Police: Robber left pink shoes, pedaled off
ALTOONA – Police are hoping to find the person who fits a pair of pink shoes left behind after police said he accosted a woman, took $200 from her, then fled on a bicycle.
Altoona police Lt. Jeffrey Pratt told the Altoona Mirror, “We have his shoes” – a pair of pink Adidas.
Police said the robber stole a bank envelope with the cash out of the woman’s hands after she left the Investment Savings Bank about noon Thursday.
The robber ran out of his shoes before hopping on a black-and-neon-green-colored BMX-style bike and peddling away, police said.
Sandusky scandal costs approach $48M
STATE COLLEGE – Penn State’s bill to pay costs related to the Jerry Sandusky child
sex abuse scandal is nearing $48 million.
A university website on Friday showed a $47.7 million total as of the end of May, up $1.9 million from two months earlier. The amount covered legal fees, consulting work and other associated costs.
Much of the increase was tied to the university’s legal services and defense, which cost $10.4 million, up about $700,000 from March.
Sandusky, 69, was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison after being convicted on dozens of criminal counts.
Teen loses appeal on Facebook harassment
HARRISBURG – A state appeals court on Friday upheld a teenager’s harassment conviction for posting on Facebook that another girl had herpes.
Superior Court ruled against an 18-year-old former Cedar Crest High School student whose untrue posting last year about a 15-year-old girl attracted several “likes” before it was taken down about an hour after she posted it.
“She did feel remorse,” said her lawyer, Elizabeth Judd.
A trial court review of the case said the younger girl did not have herpes and was not sexually active, and noted the posting used her full name.
“We find that referring to the sexual activities of a 15-year-old, whether true or not, can be considered lewd or obscene,” the trial judge wrote.
The girl was convicted by a jury and sentenced to six months of probation.
Lebanon County District Attorney David Arnold said the incident was “pretty much a textbook case” of cyberbullying.
DA: Neighbor forged will, stole house
PITTSBURGH – An Allegheny County woman forged a will and other documents as part of a scheme to take her dying elderly neighbor’s home, which she then rented out, prosecutors said Friday.
Mary Mechelli, 54, of
McKeesport, was arrested Friday on charges including theft, forgery and records tampering. Online court records don’t list an attorney for her.
Mechelli lived across the street from 79-year-old Margaret Dorn, who died in May 2010, a few weeks after she fell down some steps and was hospitalized.
While Dorn was hospitalized, Mechelli forged Dorn’s last will and testament; a living will that gave Mechelli – who falsely claimed to be Dorn’s niece – the right to terminate medical care on Dorn’s behalf; and a power of attorney that Mechelli used to access Dorn’s bank account, according to a grand jury report.
The alleged scheme unraveled when a man who rented Dorn’s home from Mechelli contacted investigators in April 2012, two months after Mechelli evicted him when he started asking questions about the home’s ownership. The tenant took it upon himself to locate Dorn’s real niece – who investigators contend was Dorn’s only known surviving relative – and that woman told him “that she didn’t even know that Mrs. Dorn had passed away,” according to a criminal complaint.
Singer’s childhood home for sale
WYOMISSING – Diehard Taylor Swift fans looking to “Begin Again” may want to bid on the pop star’s childhood home, which is on the market in eastern Pennsylvania.
The Classical Revival home boasts six bedrooms, a grand staircase and a sun-filled study where Swift played guitar, ac-cording to the real estate listing.
The three-story home in Wyomissing, near Reading, is being offered for $799,500.
The Century 21 listing says that Swift spent 10 years in the home before moving to Nashville as a teenager.
Amusement park open despite fire
CONNEAUT LAKE – Conneaut Lake Park is open despite a fire that destroyed a club and an attached banquet facility.
Investigators said it could take days to determine what caused the Thursday fire that destroyed the Dockside banquet facility and the Beach Club.
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18-year-old girl attacked by bear while deer hunting
A black bear attacked a teenager in central Pennsylvania as she hunted deer on a family farm, state police said Tuesday.
Ex-Altoona soccer coach guilty of sex with 2 players
A former Altoona Area High School assistant soccer coach has pleaded guilty to having romantic and sexual relationships with two players, and will serve at least 60 days in the county jail followed by two years’ probation.
Pittsburgh doctor killed in turnpike pileup
A man killed while trying to help motorists involved in a 50-vehilcle pileup on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on Sunday was an internal medicine specialist affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
5 things to know for today in Pennsylvania news
A look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Tuesday:
Pennsylvania braces for another blast of snow
Public schools in Philadelphia and many of its suburbs closed Tuesday as much of Pennsylvania prepared for another blast of snow.
Ruby Tuesday agrees to $575K settlement in case involving Altoona, Indiana locations
The restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday, Inc. is paying $575,000 to settle a federal age discrimination lawsuit over five locations in Pennsylvania and one in Ohio.
Man dressed as Santa struck and killed on I-95
A motorist allegedly driving with a suspended license is facing charges after police say he fatally struck a man in a Santa suit on a Philadelphia highway.
Pittsburgh cop charged with DUI arriving at work
A Pittsburgh police officer has been charged with drunken driving after he allegedly showed up for work drunk.
Man jailed for assault of woman in Somerset County cabin
A man has been jailed on charges he physically assaulted a woman at an apartment and later at a remote cabin in Somerset County after she refused to join in a sexual threesome involving another woman.
Ohio trucker found dead in Somerset County along turnpike
State police in Somerset say a truck driver from Ohio has been found dead in the sleeping compartment of his rig after pulling off the Pennsylvania Turnpike during bad weather.
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