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Penn Township orders replacement bridge

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

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New Saunders Station Road bridge ordered

A new Saunders Station Road bridge will be constructed later this year.

Commissioners awarded the contract for the bridge to ADM Welding of Warren.

It will cost $38,560 plus $1,150 in delivery fees. Commissioners said delivery should take four to six weeks.

The project is being paid for with Marcellus shale funds the township received under Act 13, according to township manager Bruce Light.

The Level Green-area bridge was closed Dec. 4 because of deterioration. The bridge is between Route 130 and Home Drive.


Toddler falls from 2nd-floor window

A 2-year-old child was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital Tuesday after falling out of a second-floor window in Greensburg, according to police.

City police Chief Walter “Wally” Lyons said the child was injured late Tuesday afternoon. He said he did not know the child's identity or any circumstances about the incident.

Lyons said the child was accompanied to the hospital by his mother. The incident occurred in the 300 block of Walnut Avenue, Lyons said.


WCCC commencement ceremony set May 9

Westmoreland County Community College will hold its commencement ceremony at 6 p.m. May 9 in the Founders Hall gymnasium on the Youngwood campus.

College President Daniel J. Obara will present degrees, diplomas and certificates to nearly 900 graduates from Westmoreland, Fayette, Greene and Indiana counties.

The keynote address will be delivered by Mary Catherine Motchar, president and owner of Arbor Industrial Supplies Inc., a Greensburg company that sells machine shop supplies and tools used in the manufacturing industry.

Motchar is a member and past president of the WCCC Educational Foundation's board of directors and a member of the college's alumni association.


Brush fire damages 10 acres of woodlands

Firefighters from 13 companies Tuesday battled a brush fire in Donegal Township that charred 10 acres of woods just off the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Chestnut Ridge Assistant Chief Shawn Kestner said the fire started around 3 p.m. and it took an estimated 50 firefighters about five hours to bring it under control.

“It was pretty rough terrain,” Kestner said of the area near Felgar Road where the blaze occurred. The cause remains under investigation by the U.S. Forestry Service, Kestner said.

No injuries were reported, and there was no damage to any structures, Kestner said. The fire did not affect vehicle traffic in the area.



Election bureau seeksworkers for polls

The Fayette County Election Bureau is seeking individuals to work at the polls for the May 21 spring primary election.

Judges and inspectors are needed in Menallen Township District 3, Fayette City Borough, Bullskin Township District 1, Springhill Township District 1, Uniontown Ward 1 and Masontown Borough District 2.

Pay rates begin at $75 per day and vary per position, said Director Larry Blosser.

For more information, contact the Election Bureau at 724-430-1289.


4 electric car charging sites ahead for turnpike

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission said it plans to open four electric car charging stations along the toll highway this summer, including ones at Oakmont and New Stanton plazas.

“We're thrilled to offer our customers another energy choice when it comes to fueling up,” said turnpike facilities director Jack Christensen.

The agency is spending about $2.5 million on the charging stations, according to a turnpike news release. The state Department of Environmental Protection awarded a $1 million grant in December 2011 to the Florida-based Car Charging Group, which matched the grant. The turnpike provided another $500,000.

The turnpike said charging costs have not been set.

In addition to Oakmont and New Stanton, the turnpike plans to open charging stations in Lancaster and Montgomery counties this summer. The turnpike said it plans to place charging stations at 17 plazas.


Girl who was missing for 18 days found safe

A McKees Rocks girl who was missing for 18 days is safe, police said on Tuesday.

Police feared that Shi-Asia Robinson, 16, was being held against her will because of a conversation she had with her grandmother after leaving home on April 5. Robinson walked into the Stowe police station on Monday evening in good health, McKees Rocks police Chief Robert Cifrulak said.

Robinson was believed to be in the company of Jermaine DeHonney, 17, of Turtle Creek, who has a criminal history involving guns and who removed a court-ordered tracking device from his ankle. Cifrulak did not say whether DeHonney has been captured.

Child who stepped into traffic hospitalized

A boy was injured on Tuesday when he was struck by a sport utility vehicle in the 500 block of East 10th Avenue in Tarentum.

Police said the unidentified boy, who is about 12, was hit at about 3:40 p.m. when he stepped onto the road near Garfield Street.

The boy was alert and able to tell police his mother's name and phone number, Patrolman Kurt Jendrejewski said. The boy was treated at the scene before being taken to a hospital.

Jendrejewski said it's unlikely that charges would be filed against the driver.

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