FLAWED ARSON SCIENCE
1990 arson-murder rap tossed, man is set free
A man freed from prison after his arson-murder conviction was overturned says it's difficult to think about the 24 years he lost.
Seventy-nine-year-old Han Tak Lee was released on bail Friday from the federal courthouse in Harrisburg while prosecutors decide whether to appeal a ruling that threw out his conviction in his daughter's 1989 death.
A federal judge this month found the conviction was based on now-discredited arson science.
Lee spoke through an interpreter. He thanked supporters and vowed to make the most of his new life. The former New York City clothing store owner plans to live in the Flushing area of Queens.
Prosecutors have said they will probably appeal the judge's decision, claiming other evidence still points to his guilt.
Babysitter charged in death of 3-month-old girl
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) - An 18-year-old Pennsylvania woman is charged with killing an infant she was babysitting after police say she lost her temper because of the child's crying.
Rosanna Desinor of Chambersburg was charged Thursday with criminal homicide.
She was babysitting 3-month-old Kaendra Destinvil when she allegedly struck the infant several times in the head. Police also say she dropped the child while carrying her from a bedroom.
Desinor allegedly then put the baby back to bed, where she was later found unresponsive.
The county coroner's confirmed the infant died due to blunt force trauma. Court papers do not list a lawyer for Desinor. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Aug. 26.
TEENAGE HOMICIDE SUSPECT
Suspect in killing had escaped juvenile detention
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say that a 15-year-old who is accused of killing his cousin had escaped several days before from the custody of juvenile detention employees.
Dauphin County District Attorney Edward Marsico Jr. said Friday that investigators are trying to figure out how the suspect escaped.
Pennlive.com reports Marsico says the suspect apparently slipped away after being brought to an interview with child welfare specialists.
Malik Stern-Jones was found dead with a gunshot wound to the neck around 5 a.m. Tuesday in a car in a Harrisburg public housing complex.
The 15-year-old is in custody and has been charged as an adult with criminal homicide. Authorities have not released charging documents in the case.
Charges dismissed in shooting after year-long wait
WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) - An attempted homicide case is being dismissed after a Pennsylvania judge ruled that prosecutors failed to bring the case to trial within a year.
Washington County District Attorney Gene Vittone told the Observer-Reporter newspaper that he takes responsibility for mismanaging the case against defendant Tyrone Lett.
He says he's taking steps to ensure it doesn't happen again, including installing a new case-management software system.
Lett still must complete an 18-month sentence for violating terms of his probation in a separate driving-under-the-influence case.
The 44-year-old was charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and other counts after he allegedly shot a man in the face and chest with a shotgun July 13, 2013.
He was charged the following day and has been in prison or work release since.
DEMOCRATIC PARTY OFFICIAL-URINATION
County party leader criticized over urination case
WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) - Some Democrats want the chairman of a southeastern Pennsylvania county party committee to resign after he received a second citation for public urination.
Chairman Brian McGinnis told the Daily Local News of West Chester (http://bit.ly/1t0LpVt ) that he will not step down. He says he has never been arrested and says the urination citation stems from a medical issue that he's dealt with.
West Chester lawyer Samuel Stretton, a county committeeman and a former party legal adviser, says the incident is a serious matter for someone in political leadership and McGinnis should resign.
McGinnis was cited for the infraction on July 11. He has had brushes with the law before. He was cited for urinating on the courthouse steps in 2005, disorderly conduct in 1998 and 2003, and harassment in 1999.
Owner gets stolen life-size statue of Obama back
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - Police have returned a life-size statue of President Barack Obama that went missing from its owner's northeastern Pennsylvania porch and was found a few days later reclining on a nearby park bench with a six-pack of Twisted Tea.
The owner, Tiffany Bruce, says she was relieved to get it back Thursday.
The statue, purchased at a furniture store last year, depicts Obama smiling and sitting casually, his legs crossed and his right arm flung out. Bruce decorated the statue as Santa Claus on Christmas and arranged pumpkins around him on Thanksgiving.
She says her five children love the statue, and she was startled enough by the theft to be hospitalized for a panic attack. The furniture store's employees had been planning to replace it with another statue for free.
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