EPHRATA – A police incident in Ephrata, Lancaster County, is now over. Around 2:45 this morning after an apparent domestic dispute, police say a man with a gun barricaded himself inside his ex-wife’s home on the 1300 block of Apple Street. Ephrata Police and the Lancaster County Special Emergency Response Team negotiated with the individual. A number of residents were evacuated from their homes while others were told to remain inside during the standoff. 41-year-old Gabrialle Marin of Maryland surrendered this afternoon and was taken into custody. Marin is facing numerous charges and will undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
LEACOCK TOWNSHIP – A boy was struck and killed in Lancaster County. Officials say a 7-year-old boy from Gordonville was traveling on a scooter near an Amish school in the 3100 block of West Newport Road in Leacock Township around 7:30 a.m. today was struck by a pickup truck. Reports are the truck was going around the boy when he crossed into the path of the vehicle driven by 68-year-old Ray Brechbill of Lititz. The coroner pronounced the boy dead at the scene. There’s no word on the identity of the child.
LANCASTER – From September 24 through November 2, people of faith in Lancaster County will once again unite with many others from coast to coast and internationally for a major simultaneous pro-life mobilization called 40 Days for Life. Faithful believers are praying that these efforts will mark the beginning of the end of abortion. Lancaster’s sixth campaign will feature a peaceful 40-day prayer vigil in the public right-of-way outside the Planned Parenthood at 31 South Lime Street in downtown Lancaster. All prayer vigil participants are asked to sign a statement of peace, pledging to conduct themselves in a Christ-like manner at all times. Organizers say at least 8,973 unborn children had their lives spared from abortion during 40 Days for Life campaigns. To date, 56 abortion facilities have also closed. For information about the Lancaster campaign, please visit www.40DaysforLife.com/Lancaster or contact Matt Hatcher at 717-824-3015 or email at Lancaster40Days@LancasterProlife.com. Other campaigns will be held in Harrisburg and Reading.
LANCASTER – This month is the 25th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Family Institute. The Harrisburg-based organization exists to strengthen families by restoring to public life the traditional, foundational principles and values essential for the well-being of society. They are the only full-time, professionally staffed non-profit organization representing family values in the state Capitol. PFI encourages responsible citizenship and involvement in civic affairs to promote respect for life, family, marriage, and religious liberty. PFI President Michael Geer reflects over their 25 years of defending families on Saturday afternoon’s Spotlight at 12:30 on WDAC and 2 p.m. on 1075Alive.fm. You can listen to the program online at wdac.com under our blog.
STATE COLLEGE (AP) – Penn State has pulled Gideon Bibles from rooms of two hotels it runs and will, instead, make them available upon request in public access areas. University spokeswoman Lisa Powers tells the Centre Daily Times that the school made the move “in the spirit of recognizing other religions and beliefs among our guests.” Powers says other groups who want to donate religious books can do so, and The Nittany Lion Inn and the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel will make them available along with the Bibles. The Gideon Bibles are now located in the libraries of both hotels, and are available in other public access areas.
HARRISBURG (AP) – Three Penn State trustees as well as some university faculty and former Nittany Lions players are removed from a lawsuit by Joe Paterno’s estate against the school and the NCAA. Judge John Leete denied the bid by Penn State and the NCAA to throw out the civil case, but he pared it back and gave the remaining plaintiffs a month to amend their claims to be more specific. Remaining plaintiffs are Paterno’s estate, former assistant coaches Jay Paterno and Bill Kenney, and ex-trustee Al Clemens. The parties are suing over the consent decree imposed over the handling of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, among other things. This week, the NCAA reduced those penalties, making Penn State eligible for a bowl game this season.
SHANKSVILLE – Gov. Tom Corbett visited the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County to mark the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on America. Corbett joined former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and other officials to honor the passengers and crew of Flight 93. The flag that flew atop the U.S. Capitol on 9/11 was dedicated to the memorial at Shanksville. Hastert said the U.S. Capitol may not have remained standing 13 years ago if the United Airlines passengers and crew had not rebelled against four hijackers. Lancaster County held its annual 9/11 memorial service to remember the victims, the heroics of the first responders, and how the nation came together. The service also honored those first responders in Lancaster County who died in the line of duty. Other communities around the region held their respective remembrances and ceremonies.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Gov. Tom Corbett is promising to call a special legislative session on public pensions if he’s re-elected. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Thursday that the governor told its editorial board that he would call lawmakers into special session early next year to redouble his so-far-unsuccessful efforts to rein in the public cost of pensions for state and school employees. Corbett charged that his Democratic challenger, Tom Wolf, is ducking the issue and that nothing will be done if he’s denied a second term. A poll released Thursday of voters likely to cast ballots in the gubernatorial election shows Wolf leading Corbett by a 24-point margin. The Quinnipiac University poll released shows Wolf at 59% to Corbett‘s 35%.
GOV. TOM CORBETT
HARRISBURG (AP) – The head of the Pennsylvania Department of Education says a website should be up next month to collect public comment on aspects of the state’s new reading and math standards. Acting Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq told the State Board of Education the site should be available by Oct. 14. The site will provide information about “eligible content,” or how the standards apply to classroom instruction. It will also give the public sample test questions. Gov. Corbett is calling for public hearings on the state’s Pennsylvania Core, a modified version of the Common Core standards that have attracted criticism. The Pennsylvania Core standards were adopted last year. To graduate, students in the class of 2017 must show they understand literature, biology, and algebra.
HARRISBURG – Legislation banning pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania could come up for debate in the state Senate this fall. The House-passed bill which originally contained language to ban the sale of cats and dogs for human consumption was amended to include pigeon shoot language and approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee prior to the summer recess. Speaking prior to the committee vote, Sen. Rich Alloway of York & Adams County, an avid sportsman, is opposed to pigeon shoots. The pigeon shoot issue has been debated in Harrisburg for the past 20 years. Those opposed to the ban say House Bill 1750 could be amended yet again on the Senate floor and returned to its original form.
SEN. RICH ALLOWAY