August 15, 2018

Clergy abuse victims…get a public apology from Bishop David Zubik…the head of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. A Pennsylvania grand jury released findings Tuesday that identify more than 1-thousand child victims in six local dioceses….following a nearly two year investigation into abuse claims that span seven decades.  Many of these cases were allegedly covered up by the clergy in power.   Included on the list, the names of several priests who served in the Franklin County area during their careers.

Senator John Eichelberger, will hold his final Franklin County Town Hall Meeting on August 20, 2018.    Senator Eichelberger has held more than 100 town halls since taking office, typically twoper year in each county he has represented.  This will be his 8 in Franklin County. Monday August 20. Six thirty to SEvent thirty pm at the Fendrick Library in Mercersburg.

Back to school tomorrow for students in the Chambersburg Area School District.

Town Council meeting tonight in Waynesboro… members will take action on employee computer use.  Borough Manager Jason Stains – https://soundcloud.com/newstalk1037fm/waynesboro-update-14-aug

An extensive report from a two-year grand jury investigation accuses over 300 Catholic priests in Pennsylvania of widespread sexual abuse.  Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro says the Church hoped the accusations would never be made public.   State Attorney General Josh Shapiro said it involves six dioceses in Pennsylvania, including Allentown, Eerie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton.  More than one-thousand child victims were identified and it is believed there were many more than that.  Shapiro says the investigation into child sex abuse within the Catholic church is still ongoing, but the statute of limitations is hindering prosecution.

Two people are recovering from minor injuries they suffered in a hit and run Monday night in Hagerstown. Police are looking for the driver. The vehicle involved a silver sedan. Happened Monday evening on Eastern Boulevard.

 Maryland’s tax free shopping week runs thru midnight Saturday.  No sales tax on certain clothing items and shoes, and accessories priced at 100-dollars or less.  Online purchases also qualify for the holiday.

The State PUC sets up another round of hearings on the proposed Tran SOURCE Energy Power line project. Some Franklin and York county property owners who were served with eminent domain notices have not yet testified. Hearings are coming up on Tuesday, Sept. 18, in Chambersburg and Thursday, Sept. 20 in Airville.

August 14, 2018

Police in Waynesboro are looking for two suspects who robbed the CVS E. Main St. Sunday Morning.

Hagerstown, Mayor and City Council hold a work session Today. City Communications Manager Wes Decker with a quick preview.  That pesky rental issue sneaks back into the discussion.

Wes Decker a Guest Monday on the Drive at Five – https://soundcloud.com/newstalk1037fm/wes-from-the-city-of-hagerstown

Back to school this Thursday for students in the Chambersburg Area School District.

President Trump was at Fort Drum NY Monday to sign the National Defense Authorization Act.

Colonel Douglas Mastriano on the Drive At Five – https://soundcloud.com/newstalk1037fm/col-doug-mastriano-on-the-defense-authorization-act

 A 54-year-old York man who is a registered sex offender is facing charges after police say he kissed a young girl while swimming in a pool with her at Codorus State Park earlier this summer.  Marc Eric Moore faces several charges. The incident occurred in June.

A report into allegations of decades of child sexual abuse at the hands of clergy members and efforts to cover it up in six of Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic dioceses is expected to be released in the coming days. It’s the product of a lengthy grand jury investigation.

 New study from the University of Pittsburgh indicates Letterkenny Army Depot is Pennsylvania’s No. 2 military installation when it comes to economic impact. PA’s 13 major military installations have an economic output of $11 billion a year. Letterkenny has an annual economic impact of $2 billion, second only the $2.2 billion produced by sister installation Tobyhanna Army Depot near Scranton. Still waiting to hear from OSHA investigators as to the cause of an explosion and fire there last month. Two people were killed.

The tax-free shopping is underway in Maryland and runs through midnight Saturday.  No sales tax on certain clothing items and shoes, and accessories priced at 100-dollars or less.  The first 40-dollars on a backpack or bookbag also qualifies.  Online purchases also qualify for the holiday.

A brief scare for the New York Giants with rookie running back Saquon Barkley during practice Monday. It turned out to be only a minor scare. The No. 2 overall draft pick caught a swing pass out of the backfield from fellow rookie Kyle Lauletta and was injured either stretching to make the catch or running down the sideline after the catch. Barkley seemed to be favoring a leg as he walked back up the field. Checked out by a trainer, he’s okay.

The State PUC sets up another round of hearings on the proposed Tran SOURCE Energy Power line project. Some Franklin and York county property owners who were served with eminent domain notices have not yet testified. Hearings are coming up on Tuesday, Sept. 18, in Chambersburg and Thursday, Sept. 20 in Airville.

 

August 13, 2018

Town Council meeting tonight in Chambersburg.

Hagerstown, Mayor and City Council hold a work session on Tuesday.

State police say that two people were killed in a bad crash Friday night in Adams County.  The crash happened around 9 p.m. in the area of Carlisle Pike and Pine Run Road. A vehicle on Carlisle Pike was speeding when the driver lost control, and hit another vehicle.  The driver and a passenger in the second vehicle were both pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the second vehicle is at York Hospital.

