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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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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