Teen hurt in ATV accident

| Thursday, Aug. 3, 2006

State police at Uniontown and Bullskin Township volunteer firemen were called to the scene where a 13-year-old boy was involved in an ATV accident.

That accident occurred at approximately 7 p.m. Wednesday on private property located off Route 981, in the vicinity of Davies Ford.

Neither police, ambulance nor fire personnel had any additional information by presstime.

Bullskin Township

Snowshoe Road

to be closed

PennDOT District 12 said Snowshoe Road will be closed. This is the entrance to Bear Rocks off of Route 31 on Three Mile Hill. The closure will begin at 6 a.m. Aug. 9 and will continue until Sept. 1. The closure will allow for the reconstruction from the intersection of Route 31 to Walnut Road. The work is part of the project currently under construction on Route 31.

Vehicles traveling in the Bear Rocks community will travel eastbound on Snowshoe Road to Rock Pool Road, then to Route 1009, and back onto Route 31. The detour will be clearly marked to assist motorists.

The detour will affect only traffic for the Bear Rocks community via Snowshoe Road. The traffic on Route 31 will not be affected.


Blood drive held

for local toddler

Central Blood Bank in Pittsburgh said a bone marrow typing and replenishment blood drive will be held for toddler Isaiah LaMonte Johnson. The drive is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday in the donor coach parked in front of the Giant Eagle in Fayette Plaza in Uniontown. The boy is the son of Marlana and Terrence Johnson, of Uniontown; the big brother of 9-month-old Jayden; and grandson of Sue Barnes, hot foods manager at Giant Eagle.

Isaiah celebrated his second birthday on July 22. At 2 months old, he was diagnosed with sickle-cell anemia, a genetic blood disorder that affects red blood cells and often leads to frequent and severe infections, damage to major organs and episodes of unpredictable pain in various parts of the body. Because patients do not make enough red blood cells, it can cause them to look pale or feel tired.

Since his diagnosis, Johnson has received treatment at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and is now receiving blood transfusions. He may also be a candidate for a bone marrow transplant.

Anyone donating blood at this drive may elect to become a member of the National Marrow Donor Program (free of charge) by completing additional paperwork and giving a mouth swab sample.

This special drive is being held to help replenish blood for the toddler as well as other patients at Children's Hospital. Those who are interested in donating should contact Karen Rullo at 724-438-4600 or the Central Blood Bank at 866-DONORS-1 (866-366-6771).


Man sentenced

for molesting child

A Scottdale man was sentenced to five to 10 years in prison after pleading no contest to molesting a 4-year-old girl.

Kevin L. Brown, 41, of 332 Scottdale Ave., was sentenced on Wednesday by Westmoreland County Judge Richard E. McCormick Jr. Brown was given credit for time served at the county prison since last Aug. 29.

Latrobe police say Brown sexually assaulted the girl between March and May 2005. Last November, Brown pleaded no contest to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.

In addition to the prison time, Brown was ordered to have no contact with the victim.


Negotiations resume

for union

Negotiations resumed Wednesday for Westmoreland County and its largest union, but no contract was forged as of late yesterday night.

Service Employees International Union represents about 1,000 of the county's 2,000 workers, including 911 operators, elderly-care nurses and maintenance workers. Many of the workers earn in the $20,000-a-year range.

Stumbling blocks have been the cost of health care and proposed cuts to sick and personal time.

The contract lapsed at the end of 2005. Frustrated with the state of negotiations, union members voted to authorize a strike last month.

Before an actual strike could occur, the union would have to pass a vote and give the county 10 days' notice.

Yesterday's session was the first since the union threatened to strike. County officials say contingency plans are in place to ensure services would continue operating in the event of a walkout.


Summer lunches offered

to district residents

The Connellsville Area School District is offering a summer food-service program at no cost to participants.

At open sites, children 18 and younger are eligible for a free lunch regardless of family size or income. To be eligible for free meals at closed sites, children must meet the family income guidelines for reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch program.

The school district offers the program at six sites: Bullskin Township, South Side, Dunbar Borough, Springfield Township, Dunbar Township and Zachariah Connell elementary schools.

No pre-registration is necessary. The program runs through Aug. 11, with meals served from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Gloria Clawson at 724-626-4019.

On the menu:

= Aug. 7: Spaghetti with meat sauce, green beans, roll, fruit cup.

= Aug. 8: Steak nuggets, whipped potatoes and gravy, vegetable, roll, peanut butter bon bon.

= Aug. 9: Chicken patty on bun, potato rounds, mixed vegetables, peaches.

= Aug. 10: Choice of sandwich, french fries, applesauce, banana bread square.

= Aug. 11: Pizza, salad, pears.

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