CLARION — The Pennsylvania Board of Medicine says a western Pennsylvania doctor has voluntarily surrendered his medical license because of unprofessional conduct which a prosecutor says is linked to an investigation that he overprescribed drugs and traded some drugs for sex.
Sixty-six-year-old Thomas Radecki, of Clarion, didn't immediately return a call for comment Friday.
Clarion County prosecutors have confirmed the investigation, which is being handled by the state attorney general.
Radecki had offices in Clarion, Dubois, Kane and Seneca and opened a clinic in Dubois in March where he dispensed drugs meant to wean people off of heroin and similar drugs.
The clinic closed after a search by state attorney general's agents in June, who also seized records and other evidence from his home and four medical offices.
2 more teens arrested in taped beatingCHESTER — Police say two more teen girls have been arrested in connection with the beating of a neighbor on her stoop in a struggling city outside Philadelphia, an assault captured on video and posted to Facebook.
Chester police Commissioner Joseph Bail says the final two suspects were apprehended Friday afternoon. He says one is a juvenile and the sixth is 19.
Four other teens, ages 16 and 17, are being held on $50,000 bail for the alleged attack on a 48-year-old woman authorities described as "mentally challenged." They've been charged as adults with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, burglary and harassment.
Authorities say the victim was punched, kicked and hit with a shoe and chair. She sustained cuts and bruises but no broken bones and is being treated at a crisis unit.
Wife of state cabinet secretary convicted of DUI
CARLISLE — The wife of Pennsylvania's state budget secretary is awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of driving under the influence and a felony, fleeing and eluding police.
The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reported that Georgina Zogby was also found guilty Friday of running a stop sign during a July 2011 incident in the Harrisburg suburbs.
The 49-year-old Mechanicsburg resident is the wife of Charles Zogby, a member of Gov. Tom Corbett's Cabinet.
Police deployed a strip of spikes to stop her vehicle and end the chase. Cumberland County Judge Edward Guido scheduled sentencing for Nov. 6. The newspaper says the Zogbys left the courtroom without comment.
Ex-priest gets prison for $425,000 church theft
READING — A former Roman Catholic priest has been sentenced for two to seven years in state prison for stealing $425,000 from an eastern Pennsylvania parish.
Sixty-six-year-old Richard Nachajski of York pleaded guilty in August to theft.
Authorities said the money he stole from St. Anthony's of Padua in Millmont from 1998 to 2009 went to pay for lavish trips, a vehicle and a timeshare in Mexico.
The Reading Eagle says Berks County Judge Scott Keller imposed a harsher sentence Friday than what prosecutors had requested.
Nachajski asked for community service instead of prison. But the judge said he did not see any genuine remorse.
Judge nixes part of Pittsburgh inmate sex lawsuit
PITTSBURGH — A federal judge has dismissed a former inmate's legal claims against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections for alleged sexual abuse, but says allegations that his rights were violated by a suspended state prison guard and prison managers can proceed.
The unidentified inmate sued in 2011 and his allegations led to a grand jury investigation that also resulted in charges against the guard being sued, 60-year-old Harry Nicoletti, and three others at the state prison in Pittsburgh. Nicoletti is scheduled for a criminal trial in January but claims charges that he raped or otherwise abused child molesters at the prison "made up."
U.S. Magistrate Judge Lisa Lenihan says the state is immune from being sued for anything the guards did in their official duties, though claims against Nicoletti and since-fired managers at the prison can go forward individually.
Transportation sec'ty: Scranton hub will happen
PITTSTON — Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is reassuring Scranton officials that a long-delayed downtown transit hub will be completed.
LaHood was at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport on Friday for a brief closed-door meeting with Lackawanna County transit chief Robert Fiume and representatives from Sen. Bob Casey's office.
Nearly $3 million in federal funding that had been allocated center by Congress between 1998 and 2000 to build the intermodal center hub has been recently recommitted to other projects because it wasn't spent.
That happened in July, just as the project was moving forward after years of limited progress and frustrating delays.
After hearing details of the proposed project, LaHood told The Times-Tribune that state, local and federal officials will work to find funding to get the project finished.