GOP sen­a­tor seeks dis­tance from Trump in re-elec­tion bid

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS - By Marc Levy and Me­gan Trim­ble

VIL­LANOVA, PA. >> The U.S. Se­nate’s most mod­er­ate fe­male Repub­li­can is help­ing Sen. Pat Toomey (TOO’-mee) make an ap­peal to sub­ur­ban Philadel­phia women, a vot­ing bloc cru­cial in the close Penn­syl­va­nia race.

Maine Sen. Su­san Collins held up Toomey on Tues­day as an in­de­pen­dent thinker who’s made ex­tra­or­di­nary ef­forts to break par­ti­san­ship.

Toomey is one of the Se­nate’s most vul­ner­a­ble Repub­li­cans. He’s be­ing chal­lenged by Demo­crat Katie McGinty.

Toomey needs to per­suade Democrats to split their votes and win in­de­pen­dents to over­come the roughly dou­ble-digit ad­van­tage Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nominee Hil­lary Clin­ton holds over Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump.

Toomey has dis­tanced him­self from the GOP pres­i­den­tial nominee and on gun con­trol from his party. But Toomey hasn’t ruled out vot­ing for or en­dors­ing Trump.

McGinty says Toomey’s “talk­ing out of both sides of his mouth.”

Jury picked in ex­coach’s suit over Penn State abuse scan­dal

BELLE­FONTE, PA. >> A panel of nine women and three men is in place for the trial next week of a for­mer as­sis­tant coach’s claim that he was im­prop­erly ter­mi­nated from Penn State’s foot­ball pro­gram.

Pennlive.com re­ports that jury selection wrapped up Tues­day in Mike McQueary’s defama­tion, whistle­blower and mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion law­suit against the univer­sity.

Open­ing state­ments are sched­uled for Mon­day in the county court­house near cam­pus.

The panel in­cludes two cur­rent Penn State em­ploy­ees, a sec­re­tary and a phys­i­cal plant worker.

The school put McQueary on paid leave shortly after Jerry San­dusky was first charged with child mo­lesta­tion in Novem­ber 2011.

San­dusky was con­victed of 45 counts and is ap­peal­ing.

McQueary was a key wit­ness at San­dusky’s trial, de­scrib­ing that he saw him abuse a boy in a team shower in 2001.

But­ler man awarded nearly $9M in med­i­cal mal­prac­tice suit

BUT­LER, PA. >> A jury has awarded nearly $9 mil­lion in dam­ages to a western Penn­syl­va­nia man in a negligence law­suit filed against But­ler Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal’s par­ent com­pany three years ago.

Todd Wo­gan and his wife, Bev­erly, filed suit in 2013 against But­ler Health Sys­tem and a sur­geon after he lost his lower legs fol­low­ing what the cou­ple’s at­tor­neys al­leged were poor de­ci­sions that led to pro­longed sep­tic shock.

At­tor­neys said the blood flow was cut off to Todd Wo­gan’s legs, caus­ing gan­grene in both feet, which were both am­pu­tated at mid­calf at an­other hos­pi­tal along with parts of fin­gers on his left hand.

A jury cleared the sur­geon of li­a­bil­ity after a three-week trial in But­ler County but or­dered the hos­pi­tal’s par­ent com­pany to pay $8.78 mil­lion.

A hos­pi­tal spokes­woman de­clined com­ment.

New charges against man ac­cused in daugh­ter’s death

HAR­RIS­BURG, PA. >> A cen­tral Penn­syl­va­nia man charged in the death of his 12-yearold daugh­ter, who was shot by a con­sta­ble serv­ing evic­tion pa­pers, is now fac­ing charges that he ob­tained guns il­le­gally by ly­ing about a men­tal health com­mit­ment.

Authorities in Perry County ac­cuse 58-year-old Don­ald Meyer of point­ing a loaded ri­fle at the con­sta­ble, who fired a shot that went through Meyer’s arm and struck Ciara Meyer in Jan­uary.

State po­lice now al­lege that Meyer know­ingly made false state­ments for gun pur­chases when he an­swered “no” to ques­tions about whether he had been sub­ject to an in­vol­un­tary men­tal health com­mit­ment.

Meyer has blamed the con­sta­ble for his daugh­ter’s death and pleaded not guilty in May to crim­i­nal homi­cide and re­lated charges. His at­tor­ney didn’t im­me­di­ately re­turn a call seek­ing com­ment Tues­day.

Teacher ac­cused of sex­ual con­tact with girl, 16, in 2008

WILKES-BARRE, PA. >> A north­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia teacher and soc­cer coach has been charged with hav­ing had sex­ual con­tact with a fe­male stu­dent eight years ago.

Thirty-six-year-old Robert Havard of Plains was ar­raigned Tues­day in Luzerne County on three counts of cor­rup­tion of mi­nors.

Authorities al­lege that while he was a teacher at Cough­lin High School in 2008, he had sex­ual con­tact with the 16-year-old at a party. The girl told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that he had been tex­ting and flirt­ing with her for nearly a year.

Of­fi­cials said Havard cur­rently works at Solomon-Plains school and coaches high school boys soc­cer. So­lic­i­tor Ray Wen­dolowski of the Wilkes-Barre Area School Dis­trict said he had been sus­pended ef­fec­tive Tues­day.

Court doc­u­ments don’t list an at­tor­ney for Havard and a listed phone num­ber for him couldn’t be found Tues­day,

3rd sus­pect ar­rested in 2013 home in­va­sion rob­bery slay­ing

PITTS­BURGH >> Fed­eral authorities say they have ar­rested the third sus­pect be­ing sought in a 2013 home in­va­sion rob­bery slay­ing in a Pitts­burgh sub­urb.

The U.S. Mar­shals Ser­vice said 26-year-old Rasheim Wal­lace was taken into cus­tody Tues­day at a nail salon in Mo­kena, Illi­nois, where he had been work­ing. Of­fi­cials said the Wilkins­burg res­i­dent would be taken to Cook County jail pend­ing ex­tra­di­tion to Penn­syl­va­nia.

Al­legheny County authorities said ear­lier that 21-yearold Tanika Paul of Pitts­burgh was ar­rested in August dur­ing a traf­fic stop in Wilkins­burg. Twenty-two-year-old Bradley Kemp of Wilkins­burg was taken into cus­tody in Oc­to­ber 2014.

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