Break-In At County Records Office
WASHINGTON, Pa. - (WPXI) - A bizarre burglary has been reported at a Washington County records storage office. County computers were among the items stolen. The records clerk told Channel 11 the theft happened Monday morning at the records storage office on South Main Street right across from the courthouse. Police were called to the Washington County Records Storage Building around 9 a.m. Clerk Terry Belcher said the break-in likely happened a few hours earlier. A witness told Belcher they saw boxes stacked up outside, but didn't become suspicious because boxes and files are often taken out of the building. Still, Belcher said he's surprised it happened on Main Street. He said in addition to the county computers, a small refrigerator and microwave oven were also among the items stolen. Belcher said even though papers were scattered around the office, public records appear to be untouched. The door looks like it was forced open, Belcher said, but he didn't realize anything was wrong until he saw the mess left behind in his office. (Photo: WPXI)
Fayette County Man Charged
A Fayette County man is facing numerous sex offenses after State Police in Uniontown say he confessed to assaulting a 13 year old boy. 66 year old Patsy Marano of Fairchance is free on $75,000 bond. Troopers say the juvenile was brought to the Uniontown Station over the weekend and reported that he had been assaulted on four occasions at Marano's Jordan Street home between the end of summer and earlier this month. Troopers then filed a criminal complaint and arrest warrant for Marano who was then taken into custody. Police say he agreed to be interviewed and confessed to sexually assaulting the victim on two occasions earlier this month.
Washington Woman Facing Prison
A Washington County woman has been sentenced in federal court to one year in prison for her conviction on embezzlement charges. Authorities say 58-year-old Catherine Linton of Washington was accused of stealing nearly one-million-dollars from the Trailblazer Federal Credit Union where she had been employed as a manager. In addition to the prison time, Linton was also ordered to make restitution and spend five-years on supervised release once she is set free.
Expert Sees Partisanship In Maps
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A political scientist serving as an expert for voters challenging Pennsylvania's congressional districts is telling a judge that partisan interests by Republicans appear to be the predominant factor in producing a map that has disproportionately favored GOP candidates. University of Michigan professor Jowei Chen testified Monday as a Commonwealth Court hearing got underway over the 2011 maps. Chen says none of the hundreds of computer simulations he's run has produced a map so favorable to Republicans. In recent elections, Republicans have had a durable 13-5 advantage among the congressional delegation. This week's hearing will create a record for the state Supreme Court to use in deciding the dispute. The lawsuit by a group of voters says the congressional district map violates the state constitution because it's too partisan.
Ex-Lawmaker Gets 18 Months House Arrest
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A former Pennsylvania lawmaker has been sentenced to 18 months of house arrest for his role in an illegal gambling machine operation. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Marc Gergely was also ordered Monday to spend three years on probation after completing the sentence. The seven-term Democratic representative pleaded guilty in Allegheny County to misdemeanor conspiracy and campaign finance violation counts. Gergely was accused of aiding an illegal video gambling operation that had some 335 machines at 70 restaurants, bars, bowling alleys and other locations. Prosecutors alleged that Gergely used his position to assuage the fears of business owners who were leery of putting gambling machines in their establishments. Defense attorney Charles Porter Jr. sought leniency, saying his client had never been in trouble before and had accepted responsibility.
Family Sues Over Death
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The family of a Pennsylvania man who fatally stabbed a police dog and then was killed by transit police officers is suing over his death. Relatives of Bruce Kelley Jr. allege in a lawsuit filed Monday that Allegheny County Port Authority police officers used excessive force instead of de-escalating the situation in suburban Pittsburgh in January 2016. Officials say the 37-year-old Kelley and his father got caught drinking alcohol in a Wilkinsburg busway gazebo and then fought with police. Authorities say the killing was justified because the officers used a stun gun and pepper spray on Kelley before opening fire. A spokesman for the Port Authority police department has declined to comment on the lawsuit, which seeks compensatory and punitive damages. The 5-year-old German Shepherd was named Aren and had served four years on the transit police force.
Fatal Shooting By State Police Was Justified
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A district attorney says state police acted properly a year ago when they shot and killed a man they suspected of murdering a state trooper in a rural area of central Pennsylvania.
Huntingdon County District Attorney David Smith issued his decision Monday in the Dec. 31 death of 32-year-old Jason Robison in Hesston. The two-page report says troopers searching for Robison found him inside a camper not far from where Robison had killed Trooper Landon Weaver. Smith says the investigators retreated and secured the area. A short time later, Robison appeared at the camper door, holding a pistol. Smith says Robison ignored commands to drop the gun and was shot several times when he began to move. The prosecutor says the killing was justified and authorities aren't releasing the troopers' names.
