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Illegal Gambling Devices Seized in Beaver County

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Harrisburg, PA – On May 23, 2018, the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement executed search warrants and conducted inspections at 39 licensed liquor establishments and a warehouse in Beaver County. Liquor control enforcement officers and state troopers seized 279 illegal gambling devices during the operation, which was part of an ongoing investigation.
The Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement reminds the public that illegal gambling devices are not subject to oversight and regulations to protect the player. Additionally, unlike games authorized under the Small Games of Chance Act, there is no Public Interest Purpose designation for the proceeds generated from these illegal devices.
Owners of businesses engaged in illegal gambling, employees assisting in the illegal activities, and distributors of illegal gambling devices may be subject to criminal charges, and/or administrative violations of the liquor code.
Suspected illegal gambling may be reported to a local law enforcement agency or by calling the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement at 1-800-932-0602.

Governor Wolf Orders U.S., Commonwealth Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Memorial Day

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May 25, 2018

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the United States and Commonwealth flags at the Capitol Complex and statewide to fly at half-staff in honor of Memorial Day from sunrise to noon on Monday, May 28, 2018.

On this day, America recognizes and honors the men and women of the United States armed forces who died in service to their country.

“On this Memorial Day, we honor and remember the men and women of our armed forces who gave their lives while carrying out their duties to protect and preserve the freedoms, values and well-being of our country,” said Governor Wolf. “We cannot put into words the gratitude and respect we have for these individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice to make the world a safer place for future generations.”

All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.

Lancaster County Auto Dealer Convicted in Tax Fraud Case

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Harrisburg, Pa. — A Lancaster County auto dealer recently was found guilty of fraudulently filing a personal income tax return and sentenced to two years of probation, Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell announced today. A jury found Mena Samir Dous, of Elizabethtown, guilty of the charge following a two-day trial last week.

“Misrepresenting one’s income to avoid paying taxes is a crime,” Hassell said. “It is our job to ensure that state revenues are not shortchanged by tax evasion, and that law-abiding citizens in the business industry are not facing unfair competition from those who break the law.”

Lancaster County Judge Margaret Miller found Dous guilty of an additional six summary offenses in a non-jury trial. Those charges stemmed from operating without the proper license, deceptive advertising of vehicles and engaging in unprofessional conduct. Dous was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine on each summary offense and file an amended tax return within 30 days.

Dous was criminally charged in April 2017 after investigators determined he failed to report the income from the sales of 21 vehicles in tax year 2015. He also was accused of engaging in deceptive business practices while a licensed salesman for FKS Auto Export, Inc., a Dauphin County-based used car dealership.

Investigators found that Dous deceptively advertised used cars owned by the dealership on Craigslist and Facebook, and sold the vehicles from his home in Elizabethtown without the proper license to do so. They also alleged that Dous advertised the vehicles as private sales in violation of the law.

The charges were the result of a joint investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police and the Department of Revenue’s Bureau of Criminal Tax Investigations. The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office prosecuted the case.

Secretary Hassell thanked the Pennsylvania State Police and the Department of Revenue’s investigators for their thorough investigation that led to the charges. He also thanked Lancaster County Assistant District Attorney Alexander Egner for successfully prosecuting the case.

State Department of Agriculture Warns Consumers to Discard Tainted Raw Milk from Lancaster County Dairy

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Harrisburg, PA – Consumers who purchased raw, whole milk from Pool Forge Dairy between April 25 and May 7 should immediately discard it. The milk was sold in plastic quart, half-gallon, and gallon containers with the Pool Forge label. Tests completed during routine sampling were positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

The milk was sold at Pool Forge Dairy at 201 Bridgeville Road, Shady Maple Market at 1324 Main Street, and Hoover’s Farm Market at 1719 Main Street. All three locations are in East Earl Township in northeastern Lancaster County.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause Listeriosis, an illness which has symptoms including fever, muscle aches, nausea, and diarrhea. Listeriosis mainly affects pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, and adults with impaired immune systems. Listeriosis in pregnant women can result in miscarriage, premature delivery, serious infection of the newborn, or stillbirth. No reported illnesses have been attributed to the product, but people who consumed the milk should consult their physicians if they become ill.

ROUTE 41 LANE CLOSURE SCHEDULED FOR GATEWAY PROJECT IN LONDON GROVE TOWNSHIP, CHESTER COUNTY

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King of Prussia, PA – A single lane closure is scheduled on Route 41 (Gap Newport Pike) between Mosquito Lane and Penwyck Lane in London Grove Township, Chester County, on Monday, May 7, through Friday, May 11, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, for widening operations, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling through the work area because backups and delays will occur. The work schedule is weather dependent.
The work is part of a project to improve travel and safety along Route 41 (Gap Newport Pike) on the approach to the Route 841 (Chatham Road) Intersection by constructing a gateway at the north and south ends of the Village of Chatham. The project is scheduled to be completed in late May.
Under this improvement project, PennDOT is widening pavement to provide a curbed median that will serve as a gateway to the village; updating signing, pavement markings and drainage; and installing new guide rail.
This is the first of three projects that PennDOT is advancing to construction to improve travel and safety on Route 41 (Gap Newport Pike) in Londonderry and London Grove townships. The Route 41 (Gap Newport Pike)/Route 841 (Chatham Road) and Route 41 (Gap Newport Pike)/Route 926 (Street Road) intersection improvement projects are currently in preliminary design.
Road-Con, Inc. of West Chester, Chester County, is the general contractor on the $1,066,126 project which is financed with 80 percent federal and 20 percent state funds.

