Pennsylvania

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US Marshal Worker Caught Being Naughty on Court Roof

Nearby resident in Harrisburg, Penn., snaps photos

(Newser) - The US Marshals Service says one of its employees was photographed having sex on the roof of a federal courthouse in Harrisburg, Penn. A resident of a nearby apartment building who was concerned that there was a security breach snapped the pictures this week and sent them to ABC27 News... More »

Cops: NJ Man Killed 7 in 'Horrific' Spree Over 7 Weeks

Shootings occurred in New Jersey, Pennsylvania over 7 weeks

(Newser) - A man killed seven people in New Jersey and Pennsylvania over a seven-week period during shooting rampages in which at least some victims may have been targeted at random, authorities say. The killings began in Elizabeth, NJ, on May 18 and ended 70 miles away in Pennsylvania on Sunday, when... More »

Catholic School Staffer: My Gay Marriage Got Me Fired

Margie Winters married her partner in 2007

(Newser) - Parents of students at a Catholic elementary school in Pennsylvania say they're outraged by the school's apparent decision to fire its religious education director because she's married to a woman. In an email last week, the principal of Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion said Margie Winters had... More »

Guy's 300-Mile Cab Ride to See Fiancee Doesn't End Well

It might've been sweet if he had the $749 fare

(Newser) - Police say a man who took a 300-mile cab ride across Pennsylvania to surprise his fiancee has been jailed because he couldn't pay the $749 fare. Police say 35-year-old New York City resident John Williams Jr. took the taxi from Philadelphia to Uniontown with his children early Saturday. But... More »

16 Police Forces Called to Bloody Wedding Brawl

Groom arrested, bride treated for alcohol poisoning

(Newser) - A wedding reception in Berks County, Pa., turned into something resembling a regional police convention when officers from 16 forces turned up to deal with rowdy guests—including the groom, who spent his wedding night in jail. From what police could piece together, the reception at a venue in Ontelaunee... More »

Woman Gives Blunt Answer on How to Make It to 100

Pauline Spagnola credits 'a fair amount of booze'

(Newser) - The WNEP news anchor reporting on Pauline Spagnola might have been right on the money when he said she "may have thrown back a few" while celebrating her 100th birthday on Tuesday. That's because, like the 110-year-old Nebraska man who attributes his longevity to a daily can of... More »

'Father' Marries His 'Son'

Pennsylvania case opens doors for other 'adopted' couples: lawyer

(Newser) - Norman MacArthur and Bill Novak spent the past 15 years as father and son in the eyes of the law; they'll spend the rest of their years as a married couple. The couple, together for more than 50 years, married in Pennsylvania on Sunday, Yahoo! Parenting reports. Prior... More »

Township Orders Teen to Tear Down Treehouse

She built it as part of a class project

(Newser) - A two-story treehouse sounds pretty cool, right? Apparently not so for a certain resident of a neighborhood in Leet Township, Pa., who complained about the treehouse 14-year-old Elisa Truchan built in her front yard in February as part of an eighth-grade class project. The Township Council has since ordered the... More »

Cops: Woman Offers Man Massage, Sets Him on Fire

Then allegedly takes off in his van

(Newser) - A man's massage came with a decidedly unhappy ending in Harrisburg, Pa., Saturday: The man says Christina Leach, 27, offered him the massage in his home, then tied him to a bed, poured something flammable on his upper torso, and set him on fire. Leach, who allegedly then fled... More »

Elderly Woman Discovers Guy Living in Her Home

Police say her caretaker's boyfriend had secretly moved in on second floor

(Newser) - A woman in her 80s who lives alone in Pennsylvania wasn't actually living alone, it turns out. Police in Bedford say that a 49-year-old man had secretly moved in and was living on her second floor for several weeks, reports WJAC-TV and the Bedford County Free Press . His rent-free... More »

'Father' Granted License to Marry Adopted 'Son'

They've been a couple for 50 years

(Newser) - After 50 years as a couple—and 15 years as father and son in the eyes of the law—Bill Novak and Norman MacArthur are getting married. Both men are in their 70s, and they registered as domestic partners in New York City in 1994. But when they moved to... More »

Girl's Teeth So Decayed Her Life Was in Danger: Cops

But her dad wants to withdraw his guilty plea in the case

(Newser) - Kenneth Wanamaker Jr.'s 6-year-old daughter's teeth were so infected last year that, police and a dentist say, her life was in danger. According to the dentist, who called it "frightening" and testified that it was "the worst case of dental disease" he'd ever seen,... More »

Mom Throws Baby, Self Off Bridge, Both Survive: Cops

Johnesha Perry charged with attempted homicide

(Newser) - A 19-year-old Pennsylvania mom tossed her 1-year-old son off a 52-foot-high bridge into a shallow river before she jumped in, police say. Authorities believe the incident in Allentown was an attempted murder-suicide, ABC 6 reports. But both the baby and the mother are likely to survive thanks to witnesses' calls... More »

Convict: Execution Is Better Than My Lawyers

Raghunandan Yandamuri killed baby, grandmother in botched kidnapping

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania man sentenced to death in the killings of a baby girl and her grandmother in what prosecutors called a botched kidnapping plot says he is so dissatisfied with his attorneys he'd rather be executed now than continue seeking a new trial with them. Raghunandan Yandamuri, who had... More »

Woman Poses as Lawyer, Makes Partner at Firm

Kimberly Kitchen charged with forgery and a few other things

(Newser) - A woman used forged documents to pose as an estate lawyer for a decade and made partner at her small firm before her fraud was discovered, according to charges announced yesterday. Kimberly Kitchen was charged Thursday with forgery, unauthorized practice of law, and felony records tampering. State prosecutors contend Kitchen... More »

Cops: Woman High on Meth Accidentally Kills Husband

Pennsylvania woman may not have recognized him

(Newser) - Couples that do meth together, don't stay together—in at least one instance. Police in Pennsylvania have charged 31-year-old Trista Zickefoose in the shooting death of her husband, reports WJAC . The AP reports that they had smoked meth Sunday night, then argued; about 11:40pm she heard a noise... More »

Cops: Man Attacked Brother With 'Jesus' Vanity Plate

'Turn the other cheek' probably wouldn't have helped here

(Newser) - State police say a man threw a "Jesus" vanity license plate at his older brother during a fight in Pennsylvania, cutting him badly enough to require treatment by paramedics. Forty-five-year-old James Wiles, of Springhill Township, is charged with simple assault and harassment over the argument with his 47-year-old brother... More »

New York Towns Talk of Seceding to Pennsylvania

They're jealous of the fracking possibilities

(Newser) - Plenty of people leave New York state, but in a job-hungry stretch of upstate, folks talk about staying put and seceding to Pennsylvania. Local officials stung by a recent decision to ban natural gas fracking have raised the idea of redrawing the Keystone State's border. Even though they don'... More »

Another Misguided Selfie, Another Suspect in Custody

The latest comes from Pennsylvania, again

(Newser) - The latest entry in that ever-growing category of criminal suspects tripped up by their own selfies : Police in Ambridge, Pa., were searching for 22-year-old Donald Harrison on assault charges, but without much luck. That changed when Harrison posted images of himself on Facebook aboard a Greyhound bus, with captions helpfully... More »

Boyfriend Faked CPR After Killing Student: Officials

Gregorio Orrostieta charged in Pa. freshman Karlie Hall's brutal death

(Newser) - A 19-year-old has been charged with homicide in the death of his girlfriend, a freshman at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. Gregorio Orrostieta, who isn't a student at the school, told police he got in a verbal fight with Karlie Hall, 18, at a party, authorities say. He says she... More »

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