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Ex-Cop Held Over Encrypted Computers in Child Porn Raid

Lawyers say he shouldn't have to give up passwords

(Newser) - A former Philadelphia cop has been held in solitary confinement for seven months as part of a child porn investigation, but his case is unusual in that no charges have been filed against him yet. As Gizmodo reports, law enforcement officials raided Francis Rawls' home last year and seized an... More »

Cops: Bus Driver Asked Child to Move Downed Power Line

The 11-year-old was burned

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania school bus driver is facing multiple charges after allegedly asking an 11-year-old student to move a downed electrical wire earlier this month, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. On April 15, a goose flew into a transformer, bringing down electrical lines and trapping the bus. Authorities say the driver, 60-year-old... More »

Pa. Loophole Could Be Very Bad News for Trump

Cruz could lose vote but gain more delegates

(Newser) - The quirks of the GOP primary system are getting their closest attention since Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan battled all the way to the convention in 1976—including a loophole that the New York Times believes could cost Donald Trump the nomination. Pennsylvania has 71 delegates, the most of any... More »

Feds Go After Nurse Accused of Being Drunk in OR

Because the alleged incident took place in a federal facility

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Luzerne County, Pa., dropped a slew of charges against Richard Pieri, including DUI and reckless endangerment, in March. But that's not good news for the former VA Medical Center nurse accused of downing four or five beers at a local casino and then assisting in an emergency... More »

Trump Weirds Out Crowd With Joe Paterno Reference

His remarks at Pittsburgh rally were ... confusing

(Newser) - Donald Trump wants to make things great again, and also to bring things back—including late Penn State coach Joe Paterno. At least that was the confusing impression he made Wednesday during a campaign rally in Pittsburgh. For the Win reports he asked the crowd gathered there, "How's... More »

Man Gets Into Police Chase While Uber Driver Naps

He had hired the driver to take him from Philly to New York

(Newser) - A Philadelphia Uber driver went down for a nap Saturday only to wake up in the middle of a police chase in New York, CBS New York reports. According to the Press & Sun-Bulletin , 20-year-old Juan Carlos hired 43-year-old Uber driver Corey Robinson to take him from Philadelphia to a... More »

Bullied 12-Year-Old Commits Suicide

Evan Ziemniak hanged himself

(Newser) - A community in suburban Pittsburgh is grappling with the loss of a 12-year-old boy who committed suicide, his family says, because he was bullied. Evan Ziemniak of North Fayette, Pa., hanged himself on March 23 and was declared dead at a nearby hospital, the New York Daily News reports. Hundreds... More »

Cops: Woman Snatches 7-Week-Old Baby From Stroller at Mall

She's since been apprehended, and the baby is fine

(Newser) - A woman befriended a mom and kids at Pennsylvania's King of Prussia Mall on Thursday night and then, when the mom was briefly distracted by her older children, grabbed the baby out of his stroller and ran off. Malika Hunter, the mother of 7-week-old Ahsir Simmons, ran after her,... More »

Guy Uses Stolen Car to Steal Another Car on Test Drive

Impressive

(Newser) - A Pittsburgh-area luxury car dealership learned the hard way that you should always send an employee along on test drives. The general manager of Midnight Racing Auto tells CBS Pittsburgh that a man arrived at the dealership in his Lexus on Saturday morning and asked to test-drive a $14,900... More »

Pa. Coroner: Heroin Deaths Are Homicides

Other coroners may follow suit

(Newser) - There were two dozen drug overdose deaths in Pennsylvania's Lycoming County last year—each labeled accidental. Then coroner Charles Kiessling had to pronounce his friend's son dead from a heroin overdose, though he'd promised the victim's mother he'd talk to him about overcoming his addiction.... More »

Ex-Trooper Kills 2 in Failed Turnpike Holdup

Former Pa. trooper was shot dead at scene

(Newser) - A retired state trooper killed a turnpike toll collector and a security guard in a holdup attempt at a toll plaza and then was shot dead by troopers while trying to escape with the money, authorities say. Clarence Briggs, who retired four years ago, confronted two Pennsylvania Turnpike toll collectors... More »

Fire Took 7 of Their Kids. Now a Family Grows Again

They're expecting their 5th child since the tragedy next month

(Newser) - The loss was so enormous, the tragedy so unthinkable, it made national news five years ago in March 2011. A family of 10—eight children and their parents—were reduced to three in one cruel night in rural Pennsylvania when a fire of still unknown origins swept through their 100-year-old... More »

Guy Loses House Keys, Ends Up in Jail

Pa. man busted for unpaid fines

(Newser) - Police say a central Pennsylvania man who locked himself out of his house wound up locked up in jail once emergency responders realized he had unpaid court fines, reports the AP . The Altoona Mirro r reports that after apparently misplacing his keys, 35-year-old Jeffrey Jones climbed onto the roof Sunday... More »

Jury Awards 2 Couples $4.2M Over Fracking Pollution

Couples argued methane reached water wells in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - It was worth the wait: Two Pennsylvania couples were awarded $4.2 million on Thursday, more than six years after first accusing Cabot Oil & Gas of contaminating their well water. Originally among a group of 44 Susquehanna County residents who sued Cabot in 2009, these two couples—Nolen Scott... More »

Killers at Party Teamed Up to Trap Victims

'They funneled them onto the porch and then just lit them up'

(Newser) - The death toll has risen to six after a horrifying "ambush" at a family cookout in suburban Pittsburgh Wednesday. Police say one of the victims was 8 months pregnant and the death of her unborn child has been ruled a homicide, reports WPXI . As for the other victims, they... More »

2 Pa. Bishops Hid the Abuse of Hundreds of Kids: AG

They paid off victims, moved alleged abusers: report

(Newser) - Over four decades, two Catholic bishops in Pennsylvania covered up the abuse of hundreds of children at the hands of more than 50 religious leaders, according to a grand jury report . A 147-page document notes Joseph Adamec and James Hogan of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese moved offending priests between parishes, paid... More »

30 Girls in Chaotic Pa. School Brawl Face Charges

Investigation indicates fight was started over ongoing neighborhood rivalry

(Newser) - Up to 30 girls at a Pennsylvania secondary school were involved Monday in an all-out brawl, and some of them are facing charges, the Patriot-News reports. The University Prep magnet school was placed on lockdown during the incident, which mainly left students bruised and scratched, though one student was hospitalized... More »

Student Impostor Now Faces Sex Charges

Plus, more on how Artur Samarin fooled officials

(Newser) - The 23-year-old Ukrainian man accused of posing as a Pennsylvania high school student had sexual relationships with female students, including a 15-year-old in 2014, police say. Artur Samarin, who went by Asher Potts, now faces additional charges of statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors. Meanwhile, new details are emerging... More »

Penn. Cops: Star Student Turns Out to Be Impostor

'Teen' is really a 23-year-old Ukrainian national, they allege

(Newser) - Asher Potts, 18, was a star student at Pennsylvania's Harrisburg High School: Among other things, he was a student rep with the school board, a candidate for local media's Best & Brightest program, a member of the ROTC and Naval Sea Cadet program, and runner-up for homecoming king,... More »

Cops: Nurse Was Drunk During Emergency Surgery

Richard Pieri, 59, charged with DUI, reckless endangerment

(Newser) - Shortly before midnight on Feb. 4, Richard Pieri was called to the VA Medical Center near Wilkes-Barre, Pa., to assist with an emergency appendectomy. The problem: The 59-year-old nurse had forgotten he was on call and spent the night drinking four or five beers at a local casino, WNEP reports... More »

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