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New Castle News (Newspaper) - March 30, 2015, New Castle, Pennsylvania Newta Vilic news new Castle news monday March 30, 2015 a3 Bride accused of nieces death after wedding found guilty Btry Chute news one Man was injured and traffic halted for 45 minutes after this Accident saturday evening on state Street near Harbor Road. One car Accident halts traffic a one car Accident on state Street Hill near Harbor Road sheared a Telephone pole and injured the Driver saturday night. A portion of state Street was also closed to traffic for 45 min Lites during cleanup and while util Ity Crews replaced downed electrical wires. The Driver was treated in an ambulance but it was not known if he was taken to the Hospital. A Utility worker said the pole had just been replaced two weeks ago after another Accident damaged the previous one. The new pole had been placed about to feet further Back from the Road. No further information was available yesterday. Cheap wheels a controversial Benefit for state lawmakers reaver of a a Western Pennsylvania newlywed has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment in the shooting death of her Niece hours after the Cere Mony. Christina George of Patterson township wept As her hands were cuffed behind her Back after the judge revoked her bail and her relatives and friends cried As she was led from the courtroom to be held in the Beaver county jail pending her sentence. The 31-year-old woman was convicted by a jury Friday in the april 24 death of 21-year old Kate Lyn Francis of Fairmont West Virginia. A sentencing Date has not yet been set. Police said George and her new husband drive Home. The defense said the handgun went off As George was trying to move it from her husbands opened Glove Box to a deep Center console to put it in a Safe place. A Tina George loved this girl Quot said defense attorney Stephen Colafella who urged jurors to acquit his client on the grounds of Quot excusable homicide by Quot she s left with the aftermath of this just like everyone else in this he said. But assistant District attorney Brittany Smith said the gun was in the console and George was removing it from there when it went off. Quot when you pick up that gun. Your mind should Tell you you have a duty of care to the people by John Finnerty Chi Harrisburg Bureau Harrisburg a nearly 50 members of the general Assembly Dove cars and sport Utility vehicles paid by tax dollars with Little control Over How often they grab the keys to make personal trips. Thirty four representatives were billed an average of is too a year for personal use of state cars according to an analysis of state records obtained under the right to know Law. Leases of those cars in All cases were at least $400 a month and in some cases topped $6 x1 a month. Fifteen senators drive state cars too. But ifs unclear How often they get i haul the wheel for no business trips. Hie Senate does no to deduct costs of personal travel from Send tors paychecks and the chamber a right to know office refused a request for mileage logs. Critics of the a it Erk including rep. Brad Roaer Crawford county say the practice is so unpopular with the Public that the Only lawmakers who drive state cars Are those with Little fear of being voted out of office. Venty five House members with state cars were unopposed in the last election. Elgin senators with state cars were unopposed the last time they ran. Quot we Are Only in Harrisburg about he Days a year for voting session and meetings Quot said roae. Quot it does not warrant having a state roae said rules governing the use of the cars Are easily relaxed so he Mieves the perk should lie abolished altogether. He introduced a Bill to do that earlier this year. Its in committee. The perk is not used by a majority of lawmakers. About 17 percent of those in the House drive state leased cars and less than one third of senators do. Rules set by the leadership require that representatives with state provided cars log their business Miles. At the end of each month that tally is compared to mileage on the vehicle and lawmakers Are billed for the difference. I is year the 34 House members were billed $33,000 for a personal use of their state vehicles. Most made payments equivalent to to to 20 percent of the Cost of leasing their vehicle. Rep. Curtis Thomas d Philadelphia was billed $4,700. The most of any lawmaker. Under House rules lawmakers who Don t document business travel Are charged the full Cost of their lease. In five months last year. Thomas was billed $628 the full Cost of the lease for his 2013 foul explorer Xix in addition to providing a car the state covers maintenance and pays for insurance Slid boy Thompson a sex Kiesman for the department of general services. The Senate handles things differently. Personal use of state cars is considered non Cash the Senate does not attempt to limit personal trips said Jennifer Rocher a spokeswoman for the chamber s Republican leaders. Senate majority Leader Jake Clyman r Centre county is one of four Republican senators who drive a state car. His is a 2014 Ford expedition. In the House Only two republicans use a state car Cor Man Only uses the vehicle for business travel and has a personal vehicle that he uses otherwise said Rocher. Defenders of the cars say they save taxpayers Money since lawmakers with stale issued cars Are not allowed to claim mileage for their travels. Rep. Flo Fabrizio a Erie who got a 2014 Ford escape last fall that costs taxpayers $586 a month said use of the vehicles a is records show that of the three months Fabrizio had a state car he racked up the most personal travel in december. Even then no business Miles accounted for Only 7.5 a percent of his use of the car. While the houses approach for tracking How cars Are used May be More detailed and transparent it s also less common. The Senate a treatment of personal use of cars is Quot Standard practice Quot used to manage corporate