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Allison McAtee will appear in Thursday's episode of "The Mentalist" on CBS as a murder suspect. McAtee is the daughter of Sandra and Frank Leichtenberger of Marienville and Edward McAtee.
McAtee has appeared in television and movies in New York City and Los Angeles, but this is her first leading role.
She appeared in "Bloomington" and "Distrust" and had supporting roles in "Quentin Tarantino Presents: Hell Ride" with Dennis Hopper, and "Iron Man."
Her television appearances have included guest starring on Trust Me, Life, CSI, CSI: Miami, Nip Tuck, Ghost Whisperer, Ugly Betty and Law and Order: Criminal Intent. She has also co-starred on Rescue Me, Stella and Hope and Faith. Her resume includes several regional theater and Off-Broadway appearances.
McAtee attended the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.
Killer not competent for execution
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's highest court has ruled that mass killer George Banks is mentally incompetent to be executed.
The state Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling Wednesday on Banks, who killed 13 people with a semiautomatic rifle in northeastern Pennsylvania nearly 30 years. The victims included five of his own children.
In the latest ruling, the justices said testimony by medical experts at a competency hearing last year established that Banks suffers from severe mental illness and is delusional about his crimes and punishment.
Man arrested for explosives
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say a man was arrested Tuesday night after several homemade explosive devices were discovered inside his home.
Police say Michael Suich, 43, will be arraigned on criminal charges of prohibited offensive weapons, recklessly endangering another person and manufacture of weapons of mass destruction, station WPXI reports.
The incident began when a school security officer came to Suich's house to talk about truancy issues regarding his son, and that prompted an argument between Suich and his wife.
State police executed a search warrant and investigators say they found explosive powder, a pyrotechnic fuse and other chemical materials.
Suich admitted to having bomb-making instructions from the Internet, according to the criminal report.
A message left at a phone number listed for Suich was not immediately returned.
Pittsburgh officer resigns
PITTSBURGH (AP) - An attorney says a Pittsburgh police officer charged with running a prostitution service and helping the women obtain drugs resigned Wednesday after 16 years on the force.
Attorney Phillip DiLucente says Michael Johns, 43, wants to focus on his defense, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Johns was charged last month with conspiracy, promoting prostitution and drug counts.
Firm agrees to pay $623,000 fine
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The U.S. Attorney General and Allegheny County Health Department on Wednesday sued Eastman Chemical Resins Inc., alleging a decade of Clean Air Act and state law violations.
A spokeswoman for the company says it has already resolved the issue and agreed to pay a $623,000 civil penalty. The firm also says it's in the process of making $1.7 million to $2.7 million in improvements to pollution monitoring and prevention systems.
The company says the violations didn't result in any harm to human health or the environment.