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Woman killed by three pit bulls, Pennsylvania State Police say

NEWPORT, Pa. — A woman was killed by three pit bulls she was caring for, according to Pennsylvania State Police. On July 28, state police say a passerby saw a woman lying in the front yard of 29 Henry Road in Miller Township, Perry County. It was also reported that three dogs were running loose in the yard.
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Pa. Prosecutor to Seek Death Penalty for Accused Murderer of Motorcycle-Riding Couple, Citing ‘Nature of the Killings’: Report

As a couple went out for a motorcycle ride, a man skulked about in front of their home and ambushed them upon their return, shooting them to death with an AR-15 rifle. That is how a Pennsylvania prosecutor described the case of Victor Frederick Steban, whom authorities reportedly want to execute for murdering Jacob Erdeljac, 41, and Mara Casale, 27, on May 16.
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Pennsylvania girl gets 42 stitches after suspected shark attack in Ocean City, Maryland

OCEAN CITY, Md. — A 12-year-old Pennsylvania girl had to get 42 stitches after a suspected shark attack in Ocean City, Maryland. According to WBAL-TV, Jordan Prushinski and her family are from Luzerne County. They were on vacation Monday at the beach at 119th Street when she went into knee-deep water. She was swimming and boogieboarding when she came limping out of the water bleeding.
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Perry County woman mauled by roommate’s dogs

PERRY COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) — A 60-year-old Perry County woman was found dead outside of her home in Miller Township last Wednesday, July 28, after a passerby reported a female laying on the front yard. Pennsylvania State Police say Rhoda Wagner, 60, was caring for her roommate’s three Pit Bull...
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Susquehanna Co. Grandpa Found With Potted Pot on a Bike

A Susquehanna County man is accused of leaving his 12-year-old granddaughter unattended while he rode off on a bicycle loaded with marijuana plants. Pennsylvania State Police say they saw 59-year-old Ronald DeGraw of Great Bend transporting a large pot containing five marijuana plants on a bike at 3:09 a.m. Sunday, August 1 on River Road in Great Bend.
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Bank robbery suspect fled in stolen car, leading to Cumberland County lockdowns: police

A 30-year-old man on the run Wednesday after allegedly stealing a car and robbing a Cumberland County bank has been officially charged, Pennsylvania State Police said. Carlisle resident Zachary A. Heckman has been charged with robbery, theft by unlawful taking, flight to avoid apprehension, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and agricultural vandalism. He was unable to post $300,000 bail Wednesday and remains at Cumberland County Prison, according to online records.
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Harleysville Men Argue, Fight, Face Troopers’ Charges

UPPER SALFORD PA – An “active physical domestic dispute” between an Old Skippack Pike, Harleysville, pair, during which Pennsylvania State Police reported one half was hit and the other kicked, resulted in the arrest of both, according to a public information release distributed Tuesday (Aug. 3, 2021) by the agency’s Troop K Barracks in Skippack.
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Terrible Pennsylvania Man Forced Teen To Perform Sex Acts

Terrible Pennsylvania Man Forced Teen To Perform Sex Acts. Pennsylvania State News by Ken Fulton, East Coast Crime and Justice Bureau Chief. Officials say a Pennsylvania predator forced a teenager and three other young women to perform sex acts for money. This terrifying abuse went on for two years. Officials say Kevin Smith, 27, allegedly used physical threats to run the sex trafficking ring throughout Philadelphia and surrounding counties.
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Pennsylvania girl suffers apparent shark bite at Maryland beach

A 12-year-old girl received 42 stitches to treat a presumed shark bite she suffered on Monday during a swim in Ocean City, Maryland, officials said. The girl, a native of Plains Township in Luzerne County, was visiting the popular beach destination with her family when the incident happened in shallow water at the 119th Street Beach.
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Pa. girl possibly bitten by shark while on vacation

A 12-year-old Luzerne County girl was on a beach vacation with her family, wading in knee-deep water, when she felt something bump into her leg. It wasn’t until she stepped out of the ocean and saw all of the blood that she realized she had been bitten by a lurking sea creature – possibly a shark, Jordan Prushinski, of Plains Township, and her family told WBRE/WYOU.
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State police looking for witnesses of I-81 crash that killed 2 children

Pennsylvania State Police are urging anyone to come forward who witnessed a Tuesday afternoon crash on Interstate 81 that killed two children in Cumberland County. The 2- and 4-year-old children were traveling north through Silver Spring Township around 3:39 p.m. when their driver Gregory A. Nornhold, 35, of Mechanicsburg, crossed the grass median and hit two southbound cars, according to state police.
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Coroner IDs man, woman killed in central Pa. crash

The Adams County Coroner’s Office has identified a 32-year-old man and 22-year-old woman who died on impact in a Friday night crash outside a Berwick Township restaurant. Authorities said Thomasville resident Michael Green was driving a motorcycle east on York Road (Route 30) at about 10 p.m. when he hit a Kia Forte driven by Karigen Emig, of Gettysburg.