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LOCAL NEWS FOR MONDAY, JUNE 2, 2014

LOCAL NEWS FOR MONDAY, JUNE 2, 2014

  IT COULD TAKE SEVERAL MONTHS TO FIGURE OUT WHAT CAUSED A SATURDAY NIGHT PLANE CRASH NEAR BOSTON THAT KILLED SEVEN PEOPLE, INCLUDING NEW PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER CO-OWNER LEWIS KATZ.  THE N.T.S.B.'S LUKE SCHIADA TELLS WHAT IS KNOWN SO FAR.  "THERE WAS A SIGNIFICANT POST-CRASH FIRE.  THE AIRCRAFT WENT DOWN AN EMBANKMENT AND WENT INTO A GULLY WITH WATER AND THAT'S WHERE IT CAME TO REST.  SO IT'S MAKING THE INITIAL EXAMINATION RECOVERY PROCESS DIFFICULT," SCHIADA SAYS.  INVESTIGATORS ARE SEARCHING FOR THE COCKPIT VOICE RECORDER AND FLIGHT DATA RECORDER FROM THE CRASH.  SCHIADA SAYS THEY'LL REVIEW THE PILOTS' EXPERIENCE AND THE AIRCRAFT'S MAINTENANCE HISTORY.  THE 72-YEAR-OLD KATZ WAS RETURNING TO NEW JERSEY FROM A GATHERING AT THE HOME OF HISTORIAN DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN.
 

  FORMER PENNSYLVANIA GOV. ED RENDELL SAYS PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER CO-OWNER LEWIS KATZ INVITED HIM ON THE DOOMED FLIGHT THAT CRASHED, KILLING SEVEN.  RENDELL SAYS KATZ TRIED TO PERSUADE HIM FRIDAY TO ATTEND AN EVENT AT HISTORIAN DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN'S MASSACHUSETTS HOME, BUT RENDELL HAD ANOTHER COMMITMENT.  THE 72-YEAR-OLD KATZ AND SIX OTHERS WERE RETURNING HOME TO NEW JERSEY ON SATURDAY NIGHT WHEN THE PLANE CRASHED ON TAKEOFF.  RENDELL SAYS KATZ DIED AT "MAYBE THE HIGH POINT OF HIS LIFE."  HE SAYS KATZ WAS THRILLED THIS WEEK AFTER HE AND A PARTNER WON AN $88 MILLION AUCTION FOR THE INQUIRER AND PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS.  RENDELL SAYS HE'S FLOWN ON KATZ'S PLANE FREQUENTLY SINCE LEAVING OFFICE IN 2011.  HE SAYS KATZ'S TWO PILOTS "MAINTAINED THE PLANE LIKE IT WAS THEIR LIVES AND DEATHS."


  A MONROE COUNTY WOMAN IS DEAD AFTER HER OWN VEHICLE ROLLED OVER HER SATURDAY NIGHT.  LEHIGH COUNTY CORONER SCOTT GRIM SAYS 47-YEAR-OLD LANA JEMMOTT LEFT HER VEHICLE JUST BEFORE 9:30 SATURDAY NIGHT OUTSIDE HER EAST STROUDSBURG HOME TO OPEN THE REAR TAILGATE DOOR.  AT THAT TIME, THE VEHICLE ROLLED OVER HER.  SHE WAS TAKEN TO LEHIGH VALLEY HOSPITAL-CEDAR CREST, WHERE SHE DIED SUNDAY AFTERNOON.  GRIM HAS RULED THE DEATH AN ACCIDENT.


  A 39-YEAR-OLD PALMER TOWNSHIP MAN FACES CHARGES AFTER ALLEGEDLY SPITTING BLOOD ON EMERGENCY PERSONNEL AT EASTON HOSPITAL AND KICKING A POLICE OFFICER.  POLICE SAY ERIC THOMPSON WAS TRYING TO FIGHT ONLOOKERS LATE SATURDAY NIGHT ON BUTLER STREET IN EASTON AND WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER REFUSING TO STOP SCREAMING OBSCENITIES.  AFTER BEING TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL FOR EVALUATION, THOMPSON ALLEGEDLY SPIT BLOOD AT THE EMT AND AND OFFICER AND KICKED ANOTHER OFFICER IN THE HEAD.


  AFTER GOING WITHOUT A POOL LAST YEAR AND AGAIN THIS YEAR, SWIMMERS IN NAZARETH ARE GETTING A GOOD IDEA OF WHAT A BRAND NEW POOL WILL LOOK LIKE TODAY.  GROUNDBREAKING ON THE NEW POOL IS TODAY.  IT'S A POOL THAT WILL FEATURE TWO DIVING BOARDS, THE RETURN OF THE BIG YELLOW DUCK SLIDING BOARD, EIGHT LANES FOR LAP SWIMMING AND A WATER UMBRELLA WITH CASCADING SHOWERS IN THE CHILDREN'S PLAY AREA.  THE NEW POOL, WHICH SHOULD BE COMPLETED THIS FALL, REPLACES A POOL THAT WAS BUILT IN 1937 AND HAD FALLEN INTO DISREPAIR.


