HARRISBURG (AP) – The head of Pennsylvania’s state-owned university system is leaving after four years on the job. The State System of Higher Education announced that Chancellor Frank Brogan will retire on Sept. 1 from the position that pays him $346,000 a year. The 63-year-old Brogan told the board of his decision last week, shortly before a meeting in which the system received a consultant’s report that was highly critical of its leadership. The report by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems says the 14-school system needs better top management to address a climate of distrust, non-transparency, confrontation, and competition. Brogan came to Pennsylvania after serving as chancellor of the State University System of Florida. He’s a former Florida lieutenant governor.
LANCASTER – The owner of a pit bull that mauled two children in Lancaster is facing charges. 42-year-old Luis Oma Colon-Colon of Pottsville was charged with attacks causing severe injury, reckless endangering, and other counts. Police say a 2-year-old girl and her 5-year-old brother suffered wounds to their faces after the dog broke through a fence June 19 and attacked them in the 700 block of Lafayette Street. An investigation found that the dog also bit Colon-Colon’s 4-year-old grandson multiple times in July 2013. The dog was euthanized on June 30. Colon-Colon was arraigned and released on $5,000 bail.
HARRISBURG – A measure that makes extensive changes to the Public School Code concerning charter schools is moving closer to the governor’s desk. House Bill 97 was amended by the state Senate and returned to the House for a concurrence vote last week. Blair County Sen. John Eichelberger, who chairs the Senate Education Committee, says Pennsylvania’s charter school law was enacted in 1997, but he noted that the bill has become outdated over time. He said the measure will set higher standards for students, tighten up many requirements for charters, and establish a commission to examine the funding of charters.
MOUNT JOY (AP) – The coroner has released the name of a man killed at a Lancaster County packaging plant. Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni planned an autopsy today on the body of 47-year-old Robert Stauffer. The Landisville man was killed at Phoenix Packaging in Mount Joy. Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency officials say he was reportedly trapped under a piece of lift equipment just before 5:30 a.m. Saturday. Mount Joy Fire Chief Philip Colvin says the lift device was part of a processing line. He says workers moved the device off the fallen worker before emergency crews arrived. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the company are investigating. The company hasn’t commented on the incident. Phoenix Packaging’s website says the company makes cardboard boxes and other materials used for shipping and mailing.
LANCASTER – Police have made an arrest in the July 9th robbery of the Turkey Hill at 870 Manor Street in Lancaster. A man entered the store with something wrapped in a black tee shirt and pointed it at a clerk demanding cash. He fled with an undisclosed amount of money. Through the course of the investigation, police were able to develop information on a suspect. Authorities obtained a warrant for the arrest of 43-year-old Aurelio Lopez of Strasburg, Lancaster County. On Saturday afternoon, Lopez was located and taken into custody by State Police. Lopez was charged with robbery. He was later arraigned and committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $200,000 bail.
SWATARA TOWNSHIP –A suspect involved in a Dauphin County bank robbery last week has been taken into police custody in Maryland. 52-year-old Nathan Griggs of Harrisburg was wanted for the robbery at First National Bank at 4250 Derry Street in Harrisburg last Thursday. Griggs was taken into custody early this morning in Baltimore County. He is awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG (AP) – The slow-motion arc of Pennsylvania’s budget negotiations is a sort of first debate stage for Gov. Tom Wolf and the would-be contenders hoping to contest Wolf’s re-election bid next year. Wolf has kept a low public profile. He’s refused to discuss the ins and outs of negotiations or cast blame, saying only that his administration continues to negotiate and that he’s optimistic about getting a deal. The potential Republican nominees have each tried to paint Wolf as out of touch or unable to lead. They include state Sen. Scott Wagner of York County and Paul Mango, a former health care consultant from suburban Pittsburgh. PA House Speaker Mike Turzai of Allegheny County has all-but declared his candidacy.
BALTIMORE (AP) – Scientists say the Conowingo Dam is no longer holding back pollution in the Susquehanna River from entering the Chesapeake Bay. The Baltimore Sun is reporting that Gov. Larry Hogan will announce a plan to make progress at the dam, based on proposals the state has received from private industry. Hogan told the newspaper he will seek a contractor next month to deal with the sediment and dissolved phosphorous and nitrogen pollution that erodes the health of the nation’s largest estuary. The governor also says he’ll convene a summit to discuss the issue. The Sun reports that a dozen companies responded to Hogan’s call for innovative ideas to save money on the project.
STATE COLLEGE (AP) – Two former high-ranking Penn State administrators reported to a county jail to serve sentences for how they responded to a 2001 complaint about Jerry Sandusky showering with a boy. Centre County Correctional Facility Lt. Michael Woods says former university vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley turned themselves in Saturday morning. Schultz and Curley pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child endangerment in March, leading prosecutors to drop three felony charges of child endangerment and conspiracy. Curley must serve three months in jail, while Schultz has two months. Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was convicted of the same offense and faces two months in jail. He remains free on bail while he appeals to Superior Court.
HARRISBURG (AP) – The woman who’s been leading the PA Department of Labor and Industry is stepping down to be Gov. Tom Wolf’s next appointment to the Gaming Control Board. Wolf said that Secretary Kathy Manderino will join the gambling commission at the start of August. Gaming board appointments don’t require Senate confirmation. Robert O’Brien, one of Manderino’s top deputies at Labor and Industry, will take over in August as acting secretary. Manderino’s served in Wolf’s cabinet since 2015. She’s a lawyer, a former Democrat state representative from Philadelphia, and the daughter of former Democrat House Speaker Jim Manderino of Westmoreland County. O’Brien has been serving as executive deputy secretary, taking a leading role in operating the agency.