Area/Region News In Brief…


In coverage of the Sunday morning fire at the Barley Home, formerly known as the Pines, it was not reported that Emergycare and the American Red Cross responded to the emergency scene.

State fines

gas driller

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – State environmental regulators have fined a gas drilling company for allowing natural gas to escape a well in northeastern Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said Tuesday it fined Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. more than $76,000 for losing control of a well at its Huston pad in Brooklyn Township, Susquehanna County.

Regulators say the well released natural gas for about 27 hours before it was brought under control on Jan. 6.

Wife sentenced

for ‘surprise’

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) – A woman has been sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison for shooting her husband in their western Pennsylvania home, which the victim told police occurred after the defendant told him to close his eyes for a “surprise.”

The defendant, 28-year-old Latasha Stapp, told police she shot her husband after he pulled her hair and slapped her during a fight at their South Strabane Township home in March 2013.

The disputed events became moot when Stapp pleaded guilty Aug. 7 to attempted homicide in the shooting of her husband, Tyler Stapp.

Conviction tossed,

man out of prison

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – A South Korean man who has spent 24 years in prison for setting a fire that killed his daughter will be released from custody while prosecutors decide whether they want to retry him.

U.S. District Judge William Nealon on Tuesday granted 79-year-old Han Tak Lee’s request to be released from prison. The judge has already thrown out Lee’s state conviction and life-without-parole sentence, ruling earlier this month that it was based on now-discredited arson science.

Starvation factor

in boy’s death

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A coroner says starvation and dehydration were factors in the death of a 9-year-old boy whose decomposing body was found on the third floor of a central Pennsylvania home.

Police were called to the family’s Harrisburg home on Aug. 1 and found the boy’s body.

His father, 38-year-old Jarrod Tutko, was charged with child endangerment, concealing the death of a child and abuse of a corpse.

Puppy bought

with bogus bills

NEW HOLLAND, Pa. (AP) – Police in Lancaster County say three men used $500 in counterfeit cash to pay for a puppy. reports it happened Monday night in Earl Township. Police say the men passed five bogus $100 bills to pay for a Shih Tzu puppy that had been advertised for sale.

Agency hit

with lawsuit

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – A federal lawsuit says a child welfare agency in northeastern Pennsylvania knowingly placed a 7-year-old Scranton boy in foster care with a couple whose 18-year-old adopted son had a history of sexual abuse.

The Times-Tribune of Scranton reports the boy was sexually abused by the adopted son five months after he came to live with the couple in Wilkes-Barre.

The teenager was arrested and is serving a state prison sentence.

The lawsuit says a caseworker with Lackawanna County’s child welfare agency knew the teenager had a history of abusing other children but placed the 7-year-old in the home anyway.

The lawsuit was filed Monday by the boy and his mother.

Lackawanna County’s solicitor, Donald Frederickson Jr., declined comment on the lawsuit Tuesday but said, “we will vigorously defend the county’s interests in this matter.”