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Retail Store Robbed In Quarryville

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At approximately 2:24 pm on January 17, 2019 (Thursday) the suspect in the video, a Black male, late 20’s to early 30’s, about 5’11 and 170 pounds, entered the Verizon Store in the Townsedge Shopping Center in Quarryville, PA.  A distinguishing feature is that he had a tattoo near his left eye of a dollar sign with a crown above it.  This suspect distracted the store clerk and ran out of the store with two new iPhones.  He was last seen driving away, possibly traveling north on Route 222, in a charcoal grey, newer model SUV.  It had a paper registration displayed on the vehicle.

Anyone with information as to the identity of this suspect is asked to contact Officer Aaron Haun of the Quarryville Borough Police Department at 717-786-3121, ext. 318.

WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM WEDNESDAY TO 1 AM EST THURSDAY – CHESTER COUNTY

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Western Chester-Eastern Chester-Western Montgomery-
Including the cities of Honey Brook, Oxford, West Chester,
Kennett Square, Collegeville, and Pottstown
255 PM EST Tue Feb 19 2019

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM WEDNESDAY TO 1 AM
EST THURSDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy mixed precipitation expected. Total snow
  accumulations of 2 to 4 inches and ice accumulations of a
  light glaze expected.

* WHERE...Western Chester, Eastern Chester and Western
  Montgomery counties.

* WHEN...From 10 AM Wednesday to 1 AM EST Thursday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult. The
  hazardous conditions could impact the Wednesday evening
  commute.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet
and ice will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT -Chester County

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* WHAT...Heavy mixed precipitation possible. Total snow
  accumulations of 3 to 5 inches and ice accumulations of a
  light glaze possible.

* WHERE...Portions of central, northern and northwest New Jersey
  and southeast Pennsylvania.

* WHEN...From Wednesday morning through late Wednesday night.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The
  hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening
  commute.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant
snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue
to monitor the latest forecasts.

WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM WEDNESDAY TO 6 AM EST THURSDAY – Lancaster County

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* WHAT...Heavy snow, then heavy mixed precipitation expected.
  Total snow and sleet accumulations of 4 to 6 inches, with
  localized amounts up to 8 inches, and ice accumulations of one
  tenth to two tenths of an inch are expected.

* WHERE...Portions of South-Central Pennsylvania.

* WHEN...The heaviest snow will fall at a rate of 1 to 2 inches
  per hour for 4 to 5 hours during the late morning and early
  afternoon hours, before changing to sleet during the afternoon,
  then over to lighter freezing rain by Wednesday evening.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on difficult travel conditions,
  including during the morning commute on Wednesday. Be prepared
  for significant reductions in visibility at times.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania
Turnpike Commission strongly encourage motorists to heed all
travel restrictions and delay unnecessary travel.

Schedule Maintenance Tonight

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Tonight’s scheduled maintenance may cause MyWLRI.com and WLRI.org to not function properly after 10:00 PM EST. When the maintenance is completed, some pages may not load until later tomorrow afternoon as we work to improve and upgrade our entire website presence and functionality. Thank you for your patience and for your continued support.

 

 

Gov. Wolf Proposes Pay Boost for PA Teachers

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By: Andrea Sears

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Gov. Tom Wolf wants to raise the minimum teacher salary in the Keystone State for the first time in 30 years.

The minimum salary for Pennsylvania teachers is set by state law and has been stuck at $18,500 a year since 1989.

The Pennsylvania State Education Association represents about 180,000 active and retired educators and school employees, student teachers, higher-education staff and health-care workers in the state. To have great schools, said Chris Lilienthal, the association’s assistant director of communication, the state has to attract great teachers – but in the past 30 years, the teaching profession has become much more challenging.

“There’s a lot more expected of our educators,” he said. “Students come with very diverse needs, student debt burden has increased significantly – and teachers have a lot more on their plates today.”

About 5,000 teachers in Pennsylvania currently are being paid less than $45,000 a year, and Lilienthal cited a wide gap between what teachers in the Keystone State are paid and the salaries for other college-educated professionals.

“We want to make sure that all educators are paid at a rate that reflects their value as professionals who give their heart and soul, and their expertise and intelligence, to this career,” he said.

Three out of four teachers in Pennsylvania are women, and half of all teachers in the state have at least three years’ experience.

The governor’s budget proposal also includes an increase of more than $350 million in education funding. Lilienthal noted that Wolf consistently has made education a top priority.

“He’s invested in classrooms, in special education, in school safety programs and in career and technical education, and it’s really made a difference for Pennsylvania students,” Lilienthal said. “This budget, we believe, really does continue that progress.”

A final state budget is due on June 30.

More information is online at psea.org.

Herr’s Signs on as Presenting Sponsor for the Second Connective Art & Music Festival

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(Oxford, PA) – HERR’S, the seed investor for last August’s inaugural Connective Art & Music Festival held in downtown Oxford, Pa., has increased their financial commitment for this year’s event slated for August 3, 2019. With a long track record of charitable support and involvement in the local community, Herr’s recognizes the magnitude of what can be achieved when many people work together towards a common goal.

