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A Columbia man will serve up to 12 years in prison for having heroin, marijuana and a loaded pistol with a scratched-out serial number earlier this year in Manor Township.

Lancaster County Judge Donald Totaro recently sentenced 28-year-old Nehemiah Kemp to 6 to 12 years in prison.

Kemp pleaded guilty to four felonies and a misdemeanor in exchange for the sentence, in accordance with an agreement arranged by Assistant District Attorney Barry Goldman.

On Jan. 10, Manor Township police pulled over Kemp’s vehicle on Seitz Road.

During a search, police found a loaded Smith and Wesson .45-caliber pistol in a center console. The serial number on the gun was scratched out.

Police also found nearly 5 grams of heroin and nearly 3 ounces of marijuana, along with drug-packaging supplies and $790 cash.

While ordering sentence, Judge Totaro told Kemp he has three kids and another on the way, yet was engaged in criminal behavior.

Manor Township police Officer Colleen Tatara filed charges.


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At 302 PM EDT, a strong thunderstorm was located over New Holland,
moving east at 20 mph.

Winds up to 40 mph are possible with this storm.

Locations impacted include…
Coatesville, Downingtown, Kennett Square, Oxford, Parkesburg, West
Grove, Honey Brook, Elverson, Homeville, Cochranville, Glenmoore,
Mount Vernon, Atglen, South Coatesville, Avondale, Christiana,
Modena, Thorndale and Toughkenamon.

Torrential rainfall is also occurring with this storm, and may cause
localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded

Frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with this storm.
Lightning can strike 10 miles away from a thunderstorm. Seek a safe
shelter inside a building or vehicle.

AG, Health Advocates Oppose Fuel-Efficiency Rollback

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By: Andrea Sears

HARRISBURG, Pa. – State leaders and health advocates say the EPA’s plan to freeze the fuel efficiency standard is bad for public health, the environment and consumers.

After months of wrangling, the EPA Thursday released its plan to freeze the fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks for six years. It was set to increase to an average of 54 mpg by 2025 but will remain at about 35, the standard set for 2020.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro says the state will be joining 19 other states in suing to stop the plan.

“Our state Constitution says that we have a right to clean air and pure water, and that is something that I fight to protect each and every day,” he says. “We strongly oppose the Trump Administration’s plan to roll back these clean-car standards.”

The administration claims freezing the fuel standard will cut more than $2,000 off the price of new cars and result in fewer highway deaths, but opponents contest those findings.

Although more fuel-efficient cars may cost more, consumers make it up through savings on gas by 2030.

According to Doctor Walter Tsou, the executive director of Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility, increasing the fuel-efficiency standard also cuts back on auto emissions, which are major contributors to smog and air pollution.

“If we roll that back, we’re going to continue to burn gasoline in our cars and we’re encouraging these gas guzzlers, and all that air pollution is going to exacerbate asthma and other respiratory illnesses,” he warns.

Tsou believes moving away from vehicles that rely on fossil fuel entirely would stimulate significant job growth in every state, including Pennsylvania.

“The world is moving toward electric vehicles,” he adds. “We should be investing in electric charging infrastructure for this state so that more and more people are ready for the future.”

The EPA plan also eliminates California’s right to set higher mileage requirements than those of the EPA. Pennsylvania and about a dozen other states now use the higher California standard.


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Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 157,000 in July, and the unemployment rate edged down 
to 3.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment increased in 
professional and business services, in manufacturing, and in health care and social assistance. 

Household Survey Data

In July, the unemployment rate edged down by 0.1 percentage point to 3.9 percent, following an 
increase in June. The number of unemployed persons declined by 284,000 to 6.3 million in July. 
Both measures were down over the year, by 0.4 percentage point and 676,000, respectively. 
(See table A-1.)

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (3.4 percent) and Whites 
(3.4 percent) declined in July. The jobless rates for adult women (3.7 percent), teenagers 
(13.1 percent), Blacks (6.6 percent), Asians (3.1 percent), and Hispanics (4.5 percent) showed 
little or no change over the month. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)

Among the unemployed, the number of reentrants to the labor force decreased by 287,000 in July 
to 1.8 million, following an increase in June. (Reentrants are persons who previously worked 
but were not in the labor force prior to beginning their job search.) (See table A-11.)

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was essentially 
unchanged at 1.4 million in July and accounted for 22.7 percent of the unemployed. (See table 

The labor force participation rate, at 62.9 percent in July, was unchanged over the month and 
over the year. The employment-population ratio, at 60.5 percent, was little changed in July but 
has increased by 0.3 percentage point over the year. (See table A-1.)

