- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

A daily look at late-breaking news, coming events and stories that will be talked about in Pennsylvania on Friday:

POTTY-MOUTHED CHIEF SAYS HE WAS TRYING TO ‘OUT’ DOMESTIC TERRORIST

Mark Kessler lost his job at Gilberton police chief after profane Internet videos he made criticizing liberals and pushing Second Amendment freedoms. But now he says he was trying to attract would-be domestic terrorists and forwarded information on such people to the FBI and state police, because he considers such people a threat to society.

PHILLY-AREA COUPLE TO STAND TRIAL ON 3-YEAR-OLDS TORTURE DEATH

Prosecutors say Jillian Tait and Gary Lee Fellenbaum III went shopping, took naps and ate pizza as the boy lay dying in their mobile home in November. The boy was allegedly hung upside-down and beaten with a frying pan before he died.

FEDS SAY UGANDA-BASED COUNTERFEITING RING FIRST SENT BOGUS MONEY TO PITTSBURGH

A fake $100 spent at a coffee shop in Pittsburgh has been traced to 27-year-old Ryan Andrew Gustafson. He’s charged with making counterfeit money in Uganda then shipping it to the United States or trading it for currency in the African country.

OFFICER WHO DIED IN CRASH TO BE LAID TO REST

Perryopolis Officer Richard Champion was trying to catch up to a speeder when police say another motorist turned in front of him, causing a fiery crash that killed the officer on Sunday. His funeral Friday is expected to draw hundreds of officers to a church in Ligonier.

PHILADELPHIA CASINO LOSER APPEALING LICENSE AWARD

Philadelphia’s SugarHouse Casino and developer Bart Blatstein, one of the losers in the four-way competition, has appealed state gambling regulators’ decision to award the license to Live! Hotel & Casino. The state Supreme Court has never overturned the award of a casino license. It’s the last available casino license in eastern Pennsylvania, and the fifth in the Philadelphia region.


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