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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 spokesman Tony DeGol said on Wednesday. Maurizio has been pastor …

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
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 …

Congressional Gold Medal to be displayed at Flight 93 9/11 memorial service

By Mary Pickels
The Congressional Gold Medal awarded to the Flight 93 National Memorial will be on display for the first time as part of the 13th anniversary 9/11 memorial service at the Somerset County site. The national park honors the 40 passengers …

Somerset police charge man with kidnapping, robbing 82-year-old

By Paul Peirce
A Somerset man who allegedly woke an 82-year-old Somerset Borough woman about 3 a.m. Wednesday and forced her at gunpoint to make two bank withdrawals …

Somerset police suspect robber is targeting seniors

By Paul Peirce
Somerset police are investigating whether an armed robber is targeting elderly borough residents because of separate robbery attempts on Tuesday and early Wednesday. No money was taken during the first robbery attempt, of an 82-year-old man along East Sanner Street …

Somerset man faces multiple charges in stabbing

By Tribune-Review
A Somerset man has been charged with stabbing another man by Somerset Borough Police. Anthony Campbell, 22, arrived at an apartment on Cannell Drive where …

Blind Somerset man burned in apartment fire able to warn neighbors

By Chuck Brittain
A blind Somerset man who was burned in an apartment fire on Monday managed to escape, but not before alerting neighbors to flee the building. Richard Baldridge was burned when a fire broke out at 604 N. Center Ave. just …

More than 300 animals escape injury in Living Treasures fire

By Mary Pickels
Matt Dumbauld stood outside the charred remains of his residence at Living Treasures Wild Animal Park in Donegal Township Monday morning, cuddling a 6-month-old kangaroo …

SCI-Laurel Highlands inmate found dead

By Tribune-Review
An SCI-Laurel Highlands inmate committed from Lycoming County died at the facility early Saturday, according to state police. Brian Yasipour Sr., 64, died of natural causes, police said. He was found guilty but mentally ill on a charge of criminal …

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