Corbett backs gun shows at complex
HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Corbett is standing by a policy that allows gun shows to be held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex.
Spokeswoman Janet Kelley said Monday that Corbett considered a recent suggestion by a radio talk-show caller that gun shows be banned on publicly owned property.
Corbett told the caller that he raised a good point and promised to think about it. His comment drew attention in the aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Kelley said the governor decided against changing the policy because people who buy guns at such shows are subject to the same background checks that are required when they buy a gun at a store.
Pa. Dutch couple lose interpreter appeal
HARRISBURG – A state appeals court said a judge didn’t make a mistake when he denied a couple’s request to have a courtroom interpreter for their native tongue, Pennsylvania Dutch.
A Commonwealth Court panel ruled Friday against Joseph and Barbara Yoder, who had each been fined $300 for the summary offense of failing to connect to the public sewage system in Warren County.
The ruling said the Yoders exhibited a sufficient grasp of English in the court documents they filed and at trial. Pennsylvania Dutch is a German-based dialect.
Pennsylvania court rules require an interpreter if a judge determines the parties have a limited ability to speak or understand English.
The appeals court also upheld the guilty verdict.
Allentown dog found in Houston
HOUSTON – A microchip implant has helped a dog from Pennsylvania named Roxy get home after the missing animal was found 1,500 miles away in Houston.
Animal shelter officials said the German shepherd registered to Dan Loefflad of Allentown was returned Sunday afternoon. The pet was flown from Houston to Newark Liberty International Airport via United Airlines.
An animal control officer on Friday picked up the dog wandering on a southwest Houston street.
Officials noticed the pooch had a microchip, which led to Loefflad. He told animal shelter authorities who contacted him that a relative took his dog without permission and apparently drove Roxy to Houston.
Shelter authorities said a pet store helped coordinate Loefflad’s arrangements to fly the dog home at his expense.
Photo exhibit features defunct blast furnaces
BETHLEHEM – A new photography exhibit aims to bring the defunct blast furnaces of Bethlehem Steel back to life.
“Blast Furnace” will be unveiled Thursday at the Arts-Quest Center on the site of the former Bethlehem Steel complex. The group will use special cubes to mount the images and try to show what the blast furnace was like in the steel giant’s heyday.
Organizers said the 2-foot by 2-foot cubes will be arranged in sets of eight to create smaller “living room”-like spaces.
Turnpike toll increase takes effect
HARRISBURG – A toll increase has gone into effect on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said most cash-paying customers will see a
10 percent increase, while E-ZPass users will pay 2 percent more. Motorists on the Southern Beltway in the Pittsburgh area will see a steeper increase in cash tolls.
The previously announced toll hikes went into effect Sunday.
Retired pastor on trial for killing wife
STROUDSBURG – Jury selection has been completed in the case of a retired Pennsylvania pastor charged with killing both of his wives who is on trial in the death of his second wife.
Sixty-four-year-old Arthur “A.B.” Schirmer is charged with killing Betty Jean Schirmer in 2008 and staging a car accident to cover it up. A panel of 12 jurors and four alternates was chosen Monday. Opening statements are expected today at the Monroe County Courthouse in Stroudsburg.
Schirmer also stands accused of killing his first wife, Jewel, in 1999. A trial date hasn’t been set.
A grand jury has said Schirmer likely used blunt objects to kill the women.
Corbett backs gun shows at complex
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- State briefs 7/29/2014
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.
Youth pastor fired, jailed after teen-sex charges
A youth pastor has been fired by a western Pennsylvania church and jailed on charges he performed sex acts with a 15-year-old girl in their church building.
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