COLERAIN TOWNSHIP – One person died in a Wednesday afternoon crash in Colerain Township, Lancaster County. Police say 83-year-old John Urbano of Quarryville pulled from the intersection of Route 472 and Wesley Road around 2:15 p.m. into the path of a truck. Urbano was not wearing a seat belt at the time. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver, 37-year-old Manuel Romo of Atglen was not hurt.
LANCASTER – The Fresh Air Fund is seeking more families in our region to give inner city children an unforgettable summer experience in August. Fresh Air summers are filled with children running barefoot through the grass, gazing at star-filled skies or swimming for the first time. Each summer, over 4,000 inner-city children visit suburban, rural and small town communities through The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family Program. The Fund has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from six to 18 years old, who live in New York City. Children on first-time visits are six to 12 years old and stay for one or two weeks. Children who are re-invited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips. Over 65% of all children are re-invited to stay with their host families, year after year. For more information on hosting a Fresh Air child this August, call 212-897-8934 or visit The Fresh Air Fund online at www.freshair.org.
HARRISBURG – The PA State Police took delivery of the first two of six Bell 407GX helicopters. The new helicopters will be used for airborne law enforcement patrol and operations to enhance service to the citizens of the Commonwealth. State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said there’s a great need for the new aircraft as the helicopters are used to assist in federal, state, and local emergencies. Several new components on each aircraft will enable the Pennsylvania State Police to more rapidly and effectively pinpoint exact ground locations from the air. The new helicopters are also able to provide interoperable radio communications with ground-based first responders, which operate on several radio frequencies.
HARRISBURG – PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced that a preliminary injunction has been issued prohibiting Timothy Rooney of New Oxford from the sale, fitting or adjustment of hearing aids. In addition, the Office of Attorney General will be seeking restitution for all of Rooney’s victims. Rooney was a registered hearing aid fitter in Pennsylvania, but his registration was suspended for five years by the Department of Health last August following an investigation into consumer complaints. His registration was later revoked for violating the five-year suspension agreement. Rooney had offices in New Oxford, Adams County and Hanover, York County. He operated under the names of American Hearing Aid Centers and American Hearing Aid Centers, Inc. Rooney also called on consumers in their homes and at senior care facilities.
HELLAM TOWNSHIP (AP) – Authorities have released the names of two men killed in a Tuesday afternoon crash of a work van. Officials in York County said the van was heading west on Route 30 in Hellam Township when it left the road at about 2:15 p.m. and rolled several times. Coroner Pam Gay said the crash killed 36-year-old Jerry Eady and 52-year-old Jack Mason III. She said the West Manchester Township residents were ejected from the vehicle. Hellam Township Police Chief Mark Sowers said the van driver and a third passenger were taken to hospitals in stable condition. They were not identified. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
READING (AP) – Three GOP Pennsylvania Congressmen who visited a home for troubled children say they would support a spending bill to deal with immigrant children who have overwhelmed border facilities. Congressmen Jim Gerlach, Charlie Dent, and Patrick Meehan visited the Berks County’s Bethany Children’s Home, which has been sheltering some of the children. They say they would support a more modest plan than the $3.7 billion sought by President Obama to help federal agencies deal with the flood of child immigrants entering the U.S. illegally from Central America. Meanwhile, the United Methodist Home for Children in suburban Harrisburg says it is receiving a federal grant to care for some of the children.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Newly released records show that gas and oil extraction has damaged Pennsylvania water supplies more than 200 times since 2007. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported the information based on a Department of Environmental Protection spreadsheet that it obtained through a Right-to-Know Law request. The spreadsheet lists 209 water supplies by county, municipality, and the date that DEP regulators determined that activities related to gas or oil extraction contaminated or diminished the flow to a water source. It doesn’t identify the companies or the nature of the harm to the water. It was released on the same day that state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released an audit alleging that the DEP has failed to adequately monitor well safety or provide clear and timely information to citizens about natural-gas drilling.
STATE COLLEGE (AP) – Jay Paterno and another former assistant football coach at Penn State are suing the university over how they were dismissed from the staff when Bill O’Brien was hired as head coach two years ago. Paterno and William Kenney filed a lawsuit in federal court that seeks more than $1 million. Both served under Paterno’s father, Joe Paterno, before he was fired soon after retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with child molestation in late 2011. The coaches say they’ve been unfairly linked to the Sandusky scandal, making it difficult to find comparable coaching jobs. Kenney is now an assistant at Western Michigan. Paterno is a writer and consultant.
BALTIMORE (AP) – A political candidate whose last name is Hershey must stop using campaign materials that mimic the look of the famous chocolate bar. A federal judge ruled that Maryland state Sen. Stephen Hershey Jr. must stop using his dark brown signs with white lettering for now. The company filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in June. Hershey argued his signs, with a background of the Maryland flag in brown, are different enough to be permissible. Judge William Quarles disagreed and issued a preliminary injunction, suggesting the company is likely to win its lawsuit. Hershey has been told his family tree intersects with that of company founder Milton S. Hershey, but they aren’t close relatives.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released a performance audit critical of the state Department of Environmental Protection’s regulation of the natural gas industry. The audit hits the DEP for failing to adequately monitor well safety or to provide clear and timely information to citizens. In a cover letter to Gov. Tom Corbett, DePasquale says the DEP is underfunded, understaffed, and lacks the infrastructure to meet the demands it faces amid the fast-growing industry. In a written response included in the report, DEP Secretary Christopher Abruzzo notes that the audit covers a four-year period ending in 2012. He says many of DePasquale’s recommended reforms have been implemented or are currently under consideration.