GETTYSBURG (AP) – It will cost more to visit exhibits surrounding the hallowed ground of Gettysburg National Military Park. The National Park Service approved higher fees for the museum, film, and Cyclorama experience. Visitors age 13 and older will pay $15 instead of $12.50, beginning in January. The last fee increase was in 2012. The park service expects to continue to work collaboratively for the long-term financial sustainability of the exhibits. There is no entrance fee for the park itself.
LEWISBERRY – The pilot of an ultralight aircraft was injured when it crashed in Fairview Township, York County. It happened around 8 p.m. Tuesday in the 700 block of Markham Court. Police say 68-year-old James Diebold, Jr got the craft about 10-20 feet in the air when it fell to the ground and came to rest in an adjacent field. Diebold was conscious and spoke to officers at the scene, but was taken to the Holy Spirit Hospital for treatment for injuries sustained during the crash. The FAA has been notified of the incident.
ELYSBURG (AP) – A coroner says the cause of an 8-year-old Lebanon County boy’s death in a swimming pool at a central Pennsylvania amusement park remains inconclusive. Montour County Coroner Scott Lynn says that Yassin Boudriss of Lebanon may have had a medical condition that led to his death before he was found in about three feet of water at Knoebels Amusement Park & Resort Saturday afternoon. The amusement park said a lifeguard immediately began emergency care on the boy who later died at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Lynn says the cause and manner of the boy’s death is “pending further investigation and testing.”
CLEVELAND (AP) – Pennsylvania’s delegation to the Republican National Convention has come out nearly unanimous for Donald Trump, who is now the official 2016 GOP presidential nominee. Delegation officials said 70 of Pennsylvania’s 71 nominating votes were for Trump. The other vote went for Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. Seventeen of the 71 delegates were bound to Trump, by virtue of his April 26 primary win in Pennsylvania. But the other 54 were officially uncommitted. Lancaster County delegate, Gordon Denlinger went to Cleveland uncommitted, but now says he’ll support Trump saying he liked Trump’s selection of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate. 45 delegates had committed to Trump before the convention, and others decided to support Trump after they arrived in Cleveland on Sunday.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Motorists will see higher prices to travel the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Tolls will increase by 6% after midnight on Jan. 7, a price jump largely attributed to the cost of rebuilding and widening the road system. The most common toll for a passenger vehicle will increase from $1.16 to $1.23 for E-ZPass customers and from $1.80 to $1.95 for cash customers. The most common toll for a tractor-trailer will increase from $9.59 to $10.17 for E-ZPass customers and from $13.60 to $14.45 for cash customers. Officials say revenues will fund a recently approved 10-year spending plan. The commission expects annual increases of up to 6% until 2044. Toll rates will not increase next year on the Delaware River Bridge cashless tolling point northeast of Philadelphia.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Pennsylvania’s Department of Health will start working with physicians from health systems and professional organizations as it writes medical marijuana program regulations. State Health Secretary, Dr. Karen Murphy said her department also will seek guidance from the physicians on carrying out the medical marijuana law’s research program. Under the law, a research program to study medical marijuana’s impact on the treatment and symptom management of serious medical conditions must be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration. After that, the department would select one or more health systems to conduct it. The law also requires physicians who prescribe medical marijuana be trained and licensed. The department says it’ll take until early 2018 to make medical marijuana available to eligible patients.
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners voted unanimously to prohibit on Game Commission-controlled property the operation, control, launching or retrieval of drones. During the snow-goose migration season at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area this year, Game Commission staff detected at least five instances where drones disturbed wildlife. The amended proposal prohibits the operation, control, launching or retrieval of drones on game lands, unless a specific exception is approved in writing by the Game Commission’s executive director. The ban is expected to take effect in the coming weeks, after a legal review of the regulation.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A class-action lawsuit accuses the Lancaster School District of denying older refugee students a traditional education and instead steering them to a disciplinary high school. The plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit filed Tuesday are between 17 and 21 and come from Burma, Sudan, and other war-torn countries. The American Civil Liberties Union says that students in Pennsylvania can pursue a high school education until they are 21. The ACLU says that Lancaster School District officials have steered at least 30 students in the past three years to the alternative high school. The ACLU has filed two similar lawsuits around the country. One in Utica, New York has been settled while another is pending in Collier County, Florida.
HARRISBURG – A bill aimed at ensuring the state’s Clean and Green program is working as it was intended is now on Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk. Sponsor of the legislation, Rep. Martin Causer of Cameron, McKean & Potter Counties said to ensure the program continues to work the way it’s supposed to, House Bill 806 would prohibit counties from taxing Clean and Green properties at a rate greater than fair market value. Clean and Green provides preferential property tax assessment to owners of farm and forest lands to encourage their protection from development. However, in counties that have not conducted a reassessment recently, some Clean and Green properties are being taxed at a rate higher than a normal assessment. “This has especially been a problem in counties with high-quality timber because it drives up the use values of the land and leads to higher, rather than lower, tax bills for the property owner,”Once signed by the governor, the law would take effect immediately.
LANCASTER – Police arrested a suspect in a Lancaster stabbing. On June 17, officers found a man stabbed in the area of Lenox Lane and E. Grant Street. The victim was hospitalized. Officers say the victim and suspect were known to each other. Police were searching for 26-year-old Jonathan Cameron, whose last known address was Lancaster and is believed to be homeless. Authorities received a tip that Cameron was going to be in a vehicle in the southwest area of Lancaster City. They established surveillance and around 5 p.m. Monday, a vehicle matching the description provided was spotted and followed. The driver of the vehicle committed a moving violation and a traffic stop was initiated on the 1st block of E. Vine Street. Cameron was a passenger in the vehicle. He was taken into custody without incident. He was charged with criminal attempted homicide and aggravated assault. Cameron was committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $1,000,000 bail.