Monday, November 18, 2013
SPRING CITY, Pa. (AP) — Supporters are holding signs and singing hymns ahead of the church trial in southeastern Pennsylvania for a United Methodist pastor who could be defrocked for officiating at his son's same-sex wedding. The Rev. Frank Schaefer of Lebanon could face punishment ranging from a reprimand to suspension to losing his minister's credentials if a jury composed of fellow Methodist clergy convicts him of breaking his pastoral vows by presiding over the 2007 ceremony in Massachusetts. Jury selection begins today at a Methodist retreat in Spring City.
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A northwestern Pennsylvania county's insurance company is paying $65,000 to settle claims by a former inmate left brain-damaged after a jail guard allegedly slammed him into a wall. Erie County isn't acknowledging any wrongdoing in approving the settlement with 64-year-old Jerome McCallion, a homeless Vietnam veteran. That's according to rhe Erie Times-News. McCallion sued in February claiming he was injured in May 2011, while he was serving time for harassment and a parole violation. McCallion claims the guard became angry as he was escorting McCallion to the shower, and slammed the inmate's head into a wall.
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A candidate tossed off last year's primary ballot because he didn't have enough signatures on his nominating petitions is again planning to challenge U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster in next year's Republican primary in the 9th Congressional District. Travis Schooley, of Waynesboro, Franklin County, is the second Republican challenger to announce a run in May's primary. Bedford County businessman Art Halvorson is the other candidate running against Shuster for the nomination.
NEW BRIGHTON, Pa. (AP) — Police have evacuated a western Pennsylvania apartment building that has been surrounded by officers because a man suspected of fatally shooting a woman outside a western Pennsylvania Wal-Mart was believed to be inside. Troopers say the dead woman is 22-year-old Mariah Anderson, of New Castle, and the suspect is 27-year-old Carlos Harper, who had been dating her. Online court records show police have a warrant for his arrest on charges of criminal homicide and aggravated assault.