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Brownsville man in critical condition after motorcycle crash

| Thursday, May 16, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

fayette county

South union twp.

Route 40 motorcyclist in critical condition

A Brownsville man is in critical condition following a motorcycle accident early Wednesday.

State police said Gary J. Brooks, 52, was traveling east on Route 40 in South Union on a 1989 Yamaha 1100 motorcycle around 2:19 a.m. when he apparently lost control and struck two curbs.

Brooks was seriously injured and was flown by medical helicopter to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va., police said.

Somerset county

Summit twp.

Meth lab ‘dump site' under investigation

State police are investigating a “large dump site” for a methamphetamine lab along Sand Spring Road in Summit Township that apparently is related to the arrests of two men in late April for operating a meth lab in a nearby home.

In a news release, police said the lab was discovered at 11 p.m. Tuesday and the scene was being cleaned and processed.

The incident number matches that of a case that resulted in charges against Jordan Michael O'Donnell, 22, and Matthew Gordon Bowman, 29, both of Meyersdale, for allegedly operating a methamphetamine lab in an apartment on Mason Dixon Highway in Summit Township.

Both suspects are lodged in the Somerset County Prison. O'Donnell's bond was set at $75,000 and Bowman's is $125,000. Preliminary hearings have not been scheduled.

No charges have been filed in connection with the dump site.

Indiana county

grant twp.

Man accused of rape, restraint at his home

A Grant Township man is free on $30,000 unsecured bond after state police charged him with raping a woman.

While the woman was at the Broughler Road home of Leonard T. Mano, 49, on Sunday, he allegedly touched her genitals and pushed her onto a dog kennel after the woman asked him to stop, police said.

Mano allegedly pinned the woman down twice and raped her. The victim told police she was telling Mano to stop. Police interviewed the woman at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

Mano is charged with rape, simple assault, unlawful restraint and indecent assault.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Tuesday before Indiana District Judge George Thachik.


Civil rights case reassigned

Chief U.S. District Judge Sean McLaughlin has reassigned a Homewood man's civil rights lawsuit against three Pittsburgh police officers to U.S. District Judge David Cercone, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

Jordan Miles, 21, claims that Officers Michael Saldutte, David Sisak and Richard Ewing lacked probable cause to arrest him during a confrontation Jan. 12, 2010, on Tioga Street in Homewood. He also claims they used excessive force during the arrest.

The officers deny both claims.

A trial in August ended in a hung jury on both claims, but the jury acquitted the officers on Miles' third claim, that they maliciously prosecuted him on charges that were later dismissed in order to cover up the civil rights violations.

U.S. District Judge Gary Lancaster had presided over the case before his death last month. He had scheduled a new trial on the remaining two counts for July.


Exxon at McKnight, Nelson Run held up

There were no injuries in a holdup Wednesday morning at the Exxon station at McKnight and Nelson Run roads in Ross.

Township police Detective Brian Kohlhepp said a man in his 20s walked into the station at 11:20 a.m. when the only person inside was the clerk. The robber did not say he had a gun and none was seen, Kohlhepp said.

The man was described as white and wearing a black ball cap with a Pittsburgh Penguins logo and a green hooded sweatshirt. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 412-931-9070.


Middle school student accused of threats

A Canonsburg Middle School student is scheduled to appear in court Thursday after being accused of stealing a set of school keys and threatening to shoot a teacher.

Canonsburg police charged the boy, 13, on Monday with theft and terroristic threats.

The boy recently was found in possession of a set of master keys to the school building, police said. Later, a school counselor reported that the boy threatened to shoot a teacher.

A juvenile detention hearing is scheduled at the Washington County Courthouse, police said.


West Virginia man target of national hunt

A nationwide manhunt is under way for a West Virginia man who failed to show up for trial on charges of selling illegal bath salts at his stores in Buckhannon and Clarksburg.

John Skruck, 57, a Clarksburg resident who formerly lived in Texas, is charged with possession with intent to deliver bath salts on numerous occasions between September 2011 and April 2012 when his Hot Stuff Cool Things stores were raided, prosecutors said. Skruck also is charged with money laundering and maintaining drug-involved premises.Prosecutors said Skruck — a white man with long, gray-brown hair and a beard — failed to return Monday from an approved out-of-town trip. A warrant was issued Tuesday, the day his federal trial was scheduled to begin. Three co-defendants have been convicted in the case.

Bath salts are hard-to-detect designer drugs that produce effects similar to cocaine and amphetamines.

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