Pennsylvania News

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 ...

DA: Handyman kept `perverse shrine’ to serial child rape

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a Pennsylvania handyman accused of serial child rape kept a “perverse shrine” in his trailer — 1,000 pairs of used girl’s underwear — and documented his crimes in hundreds of disturbing, graphic images and writings. Fifty-eight-year-old ...

Wolf seeks cuts, revenues to plug $3B budget gap

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf asked lawmakers Tuesday to help fill a $3 billion projected deficit by imposing a tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas production and signing off on potentially touchy cuts in spending, including transportation aid to schools. The Democratic governor also ...

Pennsylvania man admits he conspired to help Islamic State

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A 20-year-old Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty Monday to trying to help the Islamic State group and to tweeting out a list that identified and targeted people serving in the U.S. military. Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz faces the potential of up to 25 years and a $500,000 fine ...

Prosecutor: Men in animal costumes raped child repeatedly

WARMINSTER, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania boy told state prosecutors that he was forced to dress as “Tony the Tiger” at perverse fetish parties in which he was repeatedly sexually abused by men dressed in animal costumes. Prosecutors said the 14-year-old’s allegations paint a horrifying ...

Gang member claims he killed man who sexually assaulted him

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A gang member testified Monday that he was ending a four-day drug binge when his friend sexually assaulted him, leading the defendant to tie up the man, kill him and then record videos in which he gloated over the body. Jeffrey Knoble, 27, took the stand in his own defense ...

Wolf closing Pittsburgh State Prison will save $80M annually

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Wolf administration said Thursday it will close Pittsburgh State Prison to save money at a time when inmate numbers are dropping and the state faces a huge budget deficit, but has opted against an earlier plan to also shut down a second facility. Corrections ...

DA: Killing of suspect in trooper’s murder appears justified

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A preliminary review indicates police were justified last month when they fatally shot a man suspected of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper, a prosecutor said Friday. Huntingdon County District Attorney David Smith said he is not sure when his review of facts ...

Maintenance workers killed by train on drugs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal safety officials say both maintenance workers killed by an Amtrak train in April near Philadelphia were on drugs when the crash happened. Toxicology reports released Thursday show backhoe operator Joseph Carter Jr. had cocaine in his system and supervisor Peter ...

Top court reviews free speech case of man’s anti-police rap

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s highest court is reviewing the conviction of a Pittsburgh man for making threats against police in a rap song after he was charged with drug offenses. The Supreme Court on Monday said it would take up an appeal by Jamal Knox, who argues his song, which ...

Citizens board: Video backs cop in Steelers’ coach arrest

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Surveillance video supports a police officer’s version of the arrest of Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter, including that Porter briefly grabbed the officer’s wrists, the head of the city’s Citizen Police Review Board said Wednesday. A county prosecutor ...

Cashier accused of stealing $9.5 million from company

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A cashier at a Pittsburgh monuments and engraving firm stole at least $9.5 million from the company during the 16 years she worked there, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Prosecutors say Cynthia Mills, 55, stole the money while working for Matthews International Corp. ...

Scaling back Medicaid would hit Pennsylvania hard, Dems warn

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — State officials are warning about the consequences in Pennsylvania should Congress and President Donald Trump repeal the expansion of Medicaid under Democrats’ 2010 federal health care law. Key members of Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration expressed concern Monday that ...