Mexican immigrant seeks sanctuary at Philadelphia church
PHILADELPHIA >> A Mexican immigrant who had been living in northeast Philadelphia has relocated to a local church where he is now seeking sanctuary from deportation by federal authorities.
Juntos, a south Philadelphia immigrant support group, says 40-year-old Javier Flores moved into Arch Street United Methodist Church on Sunday.
The father of three U.S.born children is eligible for a “U-Visa,” which the federal government provides to victims of certain crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse.
If Flores’ visa application is denied, he will be deported after 90 days.
Flores recently spent 16 months at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Detention Center in Pike County.
He was detained because he was previously deported but returned to the United States to reunite with his family.
SEPTA rolls out Key Card for seniors
PHILADELPHIA >> The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority is rolling out the SEPTA Key card feature to senior citizens.
The photo ID allows seniors to “tap-and-go” for free trips on all SEPTA subways, buses and trolleys without having to show their ID to a cashier or operator.
SEPTA says the approximately 40,000 seniors who have already applied for a SEPTA Key Senior Photo ID Card will receive them in the mail over the course of the next month.
Seniors who have not applied can do so at a number of locations, including SEPTA Headquarters and at the offices of many elected officials.
Teachers strike in northeastern Pa. school district
DALLAS >> School’s out for students in one northeastern Pennsylvania school district due to a teachers’ strike.
Dallas School District teachers hit the picket lines Monday. Their last contract expired 15 months ago.
Superintendent Thomas Duffy plans to meet with state education officials Monday to determine how long the strike can last. By law, students must receive 180 class days of instruction.
The teachers’ union has agreed to let coaches and teachers continue to perform other extracurricular roles, so sports will continue and club activities may on a case-by-case basis depending on the wishes of their faculty advisers.
Hearing set for man charged with killing, dismembering woman
SAYLORSBURG >> A preliminary hearing is set for a Pennsylvania man charged with kidnapping and killing a co-worker whose bones were found buried in his yard last month.
Prosecutors from Monroe and Lehigh counties have charged 49-yearold Michael Horvath in the kidnapping, death and dismemberment of Holly Grim. The 41-yearold woman was last seen in Lower Macungie Township in Lehigh County in November 2013. Horvath and Grim worked together at a company that makes church organs.