Three of the 16 jurors and alternates needed for former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky's child sex-abuse trial were selected Tuesday morning as the high-profile case got under way in earnest after months of legal wrangling and intense publicity. See full story in Nation/World section.
West Middlesex Big Reds baseball team will enter the PIAA playoffs Monday because Mercyhurst Prep, which beat the Bigs Reds 1-0 during the weekend, has forefeited its District 10 championship.
According to a story published in the Erie Times-News on Saturday, Prep admitted to using three alumni pitchers in practices before its semifinal game against Conneaut Lake last week, a violation of a PIAA rule enacted in 2009 that forbids alumni players from participating in such activities.
Hermitage commissioners on Thursday approved a tax incremental financing plan 4-1 for a retail development that would be anchored by a Kohl’s department store.
Mercer County commissioners and Hermitage School Board also must approve the plan for it to go through.
A former Mercer bowling alley owner Friday was sentenced to 27 to 84 months in prison for molesting children.
James M. Kopan, 48, of 380 Andrew St., Sharon, was taken to prison from Mercer County Judge Thomas R. Dobson’s court room.
The Farrell teen accused of killing Farrell bar-owner William Basilone Jr. on Dec. 30 won’t face the death penalty, Mercer County District Attorney Robert G. Kochems said.
Kochems won’t pursue a death sentence in the case because the “mitigating factors” a jury would consider against it “outweigh the single factor” to seek it, Mercer County District Attorney Robert G. Kochems said.
Dick Clark, the ever-youthful television host and tireless entrepreneur who helped bring rock 'n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand," and later produced and hosted a vast range of programming from game shows to the New Year's Eve countdown from Times Square, has died. He was 82. Complete story in National/World section.
George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida, has been charged with second-degree murder in the 17-year-old's death. See complete story in Nation/World section.
Two attorneys for the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin withdrew from the case Tuesday they say because they haven't heard from George Zimmerman in days and is taking actions related to the case without consulting them. See compete story in Nation/World section.
Screaming "They're going to take us down!" a JetBlue pilot stormed through his plane rambling about a bomb and threats from Iraq Tuesday until passengers on the Las Vegas-bound flight tackled him to the ground just outside the cockpit, passengers said. See Nation/World for complete story.
Four Mercer County matmen won PIAA State AA semifinal matches Friday night to earn spots in Saturday afternoon's finals.
Advancing were: Reynolds' Dylan D'Urso (132) and Austin Matthews (138), Greenville's Cody Copeland (152) and Grove City's Wes Phipps (182). Matthews, Copeland and Phipps were all finalists in 2011, but lost. D'Urso is a 3-time state place-winner in his first finals.
Wrestling Saturday in consolation matches for medals are Greenville's Randy Perkins (160) and Tyler Landfried (182), and Reynolds' Blake Heim (285).
Six Mercer County wrestlers won quarterfinals matches this morning to earn spots in tonight's semis. Advancing were: Reynolds' Dylan D'Urso, Austin Matthews and Blake Heim; Greenville's Cody Copeland and Tyler Landfried; and Grove City's Wes Phipps.
Greenville's Randy Perkins is still alive in the consolations and assured of a medal. Eliminated from the tournament were Sharon's Jarray Norris, Mercer's Kyle Mariacher and Lakeview's Sam Breese.
Hickory defeated General McLane, 35-13, to win the District 10 Class AA football championship Saturday afternoon at Edinboro University
Penn State trustees fired football coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier amid the growing furor over how the school handled sex abuse allegations against an assistant coach.
After a marathon meeting, the Penn State Board of Trustees announced that it has fired coach Joe Pterno, effective immediately, and that President Graham Spanier has resigned.
Former Y-103 radio personality Scott Kennedy was sentenced to 51 months in jail in federal court, Pittsburgh, today. The U.S. attorney's office in Pittsburgh charged Kennedy of Hermitage in May with having 238 images of child porn. The total included three videos, which equal 225 photos, as well as 13 regular photos. Family, friends and co-workers had sought leniency.