SALISBURY TOWNSHIP – Five people were hospitalized after an accident this morning between a vehicle and a horse and buggy in Lancaster County. It happened around 7:30 a.m. along Old Philadelphia Pike and Meetinghouse Road in Salisbury Township. All five injured were in the buggy. Their injuries were not life threatening. The accident is under investigation.
LANCASTER – Police are investigating an early morning shooting in Lancaster. Around 3:15 a.m. today, officers responded to the area of W. King and N. Mulberry Streets for a report of shots fired and located blood on a sidewalk, but did not locate a victim. Officers were notified a 25-year-old Lancaster man was taken to LGH by a private vehicle with gunshot wounds to the leg and abdomen. His injuries do not appear to be life threatening and he is listed in stable condition. A preliminary investigation is there was a disturbance prior to the shots fired. It is believed that the victim and suspect or suspects are known to each other and that this was not a random act. Anyone with information is asked to contact Lancaster City Police Detective Whiteford at 717-735-1780.
WEST CHESTER (AP) – A man accused of sucker punching another man because he showed symptoms of cerebral palsy was expected in Chester County Court. Today’s preliminary hearing will determine whether 29-year-old Barry Baker Jr of Coatesville must stand trial on charges of simple assault, harassment, and disorderly conduct for an attack police say was captured on a West Chester convenience store’s surveillance cameras. The footage shot at 2:30 a.m. on May 10 shows a man police say is Baker mocking the victim before punching him in the face without warning, then abruptly leaving the parking lot. The local police chief calls Baker’s actions appalling. The local district attorney says he’s a bully.
PENN TOWNSHIP – A 27-year-old mother has died and her two children have been hospitalized following a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer in Lancaster County. The crash happened around 9:15 a.m. Monday on the 800 block of Lancaster Road (Route 72) in Penn Township. The woman’s 3-year-old is in critical condition at Hershey Medical Center, but her 18-month-old is expected to be released from Lancaster General Hospital. The woman’s identity has not been released, pending family notification. Officials say the 47-year-old truck driver, Carlos Rodriguez of Lancaster, was taken to a hospital and was not reported to have any serious injuries. A preliminary investigation indicates that the truck was traveling southbound and the sedan was traveling north. Witnesses reported the car crossed the center line into the path of the oncoming truck. The cause of the crash has not been determined and the investigation is ongoing.
LANCASTER – Dr. Haddon Robinson, the former President and Distinguished Professor of Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and well known radio Bible preacher went home to the Lord on Saturday in Lancaster. Robinson joined Gordon-Conwell in 1991, following 12 years as President of Denver Conservative Baptist Seminary, now Denver Seminary, and 19 years on the faculty of Dallas Theological Seminary. He also served as Associate Pastor for the First Baptist Church in Medford, Oregon, Instructor of Speech at the University of Illinois, and General Director of the Christian Medical and Dental Society. Robinson was featured on Radio Bible Class and Discover the Word radio programs that were heard on WDAC. Dr. Robinson was 86.
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s latest Tax Amnesty Program brought in $114.5 million. The program waived all penalties and half of the interest for eligible individuals or businesses that applied to the program and paid delinquent state taxes between April 21 and June 19, 2017. Taxpayers who were eligible, but didn’t participate in the program will now be assessed a 5% penalty. The tax amnesty is not a forgiveness of debt, but a reduction in fines to encourage payment. Anyone who took advantage of the program will not eligible to do so again should Pennsylvania enact a subsequent amnesty program. Funds collected through the program will be used to in the 2016-17 fiscal year budget. The preliminary tax amnesty collections totals may be revised in the coming weeks, which could increase the amount collected. The last time Pennsylvania hosted a tax amnesty program was seven years ago.
HARRISBURG – Dauphin County Sen. John DiSanto has introduced legislation to close a loophole in state law so that convicted public officials can’t escape a tough financial penalty. Under Senate Bill 611, public officials who commit job related felonies would be stripped of their taxpayer-funded pensions. Currently, state law only requires a public employee to forfeit their pension for certain crimes already listed in the act. DiSanto says that allows those charged with a forfeiture crime to plead guilty to a different non-forfeiture crime in order to avoid losing a pension. The measure is in position for a Senate floor vote later this year.
PENN TOWNSHIP – One person died after a head on crash this morning in Lancaster County. It happened around 9:15 along Route 72 in Penn Township when a car and a tractor trailer collided. A woman died at the scene and two infants had to be extricated from the vehicle. Officials say say Route 72 between Bucknoll and Sun Hill Roads will closed for several hours as police conduct their investigation into what caused the crash.
EARL TOWNSHIP – Police made an arrest after a burglary early this morning at the Witmer Machine Shop in the 2300 block of Division Highway in Earl Township, Lancaster County. Police observed a vehicle matching the description of the burglar’s vehicle in the 800 block of E. Main Street in Ephrata and observed the male driver exit the vehicle in a parking lot. Police spoke to the man who advised he was coming from a local convenience store. Police then observed a cash register drawer in the vehicle and later employees of the shop identified the cash drawer as the one missing from their business. Police arrested 71-year-old Clinton Myers of Ephrata and charged him with burglary, theft, and other charges. He was committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $100,000 cash bail.
HARRISBURG (AP) – An effort by PA House Republicans to plug a $2 billion budget gap without raising taxes has stalled and lawmakers went home after several hours of closed-door meetings. The House’s unusual Saturday session wrapped up in late afternoon without movement on an approach put forward by Republican House Speaker Mike Turzai of Allegheny County. The finer details of the plan were not made public. It’s not clear what the next step will be. The Legislature passed a $32 billion spending plan earlier this month, but hasn’t figured out how to pay for all of it. Turzai was backing a proposal to combine $1.5 billion in borrowing with hundreds of millions drawn from off-budget programs.