The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 29, 2012

State in brief: 6 teens injured in shootings at York party, police say

Associated Press

YORK — Authorities said gunfire at a party in York County in­jured six people early Saturday.

Police said a man who had been kicked out of the York City party returned shortly before 1:30 a.m. and opened fire, “prompting others to open fire.”

The six injured were taken to a hospital, where a 17-year-old was reported in guarded condition and five 18- and 19-year-olds were listed as stable.

Three weapons were recovered at the scene, police said.

Man, girlfriend charged in murder

MONESSEN – A man and his girlfriend have been charged with criminal homicide in the shooting death of a western Pennsylvania man in what authorities allege was a botched robbery earlier this month.

Earl Pinkney, 19, of Monessen and Chalsee Hughes, also 19, have been charged in Westmoreland County with criminal homicide, robbery and multiple conspiracy counts in the Dec. 3 death of 36-year-old Chris Fincik. Pinkney is also charged with aggravated assault.

Neighbors told Monessen police that they heard up to a dozen shots before Fincik was found shot to death near a rear door, which he apparently answered before he was slain.

Englishman seeks to thank Samaritan

PHILADELPHIA – A man from England is looking for the good Samaritan who helped save his life on a Philadelphia subway after an Eagles game.

Richard Gladstone, 67, of Liverpool, suffered a heart attack on the Broad Street Line while returning to his hotel from the football stadium on Dec. 13. Surveillance video shows an unidentified woman performing CPR on Gladstone until medics boarded the train.

Gladstone has been hospitalized in Philadelphia since then and underwent quadruple bypass surgery. He and his family are going home soon.

Son John Gladstone told WPVI-TV that they want to personally thank the subway hero, but can’t find her.

Richard Gladstone is a huge fan of American football and is on a quest to visit every NFL stadium. He still has six to go.

Plea slated in homicide case

EASTON – An eastern Penn­sylvania woman is scheduled to enter a guilty plea Monday in the death of her estranged boyfriend the day before they were due to appear in court on a child custody matter.

Public defender James Connell said in Northampton County court on Friday that Elizabeth Collazo, 43, would plead guilty to first-degree mur­der in exchange for prosecutors dropping their efforts to have her executed for the crime.

First Deputy District Attorney Terence Houck said that if Collazo doesn’t enter the plea Monday, he will seek capital punishment when she goes on trial Jan. 7.

Police allege that early on March 15, Collazo let herself into the Williams Township home she once shared with Mark Werkheiser, 38, and shot him six times as he slept. The murder came only hours before the two were scheduled to be at a custody hearing over their four children.

Connell said his client is ready to take responsibility for the slaying, but asked that she be able to write her children twice a month “without interference” and that they be allowed to communicate with her or even visit if they wish to do so.

Judge Edward Smith said he was wary of making that part of the plea because it would force the youngsters to decide whether they want contact with a mother who would have acknowledged having killed their father “in cold blood.”

One-car crash kills 2, injures 2

CATASAUQUA – The Lehigh County coroner’s office said 18-year-old Thomas Bono, 18, of Allentown and Jaenis DelosSantos, 18, of Catasauqua, were killed by blunt-force trauma in Saturday’s crash in Catasauqua.

Police Chief Douglas Kish said a car was heading west on a borough street when the driver lost control and hit a utility pole in an intersection about 6:15 a.m. Saturday.

Bono and DelosSantos were pronounced dead at the scene.

Two other passengers were taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, where their condition was not immediately known.

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