York Police Arrest Masked Motorcyclists

YORK (AP) – York Police have begun rounding up motorcyclists who reportedly terrorize other motorists by wearing masks and driving unlicensed dirt bikes and ATV’s wildly through the streets. The names and number of those charged haven’t been released by police, who say the suspects have been charged with harassment, disorderly conduct, and traffic citations. Mayor Kim Bracey says that officials “will not tolerate this criminal behavior that threatens the quality of life for our city residents.” York County 911 dispatchers confirm they’ve had several calls about groups of masked motorcyclists in recent days. The bikers were also seen in nearby Spring Garden Township on Thursday.

SPOTLIGHT: AUGUST 27, 2016

PA Family Institute President Michael Geer Gives Update On PA Bathroom Privacy Bills/ Pro Life Legislation/ Franklin Graham’s Decision America Tour Coming To Harrisburg

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State System Faculty Union Calls For Strike Authorization Vote

HARRISBURG – Faculty union members at each of Pennsylvania’s state-owned universities will participate in a strike-authorization vote Sept. 7–9, after delegates agreed to move the vote to union membership. Coaches will vote Sept. 14-15. APSCUF President, Dr. Kenneth Mash said, “Our faculty and coaches clearly feel that the State System has not negotiated fairly.” The union represents about 5,500 faculty and coaches at the State System universities.

PDE Charter School Payment Appeal Process Flawed

HARRISBURG – State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said his an audit shows that a faulty Charter School Law and the PA Department of Education’s protracted, inconsistent, confusing, and conflicting process for handling charter school payment challenges may unfairly favor charter schools over school districts. The audit found essentially all a charter school has to do is claim to PDE that it is owed money, and the department cuts the charter school a check and withholds the money from the school district’s state subsidy before providing the district a chance to challenge the payment. The audit was of PDE’s practices, not a criticism of charter school actions.

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PA AG Reviewing Report About Offensive E-Mails

HARRISBURG (AP) – Acting PA Attorney General Bruce Castor is telling his staff that an outside review of objectionable emails is now in his hands, and he’s conferring with senior advisers about what to do with it. Castor sent an email to the agency’s employees that said some of them were notified that their names may be in the report. The review was performed by a team of private lawyers hired by Castor’s predecessor, Kathleen Kane, who resigned last week after being convicted of perjury. Under Kane, the attorney general’s office disclosed hundreds of emails that cost the jobs of several high-ranking government officials, including two state Supreme Court justices.

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BRUCE CASTOR

Columbia Shooters To Stand Trial

LANCASTER – Two shooters who targeted police in Columbia, Lancaster County, will stand trial. 17-year-old Marquell Rentas and 18-year-old Trenton Nace of Columbia were responsible for the shots fired from a second-floor window of 103 Bethel Street last month. After a preliminary hearing, a judge ordered the two be tried in county court on numerous charges, including 4 counts of attempted homicide of law-enforcement officers. Both are being held in Lancaster County Prison.

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TRENTON NACE
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MARQUELL RENTAS

Gas Leak Capped In New Oxford

NEW OXFORD (AP) – A gas leak prompted an evacuation order for part of Adams County last night. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency issued the order for residents within a half-mile of the reported leak in New Oxford. The leak was caused when the driver of a truck backed up and hit a pipe at a Columbia Gas regulator station. A temporary shelter was set up at a nearby fire station. No injuries were reported. Columbia Gas repaired the leak and the order was lifted around midnight.

Democrat V.P. Candidate Coming To Lancaster

LANCASTER – Democrat vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine will be making a campaign stop in Lancaster next week. According to the Hillary Clinton campaign, Kaine will host an organizing event next Tuesday, August 30. Details as to the time and location of the event have not yet been released.

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TIM KAINE

Talen Energy Gives Holtwood Park To Conservancy After Backlash

HOLTWOOD (AP) – A power company has agreed to give a popular Lancaster County park to a nature conservancy after getting zapped for closing it in the spring. In late April, Talen Energy of Allentown booted the public from the Holtwood Picnic & Recreation Area, a 400-acre tract that had served the public for at least 50 years. After it sold a nearby hydroelectric plant, Talen was no longer required to provide the public with recreational opportunities. Residents complained the company gave zero notice of the closure. A spokesman says Talen recently reached a deal to donate 200 acres to the Lancaster County Conservancy by the end of the year. Access to a popular trailhead reopened in July. The park remains closed while details are worked out.

Support For Lancaster County Homicide Victims In Operation

LANCASTER – Whether a crime happened three months or three decades ago, it has a devastating, long-lasting impact, especially for those closest to the victims. A Lancaster County-based support group is providing an outlet for those dealing with homicide. Family of homicide victims have been attending monthly meetings in Lancaster since last October, when the group was reconvened following a long hiatus. Organized by the Victim Witness Services Program of the Lancaster County District Attorney’s office, the groups are facilitated by victim advocate Deanna Weaver and local therapist Patricia Beaumont. The groups vary in size with each meeting, but they all involve healthy discussion of a crime’s impact and how to cope with such tragedy. The majority of those who attend live in Lancaster County or are affected by a homicide that happened in Lancaster County. For more information, you can contact Deanna Weaver at 717-299-8048.

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