Latest Pennsylvania News

Fire kills man, woman who were parents of firefighter

Jul. 12, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

BELLE VERNON, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say an early morning fire claimed the lives of an elderly man and a woman in western Pennsylvania who officials say were parents of a firefighter in one of the companies battling the blaze. Officials in Westmoreland County say the flames were reported at about 2 a.m....

2 dead, 2 critical after group fixing flat tire struck

Jul. 12, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

READING, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a car belonging to two men helping a couple fix a flat tire on an eastern Pennsylvania road was struck by another vehicle, killing two men and critically injuring two other people. Police in Ontelaunee Township Police said a man and woman heading south on Route 222 got a...

Panel puts off decision on demolition of closed church

Jul. 12, 2020 12:58 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Historical Commission officials say they need more time to decide the fate of a shuttered 19th-century church after the New Jersey developer who bought it earlier this year asked to demolish it, saying the crumbling structure faces imminent collapse. After hearing...

DA: Man charged with kidnapping Amish woman feared 'harmed'

Jul. 11, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A man is charged with kidnapping an Amish woman who disappeared in Pennsylvania several weeks ago and remains missing — but investigators believe she “was harmed following her abduction," prosecutors said Saturday. Justo Smoker, 34, of Paradise was arrested Friday and...

4 more states added to Pennsylvania travel quarantine list

Jul. 11, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — State health officials in Pennsylvania have added four states — including neighboring Delaware — to the travel quarantine recommendation aimed at stemming the spread of COVID-19 in the commonwealth. Officials said people who have traveled to Delaware, Iowa, Kansas and...

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 7, 2020, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell, right, listens to manager Derek Shelton during a team workout at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Shelton and other first-year managers are scrambling to make up for lost time. The rookie skippers are getting creative when it comes to getting a feel for their players during a season unlike any other.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Chemistry class: New managers test for right mix amid virus

Jul. 11, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Derek Shelton needs his freedom. Maybe now more than ever. Fortunately for the first-year Pittsburgh Pirates manager, bench coach Donnie Kelly made it a point to provide it. Each day Kelly puts together a meticulous schedule designed to find a way for separate groups of players to get...

Man, 77, dies after being pulled from ocean

Jul. 11, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man died after he was pulled from the ocean off Atlantic City, police said. Gustave Vincolato, 77, was unconscious when he was found in a shallow section of water near Ohio Avenue beach just after 3 p.m. Thursday, police said. Lifeguards got the Folcroft, Delaware...

Rows of school buses are parked at their terminal, Friday, July 10, 2020, in Zelienople, Pa. Pennsylvania schools are working on how they will safely transport students this fall, but one idea that won't be part of the plan is to install plastic barriers around school bus drivers. The state Transportation Department rejected that idea recently, saying there wasn't evidence it'll make anyone safer. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Buses pose particular challenge for schools' pandemic plans

Jul. 11, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposal to construct plastic barriers around school bus drivers as a COVID-19 mitigation tactic was shot down by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, a sign of one particular challenge — among many — schools face as they plan for a fall reopening. The state...

Man, woman killed in restaurant parking lot; suspect wounded

Jul. 11, 2020 9:55 AM EDT

SELINSGROVE, Pa. (AP) — A man and woman were gunned down in the parking lot of a central Pennsylvania restaurant, and a suspect was also wounded, authorities said. State police in Snyder County said the victims were shot at about 8 p.m. Friday outside the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Hummels Wharf,...

Counties charge inmates lockup fee, but few pay

Jul. 11, 2020 3:06 AM EDT

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two single beds with semi-private bathroom. Shared shower and gym facilities. A balcony room that overlooks a spacious common area with tables and television. No safe in the room, and sunlight is minimal. Free parking. Meals and outfit included in $10 nightly fee. Book and movie...