Today's News

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

 

In Somerset … a tractor-trailer that was transporting U.S. mail was struck by a cargo train Monday.  Fortunately, no one was injured in the crash.  It happened at the intersection of Stoystown Road and Pleasant Avenue.  The man driving the truck will be cited for the incident.  Police say he tried to get across the tracks before the train arrived.  The crash tore open the trailer and spilled it’s load of mail.  

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A Cambria County man who prosecutors say shook his infant son to death will be sentenced today.  Justin Charles Sr. plead guilty in July.  Authorities say he admitted to shaking the baby when the child wouldn’t stop crying.  The child became unresponsive and died.  Charles could face 40 years in prison.

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There were three people hurt last night when a car struck an ambulance at about 6:30 on Scalp Avenue in Richland Township, suburban Johnstown.  Authorities say the ambulance was coming through an intersection at the Route 219 North exit with its siren on, when it was struck by the car.   There were no patients in the ambulance at the time.  The driver of the ambulance was not hurt.

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Officials say three handwritten notes found on the University of Pittsburgh campus are not credible.  The first note was discovered last Wednesday in David Lawrence Hall.  Monday morning a second note was found at the same location and a third at Posvar Hall.  Police said the content of the notes was not credible but they searched the buildings anyway as a precaution.

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Credible bomb threats canceled classes at Westmoreland County Community College Monday.  Police are investigating a series of threatening calls made Monday.  College administrators decided to cancel afternoon classes at the main campus as well as each of the eight satellite campuses.

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A Kittanning man is being held in Armstrong County Jail on 25-thousand dollars for allegedly assaulting two teens he met on Facebook.  Police said Justin Hooks arranged to take a 16 and a 15-year-old girl camping last Friday night.  He bought them alcohol and the three pitched a tent, but the night turned sour when Hooks began making sexual advances.  The girls said they were too deep in the woods to run away but they did call for help.

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