HARRISBURG (AP) – Two longshot candidates for the Democratic nomination for governor are crying foul over not being invited to a candidates’ forum. Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz and Pentecostal minister Max Myers say they were unfairly excluded from the Friday night event in Harrisburg sponsored by a trial lawyers’ group, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. The other six declared candidates were invited, and five plan to participate. Dan Fee, a spokesman for the lawyers’ group, says Litz and Myers were not invited because they have not been included in most public polls on the eight-way race and because no one in the organization expressed interest in hearing from them. In separate statements, Litz and Myers said the forum organizers are depriving voters of hearing their points of view.
ETTERS – Police are charging a York County woman with attempted homicide of her 2-year-old son last week before attempting suicide. The York Dispatch reported (http://bit.ly/Id0Ozeu) Friday that 36-year-old Candis Bradshaw was arraigned before a district judge on charges that also include assault and endangering a child’s welfare. The newspaper says court records indicate Bradshaw previously suffered postpartum depression and had recently become depressed. She wasn’t represented by a lawyer at the proceeding.
READING- Two people have been arrested and two others are being sought for repeatedly beating a homeless man as he slept inside an eastern PA Laundromat. The owner of the laundromat told Reading police that the homeless man was permitted inside to rest on bitterly cold nights. On Jan 12, the man was sleeping when four people from a nearby bar came in and beat him. Surveillance cameras released by police Thursday show the group returning four more times, each time kicking and punching the motionless man as he lay on the floor. Police have arrested 26 yr old Keith Allison and 21 yr old Ana Ferrer-Reyes, both of Reading. Authorities hope releasing the video will lead them to the other two suspects. The victim was taken to Reading Hospital but his condition is unknown.
LANCASTER – A brief, but heavy snowsquall moved through the Susquehanna Valley this morning, dumping as much as two inches of snow on the area. Roads quickly became slick, and numerous accidents were reported. One accident closed the PA Turnpike between the Morgantown and Reading interchanges this morning. Most of the accidents were minor in nature, but greatly added to the difficulty of the morning commute.The snow has moved away from our area, and road surfaces are returning to normal.