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Friday, July 3, 2015
Pa. legislature passes bill to enhance sex assault investigations

A bill aimed at expeditiously testing DNA evidence in sexual assault cases unanimously passed the both chambers of the state legislature on Monday and headed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk where it is expected to be signed into law.

Return to Normandy: Carmichaels man recalls role in historic commemoration

A year after he took on the assignment of chief pilot for a special mission to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day by flying back to France an authentic World War II airplane that dropped paratroopers over Normandy, Chris Polhelmus is still amazed.

Pennsylvania governor vetoes liquor privatization bill

Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a Republican-backed bill to privatize the state-controlled sales of wine and liquor on Thursday as well as two budget-related bills, two days after he rejected the main budget bill.

Uniontown man gets 15 to 30 years for raping two teens

A Fayette County judge sentenced a Uniontown man on Thursday to 15 to 30 years in prison for raping two teen girls.

David K. Carson, 37, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to ten counts of felony sex crimes, including rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, and two misdemeanor counts of indecent assault.

Thursday, July 2, 2015
Manhunt over, suspect in custody

The manhunt for a Perryopolis man is over after he was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon.

Cole re-enters commissioner race as Independent

A Uniontown businessman will again seek a seat on the Fayette County Board of Commissioners in the fall election.

Jack J. Cole, who dropped out of the Democratic primary in May because of personal matters, said this week that he is ready to get back into the race and will run as an Independent candidate.

Dawson man dies in crash

Fayette County Coroner's office has identified the man killed in a crash Tuesday evening in Bullskin Township.

Fayette County 911 said a collision between a dirt bike and truck was reported around 9:18 p.m. at the intersection of Routes 119 and 982. The coroner's office identified Brenden Cooper, 18, of Dawson as the man killed in the crash.

Local lawmakers divided along party lines in budget debate

Governor Tom Wolf's action to veto the Republican-backed $30.1 billion budget late Tuesday has drawn criticism from local GOP lawmakers, while Democratic legislators are standing fast with the state's top official.

Details released in fatal accident

State police released further details regarding a Bullskin Township accident that killed a Dawson teen Tuesday night.

Point Marion council looking for new member after death of president

POINT MARION -- Borough officials are looking for candidates to fill a position on council left vacant by the recent passing of Alfred DuBois, who served as council president.

Mining company cited in wake of miner's death

Mining operations have halted at a Greene County mine that was cited by the state Department of Environmental Protection after a miner died Sunday.

The Greene County Coroner’s office said John William “Bill” Kelly, 55, of Albright, West Virginia, was fatally injured Sunday at Dana Coal Company, 4 West Mine, near Bobtown.

Child falls from second story home window

A 2-year-old child fell from the second story window of a home on Frick Street in Hiller, Luzerne Township on Wednesday.

Investigation continues after baby slips from nurse's hands

The Uniontown Hospital and city police are continuing to investigate after an infant slipped from a nurse’s hands Tuesday morning.

Greene County man charged after shooting at home, truck

An Aleppo man was charged after he allegedly fired several shots out of his vehicle into a truck and a home behind it last week.

Uniontown man pleads guilty to raping two teens

A Uniontown man pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Fayette County Court to raping two teen girls, and could face up to 30 years behind bars.

State attorney general sues Golden Living nursing homes

State attorney general Kathleen G. Kane announced on Wednesday her office has filed a complaint in Commonwealth Court against a chain of nursing home companies accused of misleading consumers by failing to provide basic services to elderly and vulnerable residents.

Uniontown man pleads guilty to inmate assault

A Fayette County Prison inmate pleaded guilty in Fayette County Court on Tuesday for his role in the assault of another prisoner in December.

State utilities and law enforcement raise awareness of schemes

Pennsylvania utility companies have banded together to raise awareness and help warn residents of crimes that have been occurring when people pose as company workers to steal from homeowners.

Main Street program extended, no council action taken against UDBDA

Uniontown Redevelopment Authority executive director Mark Rafail informed Uniontown City Council that the Main Street Program had been extended through June 2016 at city council's meeting Wednesday, while council took no action regarding the Uniontown Downtown Business District Authority.

Uniontown outdoor store to close

A business that has been a fixture in the downtown Uniontown community for nearly a decade plans to close its doors after selling its remaining merchandise.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Motorcycle and pick-up collide

John F. Brothers|Herald-StandardThe Fayette County coroner was called to the scene of a crash involving a motorcycle and a pickup truck. The crash happened Tuesday night at the intersection of Routes 119 and 982 in Bullskin Township. The call was reported at 9:21 p.m.

Police looking for robbery suspect

State and Uniontown police are looking for a man who wore a children's Spiderman mask when he allegedly robbed a North Union Township pool hall last week after he fled from officers who tried to arrest him on a warrant on Wednesday.

Abandoned dog chained to loneliness finds freedom through Fayette City woman

Bear, a large sheepdog chained to a spike outside in Fayette City through 14 seasons in the wind, rain, snow and ice, has found a new life.

Uniontown school board passes budget with no tax increase

The Uniontown Area School Board on Tuesday adopted a $42.6 million budget that does not increase taxes for the 2015-16 school year.

Perryopolis letter asks AG to investigate

Perryopolis solicitor Deanna Fahringer of Davis and Davis has sent a letter to the state attorney general’s office asking for an investigation into questionable business practices by council members. The letter does not name ht members, nor does it detail the alleged questionable practices.

Carmichaels school board adopts 2015-16 budget with tax increase

Directors of the Carmichaels Area School Board approved the budget for the 2015-16 school year with a tax increase of .65 mills.

Uniontown veteran best known for role as master of ceremonies being remembered

As a 66-year member and past commander of Uniontown American Legion Post 51, Louis A. Giachetti Sr. remained steadfast in his love for God, family and country as a man who wore many hats.

Giachetti, best known for his lengthy service as master of ceremonies for Memorial Day services at Sylvan Heights Cemetery, died Sunday at age 89.

Having a ball at the pool

Landyn Bachinski, 4-year-old son of Annie and Moses Bachinski of Grindstone, plays with his giant beach ball during a recent family outing at the Franklin Community Pool, in Franklin Township.

Menallen Township has new garbage rate, pick up days

After reaching a new garbage collection agreement, Menallen Township supervisors announced that residents will pay $11.95 monthly for mandatory garbage collection.

Police investigate after baby allegedly slips from nurse's hands

Police are investigating claims that a baby slipped out of a nurse’s hands while being cared for at a local hospital.

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