LANCASTER TOWNSHIP – A Lancaster County couple was found shot to death in an apparent murder-suicide in a Lancaster Township apartment where four other people – including their two children – were staying. Manheim Township Police were sent to the Kensington Club apartment complex in the 600 block of Wyncroft Lane in Lancaster Township shortly after 9:30 a.m. Saturday after a call to check on the welfare of the residents. Yarra and Avery Wilson were found dead and police say “it is believed that one of the two is the person who fired the shots.” The investigation continues. Avery Wilson was an assistant principal in the Solanco School District. The district says our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by this tragedy. Solanco counselors as well as trained counselors from other school districts will be present to provide services and support.
LANCASTER – Autopsies are scheduled today on the bodies of two elderly men found dead in their Lancaster Township home Thursday. Police said there were no obvious signs of foul play in the home on the 500 block of S. West End Avenue. Manheim Township Police said the cause of death hasn’t been determined yet, but that a gas oven was on in the home and the men were apparently using the oven to heat part of the house. The furnace in the house wasn’t operating and there was no running water. The names of the two men haven’t been released pending notification of their families.
LANCASTER – A Lancaster County man accused of killing his wife on Christmas Eve was pronounced dead after a suicide attempt left him brain-dead. The Lancaster County Coroner’s office says 36-year-old Dustin Klopp was rushed to a hospital Wednesday night after taking his life in his prison cell. Hospital officials said he was pronounced dead Friday. Klopp was charged with homicide in the Dec. 24 death of 34-year-old Stephanie Kilhefner in their Paradise Township home.
ELKTON, MD (AP) – Two people were arrested in the slaying of a couple during a burglary at their Elkton, Maryland home. The Cecil County Sheriff’s Office reported that 25-year-old Derrick Carroll and 27-year-old Ellen Lough have been charged with first-degree murder. Lough was arrested in Cecil County. Carroll is in custody in New Jersey after being arrested by U.S. Marshals. 79-year-old Earl Loomis and his wife, 76-year-old Maryann Loomis, were found dead inside their home on Wednesday. Authorities believe they were slain last Sunday. A sheriff’s office spokesman says the two knew the victims and that Carroll had been planning to rob them for years. Credit cards, cash, and guns were stolen from the home.
HARRISBURG – A bill aimed at improving charter and cyber education in Pennsylvania was passed by the House Education Committee. House Bill 530 meets two important objectives by strengthening school choice, but also improving the formula used to fund charter and cyber charter education. The bill proposes that charter schools use an academic performance matrix developed by the Pennsylvania Board of Education and that teacher evaluations be performed similar to public schools. It also aims to increase enforcement of current truancy laws. Charter schools meeting these objectives will have extended charter periods. Also included is language to improve public transparency and auditing requirements. The legislation calls for a charter school funding advisory commission to be assembled and work toward identifying further corrections.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf says he wants to allow more Pennsylvania seniors to obtain health care in their home instead of a nursing facility. In an event today at the AARP office in Philadelphia, Wolf told about 30 people that his upcoming budget would expand home- and community-based long term care for an additional 5,500 people. The Democrat says the proposal would make long-term care for seniors more convenient and personal. Wolf says avoiding nursing-home care for those people would save taxpayers $162 million a year. Wolf also says he wants to make it easier for patients eligible for home health care to have their homes modified to make them more accessible. The new governor is set to unveil his first state budget plan on Tuesday.
LANCASTER – The son of evangelist Billy Graham is speaking out on issues impacting our nation and world today. Franklin Graham tells us times at present are far different than the days of his 96-year-old father. Graham said his father spoke out about the threat of communism. He said he believes his father would be speaking about the issues of today and warning the church about the threat of Islam, which is the greatest threat to the Church of Jesus Christ in this country and around the world. He encouraged Christians to run for local, state, and federal office and take a solid stand on moral issues impacting our nation. However, Graham says his hope is not in politicians, but on Christ Jesus. Franklin Graham will be the guest on Saturday afternoon’s Spotlight at 12:30 on WDAC and 2 p.m. on 1075Alive.fm. You can listen to Franklin Graham’s interview online right now at wdac.com under our blog.
LANCASTER TOWNSHIP – More information was released regarding a Lancaster County death investigation. Police responded to a home in the 500 block of S. West End Avenue in Lancaster Township around 5 p.m. Thursday. Officers learned a family member had gone to the home to check on the occupants who had not been seen for at least two weeks. The family member entered the home using a key and found both occupants deceased. Preliminary investigation indicates both men lived in the home alone. The heating system was not running, there was no running water, and a gas oven was turned on, heating part of the home. There were no obvious signs of foul play. Both victims, who were unidentified, were turned over to the county coroner who will determine the cause of death.
HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf says his administration has identified $109 million in projected cost savings and efficiencies within the first two weeks of the creation of the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Modernization, and Efficiency or GO-TIME. Wolf is also confident that given this progress, the office will exceed the $150 million mark mandated by his executive order for fiscal year 2015-16. The $109 million in projected savings will be achieved through the application of more efficient procurement processes, modernizing technology used to manage public works projects, and streamlining and consolidating administrative functions across departments.
HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Lebanon County Rep. Mauree Gingrich to provide work experience for high school students with disabilities, received unanimous support in the House Labor and Industry Committee. Gingrich, who serves as Committee Chairman, welcomed several students with disabilities and members of the “I Want to Work Campaign,” a self-advocacy campaign that helps young people with disabilities get jobs and internships while in high school. Under House Bill 400, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation would facilitate the process of job and career development between local education agencies and employers to ensure the successful transition of high school students with disabilities into competitive, integrated employment. It would require the OVR to prepare the students for internships, on-the-job training, and full and part-time employment in an integrated work environment. It would also provide placement assistance and job coaching. House Bill 400 now goes to the full House for consideration.