Apartment complex destroyed by fire
STATE COLLEGE – A fire destroyed a 19-unit apartment building in State College, leaving about 40 people without a home.
Firefighters rescued two people from a balcony during the fire, which began about 8 p.m. Thursday. No injuries were reported, but not all residents are accounted for, said Alpha Fire Company Chief Jeff Martin.
Walter Jackson and his wife, young daughter and niece were at home when the fire began and escaped with only the clothes on their backs.
“I smelled smoke and two seconds later the alarm went off,” Jackson told the Centre Daily Times. “My wife thought it wasn’t serious, but I looked outside and smoke was coming out of the top-floor window. I ran in and got them out and literally, as we were running out in under a minute, the whole thing went up. The whole roof was on fire.”
Officials said about 40 firefighters fought the blaze, which is still being investigated.
At least three hurt at fireworks show
APOLLO – A fireworks company “deeply regrets” that at least three spectators were hurt during a Fourth of July display at a high school football field by what witnesses say was an exploding shell, although a spokesman said it’s not clear how they were injured.
“At this point, we really don’t know what happened,” Stephen Vitale, a spokesman for New Castle-based Pyrotecnico, said Friday. “There were no detonations, no malfunctions as reported by the crew. We had no reports from the crew of any faulty product.”
The company acknowledged there were injuries at Owens Field in the Apollo-Ridge School District where the shell reportedly exploded near some spectators.
Lisa Culp of Kiski Township, said her 14-year-old daughter had to be treated for second-degree burns to her legs and at least two other children were hit by debris from the exploding shell, the Valley News Dispatch of Tarentum reported.
Death toll rises to 6 in Lancaster fire
LANCASTER – A mother and her daughter died of injuries suffered in a house fire, bringing the toll in the Fourth of July blaze to six, authorities said Friday.
Crystal Kuhns died at 7:30 a.m. Friday and her daughter Mickey died at 6 p.m. Thursday, a spokesman for Crozer Chester Medical Center said. Two-year-old Kordell Kuhns remained in critical condition at the hospital outside Philadelphia, spokesman Grant Gegwich said.
The fire started in the kitchen of a three-story Lancaster duplex at about 3 a.m. Thursday after frozen potatoes were left in the oven, fire officials said. Authorities said two men and two other children also died.
Fourteen members of several families lived in the home, which did not have smoke detectors, fire Chief Timothy Gregg said.
Swastika burned into family’s yard
SARVER – A swastika burned into a Butler County family’s yard has prompted a police and FBI investigation.
John Namey said his family woke up Thursday morning and saw the swastika. Namey said he was not sure why the family was targeted, but that his daughter is gay and has been threatened with violence in the past. Namey said the family isn’t Jewish.
“I have a 16-year-old daughter who is openly gay, and is proud, and we are proud of her,” Namey told KDKA-TV. He also said that his stepson’s car was vandalized and covered in pink paint this week.
Namey told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that his daughter has been the subject of repeated bullying because of her sexual orientation.
He said the bullying started to become a problem when she came out about three years ago and it got so bad that she became uncomfortable riding the bus to school.
Agent fired over vermin allegations
LOWER MERION – An attorney for a suburban Philadelphia real estate agent facing accusations in connection with dead animal carcasses thrown at a neighbor’s home said she has been fired.
Philly.com reported that 34-year-old Andrea Straub’s position with Prudential Fox & Roach was terminated Wednesday.
That’s according to her attorney, George Bochetto.
Straub and her husband, Jonathan, are accused of disorderly conduct and harassment. Authorities allege surveillance video implicates them in a scheme to hamper the sale of the neighbor’s million-dollar home in Lower Merion. Police said the video shows someone tossing dead mice and snakes on the driveway.
The Straubs and their neighbor both had their homes up for sale at the time.
The couple’s attorneys said they’re upstanding people who will fight the charges. Bochetto said they’re victims of “horrible falsities.”
Apartment complex destroyed by fire
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5 things to know for Friday in Pennsylvania
A look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Friday:
2 duct-taped and shot in Philly; 1 dead, 1 injured
Police say one man was killed and another critically injured in an execution-style shooting near train tracks in northeast Philadelphia.
4 dead in "horrific" western Pennsylvania head-on crash
Authorities in Armstrong County said the two-vehicle crash was reported shortly before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in South Bend Township.
Police: Miner made bomb threat because he couldn't find a baby sitter
A West Virginia man has been jailed on charges he phoned in a bomb threat to the southwestern Pennsylvania mine where he worked because he couldn’t find a baby sitter to watch his 8-year-old daughter during his shift last week.
4-year-old killed by van after dad’s funeral, police say
Police in southeastern Pennsylvania say a 4-year-old boy was struck and killed by a passing van hours after returning from his father’s funeral.
Woman gets 6 to 12 years in infant kidnapping
A Pittsburgh area woman was sentenced to six to 12 years in prison after she was convicted of kidnapping an infant by luring the mother to a Fayette County motel with a phony story about a commercial photo shoot for disposable diapers.
Lawyer: Evaluate stabbing suspect’s mental health
The attorney for a 16-year-old accused of stabbing 21 other students and a security guard at their high school said Thursday he wants to have a mental health expert evaluate the boy and hopes to have the case moved to juvenile court.
Obamas send prayers to school stabbing victims
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are sending their thoughts and prayers to the victims of a stabbing spree at a Pennsylvania high school.
Stabbing spree at Westmoreland County high school leaves 20 injured
A 16-year-old armed with two knives went on a stabbing and slashing spree at a high school near Pittsburgh on Wednesday, leaving 20 people injured, including a school police officer who eventually subdued him with the help of an assistant principal, authorities said.
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