EDITORIAL: Compassion in the courtroom

York Dispatch
  • Susquehannock teacher tops in Eagles eyes
  • Two benefit running events this weekend in York City

Thumbs Up: To prosecutors who agreed to a lesser sentence for Jacob Hershey.

Hershey faced a litany of charges after the Corvette he was driving at a high rate of speed crashed and burned in Newberry Township, killing his twin brother in 2014. If found guilty of the most serious charge, felony vehicular homicide, Hershey would have done prison time.

Joshua Hershey was killed June 15, 2014, when the Corvette he was riding in crashed into a boulder and burst into flames, police said. His twin brother was driving the car.
(Photo courtesy of Guy Moody)

Friends of the twins described them as best friends who were inseparable.

Hershey has a year to perform community service work, participate in a behavioral program and in York County's Victim Impact Panel as both a student and, later, as a presenter, with the intent to create something beneficial from this tragedy.

Presiding Common Pleas Judge Michael E. Bortner noted the agreement "is a little unusual" but told the defendant the plea was designed to "help you move forward from this and still hold you accountable."

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When the charges were filed, Newberry Township Police Chief John Snyder said he hoped Hershey would not be convicted.  "How are you going to hurt that brother any more than he's been hurt already?" he said.

Thumbs Up: To Susquehannock High School science teacher Laura Krotzer who was recognized at a Philadelphia Eagles' preseason game on for being an Axalta All-Pro Teacher. The program, presented by Philadelphia's Axalta Coating Systems in conjunction with the Eagles, awards nominated teachers in a tri-state area.

Susquehannock High School science teacher Laura Krotzer, right, sits with her husband, Jesse, at an Eagles game.

She is receiving a $1000 donation from the team for school supplies and has a chance to win the $10,000 grand prize.

“This is a well-deserved honor," Southern School District Superintendent Sandra Lemmon said in the release.

Eagles honor Susquehannock teacher at game

The criteria for judging this award are educational drive, innovation in the classroom and engaging in community ownership, according to a school news release.

"Laura demonstrates these qualities each day as she makes a difference in the lives of her students, one Warrior at a time," Lemmon said.

Thumbs Up: To the benefit runs in York City this weekend. It’s refreshing, in this election season, to hear about running a race for a good cause instead of for public office.

The 2015 White Rose Run

The 40th annual 5-mile White Rose run will step off Saturday morning with entry fees benefiting the local Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter. There are prizes for top finishers and even a “stroller” division for those tackling the course with a running stroller.

The course will take runners through city streets from its start and finish on North Beaver St.

2 races set to step off in York City

The We Run York, which is sponsored by Dashon Sexton's local Hard Knocks of Fitness organization, is a 1-kilometer run that consists of a few laps around Penn Park. The free run is meant to unite, urging residents to "take a stand against the violence, drugs and everything else crippling our city," according to the event's Facebook page.