Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Trial For Man Who Threatened Poll Workers
A man accused of threatening to shoot up a Washington County polling place has been held for trial. Forty-eight-year-old Christopher Queen of Kane, in Elk County, allegedly arrived at the South Franklin Fire Hall on Nov. 6th and told workers he was promised a gun and money if he voted "straight party." Poll workers say he became angry when they told him he wasn't registered to vote and allegedly threatened to come back shooting. Queen is charged with felony terroristic threats. Queen is being held in the Washington County Jail on fifty-thousand-dollars cash bond.

Police Investigate Threat At Canon-McMillan High School
Police were called to the Canon-McMillan School District Monday afternoon after a written threat was found in a restroom at the high school. District officials say they immediately turned the incident over to North Strabane Township Police who determined the threat was not credible. They say the threat was discovered around two-thirty. This latest threat comes on the heels of the arrest earlier this month of 39-year-old Amanda Jarosh for making a threat against the Hills Hendersonville Elementary School. Cecil Police allege that Jarosh, an elementary school parent, threatened to “shoot up the school.” Jarosh is being held in the Washington County Jail.

2 More Suspected Cases Of AFM
PITTSBURGH - (WPXI) There are two more suspected cases of acute flaccid myelitis in our area, according to a release by the Allegheny County Health Department. That brings the total number of suspected cases to three. One patient is a resident of Allegheny County, the second is a resident of Beaver County and the third is a resident of Westmoreland County. There are also six confirmed cases in our area. Five of those patients are residents of Allegheny County and the sixth is a resident of Washington County. According to the Health Department, all of the Allegheny County residents are from different municipalities.

Couple Killed In Crash Driving To Their Wedding
HAMBURG, Pa. (AP) - Family and friends are mourning a couple killed in a fiery chain reaction crash while driving to their wedding in Pittsburgh. State police say 35-year-old Kathryn Schurtz and her fiance, Joseph Kearny, were driving on Interstate 78 on Wednesday when they encountered heavy traffic from an earlier crash. Police say a tractor-trailer was unable to stop and pushed the couple's vehicle into another tractor-trailer. Their vehicle and two trucks caught fire. Schurtz lived in Jersey City, New Jersey, and was head of platform partnerships for Oracle Data Cloud in New York City. No information is available for Kearny. Her obituary says Schurtz "will be remembered for her voracious appetite for reading, love of cooking, and trailblazing new adventures with Joseph." Her funeral will take place Tuesday. (Photo: WPXI)

Attorney Says His Client Was Duped By Boyfriend
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - An attorney for a woman charged with scamming GoFundMe donors with a story about a homeless veteran says she was duped by her former boyfriend. James Gerrow tells ABC's "Good Morning America" that Mark D'Amico was "calling the shots." Gerrow says Katelyn McClure thought she was helping Marine vet Johnny Bobbitt. McClure and D'Amico are charged with conspiracy and theft by deception. Authorities allege they conspired with Bobbitt to concoct a feel-good story about Bobbitt giving McClure his last $20 when her car ran out of gas. They raised $400,000, which authorities say was spent on luxury items and casino trips. Bobbitt also faces charges. It was unclear which attorney represents D'Amico. An attorney who was representing the couple last week declined to comment Monday on Gerrow's allegations.

4 Found Executed In Basement
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police say two men and two women have been found shot and killed in a basement of a house being renovated in Philadelphia. Police received a call Monday morning to check on the welfare of people at the house after a family member arrived to find the door ajar. Responding officers found the four in the basement, each with a single gunshot wound to the head. Police Commissioner Richard Ross says "sadly, all four of these individuals were executed." He says it appears they were "led" to the basement. Two of the victims were a 31-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman. The others are described as a man approximately 20-30 years old and a woman approximately 30-40 years old. Ross says the two men are believed to be cousins who were living in the home while it was being renovated.

40 Bags Of Heroin Found In Body-Cavity Search
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) - The discovery of 40 bags of heroin during in a body-cavity search contributed to the recent conviction of a Pennsylvania man. Following a two-day trial, PennLive.com reports 37-year-old Christopher Miller was convicted on charges of possession with intent to deliver heroin and possession of cocaine. According to evidence presented at trial, police were called to a disturbance at a bar Sept. 17, 2017 and found Miller with 20 bags of heroin in his pockets, as well as a small amount of crack cocaine. Lancaster County Assistant District Attorney Barry Goldman says at the station, police found an additional 40 bags of heroin in a body-cavity search. Miller is scheduled for sentencing Feb. 7.

2000 Turkeys Nearing $100,000 Goal!
Thanksgiving is fast approaching and the annual 2000 Turkeys Campaign needs your help. The campaign provides Thanksgiving meals to low-income Washington County residents who otherwise might not be able to enjoy a turkey dinner. With less than a week to go, we have raised nearly $97,000. The goal is $100,000 to allow the Washington County Food Bank to provide meals to some 6,500 families. Any and all donations will help us reach that goal. Any groups or organizations that would like to hold an event to help raise funds can contact either WJPA Radio or the Observer-Reporter. If you would like to make a donation, please mail your tax-deductible donation to 2000 Turkeys, P.O. Box 2000, Washington, PA 15301.

