He's nabbed in slaying
A 35-year-old man was arrested Friday in connection with the death of a man in his 30s who was found dead in his home on Orkney Street near Mifflin, police said.
The men had been roommates, police said. Neighbors identified the victim as James Lawson and said the suspect, whose name has not yet been released, was Lawson's live-in boyfriend.
Police were summoned to the block about 2:45 p.m. and found Lawson's body in the basement of the two-story rowhouse. They said it appeared as if he had been beaten to death.
Police investigating the theft of more than 50 scooters and motorcycles since July 1 suspect that the bikes are being taken to New Jersey for resale.
The thefts of 39 scooters and 14 motorcycles have occurred in an area between the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers and mostly south of Poplar Street, police said.
Investigators from the Major Crimes Unit's Auto Squad believe that the vehicles are being loaded into vans or box trucks and taken across the river for resale.
Tipsters are asked to call the police tip line at 215-686-8477 or the Auto Squad 215-685-9133.
Boy beaten on bus
A 14-year-old boy was hospitalized Friday afternoon after being jumped while riding a SEPTA bus in Wynnefield, police said.
About 3:45 p.m., the unidentified boy was riding a Route 52 bus home from school when six boys, between the ages of 14 and 17, boarded at 54th Street near Berks. The group began punching and kicking the boy, who suffered a cut to his face, said Lt. John Walker of the Southwest Detective Division.
A 17-year-old girl who was riding the bus recognized the victim from a fight he had had with her younger brother and called her brother to told him where to board the bus, Walker said.
The victim was taken to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he was listed in stable condition. The girl was taken to the Southwest Detective Division for questioning, and the six boys who were involved in the attack fled the scene before police arrived, Walker said.
Deputy A.G. charged
A state prosecutor and his wife severely mistreated their two adopted Ethiopian children - their 6-year-old boy whom a doctor found to be malnourished and who had skin lesions, and an 18-month-old girl who had signs of multiple skull fractures - Allegheny County police said on Friday.
Deputy Attorney General Douglas Barbour, who works out of the Pittsburgh office, and his wife, Kristen, were arraigned Friday on charges stemming from the treatment of their children.
County police said they began investigating after the children saw a doctor Sept. 14 and the boy was admitted to the hospital. A doctor since then has recommended that the children have no contact with their parents, particularly the girl who the doctor said could be injured again or die if she remains with the Barbours, according to court documents.
- Phillip Lucas, staff
and wire reports