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Motorcyclist killed in Fayette accident

| Friday, July 5, 2013, 6:21 p.m.

Fayette County

South Union

Motorcycle crash takes life of man, 35

A Pittsburgh man was killed late Thursday night near Uniontown in a motorcycle accident.

Scott Dancer, 35, suffered fatal injuries in the accident along Redstone Furnace Road in South Union shortly before 11 p.m., state police said.

His motorcycle went off the road and slammed into a log in a gravel parking area, police said. The motorcycle was airborne for 114 feet before it landed in a ditch, police said.

Dancer was transported by Fayette EMS to Uniontown Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.


Suspect soughtin home invasion

Police are searching for a gunman accused in a home invasion Friday in Shaler.

The man, who was armed with a handgun, entered the home on Seavey Road and demanded money from the resident, township police said. The gunman fled with the woman's purse at 2:45 p.m., police said.

The man is described as white, in his 30s, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall with medium build and short hair. He was wearing khaki shorts.

After running out of the house, police said, he got into a red station wagon with tinted windows and a possible license plate HTX-6159.

A second person was in the vehicle, but no description was available.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.


Police try to locate schizophrenic man

Pittsburgh police asked for the public's help Friday in finding a missing man.

Charles Swider, 59, of the North Side left his Mitchell Street home about 8 p.m. Wednesday and took a Port Authority bus Downtown, police said. Swider, who has schizophrenia, high blood pressure and diabetes, does not have his medication, police said.

Swider is known to walk around Downtown and was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, black shorts and gray tennis shoes, police said. Police described him as a bald white male with glasses who weighs about 230 pounds and is about 5 feet 10 inches tall.

Anyone who has seen Swider is asked to call 911 or the city police missing persons unit at 412-323-7800.

Hearing set for man who fled checkpoint

A preliminary hearing is scheduled July 17 for a Lincoln-Lemington man accused of fleeing a DUI checkpoint along Route 28 in East Deer and leading police on a high-speed chase through several communities.

Police arrested Todd A. Brown Sr., 45, on Wednesday on charges stemming from the chase that began around 11 p.m. June 28 when he fled the checkpoint at the Creighton-Russellton exit, state police said. Police have said the chase reached speeds of 105 mph as it wound its way through Tarentum, Lower Burrell, Arnold, New Kensington and Plum.

After police forced his car into a grassy area, they said, Brown ran into the woods. Police later found that Brown's license is suspended because of a DUI arrest.


Arson suspectedin vacant-home fires

Police and fire investigators suspect arson in three vacant homes that caught fire within 30 minutes of one another in New Castle.

The first fire was reported about 11 p.m. Thursday. As fire crews battled it, a second call came for a house six blocks away.

The third house was located about six blocks from the second fire. The third blaze was at a home damaged last year when someone set fire to a vacant home next door.

Last year's fire was one of 12 that city officials determined were intentionally set. An investigation led to arrests. Nobody was hurt in any of Thursday night's fires.


Final ticket sold in state lottery raffle

The final ticket for the Pennsylvania Lottery's Millionaire Raffle drawing was sold Friday at Mr. Smokes in North Huntingdon.

Sales for the 16th edition of Millionaire Raffle began on April 26. Sales were limited to 500,000 tickets at $20 each.

The winning numbers will be randomly selected at 6:59 p.m. Saturday, televised on WTAE-4. Four $1 million, top-prize raffle ticket numbers and four $100,000, second-prize raffle ticket numbers will be selected.

The remaining 100 winning ticket numbers for prizes of $1,000 each and 5,892 winning ticket numbers for prizes of $100 each also will be selected but will not be televised live because of time constraints.

Winning numbers will be posted on on Saturday night. Players can also scan their tickets at any lottery retailer to determine if they have a winner.

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