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November 1, 2012

Midday briefing: State officials don't expect storm to hamper voting

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HARRISBURG — Officials say they expect next Tuesday's election to proceed without significant problems in Pennsylvania, as crews focus on restoring power to voting sites.

A spokesman for Gov. Tom Corbett says voting precincts are a priority for repair crews, after hospitals and other critical care facilities.

Experts also say that voting machines have backup batteries that last up to six hours.

Corbett has also ordered some county election offices to extend the deadline for absentee ballots to be returned following the disruptions caused by this week's massive storm.

Absentee voters in counties where election officers were closed this week have until 5 p.m. Monday to submit their ballots, either by mail or in person.

Anonymous donor offers reward in '07 Derry slaying

DERRY — An anonymous donor is offering $15,000 as a limited time reward for information in an unsolved Westmoreland County slaying in 2007.

Twenty-two-year-old Samantha Joann Lang was found with her throat slashed at the home where she lived with her father and brother in Derry Township on March 27, 2007.

The Lang men weren't living there at the time, because they were incarcerated on drug charges and, police say, their house was known for drug activity.

Lang was found slain in the ransacked house, but nobody has ever been charged in her death.

The victim's mother, Carol Polo, says the reward offer made her cry. Previously, other sources were offering $5,000 for information, so any new tipsters stand to gain as much as $20,000 for information that solves the case.

Bradford man tried to light school bus rider on fire

BRADFORD — An 18-year-old McKean County man has been charged with trying to light a 15-year-old boy on fire while they rode a bus home from a school for students for behavioral problems.

Online court records don't list an attorney for Johnny Krouse, of Bradford, who faces a Nov. 8 preliminary hearing on aggravated assault, risking a catastrophe and other charges.

Bradford Township police tell The Bradford Era that Krouse and the 15 year-old were returning from the Beacon Light School when they tried to use cigarette lighters to set one another on fire. The younger teen isn't being identified because police also expect to charge him, but in juvenile court.

Police say nobody was injured, but the bus was slightly damaged.

Krouse remained in the McKean County Jail today, unable to post $50,000 bond.

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