State briefs


Police: Driver stabbed self before crash

A man with stab wounds that were apparently self-inflicted drove into an SUV early Wednesday, killing three people, including two members of a string band that had competed the day before in Philadelphia’s New Year parade, police said.

Keith Campbell, 29, of Delaware, appeared to have stabbed himself before the wreck about 1:45 a.m. near Citizens Bank Park, where the Philadelphia Phillies play. Witnesses told police Campbell crossed the median into opposing traffic while speeding, then struck an SUV carrying four people, killing three of them and critically injuring the fourth.

As of Wednesday afternoon, police had been unable to interview Campbell, who was taken to the hospital and remained in critical condition, to confirm his wounds were self-inflicted.

The three people killed at the scene were identified Wednesday as Joseph Ferry, 36, of Philadelphia; Kelly Wiseley, 35, of Glenolden; and Dennis Palandro, 31, of Morton.


Special elections set to fill House seats

Pennsylvania voters will fill two vacancies in the state House in special elections scheduled for March 12.

House Speaker Mike Turzai on Wednesday announced the date of the contests for districts in the Scranton area and in Philadelphia.

Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich of Lackawanna County died in office in October, and Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown resigned last month after being sentenced on a bribery conviction.

Both of the Democrats ran unopposed and were re-elected in November.

The parties will pick candidates to run in the special elections.


Girl charged with newborn’s murder

A 15-year-old Philadelphia girl whose newborn son was found in a dumpster has been charged with murder and other offenses.

Authorities said a woman approached some police officers about 10:30 p.m. Monday and told them she had found a baby that had been placed in the dumpster by her daughter’s friend. The woman and the baby were taken to a hospital, where the baby was pronounced dead.

Officers then went to the home of the daughter’s friend. The girl who had given birth and her mother were taken to a police building, and the teen was later taken to a hospital for what authorities said was “precautionary medical treatment.”

The teen was charged Tuesday with murder, child endangerment, possession of an instrument of crime, and abuse of a corpse.


Teen dies after falling off ski chair lift

A New Jersey teenager has died after falling off a chair lift at a ski resort in eastern Pennsylvania.

Carbon County Coroner Robert Miller Jr. on Wednesday identified the victim as 17-year-old Connor Golembiewski of Flemington. Miller said the teen suffered multiple blunt force injuries after falling off a chair lift at Blue Mountain Resort near Palmerton.

Blue Mountain Resort spokeswoman Tricia Matsko said the victim was injured about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. He was taken to Palmerton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Miller ruled the death an accident.

The Associated Press