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This Terrible Sketch Actually Helped Cops ID a Suspect

Police say 'cartoonish' drawing was a big help

(Newser) - It's being called the "world's worst police sketch"—but it did the job. Police in Pennsylvania were able to identify a theft suspect with the help of a cartoonish sketch provided by a witness, the BBC reports. Lancaster police say the sketch and the victim's... More »

Meet Abby, the Dog Who Returned From the Dead

'It feels like a part of my kids’ childhood is back, part of our family is back'

(Newser) - As far as Debra Suierveld is concerned, Abby pulled a Lazarus. “We thought she had passed away,” Suierveld tells KDKA . “It feels like a part of my kids’ childhood is back, part of our family is back." Abby, a black lab mix, wandered off from Suierveld'... More »

Cops: Quadruple Homicide in Pa. Not Random

Police say they have no suspects after bodies of 4 men were found in Reading apartment

(Newser) - Police in the small Pennsylvania city of Reading haven't identified any suspects in a quadruple homicide that's believed to be among the deadliest shootings in the area in recent history, officials say. The victims, all men, were shot several times, and their bodies were found Sunday evening in... More »

Families: Car Wash Mass Shooter Was Driven by Jealousy

Tim Smith is not expected to survive

(Newser) - A man suspected of gunning down four people at a Pennsylvania car wash was driven by jealousy, according to family members of the shooting victims. State police say Timothy Smith, 28, was armed with a semi-automatic rifle, a .308-caliber rifle, and a handgun and was wearing body armor without the... More »

Argument Over Meatballs Leads to Hot Courtroom Beef

Which was unexpected, since it's a trial regarding alleged government corruption

(Newser) - Jurors got a taste of some hot courtroom beef Thursday in Pennsylvania as a lawyer for a mayor charged with bribery, fraud, and conspiracy argued over the definition of "meatballs" with a former finance director, the New York Times reports. Allentown Mayor Ed Pawloski is on trial for allegedly... More »

4 Dead, 1 Hospitalized in Shooting at Car Wash

'No motive, no reason'

(Newser) - Four people are dead and another hospitalized following a shooting early Sunday morning outside a Pennsylvania car wash in what a state trooper tells the Herald-Standard was "a pretty intense scene." The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports two bodies were found lying in the parking lot of Ed's Car... More »

Rep Denies Harassing Aide He Saw as 'Soul Mate'

He says he was only hostile because of ObamaCare

(Newser) - Rep. Pat Meehan admits that he told a much younger aide that he saw her as a "soul mate" and handled it badly when he found out she had a serious boyfriend—but he denies that his actions count as sexual harassment, even though his office secretly settled with... More »

Officer Dead, 2 Injured in Pennsylvania Shooting

Man reportedly opened fire at Harrisburg home

(Newser) - A law enforcement officer is dead and two others are wounded after a man reportedly opened fire during the serving of a federal arrest warrant in Pennsylvania on Thursday. The members of a US Marshals task force had arrived at a Harrisburg home to serve a woman with a warrant... More »

Cosby Shakes Hand, Makes #MeToo Comment

Comedian brought up #MeToo at Wednesday dinner

(Newser) - Bill Cosby referenced the #MeToo movement after a dinner at an Italian restaurant in Philadelphia on Wednesday, reports the AP . The 80-year-old comedian was dining with an old friend and his publicist, and some members of the media were invited to document the event. The Philadelphia Inquirer —which dubbed... More »

Cops: Chief Solicited Sex From Officer Posing as Girl, 14

Pennsylvania chief faces felony charges

(Newser) - Leechburg Police Chief Michael Diebold had part of his arm blown off in a fireworks accident in 2017—but his 2018 is likely to be a lot worse. The Pennsylvania chief was arrested Friday in an undercover sex sting when he went to meet what he apparently thought was a... More »

'There Was Flapping of Wings and Then It Was Gone'