fleets said cliche Freeh an accountant who serves on the state taxation committee of the Pennsylvania Institute of Pas. Either approach would by considered acceptable she said. Good government activists an less impressed. Erie Epstein coordinator of the group Rock the Cap ital said vehicles logs rely too much on lawmaker self reporting. He said it would be better if All lawmakers provided their own vehicles and were required to submit receipts to show business expenses. Quot the Era of legislators getting a free pass is Over Quot he said. A a what she hardship in providing your own car Quot email j Finnerty emerged from Jimmy Kos around you Quot Smith told bar and Grille in new Brighton about 30 Miles North of Pittsburgh when an argument broke out Over who should jurors. After the verdict she said relatives of the victim could now a go about their Kane from Page a2 been an effective Leader. Quot the morale is very Low and there a a lot of fear among employees there Quot said Strett ii a Democrat. A from my observation there Are excellent professional lawyers who Are working in that office and despite the very difficult and demoralizing environment. They Are doing their Job despite the personal toll on former gov. Eli Bendell a Democrat said Quot the die has not been cast Quot on Kane s electoral chances in 2016, noting that a recent a Xii showed her with Strong support within her Jymy. Quot of she does no to get charged she has no problem winning the democratic nomination and in a presidential year would be the favorite to get re elected Quot Rendell said. Kane has spent time travelling the state and getting herself known said . Rooney former chair of the state democratic party. That could pay dividends if the High court decision goes her Way and she runs for a second term. Quot there Are a lot of big chasms along the Way and i think a lot of the conventional Wisdom is betting against her Quot Rooney said. Quot but ifs oftentimes that when politicians find themselves with their Back against the Wall they can weather this incredible officer improving after surgery budget from Page a1 Mercer county wrote a letter in support of the project. He describes it As essentially phase two of the company s expansion. When Corbett was governor he stressed that he was refocusing the capital program to target projects for Job creation. But Longi Etti said that did t always seem to be the deciding Factor especially in Corbett s final round of Grants ahead of the election. Instead the former governor found room for locally popular efforts that had Only indirect benefits to the Economy. Quot i think if you look at that list you la see some of the More traditional Type of projects Quot Langietti said. They included $5 million to move the Pittsburgh playhouse $2 million for the Miller Center for recreation and wellness in Lewisburg $2 million for a visitors Center at the army heritage Center in Cumberland county $1.5 million to fix the vac system at the Academy of music in Philadelphia $500,000 to renovate a historic building to make room for a restaurant for the Philadelphia fringe festival and funding for Yucas. The state handed out $200 million in redevelopment Grants last year. The biggest was a $10 million contribution to the $1.9 billion 59-Story co cast Tower in Philadelphia. The governors role in Parcelin Grant Money takes on particular significance because the Legislatures process for nominating projects is opaque and has resulted in a backlog of hundreds of requests. That leaves it to the governor to decide who gets Aid and How much they get. Since 2006, the legislature has authorized almost $30 billion Worth of work much of which has never gotten off the drawing Board. One of those projects in waiting is $4 million to redevelop a former Industrial site in Sunbury. The Bill that added that project to the queue did no to specify a location. The ambiguity was intentional because City officials were considering a couple locations said rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver a Northumberland county. Quot we went at it thinking. There s no harm in getting on the list a a she said noting that the application can be updated if a plan Ever starts to come together. As he prepares to make decisions Wolf Isnit saying much about How he will divvy up the Money. His administration has not updated a state website explaining the redevelopment assistance capital program. A Wolf spokesman said it is too Early to say if there will be changes. A at this time we Are Only beginning to review the 2015 applications As Well As the process so it is premature to say if any changes will be mad Quot said Wolf spokesman Jeff Sheridan. But Public comment for the first round of Grants closed this week he said. Concerns about this process have prompted at least one lawmaker to propose More transparency. Rep. Rosita Youngblood a Philadelphia is circulating a memo seeking support to require Public meet Ings in areas where Grants would be spent. She would also have the governors office to Post More information about projects under consideration. Email Finnerty Boston apr a decorated Boston police officer shot Point Blank in the face by a suspect was in stable condition at a Hospital yesterday and improving after surgery to remove a Bullet lodged below his ear police said. Officer John Moynihan 34, underwent several hours of surgery at Boston medical Center where he was upgraded from critical condition after he was shot Friday night. After the shooting doctors put him in a medically induced coma so they could Monitor him for bleeding in his brain. Police commissioner William Evans said Moynihan is expected to be moved from intensive care within Days and make a full recovery. Quot i was Happy to hear that he made it through surgery without any complications. It shows you what a Strong kid he is and what a great medical team they have Here at Boston medical Center Quot Evans said. 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