Pennsylvania woman attacked by bear, dragged more than 80 yards, officials say

A Pennsylvania woman is in critical condition following a gruesome black bear attack, officials with the Pennsylvania Game Commission said. The bear reportedly dragged Melinda Lebarron, of Muncy Creek Township, by her leg for more than 80 yards before she was able to escape the animal and crawl back to her home to call for help, WNEP-16 … Continue reading “Pennsylvania woman attacked by bear, dragged more than 80 yards, officials say”

A Pennsylvania woman is in critical condition following a gruesome black bear attack, officials with the Pennsylvania Game Commission said.

The bear reportedly dragged Melinda Lebarron, of Muncy Creek Township, by her leg for more than 80 yards before she was able to escape the animal and crawl back to her home to call for help, WNEP-16 reported.

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The attack occurred Wednesday evening while Lebarron was outside with her dog, which was also apparently injured during the incident.

She was taken to the Geisinger Medical Center, where she was listed in critical condition. Lebarron reportedly suffered broken ribs, a broken collarbone, multiple puncture wounds and partial scalping.

It’s not clear what caused the bear to attack, but officials with the game commission said the bear may have been attracted to deer parts from a recent hunting trip that was left near the woman’s home.

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Game wardens are now searching for the bear and plan to euthanize the animal if it’s trapped.

A spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Game Commission did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment on Friday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

Pennsylvania woman gives birth in Taco Bell parking lot: ‘We deserve some nachos out of this’

A Pennsylvania woman gave birth in a Taco Bell parking lot last week after her newborn daughter just couldn’t wait to make it to the hospital.

Kelsey Sturm said she began driving to the hospital after she woke up with contractions. But baby Maddie just couldn’t wait, so Sturm pulled over into a West Mifflin Taco Bell parking lot and called 911.

“The 911 operator told me to find something to tie her cord with, and I had nothing,” Sturm told WTAE-TV. “So I found a ribbon that I had in my car, so [Maddie] had a shiny silver ribbon tying her cord.”

The new mother said her daughter came into the world with only one push. Sturm plans to tell Maddie all about the unique story of her birth, but in the meantime, she’s got her eye on some food.

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“I think that we at least deserve some nachos out of this because that happened,” Sturm said.

Meanwhile, a Taco Bell representative was not immediately available to confirm whether Sturm might get "some nachos out of this."

West Mifflin is about 10 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

Pennsylvania couple found dead outside home with ‘Happy Transmission’ sign, officials say

An elderly Pennsylvania couple — infamous for their personal crusade against alleged "transmissions" from a nearby pharmaceutical plant — was found dead by a U.S. postal worker outside their home on Tuesday, officials said.

The bodies of Ross Woodward, 84, and Rhoda Woodward, 81, were discovered outside their Whitemarsh Township home at about 11 a.m. Tuesday, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office said.

The Woodwards’ cause of death has not been released pending toxicology results. Officials said they conducted autopsies on Wednesday.

Authorities have not released much information about the couple’s mysterious death. Neighbors told the Philadelphia Inquirer the couple was known in the community for their personal war with McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a pharmaceutical manufacturer that has a plant about a mile away from their home.

Ross Woodward claimed the company’s plant produced tremors, or what he described as “transmissions,” in the ground under his home that kept him awake at night, neighbors said. His house had a visible sign that read “Happy Transmission.”

The 84-year-old, seemingly fed up with the vibrations, threatened the facility’s staff, leading to yearly harassment charges from 2014 to 2017, the newspaper reported.

He pleaded guilty to four harassment charges and paid fines amounting to hundreds of dollars.

Neighbors said the couple was in poor health at the time of their deaths. Rhoda suffered from Parkinson’s disease, while Ross had heart and pancreatic issues.

Others told FOX29 the Woodwards lived in the town for decades and had two children.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelam

300-pound Pennsylvania woman pleads guilty to stabbing, fatally crushing boyfriend

A Pennsylvania woman pleaded guilty to killing her boyfriend last March by stabbing him, hitting him with a table leg and then crushing him under the weight of her roughly 300 pounds.

Windi C. Thomas, 44, of Erie, faces 18-to-36 years in prison after pleading guilty to third-degree murder Monday. Her sentencing is slated for Dec. 21.

Thomas admitted to killing Keeno Butler, 44, last March — partially by lying on top of him. She weighs about 300 pounds while Butler weighed about 120 pounds. During the incident on March 18, Butler was cut with a knife before being hit in the head with a table leg.

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His death was “ruled a homicide caused by respiratory insufficiency secondary to blunt force trauma to the neck and thoracic compression, exacerbated by blunt force trauma to the head,” an affidavit stated, according to the Erie Times-News. Butler’s body was found in the living room after Thomas called 911.

