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January 30, 2014

5 things to know for today in Pennsylvania news

A look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Thursday:

HEROIN IN HAPPY MEALS?

That’s what the district attorney says investigators found at a McDonald’s restaurant in Pittsburgh. Customers who wanted heroin allegedly went to the drive-thru and said, “I’d like to order a toy” if they wanted drugs. Police have charged an employee they say is responsible. She denied wrongdoing, though police say she had heroin with her when arrested.

FIRED CATHOLIC SCHOOL HEADMASTER BLAMES POLITICS, NOT PERFORMANCE

Mario Bella tells The Associated Press the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie had no interest in his side of the story when he was fired from DuBois Area Catholic School last week. He said church officials cared only about his personal politics after they found he had legally changed his name and omitted his firing by the Archdiocese of New York in 2011 for writings church officials there found racially offensive.

AMISH SPEEDER BACK TO DRIVING A BUGGY

Nineteen-year-old Sylvan Stoltzfus, of Millersburg, is serving two years of probation after police say his vehicle reached speeds of up to 120 mph last summer near Harrisburg. His defense attorney says the young man’s parents have sold the car. Stoltzfus now has his own horse and buggy and is more involved with his church than he had been.

ATTORNEY FOR WOMAN CHARGED WITH LEAVING NEWBORN TO DIE IN SPORTS BAR TOILET SAYS SHE HAS PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS

The 27-year-old Allentown woman, Amanda Hein, is charged with criminal homicide and faces the possible death penalty when her trial begins in April. A cleaning crew found her son’s body in the toilet on Aug. 19 at Starters Pub in Bethlehem. A coroner concluded the boy was born alive.

ARE SUPER BOWL POOLS LEGAL OR NOT IN PENNSYLVANIA BARS?

Democrat state Sen. Lisa Boscola says a recent law legalizing small games of chance in bars makes the betting pools legal. But the state police, who enforce gambling laws in licensed establishments, say they still violate a federal law against sports-related gambling.

 

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  • PennDOT contractor arraigned on $3.6M theft charge

    A Department of Transportation contractor stole $3.6 million in public funds by billing the state for work that was never done, state prosecutors said Thursday in what they described as an ongoing corruption probe of PennDOT’s southeastern Pennsylvania district.

    July 31, 2014

  • 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.

    July 29, 2014

  • 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.

    July 29, 2014

  • 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.

    July 29, 2014

  • 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.

    July 29, 2014

  • 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.

    July 29, 2014

  • 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.

    July 28, 2014

  • 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.

    July 28, 2014

  • State briefs 7/29/2014

    July 28, 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.

    July 28, 2014

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