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February 25, 2014

5 things to know for today in Pennsylvania news

HERMINIE — A look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Tuesday:

JAILBIRDS OF A FEATHER SET TO LEAVE THE NEST TOGETHER

Former House Speakers John Perzel, a Republican, and Bill DeWeese, a Democrat, have been cleared for parole after each has served less than two years behind bars in separate public corruption cases.

100 CANDLES ON THIS KAKE

Philadelphia-based snack company Tastykake is celebrating its 100th birthday today. The company, which makes treats like Butterscotch Krimpets and Peanut Butter Kandy Kake is also introducing a limited edition Birthday Kake Cupcake.

FORMER PITTSBURGH POLICE CHIEF TO LEARN FATE FROM FEDERAL JUDGE

Defense attorneys want probation but federal prosecutors want a prison sentence for Pittsburgh’s ex-police chief, Nate Harper. He pleaded guilty to stealing police funds by depositing them into unauthorized credit union accounts and to not filing his federal tax returns for four years.

ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE WON’T APPEAL JUDGE’S RULING CLEARING NURSE IN ASSISTED-SUICIDE CASE

A Schuylkill County judge last week ruled prosecutors didn’t prove the nurse, 57-year-old Barbara Mancini, hastened the February 2013 death of her 93-year-old father. Attorney General Kathleen Kane defended the prosecution saying statements Mancini made, which were kept out of evidence, provided a “legitimate basis” for filing the charges. However, Kane is not appealing the judge’s ruling.

FOUL-MOUTHED FORMER POLICE CHIEF SAYS PLANNED REALITY TV SHOW MIGHT FEATURE MILITIA-STYLE GROUP HE STARTED

Former Gilberton Police Chief Mark Kessler says the group, called 3 Percent Boots on the Ground, already has a “few thousand” members around the country. Gilberton officials suspended Kessler last year and tried to fire him after he posted videos of himself shooting borough-owned automatic weapons and cursing liberals and others. He has since settled with the municipality in a deal that paid him $30,000 to retire.

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  • Green, Libertarian candidates abandon bids for governor

    Both third-party candidates who hoped to compete in Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial race have given up – leaving Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic nominee Tom Wolf to compete one-on-one.

    August 1, 2014

  • 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

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