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Woman attacked by 3 men

| Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008

Police in Uniontown are investigating a report that three men forced their way into a Millview Street home and attacked a woman.

The woman told police that when she went to her foyer to investigate noises on her porch, a masked man pushed his way through the unlocked door. Two other men followed him inside, where one of the men pushed the woman to the floor.

All three men fled when the woman's boyfriend shouted at them. The boyfriend reportedly struck one of the men in the back of the head as they ran off.

The woman was taken to Uniontown Hospital for observation after complaining of chest pains, according to a police report.


New Salem man

dies of accident injuries

A Fayette County man died Monday of injuries he suffered in a head-on, two-vehicle crash last week in Menallen.

James D. Jordan, 80, of New Salem died Monday at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va., from complications from surgery related to his crash injuries, state police in Uniontown reported.

The accident occurred around 8 p.m. Thursday on Route 40 in front of the Coal Baron Restaurant, police said.

Jordan was driving a Dodge Caravan west in the eastbound lane when he collided head-on with an eastbound Chevy Blazer driven by Brandy L. Whoolery, 23, of Uniontown.

A witness told police Jordan had turned onto Route 40 from Haddenville Road and had been traveling in the wrong direction the entire time, a distance of less than 2,000 feet. The witness said she tried to get his attention by flashing her lights and blowing her horn to no avail.

Whoolery and her passenger, Shawn M. Mansberry, 19, of Uniontown, were treated for injuries at Uniontown Hospital.



revocation sought

A Fayette County teenager who has dual citizenship in Saudi Arabia has been charged as an adult for allegedly threatening a woman at gunpoint, prompting the district attorney's office to seek revocation of the teen's passport.

Zack Al-Balawi, 16, of 60 Duck Hollow Road, is charged by Uniontown police with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats and possession of a firearm by a minor.

In a criminal complaint, police allege Al-Balawi pointed a sawed-off shotgun at Connie Dressel and threatened to "blow her head off."

Dressel, 38, of 41 Downer Ave., went to the police station the evening of Nov. 10 to report the incident. According to a criminal complaint, she told police Al-Balawi pushed a man down the stairs of her house, then threatened her with the gun as she tried to help the man.

Dressel told police she was afraid to go back into her house because Al-Balawi had the gun and was in an upstairs bedroom with a friend and two of her children. She told police the shotgun was hidden under clothes in her son's closet.

Police charged Al-Balawi as a juvenile after finding the gun in the closet, but they moved the charges to adult court at the direction of Assistant District Attorney Phyllis Jin.

Jin said Al-Balawi was charged as an adult because of the seriousness of the crime. In addition, she said the incident is not the teen's first encounter with police.

Al-Balawi is in the Fayette County Prison in lieu of $20,000 bond, but Jin said she will seek an emergency revocation of his passport.

A preliminary hearing on the charges has been tentatively slated for 2:30 p.m. today at the Uniontown office of former District Justice Mark Blair.


Constable under

investigation in shooting

An elected state constable is under investigation in Fayette County after firing five rounds at an occupied car Monday while attempting to serve an arrest warrant for a summary citation.

One of the rounds hit a nearby mobile home, but none of the occupants -- including a 12-year-old girl -- was hurt, said state police at Uniontown.

Police are withholding the constable's identity, pending the outcome of an investigation that will include a review by District Attorney Nancy Vernon for possible criminal charges.

The constable was attempting to serve the warrant on Milani Myers, 37, of Fairchance, at the intersection of Kennedy and Coolspring streets in North Union at 9:30 a.m. Myers and Richard Myers, 40, also of Fairchance, entered a vehicle and tried to leave, police said.

The constable partially blocked the Myers' vehicle with his own vehicle, then approached the Myers' vehicle. Police said the constable advised the driver to stop because of the warrant, but the vehicle continued to advance toward the constable.

The constable fired a round at the driver's side front tire as he stepped out of the way, police said. As the vehicle fled north on Coolspring Street, the constable fired four more rounds. Police later discovered one of the rounds had struck a mobile home at 35 Atlantic Ave., damaging both the exterior and interior of the residence.

Four people who were inside the home were not hurt. Police identified three of the occupants as Gregg Thomas, 35, Mary Flowers, 33, and Osabee Thomas, 65. Police did not identify a fourth occupant, indicating only that she is a 12-year-old girl.


Thanksgiving dinner

served Friday

The Salvation Army Connellsville Area Service Center, 201 E. Fairview Ave., will hold its annual Thanksgiving dinner from 10 a.m. to noon Friday.


Road rage citations

may be issued

An incident involving Robin Darnell and Terri L. Shinsky, both of Uniontown, is being investigated by state police at Uniontown.

Police said Darnell was tailgating Shinsky on Route 119 at 3 p.m. Nov. 12. Shinsky stopped her vehicle in the crest of the road and Darnell struck the Shinsky vehicle.

Police said numerous traffic citations will be filed. Shinsky may be charged with reckless endangering, police said.

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