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Man dies in house fire; mom escapes

| Sunday, July 26, 2015, 10:09 p.m.

WASHINGTON COUNTY

Man dies in house fire; mom escapes

A man died Sunday in a fire in his Monongahela home, Washington County Coroner Tim Warco said.

James Huffstickler, 67, called 911 and reported the fire but was inside when firefighters arrived. His mother escaped the fire unharmed, a Washington County emergency dispatch supervisor said.

Firefighters removed Huffstickler from the second floor of his Lawton Street home. He was transported to Monongahela Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:13 a.m.

Investigators are trying to determine what sparked the fire.

Mercer County

2 killed in shooting

Two people were killed in a shooting Sunday evening in Sharon in Mercer County, authorities said.

The shooting took place about 6:15 p.m. near Woodrow Court and East State Street, about a block from Sharon Regional Hospital, Mercer County 911 dispatchers said.

Sharon police were investigating. Sharon police Chief Gerald T. Smith told WPXI-TV the shooting was an isolated incident, and there was no further threat Sunday night.

CITY

CRAFTON HEIGHTS

Man caught in crossfire

Pittsburgh police are searching for a person who shot a 31-year-old man in the back Sunday in Crafton Heights.

The shooting happened about 2:25 a.m. in the 900 block of Woodlow Street, Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said.

The man told police he tried to break up a fight between two women when two men pulled out guns and began shooting, Toler said.

Medics took him to Allegheny General Hospital, where he was in stable condition, Toler said.

Northview Heights

Stabbing reported

One person was stabbed in Northview Heights Sunday evening, authorities said.

Allegheny County 911 supervisors said police and medics were sent to Penfort Street about 9 p.m.

One person was transported to a hospital; no information about the victim or his or her condition was available.

Manchester

Callers report gunfire

Police are investigating a shooting that left one man injured Sunday evening in Manchester.

Allegheny County 911 supervisors said callers reported shots fired in the area of West North Avenue shortly after 8 p.m. Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said police found shell casings from a rifle in the area but no victims.

At about 8:30 p.m., Toler said, a 22-year-old man walked into Ohio Valley Hospital in Kennedy with a gunshot in his head; investigators believe he was wounded in the Manchester shooting.

ALLEGHENY COUNTY

Moon

Warrant issued on kidnapping charges

Moon police charged a man with kidnapping and indecent assault, accusing him of coercing a Ligonier woman to go to his apartment in Moon.

Charging documents said the victim met a man named “Will,” later identified as Abdalaziz Sama, 23, on a dating website several weeks ago and eventually sent him a topless photo of herself. He later claimed to have uncovered her personal information and threatened to broadcast the photo if she didn't meet with him.

The victim met Sama in Moon, and police said he drove her to his apartment, fondled her against her will and refused her requests to go home until the next morning.

The charging documents said police traced his phone number, online dating profile and other postings to his address; when they met him there and he consented to a search of his cell phone, they found other photos of the victim.

Sama was questioned and released. A district judge Sunday issued a warrant for his arrest on charges of kidnapping, criminal use of a cell phone, indecent assault, simple assault, false imprisonment, criminal coercion and other counts.

JEFFERSON HILLS

Traffic limits planned

Drivers who use Route 51 South in Jefferson Hills will experience at least two weeks of traffic restrictions, beginning Monday.

PennDOT said the southbound road between Ridge Road and the Elizabeth Bridge will be reduced to one lane through Aug. 11 to accommodate milling and resurfacing. Spokesman Steve Cowan said the change to traffic patterns on Route 51 should be the last that drivers see from a $5.8 million milling and resurfacing project that started last year.

The larger project included repairs between the bridge and Coal Valley Road. Work included improvements to highway drainage and traffic signal upgrades.

FAYETTE COUNTY

Panhandler arrested

State police in Uniontown said a panhandler who grabbed the wallet of a woman who was giving him money Friday was arrested.

Arnold T. Cramer, 51, whose last known address was Fayette City, was arrested late Friday after the 2:15 p.m. incident at the off- ramp of Route 119 at Route 40 in South Union.

Police said Cramer grabbed the Lemont Furnace woman's wallet, containing cash and credit cards, from her hand. The woman, a passenger in a vehicle, told police the man fled. Cramer was arraigned before District Judge Michael Metros of Uniontown on charges of robbery and theft.

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