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AP-BC=PA--Pennsylvania News Digest

August 1, 2018

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at AP’s general news coverage today in Pennsylvania. For questions about the state report, contact the Philadelphia bureau at 215-561-1133. Ron Todt is on the desk. Editor Larry Rosenthal can be reached at 215-446-6631 or lrosenthal@ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

PENNSYLVANIA DIOCESES-SEXUAL ASSAULT INVESTIGATIONS

HARRISBURG — The Roman Catholic diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, has put out a list of 71 priests and others in the church accused of sexually abusing children in cases going back decades. By Mark Scolforo. SENT: NewsNow, will be updated.

BIKE DELIVERYMAN-FATAL SLAYING

PHILADELPHIA — An Uber Eats bicycle deliveryman accused of fatally stabbing a real estate developer on a Philadelphia street is now eligible for bail after prosecutors amended the charges against him. SENT: NewsNow, will be updated.

MARYLAND STORM DEBRIS

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and other state officials have accused upstream states of failing to take responsibility for pollution that is pouring into the Chesapeake Bay, after last week’s record rainfall. By Brian Witte. SENT: NewsNow, will be updated.

EXCHANGE:

EXCHANGE-RETIRED DETECTIVE’S QUEST

PITTSBURGH — In the time it took Mary Ann Verdecchia to walk four city blocks, her life changed forever. The 10-year-old girl disappeared from her Bloomfield neighborhood on an early but hot summer day in 1962, never to be seen again. Her disappearance became a cause célèbre in Pittsburgh - one of the most widely-reported, infamous missing person cases in the city’s history and one which, for months, seemed to consume the entire police force. Although she is not believed to be alive, Mary Ann continues to haunt the people who have devoted their lives to finding her. Stephen Huba, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

IN BRIEF:

ELDERLY COUPLE-MURDER-SUICIDE — The deaths of an elderly couple in their eastern Pennsylvania home have been ruled murder-suicide.

FATAL CRASH-POLICE OFFICER — A former northwestern Pennsylvania police officer has been sentenced to three to six years in prison in a fatal off-duty crash last year.

TRIPLE SHOOTING — Police in Allentown have identified a suspect in a triple shooting that left a 16-year-old girl dead.

SEX TRAFFICKING RING — Authorities in New Jersey have arrested a fugitive wanted for allegedly being involved in a child sex trafficking ring.

‘MOUNTAIN DEW’ ROBBERIES — A man who used Mountain Dew sodas as props when he robbed several convenience stores in Pennsylvania has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

MORTGAGE FRAUD-SENTENCING — A suburban Philadelphia man who acknowledged orchestrating a $13 million mortgage fraud scheme for nearly a decade is headed to prison.

PARTIAL BUILDING COLLAPSE — Emergency dispatchers say five people were rescued from a partial collapse of a western Pennsylvania building during a storm.

FIRE DEPARTMENT-PIG ROAST — An annual pig roast that raises money for a volunteer fire department in southeastern Pennsylvania has been cancelled over complaints

SPORTS:

BBN--CUBS-PIRATES

PITTSBURGH — Cole Hamels makes his first start for the Chicago Cubs when they face the Pirates. Hamels went 5-9 for Texas before the Cubs acquired him last week. Nick Kingham (5-5, 4.80 ERA) starts for Pittsburgh. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 7:05 p.m. EDT.

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