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LOCAL NEWS FOR TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2013

LOCAL NEWS FOR TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2013

  FOLLOWING A HEARING IN PHILADELPHIA THAT SHE STOLE A PHILADELPHIA POLICE CRUISER ON MARCH 5, SHAYNA SYKES' DEFENSE ATTORNEY SAYS SHE REGRETS HER ACTIONS.  "MISS SYKES IS DEEPLY, TRULY REMORSEFUL FOR WHAT HAS HAPPENED.  SHE IS WILLING TO TAKE ACCOUNTABILITY," GEOFFREY KILLROY SAYS.  SYKES' FIANCEE, BRANDON BILLS, IS ALSO ACCUSED OF STEALING A POLICE CRUISER IN CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY AND LEADING POLICE ON A CHASE INTO PHILADELPHIA.  HIS ATTORNEY SAYS BILLS APOLOGIZES FOR HIS ACTIONS, WHICH HE SAYS CAME AFTER A COCAINE AND HEROIN BINGE.  "I EXPECT MR. BILLS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHATEVER HE DID AND I KNOW HE'S SORRY," SAYS DAVID BAHURIAK.  THE MACUNGIE COUPLE'S ATTORNIES SAY THE CASE IN PHILADELPHIA WILL PROBABLY END UP IN A PLEA DEAL AND WILL LIKELY NEVER GET TO TRIAL.  THEY BOTH FACE ADDITIONAL CHARGES IN NEW JERSEY.

  JERRY SANDUSKY SAYS A KEY WITNESS AGAINST HIM MISINTERPRETED HIM SHOWERING WITH A YOUNG BOY IN THE PENN STATE TEAM SHOWERS MORE THAN A DECADE AGO.  SANDUSKY SAID IN BRIEF EXCERPTS BROADCAST MONDAY ON NBC'S "TODAY" SHOW THAT HE DOESN'T UNDERSTAND HOW MIKE MCQUEARY COULD HAVE THOUGHT SANDUSKY WAS HAVING SEX WITH THE BOY.  "I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW ANYBODY WOULD HAVE WALKED INTO THAT LOCKER ROOM, FROM WHERE HE WAS AND HEARD SOUNDS AND ASSOCIATED THAT WAS SEX GOING ON," SANDUSKY SAYS.  DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER JOHN ZIEGLER SAYS HE CONDUCTED 3-AND-A-HALF HOURS OF INTERVIEWS WITH THE FORMER PENN STATE ASSISTANT FOOTBALL COACH, NOW SERVING A DECADES-LONG SENTENCE FOR CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE.  SANDUSKY MAINTAINS HIS INNOCENCE.

  IT ISN'T QUITE THE $338 MILLION GRAND PRIZE WINNER, BUT A LOCAL POWERBALL PLAYER IS QUITE A BIT RICHER.  ONE OF THE TWO $1 MILLION POWERBALL TICKETS SOLD IN PENNSYLVANIA CAME FROM THE HESS EXPRESS ON ROUTE 309 IN NORTH WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP.  THE SECOND PENNSYLVANIA $1 MILLION WINNER WAS SOLD IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY.  THOSE TWO WINNERS HAD ALL FIVE NUMBERS, BUT DID NOT MATCH THE POWERBALL.  THE WINNING NUMBERS ARE 17, 29, 31, 52, 53, WITH THE POWERBALL OF 31.

  A 23-YEAR-OLD ALLENTOWN MAN FACES A MAXIMUM SENTENCE OF 20 YEARS IN JAIL AFTER ADMITTING MONDAY TO BREAKING HIS 3-MONTH-OLD BABY'S LEG AND RIBS, WAITING HOURS TO CALL AN AMBULANCE AND THEN BLAMING THE BABY'S INJURIES ON HIS 18-MONTH-OLD DAUGHTER.  DEREK BULLARD ADMITS TO ASSAULTING HIS SON LAST JUNE.  HE'LL BE SENTENCED IN MAY.

  LEHIGH VALLEY CRIME STOPPERS IS OFFERING A REWARD FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE ARREST OF THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR BOMB THREATS MADE TO EMMAUS HIGH SCHOOL OVER THE PAST MONTH.  BOMB THREATS WERE MADE ON FEBRUARY 21, FEBRUARY 26 AND MARCH 6.  THE THREATS CAUSED THE SCHOOL TO BE CLOSED AND POLICE TO SEARCH THE BUILDING.  NOTHING WAS FOUND.  ANYBODY WHO HAS INFORMATION ON THE BOMB THREATS CAN MAKE AN ANONYMOUS TIP BY CALLING 1-800-426-8477.  IF YOUR TIP LEADS TO AN ARREST, YOU COULD EARN UP TO A $2000 REWARD.

  A SECOND YOUNG GIRL HAS DIED FOLLOWING A TWO-CAR ACCIDENT OVER THE WEEKEND.  THE LEHIGH COUNTY CORONER'S OFFICE SAYS 3-YEAR-OLD CATRINA WILLIAMS OF MINERSVILLE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD SHORTLY BEFORE 3:30 P.M. MONDAY AT LEHIGH VALLEY HOSPITAL-CEDAR CREST.  SIX-YEAR-OLD CARIANNA KROH OF THE SAME ADDRESS WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE HOSPITAL SHORTLY BEFORE 4 P.M. SUNDAY.  STATE POLICE SAY THEY WERE FLOWN TO THE HOSPITAL FOLLOWING THE CRASH ON ROUTE 61 NEAR ORWIGSBURG SHORTLY AFTER 11:30 A.M. SUNDAY. 

