Section of Pennsylvania Turnpike to close for bridge work
NEW STANTON, Pa. (AP) — Motorists will face detours when a section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike closes for bridge work.
The toll road will close in both directions between New Stanton Exit...
SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — A police officer in Kentucky is accused of shooting and wounding his 24-year-old son in what state police described as a "domestic dispute altercation."
SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — A lawsuit by family members of victims of a deadly 2017 Kentucky plane claims an air traffic controller didn't provide the pilot the safest options.
SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky pilot who died along with three passengers in a 2017 plane crash likely became disoriented in bad weather before the aircraft went down, federal investigators...
Man sentenced to 23 years in machete attack
SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man who pleaded guilty to attacking three people with a machete, killing one, has been sentenced to 23 years in prison.
SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say a Kentucky high school student has been stabbed and another charged with assault.
News outlets report Pulaski County Sheriff's Office responded Wednesday...
SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — Federal funding will address traffic congestion on a major route in south central Kentucky.
Gov. Matt Bevin, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and others were in...
Forum to focus on improving Kentucky foster care system
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Administrative Office of the Courts says a community forum is being held to discuss improving outcomes for children and families involved in the Kentucky foster care...
2 found dead after house fire extinguished
SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky authorities say they have found two bodies in the remains of a home that caught fire.
News outlets report the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office said in a...
Longtime Kentucky journalist Balltrip dead at 68
SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — Longtime Kentucky journalist Ewell Balltrip, who also was active in education and community development, has died.
Southern Oaks Funeral Home said the 68-year-old Harlan...
Man, woman sentenced to 5½ to 15 years in girl’s death
SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — A man and woman have been sentenced to 5½- to 15-year terms in the death of their 10-month-old daughter in western Pennsylvania.
2 men ordered to trial in deaths of 2 Pennsylvania men
SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — Two men have been ordered to stand trial in the slayings of two western Pennsylvania men reported missing almost two years ago.
Coroner: 12-year-old Kentucky boy dies in house fire
SCIENCE HILL, Ky. (AP) — A 12-year-old Kentucky boy has died in an early morning house fire.
DNA, fingerprints lead to arrest in 1999 kidnapping
SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say DNA and fingerprints helped lead to an arrest in the kidnapping of a Pennsylvania girl nearly 20 years ago.
Pennsylvania State Police on Thursday provided more details about the investigation that led to the arrest of 50-year-old Timothy Nelson in Cumberland, Maryland, on Tuesday.
Free business training offering in southeastern Kentucky
LONDON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation is offering free training to help entrepreneurs and housing contractors in southeastern Kentucky start or expand a business.
Workshop to offer information about Opportunity Zones
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials say a workshop will help community and business leaders take advantage of an economic development tool.
The event is set for Tuesday in Somerset, where officials will give updated information about Opportunity Zones.
Representatives from the state Cabinet for Economic Development and the Department for Local Government also will answer questions. Participants can submit questions in person or online.
Couple pleads guilty in death of 10-month-old child
SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — A man and woman have pleaded guilty to charges in the death of their 10-month-old daughter in western Pennsylvania last year.
Thirty-two-year-old Michael Wingard and 29-year-old Angalina Miller pleaded guilty Tuesday in Somerset County Court to counts of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault. Both had been charged with homicide and conspiracy to commit homicide.
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Community college plans to offer 4-year degrees
SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — A community college in southern Kentucky plans to begin offering four-year degrees next fall.
News outlets report officials said this week that Somerset Community College will offer the bachelor's degrees through university partnerships in a new program called the University Center of Southern Kentucky.
Police: Child shoots, wounds self while hunting with family
SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police say a 7-year-old boy shot and wounded himself while hunting deer with family in McCreary County.
Disability hearings for Kentuckians postponed until Jan. 7
SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — The Social Security Administration says it will temporarily suspend hearings for hundreds of eastern Kentucky residents trying to keep disability benefits.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the reprieve gives residents more time to receive files which could contain medical evidence establishing their eligibility for benefits.
Kentucky Highlands Investment celebrates 50th anniversary
SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — An organization that has helped create or maintain more than 25,000 jobs in Kentucky since being created during the War on Poverty has celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Kentucky Highlands Investment Corp. said in a news release it is now one of the largest small business development investors in rural America.
