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Juror’s race is a target

HARRISBURG (AP) — A judge in the case of a white western Pennsylvania police officer accused of shooting to death a black teenager last year put a black woman on the jury Tuesday over the defense’s objections but said he will reconsider the decision. Allegheny County Judge Alexander ...

Sunderland to seek return as Mifflin County Commissioner

LEWISTOWN — Former commissioner Mark A. Sunderland has announced his candidacy to become one of two Republican nominees for Mifflin County Commissioner. Sunderland previously served as an Armagh Township Supervisor for eight years in addition to his eight years as a commissioner. He ...

Lewistown man pleads guilty to assaulting mother

LEWISTOWN — A 24-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to assaulting his mother and was sentenced to serve 23 months parole. Tyler Hess, of Lewistown, pleaded guilty to simple assault before President Judge David Barron. According to court documents, Hess assaulted and strangled his mother in ...

Lewistown man pleads guilty to reckless endangerment

LEWISTOWN — A 28-year-old man pleaded guilty to two criminal counts on Tuesday and is scheduled to be sentenced in May. Michael A. Pardo-Myers, of Lewistown, pleaded guilty before President Judge David Barron to recklessly endangering another person and simple assault. Barron ordered a ...

ACLU sues Philadelphia court magistrates over bail practices

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and several criminal justice reform groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Philadelphia court magistrates over what they say are unfair bail practices that don’t follow rules and unfairly target poor people of ...

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Pennsylvania opens investigation into gas liquids pipeline

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania’s attorney general said Tuesday that his office has opened an investigation into construction on a 350-mile natural gas liquids pipeline project across southern Pennsylvania that has been blamed for polluting waterways in dozens of places and causing sinkholes ...

Local man charged with assault released on $1 bail

LEWISTOWN — A 27-year-old man, charged in August with two counts of assault and one of resisting arrest, was released on nominal bail Tuesday. Bail was reduced to $1 for Todd M. Chatman, of Lewistown, after a brief Rule 600 hearing before President Judge David Barron. Jeff Davis, ...

No-contest plea for misdemeanor charge

LEWISTOWN — A 63-year-old woman pleaded no-contest to a misdemeanor count before President Judge David Barron Tuesday and was sentenced to probation. Vickie L. Grove, of McVeytown, pleaded no contest to recklessly endangering another person. Grove was charged in January with one felony ...

Pa. jobless rate stable as payrolls hit record high

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate stayed the same in December, at close to a two-decade low, although payrolls still jumped to a new record high. The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 4.2 percent last ...