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His Wife's Body Was Found Tied to Anchor. He Claimed Suicide

It's life in prison for Christopher Leclair

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man who hoped to shack up with his girlfriend after killing his wife of 25 years will instead be confined to a prison bed for life. Christopher Leclair maintained his innocence even as a judge sentenced him to life in prison without parole on Tuesday, describing the June... More »

Man Reunited With Wallet After 4 Years

He lost it at Hersheypark in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man has his wallet back nearly four years after it apparently fell out of his pocket while riding a roller coaster, the AP reports. It was a running family joke to tell the kids to look for dad's wallet every time they visited Hersheypark. Jon Anson tells... More »

300-Pound Woman Pleads Guilty to Crushing Boyfriend

Pa. woman will be sentenced for 3rd-degree murder

(Newser) - A 300-pound woman in Pennsylvania has pleaded guilty to murdering her boyfriend by stabbing him, hitting in the head with a table leg, and finally crushing the 120-pound man with her own weight. Windi Thomas, 44, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the March 18 death of Keeno Butler in... More »

Driver Gets Stuck on Tracks After GPS Gaffe

Pennsylvania police have a little fun posting about it

(Newser) - A woman learned the limits of GPS Wednesday when she turned off a road onto railway tracks and got stuck there—parallel to the tracks, USA Today reports. To make matters worse, cops gave her a ticket. "The GPS told me to do it..." quipped the City of... More »

They Were Driving to Their Wedding. Instead, Tragedy

Couple killed in crash en route to nuptials

(Newser) - Kathryn Schurtz and Joseph Kearney were on their way to their wedding when the unthinkable happened Wednesday. The New Jersey couple was driving to Pittsburgh for the nuptials when a crash occurred ahead of them on I-78 in Windsor Township, Pa. Traffic slowed, but a tractor-trailer behind the couple wasn'... More »

Storm Sighting Stuns Drivers: A Stranded Camel

Yes, it really was a camel

(Newser) - The surprisingly powerful winter storm that swept across Pennsylvania brought some surprising sights with it, including a camel stranded along a snowy roadway, the AP reports. Motorists traveling about 40 miles north of Philadelphia started tweeting about the camel and posted video on social media. An organization called Jewish Philly... More »

He Yelled 'Death to All Jews.' Then a Jewish Nurse Treated Him

Ari Mahler describes the 'empathy' he decided to show a wounded Robert Bowers

(Newser) - An Allegheny General Hospital nurse who treated Robert Bowers, the man suspected of killing 11 at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, after the shooting has stepped forward via a public Facebook post , and he clarifies his identity: "I am The Jewish Nurse." His name is Ari... More »

Muslims Quickly Raise Money for Synagogue Victims

The total has surpassed $100K

(Newser) - In the immediate aftermath of the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, two Muslim nonprofit groups set out to raise $25,000 for victims on the crowdfunding site LaunchGood . They passed that goal within six hours, reports the Times of Israel . In fact, as of Monday morning, the groups CelebrateMercy and MPower... More »

'Devastating Tragedy' on Set of Mister Rogers Film

Crew member James Emswiller, 61, dies after falling off 2nd-floor balcony in Mount Lebanon, Pa.

(Newser) - Sad news out of Pennsylvania, where a biopic about Fred Rogers (aka "Mister Rogers") is filming. WPXI and the AP report that a 61-year-old crew member for You Are My Friend has died after falling off a second-story balcony at a Mount Lebanon apartment building. Police say James... More »

Trump Faced 'Quagmire,' Went Ahead With Rally

As Hurricane Michael batters Florida

(Newser) - As Hurricane Michael pounded Florida on Wednesday, President Trump took shelter at a campaign event in Pennsylvania, where he sought to boost Republicans before the midterms. Trump acknowledged the hurricane at the top of his rally in Erie, offering his "thoughts and prayers" to those in the storm's... More »

FBI: No Civil War Gold Here. Treasure Hunters: Oh Yeah?

