HARRISBURG(AP) – Pennsylvania’s judicial ethics court is giving Attorney General Kathleen Kane two weeks to produce material for a pending disciplinary case against Supreme Court Justice Michael Eakin. Judge Jack Panella with the Court of Judicial Discipline signed an order Thursday setting a Feb. 25 deadline to fulfill a demand for emails involving Eakin since 2008. The subpoena was issued in mid-December by the Judicial Conduct Board, which is pursuing ethics charges against Eakin over his email practices. If convicted, he could be removed from the bench. Kane’s spokesman says she will comply but believes she’s already turned over all Eakin-related materials in her agency’s possession.
ANNAPOLIS, MD (AP) – Maryland’s Senate president is calling for civility after Democratic senators have received what he called “the most vicious hate mail you can possibly imagine” in the aftermath of a veto override vote. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, a Democrat, made the appeal from the Senate rostrum Friday. He called on Republican Gov. Larry Hogan to stop his supporters from singling out senators after the legislature’s veto override of legislation allowing felons to vote when they are on parole and probation. Hogan’s spokesman, says if lawmakers don’t want their constituents to be upset with them, they shouldn’t vote for items their constituents “absolutely despise.”
JOPPA, MD (AP) – Funeral arrangements have been announced for a both Harford County sheriff’s deputies slain in Abingdon. The Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company says viewing for Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey will take place from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, with the funeral following on Wednesday at 10am. The McComas Funeral Home announced the visitation for Senior Deputy Mark F. Logsdon will take place Thursday and Friday from 2 to 9pm at Mountain Christian Church in Joppa. The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 at Harford Community College in Abingdon. Both Senior Deputies were killed Wednesday by a gunman at an Abingdon shopping center.
LANCASTER – Saturday afternoon’s Spotlight has a Valentine’s Day theme of strengthening marriages with love and romance. Dr. Bruce McCracken and his wife Karen have House on the Rock Family Ministries based in Elizabethtown, Lancaster County. The two talk about the importance of “fanning the flames” to keep the marriage strong. They also discuss what can be done to help couples who are feeling far apart to again regain that love and affection. Hear more from Bruce and Karen McCracken on Saturday afternoon’s Spotlight at 12:30 on WDAC and at 2 p.m. on WBYN 1075Alive. You can listen to the program online right now at wdac.com under “WDAC Podcasts.”
ABINGDON, MD (AP) – Funeral arrangements have been announced for one of two Harford County sheriff’s deputies who were killed in a shootout Wednesday in Abingdon. The Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company says viewing for Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey will take place from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Mountain Christian Church in Joppa. The funeral will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the same church. Dailey and Senior Deputy Mark Logsdon were killed in a shopping center shootout by David Evans, who was also killed.
HARRISBURG – The PA House approved legislation that would increase the protection of health care workers who are assaulted during the performance of their duties. House Bill 1219 would add health care practitioners, including physician assistants, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and others, to a protected class of individuals in the event of an assault. The bill is clearly written to address assaults that are carried out with intent. The bill would raise the penalty for an assault on a health care practitioner in a health care facility from a second-degree misdemeanor to a felony. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 60% of all non-fatal assaults and violent acts by persons occur in the health care and social assistance industry. The measure is supported by both the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association and the Pennsylvania Medical Society. It now goes to the state Senate for consideration.
HARRISBURG – Citing the growing concern both nationwide and in Pennsylvania about the dangers of hidden lead poisoning, lawmakers will introduce a package of legislation aimed at increasing lead testing in several main areas. One measure would require children under age 6 to be tested for elevated lead levels in their blood. Currently, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommend children be tested at ages 1, 2; and again before age 6. The second piece of legislation would amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require more frequent testing for lead in water. The third bill would require residential rental properties built before 1978 to the same requirements that federal law has laid out for the sale of residential homes. Currently, a lead inspection is required before the sale of a home. This measure would require a lead inspection each time a tenant vacates a rental property before renting to a new tenant.
ABINGDON, MD (AP) – A woman once married to a man accused of killing two Harford County, Maryland sheriff deputies says she reported to authorities that her ex-husband was at a restaurant and might harm her family. 68-year-old David Evans and Senior Deputies Patrick Dailey and Mark Logsdon were killed Wednesday in the shootings in Abingdon. Evans shot Dailey in a Panera restaurant and shot Logsdon after he pursued him. Logsdon and other deputies fired at Evans. 67-year-old Elizabeth Rupp of Aberdeen said she had heard Evans was in town and had been at Panera. She went to the restaurant and found Evans there. Rupp left the restaurant and contacted the sheriff’s office. She and Evans had divorced in 1989 Dailey was dispatched to the restaurant in response to her complaint.
HARRISBURG (AP) – The spokesman for Attorney General Kathleen Kane is acknowledging that some agency employees are disappointed their boss wasn’t ordered removed from office by the state Senate. Press Secretary Chuck Ardo attributed the disappointment largely to all the attention brought by the criminal case against Kane, the suspension of her law license, and lawmakers’ efforts to remove her from office. A resolution to oust Kane failed Wednesday in the Senate. Some of Kane’s top deputies have publicly challenged her. Some gave testimony that helped produce charges against her that she illegally leaked grand jury information and then lied about her actions. Some also question whether agency cases could be undermined by last year’s suspension of Kane’s law license.
LEBANON – A Lebanon County church is using flannel and towels to give freedom and dignity to women and girls in the Middle East. The Lebanon Area Evangelical Free Church has come together as one to gather flannel and towels, trace, cut, and sew LuoPads, which are washable, reusable feminine pads. Young girls are forced to stay home from school one week each month because of the lack of any sanitary products. Some girls are kicked out of school if they miss too many days. Women have to stay at home in their huts on mats or buckets because they have no sanitary products. They are considered social outcasts. Volunteers came to the church Wednesday night to assemble the LuoPads and kits. The church has the goal of making 1,000 gift kits to help 1,000 women and young girls in the Middle East refugee camps. You can find out more about helping with making LuoPads by contact Global Aid Network at 717-285-4220 or their website at www.gainusa.org/luopads.