Newlywed Convicted In Killing
BEAVER, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania newlywed has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment in the shooting death of her niece hours after the ceremony. Jurors in Beaver County deliberated for about six hours Friday before convicting 31-year-old Christina George of Patterson Township in the April 24 death of 21-year-old Katelyn Francis of Fairmont, West Virginia. Police said the newlyweds had emerged from Jimmy K's Bar and Grille in New Brighton, about 30 miles north of Pittsburgh, when an argument erupted about who should drive home. The defendant testified that the handgun went off when she was trying to move it from her new husband's open glove box. She wept as her hands were cuffed behind her back and her relatives and friends cried as she was led from the courtroom. (Photo: WPXI)
Police Standoff Ends
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A man wanted by a federal marshal's task force has surrendered without incident and was escorted out of a western Pennsylvania home in handcuffs by state police, about eight hours after he first refused to come out. State police say 45-year-old Charles Cottle was wanted on a probation or parole violation when the task force went to the Hempfield Township apartment about 7 a.m. Friday. Cottle was with a woman police didn't immediately identify, but she was also handcuffed and escorted away by troopers before 3 p.m. It wasn't immediately clear whether Cottle or the woman will face charges in connection with the standoff. Cottle's violation warrant stems from a 2008 incident in which he was convicted of taking a fake bomb into a bank and holding eight people hostage for about two hours.. (Photo: WPXI)
Norwin High School Teacher Facing Drug Charges
IRWIN, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania high school teacher who is the daughter of the district's superintendent has been arrested on drug charges. Health teacher Lisa Rodnicki is being held in Westmoreland County after her arrest Thursday on heroin charges. Authorities say the 37-year-old Irwin resident sold 45 bags of heroin to a confidential informant for $300. Rodnicki has been placed on paid leave from Norwin High School, where she has worked since 2007. She is the daughter of Norwin School District Superintendent William Kerr. Her lawyer didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment on the charges. Rodnicki is being held in lieu of $75,000 bail pending a scheduled April 8 preliminary hearing. (Photo: Trib)
Co-Pilot May Have Hidden Illness
German prosecutors say they have found evidence that the co-pilot of the Germanwings plan which crashed in the French Alps appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers.
Prosecutors in the western city of Duesseldorf say they seized medical documents from the home of Andreas Lubitz that indicate "an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment."
Prosecutor Ralf Herrenbrueck said in a statement today that torn-up sick notes for the day of the crash "support the current preliminary assessment that the deceased hid his illness from his employer and colleagues."
He said the search of Lubitz's home revealed no suicide note or evidence of any political or religious motivation for his actions. (photo: Facebook)
Energy Officials Say U.S. Should Prepare To Drill
WASHINGTON (AP) - A U.S. Energy Department advisory council says the U.S. should immediately begin a push to exploit its enormous trove of oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, or risk a renewed reliance on imported oil in the future. The study released Friday says that in order for the U.S. to keep domestic production high and imports low, oil companies should start probing the Artic now because it takes decades of preparation and drilling to bring oil to market. Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson is chairman of the study committee and spoke to The Associated Press. He said it will take 20 to 40 years for Artic oil resources to become available. Environmental advocates say the Arctic ecosystem is too fragile to risk a spill, and cleanup would be difficult or perhaps even impossible because of weather and ice.