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AP-PA--Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

September 18, 2018

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at AP’s general news coverage today in Pennsylvania. For questions about the state report, contact the Philadelphia bureau at 215-561-1133. Ron Todt is on the desk. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

CLERGY ABUSE-CIVIL LAWSUITS

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s attorney general and a lawmaker are holding public events on opposite sides of Pennsylvania on Tuesday to press for legislation to create a two-year window for child abuse survivors, including those abused by clergy, to file civil lawsuits after the statute of limitations on their cases ran out. By Marc Levy. UPCOMING: About 400 Words by 6 p.m. EDT.

PHILADELPHIA-FORFEITURE SETTLEMENT

PHILADELPHIA — The city of Philadelphia has agreed to a settlement in a federal lawsuit with the Institute for Justice that will overhaul the city’s civil forfeiture laws— the laws that allow law enforcement to seize property over suspected criminal activity. Changes include barring forfeiture for simple drug possession and not allowing seizure of cash under $250. By Claudia Lauer. SENT: NewsNow. UPCOMING: About 400 words by 1 p.m. EDT.

HELPFUL HOMELESS PERSON

BURLINGTON, N.J. — The New Jersey man under investigation over more than $400,000 raised online for a homeless good Samaritan says answers are coming in the confusing case. SENT: NewsNow, will be updated.

MOVIE CREW-PAY LAWSUIT

PHILADELPHIA — The crew of a movie shot in Philadelphia over the summer has sued the producer and production company, saying they weren’t paid for about two weeks of work. The 53-member crew of “Made in Chinatown” filed the lawsuit Monday in Philadelphia against Suza-Mark Productions of Lansdale, Pennsylvania, and producer Mark V. Wiley. Lead plaintiff Derrick Berry claims he and the other crew members were not paid for about 120 hours of work over two weeks at the end of July and beginning of August, totaling about $200,000 for the entire crew. SENT: About 210 words.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-FATHER-DAUGHTER HIKES

LEWISBERRY — During his two-year journey with his 6-year-old daughter Lily to walk every trail at Gifford Pinchot State Park, Silas Chamberlin experienced moments of joy, laughter and stress. Sounds like the perfect analogy for parenting. “It’s something we share and look forward to. That doesn’t mean there haven’t been tears along the way,” Chamberlain joked. “There have been trips and falls. The last hike we had, it ended in tears and I carried her out because she scuffed up her knee. But we went and got milkshakes and she was fine. It’s not always perfect, but it’s fun.” When his family moved back to York two years ago, Chamberlin saw an opportunity to introduce an outdoor activity to his daughter that he once shared with his own parents. “The reason I love hiking is because my parents made sure I was out in the woods walking around. I think really fondly back on those memories and I hope Lily will feel that way too.” John Buffone, York Daily Record.

IN BRIEF:

FATHER KILLED-SON CHARGED — Authorities say a Pennsylvania man fatally bludgeoned and stabbed his father, then tried to dismember him before leaving his body on a rural road.

CIRCUS CAMEL-PEOPLE HURT — A federal agency is looking into an accident involving a startled camel that began bucking while a woman and two small children were riding it at a circus in Pittsburgh.

WIFE ON LEASH — A Maryland man who said he used a dog leash to lead his wife around a Pennsylvania fair because she has late-stage dementia and has previously wandered away is facing a simple assault charge.

OFFICER STOPS RAPE — Delaware police say an off-duty officer rushed to assist a woman screaming in a nearby park and helped to stop a rape.

ATHLETIC FIELDS VANISHED — Pennsylvania State Police are searching for a person who they say vandalized a middle school’s athletic fields.

HEINZ AWARD — A scientist who warned about the environmental threat of microbeads is one of six people being honored with $250,000 cash awards from the Pittsburgh-based Heinz Family Foundation.

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