QUARRYVILLE (AP) – Police say an area man who shot another man in the chest and was upset he didn’t die returned the next day and shot him in the head. The victim survived both attacks. Robert Sheets of Quarryville is charged with two counts of attempted homicide. A warrant is out for his arrest. According to an affidavit, the injured man went with the 29-year-old Sheets to a home late Monday. He says Sheets took him into the woods and shot him. The man says he awoke hours later and yelled for help. That’s when he says Sheets returned and shot him in the head. He said he awoke again and walked away, disoriented. He was discovered in a cornfield Wednesday night and taken to a hospital.
EPHRATA – A designated area, called a MeetUp Spot, in the parking lot of a police department for buyers and sellers from online and mobile marketplaces to meet in person to complete transactions has been set up in Ephrata, Lancaster County. The goal of the MeetUp Spot program is to establish a community location that is public, under surveillance, well-lit, and monitored by the police department. Persons wishing to use the Ephrata Police MeetUp Spot can do so at 124 South State Street. You will see the MeetUp Spot sign posted in the parking lot on the north side of Borough Hall. East Lampeter Township Police also has a designated MeetUp Spot in the front public parking lot at 2250 Old Philadelphia Pike.
SWATARA TOWNSHIP – Three teens face charges after a Harrisburg man was found fatally shot inside a crashed car last night in Dauphin County. Around 9:21 p.m., officers found 20-year-old Dion Walker bleeding inside a car that crashed into a pole in the 100 block of N. 69th Street in Harrisburg. Walker was taken to a hospital where he died. Witnesses directed officers to a nearby house in the 7000 block of Huntingdon Street, where several were taken into custody as persons of interest. Police have charged 18-year-old Demetrius Aquino of Harrisburg, 16-year-old Ricardo McClure of Hummelstown, and 14-year-old Chiara Snyder-Harvey of Harrisburg with homicide, robbery, and conspiracy. McClure and Snyder-Harvey are being charged as adults.
WEST CHESTER (AP) – A Delaware County man charged with fatally shooting an 18-year-old woman during a Chester County road rage encounter has waived his preliminary hearing. 28-year-old David Desper of Trainer will head to trial with a formal arraignment set for next week. Family and friends of victim Bianca Roberson gathered outside the Chester County Courthouse this morning to show their love and support. Two family friends held a large banner showing Roberson’s high school pictures and calling for justice. Police say Desper and Roberson were engaged in a high-speed “cat-and-mouse game” as both tried to merge into a single highway lane before Desper allegedly shot Roberson and drove off June 28. Her car crashed into a tree. Desper surrendered to police a few days later.
PENNSYLVANIA FURNACE – State leaders and stakeholders involved in efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay appeared before the PA House and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committees at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days to discuss phase three of the bay watershed implementation plan. The Federal Clean Water Act requires reductions of pollutants, including nitrogen, entering the bay with Pennsylvania only about 10% of the way to meeting its 2025 nitrogen goal. The Department of Environmental Protection estimates the industry will be responsible for more than 80% of those nitrogen reductions. A key concern raised during the meeting is the funding needed to support, develop, and implement plans necessary to help farmers, as well as municipalities, to achieve the necessary reductions to meet the EPA requirements. In 2014, a Penn State study indicated it would cost at least $240 million per year to meet EPA’s goals by 2025.
HARRISBURG – Currently under the PA Game Code, it is unlawful for any person to make use of a dog in any manner to hunt or take big game other than wild turkey during the fall season or to permit a dog under a person’s ownership to control or pursue big game. Senate Bill 135, sponsored by Monroe County Sen. Mario Scavello, would allow for the use of a leashed tracking dog to track white tailed deer. About 35 states already have similar laws in place. The legislation is in position for a state Senate floor vote this fall.
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania lawmakers have hidden more than $65 million in vaguely worded earmarks in the state Senate-passed fiscal code, according to an analysis released today by the Harrisburg-based Commonwealth Foundation. The fiscal code – House Bill 453 – which awaits consideration in the PA House, is a companion bill to the state budget, detailing how state funds will be spent. It’s also become a clearinghouse for lobbyist-backed earmarks that bypass accountability measures built into the normal legislative process. Vice president and COO for the Commonwealth Foundation, Nathan Benefield says, “These backroom deals for targeted projects are just another example of state government’s spending addiction. Earmarks disguised in arcane language side-step the important legislative vetting process that exists to protect Pennsylvanians.” You can read their analysis by CLICKING THIS LINK. Philadelphia, Allegheny, and Delaware are the counties with the most known earmarks in the fiscal code.
PENNSYLVANIA FURNACE – During a visit to Penn State’s Ag Progress Days Wednesday, Gov. Tom Wolf called Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry one of its most important economic and environmental resources, and he stressed the need to support the industry for its long-term success. Wolf also called on the General Assembly to complete its work on the 2017-18 state budget. PA Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding commented that his department appreciates the partnership with Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and is glad to see progress in the agriculture industry and the people behind that progress.
HARRISBURG – The PA State Police will join in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” impaired driving enforcement campaign now through September 4th. Although DUI-related fatalities have fallen by a third over the last three decades, recent statistics showed 10,265 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2015, an increase from the 9,967 people killed in 2014. On average, 10,000 people were killed each year from 2011 to 2015, which equals one person killed every 51 minutes in 2015. Troopers will conduct high-visibility patrols and DUI checkpoints. During the three-day Labor Day holiday enforcement period in 2016, PSP investigated 704 crashes statewide, including 61 crashes involving alcohol, and four alcohol-related fatal crashes. Penalties for a DUI conviction in Pennsylvania vary based on several factors, including an individual’s criminal history, blood alcohol content level, and whether or not there were injuries or property damage in the event of a crash. Potential consequences include thousands of dollars in fines, a license suspension, and even prison time. The SaferRide smartphone app as part of an effort to curb impaired driving. The app can be used to quickly pinpoint the user’s location and call a taxi or trusted friend for a safe ride home. The app is free and available for Android and Apple devices.
LANCASTER – A Berks County man is charged with causing a crash that killed two people last year in Salisbury Township, Lancaster County. 21-year-old Jeffrey Gable of Mohnton is also charged regarding serious injuries to a third person involved in the Oct. 7th crash on Route 30 near Hoffmeier Road. Gable, driving a non-emergency transport ambulance with a passenger, was speeding and veered into opposing traffic when he struck a vehicle head-on, causing impact with two more vehicles. Gable was traveling 64 mph in a 45 mph zone. Doris Waltz, a 60-year-old passenger in Gable’s vehicle, was killed, as was Jason Oswald, the 43-year-old driver of a car struck head-on. Gable was transporting Waltz to a nursing home. He is free on $250,000 bail.