  BETHLEHEM'S FORMER POLICE COMMISSIONER IS GETTING A NEW JOB.  STUART BEDICS LEFT THE BETHLEHEM P.D. IN 2011 TO TAKE OVER THE DeSALES UNIVERSITY POLICE FORCE.  BEGINNING NEXT MONTH, BEDICS IS LEAVING THE DeSALES CAMPUS FOR LEHIGH UNIVERSITY'S CAMPUS AND THE JOB OF ASSISTANT POLICE CHIEF. 

  A MAN WHO WAS TRYING TO PARK HIS VAN IN THE ALLENTOWN CITY HALL PARKING GARAGE MONDAY NIGHT CRASHED INTO A PAIR OF POLICE MOTORCYCLES AND TWO MORE POLICE BICYCLES.  POLICE SAY THE DRIVER, WHO SAYS THE THROTTLE STUCK, WAS NOT SERIOUSLY INJURED.  THE ACCIDENT WAS INITIALLY REPORTED AS AN EXPLOSION, BUT POLICE SAY THE LOUD NOISES WERE FROM THE CRASH.

  GOV. TOM CORBETT SAYS PENNSYLVANIA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE JOAN ORIE MELVIN MADE THE "CORRECT" DECISION TO RESIGN EFFECTIVE MAY 1.  CORBETT SAID MONDAY THAT MELVIN'S DEPARTURE WILL SPARE TAXPAYERS THE EXPENSE OF IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS AND ALLOW LAWMAKERS TO FOCUS ON OTHER ISSUES.  THE GOVERNOR SAYS HE'LL NOMINATE AN INTERIM JUSTICE AS SOON AS PRACTICAL.  IF CONFIRMED BY THE SENATE, THAT PERSON WOULD SERVE UNTIL VOTERS ELECT A NEW JUSTICE IN 2015 TO A FULL 10-YEAR TERM.  AN ALLEGHENY COUNTY JURY FOUND MELVIN GUILTY OF USING GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES TO WORK ON HER 2003 AND 2009 CAMPAIGNS FOR THE HIGH COURT.  SHE IS SCHEDULED TO BE SENTENCED ON MAY 7.

  PENNSYLVANIA CHIEF JUSTICE RONALD CASTILLE SAYS FILLING A VACANCY ON THE STATE'S HIGH COURT IS THE KEY TO THE COURT'S ABILITY TO RESOLVE SOME PENDING MAJOR CASES.  CASTILLE TOLD A PENNSYLVANIA PRESS CLUB LUNCHEON MONDAY THE APPOINTMENT OF AN INTERIM JUSTICE TO SUCCEED JUSTICE JOAN ORIE MELVIN WILL ELIMINATE A POSSIBLE 3-TO-3 TIE.  THE COURT HAS HAD ONLY SIX ACTIVE JUSTICES, THREE DEMOCRATS AND THREE REPUBLICANS, SINCE MELVIN WAS SUSPENDED IN AUGUST.  FACING A CORRUPTION CONVICTION, MELVIN, A REPUBLICAN, SAID MONDAY SHE'LL RETIRE MAY 1.  AMONG THE ISSUES AWAITING RULINGS ARE A STATE LEGISLATIVE REDISTRICTING PLAN, THE RIGHT OF MUNICIPALITIES TO CONTROL NATURAL-GAS DRILLING AND THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF A NEW PHOTO ID REQUIREMENT FOR PENNSYLVANIA VOTERS.  CASTILLE SAYS NO ONE WANTS TO SEE THE COURT DEADLOCKED.

  A STATE HEALTH OFFICIAL HAS TESTIFIED THAT SHE FOUND PRE-SIGNED COUNSELING FORMS AT A WEST PHILADELPHIA ABORTION CLINIC DURING A 2010 RAID.  ELINOR BARSONY'S TESTIMONY MONDAY COMES AS DR. KERMIT GOSNELL'S MURDER TRIAL ENTERS ITS SECOND WEEK.  GOSNELL IS CHARGED IN THE DEATHS OF A 41-YEAR-OLD WOMAN PATIENT AND SEVEN BABIES ALLEGEDLY BORN ALIVE.  BARSONY SAYS THE CLINIC'S PAPERWORK SHOWS GOSNELL WAS NOT GIVING THE REQUIRED COUNSELING AND OBSERVING THE STATE'S 24-HOUR WAITING PERIOD FOR ABORTIONS.  SHE SAYS SHE FOUND DIRTY, OLD-MODEL MEDICAL EQUIPMENT, AND A "CHEAT SHEET" THAT TOLD UNTRAINED STAFF WHAT TYPE OF ANESTHESIA AND PAINKILLERS TO ADMINISTER.  PROSECUTORS SAY GOSNELL'S WOMEN'S MEDICAL CENTER HAD NOT BEEN INSPECTED BY AUTHORITIES FOR NEARLY A DECADE.  GOSNELL HAS PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO THE CHARGES.  THE TRIAL RESUMES TODAY.

  A NEW POLL FINDS GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE LEADS HIS LIKELY DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER BY 35 POINTS.  THE QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL SHOWS 60 PERCENT OF REGISTERED VOTERS BACK THE POPULAR REPUBLICAN, WHILE 25 PERCENT SUPPORT STATE SEN. BARBARA BUONO.  THE POLL ALSO FINDS TWO-THIRDS OF RESPONDENTS SAY CHRISTIE DESERVES RE-ELECTION.

 

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