Area/Region News In Brief…

Inmate found

dead in her cell

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) – An autopsy was set on the body of a female inmate found dead in her cell at a county jail in southeastern Pennsylvania.

The Bucks County coroner’s office says results of Sunday’s autopsy were not immediately available. The name of the woman wasn’t being released, either.

County spokesman Chris Edwards says the Bensalem woman, who was about 50 years old, was found Saturday morning at the Bucks County Correctional Facility in Doylestown Township.

The woman was being held on a parole violation, and was being held in a detox area before she died.

Authorities didn’t immediately say whether the woman was believed to have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

‘Robbery’ may

have been prank

BLAKELY, Pa. (AP) – Police in a tiny northeastern Pennsylvania borough say a reported robbery near an automatic teller machine may have been a prank, though they’re not sure whether the alleged victim – or the police themselves – were the victim.

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune says police in Blakely were called about 6:45 a.m. Saturday by a man who said he was making a deposit when another man drove up with a gun and demanded money. The victim drove away and was followed by the other man, prompting police to issue an alert to other nearby departments.

But now police say the victim is claiming he learned the incident was a joke after he went to work.

Sinkhole threatens

apartments, home

CATASAQUA, Pa. (AP) – Crews are investigating a sinkhole that is endangering the foundations of a building containing four apartments and a single family home in eastern Pennsylvania.

The problem was reported about 10:45 a.m. Saturday in North Catasauqua Township in Northampton County. That’s a few miles north of Allentown.

Nobody was hurt, but the residents of both buildings were forced to leave when the apparent sinkhole damaged the foundations.

Vol. firefighter

killed by train

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Authorities say a volunteer firefighter who was helping to search for a missing woman in Allegheny County has been struck and killed by a train.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Youngwood Volunteer Firefighter Edwin “Jeff” Wentzel was struck by a Norfolk Southern train around 5:45 p.m. Saturday in North Versailles, about 13 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

Wentzel was part of a search crew of volunteers and canines looking for 55-year-old Ruth Mullennix. She was last seen Monday night in nearby Wilmerding and her coat and cellphone were found Thursday in rail yard under the bridge where Wentzel was struck.

Bus driver blames

mistake on gin

BENTON, Pa. (AP) – Police say a Pennsylvania bus driver who took children back to school instead of driving them home after classes ended has acknowledged eating gin-soaked raisins.

Police in Columbia County say they’ve filed charges including DUI and reckless driving against Benton Area School District driver Jennifer Watson.

Students told police that Watson was yelling, cursing and swerving Wednesday afternoon. One student says Watson appeared to be driving her morning bus route even though it was 3:40 p.m.

Police say Watson denied drinking but acknowledged eating raisins soaked in alcohol that she uses to deal with headaches.