Father-son team think the agency secretly grabbed up to $250M worth of the precious metal in Pa.

(Newser) - The father-son duo of Dennis and Kem Parada spent years combing a bit of Pennsylvania wilderness with high-end metal detectors to prospect for a fabled cache of Civil War gold. They felt certain they'd found the hiding place, but at the end of the court-sanctioned excavation, the FBI in... More »

Noise Complaint Leads to 71 Beagles in 'Deplorable Conditions'

Dogs found in Pa. home are now with humane society; adoption info is forthcoming

(Newser) - Animal welfare workers say 71 beagles have been removed from "deplorable conditions" in a Pennsylvania home. Barbara Morgan, an officer with the Lehigh County Humane Society, says she expects to file charges against the owner of the home near Allentown where the dogs were discovered, the AP reports. Many... More »

What Her Love of Trump Has Cost Her: Her Grandson

Ben Bradlee Jr. profiles Trump super-fan Lynette Villano

(Newser) - When Ben Bradlee Jr. refers to "Mrs. Trump," he's not talking about Melania. Rather, it's a nickname that was bestowed upon Lynette Villano, 72, a die-hard Trump supporter living in Luzerne County, Pa. In a lengthy excerpt of The Forgotten published by Politico , Bradlee explains that... More »

Alex Trebek Literally Gets Booed as Debate Moderator

One Pennsylvania newspaper says he turned gubernatorial debate into 'dumpster fire'

(Newser) - It may not be clear who won Monday's debate between Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and his Republican challenger, Scott Wagner. But one thing seems clear based on Tuesday morning's reaction: Moderator Alex Trebek lost. Yes, the Jeopardy! host took on that unusual duty, and the reviews have not... More »

'Crazy' Car Explosion Kills 3 in Pennsylvania

Police say it was a 'criminal incident'

(Newser) - Autopsies are planned Monday on the bodies of three people found dead after a car explosion on a street in downtown Allentown, Pa., in what authorities called a "criminal incident" being probed by federal, state, and local authorities. Three males were found dead after the 9:30pm Saturday blast,... More »

Here's Where Bill Cosby Will Serve His Sentence

SCI Phoenix opened in June

(Newser) - Inmate NN7687, otherwise known as Bill Cosby, spent his first night behind bars at Pennsylvania's State Correctional Institute at Phoenix on Tuesday. CNN takes a look at the maximum security prison, which opened in June in suburban Philadelphia some 20 miles from Cosby's home and has 3,830... More »

After House Awarded to Ex, Man Tries to Kill Her

'Extremely tense' day in Pa. ends with suspect, his parents dead

(Newser) - The hunt for a Pennsylvania man who cops say shot at his ex-wife, then gunned down his elderly parents on Wednesday is over. Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan told reporters Thursday that 59-year-old Bruce Rogal had crashed his minivan into his ex-wife's home earlier that morning, and that... More »

Gunman Dead in Penn. After Opening Fire at Courthouse

Four others were wounded in the shooting

(Newser) - Fayette County, Penn., officials say police shot and killed a gunman who opened fire in the lobby of the Masontown Borough Center. District Attorney Richard Bower confirmed Wednesday that a German Township police officer shot the gunman multiple times, killing him, per the AP . Bower says the gunman, who was... More »

Trump Pays Tribute to Victims, Heroes of 9/11

Ceremonies in New York City, Washington, Pennsylvania

(Newser) - President Trump marked the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Tuesday with a speech at the memorial where one of the planes went down in Shanksville, Pa. "America's future is not written by our enemies," said Trump, per CBS News . "America's future is written... More »

GoFundMe: Homeless Vet Will Be 'Made Whole' in $400K Feud

Crowdfunding site says Johnny Bobbitt Jr. will get what he's due

(Newser) - What started out as an uplifting story has degenerated into a rather upsetting one for all involved. The Philadelphia couple that helped crowdfund more than $400,000 to help a homeless man is now being accused by that man of using the money as their "personal piggy bank,"... More »

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