ANNAPOLIS, MD (AP) – Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s father has suffered a stroke, and the governor has canceled his appointments to be with him. A Hogan spokesman said today that the elder Hogan fell ill Saturday. Doug Mayer says Lawrence Hogan is 88 and lives in Frederick. He was a congressman in Maryland from 1969 to 1975. He was the only Republican on the House Judiciary Committee to vote for all articles of impeachment against then-President Richard Nixon.
LANCASTER – The Lancaster City Water Department has issued a boil water advisory for people in Quaker Hills. The notice is for those living on Village Green, St. Regis, and Walnut Lanes, Cedarhurst Circle, Fresh Meadow, Blue Ridge, Glen Oaks, Alan, Oak Ridge, and Pilgrim Drives, as well as Quaker Hills and Wabank Roads. Due to several recent water main breaks and the sudden drop or loss in water pressure, officials say you should boil water for one minute. Use boiled or bottled water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth, food preparation, and giving to pets. Officials estimate the boil water advisory to end by the weekend. Residents in the advisory area can contact the City of Lancaster Water Department’s Water Quality Laboratory at 291-4818.
BERNVILLE (AP) – A district attorney plans to refile a charge against Rev. Rowland Foster in his granddaughter’s death. A judge ruled there wasn’t enough evidence to support allegations that Foster broke state law by not alerting authorities when 2-year-old Ella Foster was dying at her Berks County home of pneumonia. Prosecutors disagree and say they will bring a new charge against Foster of failing to report suspected child abuse. Foster is pastor of Faith Tabernacle, a congregation that instructs members to avoid treatment by physicians and the use of drugs. Police say the girl almost certainly would have survived had she received antibiotics. Her parents are charged with involuntary manslaughter.
MOUNT WOLF (AP) – A New York man has been jailed in the death of his ex-girlfriend and the related robbery of her mother’s York County home. Police say 18-year-old Edia Lawrence of the Bronx used a ball bat to beat Ahshantianna Johnson about 3 a.m. March 25. That’s when police say Lawrence and two still-unidentified men broke into Johnson’s mother’s home and made the woman call Johnson and tell her to come home. Police say Lawrence believed the 19-year-old Mount Wolf woman had stolen money that he earned dealing drugs. The couple had dated and been classmates in high school. Johnson never regained consciousness and died five days after she was beaten. Lawrence was charged with criminal homicide, conspiracy, robbery, and other counts.
YORK (AP) – A man with spina bifida died after being punched at a York County playground by another man who believed the victim had been threatening children with a stick. York Police say the dead man, 25-year-old Oscar Cherry III was merely defending some little girls he was babysitting after another group of children threw rocks and sticks at him and called him names Monday evening. When Cherry picked up the stick to defend himself, two children ran home and got their cousin, 18-year-old Kwamiere Durham. Police say Durham confronted Cherry and punched him in the face. Cherry fell and hit his head. He died the next morning. Durham was jailed on homicide and assault charges.
HARRISBURG – The PA Senate Education Committee approved a measure that would allow certain school employees to carry firearms on school property. Senate Bill 383 would allow school personnel access to guns if they have authorization from the school board, are licensed to carry a concealed firearm, and have met certain training requirements in the use and handling of firearms. Indiana County Sen. Don White said his bill will provide another option for schools—especially those in rural areas—by providing a quick response to school shootings and improving the safety and security of our children, teachers and school staff. Districts would not be required to participate, but could establish their own policies. The PSEA opposes the bill saying it threatens student safety. While not opposed to the use of appropriately trained and armed school safety personnel in schools, like the school safety officers that some districts employ, PSEA opposes arming teachers, education support professionals, and other school staff. Gov. Tom Wolf also opposes the bill and will veto it. The bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration.
HARRISBURG – The PA Senate approved a resolution that requires an independent study of the future of the State System of Higher Education. Senate Resolution 34 requires the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to study the future and sustainability of the 14 state-owned universities across the state. The study will help lawmakers understand why enrollment at certain universities is declining, what the urgent needs are, and how to best move forward to ensure the students of Pennsylvania can receive quality and affordable degrees. Between Penn State, Pitt, Temple, and Lincoln University, enrollment is expected to grow by 10% over the next four years. Community colleges and Thaddeus Stevens College are also expected to see significant growth over the next four years. Over the same period, State System’s growth is not expected to reach 1%. The committee, a bipartisan research agency, has until December 31, 2017 to report back to the General Assembly on its findings.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf will sign legislation to kick $15 million into a state unemployment compensation system that’s forcing the jobless to wait longer to get benefits checks. Wolf’s office warned that a long-term funding solution is still required. The Senate passed the bill, a day after the House overwhelmingly approved it. The money is designed to last until next year. Wolf’s office couldn’t immediately say how many people will be hired or how soon they’ll start working. The state laid off 499 workers in December after the state Senate blocked a $57.5 million funding bill over concerns the money was propping up an inefficient system.
HARRISBURG – PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro is charging a dozen people as part of an organized crime ring that made millions of dollars renting out fraudulently obtained license plates, primarily in New York City. Shapiro said the ring rented to people who used the plates to evade law enforcement, parking tickets, and highway tolls. The ring allegedly used a stolen notary seal to get vehicles retitled, enabling it to get new license plates through businesses set up as dealerships or transporters. It allegedly rented out thousands of PA license plates for $400 or more a month, while also providing fraudulent insurance paperwork. The users avoided paying nearly $2 million for parking, E-ZPass tolls, insurance, and car loans in multiple states.
HARRISBURG – Legislation allowing nurse practitioners to offer quality health care services in Pennsylvania has passed a state Senate committee. Supporters rallied in Harrisburg for Senate Bill 25, which would permit qualified APRNs to practice in their field of specialty independent of a physician after they fulfill a three-year, 3,600-hour collaboration agreement with a doctor. Lehigh County Sen. Lisa Boscola says the bill will improve healthcare quality, increase access, and lower costs. Nearly 35% of Pennsylvanians live in an area or population group that has inadequate primary care access. If passed by the full state Senate, the bipartisan bill will then go to the House for consideration.