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Daily News Stories for Friday, October 31, 2014:
Eric Frein, the captured suspected cop-killer who for six weeks was the target of a Poconos manhunt involving more than 1,000 law enforcement officers, today was ordered held without bail on murder charges. Officials say Frein surrendered Thursday after being discovered in an open field near an abandoned airplane hanger. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 12.
A Beaver County jury is considering whether to sentence a Pittsburgh man convicted of a 2008 double homicide to death or life in prison without the possibility of parole. Senior Common Pleas Judge John Dohanich charged the panel this morning after two days of testimony and arguments in the penalty phase for 37-year-old Robert Burgess. Burgess was found guilty on Tuesday of first-degree murder and related crimes for his part in the shooting deaths of Richard and Demetria Harper in their Beaver Falls home.
As expected, the Blackhawk School Board filed an exception Thursday with the state Labor Relations Board appealing a decision earlier this month that sided with the teachers union regarding a disputed labor contract. Superintendent Melanie Kerber confirmed the appeal was filed with the state, even though it was done against her advice. Kerber recommended the district deal with the ramifications of the contract instead of fighting it.
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