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This Isn't What You Want After Entering Port-a-Potty

Man suffers minor injuries, apparently loses pants when a tree falls at Gettysburg

(Newser) - He was lucky in that the falling tree barely missed him. He was unlucky in that the massive trunk and limbs left him trapped in arguably the worst place: a port-a-potty. Barlow Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Joe Robinson didn't know quite what he was getting into when he...

His Mom Voted for Trump. She Died in 2008.

Pa. man gets 5 years of probation for unlawful voting for casting absentee ballot for dead mother

(Newser) - Elizabeth Bartman voted for President Trump in the 2020 election, but there was one problem: She'd been dead since 2008. Now, her son has been sentenced to five years of probation after he confessed to securing an absentee ballot in his mom's name and casting it. The Philadelphia ...

Remains Found in Search for Linda Stoltzfoos

Amish teen was allegedly abducted by Justo Smoker last June

(Newser) - Remains have been found in the search for Linda Stoltzfoos, the Amish 18-year-old who went missing while walking home from church last June . The coroner's office still needs to identify the remains, which were found in a rural area of Pennsylvania, as well as determine the cause and manner...

Cops: Driver Pumping Gas Killed in Random Shooting

Pennsylvania gunman took his own life, police say

(Newser) - A man opened fire at a convenience store in Pennsylvania early Wednesday, apparently at random, killing a truck driver who was pumping gas and wounding another man before taking his own life, officials said. The man had first shot at a car on a highway several miles away before heading...

'Shoot This Thing!': Alarming Posts Fill Cops' Private Group

AP finds transphobic posts about Rachel Levine

(Newser) - In a private Facebook group called the Pittsburgh Area Police Breakroom, many current and retired officers spent the year criticizing chiefs who took a knee or officers who marched with Black Lives Matter protesters, whom they called "terrorists" or "thugs." The AP reports they made transphobic posts...

State Settles Over Crushing of Pot Suspect With Bulldozer

Pennsylvania contends man was high and crawled under the machine

(Newser) - The state of Pennsylvania will pay $475,000 to the estate of a man who died underneath a bulldozer that state police had used to chase him for growing a handful of marijuana plants, according to a settlement revealed in court Thursday. Gregory Longenecker, a 51-year-old short-order cook, had fled...

UPS Driver Gets Big Thank You From Pa. Town

' It was a tearjerker'

(Newser) - Chad Turns, a UPS driver who delivers to Dauphin, Penn., has made an impression on the residents of the town of about 800 people. “The whole town has had personal experience with Chad," resident Adam Shickley tells CNN . "He once thought a package was a gift and...

Cops: Girl Killed Older Sister While Parents Slept

14-year-old charged with homicide

(Newser) - Authorities in Pennsylvania say they're still trying to figure out the motive for a rare sororicide involving teen sisters. According to the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office, 14-year-old Claire Miller called 911 around 1am Monday and told dispatchers she had killed her sister, Lancaster Online reports. Court papers...

Supreme Court Won't Hear Pennsylvania Election Case

Justices decline to consider Republicans' complaint about extending voting deadline

(Newser) - Monday is shaping up to be a rough day for Donald Trump at the Supreme Court. Not only did justices clear the way for prosecutors to receive his tax returns, they declined to hear a challenge to the Election 2020 results, reports the Hill . On the latter, the court refused...

Brothers Who Thought They'd Never Leave Prison Are Freed

They were sentenced to life without parole after victim died of a heart attack

(Newser) - In 1980, Pennsylvania brothers Reid and Wyatt Evans went along with their friend when he suggested Reid's inoperable antique shotgun could be used for a robbery. They stole 68-year-old Leonard Leichter's Cadillac and dropped him off at a phone booth. But when he died from a heart attack...

America's Oldest Juvenile Lifer Freed After 68 Years

Joe Ligon, 83, was sentenced to life at 15

(Newser) - At 83, Joe Ligon is now a free adult for the first time in his life. The Pennsylvania man, America's longest-serving prisoner sentenced to life imprisonment as a juvenile, was released last week after 68 years in prison, CNN reports. He had been behind bars since February 1953, when...

Vandals Go After Home of Trump Impeachment Lawyer

Driveway of Michael van der Veen's Philly residence spray-painted with the word 'TRAITOR'

(Newser) - Former President Trump's impeachment trial is over , but not for one of his defense attorneys, who says he's been the target of harassment, intimidation, and vandalism since taking on Trump as a client. "My home was attacked," van der Veen said Saturday, per a pool report...

A Hot Senate Race Gets a Bold New Contender

Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor John Fetterman is now officially running in competitive 2022 race

(Newser) - He's 6 foot 8, sports tattoos on both forearms, boasts a master's from Harvard, and has been "portrayed as the face of the Rust Belt" since he served as the mayor of Braddock, Pa., per Politico . Now John Fetterman has a new announcement. "I'm running...

Here Are the Best, Worst States for Finding Love

Singles may want to check out Florida

(Newser) - Valentine's Day is fast approaching, which means thoughts of love, for better or worse, may be on everyone's mind. Singles still hoping to find their mate may have better luck in some states than in others, and WalletHub has started the matchmaking process by examining the potentials. The...

Treasure Hunters Say FBI Cheating Them Out of Old Gold

Lawyer is pushing to unseal records following 2018 dig in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - A lawyer says he's one step closer to uncovering the truth about a legendary treasure of Civil War gold said to have been lost in the Pennsylvania wilderness, reports Penn Live . The FBI excavated a site in Elk State Forest in 2018, acting on a tip from treasure hunting...

Philadelphia Cuts Ties With 'Whiz Kid's' Vaccine Startup

Philly Fighting COVID got off to a promising start, then issues crept up

(Newser) - Less than two weeks ago, a 22-year-old named Andrei Doroshin landed on the Today show, which featured the "whiz kid" and the company he created. His Philly Fighting COVID landed a contract to manage the largest mass-vaccination site in the city—and it didn't go well. The Philadelphia...

Cops: Disney Worker in Fla. Helped Victim of Assault in Pa.

Employee alerted police after woman calling for Disney tickets indicated she was in trouble

(Newser) - A quick-thinking Disney World worker may have helped save a life nearly 1,000 miles away. According to Northern York County Regional Police, the Orlando employee got an alarming phone call close to midnight on Jan. 9, with the Pennsylvania woman on the other end at first making a normal...

Pa.'s Statehouse Descends Into Chaos

State-certified election winner Jim Brewster denied oath of office in Pa.

(Newser) - Republican senators in Pennsylvania refused to seat a Democrat on Tuesday despite his state-certified election win, resulting in chaos . Democratic State Sen. Jim Brewster of Allegheny County defeated Republican challenger Nicole Ziccarelli by just 69 votes in the Nov. 3 election, according to state-certified returns. But Ziccarelli has sued in...

Pittsburgh Rocked by 2 Separate Explosions

Device used in one of the incidents appears to be an IED, police say

(Newser) - Police in Pittsburgh are investigating after explosions in two different parts of the city over the weekend. Per the Tribune-Review and NBC News , police first responded to calls Sunday between 9pm and 9:30pm that reported an improvised explosive device had been chucked from a moving vehicle in the Lawrenceville...

Man Turns Gun on Friend at Range; Bystander Kills Him

Police have not uncovered a motive yet in Pennsylvania incident

(Newser) - A man shooting with his friend at a Pennsylvania firing range Tuesday afternoon suddenly turned the gun on him, police say. Then police say a third man, who did not know the pair, fired on the first gunman to put a stop to the shooting. That man, 26-year-old Robert A....

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