The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as 
involuntary part-time workers) was little changed in July, at 4.6 million, but was down by 
669,000 over the year. These individuals, who would have preferred full-time employment, were 
working part time because their hours had been reduced or they were unable to find full-time 
jobs. (See table A-8.)

In July, 1.5 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force, little different from 
a year earlier. (Data are not seasonally adjusted.) These individuals were not in the labor 
force, wanted and were available for work, and had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 
months. They were not counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 
weeks preceding the survey. (See table A-16.)

Among the marginally attached, there were 512,000 discouraged workers in July, little changed 
from a year earlier. Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for work because 
they believe no jobs are available for them. The remaining 1.0 million persons marginally 
attached to the labor force in July had not searched for work for reasons such as school 
attendance or family responsibilities. (See table A-16.)

Establishment Survey Data

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 157,000 in July, compared with an average monthly 
gain of 203,000 over the prior 12 months. In July, job gains occurred in professional and 
business services, in manufacturing, and in health care and social assistance. (See table B-1.)

Employment in professional and business services increased by 51,000 in July and has risen by
518,000 over the year. Over the month, employment edged up in temporary help services (+28,000) 
and in computer systems design and related services (+8,000).

Manufacturing added 37,000 jobs in July, with most of the gain in the durable goods component. 
Employment rose in transportation equipment (+13,000), machinery (+6,000), and electronic 
instruments (+2,000). Over the past 12 months, manufacturing has added 327,000 jobs.

In July, employment in health care and social assistance rose by 34,000. Health care employment 
continued to trend up over the month (+17,000) and has increased by 286,000 over the year. 
Hospitals added 7,000 jobs over the month. Within social assistance, individual and family 
services added 16,000 jobs in July and 77,000 jobs over the year.

Employment in food services and drinking places continued to trend up over the month (+26,000). 
Over the year, the industry has added 203,000 jobs. 

Construction employment continued to trend up in July (+19,000) and has increased by 308,000 
over the year.

In July, employment in retail trade changed little (+7,000). Job gains occurred in general 
merchandise stores (+14,000), clothing and clothing accessories stores (+10,000), and food and 
beverage stores (+8,000). These employment gains were offset by a decline of 32,000 in sporting 
goods, hobby, book, and music stores, reflecting job losses in hobby, toy, and game stores. 

Employment showed little or no change over the month in other major industries, including 
mining, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, 
and government.

The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls decreased by 0.1 hour to 
34.5 hours in July, following an increase of 0.1 hour in June. In manufacturing, both the 
workweek and overtime were unchanged in July, at 40.9 hours and 3.5 hours, respectively. The 
average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees on private nonfarm payrolls 
remained at 33.8 hours. (See tables B-2 and B-7.)

In July, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose by 7 cents 
to $27.05. Over the year, average hourly earnings have increased by 71 cents, or 2.7 percent. 
Average hourly earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees increased by 
3 cents to $22.65 in July. (See tables B-3 and B-8.)

The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for May was revised up from +244,000 to
+268,000, and the change for June was revised up from +213,000 to +248,000. With these 
revisions, employment gains in May and June combined were 59,000 more than previously 
reported. (Monthly revisions result from additional reports received from businesses and 
government agencies since the last published estimates and from the recalculation of 
seasonal factors.) After revisions, job gains have averaged 224,000 per month over the 
last 3 months.

The Employment Situation for August is scheduled to be released on Friday, September 7, 2018, 
at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).

DEP Reaches Agreement with Environmental Groups Over Mariner East 2 Permits

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Harrisburg, PA – In a significant validation of pipeline permits issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Clean Air Council (CAC), Mountain Watershed Association (MWA), and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) settled their appeal of 20 permits issued to Sunoco Pipeline, LLP (Sunoco) for the Mariner East 2 pipeline project. Since the permits were issued, DEP has continued to develop new standards, protocols, and best practices designed to protect the environment during the construction and installation of pipelines.

