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WESTMORELAND county

Unity

Palmer tower closing delayed

The closing of the control tower at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport near Latrobe will be delayed until at least June, according to the airport authority's executive director.

The Obama administration is delaying the closure of 149 airport control towers until mid-June in order to deal with legal challenges.

The tower at the airport in Unity was due to close May 5 because of budget constraints under the federal sequester.

“Absolutely I'm happy,” Executive Director Gabe Monzo said. “I'm glad ... they're doing their due diligence to make sure they're doing the right thing.”

The first 24 closures had been scheduled for Sunday.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday the closures will be delayed until June 15. Trade groups representing companies that operate the towers under contract for the flight agency filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court in Washington.

The agency said about 50 airport operators and communities have indicated they may want to pay for operation of the towers themselves, and more time is needed to work out those details.

The FAA previously said the closures were necessary to accommodate automatic spending cuts.

GREENSBURG

Deputy: Man had knife in courthouse

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Derry man who authorities said carried a small utility knife into the Westmoreland County Courthouse.

William L. Bullock, 32, of Fourth Avenue has been charged with possessing a firearm or dangerous weapon in a court facility.

Bullock appeared before county Judge Rita Hathaway March 25 for a hearing on a bench warrant that was rescheduled for a later date, according to court records.

During that hearing, it was learned that a warrant had been issued for Bullock by Hempfield District Judge Mark Mansour in connection with unpaid costs totaling $380.50, according to county sheriff's deputy Irvin Shipley.

Shipley said he searched Bullock in a holding cell and found a small utility knife on a key ring in his pocket. The utility knife was about 2 12 inches long and opened into three tools: scissors, a nail file and a blade about 1 12 inches long.

Authorities asked Bullock if he knew he wasn't permitted to have it in the courthouse, Shipley said.

“Bullock stated, ‘Yes,'” Shipley said in court papers. “I asked Bullock if he showed the knife to (county) park police when he entered the courthouse. Bullock stated, ‘No.'”

A call to Nick Caesar, chief of park police, seeking comment was not returned.

FAYETTE COUNTY

BULLSKIN TOWNSHIP

Latrobe resident killed in crash

The Fayette County coroner's office has identified a 63-year-old Westmoreland County man who was killed Thursday in a two-vehicle crash in Bullskin Township.

Darrell B. Bonomo, 63, of Latrobe, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 5 p.m. crash on Route 119 at Kingview Crossroads, officials said.

State police in Uniontown said Bonomo's 1991 Chrysler Imperial collided with a 2009 Ford F-250 truck driven by Daniel Evans of Chalk Hill. Evans suffered minor injuries.

Police said the cause of the accident remains under investigation. Troopers are asking anyone who witnessed the accident to telephone police at 724-439-7111.

Indiana COUNTY

State police plan Camp Cadet

State police have announced that applications are being accepted for Camp Cadet of Indiana County, and interested applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Indiana County youths age 13 to 15 can apply to attend the free, week-long camp at Camp Seph Mack.

The program offers a look at law enforcement and related careers. Cadets work with police, emergency responders and other investigative agencies to learn investigative techniques, team building and leadership.

State police note that the program is not a recreational or disciplinary camp.

To apply, call the state police barracks at 724-357-1960 or visit www.indianacountycampcadet.org. The deadline to apply is May 31.

STATE

Governor names Health Dept. head

Gov. Tom Corbett on Friday named Michael Wolf as secretary of the Department of Health.

Wolf will oversee the regulation of Pennsylvania's hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities, while organizing and supporting public health initiatives and services.

His department has an annual budget of more than $838 million and about 1,700 employees.

Wolf, 46, of Enola, Cumberland County, joined the Health Department in May 2011 as executive deputy secretary.

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