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Sentencing delayed in case of child found dead
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sentencing has been postponed for a woman convicted of third-degree murder in the death of her 3-year-old daughter, whose body was found in a western Pennsylvania ravine last year.
An Allegheny County jury convicted 37-year-old Adriene Williams in August, and she had been scheduled for sentencing Monday. It’s been postponed until Jan. 17.
Prosecutors contend the Wilkinsburg woman somehow asphyxiated Adrionna Williams — they never said where or how — before leaving the girl’s body in a wooded area of Swissvale in June 2015.
Williams’ attorney argued the failure to pinpoint exactly where and how the girl died meant Williams shouldn’t be convicted.
But prosecutors say surveillance video and cellphone records show Williams drove to and from the area where the girl’s body was found despite claiming she drove to work in a different area while the girl was at her grandmother’s house.
Philly teachers’ union president rejects offer
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The president of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers has rejected a four-year, $100 million contract offer from the district.
Union president Jerry Jordan tells Philly.com he won’t take the newest offer to his members.
Philadelphia teachers have been working without a contract for three years and without raises for four.
The proposed contract would include bonuses for teachers in hard-to-staff schools, and raises for teachers now maxed out on the pay scale, as well as step increases that boost a teacher’s pay for
years of service.
But the deal doesn’t include back pay or retroactive raises, which Jordan says offers “no recognition of the years that people have sacrificed.”
Superintendent William Hite Jr. says the financially strapped district would have offered more money
if it could.
Cops on the lookout for
ALLENTOWN (AP) — Police are trying to find two machete-wielding robbers who held up an eastern Pennsylvania convenience store.
Colonial Regional Police say the incident happened about 5:10 a.m. Sunday in Hanover Township, Lehigh County.
The masked men, one holding the machete, entered Taylor Family Fuel and Mini Mart and stole $455 worth of cash and cigarettes after threatening employees.
Police say the men, who were also wearing black clothes and gloves, then
Fire crews knock down blaze at lumber mill
ROYERSFORD (AP) — It took several hours for firefighters from surrounding communities to extinguish a large blaze at a lumber mill in Montgomery County.
WPVI-TV reports fire crews were dispatched to Bean’s Lumber Company in Royersford around 6:30 p.m. Sunday following reports of the fire.
Tanker engines from local fire departments helped to bring the flames under control shortly before 10 p.m. No injuries were reported.
Horses that were kept in a nearby barn all escaped unharmed.
Fire officials have determined that the building is a total loss. The mill uses lumber to make furniture.
It’s unclear what sparked the blaze. An
investigation is ongoing.