Judge Bars Enforcement Of Asylum Ban
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge has temporarily barred the Trump administration from refusing asylum to immigrants who cross the southern border illegally. U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar issued a temporary restraining order Monday after hearing arguments in San Francisco. President Donald Trump issued a proclamation Nov. 9 denying asylum to most border crossers as a response to the migrant caravans he decried before the November midterm election. The administration directed asylum seekers to enter at one of the 26 official border crossings with Mexico. Legal groups sued hours after the proclamation was issued, arguing U.S. law clearly allows someone to seek asylum regardless of how they enter the country. Trump used the same powers he used last year to impose a travel ban that was ultimately upheld by the Supreme Court.

Chicago Hospital Gunman Identified
CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police have identified the gunman who killed three people at a hospital as 32-year-old Juan Lopez. Lopez also died. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says it's unclear whether Lopez killed himself or was fatally shot by officers Monday at Mercy Hospital. He says it was a "disturbing crime scene."
The victims were Dr. Tamara O'Neal, pharmacy resident Dayna Less and Chicago Police Officer Samuel Jimenez. The shooting is being investigated as a domestic dispute between Lopez and O'Neal, who knew each other. Guglielmi says Jimenez didn't typically work in the hospital area, but that the officer responded when he heard that shots were fired. He says it "speaks volumes about his character."

1 Dead, 3 Injured In Downtown Denver Shooting
DENVER (AP) - Authorities say one person is dead and three others have been wounded in a shooting in downtown Denver. The shootings occurred Monday afternoon about three blocks from Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies. Denver Health Medical Center spokesman Simon Crittle says paramedics from the hospital responded to the shooting and found one person dead at the scene. Crittle says the three injured people were taken to Denver Health. He initially said four people were injured. Denver Police spokesman Doug Schepman says the three were in critical condition. Schepman says no arrests have been made and police don't know if there was more than one shooter.

Trump Pressed To Levy Harsh Response To Killing
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is facing pressure to take tougher measures against Saudi Arabia over the slaying of writer Jamal Khashoggi. The president has resisted calls so far for a stronger response to the Oct. 2 killing of the U.S.-based writer by agents of the Saudi government inside their consulate in Istanbul. Trump says that Saudi Arabia is a "spectacular ally" and that he's not convinced that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was directly responsible for Khashoggi's death. The administration has imposed sanctions on 17 Saudis accused of participating in the killing. But lawmakers in Congress want tougher measures. European allies are stepping up their punitive measures against the kingdom, too. It's unclear if the president will decide on a response before he leaves Tuesday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Trump Criticizes War Hero
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has ignited a firestorm of criticism and charges that he is politicizing the military by faulting a war hero for not capturing al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden sooner. Former CIA director Leon Panetta said Trump owed an apology to retired Adm. William McRaven, who had said Trump's assertion that the news media was the "enemy of the people" was "the greatest threat to democracy" in his lifetime. Trump lashed out at McRaven in a Fox News interview broadcast Sunday, dismissing him as a "backer" of Trump's 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton. McRaven had organized and executed the bin Laden raid in Pakistan in May 2011 as head of the secretive Joint Special Operation Command. The president said, "Wouldn't it be nice" if bin Laden had been captured sooner. (Photo: CNN)

Report; Ivanka Trump Used Personal Email For Work
WASHINGTON (AP) - Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and adviser, sent hundreds of emails about government business from a personal email account last year. That's according to The Washington Post, which reports the emails were sent to White House aides, Cabinet officials and her assistants. The White House didn't immediately respond to questions Monday, but a spokesman for Ivanka Trump's lawyer, Abbe Lowell, didn't dispute the report. Peter Mirijanian says, "While transitioning into government... Ms. Trump sometimes used her private account, almost always for logistics and scheduling concerning her family." He says no classified information was transmitted and the emails have been "retained" in conformity with records' laws. President Donald Trump mercilessly criticized his 2016 Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, for using a private email server, labeling her "Crooked Hillary" and saying she belonged in jail.

White House Restores Acosta's Credentials With New Rules
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration will fully restore Jim Acosta's White House credentials, but has warned the CNN reporter that he must follow a series of rules at future news conferences. On Twitter, CNN said: "Today the WhiteHouse fully restored Acosta's press pass. As a result, our lawsuit is no longer necessary." The White House letter sent to Acosta Monday makes clear his credentials could be threatened again, stressing new rules for press conferences, including limiting each reporter to a single question with follow-ups at the discretion of the president. The White House revoked Acosta's pass after a news conference clash with President Donald Trump. A federal judge issued a temporary order restoring Acosta's pass last week. The White House quickly sent Acosta a letter threatening to take it away again when that order expired

Crowds Line Up At First East Coast Pot Shops
LEICESTER, Mass. (AP) - More than two years after voters in Massachusetts approved of recreational marijuana for adults, there are finally places to buy it legally. The state's first commercial pot shops opened Tuesday in Leicester and Northampton. The stores are the first to operate on the East Coast of the U.S., and there were long lines at both locations. Items for sale will include various strains of marijuana flower, pre-rolled joints and edibles such as brownies and chocolate bars. Cannabis is sold legally in six Western states. The rollout of legal pot sales has been slow in Massachusetts, with regulators saying they wanted to make sure it was done safely and without some of the supply issues other states have faced. Several more stores could open in the coming months.

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