55 year old Vincent Marino of Erie has been arrested and charged with multiple crimes after throwing a destructive tantrum when he was terminated from his job. Police say Marino verbally harassed former coworkers on his way out, then deliberately crashed his vehicle into other cars in the parking lot in full view of Pennsylvania State Troopers. It is alleged he tried to flee the scene; leading troopers on a short chase for about two miles into the city of Erie before he surrendered. Marino faces charges of Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, harassment, disorderly conduct, and accidents involving unattended vehicles, and multiple summary traffic violations.
The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court voted 4 to 1 yesterday against the PA Department of Health’s school mask mandate, ruling that without a declared state of emergency acting Health Secretary Allison Beam does not have the authority to issue such a mandate. However, the mask mandate is still being enforced because an immediate appeal by the Wolf administration has put a stay on the decision.
Just in time for Veteran’s Day the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted unanimously for the passage of House Bill 1220; providing the first increase in the Blind Veterans Pension
Program and the Amputee and Paralyzed Veterans Pension Program in 20 years. HB 1220 increases the monthly pensions paid to beneficiaries by $100 to $250 a month and also increases the benefit payment yearly by adjusting it for inflation. HB 1220 is expected to quickly pass through the state senate and be signed by Governor Tom Wolf.
The Pennsylvania State Police based in Mercer County are investigating a possible drug overdose incident from last weekend. When police responded to calls about an erratic driver that a witness followed into a Springfield township gas station they found a 53 year old woman unconscious and unresponsive in her car, her lips turning blue. It took two doses of Narcan to rouse her and drug paraphernalia was found at the scene, police are awaiting results from a blood test.
PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection are in need of Volunteers to “Pick Up Pennsylvania”. Pick Up Pennsylvania is a program to benefit the streams, lakes, and rivers of the commonwealth. Visit cleanup.keeppabeautiful.org for more information and to volunteer.
Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced yesterday that the auto loan company Cashpoint and its parent companies will be required to forgive or pay back nearly $12 million in auto loans made in Pennsylvania that charged illegal amounts of interest. In commonwealth court Dominion Management of Delaware and Dominion Management Services Inc as well as their owner must pay $8.5 million in fines and restitution as well as forgive $3.2 million in debt while cancelling liens on 800 vehicles belonging to residents of Pennsylvania.