Pa. Turnpike tolls to increase Sunday

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HARRISBURG (AP) – Tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike are scheduled to increase this weekend.


The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said Wednesday cash-paying customers will see a 10 percent increase, while E-ZPass users will pay 2 percent more.


The increases take effect Sunday.


The commission has been increasing the differential between cash and electronic tolls since 2011. E-ZPass travelers saved as much 17 percent last year, and the pending increases will widen that to 25 percent in 2013.


In a cost-cutting campaign to persuade more motorists to switch to E-ZPass, officials have reduced fees for opening and maintaining an account.


They also say using modern technology to electronically deduct tolls as vehicles roll through the toll booths is safer and more convenient.


Police seek New Year’s crasher who shot 4

MCKEESPORT (AP) – Police have been looking for a man they say crashed a New Year’s party then shot and wounded four people when he was kicked out of the Western Pennsylvania gathering.


Allegheny County police have charged 20-year-old Julian Sims with four counts of aggravated assault and other crimes for the shooting early Tuesday in McKeesport.


Police say Sims was one of four men who crashed the party about 3 a.m. and then got angry when they were asked to leave.


Police say Sims shot three people in their legs or feet and another person in the abdomen. All are expected to survive, though the victim shot in the abdomen was listed in critical but stable condition.


Police say Sims frequents other Pittsburgh suburbs of Wilkinsburg, Braddock and Duquesne and should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.


Police find man dead after shooting girlfriend

PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh police say a man shot himself ending an early morning standoff at an apartment building after police determined he fatally shot his girlfriend at her home in another location.


Police have yet to release the suspect’s name, though Cmdr. Thomas Stangrecki says the man “did implicate himself” in the murder of 33-year-old Ka’Sandra Wade.


She was found dead about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday after relatives asked police to check on her.


Once police identified a suspect in that shooting, they surrounded the building where he lived in a basement apartment about midnight. A SWAT team and negotiators also responded and a robot equipped with a camera was sent into the apartment enabling police to see the man had shot himself. That was confirmed about 4:30 a.m.


Other residents were kept warm in a transit bus during the standoff.


Harrisburg tells dozens to evacuate after sinkhole

HARRISBURG (AP) – City officials in Harrisburg are recommending that dozens of families leave their homes because a sinkhole has caused problems with utility service in the area.


The Department of Public Works on Tuesday asked 29 families to leave their homes. The sinkhole first developed Monday and partially swallowed a six-ton city trash truck.


City spokesman Robert Philbin tells WHTM-TV the sinkhole has led to a prolonged loss of water, gas and sewer service in the neighborhood. The Red Cross has set up a temporary shelter nearby.


Officials say the sinkhole collapsed Monday because of an eroded sewer pipe.


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