Schools delay openings in western, central Pa.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A storm system that blanketed Pennsylvania with several inches of snow is moving out.
The flakes had changed to rain in Philadelphia by early Monday morning, making for slushy streets downtown.
City schools are expected to operate on a normal schedule, and transportation officials say regional rail is operating on or close to schedule.
However, many suburban Philadelphia districts are opening a couple of hours late.
Many schools in western and central Pennsylvania are also operating on a delayed schedule. Pocono-area districts are closed.
Forecasters had originally predicted only an inch or so of snow in the Philadelphia area on Sunday.
Jury selection set in W. Pa. wife's 1993 drowning
BEAVER, Pa. (AP) - Jury selection was set to begin for a western Pennsylvania man charged with criminal homicide in his wife's 1993 drowning death after a witness testified he saw the man hold the woman under water with a long-handled pool skimmer.
That witness, Jamie Darlington, was just 16 when 54-year-old Jon Lang, of Industry, allegedly killed his wife, 34-year-old Debbie Lang, in their swimming pool in June 1993.
Darlington was facing burglary charges in California when he came forward last year with his recollections, which stem from his time as the Langs' house guest.
Lang's attorney, William Difenderfer, has called Darlington's testimony at a preliminary hearing last year "preposterous" and says Lang maintains his innocence.
Testimony is expected to begin Tuesday, after a jury is selected Monday.
Coroner: W. Pa. hunter shot by another in group
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A coroner says a western Pennsylvania hunter was accidentally shot by another member of his hunting party.
Cambria County Coroner Dennis Kwiatkowski says Timothy Bruce was fatally shot on Saturday afternoon in Adams Township, Cambria County.
The coroner says Bruce, who lived in Ashville, had been part of a deer hunting party and was shot by "another person in the hunting party when some deer went between the two of them."
Township police chief Kirk Moss says the death seems to be a "tragic mishap."
Local authorities and the state Game Commission will continue to investigate.
The emergency was reported about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Bruce was pronounced dead at the scene once the coroner arrived. Bruce died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
Authorities say Bruce was either 41 or 42 years old.
ELDERLY HUNTER DEATH
Elderly hunter's death investigated in NW Pa.
WEEDVILLE, Pa. (AP) - The coroner and state police continued to investigate the death of an elderly hunter who was found on state game lands in northwestern Pennsylvania about 19 hours after he was reported missing.
Elk County Coroner Michelle Muccio was not releasing the man's name Monday so more of his family members could be notified.
The 88-year-old man was reported missing about 4 p.m. Saturday and his body was found about 11 a.m. Sunday.
The man was found near the access area to state game lands in Jay Township, about 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
Troopers from the Ridgway barracks and the coroner continued to investigate the death Monday. Foul play was not suspected.
TRUCKER DIES ALONG TURNPIKE
Ohio trucker found dead in rig along Pa. turnpike
SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) - State police say a truck driver from Ohio has been found dead in the sleeping compartment of his rig after pulling off the Pennsylvania Turnpike during bad weather.
Somerset County Coroner Wallace Miller says 49-year-old Robert Slaven Jr., of Springfield, Ohio, was westbound when he pulled off to the side of the toll road when raid began turning to ice on Friday night.
Police were summoned when the rig hadn't moved by morning, and say they found Slaven's body in the rig just before 11 a.m. Saturday.
Miller says Slaven died of cardiorespiratory arrest and ruled the death of natural causes.
FATAL FIRE-BUS DRIVER
W. Pa. school bus driver killed in fire at home
DONORA, Pa. (AP) - A longtime school bus driver has died after a fire badly damaged her home in southwestern Pennsylvania.
An autopsy was set on the body of 52-year-old Gelinda Giles, who was found dead on the second floor of her home in Donora.
The fire was reported about 3 a.m. Sunday and Giles was pronounced dead about 80 minutes later.
Giles had been a bus driver with the Ringgold School District for nearly 20 years.
District Superintendent Karen Polkabla says Giles was a "really dependable, faithful" driver who "is going to be missed by the students and the administration, as well."
A fire marshal was still investigating the cause of the blaze, which caused about $50,000 damage.
Pa. man dressed as Santa struck and killed on I-95
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A motorist allegedly driving with a suspended license is facing charges after police say he fatally struck a man in a Santa suit on a Philadelphia highway.
According to state troopers, 27-year-old Augustine Bangura also failed field sobriety tests after the accident Saturday night on Interstate 95.
Bangura is charged with vehicular homicide and other counts in the death of 24-year-old Adam Herr of Lebanon, Pa. It's not clear if Bangura has a lawyer.
