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Diocese, woman reach resolution
DUBOIS — A Roman Catholic diocese in Pennsylvania has reached a resolution with a woman who filed a federal lawsuit claiming she was forced to resign for complaining that a priest touched himself improperly during work meetings with her.
The Erie Times-News reports that both sides are barred from discussing the details of the resolution by a confidentiality clause, but the Diocese of Erie also announced on Sunday that the priest mentioned in the lawsuit will refrain from public ministry until further notice. He had previously been placed on paid leave.
In the lawsuit, the woman claimed diocesan officials did nothing about her complaints and, instead, asked her to “politely resign.”
The priest was not a defendant in the suit.
Guardsman jailed after Pence threat
JOHNSTOWN — Authorities say a National Guardsman has been jailed after a reported threat against Vice President Mike Pence before his visit to Pennsylvania for the annual observance of the Flight 93 crash.
Twenty-two-year-old William Robert Dunbar of Berlin was charged Saturday with disorderly conduct and terroristic threats.
Richland Township police allege that Dunbar was on duty at the Army National Guard Training Center when he said, “If someone pays me enough money, I will kill the vice president.” Witnesses said they contacted commanding officers after they heard Dunbar make the threat twice.
Police said Dunbar was taken to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center for evaluation and then to county prison in lieu of $250,000 bond. Court documents don’t list an attorney and a listed phone number for Dunbar couldn’t be found Monday.
Ex-kennel owner faces new charges
GERMANSVILLE — A former Pennsylvania kennel owner who served jail time for animal cruelty is facing new charges that he failed to care for dozens of animals on his property.
Prosecutors said Monday that Derbe “Skip” Eckhart has been charged with 58 counts of cruelty to animals, including six misdemeanors. The charges stem from a May 5 raid at Derbe’s farm near Allentown. Officials say they removed eight dogs, 35 cats and five horses from the property. The former Almost Heaven kennel owner was convicted of animal cruelty in 2010 and spent more than 9 months in jail. He was also prohibited from owning animals other than his own pets.
Eckhart was charged with violating probation after investigators found dozens of animals on his property in 2013.
Mother stabbed ‘devil’ baby, father
PITTSBURGH — A suburban Pittsburgh woman is accused of stabbing her 8-day-old son and the baby’s father, and police say she told them God made her do it because the baby was created “by the devil.”
WPXI-TV reports police arrested Tanishia Fielder on Friday on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, terroristic threats and other charges.
The baby was stabbed near the eye. The baby’s condition and that of his father weren’t known.
Police found a knife hidden beneath a garbage bin behind Fielder’s apartment. Witnesses who tried to help the man and baby before Fielder chased them away told police she was wielding a knife that matched the one under the bin.
The baby’s father told police he and Fielder had argued earlier in the day.
No attorney information is available for Fielder.
6-year-old’s death ruled homicide
WEST MIFFLIN — The death of a 6-year-old Pittsburgh-area boy who police said was shot by his 10-year-old brother last month has been ruled a homicide.
The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office said Monday that Julian Hoffman died of a gunshot wound to the head.
Officers and paramedics were sent to a West Mifflin home on Aug. 9 and found the wounded child, who died later at a hospital.
Police said the older boy fired the gun in the bedroom of their mother, who officials said was at work at the time. Police said he first called his mother and then called 911 at her urging.
Superintendent Coleman McDonough said the .9 mm pistol appeared to have been legally owned by the woman. No charges have been filed in the case.