Written by Eric Wise
Sunoco Logistics has not provided plans of the exact location and nature of the above-ground buildings and equipment needed in Lower Swatara Twp. for its Mariner 1 and Mariner 2 pipeline projects, said Bob Greene, planning and zoning coordinator.
Based on Sunoco’s filings with the state Public Utilities Commission, the company wants to avoid presenting local plans for pumping stations and valve control stations along the route, at least as it retrofits its old line. To accomplish this, Sunoco wants the commission to rule that the two types of stations are “reasonably necessary for the convenience and welfare of the public,” because such a ruling would eliminate the need to present its plans for approval in 31 municipalities.
Members of the public will be able to share their views about the attempt to skip local approvals if PUC hearings are scheduled. Residents with concerns about the Sunoco pipeline projects or any utility – from taxi service to sewage treatment - may contact PUC at 1-800-692-7380.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 15:27
She was quickly dropping off her child at a Lower Swatara Twp. daycare center - but in those few minutes someone grabbed her laptop computer and cell phone from her parked car and ran off.
The theft occurred between 8 and 8:10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, in the parking lot of the Discovery Kids Childcare Center in the 1000 block of Oberlin Road, according to Lower Swatara police.
The victim, a township resident, told police she spent no more than 10 minutes in the center.
Taken were a Dell laptop valued at $900 and a Samsung S4 phone valued at $600, police said.
Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call police at 717-939-0463.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 16:01
Written by Jim Lewis
Gov. Tom Wolf declared a moratorium on Pennsylvania’s death penalty on Friday, Feb. 13 until he receives a forthcoming report by a state task force on capital punishment.
Wolf said he imposed the moratorium “after significant consideration and reflection,’’ but will wait until the bipartisan Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Committee on Capital Punishment, created by a state Senate resolution in 2011, completes its report.
The moratorium “is in no way an expression of sympathy for the guilty on death row,’’ but is needed while the task force studies whether the death penalty is applied fairly in Pennsylvania so that “we eliminate the risk of executing an innocent,’’ Wolf said.
In a joint statement, the state Legislature’s two highest-ranking Republicans, Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny County) and Senate Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana County), called Wolf’s moratorium “a political statement without public discourse or input. Or, apparently, without any consideration for those the victims left behind.’’
“Should Pennsylvania have a death penalty discussion? Yes, and our Judiciary Committee will be doing just that – through our open and transparent legislative process,’’ the legislators said in their statement.
Pennsylvania has the fifth largest death row in the nation, with 186 inmates, including Ernest Wholaver, who shot his wife Jean and two daughters –Victoria, 20, and Elizabeth, 14 – to death in their Middletown home on Christmas Eve Day in 2002.
Wholaver, who received three death penalties in 2004, has appealed the sentences in a Post-Conviction Relief Act petition he filed in 2012.
Dauphin County Judge John Cherry threw out 21 of 25 claims Wholaver made in his petition in 2013, and two additional claims in May. But two remaining claims – a claim of juror misconduct and another that the prosecution violated Wholaver’s rights by allegedly failing to disclose exculpatory and impeachment evidence – are still to be decided by the county court.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 15:33
Written by Eric Wise
Two areas of Londonderry Twp. could be targeted for connection to municipal sewage systems under a proposed plan the township is now drafting for submission to state environmental officials.
The township held a public hearing outlining the plan in January, and supervisors continued discussing it during their Feb. 2 meeting, and raised additional questions.
Currently Londonderry has about 5,230 residents in 1,885 residences of which only seven are served by municipal sanitary sewer. Eliminating the need for pumping and inspections of on-lot sewage treatment systems may enhance a home’s retail value in the township where the median owner occupied home value is estimated to be $154,400, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 15:31
Written by Eric Wise
Sunoco Logistics officials welcomed Dauphin County landowners to a meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Londonderry Fire Hall to discuss the construction of a new natural gas pipeline that would slice through their property, providing guests with diagrams, handouts and a group of employees manning information stations.
The property owners – some 106 of them, including many from the Middletown area – would be guided to tables with maps, speaking individually with the panel that Sunoco assembled as if they were visiting a craft show, albeit one with a few Pennsylvania State Police troopers lurking about the room.
But many of the guests wanted no part of that program.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 February 2015 15:14