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Briefs: Accident victim listed in fair condition

| Monday, May 14, 2012, 5:59 a.m.

An out-of-state man who had his arm severed in a motorcycle accident in Salem Township was listed in fair condition Tuesday, a hospital spokesperson said.

Donald Wilson, 55, of Richmond, Texas, was flown to UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh's Oakland section Monday after crashing along Route 819. The spokesperson would not say whether Wilson's arm was reattached.

Wilson was in the area for the funeral of his brother, Dennis Wilson, who died Nov. 10.

Drunken-driving patrols planned

Roving drunken-driving patrols will operate in the city of Pittsburgh and various parts of Allegheny, Westmoreland and Washington counties tonight in an effort to promote traffic safety.

The multi-jurisdictional effort will gather at the city's Special Deployment Division in the Strip District.

The patrols will begin at 10 p.m. and continue for five hours.

The patrols will consist of state police from the Findlay, Washington and Belle Vernon barracks, as well as officers from 17 municipalities in Allegheny County - including the city of Pittsburgh - and four in Washington County.

The Western Alliance DUI Task Force originated about 15 months ago and is funded through federal monies. It works in cooperation with the state Department of Transportation.

Police investigating knife incident

State police at Greensburg are investigating an incident in which a 14-year-old boy allegedly took a pocket knife to a dance at the West Hempfield Middle School.

The incident occurred at about 9:15 p.m. Thursday. Police identified the four male victims as two 14-year-olds, a 13-year-old and a 12-year-old. Police did not release any details of the incident, but said there were no injuries. The investigation is continuing.

Insurance salesman pleads guilty

A Belle Vernon insurance salesman pleaded guilty to mail fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud several insurance companies.

Vincent J. Scirotto, 40, of Crawford Lane, Belle Vernon, entered the plea Tuesday before U.S. District Court Judge Gustave Diamond. He will be sentenced Jan. 30.

According to authorities, Scirotto took money from the companies and clients by failing to make payments collected from clients, submitted false loan and withdrawal applications, failed to return withdrawals from policies after errors were made and created fictitious policies.

U.S. postal inspectors said Scirotto created false account statements for clients in order to hide the thefts. They estimate that $254,587.90 in losses were recorded to three different companies and clients.

Men shot in Somerset County

Two men were injured Monday in Somerset County when they were shot by an unknown person.

Somerset residents Douglas Higgins and Jason Ray Flick, both 21, told state police at Somerset they were passengers in a vehicle driven by an unnamed 17-year-old female, traveling west on State Route 3010.

After the driver pulled off the roadway and Higgins and Flick got out of the car, a white Chevrolet Tracker with two people pulled alongside their vehicle and a single shot was fired, the victims said. The bullet passed through Higgins' abdomen and struck Flick in the hand.

Both victims were treated at Somerset Hospital and released.

Investigation is continuing, police said. Anyone with more information on the suspects is asked to call police at 814-445-4104.

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