YORK – A man robbed the Wal Mart at 2801 E. Market Street in York yesterday. The suspect entered shortly before 11:30 a.m., approached the customer service counter, and demanded cash. He indicated he had a firearm. No one was hurt. The subject left in a maroon or red over grey SUV, possibly a Hyundai Santa Fe. The suspect is a white male, heavy build, wearing a grey T-shirt, brown cargo shorts, brown Converse “chucks,” and a dark colored ball hall with white logo on the front. He appeared to have tattoos on his legs and ankles. A picture of the suspect can below. Anyone with information is asked to contact Springettsbury Township Police at 717-757-3525.
COATESVILLE (AP) – A Chester County man is in jail after he smashed a patrol car’s windshield with a large rock before also attacking the officer inside the vehicle. 29-year-old Eric Watson of Coatesville is charged with aggravated assault and other crimes. Coatesville Officer Jared Davis was on patrol about 1:50 p.m. when Watson threw the rock. Police say Watson then hit the officer in the head with the rock after Davis got out of the vehicle. Police say the motive for the attack remains unclear. One of several officers who arrived to help also suffered a broken sternum and taken to an area hospital.
CLEVELAND (AP) – The Republican Party has adopted a platform that addresses the concerns of religious conservatives. The Republican National Convention has approved language reaffirming the party’s opposition to same sex marriage and bathroom choice for transgender people. There’s also language discouraging same-sex parenting which says, “Children raised in a traditional two-parent household tend to be physically and emotionally healthier, less likely to use drugs and alcohol, engage in crime or become pregnant outside of marriage.” In the convention’s invocation, Rabbi Ari Wolf said, “Our family values, our moral principles and even our very democracy is threatened.” The party’s platform represents the GOP’s formal policy positions for the next four years.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Gov. Tom Wolf is on the road talking about the state’s efforts to fight opioid addiction. Wolf discussed $20 million in new funding. Lawmakers approved $10 million in behavioral health funds and $5 million in Medicaid funding, which allows the state to draw another $5 million in federal funds. The first phase enables the Department of Human Services to create 20 programs to treat about 4,500 people and connect them with therapy and job-finding assistance. The governor’s office says heroin and opioid overdose are the leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG – A partnership between State Police and PA Department of Agriculture food sanitarians is ensuring the safety of foods while on the road, especially during the hot summer months. Operation Code R.E.D. (Refrigerated Enforcement Detail) recently inspected 140 commercial vehicles at 13 locations across the state.The inspections are particularly needed during summer months when long transport times, warm weather, and full sunlight can tax refrigeration units. Food sanitarians have trained State Police to spot potential violations in the course of their routine vehicle inspections throughout the year. Troopers then contact food sanitarians who correct the issues.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Cigarette taxes are on the way up in Pennsylvania. Starting Aug. 1, Pennsylvania’s newly enacted budget package means that the per-pack tax on cigarettes will rise by $1 to $2.60. That means Pennsylvania’s cigarette tax will go from tied for the nation’s 23rd highest with Ohio and Delaware to the nation’s 10th highest cigarette tax. The tax is supposed to generate about $430 million dollars to help balance the state’s budget.
LEWISBERRY (AP) – A van carrying nine Maryland inmates crashed and hit a median barrier on a York County interstate. PA State Police said a driver from Kentucky clipped the front of the Maryland Department of Corrections vehicle late Monday morning along Interstate 83. No one was injured seriously. Two prison guards were on hand to supervise the inmates. Police don’t know why the Maryland prisoners were being driven through Pennsylvania.
LANCASTER (AP) – Hundreds of protesters have called for the resignation of an animal shelter executive director who decided not to rescue a puppy recently found near death. More than 400 people gathered Sunday outside of the Lancaster County SPCA and demanded Susan Martin’s resignation. Protesters claim Martin made the wrong decision when she chose not to prosecute the breeder of a Boston terrier found with severe mange at a southern Lancaster County farm. An SPCA volunteer had contacted Martin to rescue the dog July 4. Martin says was sick at the time and her staff veterinarian decided the puppy did not need help after examining a photograph. The volunteer later sought help elsewhere for the puppy, which is now named Libre. The SPCA board released a statement supporting Martin.
WEST DONEGAL TOWNSHIP – One person died after an early morning accident in Lancaster County. 30-year-old Tyler Kobler of Bainbridge was driving a northbound vehicle in the 500 block of Hess Road near Furnace Hill Road in West Donegal Township at about 1 a.m. when it veered off the road and into a tree. Kobler died from his injuries. Two passengers in the vehicle were hospitalized. Their names and conditions were not released. The investigation into the crash continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact Northwest Regional Police at 717-367-8481.
LANCASTER – A Lancaster Township man who killed his wife with more than 80 stab wounds asked a Pennsylvania Court to review his conviction as a case of self-defense. The state Superior Court dismissed that claim, meaning Carrington Joseph’s life sentence for first-degree murder will stand. Melissa Joseph, a mother of five, was killed inside her Sterling Place home on May 2, 2014, with her two infant children present. A Lancaster County judge convicted Carrington Joseph in November, when Joseph claimed the killing was in self-defense during an argument with his wife. He argued the same in a request to the state court for relief. In upholding the conviction, the Superior Court noted that Carrington Joseph didn’t have a single stab wound, retrieved multiple knives during the attack, and threatened to stab other women who tried to rescue Melissa.