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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No Lion: 3 busted for nude photo at Penn State shrine
Penn State police say three male students who reportedly posed nude for a photo at the university’s Nittany Lion Shrine face school discipline.
5 things to know for Friday in Pennsylvania
A look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Friday:
2 duct-taped and shot in Philly; 1 dead, 1 injured
Police say one man was killed and another critically injured in an execution-style shooting near train tracks in northeast Philadelphia.
4 dead in "horrific" western Pennsylvania head-on crash
Authorities in Armstrong County said the two-vehicle crash was reported shortly before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in South Bend Township.
Police: Miner made bomb threat because he couldn't find a baby sitter
A West Virginia man has been jailed on charges he phoned in a bomb threat to the southwestern Pennsylvania mine where he worked because he couldn’t find a baby sitter to watch his 8-year-old daughter during his shift last week.
4-year-old killed by van after dad’s funeral, police say
Police in southeastern Pennsylvania say a 4-year-old boy was struck and killed by a passing van hours after returning from his father’s funeral.
Woman gets 6 to 12 years in infant kidnapping
A Pittsburgh area woman was sentenced to six to 12 years in prison after she was convicted of kidnapping an infant by luring the mother to a Fayette County motel with a phony story about a commercial photo shoot for disposable diapers.
Lawyer: Evaluate stabbing suspect’s mental health
The attorney for a 16-year-old accused of stabbing 21 other students and a security guard at their high school said Thursday he wants to have a mental health expert evaluate the boy and hopes to have the case moved to juvenile court.
Obamas send prayers to school stabbing victims
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are sending their thoughts and prayers to the victims of a stabbing spree at a Pennsylvania high school.
Stabbing spree at Westmoreland County high school leaves 20 injured
A 16-year-old armed with two knives went on a stabbing and slashing spree at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday, leaving 20 people injured, including a school police officer who eventually subdued him with the help of an assistant principal, authorities said.
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