LANCASTER – Lancaster Bible College will hold a groundbreaking ceremony. It will be held on a new 31,500 square foot residence hall project on Tuesday August 26th at 11:30am. The new facility will accommodate 110 beds, raising the college’s resident student capacity above 500, at a construction cost of $5.2 million. The event coincides with the College welcoming its largest incoming class in its 81-year history; and enrollment across all of LBC’s seven locations in six states approaching 2000 students. LBC has been posting steady cumulative enrollment gains over the last five years. College President Dr. Peter Teague said “We are ever mindful that the 110 beds in our new wing represent God’s work happening through the lives of 110 students.” The project is pending remaining approvals from Manheim Township. Lancaster Bible College exists to educate Christian students to think and live a biblical worldview and to serve Christ by proclaiming him in the Church and society.
LANCASTER – The tension between Israel and Gaza continues with Hamas killing 11 suspected informers for Israel. Today’s killings come a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike on a house in southern Gaza Strip. Hamas has vowed revenge for the targeting of its leaders. Dr. Jim Showers is Executive Director of The Friends of Israel, a Christian organization bringing biblical truth about Israel and the Messiah while fostering solidarity with the Jewish people. He said part of tension comes from the control of Gaza by Hamas, a terrorist organization who in their charter exists for the elimination of the Jewish nation and the Jewish people. He added that it is hard for Israel to enter into a peace agreement with somebody who exists to see you destroyed and annihilated. He encouraged people to follow the biblical instruction in Psalm 122:6 to pray for the peace of Israel. The Friends of Israel will be holding a prophecy conference September 5-9 at the Eden Resort in Lancaster. To find out more go to www.foi.org.
UPPER PROVIDENCE – PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane was joined by state lawmakers, agents from the Child Predator Section, and local, county and state law enforcement stakeholders to discuss efforts to combat child predators and unveil a new mobile forensics truck. State legislators worked to secure $300,000 in funding for the forensics truck which allows investigators to gather evidence and interview child predators and witnesses right at the crime scene. Kane said that allows the turn around time for evidence from six to eight months to three to four hours.Since she took office in 2013, the Child Predator Section has arrested 216 child predators with 104 arrests this year so far.
SILVER SPRING TOWNSHIP – Cumberland County authorities say a Mechanicsburg man wanted for kidnapping, false imprisonment, and theft has surrendered to police. 25-year-old David Bushman was sought for an August 20th incident in which he duct taped a victim to a chair inside a residence in Silver Spring Township. Bushman allegedly placed duct tape around the victim’s head, mouth, and legs. He also stole a cell phone and credit card from within the residence. Bushman turned himself in to Silver Spring Township Police yesterday.
MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP – A robber of a York County bank has been nabbed by authorities in Maryland. On July 31st, Northern York County Regional Police responded to a robbery at the Metro Bank at 55 Arsenal Road in Manchester Township. The suspect handed a teller a note demanding cash. He displayed no weapon, but threatened to harm people in the bank if his demands were not met. He fled on foot. Police later obtained an arrest warrant for 27-year-old James Welsh of no fixed address for the robbery. He was tied to the holdup by eyewitness identification and fingerprint evidence left on the robbery note. Welsh was captured in Anne Arundel County, Maryland after a bank robbery there. Welsh is charged with robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, and terroristic threats. He is currently being held in prison in Maryland.
READING (AP) – A Berks County man faces life in prison without parole following his conviction in the murder of a man shot twice during a botched robbery in a parking lot last fall. Jurors in Berks County convicted 21-year-old Leonardo Mojica-Carrion of Reading of first-degree murder and related offenses. A teenager also charged in the case testified that the defendant asked him for help in robbing someone. He said the pair followed Galdino Rama-Aguilar into a Reading parking lot and Mojica-Carrion shot him as he tried to flee. Detectives testified that the defendant told them a similar story, but said the robbery had been the teenager’s idea. Defense attorney Daniel Nevins argued that the youth’s testimony couldn’t be trusted.
HARRISBURG – There have been a number of pro life victories in Pennsylvania. Michael Ciccocioppo, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Pro Life Federation, said the state Legislature passed and the governor signed a bill into law requiring abortion clinics meet the same health and safety standards as other ambulatory surgical facilities, which includes regular and no notice inspections. Another win was Pennsylvania not allowing abortion on demand as a covered service in the health care exchanges in the Commonwealth. Ciccocioppo credited the pro life members of the state General Assembly and our pro life Gov. Tom Corbett. You can hear more on Saturday afternoon’s Spotlight at 12:30 on WDAC and at 2 p.m. on 1075Alive.fm. You can also listen to Spotlight online by CLICKING HERE.
LEBANON (AP) – Lebanon County Clerk of Courts Lisa Arnold must give up her office after continually failing to file paperwork on drunk driving convictions. Arnold pleaded guilty Thursday to failure to comply with a court reporting rule. She paid a $100 fine and must step down from the job she’s held since 2003. An obstruction charge against Arnold was dropped. Arnold was charged in January with failing to forward about 200 DUI cases to PennDOT within the required 10 days. Officials say license suspensions stemming from DUIs can’t take effect until PennDOT receives paperwork and the individual’s driver’s license. County officials and attorneys say they repeatedly tried to address the problem with Arnold, with no success.
HARRISBURG (AP) – The PA Department of Education is releasing electronic ID card records that indicate embattled former secretary Ron Tomalis was at headquarters working 126 days this year. The eight-page record of card activity released Thursday comes more than three weeks after Tomalis’ schedule and work activity was questioned in a story by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and about a week after Tomalis quit as a special adviser on higher education. The newspaper said it found scant evidence of Tomalis’ work over a 14-month span, including a schedule that had weeks of little or no activity, phone logs averaging barely a call a day, and only five outgoing emails. Tomalis stayed on as a special adviser on higher education after stepping down as education secretary in May 2013. His resignation takes effect next week.
HARRISBURG (AP) – A PA appellate court is adding its voice to lower court decisions saying certain state mandatory minimum sentencing laws are unconstitutional. The Superior Court ruled that a mandatory minimum law dealing with guns in drug crimes is unconstitutional because it dictates that the judge, not the jury, should decide whether the defendant committed crimes that trigger the sentence. An appeal to the state Supreme Court is expected. The decision is believed to be the first time the Superior Court overturned such a law under a year-old U.S. Supreme Court decision. Superior Court judges say it’s up to lawmakers to fix the law.