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Police accuse Somerset man of choking mother

By Tribune-Review
A Somerset County man grabbed his mother around the throat and choked her after they argued about him selling his television for marijuana, state police at Somerset said. “‘How’s it feel to die?” Joel Lepley, 20, of Boswell, said several times as he choked his 49-year-old mother, according to police. …

Volunteers needed to plant trees at Flight 93 memorial

By Mary Pickels
Volunteers are needed to plant thousands of trees at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County. As they have for the past two years, hundreds of people will donate labor at the site this month during the two-day “Plant …

Robber holds up Somerset County bank

By Tribune-Review
Somerset County Stoystown Police searching for robbery suspect A skinny man carrying a gray plastic bag robbed a Somerset County bank Friday afternoon, state police said. The First National Bank on Main Street in Stoystown was help up by a …

Latrobe man injured in turnpike crash

By Tribune-Review
A Latrobe man was injured early Tuesday while sitting in a stopped Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission vehicle being used to direct traffic around another vehicle that had caught on fire. The fire was reported about 9:45 p.m. Monday on the westbound …

Meyersdale gets spruced up for maple festival

By Barbara Starn
The community of Meyersdale, Somerset County, celebrates all things maple during its 67th annual Maple Festival from Wednesday through April 6. Sue Decker, president of the Maple Festival, said the festival is not all about celebrating the past; it also …

Judge rules Flight 93 site near Shanksville worth $1.53 million

By Brian Bowling
A three-person commission came up with the correct value for the United Flight 93 crash memorial site, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Donetta Ambrose rejected arguments by the previous property owner, Michael Svonavec, and the current owner, …

Police seek suspect who touched teen in Somerset

By Tribune-Review
Police said they developed leads that enabled them to identify a man who inappropriately touched a 14-year-old three times on March 7 in the electronics section of the Wal-Mart on North Center Avenue in Somerset. State police at Somerset said …

Safety of Pa. Amish schoolchildren placed in the spotlight

By Craig Smith
The dozens of children learning to read and write at the six Amish schools in Somerset County get there the old-fashioned way: They walk. No …

At Western Pennsylvania ski areas, snow leads way to ‘wonderful’ winter

By Aaron Aupperlee
By some measures, winter at the Boyce Park ski area was too successful. The Allegheny County-owned ski, snowboard and tubing hill in Plum ran out …

Rockwood couple jailed with assaulting toddler

By Tribune-Review
A Rockwood couple were charged Monday with reckless endangerment and simple assault after bruises were discovered on their 18-month-old son’s buttocks. State police in Somerset said Chad R. Beals, 37, and his wife, Melanie J., 25, were arraigned Monday before …

Police: Drunk man attacked 3 nurses in Somerset County ER

By The Associated Press
State police have charged a man with attacking three emergency room nurses when he arrived drunk to visit his mother at a Somerset County hospital. Online court records don’t list an attorney for Jeffrey Scott Beeman, 29, of Somerset, who …

Victims identified in Somerset County crash

By Tribune-Review
Two people were killed and two others injured in a two-vehicle crash at a Somerset County intersection on Saturday afternoon. State police said a Subaru Outback being driven at noon by Amy Michelle Oblack, 25, on Cross Road drove onto …

Somerset County man injured in collision with train

By Tribune-Review
A Somerset County man was seriously injured Tuesday morning when his car was struck by a freight train. The accident was reported at 9:55 a.m. at Route 281 at Geiger Road. Brian Ronald Trent, 43, of Somerset, was flown to …

Visitor spending on Flight 93 Memorial project to equal feds' expenditure

By Renatta Signorini
When the visitor’s center at the Flight 93 National Memorial is completed in late 2015, the amount spent in the region by those visiting the …

Commissioning of USS Somerset honors United Airlines Flight 93 heroes

By Mary Pickels
Blue-gray water quietly lapped the shore of the Delaware River in Philadelphia on Saturday as 80 Marines and Navy sailors awaited the order. “Officers and …

USS Somerset a floating tribute to the heroism of those on Flight 93

By Mary Pickels
PHILADELPHIA — Aboard the USS Somerset on the Delaware River on Thursday, Capt. Thomas L. Dearborn reflected on his first visit to the Flight 93 …

Somerset hotel destroyed by fire

By Sean Stipp
The Oakton Hotel in Somerset County was destroyed by fire early Thursday morning, leaving the owner and his son who lived there homeless and without …

Icy road blamed in Somerset deputy coroner’s death

By Paul Peirce
State police in Somerset said icy road conditions on Wednesday morning contributed to a crash that killed a 73-year-old deputy coroner and retired Somerset Borough …

Court reporters to help transcribe Flight 93 interviews

By Craig Smith
The Pennsylvania Court Reporters Association will help transcribe more than 800 audio interviews for an oral history project at the Flight 93 National Memorial, officials said. The goal of the project is to preserve the individual and collective story of …

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