AP-PA–Pennsylvania News Digest, PA

April 19th, 2017 1:47 pm

Good afternoon! Here's a look at AP's general news coverage today in Pennsylvania. For questions about the state report, contact the Philadelphia bureau at 215-561-1133. Ron Todt is on the desk. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or [email protected]

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

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UNDATED — Steve Stephens was undone by a 20-piece Chicken McNuggets and order of fries. The suspect who police say shot a Cleveland retiree at random and posted video of the slaying on Facebook pulled up to the drive-thru window of a McDonald's restaurant outside Erie, Pennsylvania, and waited for his order. By Michael Rubinkam. SENT: About 350 words, AP Photos, AP Video.


MILFORD, Pa — A prosecutor asked jurors on Wednesday to convict the survivalist who killed a Pennsylvania state police trooper and critically wounded a second trooper in a 2014 ambush at their rural barracks, calling the defendant a terrorist who sought to change the government through bullets and bombs. By Michael Rubinkam. SENT: About 520 words.


BERNVILLE — The leader of a Pennsylvania church that rejects modern medicine won't stand trial after a judge dismissed a novel case that sought to hold the pastor responsible for failing to report suspected abuse when his own granddaughter died of pneumonia. By Mark Scolforo. SENT: About 290 words.


HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania's attorney general's office says it is preparing to file charges against a dozen people and 14 businesses as part of an organized crime ring that rented out fraudulent license plates. By Marc Levy. SENT: NewsNow. UPCOMING: About 350 words.


PHILADELPHIA — Grand opening of the new Museum of the American Revolution. By Kristen de Groot. AP Photos.


HARRISBURG — An eastern Pennsylvania judge has awarded $6.5 million to five families who lost money in what authorities called a Ponzi scheme. SENT: About 260 words.



LEBENON — The last time Jon Beecher went deer hunting he felt like he pulled into an overcrowded Wal-Mart parking lot instead of the state game lands. But, Beecher enjoys exercising his second amendment rights, so it was important to him to find a way to do that. That led the York County resident to a 3-gun match at the Lebanon County Police Combat Pistol Club earlier this month. What exactly is the sport of 3-gun? "Three-gun is a compilation of rifle, pistol and shotgun to solidify all your skills and combine them altogether and do it for time, under pressure," explained Scott Sheroky. "You transition from shotgun to rifle to pistol. It's kind of a final test of individual skills at each discipline all put together." Jeremy Long, Lebanon Daily News. SENT: About 570 words.


HUSBAND SLAIN — A suburban Philadelphia woman has been sentenced to 7½ to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to third-degree murder in the death of her ex-husband.

CONSTABLE-SOLICITING SEX — State authorities say a suspended constable has been charged with abusing his authority by allegedly soliciting sex from seven women.

BODY FOUND IN POND — Authorities have released the name of a man whose body was found in an eastern Pennsylvania pond and are calling the death suspicious.

SKATEBOARDER BEATING-TROOPER — A former Pennsylvania state trooper will spend time in jail after being convicted of kicking a handcuffed man in the face and lying on a police report.

WOMAN HIT BY POLICE — A woman is being treated for serious injuries after a police car backed into her in a Philadelphia park.

POLICE OFFICER-HUSBAND SHOT — Police say an off-duty Philadelphia police officer shot and wounded her husband in the driveway of their Bucks County home.

SHOWER PRIVACY-PENN STATE — Penn State police say they're investigating two incidents in which people too pictures or videos of students in dormitory showers.

NFL EXPERIENCE-PHILADELPHIA TRAFFIC — Philadelphia motorists are facing more road closures and parking restrictions leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft.

HOMELESS SUSPECT-PITTSBURGH STABBING — Pittsburgh police have arrested a homeless man on charges he stabbed another man with an unknown object near a downtown light-rail train station.

TRANSGENDER LAWSUIT-PENNSYLVANIA —Three more Pennsylvania high school students are joining one who last month sued his school district, saying its transgender-friendly policy constitutes sexual harassment and a violation of privacy.

ODD-SPORTS BRA THIEF — Pennsylvania state police are looking for a man who stole some sports bras and other exercise clothing from a clothes line outside the victim's residence.

PINNED BETWEEN VEHICLES-DEATH — A 77-year-old man has been killed in a Pittsburgh suburb when he was hit by one vehicle and pinned against his parked car.

INMATE HANGED — Allegheny County police are investigating the death of an inmate found hanged at the county jail in Pittsburgh.



SAN JOSE, Calif. — For Columbus and Chicago, the task is to stave off elimination on the road. For the other two series being played Thursday night, it's all about taking control after the teams split the first four games. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 700 words, AP Photos by 6 p.m. EDT.


ST. LOUIS — After Pittsburgh was shocked by the news of Starling Marte's 80-game suspension on Tuesday, St. Louis looks to sweep the Pirates on Wednesday. Michael Wacha starts for the Cardinals opposite Gerrit Cole. UPCOMING: 600 words, AP Photos developing from 1:45 p.m. EDT start.


NEW YORK — In a matchup of struggling right-handers, Vince Velasquez pitches for the Philadelphia Phillies against Mets rookie Robert Gsellman as New York tries to stop a four-game skid. By Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 650 words, AP Photos developing from 7:10 p.m. EDT start.


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