KENNETT SQUARE(AP) – The former owner of a horse adopted by Jon Stewart and his wife says the animal was not shot with paintballs but was instead used as a canvas at children’s finger-painting parties. Doreen Weston says the white mare known as Lily was never injured by a paintball gun as had been reported. Her comments came on the same day the former “Daily Show” host’s wife, Tracey, officially adopted the horse in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. The Stewarts have an animal sanctuary at their New Jersey farm. Lily was found seemingly abandoned at an auction stable in New Holland in March. Police say she was covered in paint and extremely sore to the touch. The director of the Lancaster County SPCA in Pennsylvania says she doesn’t find Weston credible.
HARRISBURG – To save Pennsylvania taxpayers on-going maintenance costs in excess of $30,000, Rep. Bryan Cutler worked with the Department of General Services (DGS) to draft legislation that would authorize the conveyance of land in Fulton Township, Lancaster County. The House passed the bill with a strong, bipartisan vote today. House Bill 2003 would authorize DGS and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission to award 60 acres of land and improvements known as Robert Fulton Birthplace to the Southern Lancaster County Historical Society. The deed would allow the historical society to continue to use the land as it is now, with the stipulations that the property cannot be developed or used as a licensed gaming facility. Should any of these conditions be violated, the land will be returned to the Commonwealth. As House Bill 2003 passed in the House, it now goes to the Senate for consideration.
HARRISBURG – Pro-Second Amendment state lawmakers joined together with gun owners from across the Commonwealth for the Rally to Protect Your Right to Keep and Bear Arms at the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg. One lawmaker, Rep. Ryan Warner of Westmoreland County says violence isn’t coming from law abiding citizens. He said a failure to teach morals and disregarding God has caused gun violence to escalate. Republicans and Democrats along with men and women stood together to urge state lawmakers to keep the Second Amendment rights of citizens. This was the 11th annual rally held in Harrisburg.
LANCASTER (AP) – Lancaster County Prison officials mistakenly kept an inmate locked up 17 months longer than the prisoner should have been. The Lancaster County Commissioners say the unidentified inmate was supposed to be released in November 2014, but wasn’t released until last month. The commissioners didn’t make clear when or how the error was discovered, but officials say they know how it happened. Officials say new charges against another inmate with the same name were mistakenly duplicated and put in both inmates’ files. Warden Cheryl Steberger issued a statement saying officials wanted to publicly acknowledge the mistake and apologize. The jail is making changes including reviewing the records of all inmates with the same last name.
BART TOWNSHIP (AP) – A Lancaster County crash involving a car and a van carrying Amish people caused injuries to ten people. State troopers and Bart Township fire and rescue crews responded to the crash about 5 a.m. today on Route 896 and Dry Wells Road. Police didn’t immediately release the names of those involved or say how the crash occurred. Officials say six people were treated for injuries at the scene, and four taken to Lancaster General Hospital. Their conditions could not be immediately determined. The crash remains under investigation.
LANCASTER – A Lancaster County man was convicted of 11 counts of animal cruelty regarding the mistreatment of dogs at a kennel at his home. District Judge Stuart Mylin convicted 35-year-old Daniel Lapp of Holtwood of all counts charged, following a summary trial at a Quarryville courtroom. Lapp was ordered to pay a $100 fine plus court costs on each of the 11 summary citations, along with $6,200 in restitution for treatment of the abused animals. Witnesses testified to the feces-laden living quarters, injuries some of the dogs sustained, and other neglect that happened at the kennel in the 1200 block of Holtwood Road. The judge also prohibited Lapp from owning dogs for 990 days. The investigation started when an anonymous tip was provided to officials about conditions at the property.
KUTZTOWN (AP) – A college town in Berks County has banned rooftop activities to keep students – and anybody else – from hanging out too far off the ground. Kutztown Borough Council announced it will ban all rooftop activities, except for maintenance. The borough is home to state-owned Kutztown University. Police Chief Craig Summers says he’s seen students hanging out on rooftops, which he says is extremely dangerous. The borough’s ban comes less than two weeks after a Penn State student was electrocuted by a power line and fell from a roof in State College. Some students say they like hanging out on rooftops and enjoy the view. But starting this fall that will carry up to a $600 fine.
HARRISBURG – A bicameral group of lawmakers has released the “Taxpayers’ Framework for Pennsylvania,” a comprehensive report identifying more than $3 billion in savings and efficiencies in state government. The report from the Pennsylvania Taxpayer’s Caucus, includes recommendations to address the 2016-17 budget deficit with department specific policy proposals and savings derived from recommendations from Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, Gov. Tom Wolf, and legislators. Co-chair of the Caucus, Rep. Seth Grove of York County says the report represents a new beginning for budget discussions in Pennsylvania, a change from the governor’s status quo tax and spend policies. Many of the recommendations have bipartisan support. You can read a copy of the report by CLICKING HERE.
HARRISBURG (AP) – The PA House defeated two separate gambling expansion bills, as lawmakers look to resolve a state budget deficit without raising taxes. The bills would have devoted slightly more than $300 million to public school employee pension obligations, although there’s no guarantee that its provisions would actually deliver that amount of money. Both bills would have made Pennsylvania the fourth state to allow online casino-style gambling, while allowing Pennsylvania’s licensed casinos to station slot machines at six international airports and off-track betting parlors. One of the bills would have allowed video gambling at bars, taverns, and truck stops.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf wants Pennsylvanians to be able to buy six-packs of beer and gasoline in the same place, despite a pending court challenge. Wolf wrote to the three Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board members a day before they’ll consider nine beer license applications from convenience and grocery stores that also sell gasoline. A state law that prohibits businesses from selling both beer and gasoline is being fought over in court. A 2014 Commonwealth Court ruling permitted the sale of beer on the same property as gasoline, as long as the points of sale are separate. The state Supreme Court is considering an appeal. A Liquor Control Board spokeswoman says the agency has licensed more than 300 grocery and convenience stores to sell beer. About a dozen of those also have gas pumps.