ERIE — A northwestern Pennsylvania man will spend 30 to 60 years in prison for repeatedly raping and beating a woman in her own car after she left a bar nearly four years ago.
The Erie Times-News reports Thursday that Common Pleas Judge Ernest DiSantis called the October 2008 incident "one of the most violent offenses this court has ever been privy to" in sentencing 32-year-old Antonio Warner, of Erie.
Warner's 2009 conviction was reversed because the victim was examined by a forensic nurse whose findings have since been called into question by other experts.
Warner's first retrial, in January, ended in a mistrial. But he was convicted in March of rape and nine other charges and sentenced Wednesday.
Police say Warner didn't know the victim and forced her to drive to an alley where she was attacked.
2 ex-female guards sue alleging jail sexism
BEDFORD — Two women who are former western Pennsylvania county jail guards claim the former warden said "prison was not a place for women" and blatantly discriminated against female guards.
Donald Orr isn't named as a defendant in the federal lawsuit suit targeting Bedford County, but his alleged actions are the reason for it. The Associated Press could not immediately locate a telephone number for Orr who was hired as warden of the jail about 85 miles southeast of Pittsburgh in 2010 and resigned in June without explanation after being suspended with pay for several weeks during an internal county investigation.
The Altoona Mirror reports the female guards contend Orr gave males preferential treatment and prompted them to resign due to unbearable working conditions.
A county official says the lawsuit was not unexpected.
Court: No kitchen means sleep space not residence
INDIAN LAKE — A southwestern Pennsylvania judge says a man can keep sleeping quarters and a shower he added to his garage because it doesn't constitute a "residence" unless he also adds a kitchen.
According to the Associated Press, Indian Lake Borough had been fighting with David Rohrich since 2006. The borough, located near a posh resort of the same name about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, says zoning restricts property owners to one residence or dwelling per residential lot.
The borough argued that the garage addition amounted to a second residence.
But Somerset County Judge D. Gregory Geary says the garage digs, while comfortable, don't amount to a separate "residence" because they don't include a kitchen.
Borough officials won't appeal but may revisit their zoning rules.
Scranton business man, ex-mayor candidate, sentenced
SCRANTON — A northeastern Pennsylvania businessman who once ran for mayor despite a past felony conviction that barred him from office has been ordered to spend at least six months in prison.
Sixty-nine-year-old Bob Bolus was sentenced Wednesday on insurance fraud and theft by deception charges stemming from his conviction earlier this year. Prosecutors said he greatly inflated an insurance claim for a crash involving a truck from his towing business.
The Times-Tribune of Scranton reports Bolus apologized and his lawyer pleaded for leniency, citing Bolus' philanthropic efforts. But a Lackawanna County judge said Bolus blamed everyone but himself for his wrongdoing.
Bolus ran in the Republican primary for Scranton mayor in 1999 despite an earlier conviction that would have barred him from holding the office.
Man sentenced in machete attack over car deal
SCRANTON — A northeastern Pennsylvania man has been ordered to spend at least nine months in prison for attacking another man with a machete over a car he'd bought from the victim.
A Lackawanna County judge sentenced 47-year-old Rolando Moran Carrasquillo to as much as 23 months in prison for the December attack on Jorge Ruiz.
Prosecutors say Carrasquillo was upset over a car deal with Ruiz and demanded money before nearly chopping off the victim's fingers.
The Times-Tribune of Scranton reports Carrasquillo pleaded guilty to aggravated assault despite claiming he acted in self-defense.
Pittsburgh paper wants to photograph voter IDing
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is suing in federal court for the right to shoot photos and videos of voters producing identification at election polls.
The newspaper says it doesn't wish to record voting, but wants to report first-hand how the state's new voter ID law is enforced.
Proponents say the law is needed to prevent fraud, while opponents say making people produce identification to vote will disenfranchise too many people.
Publisher David Shribman says the newspaper will not photograph or video record any voters who object. The newspaper and its attorneys say the lawsuit is necessary because state election laws restrict polling place access to election workers and others directly involved in the voting process.
Allegheny County officials say they'll abide by whatever order a federal judge issues.
Delta adds 6 daily flights from Pittsburgh to NY
IMPERIAL — Delta Airlines has added six daily flights from Pittsburgh International Airport to LaGuardia Airport in New York City.
The airline says it hopes to tap into demand for the service by business travelers and those traveling to New York for entertainment.
The airline already offered five daily flights from Pittsburgh to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Delta will keep three of those flights and says many of those travelers are looking to connect to international flights or those to other destinations.
LaGuardia is closer to Manhattan, so those flights are expected to serve travelers making New York City their destination.
The fares are pretty cheap, too. Travelers can get a round-trip ticket for $108 if they book the flight at least 14 days in advance.