President Obama’s executive action on immigration is unconstitutional says, U.S. District Judge of Pennsylvania Arthur Schwab. The Christian Post says, Schwab made the conclusion yesterday in a 38-page opinion on the criminal case of an undocumented Honduran immigrant, who was charged in federal court with unlawful re-entry after he was arrested earlier this year in Pennsylvania for drunk driving. Schwab wrote, President Obama’s unilateral legislative action violates the separation of powers provided for in the United States Constitution as well as the Take Care Clause, and therefore, is unconstitutional. He said, Obama’s Executive Action on immigration goes beyond prosecutorial discretion because it provides for a systematic and rigid process by which a broad group of individuals will be treated differently than others based upon arbitrary classifications, rather than case-by-case examination.
Lycoming County Commissioners are talking about banning cellphones and electronic recording devices from the county courthouse. County officials say it would better prevent the unauthorized taking of photos, videos and audio in courtrooms. Any individual who attempts to enter the courthouse with a cellphone and is not authorized to do so will be denied entry. Exceptions would be made for court employees, law enforcement officers, attorneys and agency workers who regularly do business there.
The investigation continues into the shooting death of 40 year old Ty Kimble of Montoursville. Kimball was shot inside a car along Warrensville Road early Sunday morning. He was in the car with his girlfriend Sherri Scarantino, when the two allegedly got into a fight. Kimball allegedly was striking and trying to choke the woman before she shot him. No charges have been filed as of yet.
Fracking is a modern American success story. The technique for extracting oil from shale has made America the world’s leading oil producer. Lower energy prices have been an early Christmas present for consumers, but they also hurt companies that drill for oil. And with oil prices now below $60 a barrel and likely to go lower, fracking is facing a challenge. Analysts say, Saudi Arabia and OPEC are trying to use the low world oil prices as a weapon to kill off fracking as an industry by making the process too expensive compared to the price of oil. They don’t like the competition from the U.S. They think if they drop the price, they’ll be able to cause enough pain and push some of them out of business, and they’ll be able to raise the price back up.
You’ll likely be standing in long lines if you have Xmas gifts to mail. Today is expected to be the busiest shipping day of the year for the U.S. Postal Service with more than 640 million cards, letters and packages expected to be processed. FedEx also said it’s expected to be the busiest day it has ever seen. USPS says Monday is the deadline to send mail using standard post where it can be guaranteed to arrive in time for Christmas morning.
The investigation continues into a man found dead yesterday morning in Loyalsock Township. State police in Montoursville say that 40 year old Ty Kimble was in a car with a woman along Warrensville Road around 2am when an argument between the two became physical with Kimball being shot and killed. An autopsy was scheduled for this morning. The woman who has not been identified was taken into custody.
State Police continue to investigate a home burglary near Hughesville last month. Sometime from November 21st to the 22nd, someone broke through an exterior door window ata home on Barto Hollow Road in Penn Township. An air purifier was stolen as well as about $2,000 dollars in change and another $250 dollars in cash. Anyone with information is asked to contact State police in Montoursville.
Adding to the growing number of hats already floating in the sea of potential Republican presidential candidates for 2016, former Pennsylvania senator and runner-up in the 2012 GOP presidential primary Rick Santorum has announced that he’s jumping into the race for the White House again and this time he sounds prepared for a dogfight. In a recent interview with The Washington Post, Santorum said, “America loves an underdog. We’re definitely the underdog in this race,” he said while noting that the underestimation “has given me a lot of latitude.”
Hughesville Borough Council on Monday Night approved the 2015 budget of $849,035 dollars. Borough officials say the spending plan will not contain a tax increase for borough taxpayers with the tax millage remaining the same. Council also approved 22 year police veteran Rod Smith as the borough’s new police chief. He will oversee a department with 1 full-time and 6 part-time employees.
Milton police continue to investigate six separate break in attempts over a span of four days. Attempted break ins were reported in vehicles in different parts of the borough as well as a borough business, a home and a storage unit. In some cases, property was taken. The attempted break-ins occurred between December 2nd and 5th. Police are reminding residents to secure their vehicles and property. They are asking anyone with information regarding the incidents to give them a call.