Testimony has resumed in the trial of a suburban truck driver charged with carrying out the deadliest antisemitic attack in U.S. history. Carol Black told the federal jury in Pittsburgh on Wednesday about how she and her fellow New Light congregants, including her 65-year-old brother, Richar…
Victims of violent crime drive legislative change to state programs, pushing against barriers to aid
An Associated Press examination found that more than half of state legislatures in recent years have passed changes to their state victim compensation programs, where thousands of people turn each year for help with funeral costs, medical bills or other expenses after becoming the victim of …
A lawyer for the man charged in the deadliest antisemitic attack in U.S. history has acknowledged that he planned and carried out the massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue and made hateful statements about Jewish people. Defense attorney Judy Clarke told jurors Tuesday that Robert Bowers went t…
Prosecutors, who rejected Bowers' offer to plead guilty in exchange for taking the death penalty off the table, opened their case by describing the terror he sowed as he moved through the synagogue.
Police in the suburb of Chester said the gunfire erupted shortly before 11:30 p.m. Sunday in a parking lot outside Subaru Park, the sports venue where the MLS soccer team Philadelphia Union plays.
Authorities are asking the public to share any video or information as they investigate a weekend shooting that left eight teens wounded outside a stadium near Philadelphia. Police in Chester said gunfire erupted shortly before 11:30 p.m. Sunday in a parking lot outside Subaru Park, the spor…
A Pennsylvania restaurant owner who screamed death threats directed at then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi while storming the U.S. Capitol has been sentenced to two years and three months in prison. The judge who sentenced 55-year-old Pauline Bauer on Tuesday convicted her of riot-related charge…
A Pennsylvania restaurant owner who screamed death threats directed at then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi while storming the U.S. Capitol has been sentenced to two years and three months in prison. The judge who sentenced 55-year-old Pauline Bauer on Tuesday convicted her of riot-related charges in January after hearing trial testimony without a jury. Bauer was near Pelosi’s office suite on Jan. 6, 2021, when she yelled at police officers to bring out the California Democrat so the mob could hang her. Prosecutors say she forced her way into the Capitol and accosted officers who were trying to secure the Rotunda, shoving one of them.
Authorities say a shooting in a parking lot outside a stadium where young people had gathered left eight people injured, one critically. Chester police said the gunfire occurred shortly before 11:30 p.m. Sunday in the lot outside Subaru Park, where the Philadelphia Union play. Witnesses said about 100 young people had gathered in the lot to celebrate the approaching end of the school year and the holiday. Some victims appeared to have been injured fleeing the gunfire. Chester's police commissioner, Steven Gretsky, told reporters that eight people were taken to the hospital, and all of them had been released Monday afternoon except for a 17-year-old boy who was in critical condition.
Military authorities say an Army Air Force pilot from Pennsylvania killed during World War II has been accounted for almost eight decades later. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says 25-year-old 2nd Lt. James Litherland of South Williamsport will be buried in Williamsport. In February 1944, Litherland was co-piloting a B-17F Flying Fortress that was struck by anti-aircraft fire after a bombing raid in France. His remains weren't identified until more material was recovered from the crash site in 2018. Military authorities say dental and anthropological analysis and DNA evidence was then used to identify the remains as those of Litherland.
Authorities say a bear that attacked and injured two young children playing in the driveway of a northeastern Pennsylvania home has been captured and euthanized. The Pennsylvania Game Commission said Friday that two bears, a male and a female, had been caught overnight in live traps set following Monday’s attack in Wright Township near Mountain Top. A 5-year-old and a 14-month-old were treated for bites and scratches at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and released. Game commission officials said DNA tests indicated the female was the one responsible for the attack. Officials said that bear was euthanized and the male bear was relocated to a more remote area.