“DEP is pleased that we were able to reach an amicable agreement with the appellants, resolving all claims related to the issuance of these permits while incorporating new processes to ensure that future pipeline projects learn from the mistakes made by Sunoco in implementing this project,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “To be clear, DEP will continue to conduct vigorous oversight to ensure compliance with the conditions of the permits and will issue enforcement actions as necessary.”
The settlement does not alter any of the 20 permits in the appeal. Each permit was lawfully issued after a thorough environmental review involving approximately 35 DEP and County Conservation District staff over the course of nearly two years.
In the settlement, DEP has committed to continue to develop and implement further enhanced procedures for environmental protection associated with the construction of natural gas pipelines in Pennsylvania in collaboration with the appellants.
DEP has responded to the increased natural gas pipeline activity in Pennsylvania over the last five years with a number of initiatives:
• Establishment of a Regional Permit Coordination Office, which includes dedicated staff of engineers and other technical staff to specifically oversee environmental regulation and permitting of natural gas pipeline development in Pennsylvania.
• Developing Best Practices for Design and Operation of Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) including best practices for identification and protection of water supplies.
• Developing a draft model for Preparedness, Prevention and Contingency (PPC) Plans for inadvertent returns resulting from HDD activities.
• Development of numerous special conditions for DEP permits to ensure environmental protection for pipeline projects.
• Establishment of Chp. 78a Unconventional Oil and Gas Regulations in 2016 which included specific criteria (78a.68a) to ensure better management and oversight of HDD for Oil and Gas Pipelines.


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On July 19, 2018, the Lancaster County Drug Task Force, following a surveillance operation, raided a home in the 2100 block of Fruitville Pike in Manheim Township.  The Task Force charged 35-year-old Gardie Wright with felony drug-dealing and related misdemeanors.

A Manheim Township man is charged with felony drug-dealing regarding recent seizures of bulk methamphetamine and a “date rape drug.”

The Lancaster County Drug Task Force, following a surveillance operation, raided a home in the 2100 block of Fruitville Pike on July 19.

The Task Force charged 35-year-old Gardie Wright with felony drug-dealing and related misdemeanors. He is at Lancaster County Prison on $150,000 bail.

Detectives found at the home 125 grams (about 4½ ounces) of methamphetamine, valued at an estimated $7,500.

Detectives also found 13 ounces of Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB), known to law-enforcement as a “date-rape drug” with sedative effects.

It is believed to be the Drug Task Force’s largest seizure of such a substance in recent history.

‘This bust did not involve an ordinary dealer,” Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said Wednesday. “Specifically regarding the GHB, we quantify that seizure not merely in weight, but in the number of potential sexual assaults avoided.

“This is a despicable Schedule One substance with no purpose but to incapacitate a potential victim.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration denotes GHB is abused for its euphoric and sedative effects, often mixed with other liquids.

“The user is not usually aware of the dose they are drinking,” the DEA states in an advisory on the substance.

At Wright’s home, detectives found 13 ounces distributed in several vials. Numerous empty vials, assumed for distribution purposes, were also found.

As little as a gram can have impact, according to the DEA, meaning Wright possessed hundreds of potential doses.

Detectives also found $758 cash.

Drug Task Force K-9 Bear was at the scene and assisted in the search operation.

Detectives also charged 22-year-old Eric A. Simons with misdemeanor possession and resisting arrest. He was at the Fruitville Pike home during the raid. He is at Lancaster County Prison on $20,000 bail.

Wright and Simons are presumed innocent.

Manheim Township police and Lancaster city police’s Selective Enforcement Unit assisted in the case.



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Several local students will share their stories of growing up in Lancaster County at a free public event Aug. 14 at Triode Media Group in Lancaster city.

The eight students were at Triode on July 18 for a full day of training on multimedia storytelling techniques.

The students listened to workshops from Triode staff and Sarah Fritz, community outreach coordinator for the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office.

The students then recorded interviews to be included in their videos, which will be shown at the Aug. 14 event. At the event, the students will also engage in a question-and-answer forum with the audience.

The Youth Leadership Training and event is a project of the Lancaster County Crime Prevention Task Force, a partnership of area offices and agencies.

The public event, to be held Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at 631 South Water Street, is open for registration: REGISTER HERE

A huge thanks to Triode Media Group for hosting the training and public event, and sharing their invaluable expertise with the students.

Bank Robbery in East Hempfield Township

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East Hempfield Township Police report that on 7/28/18 at 1029 hours a male entered the Citizens Bank, 600 Centerville Road, and demanded money from an employee at the counter. The suspect, is identified as a middle age black male, approximately 5’10” medium build.  No weapon was displayed. The male wore a red Bandana covering his face, dark blue winter cap, sunglasses, dark blue/black sweatpants and long sleeve shirt and white gloves. He took an undisclosed amount of money and left the bank. No one was injured during the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call  Detective Ryan Kelly 717-898-3103.