Dangerously Cold After Winter Storm
Radio PA, PennDOT
A cold snap follows in the wake of last weekend’s major snow storm which has prompted state Health Officials to warn residents to be vigilant against hypothermia and other freezing weather related threats. PennDOT has lifted all restrictions on commercial vehicles and speed limits on all interstates and no more roads are declared closed due to the weather. Locally the storm deposited between 7 and 18 inches of snow, most of which fell on Saturday night and early Sunday morning.
State News: Alloway Resigns from PA Senate
State Senator Richard Alloway is resigning from office effective at the end of February after saying that he has lost the fire to do the job properly. The Senator’s resignation will leave a hole in the Republican Leadership Team where he serves a caucus secretary. Lt. Governor John Fetterman will be responsible for setting the dates for a special election to replace Senator Alloway for the remainder of his term, which ends in 2020.
Mercer County DA Convicted of Crimes
Office of PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro
A jury found Mercer County’s District Attorney, Miles Karson guilty of obstructing the administration of law, official oppression and hindering prosecution. Karson tried to use his office to cover up crimes committed by someone with whom he was romantically involved.
Franklin PD Apprehends Wanted Man
City of Franklin Police Department
The Franklin Police Department apprehended Keith Horn, who was wanted for a series of fires set alight in garbage cans and dumpsters around the city. Horn was apprehended after a foot chase through portions of town and eventually incapacitated by an officer’s stun gun.
Committee Seats for Local Reps
Some local state representatives have been given prominent committee seats within State Government over the weekend. Brad Roae is now a member of the Health, Insurance, Education, and State Government Committees. Ted Nesbit will keep his seats in the Judiciary, Insurance, Children and Youth, and Gaming Oversight. Martin Causer is on the Energy and Environmental Resources Committee, and chair of the Agricultural Committee.