News for Friday, March 29, 2013

LAST NIGHT IN WINDBER … A CAR HIT A GAS METER AT ABOUT MIDNIGHT, CAUSING THE LINE TO BREAK.  ABOUT A FOUR BLOCK SECTION OF GRAHAM AVENUE … INCLUDING SOME BUSINESSES AND A TRAIN … HAD TO BE EVACUATED.  THE GAS COMPANY CAME QUICKLY AND FIXED THE PROBLEM.  ONLY ONE BUILDING NEEDED TO BE AIRED OUT.  OFFICIALS SAY THE CAR WAS JUST BACKING UP WHEN IT HIT THE GAS METER.

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A LATROBE COUNCILMAN IS FACING TWO MISDEMEANOR CHARGES FOR ALLEGEDLY POINTING A GUN AT HIS NEIGHBOR.  BRUCE THOMPKINS SAID HE CONFRONTED COUNCILMAN ROBERT FORISH ABOUT TAKING A PHOTO OF HIS CAR AND WAS GREETED WITH A FIREARM.  FORISH CLAIMS HE TOOK A PICTURE OF A CAR THAT FREQUENTED HIS NEIGHBOR'S HOME AND THAT HE POINTED HIS GUN IN THE AIR.  FORISH WILL BE ARRAIGNED IN MID-APRIL.

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STATE POLICE CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE A MURDER/SUICIDE THAT HAPPENED THURSDAY MORNING IN PHILIPSBURG. THEY SAY THAT 51-YEAR-OLD FORMER STATE TROOPER MARK MISCAVISH OF PHILIPSBURG WENT TO THE COUNTY MARKET IN THE PEEBLES PLAZA AT ABOUT 10 A..M. AND USED A SHOTGUN TO KILL HIS ESTRANGED WIFE, 49-YEAR-OLD TRACY MISCAVISH. MISCAVISH THEN TURNED THE GUN ON HIMSELF.  CENTRE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY STACEY PARKS MILLER SAYS THAT MISCAVISH WAS FACING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES IN CONNECTION WITH AN ARREST IN JANUARY FOR AN ASSAULT AGAINST HIS WIFE. TRACY MISCAVISH FILED FOR DIVORCE LAST WEEK.

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A SOMERSET MAN IS DUE BACK IN COURT NEXT TUESDAY FOR GOING ON AN INTOXICATED DESTRUCTION BINGE.  POLICE RESPONDED TO A LILLIAN LANE HOME TO FIND 24-YEAR-OLD JARED KNOPSNYDER ARMED WITH A KITCHEN KNIFE.  KNOPSNYDER HAD APPARENTLY DESTROYED THE HOME, AND THEN RESISTED ARREST.  HE WAS RELEASED AFTER POSTING TWO-THOUSAND DOLLARS BAIL.

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A PENNSYLVANIA SENATOR IS PROPOSING A BILL THAT WOULD PROVIDE A BETTER PARENTAL LEAVE PLAN IN THE STATE.  SENATOR DAYLIN LEACH SAYS THE BILL WOULD GIVE MOTHERS AND FATHERS OF NEWBORNS, WHO WORK MORE THAN 20 HOURS A WEEK AT COMPANIES WITH AT LEAST 20 EMPLOYEES, UP TO 12 WEEKS OF LEAVE AT FULL PAY.  LEACH SAYS PAID FAMILY LEAVE IS SOMETHING THAT ALL PARENTS IN PENNSYLVANIA DESERVE. 

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