The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

State News

February 10, 2014

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 Monday:

ABOUT 19,000 CUSTOMERS STILL IN THE DARK, COLD IN PHILADELPHIA AREA

They lost power during last Wednesday’s storm, which knocked out electricity to about 850,000 customers when ice toppled power lines and tree branches.

STATE POLICE SAY TOUR BUS DRIVER DRIVING TOO FAST BEFORE CRASH THAT INJURED MORE THAN 20 PASSENGERS

Luckily, most escaped serious injury in the crash Sunday on Route 220 in Cumberland Valley Township. That’s about five miles from the Maryland border. The bus, owned by Freedom Excursions in Altoona, was headed to the Rocky Gap Casino Resort in western Maryland.

FORMER REPUBLICAN STATE SEN. JANE ORIE WAKES UP A FREE WOMAN

Orie was released from prison Sunday after completing her minimum sentence for using her state-paid legislative staff to work on her political campaigns. Orie’s attorney says she has a job lined up but hasn’t said what it is.

PRETRIAL HEARING SET FOR PITT MEDICAL RESEARCHER JAILED ON CHARGES HE POISONED PHYSICIAN WIFE WITH CYANIDE

Among other things, an Allegheny County judge must decide whether to unfreeze Dr. Robert Ferrante’s assets so he can pay his defense attorneys and other court-related costs. Ferrante is charged with lacing his wife’s energy drink with the poison, killing her.

BOMB-MAKING SUSPECT APPEARS BEFORE FEDERAL MAGISTRATE

A federal magistrate in western Pennsylvania must decide whether 18-year-old Vladislav Miftakhov is enough of a flight risk or danger to the community to be jailed until he goes to trial on charges that he made bombs in his Altoona apartment.

 

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