Synthetic Marijuana Sends 3 To Hospital

SPRINGETTSBURY TOWNSHIP – The York County District Attorney’s Office are warning the public of a recent increase in the use of a synthetic cannabinoid that has sent multiple individuals to the hospital. The dangerous drug, identified by street names, such as “spice” and “K2” is abused mainly by teens and young adults and is known to be marked as incense, herbal mixtures or potpourri in order to mask its true purpose. These dangerous drugs are in most cases smoked by the user. Three individuals were hospitalized yesterday morning as a result of their use of synthetic cannabinoids. The quick actions taken by the Springettsbury Township Police Department and the York County Drug Task Force resulted in the arrest of 47 yr old Kim Bobbitt and 47 yr old Mark Anthony Wood both of York, and were directly responsible for the synthetic cannabinoids sold in the City of York to these individuals who reside in Springettsbury Township. 48 individually packaged bags were seized and later tested positive for the presence of synthetic cannabinoids.

Settlement Reached For HIV-Positive Lancaster County Man

LANCASTER (AP) – A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit by an HIV-positive man who complained he was dropped as a patient by his doctors over blood allegedly found in a bathroom. U.S. Magistrate Timothy Rice in Philadelphia approved the settlement Monday. The unidentified Lancaster County man and his family were represented by the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania. They claimed he was wrongly accused of leaving blood in a bathroom after having blood drawn. Defendants included a medical practice founded by Lancaster County Coroner Stephen Diamantoni. Their lawyer said the man was the first patient of the day, arriving before any medical professionals, and an aide discovered the blood before other patients arrived. The settlement provides an undisclosed amount of compensation and requires HIV training for the practice’s staff.

Some PA Township Supervisors Oppose Wolf Proposal

HARRISBURG (AP) – An organization of Pennsylvania’s municipalities is joining counties in opposing Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to replace a variable fee on Marcellus Shale natural gas wells with a flat annual payment to local governments in drilling areas. Tim Horner, president of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, said today that Wolf’s plan doesn’t let the fee grow as drilling grows. Wolf wants to replace the three-year-old fee with an annual payment of $225 million. That’s the most the fee has generated thus far in one year for local governments and state agencies and grant programs.

Expanded Hunting Options In PA Proposed

HARRISBURG – Legislation that would allow a possible expansion of hunting options for sportsmen has passed the PA House. House Bill 263 could possibly bring about the use of air, chemical or gas cylinder powered weapons for hunting. The legislation would allow the PA Game Commission to study these firearms and decide which models should be allowed and during which hunting seasons they should be permitted to be used. Eight other states allow use of such weapons in hunting whitetail deer and 23 states permit their use in hunting squirrels. The measure now goes to the state Senate.

Smucker Bill Targets Under-Performing Schools

HARRISBURG – Schools that consistently under-perform will be given additional tools to help their students succeed under a bill sponsored by Lancaster County Sen. Lloyd Smucker. Known as The Educational Opportunity and Accountability Act, it will give school districts additional tools to lead turnaround efforts in schools with a consistent track record of poor academic achievement. At the discretion of local school boards, districts may plan and adopt turnaround models for school improvement or contract with outside educational providers to deliver services. Schools that continue to remain in the lowest-performing tier could be transferred to a new entity called the Achievement School District or ASD. The ASD will be led by an executive director who reports to a board comprised of appointees named by the Governor and leaders in the House and Senate. The ASD will be responsible for managing the school directly or contracting with other educational organizations to help close the achievement gap. The bill also makes it easier to close low-performing charter schools, allowing the ASD to close the lowest-performing charters without appeal to the Charter School Appeal Board. Five states, including Massachusetts and Tennessee, have already created similar entities, and two more are considering legislation this session.

SEN. LLOYD SMUCKER

SEN. LLOYD SMUCKER

Rallying For PA Law Enforcement

HARRISBURG – Legislators and law enforcement officials rallied at the state Capitol this week to recognize 2015 as the “Year of the Law Enforcement Official” in Pennsylvania. 126 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty last year, which is a 24% increase from 2013. Montgomery County Sen. John Rafferty said that in recent years, he’s seen a dramatic change in attitude toward police officers. He said law enforcement are being targeted because they wear a badge. He also mentioned terrorist groups putting police and military on websites to become potential targets. Rafferty added that we all need to remember the tremendous and increasing dangers these men and women face each day and support the work they do for us.

SEN. JOHN RAFFERTY

SEN. JOHN RAFFERTY

Lancaster County Road Rage Incident Investigation

EAST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP – Police are investigating a road rage incident in Lancaster County Around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, an unknown white male driver brandished what appeared to be a black handgun at another male driver. The victim had turned onto Greenfield Road in East Lampeter Township southbound from McDonald’s and was immediately tailgated by the suspect. The suspect then passed the victim while waving the handgun and yelling at him. The suspect is described as a white male, 45-55 years of age, wearing a black shirt and driving a black sedan, possibly a Honda. Anyone with information is asked to contact East Lampeter Township Police at 717-291-4676.

Lancaster County Teen Runaway, Not Missing

EAST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP – Authorities say a missing Lancaster County teen is now considered a runaway and not a missing person. Police reported earlier that 17-year-old Kyla Stanley has not been seen or in contact with her family since last Friday morning. Authorities say Kyla has been in contact with her family and police. Kyla is a black female, five seven, medium build, with brown hair and brown eyes. Kyla has previous lived in Maryland and still has contacts there. Anyone with information can contact East Lampeter Township Police at 717-291-4676.

KYLA STANLEY

               KYLA STANLEY

Bill Moves PA Lawmakers To Defined Contribution Plan

HARRISBURG – The Senate Finance Committee approved legislation designed to provide savings to Pennsylvania’s public pension system by dramatically changing the program available to members of the General Assembly. Senate Bill 401 would convert all members of the Pennsylvania Legislature from a defined benefit pension plan to a defined contribution plan. The legislation would make the conversion mandatory for current and future state Senators and Representatives.