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'Blood Everywhere:' 33 Injured in Pennsylvania Train Crash

High-speed train slammed into parked one

(Newser) - Authorities say 33 people have been injured in a train crash at a station in suburban Philadelphia. A spokeswoman for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority says it happened around 12:15am Tuesday, when an inbound Norristown High Speed Line train crashed into an unoccupied, parked train at the 69th Street... More »

Teacher's Fatal Fall From Balcony Caused by Laughing

Sharon Regoli Ciferno was vacationing in Mexico with her daughter

(Newser) - A beloved Pennsylvania teacher died Monday after falling from a balcony in Mexico while laughing too hard. Trib Live reports 50-year-old Sharon Regoli Ciferno was on a vacation in Mexico with her 15-year-old daughter when she fell from a balcony Aug. 4. David Regoli tells Penn Live his sister was... More »

Oldest American Celebrates 114th Birthday

Delphine Gibson was born in SC in 1903

(Newser) - The oldest known living person in the United States is celebrating her 114th birthday in Pennsylvania. The state Aging Department says Delphine Gibson hit the milestone Thursday, getting a personal greeting from the governor, the AP reports. Gibson was born in South Carolina in 1903 and moved to Pennsylvania after... More »

Boy, 6, Fatally Shot by 10-Year-Old Brother

Pennsylvania boys were home alone

(Newser) - Police in Pennsylvania say a 6-year-old boy was shot to death by his 10-year-old brother while the two were home alone. Allegheny County police say officers and paramedics arrived at the mobile home in West Mifflin, near Pittsburgh, at about 9:45am Wednesday to find the 6-year-old with a gunshot... More »

Statue Missing From Italy Church Since 1946 Was in Family's Closet

Pennsylvania couple paid to have it returned to the church

(Newser) - A nearly life-size statue missing for decades from an Italian church is being returned by an American couple who finally solved the mystery of their family's odd relic, the AP reports. Ed Nader told NewsWorks the statue of St. Pantaleon, considered the patron saint of physicians, spent years in... More »

Nuns Oppose Fracking Pipeline by Building Chapel in Cornfield

Natural gas pipeline would go through land they consider sacred

(Newser) - The sisters of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ order own land in Lancaster County, Penn., that they consider sacred. Now Williams, an energy company, wants to run a gas pipeline through that land—and the nuns have constructed a chapel on the grounds, in the middle of a... More »

Couple Sentenced for 'Gifting' Daughter to Man

Judge calls Pa. couple's crime 'incomprehensible'

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday sentenced a married couple to up to seven years in prison each for giving their oldest daughter to a cult-like figure who sexually assaulted the girl and her five sisters. Bucks County Judge Jeffrey L. Finley said the actions of Daniel and Savilla Stoltzfus were... More »

Inside Criminal Histories of Alleged Pennsylvania Killers

Cosmo DiNardo, Sean Kratz charged with killing 4 missing men

(Newser) - The cousins started small—break-ins, jewelry heists, traffic violations—but on Friday they were charged in a grisly crime spree that ended with police unearthing the bodies of four young men from two pits buried deep on a sprawling family-owned farm in Pennsylvania. The AP reports it's still not... More »

Cousins Charged With Pennsylvania Murders

Cosmo DiNardo says 4 missing men were killed during drug deals

(Newser) - Cosmo DiNardo and his cousin, Sean Kratz, were charged Friday with multiple counts of homicide, abuse of a corpse, and conspiracy in connection with the deaths of the men who disappeared earlier this month in Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. According to NBC News , the district attorney says "we... More »

After Shock Turn in Case of Missing Men, Hint of Motive

Thus far, additional details have come from unnamed sources

(Newser) - After Thursday's shocking turn in the case of four missing Pennsylvania men—a confession—come more details from what Cosmo DiNardo allegedly admitted to doing. The admission came in exchange for prosecutors taking the death penalty off the table, and DiNardo's lawyers did not provide motive or much... More »

