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Cops: Guy Unloaded Gun— by Firing at House Next Door

George Byrd says he didn't know how else to unload

(Newser) - Police in Pennsylvania say a convicted felon accused of shooting a bullet through a neighbor's window told a judge he fired the gun because it was the only way he knew how to unload it. Middletown Detective Patrick Nicastro tells the Bucks County Courier Times that 31-year-old George Byrd... More »

Search for Fugitive Survivalist Leads to 'Haunted' Hotel

Eric Frein was deeply into Vietnam War re-enactments

(Newser) - As authorities continue to search for a survivalist suspected in the shooting of two Pennsylvania state troopers, the trail—which has included diapers and cigarettes —has taken them to an abandoned hotel. Locals call the place, which hasn't been used this century, haunted, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. A... More »

Fugitive Survivalist Taunts Cops, Leaves Diaper Trail

Cops believe manhunt is a 'game' to Eric Frein

(Newser) - Police combing a heavily wooded area of Pennsylvania for the survivalist suspected of shooting two state troopers are starting to suspect he is playing some kind of twisted game with them. Almost 1,000 officers are combing the area for Eric Frein, and there have been repeated sightings of a... More »

In Rural Pennsylvania, Heroin Is Cheaper Than Beer

It's easier to get hold of, too, report warns

(Newser) - Heroin addiction isn't just an urban problem in Pennsylvania, where a small packet of the drug is cheaper and easier for young people in rural areas to obtain than a six-pack of beer, a new report warns. The Center for Rural Pennsylvania's report found that an "epidemic"... More »

Craigslist Killers Get Life Without Parole

Miranda Barbour and husband Elytte sentenced for ambush killing

(Newser) - A married couple who met up with and murdered a Pennsylvania man who answered the wife's Craigslist ad offering "companion" services has been sentenced to life in prison without parole, the Patriot-News reports. Miranda Barbour, 19, and her 22-year-old husband, Elytte, had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in... More »

Survivalist Sought in Trooper's Murder

Eric Frein accused in ambush of two Pennsylvania troopers

(Newser) - Police in Pennsylvania are hunting for a 31-year-old survivalist and expert marksman accused of killing one state trooper and wounding another . The suspect is Eric Frein, who lives with his parents in Canadensis, about 20 miles from where the troopers were shot outside their barracks in Blooming Grove, reports USA ... More »

Shot Pennsylvania Trooper Regains Consciousness

No arrests yet over deadly ambush

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania state trooper injured in an ambush that killed another trooper outside their barracks in the northeast of the state Friday night regained consciousness yesterday and investigators hope to speak to him soon, the AP reports. No arrests have been made over the attack that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson,... More »

Shot Pennsylvania State Troopers IDed

No one in custody in attack

(Newser) - Pennsylvania state police have identified two troopers who were shot last night : Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed, while trooper Alex Douglass is currently in critical but stable condition in the hospital, the AP reports. No suspects are currently in custody, the Scranton Times-Tribune reports. Police have interviewed a person of... More »

Shooter Ambushes, Kills Pennsylvania State Trooper

Another trooper injured; man is being questioned

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania state trooper was killed and another wounded in ambush attack outside their barracks last night, authorities say. A "person of interest" is being questioned, but no charges have been filed against the man, reports the Times-Tribune of Scranton. The troopers were shot outside their barracks in Blooming... More »

Boy Charged for Mock Sex Act on Jesus Statue

Desecrating a venerated object doesn't go over well in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - You know what simulating a sex act in front of a Jesus statue and posting pictures of it online will get you? In western Pennsylvania, it'll get you criminal charges. A 14-year-old boy is learning that lesson the hard way after he was charged under a little-known Bedford County... More »

After Scout's Death, Friends Helping Him Get Eagle Rank

Pennsylvania teen died suddenly last month

(Newser) - Scores of friends, family members, and fellow Boy Scouts have joined forces to help a Pennsylvania Boy Scout win his Eagle badge weeks after his sudden death. Noah Cornuet, 16, collapsed and died after football practice last month from what turned out to be a rare heart tumor, the Pittsburgh ... More »

Mom Imprisoned for Giving Daughter Abortion Pills

Pennsylvania mom Jennifer Whelan gets up to 18 months

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania mom who helped her 16-year-old daughter end an unwanted pregnancy is going to spend up to 18 months behind bars. Single mother Jennifer Ann Whalen, 39, was sentenced Friday to between 12 and 18 months under a state law that says only doctors can carry out abortions, reports... More »

Girl, 15, Faces Charges in Crash That Kills 3 Teens

Underage driver may have been speeding

(Newser) - A 15-year-old girl who took her father's SUV faces criminal charges after she got into an accident that left three of her friends dead in northeastern Pennsylvania, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer . Police say the unidentified driver picked up a female friend and four male friends Saturday morning and drove... More »

Boy, 5, Brings Gun to School So Brother Won't Find It

He worried 3-year-old would hurt himself

(Newser) - A kindergartner bringing a loaded gun to school is one thing, but the explanation he gave to authorities makes the case more unusual: He says he found it at home and wanted to make sure his 3-year-old brother didn't hurt himself, reports KDKA of Pittsburgh. "It's a... More »

24 Years Later, Science Overturns Arson Conviction

Han Tak Lee imprisoned for allegedly murdering daughter

(Newser) - In 1990, Han Tak Lee was convicted of murdering his daughter. Now, almost a quarter-century later, a judge says the 79-year-old's conviction rested on a scientific inaccuracy—and the former New York businessman is finally out of prison, the AP reports. According to a review of his case finished... More »

Jury: Woman Downloaded Child Porn to Frame Hubby

Meri Woods faces up to 9 years and $20K in fines

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania jury convicted a woman on Wednesday of downloading child pornography onto the family computer and trying to blame it on her husband, Raw Story reports. Prosecutors said Meri Woods of Clymer, Penn., downloaded more than 40 child-pornography images, then delivered the computer to state police and tried to... More »

Mom: I Didn't Know My Son Died Til I Smelled Him

Jarrod Tutko's father didn't tell anyone boy had died

(Newser) - Today, from the dregs of humanity: Eight-year-old Jarrod Tutko Jr. died on Tuesday on the third floor of his home. On Friday night, mom Kimberly Tutko asked her husband, Jarrod Sr., what was the cause of the smell coming from the third floor, at which point, in the telling of... More »

Guy's Hilarious Obit: 'Don't Email Me, I'm Dead'

Adman Kevin McGroarty leaves his loved ones cackling

(Newser) - Kevin McGroarty worked in advertising for some 30 years. His final project: a hilarious "500-word mini masterpiece," AdWeek reports— his own obituary . McGroarty, who died last week at 53, kicks it off with a bang—"McGroarty Achieves Room Temperature!"—before explaining he died "after... More »

Parents Charged After Falling Dresser Kills Girls

Dad didn't check on pair for 10 to 15 minutes after hearing crash: police

(Newser) - The father of two toddlers who died after a dresser fell on them is facing involuntary manslaughter charges because he heard a crash and didn't immediately check on his daughters, a prosecutor said yesterday. David Beatty, 28, of Aliquippa, Pa., is charged in the deaths of 2-year-old Brooklyn and... More »

Agency Sends Draft Notices to Men Born in Wrong Century

About 14K go out to centenarians in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - No, the United States isn't trying to build a military force of centenarians. It just seems that way after the Selective Service System mistakenly sent notices to more than 14,000 Pennsylvania men born between 1893 and 1897, ordering them to register for the nation's military draft and... More »

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