Pennsylvania News

Construction unearths centuries-old coffins in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Construction crews working on an apartment building in Philadelphia’s historic district got a shock last month when their backhoes started hitting coffins and unearthing fully intact human remains. Now, forensic scientists and students at Rutgers University-Camden are ...

Man convicted of not filing taxes over `mark of the beast’

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man has been convicted of failing to file his income tax returns for 21 years because he considered using a Social Security number akin to using the “mark of the beast” spelled out in the Bible. James Schlosser, who lives in the town of Bird-in-Hand, ...

Agency takes lye from Chinese restaurant after kids sickened

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — State health inspectors said Tuesday they were testing crystal lye taken from a Chinese buffet where two children were severely sickened after drinking what they believed to be apple juice. A Department of Agriculture inspection found violations but no imminent health ...

Wolf says any gambling expansion must mean new revenue

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf isn’t ruling out any particular kind of casino-style gambling expansion under consideration by lawmakers, but he says tax revenue to the state can’t be a zero-sum game. Wolf said Tuesday that he’ll look for a gambling expansion that ...

Battle looms over Bill Cosby’s testimony on drugs and sex

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The next battle in the criminal case against Bill Cosby will be whether prosecutors can use his lurid deposition testimony about giving pills and alcohol to a string of women before sex — material that may be disallowed at his trial since the judge ruled most of the ...

On eve of trial, mother of ambushed trooper seeks justice

MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — Bryon and Darla Dickson long to see their son walk through the door. But they know that can’t happen, not in this lifetime. Not after Eric Frein, according to prosecutors, ambushed the state police corporal in hopes of sparking “revolution.” The couple’s faith ...

3-week-old hospitalized, parents jailed on abuse charges

OSCEOLA MILLS, Pa. (AP) — A 3-week-old girl remains hospitalized with broken legs and other injuries as state police have jailed her parents on assault and child endangerment charges. Authorities say the girl remains at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville Monday, while 32-year-old Aaron ...

Cyberattack still idling Pennsylvania Senate Democrats

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s top state Senate Democrat says no ransom has been paid to resolve a “ransomware” cyberattack on caucus computers that’s being investigated by the FBI. Senate Democrats’ computer network remained inaccessible Monday, three days after the attack ...

Jerry Sandusky transferred to a medium-security prison

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been moved from a maximum-security prison to a medium-security facility in western Pennsylvania. State prison officials say the 73-year-old was initially assigned to the State Correctional Institution-Greene ...

Ex-doctor gets 6½ years for explicit pics of 15-year-old

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former physician who lost his medical license over a sex-for-pills case in 2002 has been sentenced to 6½ years in prison for trying to obtain explicit cellphone pictures of a 15-year-old girl. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab imposed the sentence that had ...

Outpouring of community help for vandalized Jewish cemetery

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dozens of volunteers from various faiths helped clean up a Jewish cemetery on Tuesday after scores of tombstones were toppled by vandals, as people from as far as Boston came to Philadelphia to rake leaves, help document the damage and pray for peace. Police have not ...

Conspiracy charge added against Penn State ex-administrators

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania judge on Thursday allowed prosecutors to add a conspiracy charge against three former Penn State administrators, increasing their possible penalty if convicted of crimes for their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. Judge John ...

Refugees of a certain age seek mainstream high schools

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — The handiwork posted outside a small classroom in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country hints at the ambition of the refugees studying at Phoenix Academy. I come from Africa and want to be an economist. I come from Tanzania and want to be a teacher. I come from ...

10 Commandments moved from public school to Catholic school

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A Ten Commandments monument will be moved from a western Pennsylvania high school to a Catholic grade school due to an atheist’s lawsuit. The New Kensington-Arnold School District earlier this week agreed to pay $164,000 in legal fees to settle the suit by the ...

Penn State fires women’s gymnastics coach; no reason given

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State women’s gymnastics coach has been fired. Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour says Jeff Thompson was fired on Thursday. Two assistants will take over interim head coaching duties while the university searches for a new coach. A Penn State news ...

Witness intimidation prompts Philly courts to ban cellphones

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia court officials are banning cellphone use by most people in the courthouse in an effort to curb witness intimidation. The First Judicial District says that members of the public entering the courthouse in downtown Philadelphia will be required to turn off ...

Judge bars several accusers from testifying at Cosby’s trial

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In a major break for Bill Cosby, a judge ruled Friday that just one of the comedian’s multitude of other accusers can testify at his trial to bolster charges he drugged and violated a woman more than a decade ago. The 79-year-old TV star is set to go on trial in June, ...

Man charged with Capitol vandalism

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A 27-year-old-man faced burglary, vandalism and resisting arrest charges after he allegedly broke into the ornate Pennsylvania Capitol building following a night of drinking, damaged signs and sprayed fire suppressant around Senate corridors. Capitol Police identified ...

Son of Jerry Sandusky arrested on child sexual abuse charges

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — One of Jerry Sandusky’s sons was arrested Monday on multiple sexual offense charges involving children, more than five years after the former Penn State assistant coach was himself first arrested. Jeffrey S. Sandusky, 41, a stalwart supporter who attended many of his ...

Student dead after frat fall; help not called for 12 hours

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Penn State University fraternity did not summon paramedics for a student who fell down a stairwell until about 12 hours after the incident. He later died. Authorities say 19-year-old Timothy Piazza of Lebanon, New Jersey, died Saturday at Hershey ...