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Trooper fatally shoots burglary suspect inside Somerset Twp. grocery store

By Paul Peirce
State troopers who went into a Somerset County grocery store to check an alarm in the early-morning darkness Friday shot and killed a burglar when he refused to drop a weapon later found to be a BB gun. Michael J. Lowrey, ...

Somerset County woman arraigned in theft, dog stabbing

By Mary Pickels
A Somerset County woman spent her 24th birthday in jail on Monday, charged with burglarizing a neighbor’s apartment and stabbing a small dog ...

Dog euthanized after being stabbed in Somerset break-in

By Mary Pickels
Somerset Borough Police are investigating a burglary Tuesday in which a dog was severely injured and had to be euthanized. Police Chief Randy Cox said officers responded to a burglary at an upstairs apartment on Cannell Drive around 5:45 p.m. A couple ...

Donors, volunteers prune Flight 93 Memorial Groves

By Tribune-Review
Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial volunteers, along with five Davey Tree Expert Company staff members, spent six hours Saturday pruning 1,500 trees in the park’s Memorial Groves. The groves are dedicated to the 40 passengers and crew of United Flight ...

Vandals break Amtrak train window near Meyersdale

By Tribune-Review
An Amtrak passenger train traveling near Meyersdale in southern Somerset County Friday night was hit by a heavy object, which caused about $1,000 in damage to a glass window, state police at Somerset said. An unknown person threw the object that ...

Somerset man gets 10-year prison sentence for meth sales

By Tribune-Review
A 23-year-old Somerset man arrested in 2013 for operating a methamphetamine lab out of his home has been sentenced to 10 years in prison plus five years of federal supervision after his release. U.S. District Court Judge Kim R. Gibson in ...

Somerset County priest denies molesting boys in Honduras

By Liz Zemba
Appearing gaunt and frail, a Somerset County priest on Wednesday entered pleas of not guilty to federal charges he sexually molested three orphaned boys while on mission trips to Honduras. The Rev. Joseph Maurizio, 69, smiled briefly and waved to a ...

Kidney exchange in which Allegheny General Hospital participates enables 34 transplants

By Adam Smeltz
A Somerset County man and 33 other renal disease patients received new kidneys this year in an unprecedented national chain of organ transplants, Allegheny General Hospital announced Wednesday. The North Side hospital is among 26 domestic transplant centers that participated in ...

Feds add 2 alleged victims in Somerset County priest’s sexual tourism case

By Liz Zemba
A federal grand jury has identified two additional alleged victims of a Somerset County priest in custody on allegations he traveled overseas to have sex ...

Hungry potbellied pig stalks customers at Somerset Burger King

By Paul Peirce
J.J. Nichols has had his fill of bacon and sausage jokes. Nichols said he arrived at Burger King on Route 30, just east of Boswell, to ...

Somerset County man McLeod accused of sexually assaulting teen suffers beating

By Tribune-Review
A 24-year-old Windber man accused of sexually assaulting a young Somerset County teenager was beaten Saturday by a relative of the alleged victim, according to state police in Somerset. Adam M. McLeod, formerly of Fennville, Mich., is charged with statutory sexual ...

Volunteers needed to plant trees at Flight 93 memorial

By Mary Pickels
Every spring for the past few years, hundreds of volunteers have converged on a quiet, windswept field in Somerset County, turning earth and planting thousands of seedlings at the site of the country’s newest national park. On April 17 and 18, ...

Somerset K9 officer Arny dies of cancer

By Tribune-Review
Somerset’s police dog Arny succumbed to cancer Monday, according to Police Chief Randy Cox. The K9 officer retired from the force earlier this year after being diagnosed. Arny spent his remaining days at home with his partner, Officer Brian Harbart and ...

Vandergrift man struck on turnpike still in ICU

By Tribune-Review
A Vandergrift man remained in the intensive care unit at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown on Sunday, where he was transported after being struck by a vehicle on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Somerset County on Saturday. According to state police, ...

Meyersdale to celebrate ‘magic water’

By Barbara Starn
The Native Americans first discovered it, calling it “magic water.” The early European settlers used it as a form of currency. It now spans the culinary spectrum, gracing everything from candy to pancakes to ham. Meyersdale, Somerset County, will celebrate ...

More Pennsylvania counties resist detaining illegal immigrants in jails

By Megan Guza and Tony Raap
The number of counties in the state refusing to detain illegal immigrants at federal request is growing. That includes at least seven counties in Western ...

Somerset maple producers team up for taste and tour weekend

By Barabara Starn
The Somerset County Maple Producers Association, with a grant from the Laurel Highlands Tourism Bureau, will host the second annual Maple Taste and Tour Weekend ...

Over the falls — Cucumber Falls that is — go 3 kayakers in Ohiopyle

By Liz Zemba
Kayaking over Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park is a near-impossible run paddlers have pondered for decades, usually over late-night beers in the watering holes ...

Link to Sept. 11 motivated new chief of nonprofit Friends of Flight 93

By Mary Pickels
Henry Scully easily recalls where he was on Sept. 11, 2001. Then an insurance broker in Bermuda, his employer had written the insurance for the World ...

Western Pa. nonprofits roll dice on casino company grants

By Mary Pickels
Twenty-four nonprofits throughout Fayette, Somerset, Westmoreland and Washington counties are among 150 entrants vying for $50,000 in grants through the Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc.’s Community Aces Challenge 2015. One $15,000 grant and one $10,000 grant each will be awarded in ...

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