Sandra Butler, the victim’s sister, said she was hoping for a longer prison sentence for Thomas.

“I feel like she should have 40 or more,” Butler said, according to the Erie Times-News. “She deserved life.”

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Thomas will remain in the Erie County Prison to await sentencing.

Sandra Butler said her family is coping with her brother’s death including her mother who “calls for him every night.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her at @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

Pennsylvania court sides with some priests in abuse report, shields names

Pennsylvania's highest court says the names of 11 Roman Catholic clergy cited in a grand jury report on sexual abuse of children can't be made public.

The Supreme Court said Monday releasing the information would have violated the clergymen's state constitutional right to have their reputation protected.

The clergy challenged being named in the document before its August release.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro says that although he can't release the names, the state's bishops should.

The clergy argued they hadn't been provided an adequate opportunity to respond to the grand jury about the allegations. They also said the report stigmatized people who hadn't been convicted of crimes, and contained inaccuracies.

The jury found more than 300 priests had abused children going back 70 years, and church officials covered up abuse.

Disgruntled woman wanting free beer tries to torch Philadelphia deli

A woman with a fiery attitude tried to torch the owner of a local deli when she wasn't given free beer, Philadelphia police said.

Mayhem ensued inside Wyncote Beer Deli around 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 20 when the unidentified woman demanded beer without the money to pay for it.

When the deli owner’s refused to give her the beer, she allegedly threw a glass at him.

“I said, ‘You need to get out of here.’ You know? She was more angry. She seen me go out so she wanted to fight me,” owner Yang Lin told NBC10.

The woman then pulled out a can of hairspray from her pocketbook, and using a lighter, used it as a torch and pointed it at Lin, burning some of the items on the counter, police said.

Lin ran for cover to avoid being burned and the woman fled the store. No one was injured during the incident.

“Thankfully the fire didn’t spread,” Philadelphia Police Capt. Sekou Kinebrew told the station. “The building didn’t burn down, but it could have had catastrophic results.”

The suspect is described as a woman in her mid-30s to early-40s, approximately 5-foot-5 with short, red hair and a thin to medium build. She was last seen wearing gray pants with a white stripe down the outer leg and a flower design, a black jacket, black boots and round earrings.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang is a Reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

Drug-fueled fight over oatmeal turns fatal: Man dies months later of gunshot wound to the head

A Pennsylvania man died of his injuries this week, months after his wife shot him in the head during a drug-fueled argument about oatmeal, authorities said.

John Maki, 29, of Fayette County, was shot in the head April 5 after smoking crack cocaine with his wife, when he complained that she bought traditional oatmeal instead of the instant variety, authorities said.

Maki’s wife, Rachel Eutsey, 36, was previously charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, and child endangerment in connection with the case. No information was immediately available on whether she will face additional charges following the death.

"It's believed (the fight was) over the brand of oats that she purchased for him. Apparently he wasn't happy over the traditional oats that she bought instead of the instant oats that he wanted," state police Trooper Robert Broadwater told Pittsburgh’s WTAE-TV.

"Apparently he wasn’t happy over the traditional oats that she bought instead of the instant oats that he wanted."

— Trooper Robert Broadwater, Pennsylvania State Police

Authorities said Eutsey told them she and Maki had taken their 8-month-old daughter with them hours earlier to purchase crack cocaine. They allegedly smoked some of the drug in a parking lot before returning home and falling asleep.

"She relayed to the troopers that this was an ongoing thing that she and her husband or boyfriend were doing over the last few days," Broadwater said. "They were going out and purchasing crack cocaine with the baby in the car and while they were driving, they were smoking the crack cocaine."

When they woke up, they began to argue over the oats, police said.

Eutsey grabbed a gun and fired at Maki in an attempt to scare him after he choked her, but struck him in the head instead, authorities said.

A family member took the child to Children, Youth and Family Services, authorities said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Temple University stands by Marc Lamont Hill after CNN fires him for anti-Israel remarks

At least one person is somehow too polarizing for cable news, but apparently just fine for academia.

Temple University stood by Marc Lamont Hill on Thursday, the same day he was fired from CNN after he gave a speech at the United Nations in which he used language critics described as a dog whistle advocating the elimination of Israel.

Hill, a now-former CNN commentator, is also a professor of media studies and urban education at Temple University in Philadelphia. While the school doesn’t necessarily agree with Hill’s controversial rhetoric, it feels he has the right to speak freely.

“Marc Lamont Hill has been quoted extensively over the last 24 hours. Marc Lamont Hill does not represent Temple University and his views are his own. However, we acknowledge that he has a constitutionally protected right to express his opinion as a private citizen,” a Temple spokesperson told Fox News.

