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Fire damages shed, barn in Somerset County

By Tribune-Review
A large storage shed and barn in Somerset County were damaged in a fire Wednesday afternoon, state police at Somerset said. The cause of the fire at 190 Sawmill Road in Brothersvalley is undetermined and remains under investigation, Trooper Scott E. Kovach stated in a news release. The Berlin Fire Department responded ...

Somerset County man, 80, wants to withdraw witness stalking plea

By The Associated Press
An 80-year-old Somerset County man wants to withdraw his guilty plea to stalking a woman who testified against him in his second wife’s killing. William McTonic of Jerome entered the plea in September along with guilty pleas to two unrelated …

Road work set for Flight 93 chapel area in Somerset County

By Mary Pickels
One week after a fatal accident closed the Flight 93 Memorial Chapel to visitors, a PennDOT spokeswoman said roadway safety improvements are on the horizon. Tara Callahan-Henry said PennDOT has contracted with Morgan Rail of Reading to install signs at the ...

Somerset County priest Maurizio seeks to bar evidence that grand jury didn’t hear or rejected

By Liz Zemba
The attorney for a Somerset County priest accused of sexually abusing an orphaned boy in Honduras in 2009 wants jurors to be barred from hearing evidence that a grand jury either never heard or rejected. Altoona attorney Steven Passarello filed ...

Boyce Park, Seven Springs, Hidden Valley ski resorts open

By Tribune-Review
Southwestern Pennsylvania’s ski resorts have taken advantage of colder than normal temperatures to make snow and are celebrating White Friday. The area’s two largest resorts, Seven Springs Mountain Resort and Hidden Valley, both in Somerset County, have opened for the …

Fatal crash closes Flight 93 chapel in Somerset County

By Tribune-Review
The Flight 93 Memorial Chapel in Stonycreek, Somerset County, will be closed to visitors pending an assessment of damage caused when a car hit the building in a fatal, two-vehicle crash Tuesday. Barbara Custer, 72, of Shanksville was pronounced dead at ...

ATV victim’s family seeks deal in fatal crash in Somerset County

By Paul Peirce
The father and great-aunt of a 4-year-old girl killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash in Somerset County last month are trying to reach a plea ...

Somerset racetrack investor faces bad-check charges

By Tribune-Review
A member of the group that purchased Jennerstown Speedway in Somerset County was charged Tuesday with two counts of issuing bad checks, court documents show. The Somerset County District Attorney’s office charged John William Taylor, 39, of Tyrone, with issuing bad ...

Somerset County couple charged with having supplies for meth lab

By Tribune-Review 12:05 a.m.
A Somerset County couple were charged this week with possessing ingredients to operate a methamphetamine laboratory after troopers executed a search warrant at their home. Justin Custer, 24, and Christen Carr, 22, both of Southampton Township in the southeastern portion of ...

Fire damages Somerset County home

By Tribune-Review
Several fire departments battled a blaze at a Spruce Hole Lane residence in Middlecreek Township Saturday night. A Somerset County 911 dispatcher said a fully involved structure fire was reported at about 7 p.m. Fire departments from New Centerville, Rockwood and Bakersville ...

Somerset priest charged in Honduras child-sex case won’t be freed

By Paul Peirce
A Somerset County Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing an orphaned boy in Honduras in 2009 will not be released from jail to await ...

Central City man draws knife during scuffle

By Tribune-Review
Harry H. Hillegass, 50, of Central City was charged by state police in Somerset after he allegedly drew a knife during a scuffle with two men. Hillegass was charged with felony aggravated assault, DUI, terroristic threats, simple assault, recklessly endangering another ...

Ex-Steeler Rocky Bleier, team neurosurgeon chair extreme hike planned to aid veterans

By Tribune-Review
A Steelers legend and a UPMC neurosurgeon will be honorary chairmen of The Crucible, an extreme hike planned in May to help an organization that benefits military veterans. Former Steelers player Rocky Bleier and Dr. Joseph Maroon are to be announced ...

Somerset driver, 81, dies in collision with truck

By Tribune-Review
An 81-year-old Somerset County man driving with no headlights died in a two-vehicle crash early Monday when his car collided with a tri-axle truck on Route 281 in Somerset Township. William Lewis of Stoystown was pronounced dead by the county coroner’s ...

Prosecutor to appeal home detention for Somerset priest

By Paul Peirce
In a Johnstown courtroom Thursday, U.S. Magistrate Keith Pesto said the prosecution of a Somerset County Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing an orphaned boy ...

2 of Somerset County girl’s relatives arraigned in her ATV death

By Paul Peirce
The father and great-aunt of a 4-year-old girl killed in an all-terrain vehicle crash in Somerset County on Oct. 27 were arraigned Tuesday on five criminal charges of child endangerment and 14 summary complaints filed by state police. Bradley Felker, 28, ...

Neophyte Patrick Stefano ends 67-year drought for Republicans in 32nd District

By Kari Andren
A Republican will represent Fayette and Somerset counties and parts of Westmoreland County in the state Senate for the first time in 67 years. Republican Patrick ...

Flight 93 centers to open in 2015

By Joe Napsha
The National Park Service and the Friends of the Flight 93 National Memorial are focused on completing a visitors center and a learning center, both estimated to cost a total of more than $20 million, at the Somerset County crash ...

2 adults charged in ATV crash that killed 4-year-old Somerset girl

By Paul Peirce
Two adults were charged Friday with endangering the welfare of children and traffic violations for allegedly allowing a 14-year-old to drive an all-terrain vehicle that overturned at a Somerset County railroad crossing with four children aboard, killing a 4-year-old girl. State ...

Fund set up for 4-year-old Meyersdale girl’s final expenses

By Tribune-Review
As state police in Somerset investigate an all-terrain vehicle accident Monday that killed a 4-year-old Meyersdale girl, a fund has been set up to help pay her funeral expenses. In lieu of flowers, the family of Tailynn Marie Felker, 4, has ...

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