State

ERIE

Teen to be tried

as adult in slaying

A judge has ruled that a northwestern Pennsylvania teenager will be tried as an adult in the shooting death of his grandmother two years ago, but prosecutors won’t be able to use his statements to investigators.

An Erie County judge this week denied a defense request to transfer the case of 16-year-old Hunter Reeser to juvenile court.

The Harborcreek Township teenager was 14 when authorities allege he shot and killed 60-year-old Sandra Orton.

Authorities have alleged that he told police that he shot his grandmother because he didn’t want to go to a school meeting.

GIRARD

Killing by trooper ruled homicide

The shooting death of an Ohio man following what state police are calling a “brief encounter” with troopers in northwestern Pennsylvania has been ruled a homicide.

State police in Erie County said troopers responded to a report of a suspicious person in Girard Township just after 5 p.m. Thursday and encountered 36-year-old Matthew Orrenmaa of Conneaut, Ohio.

Police said one of the troopers fired, hitting Orrenmaa in the trunk and killing him. Coroner Lyell Cook ruled the death a homicide.

Police haven’t provided more details about the encounter between Orrenmaa and the troopers, who are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of probes by police and the district attorney.

Philadelphia

Counter-protest marchers arrested

Police said they arrested 16 people at a counter-protest to a small Philadelphia march in support of police.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that about 20 people were taking part in Saturday’s “Blue Lives Matter” march that started at Independence Hall and went through Center City.

Police said about 75 protesters identifying themselves as part of anti-fascist or “antifa” groups were protesting near City Hall about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, and several members began to fight with police.

A total of 16 people were arrested.

The Associated Press