LANCASTER – Lancaster Police are investigating a Sunday evening stabbing. It happened around 7:15 in the 300 block of S. Lime Street. The victim was taken to the hospital. There’s no word on his condition and he has not been identified. Police report a suspect did surrender to authorities. His name has not yet been released and no charges have yet been filed.
TOWSON, MD (AP) – Authorities in Baltimore County, Maryland say a York County motorcyclist died after a crash that happened Saturday around 2 p.m. in the area of Old York Road and Lentz Road in Parkton. An initial investigation found the motorcycle was driving eastbound on Old York Road when it struck the rear of a car that had stopped to make a left turn. The motorcycle then traveled into the westbound lane and was struck by another vehicle. The motorcyclist, identified as 51-year-old Joseph Zutell Jr. of Seven Valleys,died at the scene. No one else was injured in the crash.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Pennsylvania’s jobless rate for July was 5.7%, up one tenth of a percent from June. The U.S. rate is currently 6.2%. The state Labor Department says the civilian labor force fell by 32,000, and unemployment rose by 4,000, the first increase in nearly two years. The agency says private industry lost 3,400 jobs but hiring in the public sector rose for the sixth straight month. The biggest job gains are in construction. One year ago, the statewide unemployment rate was 7.5%.
LANCASTER – Saturday afternoon’s Spotlight features a recent news conference held with Chester County officials regarding PA’s new aggravated arson law. Sen. John Rafferty introduced legislation which became Act 16 of 2014 after serial arsonists set more than 30 fires in Coatesville several years ago. The fires caused more than $3 million in damage, left scores of people homeless, and resulted in the death of an 83-year-old woman. The measure increases penalties if an emergency responder or civilian sustained injuries as a result of the arson. Stronger sentences could also be imposed if more than three people were inside the property at the time of the crime or the arson resulted in more than $1 million in property damage. You’ll also hear from Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, Sen. Andy Dinniman, Rep. Tim Hennessey, and District Attorney Tom Hogan. Saturday afternoon’s Spotlight airs at 12:30 on WDAC and at 2 p.m. on 1075Alive.fm. You can listen to the program right now by CLICKING HERE.
READING - LCBC Ephrata and Chick-fil-A at Exeter Commons in Reading are partnering to send Reading-area students back to school with needed supplies. An Olivet Boys & Girls Club bus will first be parked at LCBC Ephrata at 6 Hahnstown Road from 9 a.m. till 7:30 p.m. this Sunday. LCBC Ephrata provided Christmas parties and gifts for the children the Club serves. The bus will then be parked on the property of Chick-fil-A Exeter at 4675 Perkiomen Avenue from August 18 through 7:30 p.m. August 26, when Chick-fil-A offers families its free back-to-school-themed Family Night. At both locations, people can “stuff the bus” with donations of any type of school supplies. All donations will go to the Olivet Boys & Girls Club and stay within the Berks County area to help local children.
HARRISBURG – A new 12-year plan for transportation-related projects in Pennsylvania outlines how the state will spend more than $21 billion generated by higher gasoline taxes and motorist fees. Gov. Tom Corbett says the new plan anticipates $63.2 billion being available over the next 12 years for improvements to roads, bridges, transit systems, airports, and railroads. That compares with $41.6 billion in the last update two years ago. He says to expect more jobs coming to the state as a result. The updated plan goes to federal officials for their review.
HARRISBURG – A state lawmaker is considering a cigarette tax to provide property tax relief for PA seniors. With the push for a $2-per pack cigarette tax proposed to fund Philadelphia public schools, Chester County Rep. John Lawrence says he will propose legislation calling for an 80 cents-per-pack cigarette tax to fund significant school property tax relief for low-income seniors. In a memo to state House members seeking co-sponsorship, Lawrence says utilizing the existing Property Tax Rent Rebate program infrastructure, seniors 65 and older with an annual income of $35,000 or less and residing outside a city of the first class would be eligible for the property tax relief. The tax would be assessed in 66 of the 67 counties of Pennsylvania; all except those containing a city of the first class. Under his legislation, approximately $382 million would be collected from the new cigarette tax. Using 2012 numbers, which are the most recent available, this would be enough to provide eligible seniors with an approximate 82% total reduction in property taxes. Thus, a senior with a $3500 tax bill would receive a total refund of $2870.
HARRISBURG – Legislation that addresses the storage of firearms in parked vehicles could come before the PA Senate for a vote this fall. The measure which was amended into House Bill 827 would prohibit an employer from creating or enforcing a policy that prohibits law abiding gun owners from keeping their legally owned firearms locked safelyin their vehicle. York & Adams County Sen. Rich Alloway, who sponsored the amendment, emphasized that the weapon must be kept in a locked compartment. He added that crime can and does happen anywhere and that many workshifts are during non-traditional hours when crimes are potentially more likely to occur. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill on a 10-4 vote.
READING (AP) – A coroner has ruled that a Pennsylvania mother of seven who was jailed over her children’s truancy died of natural causes while in her cell. The Berks County coroner’s office released its findings today on 55-year-old Eileen DiNino of Reading. An autopsy revealed that DiNino’s high blood pressure contributed to heart failure. Fluid in her lungs was also a factor. She had been jailed for failing to pay about $2,000 in truancy fines and court costs accrued since 1999. At the time of her death, District Judge Dean Patton said he reluctantly sent DiNino to jail after she failed to pay the money.
MANHEIM TOWNSHIP – Two Lancaster County men were identified and charged with theft of services from the Lyndon City Diner on the Manheim Pike. On August 4, two men left the diner without paying their $47 bill. Photos of the two were released by Manheim Township Police and tips were received which led to their identification. Citations were filed against 27-year-old Edward Burke III and 23-year-old James Burke, both of Millersville.