Boy, 12, robs lemonade stand
JOHNSTOWN (AP) — Authorities say a 12-year-old boy used a BB gun to rob a 10-year-old who was running a lemonade stand in Johnstown.
Johnstown Sgt. Patrick Goggin said the 12-year-old approached the stand Monday with what appeared to be a handgun in his pocket and threatened the younger boy. Goggin says the boys “got into a wrestling match over the money box” before the older boy took $30 and ran away.
Three other children chased the boy home and helped police track him down. That’s when police determined the boy had a BB gun.
Police aren’t identifying the suspect because he’ll be charged in juvenile court where most cases remain confidential.
Judge: Boy now ‘adult’ in slaying
FRANKLIN (AP) — A judge says a 14-year-old northwestern Pennsylvania boy must be tried as an adult on charges he fatally shot his grandparents because facing only seven years’ detention in juvenile court is “wholly inadequate to ensure the public’s safety.”
Venango County President Judge Oliver Lobaugh issued that decision Wednesday in the case of Zachary Proper, who was just 13 when George Fross 69, and Dorothy Fross, 67, were shot at their home near Franklin Oct. 7.
Proper faces up to life in prison if convicted as an adult, but would have faced incarceration or probation only until he turns 21 had the case remained in juvenile court.
Proper now faces an Aug. 26 preliminary hearing to determine whether there’s enough evidence for him to stand trial in Common Pleas Court.
Teen recovering after accident
LANCASTER (AP) — Investigators say a teenager who was trapped in her car for more than 18 hours after a crash in Lancaster County likely fell asleep before the accident.
Mount Joy resident Brooke Spence, 18, remains in fair condition after being trapped after her vehicle crashed late Saturday in West Hempfield Township. Police say the injured Spence was trapped in underbrush by a creek until a neighbor noticed the vehicle while getting ready to grill on his deck Sunday evening.
He found Spence calm and conscious, and had his wife call 911. Spence had lost her cellphone in the accident and was unable to call for help.
Couple shot after visiting ATM
CLAIRTON (AP) — Police were searching for two suspects charged with robbing and critically wounding a western Pennsylvania couple as they returned home from an early-morning stop at an automatic teller machine.
Parrish Linnen, 22, and Taevon Carr, 17, have been charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and robbery in the incident that occurred about 2 a.m. Thursday in Clairton, where both men also live.
Allegheny County police say the two men charged, and a third suspect approached, a 42-year-old man and 30-year-old woman and shot both in the head and chest after both refused to surrender their money.
The names of the victims were not immediately released.
Carr is being charged as an adult, despite his age.