The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 25, 2013

5 things to know for today in Pennsylvania news


Associated Press

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

BABYSITTER CONVICTED OF 1ST-DEGREE MURDER IN DEATH OF CENTRAL PA. TODDLER

A York man may face the death penalty after being convicted of first-degree murder in the death of a toddler for whom he was baby-sitting two years ago. York County prosecutors say Aric Woodard beat the boy while looking after him.

APPEALS COURT OVERTURNS CONVICTIONS, 20- TO 40-YEAR PRISON TERM OF EX-TEACHER IN SEX CASE

A former central Pennsylvania teacher has been granted new trials on charges that she had sex with a student and another teenager. The (Lancaster) Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era says the state Superior Court overturned the convictions and 20- to 40-year sentence of 35-year-old Christy Lee Smith.

PHILLY POLICE SEEK DRIVER OF CAR THAT TOOK ‘ROCKY’ RIDE ON ART MUSEUM STEPS

Police are looking for a convertible seen going down the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps made famous in the 1976 film “Rocky.” Several people posted online videos showing the car driving down the steps about midnight Thursday and then speeding away.

DEFENSE APPEALS 20- to 40-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE IN WESTERN PA. BEATING DEATH

A man is seeking a reduction in his 20- to 40-year prison sentence for the slaying of an elderly man that authorities said stemmed from a love triangle involving the younger man’s girlfriend. A Fayette County jury convicted 37-year-old Jonathan Godines, of Brownsville, of third-degree murder and aggravated assault in the November 2011 death of 75-year-old John Eicholtz.

SLITHERING THEATER THIEF GETS 16 YEARS IN CONNECTICUT

A Philadelphia man who authorities say crawled along movie theater floors to steal credit cards from women’s purses has been sentenced in federal court in Connecticut to 16 years in prison. Anthony Johnson was convicted last year of multiple counts of theft.