Possible Vote Of Freeh Report In Penn State Board Meeting

STATE COLLEGE (AP) – Penn State’s board plans next week to discuss the Freeh Report, a document regarding the school’s response to the Jerry Sandusky scandal that has divided the university and its alumni since it was issued more than two years ago. The meeting in State College on Oct. 28 could lead to a vote on whether it should be accepted or rejected. The Freeh Report concluded that then-head coach Joe Paterno and other high-ranking university leaders concealed key facts about Sandusky’s abuse of children to avoid bad publicity.

School Bus Crash In Lancaster County

PARADISE TOWNSHIP – A school bus accident this morning in Lancaster County has injured at least six people, four of them children. Authorities said the crash of a Pequea Valley School District bus carrying special needs students involved a dump truck. It happened just before 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of Route 741 and S. Vintage Road in Paradise Township after the truck rolled through a stop sign. The bus overturned on its side. Lancaster General Hospital spokeswoman Frieda Schmidt said four students and two adults were treated in the emergency room, but their injuries were not considered life-threatening. State Police are investigating the crash.

Fatal Lancaster County Mobile Home Fire Possible Arson

STEVENS (AP) – Authorities say a fire in a mobile home in Lancaster County that claimed the life of a man and slightly injured a firefighter is being investigated as a possible arson. Fire crews were called to an East Cocalico Township mobile home park at about 8:15 p.m. Friday. An official with Reamstown Fire Company said flames were coming from all four sides of the home by the time crews arrived. Officials said a man was found dead in the bedroom. They said the victim’s identity had not yet been established and an autopsy was planned to determine the cause of death. A firefighter, injured when the blaze flashed up as fire crews were trying to enter through a bedroom window, was treated at a hospital and then released.

PennDOT Partnership Saves Teen Drivers & Taxpayers Money

HARRISBURG - PennDOT announced that a new partnership will help keep teen drivers safe and save Pennsylvania money in annual printing costs. The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program, developed by the Safe Roads Alliance, and sponsored by State Farm Insurance and Sheetz, provides parents with a printed handbook designed as a simple, easy-to-follow guide to help their teen become safe and responsible drivers. The program also provides a mobile app to help parents track their teen’s practice drive times and training progress. Booklets have been printed and distributed to driver license centers statewide and will be distributed to all teen drivers when a learner’s permit is issued. The booklet replaces an existing PennDOT publication. The new guide is underwritten by the sponsors, saving the Commonwealth $70,000 in annual printing costs. The announcement of the new program comes as Gov. Tom Corbett proclaimed Oct. 19-25 as Teen Driver Safety Week to coincide with the national observance.

Bill Allows No Domesticated Animals For Human Consumption

HARRISBURG – Legislation that would make it a crime to willfully and maliciously kill dogs and cats for human consumption won approval in the state Senate last week and is scheduled to come back to the House for a concurrence vote today. The House gave the legislation its unanimous endorsement earlier in this legislative session. House Bill 1750 would close a loophole in the law that fails to protect domesticated animals from being slaughtered and eaten. It would prohibit the processing, sale, and serving for human consumption and impose strict penalties on those who violate the law. Violations would result in a misdemeanor carrying a fine of $1,000 to $10,000 and/or up to five years in prison. Subsequent violations would result in a felony of the third degree, carrying a fine of $2,500 to $15,000 and/or up to seven years in prison.

Tax Collector Legislation Goes To Governor’s Desk

HARRISBURG – Legislation requiring tax collectors across Pennsylvania to complete an education program, and would mandate background checks for candidates for those offices, passed the state House. House Bill 1590 would require tax collectors to complete an education program through the Department of Community and Economic Development before being sworn into office. In addition, it would require all tax collectors to appoint a deputy in the event of a medical emergency. The bill also requires anyone who successfully petitions to appear on ballot to undergo a background check. This would prevent anyone who has been convicted of a financial crime from holding the office of tax collector. Since the bill previously passed in the Senate, it now goes to the governor for his signature.

Soldiers National Museum In Gettysburg Closing

GETTYSBURG (AP) – A Gettysburg museum featuring a model Confederate encampment and many Civil War artifacts is closing after more than half a century. Officials say the Soldiers National Museum will close its doors Nov. 2. An auction of museum materials will be held Nov. 21-22, days after the 151st anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. Matt Felty, president of Gettysburg Tours, Inc., which owns the museum and several other attractions, said visitors at Gettysburg are looking for more interactive displays than the museum provides. He said making it competitive with other attractions such as the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum Visitor Center would require an investment “well into six figures.” The collection includes Civil War artifacts, rare toy soldiers from various eras, a life-size nighttime Confederate encampment scene and several handmade dioramas.

Rescue Mission Food Drive Now Through December 20

LANCASTER – The Rescue Mission Food Drive, a partnership between Water Street Mission in Lancaster, Bethesda Mission in Harrisburg, York Rescue Mission, and Lebanon Rescue Mission is now underway and will continue until December 20. This holiday season alone, over 66,000 meals will be provided to hungry families at the local rescue missions. The goal is 300,000 pounds of food. Folks can look for the bag in yesterday’s Sunday newspaper and fill it with non-perishable food items (no glass containers please), and then drop it off at your local rescue mission, any Turkey Hill Minit Market or any M&T Bank in Lancaster, York, Lebanon, Dauphin or Cumberland Counties. Your donation will go to the Mission that serves your county. Visit RescueMissionFoodDrive.org for additional collection points and more information. Another way is to send a financial gift to your local rescue mission.


Manheim Central School Closed

MANHEIM – Classes are canceled at a Lancaster County elementary school due to concerns about the building’s structural integrity. Doe Run Elementary School students will not go to class for a week starting today. Manheim Central School District officials said engineers first informed them last month about masonry cracks found at school. At the time, the building was reported to be safe. However, engineers told district officials Friday that the cracks are more severe than first thought. Authorities evacuated the school Friday. Students will resume classes on Oct. 27 at the former Manheim Central Middle School at Gramby and Hazel Streets. The district says details such as transportation and other logistics will be shared throughout the week as plans are finalized.

Flags Lowered In Honor Of Late York County Lawmaker

HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Corbett ordered all Pennsylvania flags at the Capitol Complex and at Commonwealth facilities in York County to fly at half-staff today in honor of former York County Sen. Mike Waugh. The 58-year-old lawmaker had served in the state Legislature and was Executive Director of the PA Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. He died of cancer on October 8th.  Flags will remain lowered until sunset today.