HARRISBURG (AP) – The fee that Gov. Tom Wolf wants municipalities to start paying for full-time State Police coverage is a fraction of what other municipalities pay for their local police departments. The figure is based on an Associated Press analysis of data provided by the Wolf Administration, which is trying to make the case to lawmakers for the fee to help foot growing State Police costs. The data shows that about 950 municipalities reported spending $230 per person on local police in 2014. That’s almost ten times the $25 per-person fee Wolf’s proposing for 2.5 million Pennsylvanians who live in municipalities that receive full-time State Police coverage. The fee would raise $63 million.
READING (AP) – A Berks County couple charged in the pneumonia death of their 2-year-old daughter have agreed to give up custody of their six other children. Attorney Bryan DePowell said after a hearing Wednesday that 34-year-old Jonathan Foster and 32-year-old Grace Foster agreed to put their other children in the custody of the county Children and Youth Services agency. The Upper Tulpehocken Township residents face involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment charges in the Nov. 8 death of their daughter, Ella Grace. Authorities say they told police their faith bars any kind of medical treatment. Other members of Faith Tabernacle church branches have been prosecuted in the past for failure to seek medical care for their children.
MANHEIM – Police are seeking information on an attempted child luring in Manheim, Lancaster County. A high-school aged girl told police she was in the first block of West Ferdinand Street between 3 and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when she was approached by a man in a dark colored Jeep Patriot. The man did not get out of the vehicle, but demanded the girl get in. The girl told the man she was calling police and walked away. The man drove away, turning south off West Ferdinand Street onto South Charlotte Street. The man is described as between 20 to 25-years-old, medium complexion, with side burns and a “chin-strap”-style beard with no mustache, and a short, “buzzcut”-style haircut. Anyone with information is asked to contact Manheim Borough Police at 717-665-2481.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Three former Penn State administrators facing child endangerment charges for their handling of the Jerry Sandusky scandal want permission to pursue an appeal with about a month left before trial. Former President Graham Spanier, former Vice President Gary Schultz, and former Athletic Director Tim Curley are asking the trial judge to let them appeal his recent decision keeping in place felony charges of endangering the welfare of children. The defendants argue too much time has elapsed, they didn’t directly care for children, they’re accused of actions that occurred before the law was changed, and prosecutors shouldn’t be allowed to add a conspiracy charge. The attorney general’s office says it’s reviewing the filings. The trial is scheduled for March 20.
KNOXVILLE, TN – The calm speaking man who was President Jimmy Carter’s site representative following the Three Mile Island accident has died. Harold Denton died Monday in Tennessee following a battle with COPD and Alzheimer’s Disease. Denton started as a reactor physicist, who joined the Atomic Energy Commission and served over 30 years in the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission becoming Director of the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. Denton was also active in safety follow up after nuclear accidents at Chernobyl and Fukushima. He received honorary degrees from Gettysburg College, Lebanon Valley College, and the University of Pennsylvania. Denton was 80-years-old.
ANNAPOLIS, MD (AP) – The Maryland Senate has approved requiring local school boards to report data on specialized intervention services to help children with learning disabilities early in schools. It would require local boards to annually report data to the State Department of Education and the General Assembly from kindergarten through third grade, starting in the 2018-2019 school year. While school districts keep track of how much money is spent on students with special needs who receive Individual Education Programs, they don’t report their budgets for specialized early interventions or how effective they are. Supporters say the requirement will help schools act and spend early to meet needs when they can be most successfully and cost-effectively addressed. A similar measure is in the House of Delegates.
CONESTOGA – An employee of an Oklahoma trucking firm was struckand killed in the parking lot of Lancaster County’s Turkey Hill Dairy last night. It happened shortly after 7 p.m. Police are currently not releasing the name of the driver, who is a Turkey Hill employee, or the identity of the 51-year-old victim. An autopsy was conducted and in the manner of death was ruled accidental.
LANCASTER – Police are investigating a shooting in Lancaster. Around 4:15 a.m. today, police responded to the 700 block of Poplar Street. Officers were told the incident happened in a nearby parking lot and that the gunshot victim had gone to a home on Poplar Street. The victim, a 24-year-old Lancaster man, was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The victim is employed as a taxi driver and reported that he was shot during a robbery attempt. The suspect was described as being an unknown race male, wearing a white hooded sweatshirt or jacket. Investigators are trying to determine how the suspect initially came into contact with the victim. Anyone with information is asked to contact Lancaster Police at 717-735-3300. Tipsters can remain anonymous.
SUSQUEHANNA TOWNSHIP – Dauphin County authorities are searching for a suspect who placed a skimming device on the drive-up ATM of the First National Bank on North Progress Avenue in Susquehanna Township last Friday. Surveillance photos captured the male suspect in the act. If you recognize the suspect, contact Susquehanna Township Police Detective Scott Meier at 717-909-9246 or by email at email@example.com.
ANNAPOLIS, MD (AP) – Fearful of President Donald Trump’s policies, the Maryland General Assembly has empowered the state’s Democrat attorney general to sue the federal government without permission from the state’s Republican governor. The House of Delegates voted 89-50 along party lines today for a joint resolution already approved by the Senate. Democrats control Maryland’s legislature. They expressed worry about potential repeal of ObamaCare as one reason for expanding the attorney general’s powers. Maryland’s attorney general lacked the common law authority to sue the federal government on his own after a 1984 ruling by the state’s highest court. Republicans contend the resolution upsets checks and balances outlined in Maryland’s constitution, but Democrats say more than 40 other attorneys general have the authority to sue on their own.