News Live 365: February 20th, 2019

Franklin Troopers Searching for Hit and Run Vehicle/Driver

PSP Franklin
Pennsylvania State Police are searching for information on a Silver Volkswagen sedan and it’s driver after a hit and run in Venango County’s Cranberry Township. Yesterday the driver of the sedan collided with another car on State Route 157 and showered its occupants, including a 6 year old girl, with glass and debris before leaving the scene. Anyone with details on the crash or the silver car is being asked to please call the Franklin State Police at (814)676-6596.

State Rep Helps People Apply for Tax Rebates

Office of State Rep Brad Roae
State Representative Brad Roae is hosting a clinic to help the elderly and disabled apply for Pennsylvania’s property tax and rent rebate at the Cambridge Springs Senior Center today from 10AM to 1PM. Call Tami at at (814)398-8616 for information on eligibility and to schedule an appointment.

Teachers’ Lawsuit Against School District Stalled

Radio PA
In State News, a lawsuit filed by teachers in the Tamaqua Area School District in opposition to its policy of arming teachers is being delayed by a Schuylkill County Judge over questions about whether their union has standing to sue. A similar lawsuit filed by parents is still moving forward.

State Transportation Departments Enact Highway Restrictions

PennDOT and PA Turnpike Commission
Due to concerns about the weather PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission have issued restrictions on all interstates in Pennsylvania. As of 6AM all Interstate and Turnpike highways have their speed limit reduced to 45 miles per hour and there are additional traffic restrictions. These restrictions as well as closings and delays for over 100 area schools and organizations can be found under Operation Weather Alert.

 

State Troopers Announce Clarion County DUI Checkpoints

PSP Clarion
Authorities will be conducting sobriety checkpoints throughout Clarion County over the next 4 weeks. The main focus of these checkpoints will be to remove impaired drivers from the roads and highways.

 

Civil Rights Groups Sue PA Department of Corrections

Legal correspondence for prisoners of the State of Pennsylvania is the focus of a trial that begins today. Multiple civil rights organizations including the ACLU are suing to stop changes that were made to the handling of legal mail in an effort to stop the smuggling of contraband. Legal mail is supposed to be private but policy requires a member of the prison staff to open mail between inmates and their attorneys before giving it to the recipient.