BART TOWNSHIP (AP) – A Lancaster County crash involving a car and a van carrying Amish people caused injuries to ten people. State troopers and Bart Township fire and rescue crews responded to the crash about 5 a.m. today on Route 896 and Dry Wells Road. Police didn’t immediately release the names of those involved or say how the crash occurred. Officials say six people were treated for injuries at the scene, and four taken to Lancaster General Hospital. Their conditions could not be immediately determined. The crash remains under investigation.
LANCASTER – A Lancaster County man was convicted of 11 counts of animal cruelty regarding the mistreatment of dogs at a kennel at his home. District Judge Stuart Mylin convicted 35-year-old Daniel Lapp of Holtwood of all counts charged, following a summary trial at a Quarryville courtroom. Lapp was ordered to pay a $100 fine plus court costs on each of the 11 summary citations, along with $6,200 in restitution for treatment of the abused animals. Witnesses testified to the feces-laden living quarters, injuries some of the dogs sustained, and other neglect that happened at the kennel in the 1200 block of Holtwood Road. The judge also prohibited Lapp from owning dogs for 990 days. The investigation started when an anonymous tip was provided to officials about conditions at the property.
KUTZTOWN (AP) – A college town in Berks County has banned rooftop activities to keep students – and anybody else – from hanging out too far off the ground. Kutztown Borough Council announced it will ban all rooftop activities, except for maintenance. The borough is home to state-owned Kutztown University. Police Chief Craig Summers says he’s seen students hanging out on rooftops, which he says is extremely dangerous. The borough’s ban comes less than two weeks after a Penn State student was electrocuted by a power line and fell from a roof in State College. Some students say they like hanging out on rooftops and enjoy the view. But starting this fall that will carry up to a $600 fine.
HARRISBURG – A bicameral group of lawmakers has released the “Taxpayers’ Framework for Pennsylvania,” a comprehensive report identifying more than $3 billion in savings and efficiencies in state government. The report from the Pennsylvania Taxpayer’s Caucus, includes recommendations to address the 2016-17 budget deficit with department specific policy proposals and savings derived from recommendations from Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, Gov. Tom Wolf, and legislators. Co-chair of the Caucus, Rep. Seth Grove of York County says the report represents a new beginning for budget discussions in Pennsylvania, a change from the governor’s status quo tax and spend policies. Many of the recommendations have bipartisan support. You can read a copy of the report by CLICKING HERE.
HARRISBURG (AP) – The PA House defeated two separate gambling expansion bills, as lawmakers look to resolve a state budget deficit without raising taxes. The bills would have devoted slightly more than $300 million to public school employee pension obligations, although there’s no guarantee that its provisions would actually deliver that amount of money. Both bills would have made Pennsylvania the fourth state to allow online casino-style gambling, while allowing Pennsylvania’s licensed casinos to station slot machines at six international airports and off-track betting parlors. One of the bills would have allowed video gambling at bars, taverns, and truck stops.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf wants Pennsylvanians to be able to buy six-packs of beer and gasoline in the same place, despite a pending court challenge. Wolf wrote to the three Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board members a day before they’ll consider nine beer license applications from convenience and grocery stores that also sell gasoline. A state law that prohibits businesses from selling both beer and gasoline is being fought over in court. A 2014 Commonwealth Court ruling permitted the sale of beer on the same property as gasoline, as long as the points of sale are separate. The state Supreme Court is considering an appeal. A Liquor Control Board spokeswoman says the agency has licensed more than 300 grocery and convenience stores to sell beer. About a dozen of those also have gas pumps.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Pennsylvania’s secretary for human services says his agency is fixing high rates of unanswered calls to the state’s ChildLine child abuse reporting hotline. Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas outlined those efforts after Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said his agency found that 42,000 calls or 22%, went unanswered in 2015. DePasquale says that put lives at risk. He also says numerous calls weren’t monitored by a supervisor or didn’t generate reports. Dallas says added staff has reduced the unanswered call rate to 12% and he expects to lower that to 4% in the coming weeks.
MILLERSVILLE – Police are investigating a robbery that occurred at the Santander Bank at 519 Leaman Avenue in Millersville, Lancaster County at around 9:20 a.m. Tuesday. A male dressed in all black clothing with a hooded sweatshirt and sweatpants with a black mask covering his face approached the bank on foot. The suspect was described as a black male, 20-26 years of age, 5’7” to 5’9”, thin build, dark complexion, with brown eyes. A surveillance photo of the suspect can be seen below. The man fled the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Witnesses observed the robber running through the Millersville Center shopping complex towards Manor Avenue and then down Heisey Alley before he was out of sight. Anyone with information is asked to call Millersville Borough Police at 717-872-4657.
HARRISBURG – Veterans and their spouses who face obstacles when attempting to maintain state teaching certification due to the frequent moves required by military service would get a boost under legislation approved by the House Education Committee. Co-sponsor of the bill, York County Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill said House Bill 2078 would simplify the transition process. Bill supporter, Cumberland County Rep. Sheryl Delozier said it is important to allow qualified teachers with worldwide experience to share their knowledge with our children. The bill now moves to the full state House for consideration.
HARRISBURG (AP) – PA Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says his audit of a multimillion-dollar state grant program will include a $3 million grant approved, but never given to the charity founded by convicted former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. DePasquale has directed his auditors to make sure that the Second Mile’s grant application is one of the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program projects reviewed. DePasquale says there are questions about the grant application and how it was approved. Sandusky resigned from the charity in 2009 and the grant wasn’t released after he was arrested in November 2011. He is pursuing appeals after being convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. He’s serving a 30 to 60-year state prison sentence.