Shocking Turn in Case of Missing Men: a Murder Confession

Cosmo DiNardo confessed to avoid death penalty, lawyer says

(Newser) - A stunning twist in the case of four men who disappeared this month in Pennsylvania: A person of interest in the disappearances confessed Thursday to murdering the missing men, the Washington Post reports. “[Cosmo DiNardo] confessed to his participation or commission in the murders of four young men,”... More »

Body of 1 of 4 Missing Pennsylvania Men Found

Remains were found in 'common grave'

(Newser) - The family of one of four missing young men in Pennsylvania got the news they were dreading Wednesday night when authorities announced that the body of 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro had been found in a deep grave on a suburban Philadelphia farm. District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said the body was found... More »

'Stakes Are Incredibly High': DA on 4 Missing Men

Bucks County, Pa., DA says 'important evidence' has been found, but no remains

(Newser) - Police have recovered "important" evidence but no human remains as they methodically search a large Pennsylvania farm this week for clues to the disappearance of four young men believed to be victims of foul play, the AP reports. A county prosecutor said Wednesday the search will remain focused on... More »

'Person of Interest' Named in Search for 4 Missing Men

Prosecutors wanted DiNardo arrested weeks ago

(Newser) - As the search for four missing young men continues in Pennsylvania, a 20-year-old man arrested on a weapons charge Monday has been confirmed as a "person of interest" in the case. Bucks County DA Matthew Weintraub says investigators are still trying to figure out the relationship between Cosmo DiNardo... More »

'Incredibly Hot' Leads in Search for Missing Men

Cops search 3 Pa. properties belonging to family

(Newser) - Authorities in Pennsylvania are scouring several properties belonging to one family as the search for four missing men heats up. At least three properties belonging to a couple who own a concrete business were searched in Bucks County beginning Sunday, reports WPVI . Those included a 68-acre farm in Solebury Township,... More »

In Pennsylvania County, an Odd Vanishing of Young Men

Police searched 'seemingly abandoned' house on Sunday

(Newser) - Officials are saying little about the mysterious disappearance of four young men in Bucks County, Pa., this week, with investigators specifying the only connection they're aware of between the men is one of friendship. CBS Philadelphia has the timeline: Jimi Tar Patrick, described as being in his late teens,... More »

Teen Girls Committed 'Heinous, Nasty Crimes' in Pa.: Cops

Kemonie McKee, 16, and Syniah Martinez, 17, charged in armed robbery cases

(Newser) - "You could write a book" about Kemonie McKee and Syniah Martinez, a Philly-area police official tells the Philadelphia Inquirer , but the story about the two teen girls wouldn't exactly be a fairy tale. Instead, McKee, 16, and Martinez, 17, pulled off "some very heinous, nasty crimes,"... More »

One of Pennsylvania's Oldest Homes Hid in Plain Sight

1704 log home hidden by 5 layers of exterior

(Newser) - Based on a line in a local history book, Jude Plum suspected the two-story home he purchased out of pre-foreclosure in 2013 was old. He just didn't know it was one of the oldest surviving homes in Pennsylvania. That fact, and more of the home's history, surfaced only... More »

Fisherman Says Wife Fell Overboard. Cops Disagree

Christopher Leclair charged with criminal homicide

(Newser) - A commercial fisherman's story about his wife disappearing into the depths of Lake Erie on a boating trip isn't adding up, and Pennsylvania authorities believe they know why. They say he's the one who put her there. The AP reports Christopher Leclair, 48, is jailed on a... More »

Parents Confront Bullies in Daughter's Obituary

Sadie Riggs' parents say bullies made her feel 'worthless'

(Newser) - The parents of a 15-year-old girl who hanged herself Monday in Pennsylvania have a message for bullies: "Please know that it is not too late to change your ways." Fox News reports that before her death, Sadie Riggs was going to counseling and taking medication for emotional issues.... More »

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