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October 10, 2012

Morning Briefing | 'Madam' in court in buttocks injection death

PHILADELPHIA —

A Philadelphia woman who calls herself the "Black Madam" is due in court Wednesday in the death of a London woman who died after getting cosmetic surgery at an airport hotel.

Padge Windslowe is charged with killing 20-year-old Claudia Aderotimi. Police say the tourist came to Philadelphia in February 2011 to receive silicone injections that enlarge the buttocks.

Police say Windslowe left the hotel room even after Aderotimi complained of chest pains and breathing problems. The young woman died hours later.

Police spent more than a year investigating before charging Windslowe with third-degree murder.

They've also charged Windslowe with injuring an exotic dancer who spent two weeks in the hospital after Windslowe allegedly used silicone and Krazy Glue to perform a similar procedure. A judge has upheld those charges.

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2 killed in helicopter crash

TOBYHANNA — Authorities say a helicopter has crashed in northeastern Pennsylvania, killing two people and injuring one.

Investigators believe the chopper went down around 8 p.m. Tuesday in Coolbaugh Township, about 90 miles north of Philadelphia. The wreckage was located in woods off Interstate 380 around 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Monroe County Coroner Bob Allen tells the Pocono Record of Stroudsburg that two people onboard were confirmed dead at the scene. Allen says a third person, who was a backseat passenger, is injured. WFMZ-TV reports that person is being treated for severe injuries at a hospital.

Officials say the helicopter is registered to ACS Helicopters LLC in Far Hills, N.J., and based out of the Somerset Airport in Somerville, N.J.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating. The victims' names have not been released.

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Boy, 10, charged in blaze at retirement home

REEDERS — A 10-year-old boy has been charged with arson in connection with a fire at a retirement home in northeastern Pennsylvania.

The Pocono Record of Stroudsburg reports the boy is being held at the Lehigh County Detention Center, pending further court action. His name has not been released.

The fire started at the Hillcrest assisted living home in Jackson Township just after noon Monday. Residents were evacuated, but no injuries were reported.

Investigators say the blaze was limited to an unoccupied unit.

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Police, FBI bust northeast Philly heroin operation

PHILADELPHIA — Authorities have seized more than $1.5 million in drugs during a bust of a large Philadelphia heroin operation.

It happened during a sting operation Tuesday night at what authorities described as a "stash house" in the city's Mayfair section. Police and FBI agents seized about five kilos of heroin.

WPVI-TV reports authorities also took a 46-year-old man into custody.

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  • DePasquale Auditor: More Marcellus Shale well inspectors needed

    The state’s 83 well inspectors face a daunting enough challenge keeping tabs on 120,000 active oil and gas wells that have been drilled over the past century.
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  • Strained relationship between Corbett, Legislature not new

    Poking and prodding the Legislature to act on pension reform, Gov. Tom Corbett urged lawmakers to shorten their summer break and come back to the Capitol early.
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  • Penn State Abuse 27 Son: Joe Paterno afraid of wrongly accusing Sandusky

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  • State in Brief | Two guns found at alleged hospital shooter's home

    Authorities found two more guns at the home of a man suspected of fatally shooting his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist in suburban Philadelphia before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back.

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  • Woman raising stink about people using backyard near turnpike as a rest stop

    A Pennsylvania woman says she can see drivers who pull off the side of a highway relieving themselves near her backyard, and state police have been asked to increase patrols.

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  • Parts of I-80, I-380 jumping to 70 mph

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  • Trial ordered for inmate in cellmate’s death

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