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Somerset County man arrested after loaded gun found at Baltimore airport

By The Associated Press 10:48 a.m.
BALTIMORE — A Somerset County man has been arrested at the Baltimore-Washington airport after a loaded gun was found in his carry-on bag. The Transportation Security Administration says its officers found the .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun in a carry-on Monday as …

Windber man waives hearing in pregnant girlfriend’s death

By The Associated Press 10:57 a.m.
A Windber man has waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges in the death of his pregnant girlfriend and her child. Denver Blough, 25, is charged in Somerset County with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, attempted homicide and reckless …

Bishop mum on accused priest

By Liz Zemba 10:27 a.m.
The bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown on Monday told parishioners at a Somerset County church whose priest is accused of sexually exploiting teenage boys at a Central American orphanage that he can’t speak about the case. But Bishop Mark …

Somerset County priest charged with child sexual exploitation involving orphanages

By Richard Gazarik
For a decade, a Western Pennsylvania priest traveled to orphanages in Central and South America under the guise of doing relief work. But on Thursday, …

Burglars hit 3 businesses in Somerset Township

By Kari Andren
When Teresa Black opened the Pennsylvania Elks State Association office on Thursday, she found papers strewn around, drawers and a safe emptied and items swept off the shelves of a storage area. The association was one of at least three …

Somerset Area tax collector accused of stealing more than $65K

By Joe Napsha
A Somerset woman is accused of stealing more than $65,000 from the Somerset Area School District while collecting taxes from local businesses for the past two school years, the district attorney’s office said. Deborah June Miller, 50, allegedly turned over …

Death penalty eyed in Somerset County killing

By Joe Napsha
The Somerset County district attorney plans to seek the death penalty against a Windber man accused of fatally shooting his pregnant girlfriend on May 31 and causing the death of her unborn daughter, state police at Somerset said on Monday. …

Windber priest suspended as feds raid home, rectory

By Richard Gazarik
A Roman Catholic priest was placed on indefinite leave because federal agents raided his Somerset County church office and residence last week. Bishop Mark Bartchak of the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese suspended the Rev. Joseph Maurizio Jr., 69, of Windber, diocesan …

Jefferson Hills woman faces charges in accident that killed 2 in Somerset County

By Joe Napsha
An Allegheny County woman was charged Tuesday with causing the death of two people on March 8 in a two-vehicle accident about seven miles southwest of Somerset, state police at Somerset said. Amy Oblack, 26, of Jefferson Hills, is accused …

Windber man pleads to stealing from church’s African fund

By The Associated Press
A Windber man has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $60,000 from a church charity that benefits Sudanese children. Twenty-eight-year-old Justin Wirick pleaded guilty Monday in Somerset County to taking the money from Angels of East Africa, a charity founded …

Somerset County man, 80, pleads guilty to stalking former witness

By The Associated Press
A Somerset County man has pleaded guilty to stalking a woman who testified against him in the killing of his second wife after just three weeks of marriage. State police charged William McTonic, 80, of Jerome, with driving past the …

Congressional Gold Medal bestowed on Flight 93 heroes on anniversary of 9/11

By Paul Peirce and Mary Pickels
Emerson Glick was just 3 months old when her dad perished aboard United Airlines Flight 93. At 13, she’s too young to know the fear …

Development of Flight 93 National Memorial focuses on keeping the story alive for generations to come

By Mary Pickels
Gordon Felt gazed across a windswept field above the Flight 93 National Memorial Wednesday, marveling at the rising structures before him. “To see those walls rising up is stunning. What a visual,” he said. In front of him was the …

Savagery of ISIS stirs the grief of 9/11 for survivors

By Craig Smith
Robert Hemenway doesn’t know Diane and John Foley. But he knows their pain. And watching the Foleys on the front lawn of their New Hampshire …

Friends of Flight 93 name executive director

By Craig Smith
Henry Scully started volunteering as a greeter at the Flight 93 National Memorial 10 months ago and was struck by the “passionate story” of the passengers and crew. “It’s right in our backyard,” said Scully, who was named executive director …

Body of missing Somerset County man found near Seanor

By Tribune-Review
The body of a missing Somerset County man was found Monday after a day-long search. Daniel Robert Thomas, 52, of Davidsville, was last seen Sunday night, according to state police at Somerset. His body was found near railroad tracks that …

Mountain Craft Days in Somerset celebrate pioneer spirit

By Barbara Starn 7:49 p.m.
The ring of the stonemason’s hammer and chisel and the rhythm of the railsplitter’s tools, common sounds of 18th century frontier life, will greet people who visit the 43rd Mountain Craft Days festival on Friday through Sept. 7 at the …

Somerset County man killed in 1-car crash

By Tribune-Review
A Somerset County man was killed Sunday after the car he was driving hit a utility pole and overturned. Christopher Edward Maddy, 23, of Cairnbrook was pronounced dead at the scene along Monument Road near Browning Road, according to state …

New Centerville Threshermen’s Jubilee marks 62nd year

By Barbara Starn
As a retired farmer and retired fire chief of the New Centerville and Rural Volunteer Fire Company, Jim Brocht has been a part of the Farmers and Threshermens Jubilee since its inception in 1953. As general chairman of the event, …

Hazmat volunteers praised for dedication at Seven Springs conference

By Paul Peirce
As publicly funded hazardous materials teams have seen their emergency calls dwindle along with the number of volunteers in recent years, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency …

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