Accident victim's condition upgraded

| Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009

It may be a year before a Connellsville woman who was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on Route 119 near Butchko's last Wednesday can walk again.

Angela Saunders' condition was upgraded from critical on Sunday night, said her sister Maria Swallop.

Saunders, 24, remains in UPMC Presbyterian with shattered bones in both legs. Swallop said she had no internal injuries.

Doctors say Saunders should make a full recovery, said Swallop.

The PennDOT District 12 employee still has several surgeries ahead of her, said her sister.

Police said Saunders was driving in the left lane northbound on Route 119 approaching the intersection with Dunbar Road when her vehicle struck the center divider, continued northbound for 100 feet, traveling in the right lane and up an embankment before striking a traffic light off the northbound lane of Route 119 and Dunbar Road.

Emergency personnel spent more than an hour extricating Saunders from the vehicle.

Fayette EMS transported her to UPMC Presbyterian hospital, Pittsburgh. Fire crews from Dunbar, West Leisenring and Monarch responded. The accident blocked traffic on Route 119 for about 90 minutes.


Jury convicts man

in scuffle with officers

Following a two-day trial, a Fayette County jury on Friday found Duron C. Ford, 26, of Uniontown, guilty of two counts each of aggravated and simple assault. They returned guilty verdicts on single counts of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, but found Ford innocent of criminal mischief.

The trial judge, Gerald R. Solomon, issued guilty verdicts on two summary charges of harassment.

After the verdicts were read, Ford -- who marked his birthday Friday -- erupted into tears and asserted his innocence.

State police at Belle Vernon filed the criminal charges in December. In a criminal complaint, they said Ford scuffled with them Dec. 19 and ran off as they investigated a vehicle that was stopped in a lane of travel on Legion Street in Redstone.

Ford, who police said was standing outside the vehicle, grew hostile when the two troopers approached. He ignored orders to place his hands on the car, then initiated a physical confrontation when the officers began to search him.

During the scuffle, Ford knocked one of the troopers, James Monkelis, to the ground at least once. In the affidavit, police said he "was able to lock" the arms of the other officer, Steven Walters.

Ford fled a short distance, but was tackled by Monkelis, only to escape and run off, according to the affidavit.

Troopers gathered clothing that Ford had lost during the scuffle, then identified him as their assailant "through an area canvas" and photo lineup.

Ford was remanded to the Fayette County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bond. He is to be sentenced at 9 a.m. Friday before Solomon.


Woman accused

of stabbing husband

A Fayette County woman is accused of stabbing her husband during an altercation in Uniontown on Saturday.

City police filed assault charges against Linda Reynolds of Lincoln Avenue before District Judge Michael Defino on Saturday. Reynolds' husband, Eddie, told police his wife threw a knife at him as the two argued around 8 p.m.

Eddie Reynolds was taken by ambulance to Uniontown Hospital for treatment of a "deep laceration" in his back, according to the report. He was treated and released.

According to the police report, Linda Reynolds told officers she threw the knife at her husband because he had thrown one at her. Following her arraignment on Saturday, Linda Reynolds was placed in the Fayette County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing will be scheduled later in Uniontown at the vacant office of former District Judge Mark Blair.

No charges had been filed against Eddie Reynolds as of Monday afternoon.


Routine bridge

inspection Wednesday

A routine bridge inspection will occur on the bridge carrying Everson Road (Route 1029) over Route 119 in Bullskin from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday. Motorists will encounter right shoulder restrictions.


Blood drives

scheduled this week

The Uniontown Mall merchants and the American Red Cross are holding a Valentine blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Friday in the community room of Uniontown Mall. There will be a regular blood drive held from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church, 307 Independence St., Perryopolis.


Bakery supplier

recalls pies

A Pennsylvania manufacturer of bakery products is voluntarily recalling its peanut-butter filled Whoopee Pies because of a possible link to salmonella-tainted peanuts.

Officials with Charlie's Specialties of Hermitage say two of their products may contain peanuts produced by the Peanut Corporation of America in Georgia.

The products being recalled are Charlie's All American Whoopie Pie Peanut Butter and Chocolate Bobbs with peanut butter filling.

The company hasn't reported any illnesses from their products but says the recall is being done as a precaution.


Organic farmer

to speak at Penn State

A special presentation, "Think Globally, Eat Locally," given by local organic farmer Paul Sarver, will take place Monday at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. The event -- free and open to the public -- begins at noon in Swimmer Hall in the Williams Building.

At the presentation, Sarver will talk about the concept of sustainability and Community Supported Agriculture. The Sarver family's Sarver's Hill Farm is a staple of Westmoreland County and has been in operation since the late 1700s. Production is focused on organic vegetables, as well as fruits and berries.

The talk will be hosted by Penn State Fayette's Diversity Task Force to increase awareness about international and environmental issues.

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