LANCASTER – The Rescue Mission Food Drive, a partnership between Water Street Mission in Lancaster, Bethesda Mission in Harrisburg, York Rescue Mission, and Lebanon Rescue Mission is now underway and will continue until December 20. This holiday season alone, over 66,000 meals will be provided to hungry families at the local rescue missions. The goal is 300,000 pounds of food. Folks can look for the bag in yesterday’s Sunday newspaper and fill it with non-perishable food items (no glass containers please), and then drop it off at your local rescue mission, any Turkey Hill Minit Market or any M&T Bank in Lancaster, York, Lebanon, Dauphin or Cumberland Counties. Your donation will go to the Mission that serves your county. Visit RescueMissionFoodDrive.org for additional collection points and more information. Another way is to send a financial gift to your local rescue mission.
MANHEIM – Classes are canceled at a Lancaster County elementary school due to concerns about the building’s structural integrity. Doe Run Elementary School students will not go to class for a week starting today. Manheim Central School District officials said engineers first informed them last month about masonry cracks found at school. At the time, the building was reported to be safe. However, engineers told district officials Friday that the cracks are more severe than first thought. Authorities evacuated the school Friday. Students will resume classes on Oct. 27 at the former Manheim Central Middle School at Gramby and Hazel Streets. The district says details such as transportation and other logistics will be shared throughout the week as plans are finalized.
HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Corbett ordered all Pennsylvania flags at the Capitol Complex and at Commonwealth facilities in York County to fly at half-staff today in honor of former York County Sen. Mike Waugh. The 58-year-old lawmaker had served in the state Legislature and was Executive Director of the PA Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. He died of cancer on October 8th. Flags will remain lowered until sunset today.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Another PA Supreme Court justice is dealing with accusations he received sexually explicit emails and is leveling new allegations against a colleague. Justice Michael Eakin is suggesting that Justice Seamus McCaffery leaked the emails after allegedly warning him he “was not going down alone.” The court’s Chief Justice Ron Castille reported that McCaffery had sent or received 234 emails with sexual explicit content. The Philadelphia Daily News reported that Eakin had received two emails. Eakin says McCaffery threatened to make them public if he didn’t try to get the chief justice to retract statements he made about McCaffery.
BOYERTOWN (AP) – Berks County authorities are investigating the discovery of two dead men in a parked vehicle near state game lands. State Police said that 27-year-old Stephen Mixon and 20-year-old Joseph McCullough III, both of Pottstown, died of apparent gunshot wounds. The initial investigation indicates no one else was involved in the crime and that public safety was not jeopardized. Authorities say the bodies were discovered by a school bus driver who came upon the vehicle around 6:15 a.m. Friday along Forgedale Road in Washington Township, Berks County. Authorities are awaiting autopsy results.
LANCASTER – Tomorrow is Lancaster History Day. Mayor Rick Gray gave a proclamation about Lancaster’s history and cultural heritage and how they are linked to the city’s architecture. He praised Lancaster’s willingness to save historic buildings and restore them and that historic preservation encourages neighborhood revitalization, economic development and heritage tourism. The mayor proclaimed October 18th as Lancaster History Day in the city of Lancaster and urges all citizens to join in this celebration.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Harrisburg Police say a stolen gun was used in an attempted holdup of two Pennsylvania state legislators that turned into a shootout. Officer Paula Trovy said that the 9 mm handgun had been reported stolen from a vehicle outside the city. Four teenagers were arrested following Tuesday night’s attempted robbery of state Reps. Marty Flynn and Ryan Bizzarro. A 15-year-old boy who police say was pointing the gun fired one shot and Flynn fired twice from the pistol he was licensed to carry. No one was injured.
LANCASTER – Saturday afternoon’s Spotlight features attorney Randall Wenger with the Harrisburg-based Independence Law Center discussing the recent U.S. Supreme Court action to endorse same sex marriage by not acting to hear state appeals. He says supporters of traditional marriage still need to be bold and not give up their religious convictions. Wenger also talks about the legal issues that may be faced by dissenters of same sex marriage such as Christian businesses, public officials, adoption agencies, and others. He also talks about the city of Houston, TX and it’s mayor filing subpoenas demanding pastors to turn over sermons that may be critical of their homosexual mayor, homosexuality, and gender identity. Saturday afternoon’s Spotlight airs at 12:30 on WDAC and at 2 p.m. on WBYN 1075Alive. You can listen to the program online at wdac.com under our blog.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett says three Pennsylvanians who were on a flight from Cleveland to Dallas with a nurse who tested positive for Ebola are being monitored in Texas and have not been back home since the Monday trip. Corbett said the three people are not showing symptoms of Ebola and aren’t being quarantined. He says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention interviewed them and they are free to return to Pennsylvania. The state’s isn’t disclosing personal information about them. Corbett’s health secretary, Michael Wolf, says state epidemiologists are in contact with the three residents and will know if they return to Pennsylvania. Wolf also says his agency is assembling an inventory of hospital equipment that could be marshaled to respond in case of a suspected Ebola case in Pennsylvania.
BALTIMORE (AP) – Maryland health officials are outlining extensive efforts to monitor for any Ebola virus developments in the state. Gov. Martin O’Malley met with state health officials to discuss collaborative efforts with hospitals in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. They emphasized that no Ebola cases have been acquired in Maryland. A woman with the virus has come from Texas to be treated at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. Maryland hospital officials discussed screening measures that have been put in place and robust training of hospital staff. They say the highest risk is for people treating patients, and extremely careful attention is being focused on making sure medical personnel remove protective gear properly.