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April 22, 2013

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Your look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Monday.

DEFENSE OPENS IN MURDER TRIAL OF PHILADELPHIA ABORTION PROVIDER

After five weeks of testimony by prosecution witnesses, the defense will begin calling witnesses today on behalf of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who is charged with killing a female patient and seven babies born alive at his inner-city clinic. What’s unclear is whether Gosnell will take the stand.

WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA JURY WILL TRAVEL TO SCENE OF TRIPLE MURDER AFTER HEARING OPENING STATEMENTS IN TRIAL

Fifty-two-year-old Kevin Murphy faces the possible death penalty if he’s convicted of murdering his mother, sister and aunt at the automotive glass shop he owned. The jury will be bused to the shop after opening statements in the trial today.

JIM THORPE’S CHILDREN WIN COURT RULING, MAY BEGIN PROCESS OF MOVING FATHER’S REMAINS FROM CITY THAT BEARS HIS NAME

A federal judge says Jim Thorpe Borough – which was renamed in the 1950s by two merging towns in a deal with Thorpe’s third wife – amounts to a museum. That means Thorpe’s remains could be moved from the northeastern Pennsylvania town to American Indian land in Oklahoma.

YOU HAVE TO GET OUT AND REGISTER BEFORE YOU CAN GET OUT AND VOTE

Today’s the deadline to register if you want to vote in the May 21 primary election. Applications can be filled out at county board of election offices, post offices, state liquor stores and library branches, and online.

AUTOPSY SET ON BODY FOUND WRAPPED IN TARP OUTSIDE CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA HOTEL

Investigators say the body of 65-year-old James Edward Tommor was found behind a utility shed near the Days Inn in Susquehanna Township on Saturday. Detective Michael Mull says the death is being treated as suspicious pending today’s autopsy.

 

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  • PennDOT contractor arraigned on $3.6M theft charge

    A Department of Transportation contractor stole $3.6 million in public funds by billing the state for work that was never done, state prosecutors said Thursday in what they described as an ongoing corruption probe of PennDOT’s southeastern Pennsylvania district.

    July 31, 2014

  • 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.

    July 29, 2014

  • 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.

    July 29, 2014

  • 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.

    July 29, 2014

  • 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.

    July 29, 2014

  • 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.

    July 29, 2014

  • 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.

    July 28, 2014

  • 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.

    July 28, 2014

  • State briefs 7/29/2014

    July 28, 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.

    July 28, 2014

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