HOMER CITY — A western Pennsylvania woman has been charged with endangering her three children after the children's grandmother told police the woman had taken the children with her when she'd buy and use drugs.
Online court records don't list an attorney for 34-year-old Bonnie Marie Rudgers, of Homer City, who remained in the Indiana County Jail on Tuesday.
Police say Pam Buterbaugh, the mother of Rudgers' deceased husband, called police after her grandchildren told about their mother taking them along to drug deals. The oldest of Rudgers' three daughters is 10.
Police say Rudgers had the girls with her during at least three drug deals from September until July 3.
Buterbaugh says her 10-year-old granddaughter learned in school that drugs were bad, and told her grandmother about the drug deals because she was afraid.
Victim dies in hospital mental health assault
BEAVER — A man already jailed on charges that he assaulted an 82-year-old patient in a western Pennsylvania hospital's mental health unit will now be charged with criminal homicide because the victim has died.
Brighton Township police tell the Beaver County Times that 82-year-old Gerald Rooney Jr., of Economy, died Sunday of brain injuries he suffered Thursday at Heritage Valley Beaver Hospital.
Police say Rooney suffered from dementia and was attacked when he entered the room of 58-year-old Peter Kuchynsky, a patient who suffers from schizophrenia. Hospital officials say Kuchynsky gets upset and violent if someone enters his room or touches his belongings. Police say Rooney upset the suspect when he entered Kuchynsky's room — possibly by mistake — looking for a jacket.
Online court records don't list an attorney for Kuchynsky who remained jailed Tuesday.
Scranton mayor cuts city workers' pay to minimum wage
SCRANTON — Unions representing workers in the northeastern Pennsylvania city of Scranton expect to file a federal lawsuit against the city after the mayor abruptly cut their pay to minimum wage.
The attorney for three unions, including firefighters and police, tells The Times-Tribune of Scranton he expects to file several legal actions, including a motion to hold Mayor Chris Doherty in contempt of court for violating a judge's order to pay full wages.
Doherty last week cut the pay for about 400 employees to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. He says it was the only way for the cash-strapped city to pay bills, and promises to restore pay once finances are stabilized.
Doherty is locked in a dispute with Scranton's city council over a financial recovery plan as it faces a $16.8 million budget deficit.
Borough limits chairs to save parade spaces
CANONSBURG — One western Pennsylvania borough's council has voted to curb parade chairs.
Canonsburg council voted Monday to restrict how soon residents can put chairs along the borough's Independence Day parade route because some folks have begun putting up chairs to save their seats nearly two weeks before the annual parade. Council says that's unsafe, especially because some folks chain their chairs together to make them harder to move.
The new rule bans space-saving chairs before 6 a.m. each July 4.
The effort has become an event unto itself, with a local civic group giving out cash prizes for the most flamboyantly decorated chairs this year.
Councilman Joseph McGarry cast the only "no" vote saying, "We're going from one extreme to the other."
He favors letting people put out chairs a day or two before the parade.
2 Ohio men in custody after jewelry robbery
HERMITAGE — Police say two Ohio men who robbed a western Pennsylvania jewelry store were captured after they fled to a restaurant bathroom and a trash container.
Hermitage police say the men were arrested Monday after the armed robbery of a jeweler at the Shenango Valley Mall.
Investigators say 40-year-old Terrance Jackson was arrested in an Applebee's men's room and 23-year-old Anthony Jacobs was found hiding in a large metal trash container behind another restaurant.
Both Columbus, Ohio, men are being held on $500,000 bail at the Mercer County Prison on robbery and related charges. Online court records don't list attorneys for them.
Trial set for Md. man in off-campus rape
WASHINGTON — A jury has been selected to try a Maryland man charged with raping a southwestern Pennsylvania university student during an off-campus party.
Twenty-six-year-old Harold Stanback Jr., of Capitol Heights, Md., was a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania when he was charged in December with raping an 18-year-old woman from California University of Pennsylvania, another state-owned school. Stanback is no longer enrolled at IUP.
The Observer-Reporter of Washington, Pa. reports Tuesday that Stanback was visiting a fraternity at California U. when the alleged rape occurred. Stanback contends the sex was consensual.
Police say the woman didn't know Stanback's name but later identified him through surveillance footage taken at a basketball game earlier the same day.
The Washington County jury selected Monday is scheduled to hear the case beginning July 16.
Pittsburgh-area police: Drug suspect left hospital
PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh-area police are searching for a drug suspect who escaped from a hospital where he was taken after he was hit by a car during a police chase over the weekend.
East Pittsburgh police have a warrant for 28-year-old Jermaine Titus, of Pittsburgh, who drove away from a traffic stop on Sunday and then was hit by a car when he bailed out of that vehicle.
Police say Titus was taken to UPMC Presbyterian hospital for treatment, but walked out of the hospital after he was admitted.
Police say they can't find Titus or the passenger who was in the car being chased on Sunday.
Downed power line kills 10 cattle
NEW BRIGHTON — Ten cows have been killed on a western Pennsylvania farm by a downed power line that also cut service to about 1,600 customers.
Officials with Penn Power say they're still investigating the cause of the incident at the farm in Pulaski Township, about 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.
Farm owners Joyce and Laird Whiting say eight adult cattle and two calves were killed when they came into contact with the line that fell about 6:30 p.m. Monday. The couple raise Beefmaster cattle and had about 40 cows in the pasture at the time.
About 1,600 customers were left without power when the line failed.
Penn Power spokesman Scott Sturgeoner says crews worked overnight to restore power to all of the affected customers.
Wisconsin federal judge dismisses Sandusky lawsuit
MADISON — A federal lawsuit filed by a man alleging that former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused him during a Wisconsin Badgers home football game in 2002 has been dismissed by a judge who called the allegations frivolous and malicious.
U.S. District Judge William Conley says in the order dated Friday that the allegations appear to come from Jonathan Lee Riches, who the judge says as "vexed the court system with thousands of frivolous lawsuits before his recent release from federal prison."
The Wisconsin lawsuit was filed by someone claiming to be Jonathan Bollinger, cousin of former Badgers quarterback Brooks Bollinger.
Conley ordered Riches to show by the end of the month why he should not be held in contempt of court.
Teen's drowning appears accidental
DELAWARE TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Authorities say a 15-year-old drowned while swimming from Pennsylvania to New Jersey.
Authorities say Oscar Menendez of Trenton and his cousins walked across a bridge at the Bull's Island Recreation Area in Hunterdon County on Saturday and decided to swim back to the New Jersey side.
Prosecutor Anthony Kearns III says the boy was about half way across the river when he began yelling for help and slipped beneath the surface.
His cousins were unable to find him and a fire department diver located the body about an hour later.
The prosecutor says the death appears accidental.