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Court rules pot smell alone can't justify warrantless search

Dec. 29, 2021 17:46 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The smell of marijuana can be a factor police use to justify a search without a warrant but can't be the sole basis for it, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The court said a state police search of a vehicle in Allentown three years ago was...

Bid to help Latinos win more seats misses mark, critics say

Dec. 28, 2021 17:11 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An effort to reflect the rapid growth of Pennsylvania’s Hispanic population in newly drawn districts for the state's predominantly white state Legislature is drawing criticism that it didn't exactly accomplish that mission. Instead, proposals from the...

Pastor seeks tattoo shop to bring church as people get inked

Dec. 18, 2021 03:03 AM EST

ALLENTOWN, Pa, (AP) — Instead of waiting and hoping for more parishioners to show up in an era of declining church attendance, an Allentown pastor plans to bring prayer and Bible study to the community — through local tattoo shops. “People aren’t coming into churches,” Rev....

DA: Officer justified in parking lot shooting of armed man

Nov. 03, 2021 14:13 PM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania prosecutor says a police officer was justified in shooting and critically wounding a man who repeatedly fired a handgun outside a strip mall earlier this year. Allentown police said the officer was on routine patrol in the...

New Jersey, Pennsylvania collaborate in ghost gun case

Oct. 29, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man faces criminal charges after he purchased more than a dozen kits to make “ghost,” or untraceable, guns at a Pennsylvania exhibition, the top law enforcement officers from both states said Friday. New Jersey acting Attorney...