Hill had come under criticism for his remarks during a Wednesday meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People in observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. He accused the Israeli government of “normalizing settler colonialism" and called for a "free Palestine from the river to the sea," a remark that got applause from participating diplomats.

At one point, Hill poured himself some water and told participants that he just got off a flight from “Palestine” and that “I was boycotting the Israeli water so I was unable to quench my thirst.”

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“If we are standing in solidarity with the Palestinian people, we must recognize the right of an occupied people to defend itself," Hill said during a portion of his speech comparing the Palestinian movement with the American civil-rights movement. "We must prioritize peace, but we must not romanticize or fetishize it."

On Thursday morning, Hill attempted to defend his remarks on Twitter. He wrote: "In my speech, I talked about the need to return to the pre-1967 borders, to give full rights to Palestinian citizens of Israel, and to allow right of return. No part of this is a call to destroy Israel. It’s absurd on its face."

Still, critics noted that the phrase "from the river to the sea" is used regularly by numerous anti-Israel groups, including the terror group Hamas. Hill responded by claiming that the phrase "precedes Hamas by more than 50 years" and "has a variety of meanings."

Media watchdogs pointed out that Hill’s controversial comment at the U.N. didn’t jibe with CNN’s anti-hate programming. The network parted ways with him after hours of speculation over the situation, during which many media critics questioned whether or not CNN would take action.

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"Marc Lamont Hill is no longer under contract with CNN," a spokesperson for the cable network told Fox News.

Hill previously taught at Morehouse College in Atlanta and Columbia University in New York.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

Brian Flood covers the media for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter at @briansflood.

Antifa member charged in assault of Marine reservists near ‘We the People’ rally in Philadelphia, reports say

A man believed to be the leader of an Antifa group in Philadelphia was recently charged with assaulting a group of Marine reservists and calling them “Nazis” and “white supremacists.”

Tom Keenan, 33, of Mount Airy, reportedly turned himself in to police last week after investigators released a video that allegedly showed him and two other suspects yelling at the group after a “We the People” rally on Nov. 17 in Philadelphia.

He was charged with two counts each of criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault, terroristic threats and other related offenses, Philadelphia Police confirmed to Fox News.

According to police, U.S. Marine Corps reservists called the cops after a group of “numerous males and females” approached them around 3:20 p.m. the day of the rally.

“The suspects then maced the complainants, and then proceeded to punch and kick them,” police said in a statement. “During the assault, one of the complainant’s had his cell phone stolen by one of the male suspects.”

Some of the suspects were allegedly captured on video from a counter-protest at the “We the People” rally.

It is unclear whether the accusers participated in the “We the People” rally or the counter-protest in any way.

Keenan turned himself in to police on Nov. 20th and was arrested.

According to Philadelphia Magazine, Keenan is believed to part of a local Antifa group – with some blogs and outlets identifying him as a leader of the group.

Police said the case is still open and that they are still investigating the other suspects.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang is a Reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

Elderly suspect in fatal shooting of municipal employee: ‘I don’t know why I did it’

An elderly Pennsylvania man who allegedly shot and killed an employee inside a township’s municipal building over what authorities believe were disputes over mold and sewage, says he doesn’t know why he did it, a report said Tuesday.

David Green, 72, of Swiftwater, left his arraignment at the Monroe County district court wrapped in a yellow slicker and was met by a crowd of reporters who shouted questions at him, the Morning Call of Allentown reported.

“Why did you do it, David?” reporters asked. “Was it because of mold and permits?”

Green answered: “I don’t know why I did it.”

“I don’t know why I did it.”

— David Green, homicide suspect

Authorities said they believe the crime was motivated by ongoing issues Green had with the township over mold, septic problems and permits, the paper reported.

Green had walked inside the Paradise Township municipal building about 8:20 a.m. and opened fire, according to police and township officials. State and local police rushed to the municipal building in the Pocono Mountains, about 100 miles north of Philadelphia, arresting the suspect without incident.

The victim was identified as longtime township employee Michael Tripus, 65, of Stroudsburg. The township's website listed him as the sewage enforcement and building code officer.

State police said Green and Tripus didn’t know one another, the Morning Call reported.

Green was held in the county jail without bail, the paper reported.

The township is in a rural area and has a population of about 3,200. It employs three full-time workers and one part-time worker in the office, and six on the road crew. The township building has no security camera, but there is a panic button that links to 911, according to Gary Konrath, chairman of the township's Board of Supervisors.

Paradise Township is about 20 miles north of Ross Township, where a gunman opened fire at a Board of Supervisors' meeting in 2013, killing three.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.