The stepfather of a 3-year-old girl whose burned remains were found on a softball field several years ago has pleaded guilty to child endangerment charges. Court documents show that 41-year-old Brandon Haas pleaded guilty in March to one felony count and three misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child. None of the offenses carries mandatory prison time, and probation is the presumptive sentence for each. The Associated Press obtained details of the plea agreement Friday, one day after Haas’ wife, Kristie Haas, pleaded guilty to murder by abuse or neglect in the 2019 death of her daughter Emma Grace Cole. The couple was arrested in Pennsylvania in October 2020, more than a year after the child’s body was found.
Mayors and police officials around the U.S. are rolling out familiar strategies in response to the traditional summer bump in violent crime. The push for more police and community involvement comes despite a continuing decline in homicides and other violent crimes that spiked in 2020. Chicago and Baltimore are among the large U.S. cities reporting fewer homicides overall. But totals remain far higher than before the pandemic, and crime among young people is a concern. To combat the violence, city officials are promoting more engagement between officers and communities. In some cases, they're enlisting people outside law enforcement to enforce curfews and keep the peace.
A coroner in Pennsylvania ruled that a college baseball player died accidentally when a makeshift dugout collapsed and he was struck in the face. Nineteen-year-old Angel Mercado was a middle infielder who had just completed his freshman season at Division II Central Penn College. He had been playing in a summer recreation league that held its games and practices in a park in Harrisburg. Mercado's coach had built a makeshift dugout there out of wood on Sunday, but city officials told him it wasn’t allowed. The players were dismantling the structure Monday when it unexpectedly collapsed. Mercado died at a hospital the next day.
Ten lighthouses that for generations have stood like sentinels along America’s shorelines protecting mariners from peril and guiding them to safety are being given away at no cost or sold at auction by the federal government. The aim of the program run by the General Services Administration is to preserve the properties, most of which are more than a century old. The development of modern technology, including GPS, means lighthouses are no longer essential for navigation and not critical to the Coast Guard's mission. Since the passage of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act in 2000, the GSA the ownership of about 150 lighthouses have been transferred.
Anniversary of George Floyd's killing: Changes were made, but short of 'reckoning' on racial justice
The murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police was three years ago today, and the fervent protests that erupted around the world in response seemed like the catalyst needed for a nationwide reckoning on racism in policing. Along with a few other cities, Minneapolis has issued bans on chokeholds and neck restraints, and restrictions on no-knock warrants. But activist calls to defund the police and to hold officers accountable have mostly failed. The killing of Tyre Nichols by Memphis police earlier this year underscored just how long it’s taking to achieve meaningful change. On Thursday night, more than 100 people gathered at the site of Floyd's killing, known as George Floyd Square to remember him with music, dancing and a candlelight vigil.
Prosecutors and the defense agreed on a panel of 12 jurors and six alternatives who will hear the evidence against Robert Bowers, 50, in the 2018 massacre at Tree of Life synagogue.
Jury selection has concluded in the trial of a man charged with killing 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue in the deadliest antisemitic attack in U.S. history. Prosecutors and the defense agreed Thursday on a panel of 12 jurors and six alternates who will hear the evidence against 50-year-old Robert Bowers in the 2018 massacre at Tree of Life synagogue. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Testimony is expected to begin Tuesday. Prosecutors have said Bowers made antisemitic comments at the scene of the attack and online.
Dr. Brian Gullett of Clarksville, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty last September to a felony count of aiding and abetting obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.
The lawsuits alleged DiNardo’s parents should have stopped him from having access to guns since he was barred from possessing firearms due to a commitment to a mental health facility.
A Pennsylvania doctor who pleaded guilty in a pain pill prescription scheme in West Virginia has been sentenced to six months in prison. Dr. Brian Gullett also was fined $5,000 and surrendered his medical license. Gullett previously admitting giving a customer multiple oxycodone prescriptions even though the customer's chart didn't support the prescriptions. He was indicted in 2018 along with the owners, managers and other physicians and operators of the Hope Clinic. The clinic had offices in Virginia and West Virginia, which has by far the nation's highest drug overdose death rate. Five other physicians have pleaded guilty in the scheme. The remaining defendants are awaiting trial.
