Pennsylvania

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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 »

Cops: Toilet Paper Snared Pizza Robber

Eric Frey, 29, wrote threatening note on toilet paper, blamed bearded man

(Newser) - A roll of toilet paper was the smoking gun in an attempted pizza parlor robbery in Pennsylvania. Eric Frey, 29, went to Michael Maria's Pizza Saturday allegedly armed with a toilet paper note that he handed to an employee, the AP reports. It threatened, "I have a gun.... More »

Pennsylvania Town to Drop Huge Nail on New Year's Eve

Nearby towns also drop huge wrench, giant pickle

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania town plans to nail their New Year's Eve and bicentennial celebrations by dropping some major hardware to mark the occasion. The Sentinel reports that West Fairview plans to drop a 7-foot-tall nail as the clock ticks down Wednesday night. Local artists constructed the nail out of wood.... More »

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 »

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