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Parents Confront Bullies in Daughter's Obituary

Sadie Riggs' parents say bullies made her feel 'worthless'

(Newser) - The parents of a 15-year-old girl who hanged herself Monday in Pennsylvania have a message for bullies: "Please know that it is not too late to change your ways." Fox News reports that before her death, Sadie Riggs was going to counseling and taking medication for emotional issues.... More »

Man's Right Testicle Hurt for 15 Years. Doc Removed Left One

Jury awards man $870K in medical malpractice case

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man is $870,000 richer after a jury ruled his urologist committed "reckless indifference" when he removed the wrong testicle from his patient, PennLive.com reports. Steven Hanes' right testicle had been causing him intense pain for 15 years. According to Fox 43 , it was about half... More »

Diner Pulls Down Pants in Outburst Over Onions

Yuba Sharma is jailed on charges including terroristic threats

(Newser) - A Michigan man, apparently upset because his food included onions, is jailed on charges he made drunken threats to shoot the owner of a Pittsburgh restaurant before exposing himself, reports the AP . Police say 43-year-old Yuba Sharma ate at All Indiana restaurant on Monday night and then returned Tuesday to... More »

Mom Spends $25K on Son's Prom, Complete With Camel

Philly senior's mom also arranged for 3 tons of sand, luxury cars to lend Dubai feel to day

(Newser) - A Philly high school senior is describing his prom as "epic," which is probably still an understatement considering what his mom forked out for it. WTXF reports that Saudia Shuler had originally wanted to send son Johnny Eden Jr. to Dubai as a graduation gift, but serious health... More »

Dad Killed Over Fight Between Kids at Kindergarten Party

A 27-year-old has been charged with homicide

(Newser) - Police say a Pennsylvania man was hosting a kindergarten graduation party for his son and several other children when he was fatally shot, the AP reports. Witnesses tell state police that a fight or rough play between the victim's 6-year-old son and another 6-year-old led to an argument between... More »

Cop Responding to Car Crash ODs on Mystery Drug at Scene

It's the 2nd such incident in recent weeks

(Newser) - It's only been a couple of weeks since a police officer in Ohio overdosed on fentanyl when he instinctively wiped a bit of the powder away with his bare hand while arresting two men suspected of a drug deal. Now, an officer in Pennsylvania was saved by two doses... More »

2 Counselors Fatally OD at Facility for Recovering Addicts

They were found in their bedrooms at Pa. lodge

(Newser) - "If anybody is wondering how bad the opioid epidemic has become, this case is a frightening example," said Chester County DA Tom Hogan after two drug counselors fatally overdosed at a Pennsylvania facility for recovering addicts. Residents at the Freedom Ridge Recovery Lodge found the counselors, who lived... More »

Amtrak Engineer Charged in Crash That Killed 8

He accelerated to 106mph on 50mph curve

(Newser) - Philadelphia's top prosecutor has charged a speeding Amtrak engineer with causing a catastrophe, involuntary manslaughter, and other crimes in a deadly 2015 derailment that came after he accelerated to 106mph on a 50mph curve. Prosecutors said Friday they were in talks with engineer Brandon Bostian's attorney to have... More »

Drunk Woman Breaks Into Home, Goes to Sleep: Cops

Homeowner says she almost had a heart attack

(Newser) - The good news is Allison Plusquellic chose to walk home, rather than drive, after a night of drinking in Lower Burrell, Pa., on Friday. The bad news, according to police, is the home she reached—and fell asleep in—wasn’t her own. Police say that after first failing to... More »

Survivalist Who Killed State Trooper Hears Fate

Eric Frein taunted cops after 2014 ambush

(Newser) - A survivalist who eluded police in northeast Pennsylvania for seven weeks after killing a state trooper in a 2014 ambush has been sentenced to death. Eric Frein, 33, was found guilty last week on charges including first-degree murder, the BBC reports. The jury deliberated for five hours Wednesday before deciding... More »

