SWATARA TOWNSHIP - Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico says no charges will filed after a fatal shooting in Swatara Township after it was determined that the shooter was defending others against an armed attacker. 23-year-old Craig Everette II shot to death 60-year-old Todd Taylor on Sunday after Taylor broke into the home and shot through a bathroom door, wounding his estranged wife’s boyfriend. Everette, who also lives there, fled out a back door when shooting started, then returned and shot Taylor to death. Police say Taylor had been threatening his estranged wife’s boyfriend for several weeks.
ANNAPOLIS, MD (AP) – A Maryland commission still has significant decisions to make about proposed regulations for the state’s medical marijuana law as they bump up against a deadline. A Monday deadline had been set for the panel. Lawmakers passed a new medical marijuana law this year, because a previous law had stalled. That’s because it required academic medical centers to run medical marijuana programs, and none stepped forward.
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced awards totaling more than $87 million to improve state unemployment insurance programs with PA receiving nearly $2 million. “These grants will allow state agencies to upgrade and enhance their unemployment insurance programs by adopting new technologies, ensuring payments are given to those eligible to receive them and incorporating programs to ensure recipients of unemployment insurance are given the resources they need to find a new job quickly,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. To qualify for program integrity funding, states must have implemented or committed to implement a set of required integrity activities.
HARRISBURG – State lawmakers are back in session in Harrisburg. Lancaster County Rep. Gordon Denlinger says public pension reform will be a top priority. Other issues expected by Denlinger to be addressed include privatization of the state liquor store system, property tax reform, and the implementation of the governor’s Healthy PA initiative, an effort to put 600,000 low income Pennsylvanians on some form of basic health care coverage.
SWATARA TOWNSHIP – Police in Dauphin County are investigating a fatal shooting that happened Sunday morning in Swatara Township. Officers responded shortly before 10:30 a.m. to the 200 block of Kempton Avenue for a report of multiple gunshots fired. They found one man deceased and another man injured. The injured was transported to Hershey Medical Center for treatment. Three other people were inside the house at the time of the incident. Police say there is no additional public safety threat as a result of the incident. An autopsy on the victim is planned for today. No names or a motive has been released. Anyone with information is asked to contact Swatara Township Police at 717-564-2550.
EPHRATA (AP) – A cause remains under investigation in a two alarm fire which tore through the Green Dragon Farmer’s Market and Auction in Lancaster County early Saturday. The blaze damaged numerous buildings and shops. Ephrata Fire Chief Allen Pettyjohn said firefighters arrived before 5 a.m. Saturday and found much of the central section of the 30-acre complex completely destroyed. Firefighters prevented the blaze from spreading to additional sections. Rob Rohrbach, the market’s owner, said he isn’t sure how long the facility will be closed.
PARADISE TOWNSHIP – One person was killed and another injured in a crash in Lancaster County. It happened Sunday before 6:30 p.m. at Georgetown and Belmont Roads in Paradise Township. Police say a motorcycle struck a truck. The motorcycle driver died at the scene while a passenger on the bike was hospitalized. The name of the victims were not released.
BLOOMING GROVE – The investigation continues into the Friday night shooting of two PA State troopers shot outside their barracks in Blooming Grove, Pike County. Cpl. Bryon Dickson, a married father of two, was killed. Trooper Alex Douglass is conscious and investigators hope to get more information from him regarding the attack. Gov. Tom Corbett asked for prayer for the victim’s families. Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers has posted a $50,000 reward. It’s asking anyone with information to call 1-800-4PA-TIPS. The governor added that all Pennsylvania flags are being lowered to half staff.
HARRISBURG (AP) – In the summer of 2004, Gov. Ed Rendell and top state lawmakers promoted legalized casino gambling as a way to provide relief from burdensome school property taxes. A decade later, slot-machine revenue has helped restrain the growth of a tax that homeowners love to hate, and completely eliminated it for some low-income seniors. But an Associated Press analysis of state Education Department data shows that Pennsylvania casinos have not delivered enough tax relief to put a significant dent in most homeowners’ tax bills. If anything, homeowners are feeling more of a pinch because taxes continue to go up while the value of the slots-financed tax relief has remained steady.
UNIVERSITY PARK – Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter to Penn State University encouraging it to reverse its decision to remove Bibles from guest rooms after receiving a complaint from Freedom From Religion Foundation. ADF recently sent a similar letter to the U.S. Navy, which later reversed its decision to remove Bibles from guest rooms after it also received a similar complaint. Freedom From Religion Foundation complained that allowing groups like Gideons International to place Bibles in guest rooms violates the First Amendment. The ADF letter debunks those claims, explains that the Bibles do not violate the Constitution, and encourages Penn State to reverse its decision – as the U.S. Navy did – instead of surrendering to the atheist group’s unfounded legal threats. CLICK HERE to read ADF’s letter to Penn State.