News Minute: Here is the latest Pennsylvania news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. ESTPosted: Last Edited:
LEECHBURG, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania town is preparing for the release from prison of its suspended police chief, who pleaded guilty to soliciting sex from what he thought was a 14-year-old girl. Some residents in Leechburg are uneasy about suspended Chief Michael Diebold's release next month. Diebold was arrested in January in a law enforcement sting. He pleaded guilty and was served nine months, the time he spent in jail awaiting trial.
DICKSON CITY, Pa. (AP) - Fears that a Pennsylvania man possessed an explosive prompted the closure of a major shopping center. Police in Dickson City, outside Scranton, responded on Sunday after employees at a Target told them the man had been wandering around the store over the last three days. Police found 52-year-old Troy Simon of Dunmore had two folding knives in his pockets and two knives in his backpack, and a phone that had a timer counting down _ but no explosives. Simon was being held on $20,000 bail.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Police say a worker became trapped under a concrete wall in Pittsburgh. KDKA-TV reports two men were working on the side of a home Sunday afternoon when a concrete block wall fell and trapped one of the men. First responders helped free him, and he has been hospitalized with minor bruising.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The New Jersey Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of a shooting death in a park, saying Pennsylvania detectives had violated his rights while questioning him about an unrelated homicide in that state. The high court ruled last week that an alleged comment by 30-year-old Laurie Wint was improperly allowed at his trial in the 2011 slaying of 19-year-old Kevin Miller in Camden.
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