The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 25, 2012

5 Things to know for today in Pennsylvania news


Associated Press

— Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Tuesday:

1 | PENNSYLVANIA IN 2012: SANDUSKY, SANDY AND SHALE

Happy Valley was not a happy place in 2012, but it was hard to stay away. The child molestation scandal that engulfed Penn State dominated state news this year, from the death of longtime football coach Joe Paterno to the trial that sent former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky to prison on convictions of having sexually abused boys. Other big stories included Superstorm Sandy, which cut power to more than 1.5 million customers in eastern Pennsylvania in late October, and legislative action and continued debate over natural gas drilling in the commonwealth.

2 | GEORGE WASHINGTON CROSSES DELAWARE AGAIN: ANNUAL REENACTMENT OF DARING CHRISTMAS 1776 RIVER CROSSING SLATED

George Washington is poised to make his annual Christmas Day ride across the Delaware River. The annual re-enactment of Washington's daring Christmas 1776 crossing of the river — which led to the tide turning in the Revolutionary War — draws hundreds each year to hear Washington's stand-in deliver stirring words to the troops and watch three boats make the crossing from Pennsylvania to New Jersey.

3 | HOME AT LAST: SERVICES SCHEDULED IN NEW JERSEY FOR PENNSYLVANIA SOLDIER KILLED IN 1946 CRASH IN EUROPE

Services are scheduled this week in New Jersey for an eastern Pennsylvania soldier who died in a plane crash in Europe more than six decades ago. The remains of Staff Sgt. Zoltan Dobovich of Allentown were returned Monday to family members in a ceremony at Philadelphia International Airport.

4 | NOT ALWAYS BROTHERLY LOVE: CHRISTMAS EVE HOMICIDE IN PHILLY

Police say they have no suspects in the slaying of a man was gunned down on Christmas Eve in a west Philadelphia neighborhood. Officers called to an Overbrook address shortly before 8 p.m. Monday found a 26-year-old man shot once in the chest, and he was pronounced dead minutes later at a nearby hospital.

5 | CHRISTMAS EVE TRAGEDY: MAN FOUND DEAD AFTER SUBURBAN PHILLY FIRE

Authorities say they don't know the cause of a fatal Christmas Eve fire in a suburban Philadelphia home. Fire crews in Delaware County were called to the Sharon Hill residence at about 6:30 p.m. Monday and later found the unidentified man's body under debris. An official says a woman made it out of the home to safety.