PA Justice In Scandal Faces New Accusation

HARRISBURG (AP) – Another PA Supreme Court justice is dealing with accusations he received sexually explicit emails and is leveling new allegations against a colleague. Justice Michael Eakin is suggesting that Justice Seamus McCaffery leaked the emails after allegedly warning him he “was not going down alone.” The court’s Chief Justice Ron Castille reported that McCaffery had sent or received 234 emails with sexual explicit content. The Philadelphia Daily News reported that Eakin had received two emails. Eakin says McCaffery threatened to make them public if he didn’t try to get the chief justice to retract statements he made about McCaffery.

JUSTICE MICHAEL EAKIN

           JUSTICE MICHAEL EAKIN

JUSTICE SEAMUS MCCAFFREY

JUSTICE SEAMUS MCCAFFERY

CHIEF JUSTICE RONALD CASTILLE

CHIEF JUSTICE RONALD CASTILLE

Berks County Investigation Into Two Deaths

BOYERTOWN (AP) – Berks County authorities are investigating the discovery of two dead men in a parked vehicle near state game lands. State Police said that 27-year-old Stephen Mixon and 20-year-old Joseph McCullough III, both of Pottstown, died of apparent gunshot wounds. The initial investigation indicates no one else was involved in the crime and that public safety was not jeopardized. Authorities say the bodies were discovered by a school bus driver who came upon the vehicle around 6:15 a.m. Friday along Forgedale Road in Washington Township, Berks CountyAuthorities are awaiting autopsy results.

Lancaster Mayor Makes Proclamation

LANCASTER – Tomorrow is Lancaster History Day. Mayor Rick Gray gave a proclamation about Lancaster’s history and cultural heritage and how they are linked to the city’s architecture. He praised Lancaster’s willingness to save historic buildings and restore them and that historic preservation encourages neighborhood revitalization, economic development and heritage tourism. The mayor proclaimed October 18th as Lancaster History Day in the city of Lancaster and urges all citizens to join in this celebration.

Stolen Gun Used In Harrisburg Shootout

HARRISBURG (AP) – Harrisburg Police say a stolen gun was used in an attempted holdup of two Pennsylvania state legislators that turned into a shootout. Officer Paula Trovy said that the 9 mm handgun had been reported stolen from a vehicle outside the city. Four teenagers were arrested following Tuesday night’s attempted robbery of state Reps. Marty Flynn and Ryan Bizzarro. A 15-year-old boy who police say was pointing the gun fired one shot and Flynn fired twice from the pistol he was licensed to carry. No one was injured.

REP. MARTY FLYNN

REP. MARTY FLYNN

REP. RYAN BIZZARO

REP. RYAN BIZZARO

U.S. Supreme Court, Marriage, & Sermon Subpoenas Spotlighted

LANCASTER – Saturday afternoon’s Spotlight features attorney Randall Wenger with the Harrisburg-based Independence Law Center discussing the recent U.S. Supreme Court action to endorse same sex marriage by not acting to hear state appeals. He says supporters of traditional marriage still need to be bold and not give up their religious convictions. Wenger also talks about the legal issues that may be faced by dissenters of same sex marriage such as Christian businesses, public officials, adoption agencies, and others. He also talks about the city of Houston, TX and it’s mayor filing subpoenas demanding pastors to turn over sermons that may be critical of their homosexual mayor, homosexuality, and gender identity. Saturday afternoon’s Spotlight airs at 12:30 on WDAC and at 2 p.m. on WBYN 1075Alive. You can listen to the program online at wdac.com under our blog.

RANDALL WENGER

RANDALL WENGER

 

Three Pennsylvanians Monitored In Ebola Probe

HARRISBURG (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett says three Pennsylvanians who were on a flight from Cleveland to Dallas with a nurse who tested positive for Ebola are being monitored in Texas and have not been back home since the Monday trip. Corbett said the three people are not showing symptoms of Ebola and aren’t being quarantined. He says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention interviewed them and they are free to return to Pennsylvania. The state’s isn’t disclosing personal information about them. Corbett’s health secretary, Michael Wolf, says state epidemiologists are in contact with the three residents and will know if they return to Pennsylvania. Wolf also says his agency is assembling an inventory of hospital equipment that could be marshaled to respond in case of a suspected Ebola case in Pennsylvania.

GOV. TOM CORBETT

       GOV. TOM CORBETT

Maryland Officials Discuss Ebola Preparedness

BALTIMORE (AP) – Maryland health officials are outlining extensive efforts to monitor for any Ebola virus developments in the state. Gov. Martin O’Malley met with state health officials to discuss collaborative efforts with hospitals in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. They emphasized that no Ebola cases have been acquired in Maryland. A woman with the virus has come from Texas to be treated at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. Maryland hospital officials discussed screening measures that have been put in place and robust training of hospital staff. They say the highest risk is for people treating patients, and extremely careful attention is being focused on making sure medical personnel remove protective gear properly.

GOV. MARTIN O'MALLEY

  GOV. MARTIN O’MALLEY

PA Jobless Rate, Payrolls Drop In Sept.

HARRISBURG (AP) – The jobless rate in the Keystone State dropped in September even as employer payrolls shrank during the month. The state Department of Labor and Industry said the seasonally adjusted rate in September was 5.7%, down one tenth of a percentage point from August. The U.S. rate is currently 5.9%. In a survey of households, the agency estimated that the number of people working rose by 11,000 to remain slightly below 6 million, while unemployment fell by 8,000 to 360,000. A separate survey of employers found payrolls shrank by 9,600, remaining under 5.8 million. The construction, leisure and hospitality, and trade, transportation and utilities sectors declined, while manufacturing and education and health sector payrolls grew.

Lancaster Homicide Suspect Arrested

LANCASTER – Lancaster Police say a homicide suspect has been arrested in Connecticut. 28-year-old Ernie Rivera-Gonzalez of Lancaster was taken into custody last night by Enfield Police. He was wanted for the stabbing death of 31-year-old Alexander Vazquez-Dones of Lancaster on October 5th in the first block of Stevens Avenue.

ERNIE RIVERA-GONZALEZ

 ERNIE RIVERA-GONZALEZ

PA Senate Clears Plate & Heads Home

HARRISBURG – The PA Senate has gone home until after the Nov. 4 election. The Senate’s Thursday session included the passage of a bill to create a prescription drug dispensing database. It has the aim of cracking down on substance abuse, but civil libertarians warn that it’s an invasion of privacy that could hurt innocent people. It also passed a proposal to prevent offenders from causing their victims “mental anguish.” Some Democrats call it a violation of constitutionally protected free speech. Both are headed to Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk. Meanwhile, a NRA-backed bill is headed to the House. It broadens the definition of who can challenge local gun-control ordinances in court. The PA House returns on Monday.