The families of four young men killed and buried on a Pennsylvania farm have settled their wrongful-death lawsuits against the man who confessed in the killings and his parents. Cosmo DiNardo, who was 20 at the time, admitted luring four young men ages 19 to 22 to the family’s farm in July 2017, saying he would sell them marijuana. He then killed them and buried them on the farm. He’s serving four consecutive life sentences. The lawsuits alleged DiNardo’s parents Sandra and Antonio DiNardo, should have stopped him from having access to guns since he was barred from possessing firearms due to an involuntary commitment to a mental health facility. Citing court records, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Thursday that the confidential agreements were reached earlier this month.
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The family of one of four University of Idaho students killed in a stabbing attack last fall wanted to celebrate her birthday by remembering the joy she brought others. Madison Mogen’s family created Maddie May Day, urging people to commit random acts of kindness in Mogen’s memory every May 25. The idea quickly spread, and on Thursday the Maddie May Day hashtag and stories of kind acts began spreading across social media. One person donated to a military charity in Mogen's name, another surprised her grandmother with a bouquet of flowers. Other people brought coffee or donuts to coworkers. Mogen's father, Ben Mogen, says he just wants people to remember his daughter in the best way they can.
Thousands of United Methodist congregations have been voting on whether to stay or quit one of the nation’s largest denominations amid intractable debates over theology and the role of LGBTQ people. The dividing line isn’t just running between congregations. It’s running right through the pews of individual churches, separating people who had long worshipped together. Those who come up on the short end of a disaffiliation vote face the dilemma of whether to stay or go. Some United Methodist regional conferences have begun designating what they call “Lighthouse” congregations – ones that actively welcome people who wanted to stay United Methodist but whose former churches voted to leave.
The remains of five more Native American children who died at a notorious government-run boarding school in Pennsylvania will be disinterred this fall and returned to descendants. The children died more than a century ago and are buried at the former Carlisle Indian Industrial School. It's now home to the U.S. Army War College. This will be the sixth such disinterment operation at Carlisle since 2017 as the military transfers remains to living family members for reburial. Thousands of Native children were taken to such schools and forced to assimilate to white society.
An Arkansas man who propped his feet on a desk in then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office in a widely circulated photo from the U.S. Capitol riot was sentenced Wednesday to more than four years in prison. U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper said Richard “Bigo” Barnett became one of the faces of the Jan. 6 riot, and at times he seemed to enjoy the notoriety that came with the media attention and social media following he amassed. Barnett, a retired firefighter from Gravette, Arkansas, was convicted at trial on eight counts, including felony charges of civil disorder and obstruction of an official proceeding.
Shell acknowledged that the plant, located along the Ohio River about 30 miles outside of Pittsburgh, violated air emissions limits, officials said.
Capitol rioter who propped feet on Pelosi's desk in photo sentenced to over 4 years; Pa. man receives 5-year sentence
A Pennsylvania man was sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted of assault and other charges in the riot.
Authorities say a 15-year-old student was charged with homicide in the fatal shooting of his 15-year-old schoolmate just outside a Pittsburgh school. Police say the shooting happened by the steps of Oliver Citywide Academy shortly before classes were due to start Wednesday morning. Officers found Derrick Harris with gunshot wounds and he later died at a hospital. Another student, seen running from the scene with a gun, was arrested. Police say he was charged with criminal homicide and possession of a firearm by a minor. A city spokesperson says most students were still on their way to the school when the shooting happened.
Shell has agreed to pay $10 million to resolve allegations that it polluted the air around its massive new petrochemical refinery in western Pennsylvania. The administration of Gov. Josh Shapiro announced the penalty Wednesday. Shell acknowledged the plant violated air emissions limits. The multibillion-dollar refinery near Pittsburgh opened in November, only to be shut down months later after Shell said it identified a problem with a system that’s designed to burn off unwanted gases. Shell said it has fixed the problems, and plans to restart the facility. The plant makes polyethylene, a plastic used in everything from consumer and food packaging to tires.