Catching Up on the News The following is a look at local news events during the week of Jan. 20.
A SPORTS SCORE VEEP CHALLENGED SHOW POSTPONED DEMOLITION DECIDED LOVING LITITZ DADS CHARGED PLEA UPHELD TEACHER REMOVED CONTRACT AGREEMENT ADMITS CHEATING
USA Field Hockey announced Tuesday it is partnering with Spooky Nook Sports to make the new East Hempfield Township complex the home of the U.S. Women's National Team through 2022.
Online skeptics challenged Vice President Joe Biden's statement at the recent U.S. Conference of Mayors that he was golfing close enough to the Nickel Mines Amish schoolhouse to hear the shots the day five students were murdered there in 2006, it was reported Thursday. Gun control was an issue at the conference; at issue here is the existence of a golf course within earshot of the schoolhouse.
The Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show, scheduled for Feb. 2-10 in Harrisburg, was postponed indefinitely after many exhibitors, including some local gun shops, withdrew in protest of restrictions on sales of certain guns and ammunition.
Elizabethtown Borough Council made a controversial decision to demolish the former Railway Express Agency station that stands in the way of expanding a parking lot serving the train station, it was reported Wednesday. Preservationists hoped the station could be moved instead.
Lititz was one of 15 finalists in Budget Travel's online contest to name "America's Coolest Small Town," it was reported Wednesday.
lJesus Manuel LaSanta, 27, of Leola, was charged Wednesday with the Jan. 16 death of his 4-month-old son, Nazareth, due to abusive head trauma.
lSamuel A. Myers, 26, of Landisville, was charged with aggravated assault and child endangerment for firing shots into a car carrying his infant son during a custody exchange last Sunday at his home.
A federal judge upheld the guilty plea Friday of Wesley A. Snyder, an admitted mortgage scammer whose 800 victims included 300 from Lancaster County. The judge denied Snyder's request to back out of his guilty plea and go to trial for mail fraud. Snyder, of Oley, Berks County, is in federal prison.
Manheim Central fourth-grade teacher Matthew Deppen, who was cleared of sex-abuse charges in 2010, was placed on unpaid leave Jan. 18 after the Pennsylvania Department of Education revoked his teaching certificate, it was reported Saturday. The revocation by the state Professional Standards and Practices Commission came after 14 months of confidential hearings.
Teachers in Manheim Central School District, who have been working without a contract since the end of 2009-10, voted Thursday to ratify a new five-year contract, upon which the school board will vote Monday.
Facing 20-plus witnesses, William Kevin Kelly, of Ocean City, N.J., formerly of Lititz, pleaded guilty to cheating real estate buyers out of $719,000 as well as wire fraud and money laundering. n