More Details On Fatal Lancaster County Crash

PENN TOWNSHIP A 27-year-old mother has died and her two children have been hospitalized following a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer in Lancaster County. The crash happened around 9:15 a.m. Monday on the 800 block of Lancaster Road (Route 72) in Penn Township. The woman’s 3-year-old is in critical condition at Hershey Medical Center, but her 18-month-old is expected to be released from Lancaster General Hospital. The woman’s identity has not been released, pending family notification. Officials say the 47-year-old truck driver, Carlos Rodriguez of Lancaster, was taken to a hospital and was not reported to have any serious injuries. A preliminary investigation indicates that the truck was traveling southbound and the sedan was traveling north. Witnesses reported the car crossed the center line into the path of the oncoming truck. The cause of the crash has not been determined and the investigation is ongoing.

Dr. Haddon Robinson Dies In Lancaster

LANCASTER – Dr. Haddon Robinson, the former President and Distinguished Professor of Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and well known radio Bible preacher went home to the Lord on Saturday in Lancaster. Robinson joined Gordon-Conwell in 1991, following 12 years as President of Denver Conservative Baptist Seminary, now Denver Seminary, and 19 years on the faculty of Dallas Theological Seminary. He also served as Associate Pastor for the First Baptist Church in Medford, Oregon, Instructor of Speech at the University of Illinois, and General Director of the Christian Medical and Dental Society. Robinson was featured on Radio Bible Class and Discover the Word radio programs that were heard on WDAC. Dr. Robinson was 86.

DR. HADDON ROBINSON

PA Tax Amnesty Program Nets Millions

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s latest Tax Amnesty Program brought in $114.5 million. The program waived all penalties and half of the interest for eligible individuals or businesses that applied to the program and paid delinquent state taxes between April 21 and June 19, 2017. Taxpayers who were eligible, but didn’t participate in the program will now be assessed a 5% penalty. The tax amnesty is not a forgiveness of debt, but a reduction in fines to encourage payment. Anyone who took advantage of the program will not eligible to do so again should Pennsylvania enact a subsequent amnesty program. Funds collected through the program will be used to in the 2016-17 fiscal year budget. The preliminary tax amnesty collections totals may be revised in the coming weeks, which could increase the amount collected. The last time Pennsylvania hosted a tax amnesty program was seven years ago.

No State Pension For Public Officials Committing Felonies

HARRISBURG – Dauphin County Sen. John DiSanto has introduced legislation to close a loophole in state law so that convicted public officials can’t escape a tough financial penalty. Under Senate Bill 611, public officials who commit job related felonies would be stripped of their taxpayer-funded pensions. Currently, state law only requires a public employee to forfeit their pension for certain crimes already listed in the act. DiSanto says that allows those charged with a forfeiture crime to plead guilty to a different non-forfeiture crime in order to avoid losing a pension. The measure is in position for a Senate floor vote later this year.

SEN. JOHN DISANTO

Fatal Lancaster County Crash Investigation

PENN TOWNSHIP – One person died after a head on crash this morning in Lancaster County. It happened around 9:15 along Route 72 in Penn Township when a car and a tractor trailer collided. A woman died at the scene and two infants had to be extricated from the vehicle. Officials say say Route 72 between Bucknoll and Sun Hill Roads will closed for several hours as police conduct their investigation into what caused the crash.

Burglary Suspect Nabbed In Lancaster County

EARL TOWNSHIP – Police made an arrest after a burglary early this morning at the Witmer Machine Shop in the 2300 block of Division Highway in Earl Township, Lancaster County. Police observed a vehicle matching the description of the burglar’s vehicle in the 800 block of E. Main Street in Ephrata and observed the male driver exit the vehicle in a parking lot. Police spoke to the man who advised he was coming from a local convenience store. Police then observed a cash register drawer in the vehicle and later employees of the shop identified the cash drawer as the one missing from their business. Police arrested 71-year-old Clinton Myers of Ephrata and charged him with burglary, theft, and other charges. He was committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $100,000 cash bail.

CLINTON MYERS

PA Lawmakers Go Home Without Movement On Revenues

HARRISBURG (AP) – An effort by PA House Republicans to plug a $2 billion budget gap without raising taxes has stalled and lawmakers went home after several hours of closed-door meetings. The House’s unusual Saturday session wrapped up in late afternoon without movement on an approach put forward by Republican House Speaker Mike Turzai of Allegheny County. The finer details of the plan were not made public. It’s not clear what the next step will be. The Legislature passed a $32 billion spending plan earlier this month, but hasn’t figured out how to pay for all of it. Turzai was backing a proposal to combine $1.5 billion in borrowing with hundreds of millions drawn from off-budget programs.

REP. MIKE TURZAI

Wolf Names New Labor Secretary

HARRISBURG (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf is turning to the leader of the state’s largest teachers’ union to be his next labor secretary. Wolf nominated special education teacher Jerry Oleksiak to succeed Kathy Manderino as the head of the Department of Labor and Industry. The 64-year-old Oleksiak is currently president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, which has 180,000 members. The union says his last day will be Sept. 2, and his successor will be the current vice president, Dolores McCracken. The nomination requires state Senate approval. Oleksiak’s spent most of his 32 years in the classroom at the Upper Merion Area School District.

KATHY MANDERINO
JERRY OLEKSIAK

Ruling Raises Questions About Sex Offender Registry’s Future

HARRISBURG (AP) – Changes are coming to Pennsylvania’s sex offender registry as a result of a state Supreme Court decision issued last week, but experts say it’s unclear exactly how they will play out. The justices said 2012 changes to the registry that expanded and toughened reporting rules under the state’s Megan’s Law can’t be applied retroactively. A State Police spokesman says the court’s decision may result in the removal from the registry of sex-crime offenders who committed their crimes before the new version of the law took effect five years ago. By one estimate, about 4,500 offenders who were already on the Megan’s Law registry in 2012 were reclassified.

Evacuation At Lancaster County Nursing Facility

COLUMBIA – A water main break inside a Lancaster County nursing facility forced an evacuation. Units responded to the Susquehanna Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center on the 700 block of Old Chiques Hill Road in Columbia early Sunday morning. Electricity had to be shut off. Between 60-70 residents were evacuated to a Harrisburg facility until the cleanup is completed. No one was hurt.

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