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Sign up for Christmas baskets

| Friday, Oct. 9, 2009

The Dawson/Perryopolis Area Salvation Army Service Unit will hold signup for Christmas baskets and toys from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Dawson Volunteer Fire Department on Galley Street in Dawson. Only those residing in the following areas will be served: Dawson, Leisenring, West Leisenring, Vanderbilt, Dickerson Run, Perryopolis, Wick Haven, Star Junction, Van Meter, Banning and Layton.

Bring the following items with you when you register: proof of residency (a utility bill, rent receipt, etc.), proof of household income, Social Security cards for all in the household. Only children under age 13 will be eligible for toys, and only as they are allotted to the service unit. There is no guarantee of number of toys to be given this year due to the current economic situation. For more information, call 724-398-3096 or 724-529-0315.


Program offers bargain spaying for dogs

Fayette Friends of Animals in Uniontown offers a "Spay-a-Mom" program year round and will spay your mother dog if you bring the pups to the shelter. The cost of the spay runs from $10 to $60, with the average cost only $20. Call the shelter at 724-245-7815 for more information on the program.


Single-lane restrictions in Champion start Monday

Single-lane restrictions will be encountered on a bridge on Route 1058 (County Line Road) in Champion Monday through Oct. 30. A section of County Line Road will have the restrictions 800 feet from the intersection of County Line Road and Route 381. Dates of this restriction have been changed to accommodate traffic during a local festival.

PennDOT reminds motorists they can visit at or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions before traveling district roadways.


Woman charged after traffic stop

A Fayette County woman faces drug charges after she was allegedly found in possession of marijuana and heroin during a traffic stop.

Brandi Lee Whoolery, 24, of 49 Walnut St. is charged by Uniontown police with possession of heroin, possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, and carrying a firearm without a license.

Police said they found Whoolery with the drugs and $243 cash when they stopped a black Ford Escape at 5:03 p.m. Tuesday on Walnut Street. Police allege Whoolery, a passenger in the SUV, had a .25-caliber pistol concealed in one of her shoes. Officers stopped the vehicle because another passenger in the SUV was wanted on an alleged violation of a protection-from-abuse court order.

The driver and a third passenger in the vehicle were searched, but police found nothing amiss, according to a police report.

Whoolery and the man who was wanted for the alleged PFA violation, David Millero, 20, of Uniontown were arraigned before District Judge Randy Abraham and placed in the Fayette County Prison in lieu of bonds.


Patient says money was stolen from Bible

A patient at a Fayette County health care center told police someone stole money she had hidden in a Bible.

The victim, a patient at Laurel Ridge Center on Hickle Street, told Uniontown police someone took $40 from a Bible she kept in a dresser drawer at the facility. The woman told police her daughter had given her the cash on Sept. 29, and she discovered it missing on Oct. 5.

Mt. Pleasant

Blood drive for child set for Thursday

A replenishment blood drive for Hannah Kalp, 3, will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Paradise United Methodist Church, 105 Hoke Road in Mt. Pleasant. Kalp has pre-B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She is the daughter of Chad and Melissa Haines Kalp of Youngstown and granddaughter of Denise Kalp of Acme.

Kalp will need blood transfusions and platelets for her ongoing treatments. For information, call Kalp's aunt Sharon Freeman at 724-423-6716.


U.S. House passes Flight 93 resolution

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a resolution honoring southwestern Pennsylvania residents for their volunteer work at the Flight 93 crash site.

The resolution that passed Wednesday honors the people of Shanksville and encourages the National Park Service to complete a permanent memorial there by Sept. 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

United Flight 93 was traveling from Newark, N.J., to San Francisco when it was diverted by hijackers with the likely goal of crashing it into the White House or Capitol. The official 9/11 Commission report said the hijackers crashed the plane as passengers tried to wrest control of the cockpit.

South Connellsville

Bicycles are reported stolen

South Connellsville police Chief Mike Helms is advising residents to secure their bicycles rather than leaving them out and unlocked at night.

Two bicycles were reported stolen last month, one on Sept. 13 from First Street and one on Sept. 14 from South Pittsburgh Street. They have not been recovered.

Helms characterized bike thefts as a crime of opportunity. He said one bike was left laying in the yard. The report for the second theft did not specify where the bicycle was on the property.

He recommended putting bikes in a shed, a garage, the basement or chaining and locking them to a porch railing to prevent theft.


Heating assistance opens Nov. 2

Assistance for low-income Pennsylvanians to pay for home heating will begin Nov. 2.

Last winter, about 547,000 families got cash grants from the federally funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and more than 202,000 families received crisis assistance.

