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HARRISBURG, Pa- Steven E. Jackson, Jr. pleaded guilty Monday at the Dauphin County Courthouse after police arrest him for driving with a high rate of alcohol and under a suspended license.
Standing before Judge Debra E. Curcillo with his hands clasped together behind his back and his head down, the forty-seven year old Highspire resident received his sentence of two counts for driving while under the influence of alcohol on April 14th, 2013. His alcohol level was .16, considered extremely high by Pennsylvania state standards.
In front of his mother who was watching in the courtroom, Jackson begged the court for leniency. “Mr. Jackson is currently working and is the father of four young children. We ask for a reduced sentence where the defendant will be able to retain his current job,” said Natalie Burston, public defender assigned to the Jackson case.
He had previously been arrested for driving while under the influence of a controlled substance. When the police pulled Jackson over for the current arrest his license was already suspended for the previous incident, thereby causing an additional charge of driving under suspension.
“What is your current job?” asked Curicillo. “He is currently working full-time as a janitor and has kept that position for well over a year, your honor,” said Burston. The judge then asked Jackson if she gave him leniency what would stop him from committing the same crime again. “No offense your honor, but I don’t want to be in this courtroom again or ever see you again, “said Jackson. “No offense taken, I don’t want to see you again in my courtroom either,” said Curculio.
Deputy District Attorney Kristie Falco inquired about a possible rehab program for the defendant to ensure control of his substance abuse issue. The judge agreed that it should become part of the sentence, inquiring as to the last time Jackson had his CRIN evaluation. “There is not a current evaluation on file,” said Falco. The judge then required a new evaluation as part of his sentencing agreement.
A CRIN or court reporting network evaluation is required for all DUI offenders in the State of Pennsylvania. It is a pre-screening tool used to determine if a defendant will be referred for a more comprehensive drug and alcohol assessment.
Expressing additional concern for his neglect of the law, Falco then suggested perhaps the defendant relinquish his license before the court. The defendant then handed over his license to the judge, with the judge suggesting to the public defender that she fully explain what surrendering his license meant and the fact that it goes into effect immediately. With her hand on his back, Burton told the judge she discussed the situation with her client prior to the sentencing, and that Jackson would ride the bus home.
Proposed Rental Inspections Have Realtors and Landlords Upset
LEMOYNE, Pa- Realtors rallied Monday night against new rental property registration and inspection ordinance proposed by the Borough Ordinance and Zoning Committee.
The borough meeting room had thirty chairs, but additional chairs were added to accommodate the extra people attending to get their opinions heard on the proposed changes. The borough is suggesting an ordinance that would require all rental units within the borough limits to register with the township and be added to the list for inspection.
Council committee member Lynda Stark started the meeting by stating that the committee would only allow thirty minutes for the discussion on the rental property changes. She realized that many people in attendance wanted to discuss the topic, but there were other items to review so time would be limited. She then opened the room for questions, and the questions started flying.
Carlia Ebersole was the first to comment. She suggested that the additional costs of the inspections would be detrimental to the landlords. “Many people own more than one property and the costs could make them have to sell their property,” she said. The inspections would cost the owners $40 per year, and would only occur once every four years,” said Stark. “It’s not the small cost of the inspection that we are here to discuss, it’s the snow ball effect the inspections will cause,” said Bob Fox, Vice-Chair of the Greater Association of Realtors. “These inspection requirements are stringent and don’t seem to serve a purpose.”
Many of the realtors in attendance felt that the inspections surpassed other local township requirements and were unjustified. “You have a violation in here that says no more than one person for every forty square feet. We don’t want that either, but who is going to enforce it?” said Aaron Piscioneri, local real estate salesman. “We have it written in the leases but it gets violated constantly. Without the support of local authority, nothing can be done about it.”
The additional costs to bring the rental properties up to code would cause the landlord to have to increase the rent. Increasing the rents would be a disadvantage to all the landlords and make it difficult to compete with nearby townships rentals. “You will price us right out of the business,” said Fox. “We will be forced to sell our properties for less value due to this ordinance. Then you will get slum lords in here and really bad tenants.”
Council President, Robert Ihlein explained that this was a preliminary meeting. He appreciated all the suggestions and would invite everyone to email additional items they would like to see included or deleted from the requirements. “We are here for you, the owners of the buildings. We want to make the properties safe, but also keep Lemoyne a nice place to live, “said Ihlein.
MECHANICSBURG, Pa- Congressman Scott Perry fired up a local group claiming he offered himself to Chris Matthews as a target to take on liberal rederick and clarify the republican stance.
In his first appearance yesterday before the Harrisburg Liberty Alliance, Perry answered difficult questions about his sparring with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on the television new show, Hardball. Perry appeared with Matthews at the end of September and the jarring went viral. Perry told the audience he did not want to be confrontational, he simply wanted to represent the other side of the story, but Matthews was having none of that, barely allowing answers to the questions asked.
Perry said “I represent people from both sides of the political spectrum. If you can’t functionally argue your position, you shouldn’t have the job.” So he said he “offered himself up to Matthews to try to get show his constituents there was two sides to every story”.
