SINKING SPRING – One person died and another was hospitalized after an early morning fire in Berks County. It happened around 3:30 a.m. today in the 3900 block of Penn Avenue in Sinking Spring. Witnesses say two women from a second floor apartment jumped from a third story window into an alley. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the women were injured by the fire, the fall or both. The names of the two have not been released. Fire investigators are looking into the cause of the blaze.
LANCASTER – A Lancaster teen will serve up to 10 years in state prison for robbing a city store. 18-year-old Temar Boggs racked the slide on a gun while demanding money from a clerk inside El Coqui Market at 611 N. Plum Street on Dec. 17, 2015. In court, Boggs and his attorney said he was drawn into the wrong crowd of friends after gaining notoriety from assisting police in a 2013 child kidnapping in Lancaster Township. Prosecutors countered that, saying Boggs has always had a strong support system of relatives, but still chose to rob the store. Boggs and an accomplice, 16-year-old Yamel Yelverton, fled with $200. Police determined Yelverton served as a look-out while Boggs went inside the store with the gun. Boggs pleaded guilty in June. Yelverton’s case is pending.
HARRISBURG – Dauphin County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2000 for information leading to an arrest in Harrisburg’s latest homicide. Officers responded Saturday at 9:38 p.m. to multiple calls for shots fired at Hummel and Swatara Streets. They found a 45-year-old Hispanic male on the ground, unresponsive. The victim died prior to arriving to the hospital. His identity has not been released. So far, authorities have no suspects or a motive for the shooting. Anyone with any information is asked to call Harrisburg Police at 717-558-6900.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Despite Kathleen Kane’s resignation as PA’s attorney general after her conviction on perjury charges last week, a state House panel is still considering impeachment. The chairman of a key state House panel says he will continue to push for impeachment to set the stage for Senate action that could bar Kane from elected office in the future. Montgomery County Rep. Todd Stephens, who chairs a House subcommittee that had been investigating Kane, says her conviction underscored the need for the legislative action. Kane was convicted of leaking secret grand jury information to smear a rival and lying under oath to cover it up. Stephens says “impeachment is the only mechanism today that can ensure” Kane won’t serve elected office again.
HARRISBURG (AP) – The PA Department of Education says students should be able to show they’re ready for college or a career in ways other than state exams. A report released this month from the agency says about half of last year’s graduates scored proficient on the three required Keystone Exams: Algebra 1, Biology and Literature. The agency says students should be able to graduate if they reach a certain combined score on the exams or equivalent scores on an alternative exam. Alternatively, the report says students should be allowed to graduate through a combination of grades and other evidence. Spokesman Steve Miskin says House Republicans agree that an alternative should be permitted. He says they’re reviewing the suggestions.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Millions of dollars flooding into Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race is bringing TV ads on abortion and guns into living rooms barely 11 weeks before the election. In August alone, at least six different groups began airing new TV ads in the hotly contested race between Republican incumbent Pat Toomey and Democrat challenger Katie McGinty. The outcome of the race could tip control of the U.S. Senate.
OCEAN CITY, MD (AP) – Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan plans to end a statewide mandate for homeowners and businesses to use best available technology in septic systems. The regulations were put in place in 2012 by Hogan’s predecessor, then-Gov. Martin O’Malley, who said that better technology was needed to fight Chesapeake Bay pollution. Hogan says the systems are prohibitively expensive. The best available technology will still be required in areas near the Chesapeake Bay and coastal bays. The state will focus on failing septic systems and hooking up homes and businesses to sewer systems to better protect the environment.
OCEAN CITY, MD (AP) – Maryland’s medical marijuana commission will release this week the rankings of top applicants to become growers and processors. Commission Director Patrick Jameson made the announcement Saturday. The commission already has named the top 15 growers and 15 processors now on the path to get be licensed. Jameson says the commission will release names of the top 20 growers and top 30 processors. That’s significant, because if any of the top 15 applicants fail to get licensed, others will be eligible according to rank.
LANCASTER – Saturday afternoon’s Spotlight features Eric Buehrer, President of Gateways to Better Education, talking about promoting religious liberty in public schools. As a former public school teacher and now a minister, Eric can relate to both sides of the religion-in-schools debate. He says many within the Christian community say public schools should not be promoted, but yet statistically many Christians are in public schools. He also talked about the need for Christian teachers in public schools to know what they can do in their settings. Buehrer presents eye-opening facts about the U.S. Department of Education guidelines for religious expression and shares practical ways to use these guidelines to transform public schools into faith-friendly, and even faith-affirming, places. Saturday afternoon’s Spotlight airs at 12:30 on WDAC and at 2 p.m. on WBYN-FM 107.5. You can listen to the program online right now at wdac.com under “WDAC Podcasts.”
HARRISBURG – The PA Senate is in position to vote on cyber security legislation this fall. Senate Bill 1048, which was approved by the Senate Communications & Technology Committee in June, would require that in the event of a breach involving personally identifiable information, affected individuals would be notified within seven days. Allegheny County Sen. Randy Vulakovich, the bill’s prime sponsor, called it a very important bill since there are some smart people out getting into systems and taking people’s identity and important information. The bill also requires the state attorney general be notified of any breach.