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American Scene: Detective says man hid phone in prosthetic leg
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UNIONTOWN — A county detective says a man serving six months in a southwestern Pennsylvania county jail illegally hid a cellphone and charger in his prosthetic leg.
Christopher Greer, 27, faces a preliminary hearing May 22 on a contraband charge filed last week by a Fayette County detective.
Greer was sentenced to jail after he was convicted in March of driving with a suspended license.
April storm dumps rain, snow along East Coast
PHILADELPHIA — Schools in western Pennsylvania are closing in the face of an unusual late-April snowstorm that’s chugging through the Northeast, threatening to bring high winds and up to a foot of snow in some places.
The slow-moving coastal storm delivered much-needed rain to the parched region over the weekend, from Virginia to New England.
The rain is turning into snow for some in Pennsylvania and upstate New York.
The nor’easter has dumped up to 6 inches of snow on New York state’s eastern Lake Ontario region, and the Buffalo area could get 5 to 9 inches.
Abolishing death penalty to be on November ballot
SAN FRANCISCO — A measure to abolish California’s death penalty qualified for the November ballot on Monday.
If it passes, the 725 California inmates now on death row will have their sentences converted to life in prison without the possibility of parole. It would also make life without parole the harshest penalty prosecutors can seek.
Backers of the measure say abolishing the death penalty will save the state millions of dollars through layoffs of prosecutors and defense attorneys who handle death penalty cases, as well as savings from not having to maintain the nation’s largest death row at San Quentin prison.
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