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Elderly Woman Discovers Guy Living in Her Home

Police say her caretaker's boyfriend had secretly moved in on second floor

(Newser) - A woman in her 80s who lives alone in Pennsylvania wasn't actually living alone, it turns out. Police in Bedford say that a 49-year-old man had secretly moved in and was living on her second floor for several weeks, reports WJAC-TV and the Bedford County Free Press . His rent-free... More »

'Father' Granted License to Marry Adopted 'Son'

They've been a couple for 50 years

(Newser) - After 50 years as a couple—and 15 years as father and son in the eyes of the law—Bill Novak and Norman MacArthur are getting married. Both men are in their 70s, and they registered as domestic partners in New York City in 1994. But when they moved to... More »

Girl's Teeth So Decayed Her Life Was in Danger: Cops

But her dad wants to withdraw his guilty plea in the case

(Newser) - Kenneth Wanamaker Jr.'s 6-year-old daughter's teeth were so infected last year that, police and a dentist say, her life was in danger. According to the dentist, who called it "frightening" and testified that it was "the worst case of dental disease" he'd ever seen,... More »

Mom Throws Baby, Self Off Bridge, Both Survive: Cops

Johnesha Perry charged with attempted homicide

(Newser) - A 19-year-old Pennsylvania mom tossed her 1-year-old son off a 52-foot-high bridge into a shallow river before she jumped in, police say. Authorities believe the incident in Allentown was an attempted murder-suicide, ABC 6 reports. But both the baby and the mother are likely to survive thanks to witnesses' calls... More »

Convict: Execution Is Better Than My Lawyers

Raghunandan Yandamuri killed baby, grandmother in botched kidnapping

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man sentenced to death in the killings of a baby girl and her grandmother in what prosecutors called a botched kidnapping plot says he is so dissatisfied with his attorneys he'd rather be executed now than continue seeking a new trial with them. Raghunandan Yandamuri, who had... More »

Woman Poses as Lawyer, Makes Partner at Firm

Kimberly Kitchen charged with forgery and a few other things

(Newser) - A woman used forged documents to pose as an estate lawyer for a decade and made partner at her small firm before her fraud was discovered, according to charges announced yesterday. Kimberly Kitchen was charged Thursday with forgery, unauthorized practice of law, and felony records tampering. State prosecutors contend Kitchen... More »

Cops: Woman High on Meth Accidentally Kills Husband

Pennsylvania woman may not have recognized him

(Newser) - Couples that do meth together, don't stay together—in at least one instance. Police in Pennsylvania have charged 31-year-old Trista Zickefoose in the shooting death of her husband, reports WJAC . The AP reports that they had smoked meth Sunday night, then argued; about 11:40pm she heard a noise... More »

Cops: Man Attacked Brother With 'Jesus' Vanity Plate

'Turn the other cheek' probably wouldn't have helped here

(Newser) - State police say a man threw a "Jesus" vanity license plate at his older brother during a fight in Pennsylvania, cutting him badly enough to require treatment by paramedics. Forty-five-year-old James Wiles, of Springhill Township, is charged with simple assault and harassment over the argument with his 47-year-old brother... More »

New York Towns Talk of Seceding to Pennsylvania

They're jealous of the fracking possibilities

(Newser) - Plenty of people leave New York state, but in a job-hungry stretch of upstate, folks talk about staying put and seceding to Pennsylvania. Local officials stung by a recent decision to ban natural gas fracking have raised the idea of redrawing the Keystone State's border. Even though they don'... More »

Another Misguided Selfie, Another Suspect in Custody

The latest comes from Pennsylvania, again

(Newser) - The latest entry in that ever-growing category of criminal suspects tripped up by their own selfies : Police in Ambridge, Pa., were searching for 22-year-old Donald Harrison on assault charges, but without much luck. That changed when Harrison posted images of himself on Facebook aboard a Greyhound bus, with captions helpfully... More »

Boyfriend Faked CPR After Killing Student: Officials

Gregorio Orrostieta charged in Pa. freshman Karlie Hall's brutal death

(Newser) - A 19-year-old has been charged with homicide in the death of his girlfriend, a freshman at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. Gregorio Orrostieta, who isn't a student at the school, told police he got in a verbal fight with Karlie Hall, 18, at a party, authorities say. He says she... More »

Teen Shot Classmate, Took Selfie With Body: Police

Maxwell Morton reportedly confesses to cold-blooded murder

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania teenager is behind bars after allegedly shooting a classmate in the head and taking an incriminating selfie of himself with the body, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. According to court papers, 16-year-old Maxwell Morton sent the image to a friend via SnapChat, an app that deletes messages after a... More »

Cops Bust Pa. Teen in Triple Mall Shooting

One man was targeted, 2 bystanders hit

(Newser) - Three people were hospitalized today with gunshot wounds after a 17-year-old male opened fire on a man at a Pittsburgh-area mall, police said, striking his intended target as well as two bystanders. The Monroeville Mall went on lockdown last evening after gunfire erupted inside Macy's at about 7:30pm,... More »

County Board Reappoints Man Who Died in 2012

Pennsylvania officials promise to tighten up protocol

(Newser) - Officials in western Pennsylvania are trying to figure out how a man who's been dead for more than two years wound up being reappointed to a county industrial authority board. Fayette County officials said yesterday it seemed they never tried checking in with Larry Markwood before reappointing him. He... More »

Guy Applies for Cop Job, Admits to Underage Sex

Joseph White allegedly made admissions during polygraph test

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man is behind bars after allegedly telling state police he'd had sex with an underage girl. What's unusual: He told them while applying for a job as a state trooper, the AP reports via the Patriot-News . Police say Joseph White, 29, made the admission during a... More »

'Extravagant' Family Accused of $20M Insurance Fraud

Risoldis accused firefighters of $10M theft after suspicious mansion fire

(Newser) - What kind of people would set their home on fire, then falsely accuse volunteer firefighters of stealing $10 million in jewelry? The Risoldi clan of Bucks County, Pa., might fit the bill, according to prosecutors. The family fell under suspicion of fraud after a fire at Claire Risoldi's "... More »

4 Dead in Icy Highway Crashes

One Pennsylvania crash involved dozens of vehicles

(Newser) - Several multi-car pileups—including one involving dozens of vehicles—in icy conditions on interstates in the Philadelphia area claimed at least four lives and injured dozens today as hundreds of crashes were reported across eastern Pennsylvania, authorities say. State police in Philadelphia say 31-year-old Eric Blau of Philadelphia was killed... More »

Student Hits Pedestrian in Fatal Fall From Window

Freshman Rebecca Kim died after fall from 8th-floor dorm window

(Newser) - A visit with two male friends at their Art Institute of Philadelphia dorm ended tragically last night for a Temple University student after she fell to her death from an eighth-floor window, CBS Philly reports. "It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of Rebecca... More »

Frein Looks Very Different After 2 Months Behind Bars

Ambush video shown at survivalist's hearing

(Newser) - Eric Frein appeared in court yesterday, and the suspected cop-killer looked very different than he did immediately after his 48 days hiding out in the Pennsylvania wilderness. The survivalist was clean-shaven and wore glasses as he arrived at a hearing where a judge ruled there was enough evidence to try... More »

Burglary Suspect Bunked Down in Homeowner's Bed

Nicole Lynn Daugherty says she doesn't know how she got there: cops

(Newser) - Nicole Lynn Daugherty says she doesn't know how or why she ended up in a stranger's bed early Sunday—but she's now facing burglary, trespassing, and criminal mischief charges for it, the AP reports. State police responding to a home alarm around 4:15am in Liberty Township,... More »

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