Tiny dog somehow manages to survive being snatched by eagle

(Newser) - Felipe Rodriguez says he thought he was hallucinating when an eagle snatched his sister's little white dog from her yard and disappeared over the trees. Did he really just see that? The AP reports he had. Zoey the 8-pound bichon frise was gone, taken by a hungry raptor Tuesday... More »

Pa. Man Builds Most Creative Snowplow Ever

Jonathan Schill's cardboard-box contraption is a big online hit

(Newser) - Innovators often arise out of the most grueling circumstances, and Jonathan Schill is no exception. As the Chambersburg Public Opinion reports, the young Pennsylvania man was shoveling snow at his new home last Saturday when he got tuckered out after 15 minutes. He didn't have a snowplow to tap... More »

Man Arrested, Given Drugs Over Mistaken Identity: Suit

'The experience that I went through, this should never happen to anybody'

(Newser) - A 63-year-old Pennsylvania man is suing for false imprisonment, negligence, assault, and more after he says he was arrested and injected with drugs because neither police nor a hospital bothered to check his identity, the BBC reports. Eugene Wright filed suit Wednesday. The lawsuit—as per the Meadville Tribune —... More »

'It Might Be the Last Time I Wish for a White Christmas'

Erie, Pennsylvania, gets record-setting amount on Christmas Day

(Newser) - On Nov. 22, 1956, Erie, Pennsylvania, got buried by 20 inches of snow, reports CNN . That record was crushed on Christmas Day, when 34 inches covered the city ... and then kept falling. By 6am Tuesday, the total snowfall clocked in at 53 inches, which the National Weather Service tweeted is... More »

Family Electricity Bill: $284,460,000,000

Fortunately, it was a just decimal error for Pennsylvania's Mary Horomanski

(Newser) - Imagine opening your electric bill and seeing a figure of $284,460,000,000 under the amount owed. Pennsylvania's Mary Horomanski had exactly that experience, which she recollects to GoErie.com with a priceless quote: “My eyes just about popped out of my head,” says the 58-year-old... More »

Injuries as Ski Lift Malfunctions on Resort's Opening Day

Dozens stranded, 5 hurt at Tussey Mountain in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - A ski lift malfunction on opening day at a Pennsylvania ski resort stranded dozens of people and left five with minor injuries, the AP reports. Around 10am Saturday, a chair carrying skiers and snowboarders slipped along the haul rope and slid backward into another chair, officials with Tussey Mountain ski... More »

House Ethics Chief Accused of Assaulting Women

Omar Ashmawy says he was the victim of an unprovoked attack

(Newser) - The man in charge of preliminary investigations into allegations of misconduct in the House of Representatives is himself accused of physically and verbally assaulting women. A lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania alleges that Omar Ashmawy, staff director at the Office of Congressional Ethics, initiated a 2015 Valentine's Day brawl at... More »

Cow Ditches Nativity Scene, Wanders Philly Instead

The Hereford had an adventurous night, busting out twice

(Newser) - A slippery cow who escaped a Nativity scene in Philadelphia is back in place—again. The cow, named Stormy, wandered away from the Nativity scene at Old First United Church of Christ early Thursday and ended up on Interstate 95 around 2:20am, reports the AP . Philadelphia police eventually boxed... More »

2 Dead in Shooting on College Campus

Police say it was a murder-suicide involving Penn State employee, estranged husband

(Newser) - Two people are dead in what Pennsylvania State Police say was a murder-suicide on a college campus Wednesday, KDKA reports. Police say a female employee at Penn State Beaver was convinced to come outside by her estranged husband, who shot her in a parking lot outside a campus dining hall.... More »

Lawmaker: 'I'm a Heterosexual, Stop Touching Me'

Pennsylvania lawmaker reacted strongly to brief touch from male colleague

(Newser) - A conservative Pennsylvania lawmaker halted a meeting Tuesday to declare that he is a heterosexual and does not welcome being touched by men. The cause of his outrage? A brief touch on the forearm from Democratic Rep. Matt Bradford. In an exchange captured on video , Republican Rep. Daryl Metcalfe interrupts... More »

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