Police: Couple’s deaths were homicide, suicide
The deaths of a Berlin couple Monday were the result of a homicide and suicide, state police reported.
Police said Tuesday their investigation indicated that Michael David Harkcom, 57, shot his wife, Karen Louise Harkcom, 59, twice in the right upper chest area, causing fatal internal damage.
Michael Harkcom then turned the gun on himself, inflicting a fatal gunshot wound to the head, police said.
Lack of attendance cancels grant hearing
A public hearing scheduled Tuesday evening in the Johnstown City Council chambers was canceled after no one attended.
The hearing was in regard to the city’s application to the state Community and Economic Development Keystone Communities Public Improvement Grant Program. It was held to hear public comment about the city’s request for $500,000 toward developing a sewage lateral assistance program for income-qualifying owner-occupied homeowners.
The public may inquire about the application by visiting the Community and Economic Development offices in Room 200 of City Hall or by contacting Josh Summits at 533-2045.
Foundation accepting funds for K-9 vehicles
The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies is accepting donations for a new sport utility vehicle for the Johnstown police K-9 Corps.
Donations may be sent to Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, in care of K-9 Community Fund, 116 Market St., Suite 4, Johnstown, Pa. 15901.
Judge opts against testimony in PSU case
A judge on Tuesday directed prosecutors and lawyers for three former Penn State administrators to make their cases in writing as he weighs claims that the defendants’ legal rights were so badly violated that charges they covered up child sex-abuse allegations should be thrown out.
Dauphin County Judge Todd Hoover ruled that the defendants could not call to the stand Cynthia Baldwin, who accompanied the men to grand jury appearances in 2011 and then testified against them. Baldwin was Penn State’s top lawyer at the time, and the defendants believe she violated attorney-client privilege.
Former university president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley are accused of covering up child sex-abuse complaints about former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
DOE: Pa. may rank 2nd in gas production
The U.S. Department of Energy said Pennsylvania may close out 2013 as the second-largest producer of natural gas in the nation, behind Texas.
The Tuesday release from the Energy Information Administration shows that soaring production from the Marcellus Shale has put Pennsylvania and West Virginia into the top 10 gas producing states.
The EIA reported that Pennsylvania may edge out Louisiana for the No. 2 spot, while West Virginia is now 10th nationally.
Production in Pennsylvania grew by 72 percent from 2011 to 2012, and is on track to grow significantly again this year.
Police: Couple’s deaths were homicide, suicide
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Police: Women stole thousands from elderly sisters, used money to show St. Bernards
Two western Pennsylvania women have been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from two elderly sisters and using the money to attend dog shows.
Intervening neighbor’s death now ruled homicide
The Allegheny County medical examiner says a neighbor who died after he intervened in a fight between a couple next door is the victim of homicide.
Housing police: Naked women slashes 3 in melee
Allegheny County Housing Authority police were trying to identify a naked woman who allegedly slashed or stabbed three other women in an apparent lovers’ quarrel at a public housing complex.
Police: Rescued boys never mentioned drowned teen
Police say two teens who were rescued from a jetty in Presque Isle Bay in Erie last week, and two others who were with them, never mentioned a fifth boy who drowned and whose body wasn’t found until Saturday.
2 arraigned, denied bail in deadly Philly carjacking
Two men accused of carjacking a woman in north Philadelphia and plowing into a family selling fruit on a street corner, killing three children, have been ordered held without bail.
PennDOT pushes ‘Yellow Dot’ vehicle stickers
It’s the car sticker that could save your life.
PennDOT’s “Yellow Dot” program has been around for several years, said Daniel Zakraysek, coordinator of the Cambria Allegheny Regional Highway Safety Network.
Remembering elephant’s rampage
The circus elephant paced the landing outside the Jaffa Mosque in Altoona.
Police formed an uneasy line around the perimeter of the venue’s lawn, rifles at the ready.
It was a cloudy, cold day in April 1993, and Tyke the elephant had just run around the circus ring, slapped a baboon and burst through a building’s front door, tearing off part of the wall above the door.
- State briefs 7/29/2014
TSA finds gun, ammo in Pittsburgh airport carry-on
The Transportation Security Administration says it found a pistol and ammunition in man’s carry-on bag as he passed through security at Pittsburgh International Airport.
Youth pastor fired, jailed after teen-sex charges
A youth pastor has been fired by a western Pennsylvania church and jailed on charges he performed sex acts with a 15-year-old girl in their church building.
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