News for Friday, February 22, 2013

A propane tanker overturned on Route 30 in Bedford this morning, near the intersection with Route 31 and the Jon Bonnet Tavern.  It was not leaking propane, but there were precautionary evacuations within a half-mile of the accident scene and the roadway was closed between the Routes 56 and 96 intersections.

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A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY CONTINUES FOR THE REGION UNTIL 10AM SATURDAY.  THE MIXED BAG OF SNOW, SLEET AND RAIN WE’RE RECEIVING CAN CAUSE DRIVING PROBLEMS. 

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A HOUSE FIRE IN HASTINGS THIS WEEK WAS AN ARSON.  IT BROKE OUT AT A HOME ALONG SPANGLER STREET AT ABOUT 3 AM ON WEDNESDAY.  INVESTIGATORS SAY IT STARTED IN THE ATTIC, BUT THEY FOUND EVIDENCE THAT IT WAS DELIBERATELY SET.  NO ARRESTS HAVE YET BEEN MADE IN THE CASE.

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THERE WAS A MEETING LAST NIGHT AT THE MOXHAM LUTHERAN CHURCH TO ADDRESS THE GROWING CRIME RATE IN THE COMMUNITY.  THE DRUG AND CRIME COMMISSION HELD THE MEETING TO GIVE PEOPLE A CHANCE TO EXPRESS THEIR CONCERN.  THEY WERE TOLD THEY NEED TO WORK AS A TEAM WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT TO HELP STOP CRIME, BY REPORTING CRIME AND SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR AND CALLING DRUG TIP LINES AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

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JERRY SANDUSKY IS APPEALING HIS CONVICTION IN PENNSYLVANIA SUPERIOR COURT.  THE MOVE COMES AS NO SURPRISE AS SANDUSKY'S LAWYER HAD HINTED HE WOULD ATTEMPT TO OVERTURN THE JURY VERDICT THAT FOUND SANDUSKY GUILTY OF SEXUAL ABUSE.  SANDUSKY IS SERVING A MINIMUM 30-YEAR PRISON TERM FOR ABUSING 10 BOYS.

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PENN STATE IS ASKING A JUDGE TO DISMISS FORMER ASSISTANT COACH MIKE MCQUEARY'S WRONGFUL TERMINATION LAWSUIT.  P.S.U. IS ARGUING THAT MCQUEARY WAS A CONTRACTUAL EMPLOYEE WHO WAS NOT REHIRED AFTER HIS TERMS EXPIRED LAST JUNE.  THE UNIVERSITY CLAIMS WRONGFUL DISCHARGE ACTIONS DO NOT EXTEND TO EMPLOYEES WHO ARE PROTECTED BY CONTRACT.  THE FORMER ASSISTANT COACH IS SEEKING FOUR-MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGES FROM THE UNIVERSITY.

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FOR THE SECOND TIME IN PENNSYLVANIA'S HISTORY, A SITTING STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE IS CONVICTED OF CRIMINAL CHARGES.  AN ALLEGHENY COUNTY JURY HAS FOUND JUSTICE JOAN ORIE MELVIN GUILTY OF SIX OF THE SEVEN COUNTS THAT HAD BEEN LEVIED AGAINST HER.  JANE ORIE WAS ALSO CONVICTED.  BOTH HAD BEEN ON TRIAL FOR USING PUBLIC EMPLOYEES TO ASSIST IN ORIE-MELVIN'S POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS.

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IN GREENSBURG … OFFICIALS WANT TO RAZE RUNDOWN EYESORES.  CITY LEADERS FILED MOTIONS IN COMMON PLEAS COURT TO FORCE THE OWNERS OF PROPERTIES ON NORTH MAIN STREET AND MEADOWBROOK AVENUE TO REPAIR OR LEVEL THEIR HOMES.  THE LEGAL COMPLAINT ALSO SEEKS PERMISSION FOR THE CITY TO DEMOLISH THE PROPERTIES IF THE OWNERS FAIL TO ACT. 

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