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December 24, 2012

5 things to know today in Pennsylvania

Here's a look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Monday:

1. POLICE IN SCHUYLKILL COUNTY SAY "MOBILE METH LAB" PARKED IN WAL-MART

Shoppers doing last-minute Christmas shopping at a Wal-Mart in Saint Clair Township came across an unusual scene, as members of a state police emergency team on Sunday cordoned off a van they said was stocked like a mobile methamphetamine lab. A man sleeping in the van was arrested.

1. U.S. MILITARY OFFICIALS ARE INVESTIGATING THE APPARENT SUICIDE OF A NAVY SEAL COMMANDER IN AFGHANISTAN

Navy SEAL Cdr. Job W. Price, 42, of Pottstown, died Saturday of a noncombat-related injury while supporting stability operations in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan. A U.S. military official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the death "appears to be the result of suicide."

3. OCTOBER TRIAL DATE SET FOR NH HOSPITAL TECH ACCUSED OF INFECTING PATIENTS WITH HEPATITIS C

As expected, a federal judge has postponed the trial until October for a New Hampshire hospital worker accused of infecting patients with hepatitis C through tainted syringes. David Kwiatkowski previously worked in hospitals in seven states including Pennsylvania.

4. SUBURBAN PHILADELPHIA APARTMENT BUILDING EVACUATED AFTER A REPORTED CARBON MONOXIDE LEAK

Authorities were called to the North Apartments in Pottstown for the report of a carbon monoxide leak early Monday morning. Residents of the building were evacuated. Word on their conditions was not immediately available but police say two of the residents drove themselves to a hospital to be checked out.

5. REMAINS FOUND BY HUNTER ARE THOSE OF 80-YEAR-OLD WESTERN PA. MAN WHO FEARED LEAVING HOME

A coroner has concluded that human remains found by a western Pennsylvania hunter are those of a man described as agoraphobic, or afraid to leave his house. Donald Mariacher, 80, was last seen July 13 in East Lackawannock Township. His remains were found less than a mile from his home on Dec. 1.

 

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