The organization celebrated its 50th on Monday at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset on Monday night.
3rd preschool worker charged over giving melatonin to kids
SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — Police have charged another Pennsylvania preschool worker after the school's owner was accused of putting the sleep aid melatonin in children's lunches.
WJAC-TV reports Janie Hersh was charged Wednesday for failing to act as a mandated reporter and disorderly conduct.
‘It blesses many people’: Venison sharing program popular
SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — Last year 500 pounds of ground venison was donated to needy Somerset County families through the Hunters Sharing the Harvest program
Synthetic pot exposure sickened Pennsylvania prison workers
SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania officials say a substance that has sickened more than two dozen corrections employees in the past month and led to an ongoing statewide prison lockdown is believed to be a clear, odorless chemical known as synthetic marijuana.
Coroner: Inmate dies after lawn mower overturned on him
SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say a Kentucky federal prison inmate who started a 15-month sentence two weeks ago has died.
Pulaski County Coroner Clyde Strunk tells the Lexington Herald-Leader 55-year-old John Arthur died Monday after a riding lawn mower turned over on top of him.
Kentucky mayor charged after hit-and-run injury accident
SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — Police in Kentucky say they've identified a hit-and-run driver who injured a child on a bicycle: They say it's the town's mayor.
Kentucky State Police say Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler has been ordered to appear in court on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident.
BREEZEWOOD, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Turnpike plans to shut down a large section in the western part of the state in both directions for seven hours overnight to replace a bridge, weather permitting.
The Turnpike Commission says it will close between the New Stanton exit, at mile marker 75, and Breezewood, at mile marker 161.
Police chase in Kentucky ends in crash, 2 killed
SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — A police chase in Kentucky has ended in a crash that killed two people.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania State Police says troopers are now wearing body cameras in a pilot program that's to last through the end of 2018.
Acting Commissioner Robert Evanchick said Tuesday that patrol troopers in Troop B in Uniontown, Troop J in Avondale and Troop T in Somerset are trained and wearing the cameras on duty.
Evanchick says the program will help the department ensure it is prepared for wider use of the cameras.
SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — Fire investigators are looking into the cause of yet another fire at a western Pennsylvania mobile home park struck by numerous arsons in recent weeks.
Fire crews in the borough of Somerset and surrounding areas were called to the Cherry Lane Estates mobile home park at about 2:20 a.m. Saturday for what was reported as a "fully involved structure fire."
SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky woman accused of forcing her 14-year-old daughter to drink whiskey until she fell has had her probation revoked.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the 35-year-old woman was sentenced last week to 20 years in prison. She'd previously been placed on five years' probation in lieu of prison time on several charges, including burglary.
SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky will receive nearly $1 million in federal funding to help parks and outdoor recreation.
A statement from U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers says U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that $923,741 will be distributed to Kentucky for Land and Water Conservation Fund from revenues available through the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act. The funding comes from Outer Continental Shelf lease revenues and is part of $61.6 million being distributed across the nation.
SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man is scheduled to go on trial next week in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend and the wounding of another man last year.
State police in Somerset allege that 41-year-old Jamie McVicker opened fire as the two were driving away from the suspect's home after retrieving her personal effects.
Police say the male victim was calling 911 in the vehicle when the gunfire began in February 2017 in Boswell.
LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Luke Miney of Latrobe is organizing another party at the scenic Beam Rocks overlook in Somerset County along the Westmoreland border.
Miney's gatherings atop Laurel Mountain aren't traditional parties people associate with Beam Rocks. Instead, the affairs can be described as literally environmentally cleansing.
SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a state prison inmate charged in the beating death of a western Pennsylvania prison guard.
Twenty-three-year-old Paul Kendrick is charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault and other counts in the February assault that killed 61-year-old Sgt. Mark Baserman at the State Correctional Institution-Somerset.
Man flees police after traffic stop
A male with a short beard, jeans and a gray, hooded sweatshirt fled police after striking a brick garage along Main Street in Boswell Borough with his silver 2001 Dodge Durango early Thursday morning, according to state police.
