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January 24, 2013

MORNING BRIEFING: Arrest made in young Philly doctor's killing

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PHILADELPHIA — An arrest has been made in the slaying of a young doctor found bound and burned inside her downtown Philadelphia home. Police say she'd been strangled.

Police spokeswoman Officer Tanya Little said Thursday morning that a person is in custody. Authorities did not immediately release details on the charges being filed or the person's name.

The burning body of 35-year-old Melissa Ketunuti was found in her basement Monday afternoon, with her ankles and wrists bound. She was a second-year infectious-diseases fellow and researcher at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

The police department says it will be releasing updated information on the case Thursday.

Investigators had been viewing surveillance video from security cameras near Ketunuti's home to see if she was being followed.

 

$600 lost at courthouse was claimed by wrong man

PITTSBURGH — Sheriff's deputies say $600 lost by a man who went to a western Pennsylvania courthouse to pay child support has been "found" — illegally — by the wrong man.

Allegheny County sheriff's Lt. Jack Kearney says a man mistakenly forgot the envelope containing the money when he emptied his pockets to go through a metal detector at the courthouse in Pittsburgh on Friday.

About 90 minutes later, another man approached a deputy manning the detector and claimed to have forgotten the money. Only trouble is, the man to whom the money really belonged returned later to claim it, only to learn that it was already claimed by the other man.

Deputies are reviewing court logs and surveillance video to determine who illegally claimed the money. That person could be charged with theft.

 

4 PSU cheerleaders removed for rules violations

STATE COLLEGE — Four Penn State cheerleaders are off the squad because the university says they violated unspecified team rules.

The Centre Daily Times reports the school would not say when the violations occurred or when the students were taken off the team. University spokeswoman Lisa Powers would confirm only that the school took disciplinary action against the four students.

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