Three Dead After Clinic Shooting
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Officials say the officer killed in the Planned Parenthood clinic shootings in Colorado Springs on Friday was 44-year-old Garrett Swasey (photo left). Swasey was a member of the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Police Department. The university says Swasey had gone to the clinic to support Colorado Springs police after he learned of the shooting. Mayor John Suthers says the community "mourns the loss of a very brave police officer." Swasey was a six-year veteran of the department. Police say five other officers were wounded and hospitalized in good condition. Mike Violette (vee-oh-LET'), executive director of the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police, says he can't recall another incident in Colorado in which six officers were shot. Two civilians were also killed in the rampage and four others are reportedly in good condition at a local hospital. A man identified as Robert Lewis Dear is in custody. (photo: AP)
Classes Resume; Many Students Absent
CANONSBURG, Pa. - Classes have resumed at Peters Township school district following a 21-day teachers strike, but the educators still don't have a contract. Also, of the 4,300 students, more than 1,700 (42 percent) missed school on Friday, according to the Trib. State law mandated they return in order to get the required 180 days of instruction by June 15. Nearly 300 teachers in the suburban Pittsburgh district went on strike Oct. 28. Disputed issues include salaries, class size and the length of work days. According to the district website, state law calls for nonbinding arbitration after a strike. If an agreement still isn't reached, teachers can strike a second time for a limited duration. The teachers' previous five-year contract expired Aug. 31.
Ex-Inmate Shot In Brooklyn
NEW YORK (AP) - A former New York City inmate who was hogtied and badly beaten by Rikers Island jail guards in 2012 has been fatally shot in Brooklyn. Police say Friday that Robert Hinton was shot in the head and stomach outside a public housing complex Thanksgiving night. In September, city attorneys settled the 28-year-old's civil rights lawsuit for $450,000. Lawyer Nicole Bellina says Hinton had hoped to use the settlement to "give himself and his family a fresh start and better life." Five correction officers and a captain were fired earlier this year for the beating inside a now-closed solitary confinement unit for inmates with mental illnesses. Hinton suffered a broken nose, fractured back and other injuries. Police say no arrests have been made. The Daily News first reported Hinton's death.
Feudale Loses "Senior Judge" Status
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's highest court is ending the "senior judge" status of a jurist who oversaw grand juries that investigated political corruption in the state as well as former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The state Supreme Court earlier this month informed former Northumberland County Judge Barry Feudale that he is longer a senior judge. The Philadelphia Inquirer says in a Friday story the court told Feudale last month it was concerned about his actions, including private emails to reporters from the newspaper after Attorney General Kathleen Kane successfully pushed for his removal as grand jury judge. Feudale says he chose not to respond to the high court because he hadn't been given any work for two years anyway, so he was "removed from doing nothing."
State Bear Harvest Up
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Hunters killed 223 bears during the third day of Pennsylvania's statewide bear season, raising the three-day total to nearly 2,500. That's almost a 9 percent increase over the number of bears taken during the first three days of last year's season. The figures come from preliminary data released Wednesday by the state Game Commission. With one day remaining, bears have been harvested in 54 of 67 counties. The heaviest bears taken so far weighed 713 pounds each. One was killed in Granville Township in Mifflin County, the other in Blair Township in Blair County. Hunters harvested 3,366 bears during the 2014 season. The state's largest bear harvest happened in 2011, when 4,350 bears were
White House Christmas Tree Arrives
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is sprucing up for the holiday season. First lady Michelle Obama greeted this year's Christmas tree as it arrived by horse-drawn carriage on Friday. The Fraser fir, which stands more than 18 feet tall, was grown in Pennsylvania. The tree is traditionally displayed in the Blue Room. The first lady says this year's tree will honor the military.
Santa Rides At PA Trolley Museum
A very popular and unique way to see Santa will begin on in late November. During Santa Trolley, children take a trolley ride with Santa and make sure that he has their Christmas list, while parents and grandparents enjoy caroling and the scenic view from a beautifully restored vintage streetcar. Santa Trolley dates are November 27-29, December 5-6 and December 12-13 from 10 am to 5 pm (last trolley with Santa leaves at 4 pm). Complimentary hot chocolate and snacks. Also check out their Lionel toy train layout with O scale trains and trolleys as well as new this year – a dinosaur village. Also featured is a large LEGO layout. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+) and $8 for children ages 1-15; children under 1 are free. Please note that seating is limited and purchasing advanced reserved tickets are encouraged. They can be purchased on-line at www.patrolley.org
Deadly Texas Flooding
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Heavy rain and freezing rain is likely to stick around through most of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in parts of the central U.S. due to a slow-moving, complex weather system. Already, flash flooding has caused at least three deaths in North Texas, where several inches of rain had fallen since Thursday evening. The National Weather Service has issued ice storm warnings in the Texas Panhandle and central Oklahoma that will remain in effect through noon Saturday, with up to a quarter or half-inch of ice expected to accumulate. The eastern part of Kansas is under a winter weather advisory until Saturday morning, with freezing rain and sleet expected. Northeast Texas, eastern Oklahoma, southern Missouri and most of Arkansas are under either flash flood watches or warnings through Sunday morning.