Police initiated a traffic stop of his vehicle for multiple violations, police said. He then fled in his vehicle, and was followed by police on Route 601, Atkinson Way, Center Street, Hower Avenue and Allegheny Street, before crashing.
CYS nooks: Somerset County Children & Youth Services now has two reading nooks. Jackie Phillippi of CYS said the areas will be used by kids to read while they are at the facility in Somerset. Kids can also take books home, and caseworkers can take books out when they go on house visits. The Somerset Rotary Club donated $450 to purchase baskets and chairs for the reading areas. Books were collected by SCI-Laurel Highlands. Some were used for a reading program involving inmates and their children and others were donated to the agency. Rotary president-elect Mike Kuhn, Rebecca Witt of SCI-Laurel Highlands, Kim Logan of CYS and Phillippi are shown filling a basket with books delivered Wednesday from the prison.
Construction that was supposed to start this year to repair the Somerset Lake dam will now be delayed until 2019.
Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission officials said that a delay in obtaining permits is causing the project to fall several months behind schedule.
This means anglers and boaters will have to wait until fall 2021 to use the lake instead of fall 2020, barring any additional delays.
A Monroeville man is accused of impersonating a law enforcement officer in an attempt to have state police arrest a Somerset resident on a fictitious warrant, troopers reported.
John K. Balaschak, 61, is charged by state police in Somerset with impersonating a law enforcement officer, making false reports and false alarms to a public safety agency. The complaints were filed before Somerset District Judge Kenneth Johnson.
Accident on North Center Avenue
Candice Marker, 57, Boswell, was stopped Tuesday at a red light on North Center Avenue in Somerset Township. Dorothy Troy, 88, Friedens, failed to stop and struck the rear of Marker’s vehicle, according to state police.
Marker and her passenger, Betty Stitely, 65, Friedens, sustained possible injuries, police said. Both women were transported by Somerset Area Ambulance to Somerset Hospital. Troy was not injured.
The Mary S. Biesecker Public Library in Somerset in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences is inviting children in grades 5 to 8 to join Science Action Club this spring. This club will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays in May.
Club members will explore feathers, flight and the features that make birds unique, learn basic birding skills and investigate environmental changes that impact bird behavior.
Officials representing second class townships in Somerset County will convene May 3 at Oakhurst Grille & Event Center in Somerset for their 98th Annual County Convention.
The convention’s purpose is to provide township officials with up-to-date information to help them better serve their residents and to give them an opportunity to exchange ideas on local government issues.
A 29-year-old Somerset woman will be afforded funds to hire an expert witness at trial in the death of her 10-month-old daughter.
President Judge D. Gregory Geary agreed to Angalina Miller's request, which was presented by defense attorney Megan Will, of Somerset, at a hearing Thursday.
Miller and Michael Wingard, 31, Miller’s boyfriend, are charged with homicide and conspiracy in the infant’s death.
A Listie firefighter was involved in an accident Thursday afternoon that resulted in two injuries and a vehicle hitting a house. According to Somerset Borough police Officer Eric Grus, Listie Volunteer Fire Co. firefighter Derek Johnson thought he had an emergency call and attempted to cross West Main Street in Somerset with his blue emergency lights activated. Another vehicle and his collided, pushing his vehicle into a house at 434 W. Main St. A trash can took the brunt of the damage. Johnson received a head injury. A minor from the other vehicle was transported to Somerset Hospital as a precaution. Two other people were involved in the accident but were not injured. Somerset Volunteer Fire Department also responded.
A work release inmate failed to return to the Somerset County Jail Wednesday morning, according to Somerset Borough police.
Nathen Kyle Hutzell, 25, was charged with escape, a third-degree felony. He was still at large Wednesday night.
A resident of the Stoystown/Acosta area, Hutzell was serving a sentence for a probation violation involving retail theft and driving under the influence charges.
In five years the Somerset County Workshop Shred Express has evolved from a concept to recycling nearly 400 tons of paper.
“I think it is just amazing for a county like Somerset to grow that fast in that time,” said Jackie O’Connor, workshop director.
In February 2013 the workshop received a $140,052 recycling grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to assist in starting the business.