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December 31, 2012

5 things to know for today in Pennsylvania news

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

1. DEFENDER SAYS CLIENT TO PLEAD GUILTY IN SLAYING OF ESTRANGED BOYFRIEND DAY BEFORE CUSTODY HEARING OVER 4 KIDS

The Northampton County public defender says 43-year-old Elizabeth Collazo will plead guilty to first-degree murder today in exchange for a life sentence in the March slaying. If Collazo reneges, she’ll go to trial Jan. 7 and prosecutors will seek the death penalty.

2. STATE POLICE SEEK MYSTERY TARGET NOW SUSPECTED OF KILLING 1 OF 4 WHO CAME TO ROB HIM

Troopers in Westmoreland County say the suspect, known to them only as “Mitch”, was the target of a robbery plot that ended with the shooting death of 24-year-old Michael Volk, of New Florence. Three others who allegedly planned the robbery with Volk are jailed on related charges.

3. AND NOW, LOOKING AHEAD TO THE NEW YEAR ...

Officials in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and other towns across the state are preparing for First Night celebrations to ring in 2013.

4. ... AND THE LAST SNOW OF 2012

Those preparations include plans for light snow across most of western Pennsylvania and other parts of the state starting in the late afternoon and continuing into the overnight hours. Forecasts aren’t calling for significant snowfall, but it could still pose problems given more late-night traffic than normal.

5. WHEN THEY MARCH IN PHILLY, A FIRE-RAVAGED MUMMERS GROUP WILL HAVE ALL THEIR PROPS

A fire gutted a warehouse three weeks ago where the Fralinger String Band built and stored props. But the group’s leader says those items have all been repaired for the annual New Year’s Day parade which is often is described as Philadelphia’s Mardi Gras.

 

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