LANCASTER – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania held a hearing Monday on the student privacy lawsuit against the Boyertown Area School District. Without any notice to students or parents, the district opened its schools’ sex-specific restrooms and locker rooms to students of the opposite sex. Four high-school students are suing the district for their unlawful and harmful actions. Part one of Saturday afternoon’s Spotlight features attorney Randall Wenger with the Harrisburg-based Independence Law Center, which is representing the students in the case. They will be back in court on August 11th for oral arguments. Hear more about the case on Part 1 of 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.”
LANCASTER – Part two of Saturday afternoon’s Spotlight features state Rep. Rick Saccone of Allegheny & Washington Counties talking about his background, his entrance into the political realm, his bid for U.S. Senate, and how he incorporates his faith into his role as a lawmaker. Rep. Saccone recently had his stolen valor legislation signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf and has proposed legislation allowing for the national motto “In God We Trust” posted in public schools. You can listen to the program online right now at wdac.com under “WDAC Podcasts.”
HARRISBURG (AP) – Two rulings were made by the PA Supreme Court. Police have to get a search warrant if they want to draw blood from an unconscious person suspected of driving drunk. The decision stems from the 2012 arrest of a Philadelphia man. The case became more complicated when doctors gave the man medicine that rendered him unconscious before police could ask him to consent to have his blood drawn. An officer got a nurse to draw the blood anyway, but lower courts have thrown out the evidence and the Supreme Court agreed. The court says all motorists give “implied consent” to have their blood drawn, but they can still refuse – subject to other penalties – so a warrant is necessary when they can’t consent. The high court also said changes enacted five years ago that toughened reporting requirements under PA‘s sex offender registration law can’t be applied retroactively. They said a man convicted in Cumberland County of indecent assault of a 12-year-old girl won’t have to register for life.
HARRISBURG (AP) – A former hospital staffer has acknowledged to lying about cancer tests to 124 patients he tested at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. 62-year-old Floyd Benko pleaded guilty in Harrisburg federal court to false statement charges. The U.S. Attorney’s office says Benko lied to patients about following standard operating procedures in regard to genetic tests. The gene mutation tests are designed to help doctors tailor cancer treatments. Prosecutors say Benko failed to perform mandatory steps in the tests and lied about them. Benko will now pay about $70,000 in restitution in accordance with a plea agreement. A sentencing date has not been set.
COLUMBIA (AP) – A group of nuns in Lancaster County who allowed people opposed to a pipeline build a chapel on a proposed pipeline easement have now sued the federal agency that approved the pipeline. The Adorers of the Blood of Christ sued the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The nuns contend the pipeline through their property violates their sincerely held belief in “the sacredness of Earth.” An Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline spokesman says the company has already offered to pay more than the appraised value to use the property. The pipeline would be buried 3 to 5 feet underground on the parcel, which the nuns lease to a corn farmer. Today, the nuns face an unrelated Lancaster County Court hearing on the company’s efforts to seize the land.
READING – Police arrested a man in connection with the murder of a 14-year-old boy in Reading. Reading Police Sgt. Darrin Dougherty says an officer was patrolling a neighborhood around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when he heard several gunshots. The officer ran toward the sound and found Bruce Criddell Jr. of York dead along Mulberry Street. Police say 22-year-old Reynold Henry was arrested at a home in Reading Wednesday night in connection with the death. He has been charged with first and third-degree murder. Police have not determined a motive in the shooting.
ANNAPOLIS, MD (AP) – Gov. Larry Hogan and Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan are holding a cookout to urge Maryland residents to buy locally produced food. The 10th annual Buy Local Cookout is scheduled for today at Government House, which is the name of the governor’s residence in Annapolis. The event will recognize Maryland’s Buy Local Challenge Week, which encourages state residents to incorporate at least one locally grown, produced or harvested product into their meals each day. The event highlights healthy recipes made with locally grown foods. It also aims to help farmers by calling attention to food produced in Maryland.
LANCASTER – The Lancaster Alliance of Jews and Christians United for Israel and America will be hosting Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Bartos to report on his recent discussions with Israeli leaders. Bartos was born and raised in Reading, Berks County and has been proud to call Pennsylvania home his entire life. He currently owns a contracting company and several real estate acquisition and development companies. It takes place on Tuesday, July 25 from 7:30 – 9 p.m. at Degel Israel Synagogue located at 1120 Columbia Avenue in Lancaster. It is open to the public. You can RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 717-405-1012.
DOYLESTOWN (AP) – A judge sentenced a Lancaster County couple to up to seven years in prison after they “gifted” their oldest daughter to a man who sexually assaulted the girl and her five sisters. Judge Jeffrey Finley said Wednesday that the actions of Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus of Quarryville were unimaginable as he sentenced the couple to up to seven years for child endangerment. Authorities say the couple gave their children to 52-year-old Lee Kaplan, because he helped them out of financial trouble. Kaplan has been convicted on multiple offenses.
MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP – York County authorities are seeking two men involved in a robbery of a woman in the parking lot of the Northgate Shopping Center at 1500 N. George Street in Manchester Township. On Friday, July 14 around 7:40 p.m., a 58-year-old woman had left the Grocery Outlet Bargain Market after finishing her shopping. As she got into her maroon 2009 Subaru Forester, two men approached her vehicle. As one of the men ran around to the passenger side of the car, the other stopped the woman from closing her door and ordered her from the vehicle. The man told the victim that if she screamed they would kill her. After the woman was able to get out of the vehicle, the two men drove out of the parking lot at a high rate of speed. The two men were captured on a surveillance camera near the scene of the incident. You can see their picture below. Anyone who can identify the men is asked to contact Northern York County Regional Police at 717-292-3647.