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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 agreement on charges stemming from the accident, their attorney said Thursday. Bradley Felker, 28, and his ...

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
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 ...

Girl, 4, dies in ATV accident near Meyersdale

By Paul Peirce
State police have not released details about an all-terrain vehicle accident Monday that killed a 4-year-old girl and injured three others at a railroad crossing in rural Somerset County. Tailynn Felker was pronounced dead at Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center from multiple ...

32nd District seat in Pa. perceived as pivotal for chamber control

By Kari Andren
Experts say the nearly $2 million spent by candidates in a bitterly fought state Senate race centered in Fayette and Somerset counties is off the ...

Warrant says accused priest used smartphone app to communicate with boys

By Liz Zemba
A Somerset County priest accused of traveling to Honduras to have sex with a boy used a translation app on a smartphone to ask Spanish-speaking ...

Turnpike work may alter course for unusual roadside church in New Baltimore

By Craig Smith
For years, Diane Zelenak looked with curiosity at a sign inviting travelers along a remote stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike between Somerset and Bedford to ...

Cause of fire at Flight 93 National Memorial ‘undetermined’

By Debra Erdley  and Mary Pickels
The Oct. 3 blaze that destroyed three of four office trailers at the Flight 93 National Memorial originated outside on a wooden ramp providing handicapped access to the trailers, state police Fire Marshal Scott Kovach said. But Kovach said he can’t ...

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 ...

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