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Police gather in Ligonier for Perryopolis officer’s funeral

By Renatta Signorini 9:15 p.m.
Patricia Kunkle often saw Officer Richard Champion and his family at worship services at Kregar Community Church near Stahlstown over the last five years. On Friday, she stood quietly as Champion’s flag-draped casket was wheeled to his funeral service in …

Man involved with crash with officer dies in Pittsburgh hospital

By Trib Total Media 9:15 p.m.
A Uniontown man died Friday after being injured in the two-vehicle crash Sunday that killed Perryopolis police Officer Richard Champion. Andrew Bohatch, 59, died at UPMC Presbyterian hospital in Oakland at 4:06 p.m., according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office. Bohatch ...

Uniontown man charged with raping 2 girls

By Tribune-Review
A Uniontown man is in the Fayette County Prison on charges he repeatedly raped two young girls. David Kinteay Carson, 37, is charged by Detective Donald Gmitter with rape, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, ...

Uniontown programs get $900K

By Liz Zemba
A nonprofit agency will use a $900,000 windfall to expand programs in three Uniontown neighborhoods and apply for state and federal grants. Fayette County Community Action Agency on Thursday announced the six-year partnership with PNC and UPMC Health Plan. PNC will ...

No tax increase for Everson next year

By Rachel Basinger
Everson property owners will not see a local tax increase in 2015. Council this week passed the 2015 $194,919 balanced budget. The millage rate will remain at 5.2895, where it has been set for the past three years. Michael Banaszak, council president, ...

Normalville church performs Christmas play

By Tribune-Review
The Normalville United Methodist Church, 3270 Springfield Pike, will hold its annual Christmas play at 7 p.m. Saturday. • A Christmas worship service and a children and adults program will be held at the Mt. Zion Community Church in Acme ...

Fayette County judge refuses to dismiss dragging case against Hiller man

By Liz Zemba
A Fayette County judge denied a motion seeking to dismiss criminal charges against a man accused of dragging a police officer with his car during a traffic stop. James Holcomb Jr., 37, of Hiller is charged by Redstone Police with aggravated ...

Connellsville man admitted drinking, fighting with victim before deadly 2013 crash, trooper testifies

By Liz Zemba
A Connellsville man accused in a deadly drunken driving case told a state trooper he had been drinking and was arguing with the victim just before the crash in North Union, the officer testified in court Wednesday. “Mr. (Adam) Bagwell related ...

Connellsville burning rules set to kick in

By Mark Hofmann
The burning ordinance for the City of Connellsville will go into effect next week. Council passed the ordinance this week. The ordinance was tabled during October’s regular meeting because council was waiting for approval from the Department of Environmental Protection. The city received ...

Inaugural food, toy drive slated for Connellsville

By Daily Courier
The first Fay-West Santa Claus Is Coming to Connellsville Food and Toy Drive is planned for today. According to Sean Cavanagh, an organizer of the event, the committee has raised nearly $3,200 from sponsors. The event will start at 6 p.m. ...

Everson volunteer firefighters set to sell hoagies

By Patricia Walker
Everson volunteer firefighters will sell hoagies in Scottdale this weekend. Enjoy lunch via the fire company. e_SBlt The sixth annual Walk of Trees will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Woodcrest Senior Living Community in ...

Connellsville Area High School Chamber Ensemble awaiting word on sing-off

By Linda Harkcom
The Connellsville Area High School Chamber Ensemble will find out today whether they will once again take first place in the Froggy Hometown Holiday Sing-Off and win money for their school. Pete Moss, program director of Froggy 94.9 and Classic Hits ...

Coroner reports Perryopolis officer died of blunt-force trauma

By Renatta Signorini
A multitude of police and emergency responders are expected Friday in Ligonier to pay their respects to a Perryopolis officer killed in the line of ...

Belle Vernon native in Philly DA’s office helped write grand jury report

By Brad Bumsted
PHILADELPHIA — A member of District Attorney Seth Williams’ four-person task force investigating a sting case involving lawmakers grew up in Belle Vernon, where he ...

Betters is recognized at Connellsville Canteen

By Rachel Basinger
It has been quite a year for local jazz legend Harold Betters. Nov. 8 was proclaimed Harold Betters Day in Connellsville, a day which ended with ...

Connellsville Council approves parking plans for proposed hotel

By Mark Hofmann
Connellsville City Council Tuesday voted to approve the parking plan between the city and the developer of a proposed hotel on the city’s West Side. The proposed parking lot for the future Cobblestone Hotel on First Street will be across the ...

Fayette inmate represents self at hearing

By Liz Zemba
A Fayette County inmate represented himself at a preliminary hearing on an escape charge when a district judge denied his request for a continuance to hire an attorney. Brian Lee Sines, 34, of Smithfield is one of four inmates accused of ...

Torture argument allowed in Connellsville homicide case

By Liz Zemba
The sheer number of wounds a Connellsville woman suffered when she was strangled to death is enough for prosecutors to argue she was tortured, according to a judge’s ruling. Craig Rugg, 25, of Connellsville and Paul Bannasch, 24, of Uniontown are ...

Fallen Perryopolis police officer chased his dream

By Liz Zemba
As a young boy, Richard A. Champion dreamed of becoming a police officer, his mother said. “That’s all I heard, for years and years and years, ...

Chief: Perryopolis police officer’s death highlights dangers of job

By Mark Hofmann
After a Perryopolis police officer died in the line of duty on Sunday, Connellsville police are reminded of the dangers of serving and protecting, while the public is doing its part to remember the fallen officer and help his family. “Obviously, ...

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