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Saturday, October 10, 2015
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Thursday 10/08/2015
Newspaper attorneys argue DOC can't continue to withhold records it admits having

According to a motion filed by attorneys for the Herald-Standard, the state Department of Corrections (DOC) continues to ignore an order from the Office of Open Records (OOR) to turn over documents related to inmate illnesses, and has yet to offer a valid reason why.

Wednesday 10/07/2015
No cases ready for trial, jurors dismissed for the week

Midway through October’s term of criminal trials in Fayette County Court, jurors were dismissed from service, owing to a lack of cases ready for trial.

Uniontown woman pleads guilty to her role in 2014 Masontown home invasion

A Uniontown woman whose testimony against three co-defendants in a violent Masontown home invasion put them behind bars pleaded guilty to her role in the crime in Fayette County Court on Tuesday.

Fairchance man acquitted of rape

After deliberating for an hour and a half, a jury of six men and six women cleared a Fairchance man of all charges related to the alleged abuse of two children in Fayette County Court on Wednesday.

Legal fees in Munchisnki suit exceed $161,000 so far

Fayette County has spent $161,356 in legal fees so far, fighting a lawsuit filed against former Fayette County prosecutors by David Munchinski in September 2013.

Tuesday 10/06/2015
Jurors hear from Fairchance man on trial for rape

A Fairchance man accused of sexually abusing two children took the stand in Fayette County Court on Tuesday to deny the allegations against him.

Monday 10/05/2015
Waltersburg man accused in home invasion rejects plea offer

A Waltersburg man accused of burglarizing and assaulting an elderly woman appeared in Fayette County Court on Monday to enter a plea, but rejected the offer extended by the commonwealth.

Testimony begins in trial of Fairchance man accused of rape

The prosecution presented its case in Fayette County Court on Monday against a Fairchance man on trial for allegedly raping two children, now adults, who both gave graphic accounts of the alleged abuse they suffered over a decade ago.

Friday 10/02/2015
Breakiron retrial delayed again, until at least March

A former Hopwood man headed for retrial in Fayette County Court for a 1987 killing had his case continued until at least March, or possibly longer, depending on whether an appeal is filed with the U.S. Supreme Court before then.

Saltlilck Twp. father pleads guilty to child endangerment, mother seeks ARD

A Saltlick Township man accused of assaulting his 7-week-old twins in 2011 pleaded guilty in Fayette County Court, and the children’s mother, who also faces charges, applied for admission into a pretrial diversionary program.

Connellsville woman's murder conviction vacated over faulty analysis

A Connellsville woman’s third-degree murder conviction and sentence were vacated and she was granted a new trial in Fayette County Court after an expert whose testimony led to her conviction refuted his previous findings.

Fayette County judge orders veterinarian to cease preparation for clinic in Dawson

A Fayette County judge has ordered a veterinarian to cease and desist his operations at a location in Dawson, saying the proposed clinic would violate the terms of a non-competition agreement with another nearby veterinarian.

Thursday 10/01/2015
Fayette DA appeals decision precluding testimony in vehicular homicide trial

Fayette County prosecutors have appealed a judge’s ruling that precluded accident reconstruction testimony from a vehicular homicide trial slated for next week to the state Superior court, refuting the defense’s claim that evidence was unlawfully destroyed.

Wednesday 09/30/2015
Belle Vernon man pleads guilty to child endangerment

A Belle Vernon man pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of his children in Fayette County Court on Wednesday.

Former Ben Franklin PTO treasurer pleads guilty to stealing funds

A Uniontown man who pleaded guilty to stealing money from the Ben Franklin Home School Council Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) could avoid jail if he pays back what he stole before sentencing.

Tuesday 09/29/2015
Attorney in fatal drunk driving crash claims prosecution destroyed evidence

A Fayette County judge ordered prosecutors to turn over evidence in a fatal crash by Friday, or refrain from calling witnesses to testify about that evidence at trial next week.

Uniontown man pleads guilty to indecent exposure for flashing school children

A Uniontown man accused in April of flashing his genitals at children at a school bus stop pleaded guilty on Tuesday to indecent exposure and several other charges in Fayette County Court.

Friday 09/25/2015
Brownsville man looks for dismissal of felony related to serious auto accident

A Brownsville man appeared in Fayette County Court on Friday, seeking dismissal of the most serious charge lodged against him following a single-vehicle crash in December that resulted in severe injuries.

Thursday 09/24/2015
Judge considers permanent injunction in animal clinic case

A Fayette County judge is considering a request to order a permanent injunction against a veterinarian who signed a contract promising not to compete with another local veterinarian, then applied for a zoning exception to set up a clinic eight miles away.

Dunbar Township man seeks felony expungement

A Fayette County judge has determined a Dunbar Township man who was found guilty in 2001 of homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence, but acquitted of a felony homicide by vehicle while DUI charge, is entitled to partial expungement of his record.

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