January 7, 2017

Pennsylvania’s oldest female inmate dies in prison

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS — Pennsylvania’s oldest female state prison inmate has died.

The Department of Corrections said 91-year-old Lois Farquharson died Wednesday in the infirmary at Cambridge Springs, a women’s prison about 90 miles north of Pittsburgh. She was convicted of planning the murder of Philadelphia State Hospital co-worker, Dr. Leon Weingrad.

First Black congressional lawmaker sworn in

WASHINGTON — Lisa Blunt Rochester became the first African American and woman to represent Delaware in Congress when she was sworn in Tuesday.

The Democratic lawmaker joined the other 435 House members — 241 Republicans among them — in the 115th congressional session that started last week. She was elected to the vacate seat of the state’s governor-elect, John Carney.

The state’s former secretary of labor told supporters that the historical significance of her election was not lost on her.

Md. police charge five

suspects in N.J. man’s death

GAITHERSBURG, Md. — Police in Maryland say they have arrested three additional suspects in the death of a New Jersey man whose body was found in a shallow grave in Gaithersburg, Md.

Police said five people, ages 16 to 21, now faced charges of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder. Police suspects the group is associated with the MS-13 gang.

Police said hikers found the body of Jordy Mejia22, of Guttenberg, N.J., on Nov. 12. They suspected Mejia was lured to area on the assumption of meeting a women he had met on Facebook.

— Compiled from The Associated Press

Attorney general-elect Shapiro appoints ethics expert

NORRISTOWN — Pennsylvania’s attorney general-elect has appointed an ethics reform expert as the state’s first-ever chief integrity officer.

Democrat Josh Shapiro announced Friday that Eric Fillman would create and direct training for all employees in the attorney general’s office. The idea is to help ensure fairness, ethics and transparency.

The office is trying to repair its tarnished image after the perjury and obstruction conviction of former Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who was convicted in