Today's News

An investigation is underway in Somerset County … after about two thousand dollars worth of items were stolen from Samuels Lutheran Church.  Burglars broke into the back door of the church on Friday night and stole brass crosses, brass candle holders and communion wine. There are no suspects at this point.

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A Butler County hunter is dead after an ATV accident.  Police say Mark Stawinski of Buffalo Township lost control of his vehicle Saturday in Armstrong County while hunting.  The ATV rolled on top of him and he suffocated under the weight. 

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For what is now the second time in the past two months … a 19 year old Penn State student is injured after falling from a State College second floor apartment.  Police say the woman was drunk and fell about nine feet shortly after midnight on Friday.  Her injuries were not life-threatening.  A few weeks ago, a Penn State cheerleader fell nearly 40 feet at a party and is recovering from a brain injury.

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In Somerset County … an automobile accident ruptured a gas line early Sunday.  A Berlin man traveling on the Berlin Plank Road served to miss a deer and hit the gas line and utility pole.  Emergency crews evacuated people in the area for a time.  The road was closed about 3 hours.

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A Westmoreland County man is worried careless hunters are endangering his family.  Randy Page says a hunter's bullet struck his house off Trout Road in Hunker and it ended up embedded in his kitchen wall. No one was hurt, but Page says at least five people were home at the time.  State police are investigating, but in the meantime, Page is pleading for deer hunters to be more careful where they aim. 

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In Westmoreland County … two people are recovering after a fire tore through an apartment in Irwin.  Fire crews were called out to Walnut Street around 6:30 yesterday morning.  The victims are expected to be OK, while the cause of the blaze is under investigation. 

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It is National Influenza Vaccination Week and health care professionals are advising people that they can get a flu vaccine through January.  Officials say groups at risk for developing the flu include children, pregnant women and healthcare workers. Sixty state health centers in Pennsylvania will be offering free flu clinics December third through the eighth.  For more information, call 877-PA-HEALTH.

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The late Congressman John Murtha of Johnstown will be honored today with the naming of the new John P. Murtha Cancer Center at Walter Reed Medical Center today. Murtha spent more than 20 years working to improve military health care.

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45 YEAR OLD HEATH LABAR AND 39 YEAR OLD SUSAN NEMITZ OF Portage ARE BOTH charged with assault following a DOMESTIC INCIDENT EARLY YESTERDAY AT THEIR HOME ALONG Puritan Road.  State police say Labar pulled a 9mm handgun on Nemitz after she cut him and threw a beer mug at his face.    Labar Is ALSO CHARGED WITH terroristic threats FOR saYING “I SHOULD HAVE KILLED YOU YEARS AGO”.

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.Republican State Representative Mike Fleck publically acknowledged that he is gay in Saturday’s edition of the Huntingdon Daily Times newspaper.  Fleck is the first G-O-P representative in the state to openly admit he is gay.   Fleck has been serving the district since November 2006.

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