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Pennsylvania Gunman Found Dead in Woods

Bradley Stone accused of killing ex-wife and 5 of her family members

(Newser) - The hunt for a 35-year-old man accused of killing his ex-wife and five others in her family is over in Pennsylvania: Authorities found the body of Bradley Stone in the woods near his house in Pennsburg, reports NBC Philadelphia . Stone had "self-inflicted cutting wounds to the center of his... More »

Pa. Gunman on the Loose After 6 Killed

Police warn that Bradley William Stone is armed and dangerous

(Newser) - Details are coming to light in yesterday's shooting spree north of Philadelphia, as police search for the suspect and communities in Montgomery and Bucks counties hunker down. Bradley William Stone, a 35-year-old former Marine reservist who spent a few months in Iraq and is said to have PTSD, is... More »

Shooting Spree Near Philly Kills 4: Police

Suspect reportedly barricaded in Souderton home after shootings in 3 towns

(Newser) - At least four people are dead and a suspect is barricaded in a home near Philadelphia after shootings in three different Pennsylvania communities today, according to law enforcement sources cited by WPVI . A call about the first shooting took place at 3:55am ET in Lower Salford, where a woman... More »

After Killing Stepdaughter, Man Filmed Sex With Body: DA

Sex said to be motive in gruesome Gregory Graf case

(Newser) - A man who is charged in his stepdaughter's murder filmed himself having sex with her dead body, prosecutors say. That has led a Pennsylvania district attorney to what he believes was the motive in Jessica Padgett's death: He says that Gregory Graf killed Padgett so that he could... More »

City Can't Figure Out Why It Smells Like Cat Pee

Readings show no health risk in New Castle, Penn.

(Newser) - You may think your town figuratively stinks; for residents of New Castle, Penn., the sentiment is literal. Environmental Protection agents in the city can't seem to figure out why there's a lingering odor of ... cat pee. Residents first noticed the smell Nov. 1 and it still hangs around... More »

Police: Mom Who Vanished Was Murdered by Stepfather

Gregory R. Graf's motive may have been sexual assault: district attorney

(Newser) - Mother of three Jessica Padgett left her young son at the child care center where she worked in Northampton, Penn., just before 1pm on Nov. 21 to fax paperwork at her stepfather's company, Distinctive Fence—she held a second job there. She was never seen alive again. Officials say... More »

City Freaks Out Over 'Ugly' Christmas Tree

Was topped with lighted pretzel

(Newser) - A Christmas tree that might make Charlie Brown think twice is getting kicked to the curb a little early after residents of a Pennsylvania town complained it was too ugly. Reading's spindly 50-foot spruce drew the ire of residents who said it was ruining their holiday spirit. Now a... More »

Cops Save Boy, 10, Who Shot Self in Face

Officer performed CPR after accidental shooting

(Newser) - A 10-year-old Pennsylvania boy who accidentally shot himself in the face with his father's handgun is still alive thanks to two police officers who arrived minutes after a 911 call. The boy "was lifeless at the time we arrived," the chief of police in Darby Township tells... More »

Manhunt for Fugitive Frein Cost $11M

Accused cop killer has yet to enter a plea

(Newser) - State police spent about $11 million on the manhunt for a survivalist charged in the ambush slaying of a trooper outside his barracks, according to a cost breakdown released today. Thousands of law enforcement officers from the Pennsylvania State Police and numerous other state and federal agencies took part in... More »

Frein Used Unsecured WiFi While Evading Police

He searched for 'how to escape a manhunt'

(Newser) - Eric Frein was a hunted fugitive in the woods of northeast Pennsylvania for nearly two months—but that didn't keep him off the Internet. Police say Frein has told them he used unprotected WiFi hot spots to get online, the AP reports. A laptop computer and two thumb... More »

Philly Woman's Terrifying Abduction Caught on Tape

$15K reward offered to find who snatched 22-year-old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither

(Newser) - Police are searching for a 22-year-old woman who is shown, in a terrifying three-minute surveillance video, being abducted off a Philadelphia street Sunday night. The video shows Carlesha Freeland-Gaither struggling with her kidnapper on the sidewalk before he finally manages to shove her into a gray sedan in the Germantown... More »

Crowd Taunts Captured Fugitive Frein

He is arraigned in Pennsylvania on murder charges

(Newser) - As officers led newly captured fugitive Eric Frein from a courthouse in Pennsylvania today, the New York Times reports that they stopped for a moment as if to give the 150 or so bystanders a good look. Shouts of "Rot in hell," "You're not a real... More »

Frein Placed in Dead Officer's Handcuffs

DA says he will seek death penalty

(Newser) - After a 48-day manhunt in the woods of northeast Pennsylvania, Eric Frein ended up being taken away in handcuffs used by the state trooper he's accused of shooting dead in an ambush last month . The fugitive, who was captured near an abandoned airport hangar yesterday, was put in the... More »

Frein Capture Saves Halloween For Local Kids

Trick-or-treating is back on, township says

(Newser) - With the capture of Eric Frein , US marshals haven't just taken a dangerous suspected cop-killer out of action, they've saved Halloween for hundreds of children. Authorities in Barrett Township in rural Pennsylvania, which canceled Halloween festivities when Frein was believed to be holed up in the area, say... More »

Fugitive Eric Frein Caught in Pennsylvania

Suspected cop-killer captured at small airport

(Newser) - The manhunt for Eric Frein is over: Authorities in Pennsylvania have captured the suspected cop-killer at a small regional airport in the Pocono Mountains, reports NBC News . Frein surrendered without any shots fired, an FBI official tells the Philadelphia Inquirer . The 31-year-old Frein had been on the run after allegedly... More »

Cops Keep Stopping 'Most Wanted' Lookalike

Pennsylvania's James Tully walks to work through heart of Eric Frein search area

(Newser) - Talk about an unfortunate case of mistaken identity: Pennsylvania's James Tully says police seem to think he resembles accused cop killer Eric Frein, and it's causing quite the headache. Tully tells ABC News he's been stopped by inquiring officers more times than he can count while walking... More »

Murder Suspect, 10, Will Stay in Adult Jail

Family 'not ready' for release of Tristen Kurilla

(Newser) - Tristen Kurilla, the Pennsylvania 10-year-old who confessed to killing a 90-year-old woman over the weekend, is still in an adult prison and for now, his family thinks that could be the best place for him. His attorney withdrew a bail request yesterday saying the "family just doesn't feel... More »

Boy, 10, Charged With Murder of 90-Year-Old

Pa. 5th-grader charged as an adult

(Newser) - A 10-year-old boy who confessed to killing an elderly woman is in prison in Wayne County, Pa., and has been charged as an adult with criminal homicide. According to the Morning Call , Tristen Kurilla was visiting his grandfather on Saturday when he argued with Helen Novak, the 90-year-old woman his... More »

Survivalist's 'Chilling' Diary Found at Campsite

Eric Frein is 'pure evil,' police say

(Newser) - Eric Frein has been a fugitive in the mountains of Pennsylvania for almost a month—and police say a journal has left them in no doubt that the man they're trying to hunt down is "pure evil." The journal found at an abandoned campsite appears to recount... More »

Cops Find Tuna, Ramen Left by Fugitive Survivalist

Troopers say they're closing in on Eric Frein

(Newser) - Accused cop killer Eric Frein continues to elude authorities in the mountains of Pennsylvania, but police think his task just got a lot harder: He left behind a stash of tuna, ramen noodles, clothes, and ammo at a campsite, reports NBC News . “I would surmise we pushed him out... More »

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