LANCASTER TOWNSHIP – Police say an attempted abduction in Lancaster Township did not occur. Initially, officials reported that around 8:25 a.m. Thursday, an 11-year-old girl was walking to Buchanan Elementary School when a man attempted to grab her and pull her into a white van. The girl reportedly broke free and ran to school where she told school officials what happened. After further investigation, Manheim Township Police say an abduction did not occur.
FELTON (AP) – A York County man is in jail on a homicide charge after police accused him of murdering his wife nearly two years ago and lying about an ATV wreck into a creek to cover up the crime. State Police said 40-year-old Joseph Fitzpatrick III of Felton stood to collect over $1.7 million from the June 2012 death of his wife, Annemarie. A police affidavit says Joseph Fitzpatrick searched the Internet for “life insurance review during contestability period” and “polygraph legal in which states” in the days before his wife died. Detectives say Joseph Fitzpatrick was having an extramarital affair at the time and had plans to divorce. He is being held in York County Prison.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett appears ready to drop a condition of his proposal to accept federal Medicaid expansion dollars to expand health care to thousands of working poor in the state. A letter from Corbett to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius concerns his condition that some newly eligible adults meet job-search requirements. Corbett notes that Sebelius’ staff has had a policy position against tying Medicaid eligibility to what he calls “job training and steps toward employment.” Then he asks for a chance to institute a voluntary, incentive-only one-year pilot program for able-bodied adults. Advocates for the uninsured say no state has ever tied Medicaid coverage to such a requirement and that it isn’t allowed by law.
ALLENTOWN (AP) – Lehigh Valley Dairy is voluntarily recalling orange juice that may contain milk, a common allergen. The FDA said the recall affects multiple brands distributed to both retail and food-service locations in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The affected brands and sizes are Lehigh Valley half pints, half gallons and gallons; Swiss Premium half gallons and gallons, and Price Chopper gallons. The dairy said due to a manufacturing error, milk became mixed with the orange juice. All of the affected products have a sell-by date of March 23 and plant code 42-099. Consumers should discard the product and return the packaging to the place of purchase for a refund or exchange.
ANNAPOLIS, MD (AP) – In Maryland news, officials have revised the state’s revenues down by about $238 million. The Maryland Board of Revenue Estimates released the revised numbers on Thursday and revenue projections are down $127 million for the current fiscal year. Sales and use tax receipts are down by nearly $48 million. Also, the Maryland House of Delegates is scheduled to vote on increasing the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2017. The House is to debate the bill today.
WEST HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP – Authorities were searching for a missing Lancaster County woman. 84-year-old Eva Schmidt of Mountville was last seen Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. leaving her church near the Mountville Pool. Authorities were concerned because she suffers from early stages of Alzheimer’s. Family members became concerned when she failed to return home. West Hempfield Township Police report that she was located in New Jersey and is safe.
MANHEIM TOWNSHIP – Police in Lancaster County are searching for a person involved in a fight that ultimately led to someone pulling a handgun. The physical altercation happened Wednesday around 3:45 p.m. at the intersection of Fruitville Pike and Manheim Pike in Manheim Township. Reports indicated that two drivers had gotten out of their vehicles and were involved in a fist fight. During the fight, one of the persons involved pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the other person. They both then got into their vehicles and drove off. Responding officers stopped the individual who displayed the firearm, but are looking for the other driver. Any person who was involved in or witnessed the incident is asked to contact the Manheim Township Police at 717-569-6401.
YORK (AP) – The PA Superior Court has ordered a new sentencing hearing for a defendant who was 15 at the time of the 2010 murder of a law student. The court sent the case of now-19-year-old Jordan Wallick back to York County Court for re-sentencing. Wallick was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison plus 15 to 30 years in the murder of 28-year-old James Wallmuth III, a law student and former intern in the York County District Attorney’s Office who was shot outside a bar during a botched July 2010 robbery. The court cited a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that mandatory life prison terms for juveniles were unconstitutional. Defense attorney Dawn Cutaia said she will argue that Wallick doesn’t deserve a life term. Prosecutors declined comment.
HARRISBURG – Volunteers are being sought for this year’s Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania effort that runs now through May 31. The statewide cleanup is an annual effort sponsored by PennDOT, DEP, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, and other partners through which interested individuals and groups can create cleanup events. Groups involved in PennDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program, which involves volunteers cleaning roadsides year round, are also encouraged to participate in the cleanup. During last year’s Great American Cleanup, 6.1 million pounds of litter was collected from Pennsylvania’s roads, trails, and shorelines by more than 137,000 volunteers. PennDOT’s AAH program contributed more than 72,000volunteers who cleaned up more than 65% of the collected litter on 10,859 miles of cleaned up roadway. Interested individuals can find a listing of cleanup events, resources for organizing a cleanup, and other information about the effort online at www.gacofpa.org. Groups interested in adopting a section of highway can contact their local PennDOT County Maintenance office and ask for the AAH coordinator or visit www.dot.state.pa.us.
LANCASTER – With the start of Lent, 40 Days for Life, a pro life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, peaceful activism, and community outreach has also begun. Lancaster, Harrisburg, Hanover, Reading, and West Chester are holding campaigns seeking God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion. In Lancaster, participants will hold vigil at Planned Parenthood at 31 S. Lime Street. For more information, you can contact Bob Dunn at 396-3838 or email lancaster40Days@aol.com. In Harrisburg, participants will hold vigil at Hillcrest Clinic at 2709 N. Front Street. For more information, you can contact Kathy O’Donnell at 717-448-6347 or email Harrisburg40Days@gmail.com. In Hanover, participants will hold vigil at Planned Parenthood at 8 Center Square. For more information, you can contact Tim Shultis at 717-448-6347 or email email@example.com. In Reading, participants will hold vigil at Planned Parenthood at 48 S. 4th Street. For more information, you can contact Kathy Kuhns at 610-375-3395 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. In West Chester, participants will hold vigil at Planned Parenthood at 8 S. Wayne Street. For more information, you can contact Paulette Matthews at 484-832-2746 or email PauletteMatthews@hotmail.com.