State briefs

Ukraine man who faked age

for high school gets two months

HARRISBURG (AP) — A 24-year-old Ukrainian man who faked his name and age to attend a Pennsylvania high school has been ordered to spend two months in prison on federal fraud charges.

On Thursday, U.S. Middle District Senior Judge Sylvia Rambo sentenced Artur Samarin to less than the three-month jail term prosecutors suggested. Samarin pleaded guilty to passport fraud and Social Security fraud in August.

He faces deportation during a sentencing next week for separate fraud and sex crime charges.

He has admitted lying about his identity to get a free public education and having sex with a 15-year-old girl in 2014, when he was 22.

Samarin was called Asher Potts at John Harris High School. He impressed teachers and community leaders before authorities learned he was considerably older and overstayed a visa.

Propane truck burns

for 23 hours after crash

SPRING GROVE (AP) — A propane delivery truck burned for about 23 hours after crashing through a guard rail on a rural central Pennsylvania highway and rolling over.

York County 911 officials say the truck carrying 2,400 gallons of propane finally burned itself out about 7:30 a.m. Thursday in Jackson Township. The truck crashed just before 8:30 a.m. Wednesday when the driver failed to round a curve on South Lake Road.

The driver has been flown to a hospital with unspecified injuries and investigators have yet to release his name.

Ten families were evacuated for hours as a precaution until crews determined the truck wasn’t at risk to explode while they let the fuel burn off. They returned to their homes Wednesday night.

The company that owned the truck hasn’t been publicly identified.

Probation for mentally ill woman

in baby-drowning attempt

POTTSVILLE (AP) — A mentally ill Pennsylvania woman who tried to drown her 1-month-old daughter has been sentenced to probation instead of prison.

WNEP-TV reports 33-year-old Rachel Foose was sentenced to five years’ probation Wednesday by a Schuylkill County judge.

Police say they were called to the woman’s West Penn Township home in October 2015 after Foose reported trying to drown the girl, but stopped. Police say she told them she tried to drown the baby because she “couldn’t handle it.”

Foose had been charged with attempted homicide and more serious felony crimes, but was sentenced after pleading guilty to a lesser misdemeanor charge of child endangerment. The district attorney’s office agreed to the plea deal that requires Foose to continue treatment for her mental illness.

Authorities haven’t said who’s caring for the child.