State police probing

strangulation of woman, 72

A 72-year-old woman who died from asphyxiation was a homicide victim, an autopsy revealed yesterday.

Margaret Carey died sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning in a group home owned by Elwyn Institute in Concord Township, state police from the Media barracks said.

Motorist: I was molested

by man pretending to be cop

A 19-year-old woman was ordered out of her car by a man pretending to be a police officer in Gloucester Township Thursday night and sexually assaulted, police said. The victim told police that the man, who is white, in his late 30s and about 6 feet tall, had been driving an unmarked but official-looking car with a bar of red and blue flashing lights on the roof.

He stopped her shortly after 11:30 p.m. on Peter Cheeseman Road, banged on her window with a flashlight, made her get out of the car, then ran his hands over her body before letting her go, police said. Anyone with information about the incident should call Gloucester Township police at 856-228-4500.

Lancaster County couple,

son found slain at home

A couple and their teenage son were killed about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in their Manheim Township, Lancaster County, home, Police Chief Neal Harkins said.

Killed were Tom Haines, 50; wife Lisa, 47, and their 16-year-old son, Kevin. A daughter, Margaret, 20, was in the house at the time and called police. Harkins said there was no forced entry and no evidence of anything being taken from the house. Police would not say how the victims had been killed.

Woman involved in hit-run

gets 15-month jail sentence

Carmen Marie Burgos, 33, of Allentown, a mother of four who admitted leaving the scene of a fatal accident, then having her car torched and reporting it stolen, has been sentenced to 15 months in prison.

She was charged in the Nov. 24, 2006, death of Lorraine Gibbons, 67, on Route 309 in Bucks County. She pleaded guilty in March to leaving the scene, soliciting arson, criminal conspiracy to engage in arson, tampering with evidence and filing a false report with law enforcement.

State slots parlors on track

to rake in $785M this year

Based on data collected through May 6, Pennsylvania's four slots parlors are on track to take in $785 million in 2007. The state will take more than half of that amount for public schools, local governments, civic development projects and the horse racing industry.

The open venues - Harrah's Chester Casino & Racetrack, Philadelphia Park Casino and Racetrack, Mohegan Sun and Presque Isle Downs and Casino - are winning over gamblers who had frequented casinos in neighboring states. *

-Staff and wire report