Tuesday April 30, 2019

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Monday’s high, 60; Overnight low; 48; .11” of rain

TodayA slight chance of showers after 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 57.

TonightA chance of showers, mainly after 2am. Cloudy, with a low around 43..

WednesdayShowers likely, mainly after 8am. Cloudy, with a high near 62.

Wednesday Night Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56

Thursday Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71

Thursday Night Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 58.

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Republicans announce new initiative do reduce regulations in PA….Holocaust Remembrance ceremony to be held at the Capitol tomorrow….”Extras” needed for Al Capone trial during upcoming Eliot Ness Fest…charges pending against a man who allegedly stabbed a Port Allegany woman  with a fork….Criminal mischief near Smethport investigated…Downstate driver arrested for drug possession in Tioga County…..

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Government should work to make the lives of Pennsylvanians better, not place unfair burdens on their ability to grow and thrive. That is the goal for Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives over the next few weeks.

“Our members are working to repeal outdated laws and find more efficient ways to do the work of the people,” House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) said. “We’re taking a hard look at programs that work to help those in need and those that are ripe for abuse. Our work next month will continue to grow opportunities for every Pennsylvanian while saving taxpayer time and money. That is government done right.”

Starting this week, votes are scheduled on a package of bills featuring a wide variety of red-tape reducing initiatives, including proposals to reduce costs at state agencies, consolidate services, eliminate outdated boards and commissions and repeal out-of-date and out-of-touch laws that are no longer relevant.

Members have heard from job creators at all levels about the burdensome regulatory environment holding back Pennsylvania’s businesses. From small independent business owners, to multi-national corporations deciding whether or not to do business in Pennsylvania, the over 153,000 regulatory restrictions on the books are holding the state back. The Commonwealth trails national averages for economic growth and removing barriers will allow all Pennsylvanians to benefit in a climate that can grow jobs and opportunities.

A key piece of the regulatory reforms is reexamining Pennsylvania’s permitting process. Neighboring states have rules requiring state permit response in as little as 90 days. This gives contractors a reasonable timeframe to plan large-scale projects for improving communities and hiring workers. Pennsylvania’s overly regulated process results in undetermined and unpredictable wait times for permits, leaving communities in the dark and workers without paychecks. This package of bills would provide timelines for responses and answers to helping the state address permitting backlogs.

Cutler added, “If Pennsylvania hopes to attract the next ‘Amazon’ or encourage the best and brightest leaders to stay in our state to grow their ideas, then we need to make sure Pennsylvania is open for business. Reducing regulations and updating the laws is more than just a good idea – it is government done right.”

The Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition will officiate at this year’s Civic Commemoration of the Holocaust on Wednesday May 1, 2019 at 10:00am. The program will be held in the Governor’s Reception Room in the State Capitol.

The public is invited to attend.

The  program will include remarks by elected officials including Governor Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Turzai, and Resolutions from the Pennsylvania Senate and House. The ceremony will also include candle lighting by Holocaust survivors, children and grandchildren of survivors, an message by Nancy Baron-Baer, Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, and an essay reading from the Schwab Holocaust Essay contest winners.

The Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition (PJC) is the eyes, ears, and voice in Harrisburg of the Jewish communities across Pennsylvania, including Jewish Federations in Altoona, Erie, Harrisburg, Lehigh Valley, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Reading, Wilkes-Barre, and York.

Upwards of 40 actors and stage hands will soon begin work on an ambitious project that will highlight the second annual Eliot Ness Fest. “The People vs. Al Capone,” a dramatic re-enactment of the 1931 tax evasion trial of the infamous gangster, is set for two performances at the Potter County Courthouse. They’re tentatively scheduled for 4 pm Saturday, July 20, and 1 pm Sunday, July 21. Among the witnesses for the prosecution will be Eliot Ness himself. Ticketing information will be announced.

Author Paul W. Heimel, an Eliot Ness biographer, has taken charge of the script, which condenses a long and drawn-out trial into a 90-minute performance. It will feature about more than a dozen witnesses and no shortage of entertaining theatrical elements drawn from court records and media accounts. Veteran director Paul Herzig will not only supervise the production, but also serve as the host. Jared Empson will assist.

Portraying prosecutor George H. Q. Johnson will be Scott Sroka, a federal prosecutor in real life, who’s the grandson of Joe Leeson, a federal agent who served as one of the “Untouchables” under Eliot Ness’s command. Capone (Denny Bloss) will be escorted from the front entrance of the courthouse following the trial and loaded into an authentic period paddy wagon, affording the public ample photo opportunities.



If interested, email jrossman@pottercountypa.net INCLUDE NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER.

State police at Lewis Run say assault charges are pending against a known suspect after an alleged domestic violence incident Monday morning on the East Cutler Road in Liberty Township. The suspect, whose name was not released had left the house, driving a pick up truck before police arrived. A 48 year old Port Allegany woman told troopers she and the suspect had argued and that he injured her hand with a fork. He was located at the Potter County Probation Office in Coudersport and charges will be filed in district court.

A criminal mischief occurring Sunday afternoon on  South Marvin Street in Sme4thp0ort is being investigated by state police at Lewis Run. A Play station3 and a treadmill, valued at $50 each were vandalized by a suspect who had argued with the property owners.

A Harleysville resident has been charged with DUI and drug possession by state police in Mansfield. Troopers explained when they pulled over the suspect’s 2010 Audi for speeding on the Korb Road in Richmond Township last Friday morning, they determined he had been driving under the influence.