  THE CALENDAR HAS FLIPPED TO JUNE AND THAT MEANS STATE BUDGET TALKS BEGIN TO HEAT UP.  POLITICAL ANALYST TERRY MADONNA SAYS LAWMAKERS AND THE GOVERNOR HAVE THEIR WORK CUT OUT FOR THEM WITH PROJECTED END OF FISCAL YEAR DEFICIT PROJECTIONS BETWEEN $800 MILLION AND $1.2 BILLION.  HOWEVER, MADONNA SAYS HE HAS SEEN PLENTY OF NUMBERS JUGGLING OVER THE YEARS.  "THEY POSTPONED PAYMENTS AND MOVED MONEY FROM ONE BUDGET LINE ITEM TO ANOTHER.  IN OTHER WORDS TO TEMPORARILY POSTPONE MEETING THE ACUTAL BUDGET DEFICIT UNTIL THE ECONOMY OF THE STATE IMPROVES AND THE REVENUES FOR THE STATE INCREASE,"  MADONNA SAYS.  WHILE NOT PREDICTING A BUDGET WON'T GET DONE BY THE JUNE 30 DEADLINE, MADONNA SAYS OF ALL OF GOVERNOR CORBETT'S BUDGETS THIS COULD BE THE ONE THAT DOESN'T GET WRAPPED UP ON TIME.


  STATE OFFICIALS SAY A TRACTOR-TRAILER ENTERED A PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE LANE THAT WAS CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE AND STRUCK TWO WORKERS, KILLING ONE.  TURNPIKE COMMISSION CEO MARK COMPTON SAYS IN A STATEMENT THAT STATE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE ACCIDENT THAT RESULTED IN THE DEATH OF 61-YEAR-OLD EQUIPMENT OPERATOR WILLIAM F. MCGUIGAN, OF ARDSLEY.  OFFICIALS SAY THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED ABOUT TWO MILES EAST OF THE DOWNINGTOWN INTERCHANGE AT APPROXIMATELY 8 A.M. SUNDAY, AFTER CREWS HAD CLOSED THE RIGHT LANE ON THE WESTBOUND SIDE FOR MAINTENANCE.  MAINTENANCE FOREMAN STEVE RUDZIK SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES AND WAS TREATED AND RELEASED FROM PAOLI HOSPITAL.  THE TRUCK DRIVER WAS TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL.  THERE WAS NO IMMEDIATE WORD ON HIS CONDITION.  GOV. TOM CORBETT SAID IN A STATEMENT HE WAS SADDENED BY THE NEWS AND EXTENDED SYMPATHY TO THE MCGUIGAN FAMILY.


  JERRY SANDUSKY HAS BEEN CONVICTED AND SENTENCED AND LOST AN APPEAL, BUT THE PROSECUTION OF THREE FORMER PENN STATE ADMINISTRATORS ACCUSED OF COVERING UP CHILD SEX-ABUSE COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE FORMER ASSISTANT FOOTBALL COACH HAS BEEN IN LEGAL LIMBO.  BUT THAT COULD SOON CHANGE.  THE JUDGE OVERSEEING THE CRIMINAL CASE AGAINST GRAHAM SPANIER, TIM CURLEY AND GARY SCHULTZ SAID LAST WEEK THAT HE'S MAKING PLANS THAT WILL RETURN THE CASE TO THE PUBLIC'S EYE.  DAUPHIN COUNTY JUDGE TODD HOOVER SAYS HE'S TRYING TO GET THINGS ON TRACK FOR THIS SUMMER BUT ISN'T REVEALING ANY DETAILS.  HE PROMISES EVERYONE WILL HAVE PLENTY OF NOTICE.


  NEW JERSEY GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE IS SET TO SIGN INTO LAW A BILL THAT TOUGHENS PENALTIES FOR SEX OFFENDERS WHO PREY ON CHILDREN.  MONDAY'S SIGNING OF THE "JESSICA LUNSFORD ACT" WOULD IMPOSE A MANDATORY 25-YEAR TERM WITHOUT PAROLE FOR ANYONE CONVICTED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING A CHILD YOUNGER THAN 13.  PROSECUTORS WOULD BE PERMITTED TO NEGOTIATE A SHORTER SENTENCE IF IT'S IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE VICTIM.  THE BILL IS NAMED AFTER A 9-YEAR-OLD FLORIDA GIRL WHO WAS KIDNAPPED, RAPED AND BURIED ALIVE BY A CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER IN 2005.  SIMILAR LAWS AROUND THE COUNTRY ARE INTENDED TO KEEP CHILD SEX OFFENDERS LOCKED UP LONGER TO REDUCE THEIR ABILITY TO RE-OFFEND.

 

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