Friday, September 7, 2012

In brief: Storm threat delays Bandshell Bark - The Tribune-Democrat

â€" The seventh annual Bandshell Bark event scheduled for today has been postponed because of inclement weather.

It has been rescheduled for Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Roxbury Park in Johnstown.

2nd man arraigned in Pitt hacking threats

PITTSBURGH â€" The second of two Ohio men has pleaded not guilty to charges related to YouTube threats against the University of Pittsburgh as it dealt with a series of bomb scares.

Brett Hudson, 26, of Hillsboro, was arraigned before a federal magistrate in Pittsburgh on Thursday.

He and Alexander Waterland, 24, of Loveland, are charged with posting the online threats in April and May.

Investigators said the two claimed to be members of the hacking group Anonymous who had obtained confidential information they would release if the school’s chancellor didn’t apologize for not safeguarding Pitt’s data.

Waterland has also pleaded not guilty.

Neither man is charged in connection with the bomb threats. Adam Stuart Busby, of Dublin, Ireland, is charged with sending 17 emailed threats to the university.

Judge delays order for Hbg. tax hike

HARRISBURG â€" A state judge who ordered Harrisburg City Council to double the city’s earned income tax has agreed to defer action â€" at least temporarily.

In an order issued Thursday and made public Friday, Commonwealth Court Judge Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter agreed to reconsider her Aug. 27 order at the request of the city, the city council and the city’s state-appointed financial custodian.

Leadbetter said all three parties indicated in a teleconference that they wanted to try again to forge an agreement on how to repair the city’s finances.

She postponed any action until after oral arguments on the reconsideration motion on Oct. 4.

The council had been scheduled to vote next week on the increase, which would boost the earned income tax rate from

1 percent to 2 percent for one year. If it is implemented, a resident who earns $50,000 would pay $500 more in taxes.

Specter released, has blood cancer

PHILADELPHIA â€" Former Sen. Arlen Specter, who has already survived two bouts of Hodgkin’s disease, is now battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to his son’s law firm.

A statement released Friday said Specter, 82, had been released from a Philadelphia hospital but was expected to return there for additional treatment.

Specter said in a statement last week that he was again fighting cancer.

“It’s another battle I intend to win,” Specter wrote. “I’m grateful for all the well wishes I’ve received.”

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a broad description for a number of blood cancers primarily affecting white blood cells in the lymph tissue. It can be treated with radiation or chemotherapy.

Another priest-abuse trial set in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA â€" Prosecutors have subpoenaed an imprisoned former priest to testify for the government at an upcoming church-abuse trial.

Defrocked priest Edward Avery, 70, would be the first admitted priest-pedophile to testify in open court during the 10-year investigation of church abuse within the Roman Catho­lic Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

He pleaded guilty to sexually abusing one boy in 1999, but five other accusers have come forward in recent years.

The Rev. Charles Engelhardt, 65, and ex-teacher Bernard Shero, 49, have pleaded not guilty to charges they raped Avery’s victim. Their trial, set to start this week, has been rescheduled for Oct. 22.

The case is expected to hinge on the credibility of the accuser, a troubled 24-year-old policeman’s son who said the three men passed him around for sexual gratification, starting when he was 10 years old. He alleges that Engelhardt abused him first and told Avery, who then demanded his own “sessions” with the boy in the church sacristy at St. Jerome’s in northeast Philadelphia. Shero, the accuser’s sixth-grade teacher, allegedly raped him after offering him a ride home from school.

Church sells home to university for $10M

PHILADELPHIA â€" The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is selling a property known as the cardinal’s residence to an adjacent Roman Catholic university for $10 million.

St. Joseph’s University announced Friday that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire the nearly 9-acre estate.

The property includes a massive three-story main building and two other structures. The university did not specify long-term plans for the land.

The residence is one of several properties being sold by the archdiocese to close a budget deficit. Next week, officials will auction a beachfront villa in New Jersey previously used as a vacation home for priests.

The Philadelphia property is now occupied by Archbishop Charles Chaput.

Deli burglar steals cash, cold cuts

DICKSON CITY â€" A bag of stolen cold cuts has landed a northeastern Pennsylvania man in the cooler.

Police said Leonard Taylor broke into a Dickson City deli, made himself a sandwich, then took off with a bag of cold cuts and cash on Thursday.

Officers said they saw an intoxicated Taylor sitting on the steps of a demolished home and counting money. He told police he’d been asked to hold the bag of deli meat by a couple who bummed a cigarette from him.

The Times-Tribune of Scranton reported Taylor was arrested after police said they checked a nearby deli and found signs of a break-in. A receipt found with the meat linked the money to the deli, police said.

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