Several Black Friday sales across the country sparked violent incidents on Nov. 25, including a mass pepper spraying and a pair of shootings. These episodes sound shocking, but at least one expert is not surprised, given the pressure advertisers put on people to "win" the shopper's paradise of sales that takes place the day after Thanksgiving.
A man arrested at a hotel in Indiana County, Pennsylvania is suspected of firing a gun at the White House, state police said on Nov. 16. The arrest came five days after Secret Service agents discovered two bullets that struck the White House, including one that hit a window. The suspect may face federal charges of attempting to assassinate President Obama, though no one was hurt in the incident.
Their alleged victims included at least one person from Pennsylvania, but police said their operation spread across the country. The two men behind an alleged Internet scam were arrested on Nov. 10 in Florida on charges of using online ads to steal peoples' money and using would-be "employees" to purchase items for themselves.
A random encounter between a police officer and a 27-year-old man on the streets of York, Pennsylvania led to the man getting arrested on charges of illegal possession of a firearm. The man is accused of possession of a stolen gun and of possessing a gun despite having a felony charge on his record.
A Catholic nun and former official at Iona College who pleaded guilty to embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the school is a recovering gambling addict who is haunted by "childhood demons," her attorney said. The court sentenced the nun to repay part of the money, plus 2,000 hours of community service.
Federal prosecutors have charged the chief of police of a western Pennsylvania town with attempting to abuse his position of authority by charging extortion money to who he thought were drug dealers operating in his jurisdiction. However, his attorney contends that an undercover FBI sting operation entrapped him.
Police in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania are saying that a one-time physician charged with stealing prescription drugs from a pharmacy was driven to commit the thefts due to a drug addiction. The suspect allegedly stole several doses of oxycontin and Fentanyl, as well as medical equipment, over several incidents.
An introverted 18-year-old Pakistani man living in the Philadelphia area legally was indicted on Oct. 20 on charges that, while a minor, he conspired with an American woman to kill a Swedish cartoonist. The woman at the center of the case, known in the press as "Jihad Jane," pleaded guilty in February for her role in the plot. He is the youngest person ever charged by the U.S. government with conspiracy to support terrorism.