Matthews and Perry attacked each other on issues surrounding the government shut down, and the supposed hostage taking of the American people. The main point from the discussion with Matthews was the Affordable Care Act and how Perry felt it was unconstitutional. The debate between the two got heated with neither side getting their point across.
The Harrisburg Libery Alliance hosted Perry in hopes of better understanding his views on the hot topics currently underway in congress. The hot topic of the night was why the conservative side is not being stronger, and not pushing harder for the conservatives. The Chris Matthews discussion was on the top of the list. Many of the attendees feeling as though Perry did not fight hard enough.
One attendee, a bald man approximately 35, covered in tattoos and very loud, told Perry that while he was happy with what he has been doing for the party, he thinks the conservative side needs to be more visible and loud regarding dis-banning Obamacare. Perry replying “There are 233 republicans in the conference, and everybody went to their district and tried to get that message out. And I know that I did as well. Some people are just unwilling to receive the message, or they hear the other side and it sounds better or whatever. I will tell you that delivering difficult news is not pleasant.”
During the speech people continued with their meals. The sound of silverware hitting plates, and waitresses interrupting did not disrupt the questions that continued to flow the entire night. While several people showed their unhappiness for the government in general, all had glowing things to say regarding Perry himself and what he was doing for the area.
An elderly women, approximately 65, took the mike to ask about Perry and his stance on foreign policy. Again, Perry having 33 years of military service, took the positive side. He explained that especially in his district, manufacturing is huge. “The 4th district is the largest manufacturing district in Pennsylvania. 90 percent of all manufacturing nationwide goes overseas. If we didn’t offer foreign policy, it would substantially hurt those numbers,” said Perry. Although he went on to add that while he does agree with some foreign aid he feels history show mishandling of policy. “American’s credibility has been diminished due to our sorely mishandled foreign policy.”
Congressman Perry has been in office for 11 months. He resides in Mechanicsburg with his wife and two children, ages 4 and 6. Although still at the beginning of her term, he hopes to have a future in politics and plans to continue in politics.
LEWISBERRY, Pa – Early game time, no visitor seating and poor weather keep spectators away. The players are dressed and ready to play. The coaches take place on the field and the fans start to arrive. Several spectators wear coats and sweatshirts to watch the Red Land freshmen football team take on their Palmyra rivals.
The visiting team’s observers sit on folding chair they brought to the game. The metal seats, on the home side, sting from the crispness in the air. Exposed arms are red from the howling wind. Clouds fill the sky.
A boy, approximately three, ran a metal car up and down the benches. The noise sounded like fingernails on a chalkboard. Several fans scowled with annoyance. The boy’s family requested he stop, and for a minute he did.
Another boy, about five, played with a bag of rubber bands. He put one on each finger, until finger contained a band. The boy became agitated when a little girl, approximately three hung around to try to borrow a few. He turned his back on her and she continued to talk to him and begged for just one rubber band.
The fan age base appears mixed, mostly over the age of 60, grandmothers and grandfathers. Several adults, still dressed in business attire, schlepped in slowly. One man, wearing a coat and tie, walked from the parking lot to the standing without ever putting down his cell phone. Another woman, approximately 40 and wearing a dress, sunk her heels into the mud as she made her way to the seats.
No cheerleaders arrived to cheer on the team. The team trainer, an attractive woman around 30-years-old, medical bag in tow, made her way to the field. Several coaches, and a few men with clipboards traveled up and down the home team’s sideline.
The players from both teams formed circles on the field chanting. The game started and points filled the scoreboard. The audience clapped, cheered and encouraged the team yelling “Go Red Land” or “We love you no matter what.” Moms cheered for their sons, yelling out their team numbers to encourage good play. Other mothers scowled to the opposing team members hurting their sons. One yelling “Your gonna kill him.”
A group of teenaged girls gathered, supposedly to watch the game. The girls giggling, gossiping and screaming, disregarding the game altogether, at times yelling obscenities for no apparent reason. All three teenaged girls wore torn jeans. One girl, blonde hair, with red painted in it to support her team, was especially loud. Mothers with small children argued under their breath but loud enough to be heard, in disapproval.
The concession stand opened for the few fans who bothered to walk up the big, grassy hill to purchase hot dogs, sodas and hot chocolate. Business was slow due to the modest number of people.
A few men stood along the fence to get closer to the action in the game. Some men taking notes and others are yelling at the players assuming the coach on the sideline position. At one point a man ran onto the field with a bag of ice for an injured player. Two ambulances parked on the lower field, in both vehicles drivers sleeping at the wheel.
The game was over and Red Land won, to little fanfare. By the end of the game fewer than 20people remained. One mother suggested to another perhaps a time change would increase attendance. Another suggested a cheer team might help bring in more fans. An elderly man, over 60, suggested that as long as the team did well he doubted the team cared.
Boys ran off the field, covered in sweat. Gathered their belongings from the sideline and went home. Players did not complaint about attendance, just smiles for the victors, scowls from the losers.