Carjacked vehicle hits crowd, killing 3 children
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police say a third child has died after a carjacked SUV plowed into a group of children and adults selling fruit at a Philadelphia street corner.
Police say the victims were 7- and 10-year-old brothers and their 15-year-old sister.
Their mother is in critical condition.
The two men who carjacked the SUV on Friday morning remain at large.
Homicide Capt. James Clark says the children and adults were selling the fruit to raise money for their church.
Official: Hospital gunman intended to kill others
MEDIA, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say a psychiatric patient had dozens of bullets on hand when he killed his caseworker and intended to kill more people at a suburban Philadelphia hospital complex.
Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan says 49-year-old Richard Plotts had a problem with the hospital's ban on guns, although it's not clear if that was the direct motive for Thursday's shooting.
Psychiatrist Lee Silverman told police he fired back at Plotts with his own weapon after Plotts opened fire at an office adjacent to Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby.
Whelan says Silverman routinely carried a gun and had no specific fear of the suspect.
Authorities say Plotts is sedated but in stable condition after surgery from his gunshot wounds. They expect to charge him with murder later Thursday.
Police say Plotts has a lengthy history of gun arrests, violence and mental health problems. They say he had 39 bullets on him after the shooting.
US judge denies Spanier bid to halt criminal case
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A federal judge says she won't order a halt to the criminal case against former Penn State president Graham Spanier, who's accused of a criminal cover-up of child sex abuse complaints against Jerry Sandusky.
U.S. Middle District Judge Yvette Kane on Friday dismissed the legal action brought by Spanier against state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, whose office is prosecuting him and two other former university administrators.
Judge Kane's memorandum says her decision is based on a principle that requires federal courts to keep out of state prosecutions in all but the most extraordinary instances.
Spanier's lawyers had argued the case against him is undertaken in bad faith and without any hope of getting a valid conviction.
A spokesman for the attorney general and Spanier's lawyer both declined comment.
3 sue Pounceys over alleged fight at nightclub
MIAMI (AP) - NFL offensive linemen Mike and Maurkice Pouncey have been sued by three people who say the twin brothers attacked them at a Miami Beach nightclub.
The lawsuit was filed Friday in Miami-Dade Circuit Court on behalf of Ricquan James, Niya Pickett and Brentley Williams. They are seeking more than $15,000 in damages.
According to the lawsuit, the Pounceys harassed James with homophobic remarks and physically attacked him July 12. The lawsuit says Pickett was beaten when she tried to intervene and Williams was injured when the Pounceys threw James and Pickett out of the club.
The Pounceys' attorney has said the brothers were not involved in any altercation.
No charges have been filed. Maurkice Pouncey plays center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Mike Pouncey is a center for the Miami Dolphins. Both played college ball at Florida.
ART STUDENT BEATEN
Ex-student, Pittsburgh police spar over legal fees
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Lawyers for the city of Pittsburgh and a black former performing arts student who successfully sued three officers for wrongful arrest are sparring over legal fees.
Attorneys for the officers say Jordan Miles owes the city more than $100,000 because the jury, in March, awarded Miles less than the $180,000 the city offered him to settle the lawsuit before trial.
But Miles' attorneys contend the $119,000 verdict on the wrongful arrest charge means they're also entitled to collect $1.7 million in legal fees from the city.
The eight-member federal court jury rejected Miles' claims that he was wrongfully beating during his arrest in January 2010, when officers claim they thought he was a prowler. Miles, who was then 18, says he was walking to his grandmother's that night and was set upon because he's black.
Man faces 100 years in plea to raping 2 girls
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) - A 33-year-old central Pennsylvania man faces up to a century in prison after pleading guilty to raping two young girls hundreds of times in recent years.
Police in Spring Township, Centre County, began investigating in May 2013.
That's when an 8-year-old girl told a school guidance counselor she had been molested after learning more about the subject from a school lecture on inappropriate touching. The girl also said her 10-year-old sister had been molested by 33-year-old Eric Crader, of Pleasant Gap, since about 2011.
Police filed more than 1,200 counts of various sex crimes before Crader, on Thursday, agreed to plead to 213 counts of child rape.
As part of the plea agreement, Crader will face 50 to 100 years in state prison when he's sentenced Oct. 21.
CROSS-DRESSING BANK ROBBER
Del. man allegedly cross-dressed to rob Md. Bank
RISING SUN, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police say a Delaware man held up a bank in Rising Sun while dressed as a woman.
Police charged 34-year-old Kent Buckson of Bear on Thursday with armed robbery of a National Penn Bank branch involving a theft of less than $10,000.
Buckson was in custody Friday and couldn't' be reached for comment.
Tellers told investigators the robber entered the bank Wednesday afternoon wearing a dress, a turtle-neck sweater and a wig. The suspect presented a note demanding cash and threatening to shoot the bank employees but didn't display a gun.
Police say Buckson is suspected in four other bank robberies in Delaware and Pennsylvania committed by a culprit in women's clothing. They say he also is suspected in heists at eight convenience stores in the three states.
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