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October 21, 2013

5 things to know for today in Pennsylvania news

A daily at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Monday:

METHODIST MINISTERS PLAN TO JOINTLY MARRY SAME-SEX COUPLE TO SUPPORT COLLEAGE FACING CHURCH OUSTER FOR GAY SON’S WEDDING

More than 30 ministers in eastern Pennsylvania plan to perform the ceremony next month when the Rev. Frank Schaefer faces a church trial for officiating his gay son’s 2007 marriage in Massachusetts, where same-sex marriage is legal. Schaefer leads the United Methodist Church of Iona in Lebanon.

AG’S AGENTS RAID PHILLY-AREA STATE SENATOR’S OFFICE

The agents are reportedly investigating improper political activity allegedly involving Sen. Leanna Washington, a Philadelphia Democrat.

PITTSBURGH POLICE PROBING PRIVATE CLUB SHOOTING THAT KILLED TWO

Police say as many as four others were wounded in the shooting at the Diverse Banquet Hall early Sunday that killed 27-year-old Demetrius Broadnax of Wilkinsburg and 21-year-old Jasmine Morris of Penn Hills.

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF POLICE CHIEFS MEETING IN PHILADELPHIA

The annual gathering lasts through Tuesday and is drawing chiefs from across the country. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to speak today, along with FBI Director James Comey.

ACLU THREATENING LAWSUIT OVER WILKES-BARRE NUISANCE RENTAL PROPERTY ORDINANCE

The ACLU says the law, which is designed to shut down rental properties, could unfairly cause people who are victims of crimes to lose their homes. Police say the law is needed to address a recent spike in crime.

 

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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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