Authorities say a 14-year-old youth was killed and four other students were wounded in a shooting near a northwest Philadelphia high school athletic field after a football scrimmage. Police said players were walking off the field behind Roxborough High School after a scrimmage involving three schools when at least two people opened fire shortly after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday before fleeing. Police said a 14-year-old shot in the chest died at Einstein Medical Center. A 17-year-old shot in the arm and leg and a 14-year-old shot in the thigh were listed in stable condition. A fourth victim was taken to a hospital, and another student grazed by a bullet was treated at the scene.
The mother of a woman with cerebral palsy and intellectual disabilities is suing the Philadelphia care home where her daughter lived for 40 years. Cheryl Yewdall died five days after she was found face down with a large paper towel or disinfecting wipe in her windpipe. No one has been charged, but a new wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of Yewdall's mother casts suspicion on an unidentified staff member at the Merakey Woodhaven care home. Christine Civatte says she trusted the facility to safeguard her 50-year-old daughter. Merakey calls Yewdall’s death “a serious and tragic incident” but is denying responsibility.
PITTSBURGH — Because there are no cell towers where she lives for GPS monitoring, the U.S. now wants the “pink hat lady” confined to her rural Mercer County home pending trial on charges of smashing into the Capitol on Jan. 6.
A former congressman from Philadelphia who went to prison over the 1970s-era Abscam scandal was sent back to prison Tuesday at age 79 in a ballot stuffing case. Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Michael J. “Ozzie” Myers was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison by a judge who questioned whether he had learned any lessons over the years. Myers admitted he had worked with election officials to pad the vote tallies of his political consulting clients. Some were running for city judgeships. A defense lawyer said there was no evidence the crimes changed the outcome of any elections.
Authorities say a gun found after a weekend shooting at a western Pennsylvania amusement park that wounded three people had been reported stolen in Ohio last year. Allegheny County police said Monday that a trace of the weapon found after Saturday night’s shooting at Kennywood Park indicated that the firearm had been reported stolen from a vehicle in Columbus in August 2021. Witnesses told investigators that two groups of teenagers were involved in an altercation in front of the Musik Express ride and shots were fired shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday. Police said a 39-year-old man and two 15-year-old boys sustained leg wounds.
PHILADELPHIA — Standing in front of a blown-up photo of the LOVE sculpture, John Fetterman introduced himself to a crowd dotted with Eagles gear in a Northwest Philadelphia gym.
Three people, including two teenagers, were wounded by gunfire late Saturday at an amusement park southeast of Pittsburgh, which was kicking off a Halloween-themed festival. Allegheny County police said a 39-year-old man and two 15-year-old boys sustained leg wounds in the gunfire shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin. The man was treated and released and the two youths are listed as stable. Authorities say an argument between two groups of teenagers prompted the shooting by a suspect described as a male wearing a mask and black hoodie. Kennywood was celebrating the first night of its Phantom Fall Fest, scheduled to run through Oct. 16.
The Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, Dr. Mehmet Oz, has released his health records as he maneuvers to keep questions about Democratic rival John Fetterman’s recovery from a stroke front and center. Dr. Rebecca Kurth wrote in a letter that she found the heart surgeon-turned-TV celebrity to be in “excellent health” in an annual checkup Thursday. The release of the doctor’s note and health records comes as Oz has increasingly made Fetterman’s fitness to serve a central theme in his campaign and as Oz is trying to close a gap in polls. Fetterman maintains that doctors expect him to make a full recovery.
Democrats in Pennsylvania who've long blamed their party’s legislative minorities on Republican gerrymandering are about to find out whether friendlier district maps will edge them closer to retaking control of the House and Senate. Nearly 400 state legislative candidates will appear on ballots Nov. 8. The new district boundaries, along with dozens of retirements and primary election defeats, will certainly bring change to the Capitol. But even the most ardent Democrats aren’t predicting they'll swing enough seats to dictate when bills are voted on or if they even get a vote. Republicans currently hold majorities of 29-21 in the Senate and 113-90 in the House.
As Election Day approaches, the fight over mail-in ballots is back. Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are crucial swing states that allow mail-in ballots but give local election offices very little if any time before Election Day to process them. Election workers’ inability to check signatures, addresses and get the mailed ballots ready for counting ahead of time means many of the those ballots may not be counted by election night. That will delay results in tight races and leave a gaping hole for misinformation and lies to flood the public space. Efforts since 2020 to give local election workers more time before Election Day to process mailed ballots have fizzled in each state's Republican-controlled legislature.
The parents of a 1-year-old western Pennsylvania boy who authorities said died after he was intentionally “dosed with methadone” have pleaded guilty to third-degree murder. The Tribune-Review reports that Tracy Humphreys and Thomas Snelsire, both 47-year-old Baldwin residents, face prison terms of 16 to 20 years when they are sentenced in Allegheny County court on Jan. 11. Assistant District Attorney Lisa Carey told a judge last week that Tommy Snelsire’s death wasn’t caused by accidental contact with the methadone, fentanyl and cocaine found in his system. Carey said investigators found a syringe and a pill bottle used to mix liquid Tylenol and methadone together. Both defendants wept as they apologized in court.
