Latest Erie News

Researcher digs deeper into Oak Island mystery

Nov. 9, 2019 3:06 AM EST

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — James McQuiston has a theory about what treasures might be buried underground on a small island in Nova Scotia, Canada, and who might have put it there centuries ago. The North East researcher, historian and author said his theory was strengthened during a return trip to Oak Island in...

Ex-teacher to get new hearing in 1975 slaying of student, 16

Nov. 3, 2019 10:43 AM EST

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A former northwestern Pennsylvania high school teacher will be getting a new hearing on his conviction in the strangulation death of a student more than four decades ago. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court last week rejected an appeal by Erie County prosecutors of a lower court ruling that...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Oct. 30, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: New corporate tax will benefit state coffers The Altoona Mirror Oct. 27 For years, many states have been collecting corporate income taxes from companies that do not have offices, employees or property in them. Pennsylvania...

Man gets life in prison for Pizza Hut shooting

Oct. 29, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A man who fatally shot his girlfriend and wounded her pregnant co-worker at a Pizza Hut in Erie has been sentenced to life in prison. A judge on Tuesday ordered 49-year-old Luis Rodriguez to serve the mandatory sentence without parole for first-degree murder in the death of 25-year-old...

Man who killed 5-year-old girl is resentenced to life term

Oct. 24, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A man who was teenager when he killed a 5-year-old Pennsylvania girl has been resentenced to life in prison by a judge who said he was "permanently incorrigible" and should never leave prison. Scott Schroat had pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the 1992 slaying of Lila Ebright. She...

Daycare fire that killed 5 children blamed on extension cord

Oct. 10, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Investigators are blaming an electrical extension cord for a fire that killed five small children two months ago in Pennsylvania. The investigative team said Thursday that the deadly Aug. 11 fire at the Erie, Pennsylvania, home that included the Harris Family Daycare was an accident,...

Homeowner finds naked man singing in kitchen, drinking milk

Oct. 8, 2019 8:28 AM EDT

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a Pennsylvania homeowner who heard someone singing inside his home found a naked man drinking milk in his kitchen. Erie police say the homeowner heard the singing around 3 a.m. Monday. He grabbed his pistol, went to investigate and soon found the man sitting on the kitchen...

Middle school teacher receives musical instrument donations

Sep. 28, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A social media post has prompted a wave of donations. When Strong Vincent Middle School music teacher Marena Grondziowski put up a post on Facebook asking her friends to donate old or unused musical instruments, she was expecting a few friends to share it and was hoping for a couple of...

Rare, deadly virus detected in 3 Pennsylvania counties

Sep. 22, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A rare, potentially deadly virus transmitted by mosquitoes has been confirmed in three Pennsylvania counties. The Pennsylvania departments of health and agriculture issued a warning Saturday after confirming eastern equine encephalitis in Erie, Carbon, and Monroe counties. The virus...