Drive-Thru Workers Could Get $50K 'Facebook Killer' Reward

They delayed his order, called cops

(Newser) - The McDonald's employees who bravely held up the order of an armed and dangerous customer could be in line for a big payday. Police were able to catch up with alleged "Facebook killer" Steve Stephens after drive-thru workers at the Erie, Pa., McDonald's recognized him Tuesday morning... More »

McDonald's Staff Holds Fries to Stall 'Facebook Killer'

Employees called 911 when Steve Stephens came to McDonald's

(Newser) - Employees at a Pennsylvania McDonald's were instrumental in helping police locate the "Facebook Killer," WOIO reports. Steve Stephens pulled into the McDonald's drive-thru in Erie on Tuesday morning, ordering a 20-piece Chicken McNuggets and fries. While the man—wanted on suspicion of killing an elderly man... More »

Pa. Fugitive's Alleged Diary Scoffed at 2014 Manhunt

Eric Frein, sought for 48 days in cop killing, wrote of surprise at 'massive search': prosecutors

(Newser) - "What I have done has not been done before, and it felt like it was worth a try," Eric Frein allegedly scrawled in a journal while evading capture following the shooting death of a Pennsylvania state trooper in 2014. That entry and others describing the journal writer breaking... More »

He Died in 1972, Turned Up Alive and Well on Ancestry.com

Police investigating identity theft case in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - In 1996, prosecutors say a young man escaped a halfway house in Texas, went to a cemetery, picked the name of a person born close to his birth date, tracked down that person's birth certificate, and began a second life as Nathan Laskoski. The ruse worked spectacularly for two... More »

Fire Chief Calls Off Egg Hunt, Blames Parents

'Unruly' parents made it unsafe, he says

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania volunteer fire company says it has canceled this year's Easter egg hunt for children because of "unruly" parents in past years. The Norco Fire Company in North Coventry Township says on its Facebook page the annual children's event won't be held this year. Deputy... More »

Young Boy Who Died Trying to Save Dad Wins Bravery Medal

Local fire chief calls the boy a 'hero'

(Newser) - As a raging fire burned through the three-story brick home of a family in Norristown, Pa., a 12-year-old boy watching the flames grew increasingly worried about his father, who was still recovering from hip-replacement surgery. Not realizing that his dad, Sanford Harling Jr., who was 58, had jumped out of... More »

Student Sues High School Over Transgender-Friendly Policy

He says it's sexual harassment and a violation of his privacy

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania high school student is suing his school district, saying its transgender-friendly policy constitutes sexual harassment and a violation of privacy, the AP reports. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday with the Eastern District of Pennsylvania federal court, according to the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative group representing the student. More »

5-Year-Old Dies After Puppy Chokes Him With His Scarf

John Bruno loved 'Ninja Turtles, Pokemon, superheroes, and being silly'

(Newser) - A 5-year-old Pennsylvania boy has died days after he was choked when the family dog pulled on his scarf as they played in the snow, the AP reports. The Philadelphia coroner's office says John Bruno died Saturday at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he had been under heavy... More »

Teen Forced to Have Sex With 1K Men Sues Philly Motel

Says hotel, employees turned a blind eye to sex trafficking

(Newser) - From the outside, Philadelphia's Roosevelt Inn may look any other motel. It's actually the city's "epicenter of human trafficking," according to prosecutors. In a lawsuit filed Friday, a 17-year-old girl details how she was "sold into sexual slavery" at the 107-room motel in 2013,... More »

Girl, Firefighter Die After Hoverboard Catches Fire

She's believed to be first to die in US hoverboard fire

(Newser) - A double tragedy in Harrisburg, Pa.: A 3-year-old girl died in a house fire believed to have been caused by a recharging hoverboard Friday night, and a firefighter was killed on his way to the scene by an allegedly drunk driver in a stolen car. Consumer Products Safety Commission spokesman... More »

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