Applicants must provide a recent bill or a statement from their fuel dealer verifying their customer status and the type of fuel that they use as well as proof of income and the number of people in the household.

Once the program opens Nov. 2, applications will be available at county assistance offices, utility companies and community service agencies.


CHIP meeting to be held Tuesday

The Fayette County Community Health Improvement Partnership will hold its next meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the new Main Floor Conference Room (next to the gift shop near the new Main Lobby) at Uniontown Hospital.

Washington, D.C.

Census Bureau to survey nation's spending habits

In October, the U.S. Census bureau field representatives will collect information about how much Americans spend for groceries, clothing, transportation, housing, health care and other items from a sample of households across the country.

The survey will consist of two parts: The Interview Survey and Dairy Survey.

Households will receive a letter from the Census Bureau director informing them of their selection to participate in the survey. Bureau field representatives will visit these households to conduct the interview.

North Union

Cause of death still undetermined

The cause and manner of death of a 45-year-old man found dead in his North Union home Tuesday remains undetermined, a coroner's office spokesperson said.

Fayette County Coroner Phillip Reilly on Thursday completed an autopsy on the body of William James Holt Jr., of 116 Poplar St., which was found in the living room of his home in Lemont Furnace.

Toxicological tests must performed before a cause and manner can be determined. Those tests could take more than a week to complete, the spokesperson said.


Fall cleanup day is Saturday

Connellsville has set Saturday as cleanup day.

Veolia will collect materials that day. All items are to be bundled, bagged or boxed and placed where the resident's trash is normally picked up. Bundles, boxes or bags are not to weigh more than 50 pounds each. Veolia will collect small kitchen and bathroom appliances and toys.

Once the trucks have covered an area, they will not repeat collection. In case of rain, cover all items with plastic or water repellant materials so that boxes will remain dry.


Dinner to be held at Brownfield center

The Brownfield Community Center will hold a chicken and biscuit dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the center. Cost is $7 for adults; $3.50 for children age 12 and under. Country bands will begin playing at 6:30 p.m.


Road work schedule released

Fayette County Maintenance Manager Chris Sleighter announced the following tentative work plan for the week of Oct. 12. All maintenance activities are conducted on a weather-permitting basis. Motorists should drive with caution throughout all work areas and be alert for signed work zones requiring the usage of headlights.

• Bridge crew will be repairing bridge deck on state Route 1058 (County Line Road).

• Patching is scheduled for State Route 281(May West Road) and state Route 2017 (Maple Summit Road).

• Ditch cleaning is scheduled on state Route 1002 (Banning Road) and state Route 40 in the Searights area.

• Pipe flushing is scheduled on state Route 40 (Summit) and state Route 4003 (Albany Road).

• Crack sealing is scheduled on state Route 119 (Morris Crossroads to Smithfield); state Route 2040 (Fayette and Main Street -- Uniontown); and state Route 51 from Waltersburg to Tippecanoe Road.

• Signs will be updated, downed signs will be replaced, and work orders will be addressed on various state routes throughout Fayette County.

PennDOT has a 24-hour toll-free number for residents to call to report any road maintenance concern. This number can also be utilized to report locations of dead deer on state highways. The number is 800-FIX ROAD (800-349-7623).

PennDOT also reminds motorists they can visit to or call 511 from any phone to check traffic conditions before heading out.


Strikeforce project to continue

Checkpoint Strikeforce will continue for another year, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski said.

"The Checkpoint Strikeforce Initiative was instituted last October as a one-year program to reduce crashes, prevent injuries and save lives by identifying and arresting impaired drivers on our roads," Pawlowski said. "The results achieved to date make it worthwhile to continue the program."

Under the initiative, each of the 15 regional state police troops conducts a random sobriety checkpoint within its troop area on most weekends. In the event of inclement weather, the troop conducts roving DUI patrols rather than a checkpoint.

Pawlowski said troopers made 1,574 DUI arrests as the direct result of checkpoints and 868 DUI arrests as the result of roving patrols conducted under the initiative.

He said the checkpoint locations are determined by commanders based on up-to-date crash data collected by the department's PROphecy computer system and other sources.

"We focus our attention on areas that have experienced a high number of DUI-related crashes," said Pawlowski, who noted that state police made a record 16,156 DUI arrests in 2008.

He said the enforcement effort is supported by federal funding obtained through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Troop A (Cambria, Indiana, Somerset and Westmoreland counties) made 196 arrests through the project.

Troop B (Allegheny, Fayette, Greene and Washington counties) reported 230 arrests.

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