Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania
9:42 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Penn State Sues Insurer Over Sandusky Coverage

Penn State says in a new lawsuit that its insurance carrier isn't honoring its legal obligation to cover it for claims related to sexual misconduct by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

The 18-page complaint filed by the university in Bellefonte Tuesday said it has been sued or contacted by 29 claimants but the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Insurance Company isn't providing coverage.

The lawsuit alleges breach of contract and bad faith, saying Penn State is entitled to damages and costs.

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Pennsylvania
9:39 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Grand Jury Indicts 2 W. PA Postal Employees

A federal grand jury has indicted two western Pennsylvania post office employees on charges of stealing mail.

Court documents unsealed Wednesday allege that 39-year-old Christopher L. Demorest of Greensburg stole one greeting card and $25, and two other greeting cards on another occasion. They also allege that 32-year-old Shaun G. Westfall of Baden stole two packages. Both communities are in the Pittsburgh area.

No attorney was listed in court documents for either man. There was no answer at a number listed for Westfall, and Demorest couldn't be reached for comment.

Pennsylvania
9:35 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Pittsburgh Business Auctions Vandal's Brick That Broke Window

A Pittsburgh business has auctioned a vandal's brick for more than a thousand dollars.

Dan Rugh says a vandal threw the brick through the window of his printing shop sometime Monday, so he launched a one-day auction Tuesday to pay for the unexpected repairs.

The brick was the prize.

Rugh says the original idea came from frustration, but then numerous people and businesses joined in to ease the pain of the damage.

One woman offered tickets to a Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game, a brewery offered a free tour, and restaurants donated gift certificates.

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Pennsylvania
9:32 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

9 Jurors Chosen for Philly Abortion Clinic Case

Nine jurors have been chosen this week for the capital murder trial of a Philadelphia abortion provider.

Twelve jurors and six alternates will be seated for Dr. Kermit Gosnell's trial. He is charged in the overdose death of a patient and the deaths of seven babies allegedly born alive.

Potential jurors are being asked if they oppose abortion or the death penalty. Both supporters and opponents of abortion rights can serve as long as they pledge to be fair to both sides.

The trial is expected to last six to eight weeks.

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Pennsylvania
9:30 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

PA Man Gets 5 to 12 Years in Methadone Crash That Killed 2

A western Pennsylvania man who had been treated at a methadone clinic shortly before a crash that killed an elderly couple has been sentenced to five to 12 years in prison.

Forty-two-year-old Michael Sherwood of Northern Cambria pleaded guilty in Cambria County last month to homicide by vehicle, homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence and aggravated assault in the September 2010 crash that killed 76-year-old Richard Davis and 69-year-old Lois Davis.

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Pennsylvania
5:54 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Pennsylvania's Year In Review

Happy Valley was not a happy place in 2012. And yet it was hard to stay away.

The child molestation scandal that engulfed Penn State dominated state news this year, from the stunning death of longtime football coach Joe Paterno to the gut-wrenching court testimony that sent his former assistant, Jerry Sandusky, to prison for sexually abusing boys.

Other big stories included Superstorm Sandy, which cut power to more than 1.5 million customers in eastern Pennsylvania in late October. It took nine days to restore service in some places.

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