Trump Slams 'Chain Migration'
NEW YORK (AP) - A would-be suicide bomber's rush-hour blast in the heart of the New York City subway system is adding new fuel to President Donald Trump's push to limit immigration based on family ties. Trump is renewing his criticisms of U.S. immigration policy after Monday's explosion in a passageway in the sprawling Times Square subway station. Suspect Akayed Ullah came to the U.S. from Bangladesh in 2011 on a visa available to certain relatives of U.S. citizens. Trump says that program "is incompatible with national security." Trump's administration has called for limiting family-based green cards to spouses and minor children. Authorities say Ullah was inspired by Islamic State extremists. The crude pipe bomb left him with burns and several other people with minor injuries. His family says it's "deeply saddened."
Sanders Says Trump Has Addressed Allegations
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is pushing back on sexual misconduct allegations against President Donald Trump, saying he has already denied them.
Three women who previously accused Trump of sexual harassment shared their stories Monday on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today." They're calling for a congressional investigation. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump "has addressed these accusations directly and denied all of these allegations." She says the people decided in November to elect him regardless. Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks are among the women who have alleged harassment by Trump. The White House has called the claims false and "totally disputed in most cases." The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has said the women should be heard.
Moore's Wife; "One Of Our Attorneys Is A Jew"
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The wife of Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is defending her husband against accusations of bigotry by pointing out that one of their attorneys "is a Jew." Kayla Moore made the comment at a rally for her husband in rural Alabama Monday night. She says the "fake news" has falsely accused her husband of being against women in office and black and Jewish people. She adds: "Well, one of our attorneys is a Jew. We have very close friends who are Jewish and rabbis." Kayla Moore says she wanted to clear the record for the large media presence at her husband's final rally before Tuesday's vote.
Winds Persist; California Fires Roar
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The winds aren't changing for Southern California's wildfires yet. The fifth largest blaze in state history was threatening thousands of homes as it churned through coastal mountains amid persistently dangerous weather conditions. Red Flag warnings for fire danger due to Santa Ana winds and a critical lack of moisture were extended instead of expiring Monday afternoon as was initially forecast. The National Weather Service tweeted, "It doesn't get much drier than this," signaling that the dangerous fire conditions just aren't going away. The wildfire has destroyed 683 homes and burned over 360 square miles of dry brush and timber.
World Leaders, High Security At Paris Summit
PARIS (AP) - More than 50 world leaders are gathering in Paris for a summit that President Emmanuel Macron hopes will give new momentum to the fight against global warming, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord. Some 3,100 security personnel are fanned out around Paris for Tuesday's event, including extra patrol boats along the Seine River. Macron will accompany the visiting leaders to the summit site on a river island by boat. Sean Penn, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Elon Musk are among prominent figures joining the world leaders at the summit, which marks the second anniversary of the Paris accord. Participants are expected to announce billions of dollars' worth of projects to help poor countries and industries reduce emissions. Macron, who's also using the event to raise his international profile, did not invite Trump.
Late-Night Host Pleads For Health Care
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jimmy Kimmel held his baby son as he returned to his late-night show after a week off for the boy's heart surgery. Kimmel was crying from the first moment of his monologue Monday night as he pleaded with Congress to restore and improve children's health coverage, a cause he has championed since his son Billy was born with a heart defect in April.
Billy needed one surgery just after his birth and had a follow-up operation last week. Kimmel kept up his ardent advocacy Monday night, urging Congress to restore the Children's Health Insurance Program, which has been left unfunded and stuck in a political stalemate since September. Kimmel said it's "disgusting" that Congress is putting tax cuts for millionaires ahead of the lives of children.
Batali Faces Sexual Assault Allegations
NEW YORK (AP) - Mario Batali is stepping down from daily operations at his restaurant empire following reports of sexual misconduct by the celebrity chef over a period of at least 20 years. The online site Eater New York reported Monday that the incidents involve at least four women, three who worked for Batali. In a prepared statement sent to The Associated Press, Batali said the complaints match up with his past behavior. A spokesperson for Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group says an employee reported inappropriate behavior by Batali in October. The company told Eater it was the first formal complaint against Batali and that he was reprimanded and required to attend training. ABC said Monday that it has asked Batali to step away from the show, "The Chew" while the allegations are investigated. (Photo: CNN)