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March 19, 2012

Body of man found in burning car in central Pa.

HARRISBURG — Authorities say the body of an unidentified man was found in a burning car in a central Pennsylvania parking lot.

Police in Dauphin County say the fire was reported just after 5 a.m. Sunday in the lot of a Susquehanna Township development.

Rescue Fire Chief Rod Calhoun told The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News that arriving firefighters reported the vehicle engulfed in flames.

Police are still trying to identify the victim and determine the cause of the fire.

Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick says an autopsy on the body is planned Monday.

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MANSFIELD – Authorities in north-central Pennsylvania have identified two elderly women killed in a two-vehicle crash that injured two other people.

Police in Tioga County say the accident happened in Mansfield at about noon on Thursday.

Officer Zach Stager says one car was apparently tried to make a left turn when it collided with the other vehicle.

Authorities said 81-year-old Iva Busia was pronounced dead at the scene and 89-year-old Gertrude Hultz died later at a Sayre hospital.

Officials said another person was listed in critical condition after the crash.

Authorities said the crash remains under investigation.

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Jury to be picked in Pa. girl’s suitcase death

ERIE – Jury selection is set to begin for the trial of a northwestern Pennsylvania woman accused of starving her daughter to death and dumping the little girl’s body in the trash inside a suitcase.

Twenty-one-year-old Tania Coleman is charged with first-degree murder and other charges in the death of her 14-month-old daughter, Alayja, last May.

Prosecutors say Coleman intentionally starved her daughter, then disposed of her body in the trash, where it was spotted by an Erie fire captain responding to a nearby fire.

Defense attorney Jamie Mead tells the Erie Times-News he intends to show the girl died of unrelated health problems.

Coleman’s boyfriend and the father of three of her other children admitted this month he helped dispose of the girl’s body. He’s agreed to testify against Coleman.

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Family: Woman killed in crash got marrow donation

VANDERGRIFT – Family members say the woman killed when a car rolled into a western Pennsylvania river had received a life-saving bone marrow donation from her sister when she was a child.

Investigators say it was the same sister who was behind the wheel early Sunday when the car left the roadway and rolled into the Kiski River two miles south of Vandergrift, Armstrong County, killing 26-year-old Nicole Dibler.

The women’s family says 23-year-old Michelle Dibler donated bone marrow to her sister for treatment of leukemia when she was six years old.

Officials and family say the sisters were returning from a wedding-related party at the time of the crash. Their grandmother says Michelle Dibler was scheduled to be married next week.

Investigators say alcohol may have factored into the crash.

 

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