Authorities say an explosive device unexpectedly detonated during a training exercise being held at a state prison in Pennsylvania, leaving five bomb technicians injured. The accident at the SCI Phoenix prison in Skippack Township occurred shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday. The training session was being conducted by the FBI’s Philadelphia field office and those in attendance included representatives from several state, county and local law enforcement agencies. The injured bomb technicians include one who serves with the FBI, one from the Pennsylvania state police and three who serve with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, The cause of the accident remains under investigation. The FBI and the Pennsylvania state police are leading the investigation.
With the fall campaign election season in high gear, Democrat John Fetterman and his Republican rival for U.S Senate, Dr. Mehmet Oz, are making a beeline for Philadelphia’s heavily populated suburbs. The candidates in Pennsylvania's Senate race are holding rallies, bringing in surrogates and launching hard-edged TV ads aimed at wooing influential swing voters, particularly women. In the 2020 presidential election, the onetime Republican stronghold was decisive in President Joe Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania. For Oz, turning around Trump’s suburban slump and gaining ground with moderates is critical. Fetterman has made abortion rights a prominent theme. Oz paints Fetterman as soft on crime and unfit to serve.
When Jill Biden realized that terrorists had attacked America on Sept. 11, her husband, Joe, wasn’t the only loved one she worried about. The first lady recalls in an Associated Press interview how “scared to death” she was that her sister Bonny Jacobs, a United Airlines flight attendant, was on one of the hijacked planes that crashed in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. After learning she was safe, Biden went straight to her sister's home in Pennsylvania. Jacobs tells the AP the first lady was her “rock” that day. Jacobs accompanied the president’s wife to Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on Sunday to help honor those who died 21 years ago.
The amount of yearly uncollected tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike grew by nearly 50% last year. A new government audit is urging the Turnpike Commission to address the problem and make changes to improve its finances. Following up on an internal study that said more than $104 million in tolls went uncollected last year, an update in May found that number had grown to $155 million. Turnpike officials say increasing traffic and higher tolls are driving the increase. There are also problems with obscured or faded plates, camera system failures and getting money from scofflaw drivers.
Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman's campaign says he'll participate in just one debate. The campaign said Wednesday that Fetterman would participate in a televised debate in mid- to late October. It comes after weeks of his Republican rival, Dr. Mehmet Oz, pressuring Fetterman and aggressively questioning the severity of his lingering health problems from a stroke he suffered in May. As the general election grows closer, Oz, a celebrity heart surgeon and political novice, has begun stepping up his questioning of Fetterman’s fitness for office. Fetterman's campaign has said Oz's insistence on a debate is “about mocking John for having a stroke.”
Authorities say a shark has attacked and killed a U.S. cruise ship passenger who was snorkeling in waters around the Bahamas. Tuesday's attack involved a 58-year-old woman from Pennsylvania and occurred at a popular snorkeling spot near Green Cay in the northern Bahamas, police spokeswoman Chief Superintendent Chrislyn Skippings told The Associated Press. Skippings said the woman’s family identified it as a bull shark. The majority of shark attacks in the Caribbean have occurred in the Bahamas, with two reported in 2019, one of them fatal. That incident involved a Southern California woman who was attacked by three sharks near Rose Island, located just a half mile from where Tuesday's attacked occurred.
The White House says President Joe Biden will mark the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Sunday by delivering remarks and laying a wreath at the Pentagon. The day will commemorate the 2001 terrorist attacks when hijackers took control of commercial planes in order to use them as missiles, crashing into New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks by al-Qaida. The U.S. and its allies responded by launching the Afghanistan war. Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband will go to New York City for a commemoration ceremony at the National September 11th Memorial.
Republican Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz is teaming up with U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey to publicly call on his Democratic rival in Pennsylvania, John Fetterman, to participate in a debate. Holding a news conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Oz questioned Fetterman’s readiness for office and criticized his reluctance to speak with reporters since suffering a stroke in May. Fetterman's campaign countered that Oz is fixated on “mocking John for having a stroke.” The news conference with the retiring senator both candidates are vying to replace signals Oz’s increasing aggressiveness in going after Fetterman’s health as he seeks to make up ground in polls with just nine weeks to go until Election Day.
With two months left of the 2022 campaign season, a majority of Republican candidates are continuing to skirt away from not only talking to local and national media outlets about their policy issues, but their own constituents, leaving voters with little information on their policy positions.
Workers from 14 Pennsylvania nursing homes went on strike Friday after marathon contract negotiations failed to produce a deal. About 700 unionized workers walked off the job in a dispute over pay, benefits and staffing levels. The union accused the nursing home operators of “failing to create the kind of wage scales we’ve been able to achieve with other providers.” The strike impacted homes in a dozen counties throughout the state. Nursing homes have been struggling with high turnover during the COVID-19 pandemic. The state recently boosted Medicaid payments and sent another $130 million in federal coronavirus aid to help nursing homes hire and retain workers.
A nurse practitioner from northern Virginia has sued CVS Health after she says she was fired for refusing to provide abortion-inducing drugs at its MinuteClinic medical facilities. Paige Casey said CVS had for years granted her a religious accommodation that allowed her to opt out of prescribing or providing abortion-inducing drugs and certain contraceptives without incident. But in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Manassas, she says the company changed its policy last year. CVS says sexual health services are an integral part of its MinuteClinics, and that it can't grant exemptions when they hamper a core function of the clinic.