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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 »

Porn Email Scandal Sinks Pennsylvania Lawmakers

2 gubernatorial administration employees step down

(Newser) - Unwise work move: sending emails with subject lines like "Bikini Wax Job." Or so a group of current and former employees of Pennsylvania's attorney general's office have learned. The porn email scandal broke last week, when current Attorney General Kathleen Kane revealed that during a review... More »

Student Arrested Over Drunk ... Jogging

James Finan was running near a big road at 1:30am

(Newser) - A 21-year-old college student has been slapped with what you might call a JUI. James Finan was jogging by the side of a road in Pennsylvania at 1:30am Sunday with no light to indicate his presence, police say . Apparently, it caused a bit of a nuisance: Drivers had to... More »

Pa. Trooper Shot, Killed During Gun Training

David Kedra, 26, was 2-year member of state police

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania state trooper was killed yesterday when he was shot in the chest during annual gun training, the Express-Times reports. David Kedra, 26, had been with the state police since 2012. "He died serving the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the men and women of the... More »

Cops Find 2 Pipe Bombs in Hunt for Survivalist

Authorities say Eric Frein is making 'significant mistakes' in woods of Pennsylvania

(Newser) - Authorities on the trail of suspected trooper-killer Eric Frein have found diapers , cigarettes, and now two pieces of evidence with more sinister overtones: two fully functional pipe bombs, reports the Scranton Times-Tribune . Pennsylvania police, however, say Frein never got a chance to deploy the bombs because they were "hastily... More »

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 »

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