Ed Herr, President & CEO of Herr Foods, Inc., said, “We are very thankful for the opportunity to help bring such an exciting event to Oxford. Our employees are such a big part of this great town that we are all honored to do what we can to connect and build community.”

Daryl Thomas, Herr’s Senior VP of Sales, added, “Herr’s is looking forward to helping market the Connective Festival and take it to the next level in this great community.”

An event benefiting two 501(c)3 non-profits, Oxford Arts Alliance and Oxford Mainstreet Inc, the Connective Festival was conceived as a way to bring the people of Oxford together, as well as expose to the region that Oxford has a growing artistic and cultural vibe. The 2018 festival gathered an estimated crowd of 6,000 for a day full of diverse music on multiple stages, visual artists from all over the region, themed tents featuring demonstrations and activities for kids and adults, and a variety of interactive music and art opportunities.

Brian Wenzka, Executive Director of Oxford Mainstreet, Inc., promises festival goers that this year will be even better. “We learned so much last year and got a lot of great feedback from those who attended. Our team is bringing back all the best parts of last year’s festival and working on some exciting new additions that we think people will love. The positive response to last year’s event has been inspiring to our committee, and that inspiration has kept the creative juices flowing!” Wenzka explained.

“It’s a day filled with all kinds of activities. There is truly something for everyone. And Herr’s is thrilled to be part of such a great event,” said Herr.

This year there will be one ticket price of $10, which includes all festival activities and performances. Children under age 5 are admitted for free. For a limited time, orders of four or more tickets will receive the Early Bird discount price of $8 per ticket. Those wishing to purchase tickets may do so by visiting the festival website: www.connectivefestival.org

AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide Helps Thousands File in PA

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By: Andrea Sears

HARRISBURG, Pa. – April 15 is coming up fast and there are a lot of changes in federal tax laws this year, but free help getting income-tax returns filed is available now.

AARP has offered free, in-person tax assistance and preparation since 1968. Last year, more than 1,500 volunteers helped 114,000 low- and moderate-income taxpayers at 290 sites across Pennsylvania.

The service focuses on people over age 50, but anyone is welcome to get help filing their tax returns. And according to Bill Johnston-Walsh, state director of AARP Pennsylvania, the volunteers are well prepared to help out.

“We’re very proud at AARP that our Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure that they know about and understand the latest changes in the U.S. Tax Code,” he says.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers will offer their free tax assistance through April 15. But you need an appointment. To find a location near you, call 888-227-7669.

Johnston-Walsh points out that in 2018, getting tax help through the Tax-Aide program really paid off.

“People throughout the United States received $1.3 billion in income-tax refunds last year,” he says, “and $213 million in the Earned Income Tax Credits.”

He adds those tax filers also avoided the fees associated with commercial tax preparation services.

Johnston-Walsh notes that what began in 1968 with just four volunteers helping people with their income taxes has now grown into the nation’s largest volunteer-run, free tax preparation service.

“Today we have nearly 35,000 volunteers throughout the United States, at 5,000 locations around the country,” says Johnston-Walsh. “Neighborhood libraries, malls, banks, community centers, senior centers.”

More information is online at ‘aarpfoundation.org/taxhelp.’

Civil Liberties Group Questions Need for Victims’ Rights Amendment

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By: Andrea Sears

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A proposed amendment to Pennsylvania’s state Constitution claims to protect the rights of crime victims, but civil-liberties groups say existing state laws are much better suited to the task.

The amendment known as Marsy’s Law aims to grant crime victims enforceable rights equal to those of the accused. It passed the state Legislature last year and is likely to come up for a second vote by midsummer.

According to Andy Hoover, communications director with the ACLU of Pennsylvania, similar laws in other states have had serious, unintended consequences. And in Pennsylvania, he says the rights of crime victims already are protected.

“The Crime Victims Act that passed in 2007 does have some guarantees for victims, but it’s much easier to change and alter a statute that it is a constitutional amendment,” says Hoover.

Supporters of the measure say Marsy’s Law would bring balance to the criminal justice system by ensuring that crime victims are not revictimized.

But Hoover contends that Marsy’s Law would put the rights of victims and the rights of the accused in direct conflict. He points to one provision that gives alleged crime victims the right to deny the accused access to evidence they may need to prove their innocence.

“That undermines a person’s right to a fair trial,” says Hoover. “If one person can simply deny key information, it’s going to be harder for that person to put on their case.”

He adds the amendment would also increase criminal justice costs to the state, and to counties – that bear 100 percent of the cost of indigent defense in Pennsylvania.

Hoover believes those who support the measure have a fundamental misunderstanding of why the rights of the accused, who are presumed innocent under law, are protected in the Constitution.

“The state is trying to deprive that person of liberty and maybe even their life,” she says. “And that’s why their rights – the right to due process, right to counsel, right to a speedy trial – are guaranteed by the Constitution.”

Marsy’s Law must pass a second vote in the Legislature, and then be approved by voters in a general election, before it could become part of the state Constitution.

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