WEST CHESTER (AP) – A single-engine plane crash landed in a field in Chester County. The aircraft was flying from Trenton-Mercer Airport in New Jersey to Gaithersburg, Maryland, when the pilot had a problem with oil pressure and brought the craft down in a field in West Chester on Sunday. The aircraft avoided traffic and power lines before it clipped a pole and lost a wing. The pilot was unharmed. The crash is under investigation.
BROGUE (AP) – Authorities say a man was killed in York County when a riding lawn mower rolled off a trailer and pinned him to the ground. State Police said it appeared the man was loading the mower onto the trailer when the accident occurred in Chanceford Township just before 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Officials said the man was unresponsive when emergency crews arrived and couldn’t be resuscitated. He was pronounced dead at 2:45 p.m. Saturday. Coroner Pam Gay said 48-year-old James Howard Jr. died of traumatic asphyxiation. She ruled the death an accident. Authorities said it’s the fourth recent death involving a lawn mower in the county.
RED LION (AP) – State Police say a man apparently shot his wife accidentally in their York County home, fearing she was an intruder. The 78-year-old woman was taken to York Hospital and listed in stable condition after the 3:30 a.m. Saturday shooting. Trooper Brent Miller said the woman was in the bathroom of their Red Lion home when her husband fired a shot after “something startled” him and “woke him up.” Miller said investigators are leaning against filing any charges, and the shooting is being investigated as accidental.
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, a group of nine un-elected officials appointed by the governor, is proposing a dangerous end-run around the legislature that can seriously threatens personal privacy and religious liberty. For nearly 50 years, the PA Human Relations Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of “sex,” which has always been defined in law and practice to mean “male” and “female.” Now, the Commission, is looking to effectively redefine the word “sex” to mean “sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression” – phrases that are not in the law. Attorney Randall Wenger says the Commission is accepting public comment until Friday, May 26, 2017 on their proposed change. Wenger expects they will vote on the change sometime in June. PA Family Institute has a form that citizens can fill out that will be sent to the Commission expressing opposition to their proposed change. You can click on the banner below to fill out the form. Wenger talks more about it on Saturday afternoon’s Spotlight at 12:30 on WDAC and 2 p.m. on WBYN 107.5. You can listen to the program online right now at wdac.com under “WDAC Podcasts.”
HARRISBURG (AP) – Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate crept up in April, breaking a four-month streak of declines, as payrolls shrank slightly. The state Department of Labor and Industry said Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.9% last month. The national rate was 4.4% in April. The household survey found that the civilian labor force grew by 22,000 in April. Employment rose by 18,000 to a new record high above 6.1 million while unemployment rose by 4,000 to 315,000. Today’s figures are preliminary and could change.
HARRISBURG – PA Auditor General Eugene DePasquale outlined plans for an independent review of a state grant to the host committee for the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. DePasquale said his staff will evaluate host committee receipts and other documents to determine whether the state funds were used for payments for approved purposes. On Monday, DePasquale received written requests for a review of the grant from Gov. Tom Wolf and some GOP state Senators Scarnati, Corman, and Browne. Wolf says the committee should have returned surplus funds to the taxpayers rather than handing out staff bonuses and grants. Former PA Gov. Ed Rendell, the host committee’s chairman, called the bonuses a reward for low pay and long hours.
LANCASTER – Saturday is the world’s largest chicken barbeque which is held in Lancaster. The 65th annual Lancaster Sertoma Chicken Barbeque will be preparing over 24,000 complete chicken dinners at Longs Park. It runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Discount tickets are available at Turkey Hill Minit Markets, from any member of the Sertoma Club of Lancaster with tickets available at the park. Profits from the barbeque go to the beautification, upkeep, and improvement of Long’s Park. To date, over $1.5 million has been donated to the park.
DOVER, DE (AP) – House lawmakers have approved a bill to eliminate Delaware’s estate tax. The measure repeals the tax levied on a person’s property and other assets when he or she dies. If the bill is approved by the Senate and signed into law, the estate tax would no longer exist for people who die after Dec. 31 of this year. Analysts expect the state to lose about $3.7 million in fiscal 2019 and $5 million the following year if the tax is repealed.
EAST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP – Lancaster County authorities continue to seek the male driver of a light-colored sedan involved in a vehicle crash Wednesday morning in East Lampeter Township that injured students on a school bus and the bus driver. Police are working to identify the driver of the sedan – believed to be a Chevy Malibu – who made an illegal pass of two tractor-trailers and their escort vehicles on Lincoln Highway East, near Route 896. Four vehicles – the school bus, the sedan, a tractor-trailer, and an escort vehicle – were involved in the crash. On the bus, 14 Lancaster Mennonite School students and the 65-year-old male driver were injured. Police released a photo and video of the suspect vehicle, which fled east after the crash. Anyone with information about the vehicle or its driver is asked to contact East Lampeter Township Police at 717-291-4676. Police also ask any tractor-trailer drivers with dash-cams who were in the area between 7:45 and 8 a.m. to review their footage and contact police.
EPHRATA TOWNSHIP – Police in Lancaster County nabbed one bank robber and are searching for a second after they robbed the Santander Bank at 370 N. Reading Road in Ephrata Township Thursday around 10:34 a.m. The two men entered the bank, brandished a handgun, and demanded cash. The weapon, an Airsoft pistol, has been recovered. Police arrested 27-year-old Matthew Burkhart of Ephrata after the incident while the other suspect fled into a wooded area and remains at large. He has been identified as 36-year-old Nathan Heinzig of Clay Township.