West Virginia man found dead in truck
State police are investigating the death of a West Virginia man found in a truck Tuesday morning along Ralph-New Geneva Road in German Township.
Coroner Dr. Phillip E. Reilly identified the man as Jonathan Johnson, 31, of Lynco, W.Va.
Reilly said the death was not the result of a motor vehicle accident, but that the truck was found in a ditch at approximately 7 a.m.
A female passenger in the truck was taken to Brownsville Tri-County Hospital for treatment of an undisclosed illness or injury, Reilly said. Her identity was not available last night.
"It's still up in the air," Reilly said of Johnson's cause of death. "There was no major trauma. It's a complicated story to put together."
He said an autopsy would be performed on Johnson.
State police did not have a report on the incident last night.
planned for Thursday
Michael Edwards, executive director of the Connellsville Redevelopment Authority, said a multimunicipal plan meeting will take place at 3 p.m. Thursday in city hall. Connellsville, Connellsville Township and South Connellsville are working on a cooperative agreement that will benefit all three communities by allowing them to access grant money. All three communities will have to approve the agreement.
Edwards said the Pennsylvania Environmental Council will hold a design charette at a time to be announced from Dec. 12 through Dec. 14. The public input session will tie in with the Main Street building facade program. Edwards said business owners will be inspired by possible facade ideas at the sessions.
Charges filed in theft
of metal from resort
A Fayette County man was charged with stealing more than $7,000 of copper and steel pipe from Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Wharton and damaging a steel awning valued at $5,000.
Michael David Yauger, 42, of 291 Turkeyfoot Road, Lemont Furnace, is charged with theft and criminal mischief.
The incidents occurred between April 19 and July 26, state police reported.
According to a criminal complaint filed with Uniontown District Judge Wendy Dennis, Yauger removed 12 feet of steel pipe valued at $2,000, copper pipe valued at $5,000 and steel studs valued at $127.50 from the resort.
Police said the first theft occurred around April 19 and the steel pipe came from a ski lodge pump house.
Around July 8, two witnesses saw Yauger destroy the steel awning, according to the complaint.
Surveillance video from July 25 shows Yauger stealing the copper piping and steel beams from a parking garage, police said.
On Oct. 9, Yauger admitted to police that he stole the copper pipe from the parking garage and said he cut up the steel awning. He said he took the steel pipe from the ski lodge but that he had permission to take it.
Yauger is free on $25,000 unsecured bond.
Pit bull reported stolen
from pen in yard
A woman reported her 4-year-old male pit bull was stolen from her Redstone residence late Sunday or early Monday.
Toya Madison of Cardale told state police the dog was secured in a pen in her yard.
The dog was described as white with brown spots and weighing about 25 pounds.
Anyone with information on the missing dog is asked to call state police at 724-439-7111.
Amtrak train strikes
water tanker truck
No injuries were reported in an accident involving a water tanker truck and an Amtrak train in South Huntingdon early Tuesday.
Amtrak spokeswoman Tracy Connell said the train "clipped the trailer portion of the truck."
Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety spokesman Dan Stevens said it appeared the truck was crossing the tracks when it was struck by the train at approximately 7 a.m.
"There were no injuries, no hazmat (called), no evacuations," Stevens said.
Connell said the Capitol Limited East was on its route between Chicago and Washington, D.C. and was carrying about 150 passengers. Its arrival in Washington was delayed about 90 minutes.
Smithton Fire Department spokesman Marty Ponebshek identified the driver of the tanker as Shawn Spiker of Somerset.
Ponebshek said the accident occurred between Smithton and Jacobs Creek.
The train sustained front-end damage and Spiker's truck was demolished, Ponebshek said.
lands driver in hospital
A Jefferson County woman was hospitalized Monday after a one-vehicle accident in Fayette County.
State police said Geraldine M. Nedrow, 67, of Clover was southbound on Bear Rocks Road in Bullskin and lost control of her vehicle. The car traveled off the roadway and struck a tree at the intersection of Bear Rocks and Brown roads, police said.
Nedrow was transported to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where she was listed in serious condition Tuesday.
Attorney General Tom Corbett announced the state will receive more than $5.5 million as part of a national settlement with Pennsylvania-based drug maker Cephalon, Inc.
Corbett said the settlement resolves that Cephalon engaged in improper off-label marketing for the drugs Actiq, a pain reliever used to treat cancer patients; Gabitril, a medication used to treat seizures; and Provigil, which is used to treat sleep disorders. Cephalon had been accused of promoting uses for those drugs that were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Pennsylvania's Medicaid program is receiving $5,577,859 as part of the national settlement. The settlement funds include repayment of excessive charges for prescription drugs that were allegedly made by the state Medicaid program as the result of Cephalon's off-label marketing, along with damages and penalties.
Corbett said the settlement agreement also includes a "Corporate Integrity Agreement" with Cephalon that requires strict scrutiny of future marketing and sales practices.
Corbett said the Pennsylvania settlement with Cephalon is part of a $425 million national agreement that resolves various federal and state allegations against the company.
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