Quakertown's Univest Performance Center hosted a "Let Freedom Ring" event Sunday afternoon. The goal was to explain The Convention of States, a movement looking to use the U.S. Constitution to give states more rights. Brenda Hendricks helped organize the event. "It's great to know there's some like-mindedness and people are concerned how things are going," Hendricks says. She says 34 states are needed for a convention to propose amendments to the Constitution. She says there are currently 15 states and they are hoping to add Pennsylvania.
Gunfire was heard Sunday night in the area of West Mauch Chunk and Kohl streets in Nazareth. Police were called out around 9 o'clock for reports for gun shots. Police have not said whether any people or houses were hit by the gunfire.
Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey says he'll vote no on raising the debt ceiling even if that means risking the government shutting down. "I will certainly be voting know if Democrats insist on combining the debt ceiling increase with the continuing operations of the government," Toomey says. He says Democrats are on a major spending spree and he doesn't think it's wise to continue adding onto the nation's already massive debt.
State lawmakers are looking to reintroduce a bill that would restrict access to guns for certain individuals. Lawmakers say the Extreme Risk Protective Order bill would allow law enforcement or family members to ask a court to temporarily remove firearms from an individual that they believe poses a threat to themselves or others. They say they're not advocating to eliminate gun rights, but instead trying to prevent people from dying by suicide. Some Republican lawmakers are already against the bill, saying there should be more mental health programs instead.
Four Pennsylvania teens are in custody for their alleged Columbine-style attack plot for a Lackawanna County high school. Police say they started investigating the group back in July and allegedly found text messages between the Dunmore High School students that mentioned plans to shoot up the school. One of the suspects even called dibs on a victim, according to police. The group allegedly planned to hold the attack on April 20th of 2024, which is the 25th anniversary of the 1999 Columbine High School mass shooting. Police executed a search warrant at a suspect's home and found explosive devices, notebooks detailing how to make explosives and more. Two of them will be charged as adults due to the serious nature of their threats.
A state lawmaker is facing multiple charges including harassment. St. Rep. Kevin Boyle was arrested for charges of harassment and allegedly violating a protection from abuse order, reportedly filed by his wife. Boyle's attorney says it's important to note that he is not accused of any act of violence. The Democrat has been removed from the house finance committee and is set to go to court tomorrow. Republican leaders are calling on Boyle to resign. House Republican leadership issued a statement over the weekend, saying the news is troubling and it's clear that Boyle should resign from office now to focus on his personal health as well as the future well-being of those around him.
Hunters across the state are now able to store their information digitally. Pennsylvania Game Commission officials say hunters must still have their paper tags for harvesting, but the digital option is going to be more convenient. They added that those who already have licenses can still upload all their information online at www.pgc.pa.gov to have it stored digitally on their phones. Those who hunt without their proper documents could face fines.
Pennsylvania residents this week will start seeing messages from the FBI via social media and through other outlets. The bureau says they are taking part in a statewide effort asking residents to report hate crime incidents. Such reports can be called in to the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or submitted online at www.tips.fbi.gov.
The Wolf administration is urging residents to practice fire safety as the fall wildfire season approaches. Officials say as the leaves start to come down and things are more exposed on dry and windy days in the fall, we can quickly have dry enough conditions that a fire could start and spread. They added that 99-percent of all wildfires in the state are human-caused with debris burning, equipment use, power lines and campfires being the most common causes of these wildfires. The fall wildfire season begins next month.
It's the Eagles and Cowboys in Dallas tonight on Monday Night Football. Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts knows how big the game is to the fans. "I lot of people love the rivalry. I think we respect the game, respect the rivalry and we know what it means to the fans, so we want to go down there and get it done," Hurts says. Both teams are 1-1.