The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 11, 2012

Police: Dad left baby alone to rob homes

Associated Press

BROOKHAVEN — Police said a man left his 1-year-old daughter home alone while he tried to break into neighbors’ homes in a Philadelphia suburb.

Authorities said it happened Wednesday morning in Brookhaven. They said

20-year-old Arthur Langley was arrested after a resident called 911 to report a suspicious person.

The Delaware County Times reported Langley allegedly told police he had been looking for places people sometimes leave keys, and then mentioned he’d left his daughter home alone.

Police went to his house and found the girl in a child seat watching television. Police called the girl’s mother to come pick her up.

Langley is being held on $100,000 bail on charges including attempted burglary and endangering the welfare of a child. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney.


Slain officer’s canine may go to his family

NORRISTOWN – The canine partner of a suburban Philadelphia police officer who was fatally shot while pursuing a suspect may be reunited with the officer’s family.

Plymouth Township Officer Bradley Fox was shot after an attempted traffic stop last month. His canine partner, Nick, was wounded but is recovering. Authorities said the suspect killed himself.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said she hopes to reunite the dog with Fox’s pregnant wife, Lynsay, and their young daughter. Nick, a Belgian Malinois, was purchased by the county using Homeland Security funds and then provided to the Plymouth Township police department.

Driver crashes into nearly 2 dozen cars

PHILADELPHIA – Investigators say a driver who may have suffered some sort of medical episode lost control and crashed into nearly two dozen parked cars on a residential street in Philadelphia.

The accident happened late Wednesday night in the city’s Fairmount section.

Witnesses say they heard a series of loud crashes and came out to find nearly two dozen cars had been smashed as the car lost control. The vehicle eventually came to a stop in the middle of the street and WCAU-TV reports the driver was found passed out.

The driver is now in stable condition and authorities are investigating whether a medical condition may have led to the crash.

NTSB: Visibility poor in chopper crash area

TOBYHANNA – Investigators for the National Transportation Safety Board have visited the scene of a helicopter crash that killed two people in northeastern Pennsylvania.

The chopper went down in a wooded area in Coolbaugh Township as it approached an airport in fog and light rain Tuesday night.

NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss said Thursday that visibility at the time was a quarter-mile out the chopper’s window and only 100 feet up and down.

Authorities have identified the victims as 52-year-old William Ellsworth, of Califon, N.J., and 51-year-old Tighe Sullivan, of Darien, Conn. A third man, Stephen Barral, of Bernardsville, N.J., was seriously hurt.

Officials say the men were on their way back from a golf outing in New York.

Appeals court upholds 7 guards’ suspensions

PITTSBURGH – The Commonwealth Court has reversed a labor arbitrator’s decision to reinstate seven suspended guards at the state prison in Pittsburgh, four of whom are awaiting trial on charges they abused inmates serving child-sex sentences.

The court ruled three other guards who had the charges dropped or thrown out against them should remain suspended, too.

The court found the seven guards didn’t file grievances challenging their suspensions within 15 days as required by law. The court disagreed with the arbitrator who ruled a year ago that the indefinite suspensions violated a labor contract so the time limits didn’t apply.

Diocese lets homeless parish keep assets

PITTSBURGH – The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh agreed to let an Anglican parish that caters to homeless people keep all of its property and assets.

The diocese had been battling in court over such assets since a majority of its parishes voted in 2008 to leave the more liberal Episcopal Church for the more theologically conservative Anglican Church in North America.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said the diocese and Shepherd’s Heart Fellowship have agreed the parish can keep all its property – half of which was titled to the diocese and half to the parish. The agreement marks the first time the diocese has let an Anglican church keep its property since the 2008 schism.

Gas-fired power plant planned in W. Pa.

NEW CASTLE – A New Jersey firm has plans to build a 900 megawatt, $750 million natural gas-fired power plant in western Pennsylvania.

LS Power, which has offices in East Brunswick, N.J., and St. Louis, said the plant in North Beaver Township, Lawrence County, will be fueled from gas drawn from a pipeline out of Tennessee. The pipeline runs within a mile of the site of the proposed plant, and will also carry gas to the plant from Marcellus Shale wells being drilled in the area.

The company expects to open the plant by 2016 or 2017 on the site of a former explosives manufacturing plant about 45 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

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