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Arrest warrant issued for Monessen man wanted in stabbing incident

| Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

Monessen man wanted in stabbing

Monessen police are looking for a man wanted in connection with a stabbing Wednesday.

An arrest warrant was issued for Paul Kenney, 51, of Monessen, for allegedly stabbing Michael Billy at 6:06 p.m. in front of Valley Manor at 331 Third St.

Police Chief Mark Gibson said the men were involved in a fistfight that escalated when Kenney allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed Billy in the back of the head and neck. Kenney fled the scene before police arrived.

Billy, 48, of 127 Pennsylvania Blvd., sustained nonlife-threatening injuries and was taken to Mon Valley Hospital for treatment, Gibson said.

Kenney is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment, Gibson said.

Anyone with information on Kenney's whereabouts is asked to call 911 or 724-684-6151.

Forward Township officials being sued

A Forward Township police officer claims in a lawsuit moved to federal court Thursday that two township supervisors have harassed and defamed him because he ticketed one supervisor's friends and employees.

Jason Miller of Belle Vernon and his wife Jamie are suing the township and supervisors Thomas Derosa and David Magiske for civil rights violations and defamation. The lawsuit was originally filed in Allegheny County Common Pleas; the township had it moved to federal court because of the civil rights claims.

The lawyer for the township and a township spokesman couldn't be reached for comment.

Columbia Gas rate hike proposal probed

Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania's proposed 23.45 percent rate hike will be investigated by state utility regulators.

The Public Utility Commission voted 5-0 Thursday to look into the natural gas utility's request to increase revenue by $77.3 million a year, a typical step in rate cases. The request is suspended for up to seven months, and a PUC administrative law judge will make a recommendations.

Cecil-based Columbia, part of NiSource Inc., has been replacing old pipelines. It has 415,000 customers in 26 counties. A typical bill for a residential customer who uses 73 therms of gas a month would rise by $15.75 to a total $82.92 under the rate hike proposal.

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