Fire injures woman at Johnstown home
An 82-year-old Johnstown woman suffered burns in a fire that started in her residence Friday morning.
Mary Homan was taken to Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, then transferred to a Pittsburgh hospital, a state police fire marshal in Ebensburg said. Her condition was not available.
Careless cooking is blamed for starting the fire, which began shortly before 7:30 a.m. in the kitchen area and spread throughout the first floor of the Bheam Avenue residence, the fire marshal said.
Westmont cancels musical benefit
A benefit for Westmont Hilltop High School’s musical production scheduled for tonight at The Grove in Westmont has been canceled due to a lack of participation.
Altoona man sentenced to 7-14 years for 1999 slaying
An Altoona man has been sentenced to seven to 14 years in prison in the 1999 slaying of his daughter-in-law.
Kenneth Leighty, 66, pleaded guilty in December in Huntington County to third-degree murder in the killing of Sherry Leighty, 23. Her body was found on his property in Warriors Mark Township in May after prosecutors offered the defendant a plea bargain.
Defense attorney Thomas Hooper read a statement at Thursday’s brief sentencing hearing in which Leighty expressed regret for the pain he had caused to relatives, The (Altoona) Mirror reported.
Altoona police said Leighty told investigators that he and the victim got into an argument that turned violent, and he struck her in the head with something.
He never told investigators what led to the argument.
Town to end police department in wake of chief flap
A week after a Schuylkill County borough announced the departure of its polarizing police chief, officials have voted to begin the process to abolish its police department, The (Pottsville) Republican-Herald said.
Former Chief Mark Kessler was the only officer on the Gilberton force. He reached a settlement that pays him $30,000 and allowed him to retire.
Gilberton officials suspended Kessler last year and tried to fire him after he posted videos of himself shooting borough-owned automatic weapons and cursing liberals and others.
State police now provide protection for the town.
Judge: Craigslist killing suspect will stay in prison
SUNBURY – A woman charged with her newlywed husband in the murder of a man lured to his death through Craigslist will remained locked up in a state prison while she awaits trial.
Judge Charles Saylor rejected 19-year-old Miranda Barbour’s request to be transferred back to Northumberland County Prison, The Daily Item of Sunbury reported Friday.
Warden Roy Johnson had sent Barbour to the Muncy state prison for women last week, saying the international attention to her recent claim to a newspaper reporter that she killed more than 20 people had disrupted security at the county lockup. Investigators have found no evidence to substantiate her claim.
Fire injures woman at Johnstown home
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Woman raising stink about people using backyard near turnpike as a rest stop
A Pennsylvania woman says she can see drivers who pull off the side of a highway relieving themselves near her backyard, and state police have been asked to increase patrols.
Parts of I-80, I-380 jumping to 70 mph
Speed limits on more than 100 miles of two interstates in Pennsylvania will rise to 70 mph for the first time this summer, with similar increases possible next year on other stretches of roadway around the state, state transportation officials said Wednesday.
Trial ordered for inmate in cellmate’s death
An SCI-Houtzdale prison inmate has been ordered to stand trial on charges in the beating death of his cellmate a year ago.
Pittsburgh shooting: 1 killed, 1 wounded at home being remodeled
Authorities in say a contractor was shot to death and a man he worked with was injured outside a vacant home being remodeled in Pittsburgh.
Auditor cites flaws in gas drilling regulation
Strained by limited resources and the rapid expansion of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, environmental regulators have failed to adequately monitor well safety or to provide clear and timely information to citizens, the state auditor general said Tuesday.
Paterno son, other former assistant sue Penn State for $1M
A son of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has sued the university over his dismissal from its coaching staff two years ago, saying he has been unfairly linked to the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.
2 Pa. residents charged killing 3 in W.Va.
Two Pennsylvania residents face murder charges in connection with the deaths of three people in West Virginia.
Pennsylvania sees 3rd rating downgrade in 2 years
New York-based credit ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service is slapping a lower rating on Pennsylvania’s debt for the second time in two years, as state government grapples annually with built-in budget deficits.
Water skier injured by boat propeller, airlifted to Hershey
A central Pennsylvania man who was airlifted to a hospital by helicopter after he was injured by a boat’s propeller is said to be in good condition.
Ethics agency probes lawmakers named in cash sting
The Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission is investigating allegations that four state lawmakers were caught in a cash-for-favors sting following complaints filed by citizen activist in March.
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