News in brief from around the commonwealth


PSU frat hearing

uses security video

Security camera footage from the night a pledge suffered fatal injuries inside a Penn State fraternity house is again key evidence as prosecutors seek to convince a judge they have enough evidence to send charges to county court for trial.

State College Police Detective David Scicchitano remained on the stand Tuesday when the first day of a preliminary hearing ended in the case of former members of Beta Theta Pi.

The seven fraternity members are going through another hearing because a county judge reinstated criminal charges that a district judge had dismissed.

The charges relate to the February 2017 death of 19-year-old Tim Piazza, of Lebanon, New Jersey.


Mother convicted of endangerment

The mother of a 6-year-old Pittsburgh-area boy who police said was shot by a 10-year-old has been convicted of misdemeanor endangering charges.

Kayleigh Potter, 30, will serve 10 years’ probation, is barred from possessing a firearm during that time and must complete parenting classes.

Authorities said six-year-old Julian Hoffman was killed in August 2017 after the other child took the mother’s handgun from her purse in her West Mifflin bedroom.

The Associated Press