LANCASTER – A Lancaster County jury has convicted a man in the death of his girlfriend last year at Millersville University. 20-year-old Gregorio Orrostieta of Kennett Square, Chester County, was found guilty on Monday of third-degree murder in the death of 18-year-old Karlie Hall at her dorm. Authorities say he told police they had been drinking and got into the fight and she fell and hit her head. The defense argued an earlier injury figured into her death. Sentencing will be in about 90 days.
SINKING SPRING (AP) – A school bus and a car were involved in a crash in Berks County, sending the car driver and 17 students to the hospital, but no major injuries were reported. Police in Spring Township said the bus was carrying 34 students, two teachers, and a driver when the crash occurred shortly before 2:30 p.m. Monday along Route 724. Wilson School District said the bus was heading to the middle school when it was struck from behind.
HARRISBURG – PA Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says his office is already preparing to audit all state and federal funds spent during the current fiscal year and that he will immediately start tracking extra costs if the 2016-17 budget is not finalized by June 30. He added if the state’s structural deficit is not addressed appropriately this year and we have another budget impasse, the rating agencies will downgrade Pennsylvania’s bond rating again. If there is another budget impasse for the upcoming fiscal year, DePasquale said he will monitor — starting July 1 — what the cost of any budget impasse is for schools, counties, and human services providers such as day cares and domestic violence shelters. He said it is not acceptable to have what transpired with the last budget to happen again this year. There must be bi-partisan cooperation to get the budget done on time.
HARRISBURG – Bishop Ronald Gainer of the Harrisburg Diocese has been discharged from the hospital and his physical condition is much improved. The Diocese says he will be taking a period of time for rest and recuperation before returning to his normal schedule. A complete recovery from a digestive disorder is expected. He is truly grateful for all of the prayers and good wishes that he has received during his hospitalization. Bishop Gainer was admitted to the hospital on April 22. He was not feeling well and doctors suggested routine tests and rest.
LANCASTER – Authorities have charged a Maryland man with burglarizing three area churches and a rental venue. 30-year-old William Wiley of Colora was charged with four counts of burglary, three counts of theft by unlawful taking, and other charges after a three day burglary spree between February 15-17. The churches were Pleasant grove United Methodist in Fulton Township; Wrightsdale Baptist in Fulton Township; Union Methodist in West Nottingham Township; and Oakryn Hall in Little Britain Township. Police found he stole computer and recording equipment, TV’s, musical instruments, and cash. Police reported damage done to the locations was around $5,600.
EMMAUS (AP) – Officials say a Lehigh County high school was placed on lockdown after two bullets were found in a bathroom, but authorities determined that they were left by someone who hoped to cause an early dismissal. Emmaus High School said the two .22-caliber bullets were found today in a boy’s bathroom. Superintendent Michael Schilder said police and administration officials have identified the person responsible “and have determined that there was no threat.” He said no weapons or additional bullets were found. Schilder said the school will remain on exterior threat lockdown as a precaution, but students will be permitted to move about the building and classes will resume.
HARRISBURG – This week is American Religious History Week in Pennsylvania. House Resolution 774 was approved by the PA House. The author of the resolution, Rep. Matt Baker of Potter & Tioga County said, “All of us are aware of the influence of religion at the time of our nation’s founding and throughout its history, as well as the numerous monuments and displays in our public buildings that have some association with this influence.” Baker noted that the Constitutions of each of the 50 states, either in the preamble or body, explicitly recognize or express gratitude to God. Furthermore, numerous important American government leaders, institutions, monuments, buildings, and landmarks across the nation both openly acknowledge and incorporate religious words, symbols and imagery into official venues. American Religious History Week is being held in concurrence with both the Commonwealth Prayer Breakfast being held tomorrow and the National Day of Prayer held on Thursday.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – Police in Jamaica say two U.S. missionaries have been found slain in a rural area of the Caribbean island that has long struggled with high rates of violent crime. In a Sunday statement, the Jamaica Constabulary Force identified the two men as 48-year-old Randy Hentzel and 53-year-old Harold Nichols. Their battered bodies were found in bushes in separate areas of St. Mary parish. There have been no arrests. Investigators have not issued a possible motive. Hentzel’s Facebook page says he was from Donnellson, Iowa. Nichols’ hometown was not immediately clear. Both missionaries lived and worked in Jamaica for a Macungie, Lehigh County based religious organization called Teams for Medical Missions. The two men and their families did evangelism, Bible ministry, and built homes.
HARRISBURG – Police cars will line Commonwealth Avenue in Harrisburg this afternoon for a special day of remembrance. The PA Senate adopted a resolution designating today as Police Officers Memorial Day in the Commonwealth and the week of May 15th as National Police Week. Sen. John Rafferty of Berks & Chester Counties sponsored the resolution. The Fraternal Order of Police, PA State Lodge, will be conducting the memorial ceremony in the Harrisburg Forum auditorium.
LANCASTER (AP) – Closing arguments are expected today in Lancaster County Court in the trial of a man accused of beating and strangling his college freshman girlfriend. 20-year-old Gregorio Orrostieta is charged in the death of 18-year-old Karlie Hall at Millersville University in February 2015. Defense witnesses testified that Hall’s death stemmed from an earlier injury and a nosebleed rather than the defendant’s actions and hair found in the victim’s hand wasn’t consistent with his hair. Prosecutors have described the defendant as possessive and jealous and said he shoved her at a party earlier that night. Police say Orrostieta told them he shoved Hall, causing her to fall and hit her head.