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Somerset County store clerk tells bandit to bug off with spray can

By The Associated Press
A Somerset County convenience store clerk told a would-be bandit to bug off by spraying the suspect with a can of insecticide. State police say a masked woman entered the CSI Coalfield Mini Market in Berlin Sunday night. That’s when store clerk Annabelle Miller told WJAC-TV she took matters — …

Flight 93 memorial fire’s cause unkown

By Daily American
More than two weeks since a fire destroyed three buildings and many artifacts at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, officials still do not know what caused the blaze. State police fire marshal Scott Kovach said the cause …

Somerset priest accused of sexual abuse remains in detention

By Liz Zemba
A Somerset County priest accused of traveling to Honduras to have sex with a boy has assets of at least $1 million, it was revealed …

Man jailed after break-in, assault in Somerset

By Tribune-Review
A Somerset area man who is believed to be homeless was arrested Sunday for allegedly assaulting a woman in her home early Sunday morning, Somerset police said. The suspect, David Ray Fazenbaker, 45, was accused of illegally entering the woman’s …

Somerset County priest indicted on child-sex charges related to Honduras orphanage work

By Liz Zemba
A federal grand jury has indicted a Somerset County priest on charges he traveled to Honduras to have sex with a minor boy, but his …

Fire another test of 9/11 memorial’s will

By Mary Pickels
Nothing has ever been easy at the Flight 93 National Memorial. In the days after the jetliner crashed on Sept. 11, 2001, teams conducted a grim, painstaking search for anything that remained of the plane downed as its 40 passengers …

Flight 93 fire: No foul play suspected

By Joe Napsha
State and federal investigators have not found any indication of arson or foul play in the fire Friday afternoon that destroyed several artifacts inside three of four trailers being used for the headquarters at the Flight 93 National Memorial near …

9/11 artifacts lost in fire at Flight 93 National Memorial offices

By Bob Stiles
Several artifacts, including a flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol on 9/11, were destroyed in a fire that leveled three of four trailers used …

Fire destroys offices at Flight 93 National Memorial

By Mary Pickels  and Renatta Signorini
A fast-moving fire, fueled by strong winds, destroyed three of four trailers used as office headquarters at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County …

Injured logger transported to hospital for treatment

By Tribune-Review
Emergency crews responded Thursday morning to a call shortly before 8 a.m. along Cranberry Lake Road in Springfield Township, near the Somerset County border, for an injured male. According to Fayette 911, the man was cutting trees when a large …

Somerset man accused of taking son, 3, along on burglary

By Tribune-Review
A Somerset man is accused of taking his 3-year-old son with him to commit a burglary, state police said. Michael Lee Kitzmiller, 38, of Somerset, allegedly entered an unlocked and unoccupied Audrey Lane home at 9 a.m. Friday and took …

Hidden Valley man arrested for loaded gun at Baltimore airport

By Tribune-Review
A Hidden Valley man was arrested Monday after a loaded gun was found on his carry-on bag at the Baltimore-Washington airport. The Transportation Security Administration …

Windber man waives hearing in pregnant girlfriend’s death

By The Associated Press
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
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 …

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