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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 ...

Man accused of threatening police with chainsaw gets prison

CLEARFIELD, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man accused of threatening two state police troopers with a chainsaw has pleaded guilty to charges including simple assault and terroristic threats. The Centre Daily Times reports that 53-year-old Joseph James Komisar, of Osceola Mills, was sentenced ...

Philadelphia bars employers from requesting salary history

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Despite a threat from cable giant Comcast to take legal action, Philadelphia has banned employers from asking potential hires to provide their salary history, a move supporters say is a step toward closing the wage gap between men and women. Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney ...

Wolf dismisses cabinet secretary

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf dismissed his cabinet secretary in charge of drug and alcohol programs on Tuesday, hours after a newspaper reported the secretary directed a job applicant to do a pre-hiring interview with a lobbyist for addiction treatment contractors. Wolf’s press ...

Report finds improvements in Chesapeake Bay’s overall health

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Water clarity in the Chesapeake Bay is the best it’s been in decades, and native rockfish, oyster and blue crab populations are rebounding as the overall health of the nation’s largest estuary improves, a report released Thursday found. The Chesapeake Bay ...

Hundreds honor state trooper killed on job

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Hundreds paid tribute Thursday to a young Pennsylvania state trooper killed in the line of duty after only about a year on the force. At a funeral at the Blair County Convention Center, Trooper Landon Weaver, 23, was remembered as a hero and Gov. Tom Wolf expressed ...