MOUNT JOY – The Global Aid Network Logistics Center in Mount Joy, Lancaster County is gearing up for a critical aid packing project. Volunteers will be needed today through Saturday. Work hours will be from 8:30 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. and this evening from 6-8 p.m. They are also collecting new and like new quality used blankets at the Logistics Center located at 1506 Quarry Road, Mount Joy. Volunteers for the project can work just a few hours or all four days. For more information, you can call 717-285-4220.
LANCASTER – The Salvation Army of Lancaster will be distributing coats, hats, and gloves to those in need in the community. The distribution will take place at their location at 131 S. Queen Street today, tomorrow, and Friday from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. or until they run out. They ask that you bring ID for everyone who wants to receive a coat. For more information, you can call the Salvation Army of Lancaster at 717-397-7565.
LANCASTER (AP) – A Lancaster County man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a fatal accident last year in which authorities said he was texting while driving. 24-year-old Phong Chadd Pham of Lancaster pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter and summary charges of disregarding a traffic lane, prohibiting text-based communications and reckless driving. Prosecutors dismissed a third-degree felony charge of homicide by vehicle. Authorities said Pham crossed the center line on a curve on Route 222 in Strasburg Township and collided head-on with a vehicle driven by 78-year-old Eva Kunkle in July 2015. Authorities said phone records indicated that Pham had been text messaging immediately prior to the accident.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Pennsylvania’s 14 state universities and their over 100,000 students are facing the possibility of a crippling faculty walkout. With a strike deadline nearing, contract talks continued Tuesday between the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the union representing over 5,000 faculty and coaches. But no details are being provided because of a news blackout. A strike is set for 5 a.m. Wednesday if no agreement is reached. The two sides have been negotiating over raises to be offered over three years, health care contributions and proposed new work rules, including one requiring temporary faculty to teach an additional class each semester. If there is a walkout, the state says schools will remain open and students should report to classes because it’s not known how many faculty would strike. But the state warns classes may have to be canceled.
HARRISBURG – Legislation that will increase access to quality health care was approved by the PA Senate and is heading to the governor’s desk. House Bill 1619 will allow Pennsylvania to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which is designed to permit eligible licensed physicians in one state to treat patients in other states via telemedicine, increasing health care access to patients in underserved areas. An estimated 80% of the physician population licensed in the United States could be eligible to practice telemedicine in states where they don’t reside. Pennsylvania is now included in a growing list of states that have enacted legislation to join the Compact. Currently, 17 states have already enacted similar legislation to also join the Compact.
YORK (AP) – A Berks County teen isbeing charged as an adult with endangering hundreds of people by allegedly shooting two men outside a high school football game last month. Online court records show 15-year-old Stephon Brown of Reading remained jailed pending his preliminary hearing Oct. 28. York Police say he shot two men in the parking lot outside William Penn High School’s home opener in York against McCaskey High School of Lancaster on Sept. 9. Both districts have beefed up security at football games as a result. Brown has been charged with aggravated assault, illegal possessing a firearm as a minor, criminal mischief, and 2,000 counts of reckless endangerment stemming from the crowd that was endangered and inconvenienced when police responded to the shooting.
BELLEFONTE (AP) – Testimony continues in a former assistant football coach’s defamation and whistleblower lawsuit over his treatment by Penn State. Mike McQueary claims the school put him on paid leave and then didn’t renew his contract in retaliation for reporting that Jerry Sandusky abused a child in a team shower, and for helping prosecutors convict him. He’s seeking more than $4 million in lost wages and other damages. A lawyer for the university says it’s not Penn State’s fault that McQueary hasn’t been able to find a coaching position.
HARRISBURG – Lawmakers in Harrisburg are moving closer to a showdown with Gov. Tom Wolf over a bill designed to make it easier for gun owners and organizations like the National Rifle Association to challenge cities’ firearms ordinances in court. The PA Senate approved Senate Bill 1330 Monday. State House approval is still required, and Gov. Wolf has said he opposes the bill. The proposal expands the definition of who has standing to file legal challenges to local gun ordinances to include any gun owner or membership organization, such as the NRA. In general, Pennsylvania bars its municipalities from enforcing firearms ordinances that are stronger than state law.
HARRISBURG – Legislation allowing parents or guardians with adult children in their care to receive disability license plates was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf. Bill sponsor, Sen. Tom McGarrigle of Chester & Delaware Counties had been working with a mother in his district seeking a disability license plate for her vehicle as she is the primary caretaker for her adult son. Her son is 21-years-old and lives with blindness, autism, and cerebral palsy. Because her son is an adult, PennDOT refused to provide the disability plate. Act 55 of 2016 will provide access to vehicle disability license plates to parents, including adoptive parents or foster parents of adult children in their care who qualify for a disability license plate.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Prosecutors will seek a jail or prison sentence for former PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who faces sentencing next week after a jury convicted her of leaking grand jury material to a newspaper and then lying about it under oath. Kane has two children and will push for probation or house arrest at the Oct. 24 hearing. She stepped down after her August conviction on two felony and seven misdemeanor counts. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele argued in a memo Monday that Kane abused her power to settle a personal vendetta. He will seek consecutive sentences on many of the counts. He says the maximum sentence is 12 to 24 years in prison.