Earlier Saturday, Herr had participated in the Running of the Santas. It's an annual pub crawl and three-block run downtown.
Members of the victim's family tell the Philadelphia Daily News they don't know why Herr was on the highway.
PITTSBURGH OFFICER-DRUNKEN DRIVING
Pittsburgh cop charged with DUI arriving at work
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pittsburgh police officer has been charged with drunken driving after he allegedly showed up for work drunk.
Online court records don't list an attorney for 38-year-old Officer Vernon Gibson, who declined comment to reporters.
Gibson was charged after he showed up for a mandatory workplace alcohol test with alcohol on his breath about 11 p.m. Friday. Another officer says blood and breath tests showed Vernon's blood-alcohol content was more than one-and-a-half times the legal limit.
Police officials say Gibson was already on administrative leave, though they haven't said why.
He was charged with insurance fraud in 2011 when he allegedly claimed his vehicle had been struck when police say Gibson damaged it himself while trying to park. He entered a first-offender's program last year that court records show he has yet to complete.
AMERICAN BRIDGE CLOSURE
American Bridge Co. begins W. Pa. plant shutdown
CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) - American Bridge Co. has begun shutting down a western Pennsylvania fabricating plant, and will eventually lay off 77 workers in the process.
The company announced in October that it would be shutting down the plant in Coraopolis (kor-ee-AH'-poh-lus).
The company in 1984 closed its operations in Ambridge - a Beaver County borough named for the company, located about 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. But the company had continued to fabricate steel for bridges since 1999 at the Coraopolis plant about 10 miles west of Pittsburgh.
The company announced plans to close the plant in a filing with state labor officials. American Bridge also filed a similar notice that it will close another plant in Reedsport, Ore., this month, idling about 55 workers.
Man jailed for assault of woman in W. Pa. cabin
SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) - A man has been jailed on charges he physically assaulted a woman at an apartment and later at a remote cabin in western Pennsylvania after she refused to join in a sexual threesome involving another woman.
Online court records don't list an attorney for 37-year-old Jody Peterman, of Somerset, who allegedly began assaulting the 31-year-old woman in the apartment about 10 a.m. Saturday. Among other things, police say Peterman pinched the woman with clothespins then beat her with a belt, and also held a knife to her neck.
Police say he then drove her to the cabin in Stonycreek Township where he continued the assault, until she escaped and was able to flag down a car by someone who took her to Somerset Hospital.
Peterman has been charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault and other crimes.
Pitt frats introduce fines to boost pledge GPAs
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Fraternities that fail to help pledges keep up their grades could be fined under a new policy being introduced by the University of Pittsburgh's Intrafraternity Council.
The council will fine frats $20 for every tenth of a percentage point that each pledge's grade point average falls below 2.5 at the end of a semester.
Zachary Patton, the president of the group which includes frat presidents across the campus, says the average GPA for fraternity members is 3.024, slightly below the 3.042 GPA for all males on campus.
The fines are meant to encourage fraternities to take a student's academic priorities into account when recruiting pledges, and to help those who wind up needing academic assistance.
University spokesman John Fedele says sororities on campus don't have a similar policy.
TAPING TV NEWS
Woman's 140K tapes of TV news to be digitized
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - About 35 years' worth of TV news that was faithfully taped by a Philadelphia woman will now be archived in an online library.
When Marion Stokes died last year, she left behind about 140,000 video cassettes totaling about a million hours of newscasts.
Stokes' son tells The Philadelphia Inquirer his mother felt she had a mission. He says she resisted suggestions that recording the shows was a waste of time.
Stokes had several VCRs running simultaneously 24 hours a day. She taped cable channels as well as local news in Philadelphia and Boston, where she spent part of her life.
On Tuesday, the tapes are scheduled to arrive at the Internet Archive in California, where they will be digitized.
109 YEARS OLD
Pa. man, 109, cites unlisted number for longevity
JERMYN, Pa. (AP) - What's the secret to a long life? Having an unlisted number.
That's according to Leo Moskovitz, who just turned 109. The northeastern Pennsylvania resident jokes that God can't find him because his name has never appeared in the phone book.
The Times-Tribune of Scranton reports Moskovitz celebrated his birthday with friends and family at a restaurant on Sunday.
People curious about his longevity often ask Moskovitz about his diet. He says he switches between oatmeal and eggs for breakfast - but isn't sure if that's why he's lived so long.
He says, "If I knew what the secret was, I'd patent it."
Moskovitz and his 87-year-old wife, Ann, have been married for 45 years. They live in Jermyn.
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