Water Main Break Floods Local VFD
Cleanup is underway at a Washington County Fire Department after a water main break flooded the building. According to Chief Brandon Kriznik, the Slovan VFD was flooded around 6:00 Saturday morning. He says some damages to drywall and flooring occurred in the lounge and engine bay. He says a local bar nearby may also have been affected. Kriznik said the break, in the back of the building, has happened multiple times and they will be working with the water company to come up with a solution. The water main was quickly shut off but still managed to do some damage.
Support For Small Businesses
While most of the holiday shopping attention focuses on - Black Friday - not everyone may be aware that Saturday is "Small Business Saturday." It's a chance to allow the smaller businesses to compete with those big box stores that many shoppers may want to avoid. Here in Washington, more than a dozen small businesses will be open Saturday. A member of the Washington Business District Authority and owner of the Washington Winery and A&M wine and Beer supplies, Angela Burgess, says visiting the local, downtown stores, is a great way to prepare for the holidays. For more information on Facebook—Click Here.
Two Die After Pontoon Boat Capsizes
MANASQUAN, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say two people have died and five survived after a pontoon boat capsized off New Jersey's coast. New Jersey State Police say it happened about 1:30 p.m. Friday in Manasquan Inlet. Authorities say all seven people have been recovered. Four were taken to Ocean Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, and one person refused medical treatment. State Police identified those killed as 66-year-old Alex Osadchy and 74-year-old Grigory Klokishner, both of Philadelphia. Police say strong currents may have been in a factor in the accident, but the cause still is being investigated. The Coast Guard says its members and some civilians responded to the rescue. Chief Warrant Officer Chris Sparkman says the accident is a reminder to check the weather beforehand and always wear a life jacket while boating.
Cleveland Man Arrested In Five-Month-Old Shooting
CLEVELAND (AP) - Authorities say they've arrested a 19-year-old Cleveland man in the fatal shooting of a 5-month-old girl as she rode in the back seat of a car while her mother and grandmother drove to a grocery store for birthday cake supplies. The U.S. Marshals Service says Davon Holmes was arrested Friday morning in Cleveland on an aggravated murder warrant by members of a fugitive task force. A second man was arrested Friday on suspicion of tampering with evidence. Online court records didn't indicate whether Holmes has an attorney. The baby, Aavielle Wakefield, was shot once in the chest after the car was struck by rounds of gunfire Oct. 1 on a Cleveland street. She was the third small child to be killed by gunfire in the city in a four-week period.
Store Entrances Blocked By Chicago Protestors
CHICAGO (AP) - Hundreds of protesters in Chicago are trying to draw attention to the police shooting of a black teenager. They blocked entrances to stores in Chicago's high-end shopping district on Black Friday to draw attention to the fatal shooting. Some of the demonstrators linked arms to form human chains in front of main entrances to stores on both sides of Michigan Avenue for more than three blocks. Many shoppers seemed to take the disturbance in stride. Some even snapped photos of the crowd. The Rev. Jesse Jackson also led a prayer from the steps of Chicago's historic Water Tower. Jackson's group paused for a moment of silence to remember 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer last year. The release of a video this week showing the fatal shooting in 2014 has set off days of largely peaceful protests.
Pope Celebrates Mass In Uganda
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) - Pope Francis is celebrating Mass Saturday at a Catlic Shrine in Uganda where people started arriving a day early to get good spots just outside the capital, Kampala. He was driven around in his open-sided popemobile, waving at tens of thousands of pilgrims occupying the terraced pavilion on the grounds of the shrine, a minor basilica that is dedicated to 22 Catholic martyrs who were killed in the late 19th century on the orders of a local king. Francis is in Uganda to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the canonization of the martyrs by Pope Paul VI. Even after the pope's arrival, thousands more pilgrims were still trying to access the shrine. Francis urged Ugandans to be missionaries at home by taking care of the elderly, the poor and abandoned.
Century Inn Hopes To Open By Next Christmas
The Historic Century Inn opened 221 years ago, and this year, the inn will not be open to visitors with the normal joy and cheer. According to the Trib, Owner Megin Harrington, says she is hoping to only skip one Christmas. She wants to have the inn opened by next Christmas but that will be no easy feat. Back in August, the 1794 tavern was gutted by fire and many artifacts destroyed in the process. Harrington managed to save a historic Whiskey Rebellion flag but many more items were lost in the fire. Light Up Night in Scenery Hill will still kick off with the lighting of the Century Inn's roadside sign at 8 p.m. Friday.