Wolf Administration Joins in Tree Planting Event to Kick Off “Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership” to Improve Water Quality

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 Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration today joined in a streamside tree planting event at a farm in Lancaster County to kick off a local, state, and federal partnership to plant 10 million trees to improve water quality in Pennsylvania’s part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, and Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding participated in planting about 100 trees along Little Chiques Creek. They were joined by farm owner Rodney Garber, EPA Region 3 Administrator Cosmo Servidio, Chesapeake Bay Foundation President Will Baker, Lancaster County Conservation District Manager Chris Thompson, Future Farmers of America students, and a host of water conservation organizations.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation coordinates the “Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership,” supporting the effort with federal and private funding as well as some of more than $800,000 in state funding provided to the foundation from the DEP Growing Greener Plus and Environmental Education Environmental Justice Grant Programs and the DCNR Riparian Forest Buffer Grant Program.

The goal is to plant 10 million trees by the end of 2025 to help Pennsylvania make significant progress in reducing nitrogen, phosphorous, and sediment levels in streams and rivers.

“We’ve all seen fast-moving uniformly brown water in streams after a rainstorm, and many people have come to take it for normal,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “It’s not. It’s sediment—literally the earth beneath our feet—eroding from banks to damage water quality and aquatic life.

“With 43 counties in the Bay watershed, Pennsylvania faces a great challenge to restore local water quality and help farms, towns, businesses, and residents make changes to prevent further pollution. The only way to meet the challenge is to combine innovative ideas with committed partnerships, as the Keystone 10 Million Trees initiative demonstrates today.”

“When we look at solutions for some of our conservation challenges, such as managing stormwater from very heavy rain events, having clean drinking water, and providing habitat for fish and wildlife, it turns out that trees are the answer,” DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. “We are excited to work with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and many other partners on this movement to plant trees along streams and in communities across Pennsylvania.”

“A farm is the perfect place to kick off this initiative,” Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said. “Prosperous farms and a safe, abundant food supply depend on clean water, and a clean water supply depends on strategic farm management practices like forested buffers. Pennsylvania’s farmers are key to clean water for our region and we are pleased to support them as stewards of our resources.”

While the partnership will plant trees throughout Pennsylvania’s part of the Bay watershed, special emphasis is placed on five southcentral counties, where land is under intensive agricultural use, which collectively put more than 30 million pounds per year of nitrogen pollution into local waters.

Trees will also be planted in parks, on municipal properties, and on private properties. Trees are cost-effective tools to filtering and absorbing polluted runoff, stabilizing streambanks, and improving soil quality.

By the end of April, the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership will plant more than 30,000 trees at over 50 locations.

Wolf Administration to Join in Streamside Tree Planting to Kick Off Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership for Cleaner Water

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Harrisburg, PA –  The secretaries of the Departments of Environmental Protection (DEP), Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), and Agriculture will participate in a streamside tree planting at the Garber Farm in Lancaster on April 24 to kick off the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership to reduce pollution in local streams and rivers.

DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell, DCNR Secretary Cindy Dunn, and Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding will join about 100 participants in the planting, including farm owner Rodney Garber, EPA Region 3 Administrator Cosmo Servidio, Chesapeake Bay Foundation President Will Baker, Lancaster County Conservation District manager Chris Thompson, Future Farmers of America students and Trout Unlimited members.

Supported by more than $800,000 in state funding through Growing Greener Plus, Environmental Justice, and Riparian Forest Buffer Grants, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation coordinates the partnership, with the goal of planting 10 million trees in Pennsylvania’s part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed by 2025.

WHAT:
 Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership Launch Event
WHEN: Tuesday, April 24, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
WHERE: Garber Farm, 706 Milton Grove Road, Manheim, PA 17545

2 MEN ORDERED TO TRIAL, ON SEPARATE HOMICIDES, FOLLOWING PRELIMINARY HEARINGS

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Two men will face homicide charges in Lancaster County Court after preliminary hearings this week regarding separate killings.

Both men are at Lancaster County Prison without bail.

Wilberto Melendez, 41, is charged with killing William Earl Cooper Jr., 31, on Oct. 27, 2017.

Cooper sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was found dead on a sidewalk in the 300 block of South Marshall Street.

Melendez was arrested in York County on Feb. 14.

At a preliminary hearing Thursday, Assistant District Attorney Travis S. Anderson called two Lancaster city police detectives to testify of witness statements and other evidence that led police to Melendez.

District Judge Jodie E. Richardson ruled enough evidence was presented to bound the case to county court.

Lancaster city police Detective Robert Whiteford filed charges. Melendez is also charged with intimidating a witness and two felony firearms charges. Anderson upgraded one of those firearms charges to a first-degree felony.

– Raymond L. Brown, 28, is charged with repeatedly shooting 26 year-old Adan Sepulveda on March 24 in the first block of West Farnum Street.

Brown waived a preliminary hearing Wednesday afternoon, appearing to sign paperwork, according to Assistant District Attorney Christine L. Wilson. District Judge Adam Witkonis then ordered the case to county court.

Brown called 911 after he shot Sepulveda, who was found on a sidewalk and later pronounced dead at a hospital. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds, to the head and torso.

Lancaster city police Detective Aaron Harnish filed charges.

Melendez and Brown are presumed innocent.