YORK — The wife of Pennsylvania's budget secretary has been sentenced to house arrest for a DUI in York County last year.
Georgina Zogby was sentenced Monday to 30 days to 120 days on house arrest. The exact amount depends on how many days' credit she receives from York County Judge John Kennedy for undergoing treatment for alcohol addiction.
Defense attorney William Fulton says the 48-year-old Zogby will have to wear an electronic ankle cuff that notifies authorities if she drinks. She will also be on probation until March 1.
Police say Zogby crashed her BMW while driving with a suspended license near her home. She pleaded guilty in April to first-offense DUI and driving drunk with a suspended license.
Zogby is the wife of state budget secretary Charles Zogby.
Child treated for rabid bat bite at home
CORRY — Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture officials say a child is being treated for rabies after being bitten by a bat in the child's northwestern Pennsylvania home.
The Erie Times-News reports the child was bitten late last week in Corry, about 20 miles southeast of Erie. The child's identity isn't being released due to medical privacy laws.
Agriculture officials say the child is being treated as a precaution as the dead bat is believed to be rabid and has been sent to a laboratory for testing.
Rabies is treatable, but is nearly always fatal if the disease isn't treated within days of the bite.
Rabid bats are especially dangerous because their bites are small and hard to detect and can sometimes go unnoticed if the person is bitten while sleeping.
Police: Man blames gang for attack on ex
BRIDGEWATER — Police say a western Pennsylvania man who attacked his ex-girlfriend with a knife at first told their friends she had been attacked by gang members.
Online court records don't list an attorney for 19-year-old Kris Lansberry, of Baden, who has been charged with aggravated assault and other crimes in the alleged June 29 incident.
The Beaver County Times reports Tuesday that Bridgewater police say Lansberry threw the woman to the ground in a park that afternoon then ran a knife along her neck while telling her how much he loved her.
Police say the woman escaped by kicking Lansberry in the groin, only to have him follow her to a friend's house where he told witnesses a gang had attacked her.
Police say the woman later reported the attack to police.
Ex-state councilman's cold case trial moved to Nov.
BRIDGEWATER — A former western Pennsylvania borough councilman's trial in a 1979 cold-case murder has been moved to November.
Sixty-six-year-old Gregory Hopkins, a former Bridgewater councilman, is charged with criminal homicide in Beaver County in the September 1979 death of 23-year-old Catherine Walsh. She was found strangled in the bedroom of her Monaca home.
Hopkins has denied killing Walsh or even being with her the night she died. He acknowledges they had a sexual relationship, but says that ended a month before she died.
Hopkins has been jailed since he was charged in January after newer testing techniques allegedly linked his DNA to samples taken from Walsh's nightgown and the bathrobe cord used to tie her hands.
Hopkins had been scheduled for trial in September, but county court administrators have moved the start to Nov. 26.
3 charged as bandanna-wearing school vandals
BURGETTSTOWN — Two former students and one currently enrolled are charged with smashing a southwestern Pennsylvania high school with a crowbar, a hatchet and a small sledgehammer.
Online court records don't list an attorney for 19-year-old Ronald Fay Boyer, who remained jailed Tuesday on charges he broke into and vandalized Burgettstown High School early Thursday and Friday morning last week. Boyer used to go to the school as did one of two juveniles, aged 16 and 17, who have been charged as juveniles and been released to their parents.
Smith Township police say they broke into cash registers, a soda machine and smashed classrooms — including several computers — and broke a trophy case and stole class rings.
Surveillance video which led police to question and arrest the teens who wore bandannas and hoodies to obscure their faces.
Highmark drops false advertising suit against UPMC
PITTSBURGH — Highmark Inc. has dropped its federal false advertising lawsuit against the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, keeping part of its promise to end litigation now that the region's largest health insurer and biggest hospital network have agreed on a subscriber contract through 2014.
Highmark sued last year after UPMC ran ads contending Highmark patients would lose "in network" access to UPMC's doctors and hospitals once the contract expired in July 2012. The parties have since negotiated an extension and part of the deal called for Highmark to drop various lawsuits against UPMC.
Highmark has said it intends to drop an antitrust suit against UPMC, too. But a competing hospital network, West Penn Allegheny, has refused to go along with that.
State regulators are weighing Highmark's proposed $475 million takeover of West Penn, but have yet to approve it.
Biden to make visit back to hometown of Scranton
SCRANTON — Vice President Joe Biden is heading back to his old stomping grounds in Pennsylvania for some Fourth of July festivities.
Biden is making a campaign swing Tuesday night through Scranton, the city where he spent his early years. Biden told The Times-Tribune of Scranton that he plans to watch the fireworks on Courthouse Square with his family Tuesday night.
He also told the newspaper he expects to make a stop by his boyhood home.
The visit is being billed as a campaign stop, with Pennsylvania expected to be a key battleground in the race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.