Waynesboro Area School District says students might not be able to receive paper report cards, purchase tickets for the prom or get a copy of their diploma if they have an outstanding debt at the cafeteria. The school district previously restricted similar activities for unpaid library costs, lost books and calculators, and replacement costs for damaged school property. Cafeteria bill is now on the list thanks to a new law.  District starts the year with about 67 hundred dollars in unpaid cafeteria charges. School starts on Wednesday August 22.

School starts for Chambersburg Area School District students this Thursday.

An Open House for candidates running in the 2018 election for Washington County Commissioner is coming up at ten o’clock this morning in Hagerstown.

Pennsylvania plans to restore general assistance cash payments this fall for poor or disabled residents following a state Supreme Court decision.  The Department of Human Services will update internal systems and train employees in how to determine eligibility and process benefits.  The high court last month unanimously struck down a 2012 law ending state cash welfare benefits, ruling lawmakers violated constitutional requirements that bills be considered in each chamber for at least three session days before being voted out.  When the program ended, it had been distributing about $150 million a year, typically in $205-a-month cash payments, to some 60,000 people.

Big plans in the form of a big building set to go up on some private land near the Letterkenny Army Depot. The Franklin County Area Development Corporation is working on the project. This will be a 700,000-square-foot building that would consolidate the Army operations currently located outside the Letterkenny fence.

The State PUC sets up another round of hearings on the proposed Tran SOURCE Energy Power line project. Some Franklin and York county property owners who were served with eminent domain notices have not yet testified. Hearings are coming up on Tuesday, Sept. 18, in Chambersburg and Thursday, Sept. 20 in Airville.

Weekend..

A Hagerstown man who was injured in an apartment fire on Mulberry Avenue on the city’s north end earlier this week, has died.  Gregory Moser died late Wednesday at the Bayview Burn Center in Baltimore.  Fire fighters had found Moser outside the building when they arrived and began treatment at the scene.  One of two of Mosers dogs was also injured and was taken to the Mountain View Emergency Animal Hospital – its condition is not known.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Chambersburg man Joe Manny Velazquez-Garcia, arrested for a high speed car chase through Chambersburg, Greene Township and Franklin County after not stopping when State Police tried to pull him over Thursday, has been charged with multiple offenses including aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, fleeing police, accidents involving damage to vehicle or property, reckless driving and drug charges.  He’s locked up in the Franklin County jail on 175K dollar bail.

You can come learn more about the candidates running in the 2018 election for Washington County Commissioner – an Open House for the candidates is set for this Monday, August 13, 10 AM, at The Washington County Administration Complex, 100 West Washington Street, Hagerstown.

A rabid beaver gave a father and daughter a terrifying kayaking trip earlier this week on the Conewago Creek in Butler Township, Adams County.  It started when a beaver began biting and scratching the the kayak of Dan Wherley.  Wherley attempted to shoo it away with the paddle but realized that something was wrong when the animal wouldn’t stop.  The beaver and then turned towards Wherley’s seven year old daughters kayak, getting to it the same time her father did, where he had to punch the beaver away and finally kill it.  The animal was confirmed to have rabies and Wherley has had to undergo a series of shots.  Officials say its the first case of a rabid beaver known in Adams County.

PA Auditor General Eugene Depasquale held his first regional public forum to discuss the impact pharmacy benefits managers, or PBMs, have on the prescription drug industry.  Information from this forum will be included in the review the Auditor General launched in early June to focus on the practices of PBMs which negotiate with drug companies and insurers to help define drug insurance plan coverage and reimbursement rates for community and chain pharmacies.  A report from Depasquale is expected later this year.

A Chambersburg man Joshua Welsh, was arrested Thursday after threatening family with gun at his home in Guilford township.  Family members report Welsh had started an argument with his nephew earlier in the evening, assaulted him  and then retrieved a gun from his room that he waved around while threatening to shoot everyone.  Welsh left before police arrived and was later spotted on rt 997 driving at a high rate of speed and ignored police attempts to stop him, leading them back to his home on Landfill Road, where he resisted arrest and had to be tased by police.  Welsh faces multiple charges and is being held on 150K dollars total bail.

The case of was there any criminal wrong doing in the 2013 shooting of Wayne Jones by five Martinsburg police officers may go to a special grand jury, even after  a Berkeley County grand jury declined to indict the officers on criminal charges in October 2013.   A circuit judge has now been petitioned to impanel a special grand jury on behalf of the Jones estate five months after a reversal of a U.S. District court decision to grant summary judgment in favor of the city, which remanded the $200 million lawsuit by Jones’ estate back to district court in Martinsburg for further proceedings.  A federal law-suit on the case is already scheduled to go to trial October 23rd.

Savings are to be had in the state of MD from tomorrow through next Saturday August 18th, when once again MD will offer its sales tax-free week to help in with purchases traditionally needed for back to school.  Items such as single articles of clothing or footwear priced at 100 dollars or less, regardless of number of items pruchased, as well as the first 40 dollars of any backpack or book-bag, will be exempt from the state 6% sales tax.  For a full list of items that qualify, check out marylandtaxes DOT gov.