum foil. Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith said a police sniper shot the man Thursday after he refused to put his hands up. After a robot removed the suspicious garment, the man was taken to a local hospital, where he was in serious, but stable condition. The man walked into the station’s lobby about 1:20 p.m. wearing a panda costume, the red garment, and a surgical mask. The man gave a flash drive to a security guard and said he wanted the station to broadcast it. Smith does not know what was on the flash drive. He described the suspect as a 25-year-old white male from Howard County. He says he will not be identified until he is charged.
HARRISBURG – PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources officials are getting ready for an aerial spraying effort to combat gypsy moth populations poised for spring outbreaks in the eastern and central portions of the state. A 136,000-acre suppression program is proposed for 2016 in 21 counties including Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon, Lehigh, Perry, and Schuylkill. Aerial spraying by four helicopters and four fixed-wing airplanes principally will be on state-managed parks, forests, game lands and federal lands, as well as residential lands. Though weather dependent, spraying is expected to begin late this week or in early May, and be completed by the end of May or early June. Indicators across the state show gypsy moth populations are increasing and have the potential to cause major defoliation this spring, especially in eastern and central Pennsylvania. In 2015, gypsy moth defoliation impacted 691,852 acres.
EAST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP – Lancaster County authorities are searching for a male suspect who stole a large amount of baby formula from the Lincoln Highway East Target store on three separate occasions since April 14th. The stolen Similac baby formula is valued at over $1,000. The suspect was driving a silver late 1990’s to early 2000’s Volkswagen Passat or Audi A4. Surveillance pictures of the suspect and vehicle can be seen at wdac.com under this news story. Anyone information on the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to contact East Lampeter Township Police at 717-291-4676.
NORRISTOWN (AP) – Lawyers for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane say she was unfairly targeted over a grand jury leak by “vindictive” political rivals. Kane’s lawyers have filed a motion Wednesday to dismiss her criminal leak case based on “selective and vindictive prosecution.” Kane is leaving office this year after having her law license suspended because of the charges. Kane is accused of leaking secret grand jury material to a newspaper to embarrass rivals and lying about it under oath. She has pleaded not guilty. Defense lawyers in a motion Wednesday say “leaks of grand jury material are not uncommon,” but prosecutions are “extraordinary.” Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, and state Sen. John Rafferty, a Republican, won Tuesday’s primaries and will square off in November to succeed Kane.
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvanians are being encouraged to clean out their medicine cabinets and get rid of prescriptions they no longer need as part of the “National Drug Take-Back Initiative” this coming Saturday. Pennsylvania Medical Society President Scott Shapiro said pills that are no longer needed should not sit around the house or apartment. He added to protect yourself and your loved ones by keeping pills safe, which includes getting rid of pills you don’t take. You can locate area safe drop off locations for your unused prescription medications by CLICKING HERE.
BALTIMORE (AP) – The Maryland State Board of Education says it plans to gradually increase the standardized test scores that students must achieve to earn a high school diploma starting next school year. The agency said it will publish the proposed rule soon in the Maryland Register, followed by a 30-day public-comment period. The class of 2017 will be the first affected. Under the proposal, they would have to get a combined score of 1,450 on 10th-grade English and Algebra I exams from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. The requirement would increase over the next three years, leveling off at 1,500 for the class of 2020. The agency said in October that fewer than half of students who took the tests last year met or exceeded expectations.
PEQUEA TOWNSHIP – An empty limestone truck crashed into a Lancaster County home yesterday. It happened around 3:45 a.m. when 55-year-old Susan Stauffer of Willow Street was westbound on Long Lane (Route 741) in Pequea Township and entered the eastbound lane to pass a trash truck. She was struck by the eastbound limestone hauler operated by 35-year-old Kevin Kauffman of Conestoga. The sedan came to rest in the middle of the roadway. The collision damaged the steering of the truck which then veered off the road and struck the southeast corner of the house at 355 Long Lane. The truck also struck two parked vehicles. Stauffer was not hurt. Kauffman was taken to Lancaster General with facial lacerations. The Lancaster County Rescue Task Force responded to stabilize the structure prior to the truck being removed. There’s been no word if charges are pending.
YORK (AP) – A suspended York County district judge accused of having groped a woman who appeared in his courtroom has pleaded no contest to an official oppression count. 51-year-old Jeffrey Joy was sentenced in York County to two years of probation Wednesday. He was also ordered to resign from office immediately. Court records indicate that prosecutors dropped charges of bribery and harassment. Authorities had alleged that the New Freedom judge offered to expunge a woman’s criminal record if she modeled lingerie for him.