2 children die in Pennsylvania house fire; cause not known
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a fast-moving house fire in southwestern Pennsylvania has left a 5-year-old boy and his 7-year-old sister dead.
The fire in South Union was reported around 5:15 a.m. Tuesday. Authorities say the home in Fayette County was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, and the bodies were found a short time later.
Woman charged with homicide in Christmas hotel slaying
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — State police say a woman is facing a criminal homicide charge following the stabbing death of a man at a western Pennsylvania hotel on Christmas Day.
Police in Fayette County said troopers responded to the Holiday Inn Express in South Union Township at about 2 p.m. Tuesday found the 25-year-old victim in the lobby "with a wound to his neck and a blood trail from the lobby to a nearby room." He was pronounced dead at Uniontown Hospital.
Suspect arrested after fatal stabbing at hotel, police say
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — State police say a suspect was arrested after a stabbing death at a western Pennsylvania hotel on Christmas Day.
Police in Fayette County said troopers responded to the Holiday Inn Express off Route 40 in South Union Township at about 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Police said a suspect was in custody but released no other information about that person, the victim or the circumstances of the stabbing.
West Virginia University suspends fraternity, students
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University has suspended a fraternity chapter and several students after a student fell while visiting at the fraternity house.
The university said 22-year-old senior finance major David Rusko of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, fell down stairs at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house on Saturday. WVU said in a news release that Rusko was left unconscious by the fall and was taken to a hospital.
Garbage truck barrels into police station; no injuries
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a driverless garbage truck barreled down a western Pennsylvania hill and rammed into a police station, damaging the building and police cars. No injuries were reported.
Capt. David Rutter of Uniontown police said his car was demolished in the accident shortly before 9:30 a.m. Monday. He estimated damage at "tens of thousands of dollars."
Woman enters no contest pleas in death of toddler daughter
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania woman has pleaded no contest to third-degree murder in the malnutrition= and dehydration-related death of her toddler daughter.
Teen funds college with real estate investment made at 14
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Buying and selling property is a responsibility usually taken on by adults, but a Uniontown teen is selling a house he purchased at age 14 with savings that included earnings from his Herald-Standard paper route.
"I bought it to be an investment and use the money for college," said Harry Strauser IV, now 18 and preparing to start his freshman year at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, in North Union Township.
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Republican Party wants an investigation into a promotion by Fayette County Democrats at the recent county fair to get people to register as Democrats or change party affiliation.
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of her mother and will cooperate in the case against her ex-boyfriend.
Ministry adds kindness to free home repair
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — "You don't have to be given anything," Kiara Perez, 16, said while she and four others took a break from repairing a home on Searight Avenue in Uniontown. "Just giving back is enough."
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Emergency dispatchers say five people were rescued from a partial collapse of a western Pennsylvania building during a storm.
Officials in Fayette County said the building in South Union township adjacent to Uniontown collapsed shortly after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday during heavy rain and high winds.
The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard reports that two of the five were taken to a hospital after they were rescued.
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A judge will decide whether prosecutors can use statements from a man charged in the death of a western Pennsylvania woman hit by a bullet as she was looking out a window.
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Closing arguments are expected Monday in the trial of a man charged in a homicide that western Pennsylvania authorities say stemmed from a love triangle.
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.
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man has been charged with trying to burn his western Pennsylvania house down last week with his wife and six young children inside.
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — An appeals court has reversed part of a judge's order barring western Pennsylvania prosecutors from presenting some evidence of prior incidents in the trial of a woman charged in the stabbing death of her boyfriend.
A Fayette County judge earlier barred prosecutors from presenting evidence of alleged "prior bad acts" by 46-year-old Lori Tressler in her trial in the August 2015 stabbing of 29-year-old Robert Engle in Georges Township.
MONESSEN, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania mother has been ordered to trial in the death of one of her twin daughters who authorities allege was given a fatal dose of allergy medicine.
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UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 33 months to 63 months in prison in a western Pennsylvania police chase in which a woman was killed.
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to charges in a western Pennsylvania police chase in which a woman was killed.
The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard reports that 26-year-old Jonathan Switch pleaded guilty Friday to homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault, fleeing or attempting to elude police and other counts.
Defense seeks dismissal, suppression in 2015 death trial
CONNELLSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A man charged along with his ex-girlfriend in the death of her mother, who authorities allege was malnourished and beaten with a table leg, is asking a judge to dismiss charges and bar prosecutors from using some statements at his trial.
Thirty-five-year-old Peter Shoemaker Jr. is charged with homicide, conspiracy, aggravated assault and other counts in the November 2015 death of 63-year-old Sally Nelson.
NORMALVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania has been charged with shooting her husband in the head following what she alleges was an assault after she refused to cook him breakfast.
Low-interest federal loans available for properties hit by Uniontown tornado
Business owners and residents in and around Uniontown may be eligible for low-interest federal disaster loans to rebuild properties ravaged by the tornado and other severe storms that damaged hundreds of buildings last month.
Uniontown Police on Monday arrested an 18-year-old Uniontown Area High School student for allegedly making threats about a school shooting that was planned for Tuesday.
Fayette County woman ordered to jail in connection with assaults, police say
A judge ordered a 24-year-old Uniontown woman be held in the Fayette County Prison on charges of breaking through the front door of an apartment late Sunday and assaulting a man and woman inside.
WPIAL playoffs roundup for Feb. 21: Uniontown upsets No. 5 Central Valley in 1st round
Trenton Uphold had 22 points and Cedric Greer scored 15 as No. 12 Uniontown upset No. 5 Central Valley, 59-57, in a WPIAL Class 4A boys basketball first-round game Wednesday at Peters Township.
Monetary donations to help victims of a rare February tornado in Uniontown are being accepted by Fayette County Community Action and the Fayette County Volunteer Organizations After Disaster.
The EF1 twister on Thursday destroyed 22 buildings and heavily damaged nine others, according to officials.
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A judge says he will decide later on a motion to dismiss the case against a man charged in a homicide that western Pennsylvania authorities say stemmed from a love triangle.
Uniontown tornado destroyed 22 buildings, displaces 64 people, officials say
Many homes affected by Thursday's rare tornado in Uniontown have been cleared for residents to return, officials said Monday.
But 22 buildings were destroyed and nine more were heavily damaged, said Thomas Perez, operations coordinator for The Salvation Army's emergency disaster services unit.
A rare February tornado with wind gusts up to 105 mph tore a path of destruction through part of Uniontown Thursday night, ripping off roofs and stripping siding from homes and businesses, toppling trees and leaving debris strewn in the streets.
A deluge of rain and strong winds that pummeled the region overnight left residents, businesses and emergency responders working for a second day on waterlogged homes and flooded roadways from Ligonier to Uniontown to Pittsburgh.
Marine Cpl. George Zahuranic was guarding the U.S. Embassy in Saigon on Jan. 31, 1968, when he became a casualty of war and a footnote in the Tet Offensive, the massive attack the North Vietnamese and their Viet Cong allies launched against dozens of U.S. bases and cities and towns across South Vietnam.
A deluge of rain and heavy winds pummeled the region overnight Thursday, flooding homes, shutting down roads and wrecking buildings.
A Uniontown woman said she is running for the state Senate to get results in Harrisburg.
Man resentenced to life in 1983 murder of hitchhiker
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man has been re-sentenced to life in prison without parole after prosecutors decided not to pursue the death penalty in the murder of a hitchhiker in western Pennsylvania 3½ decades ago.
Trial ordered in death of woman shot looking out window
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man has been ordered to stand trial in the death of a western Pennsylvania woman hit by bullet as she was looking out a window.
The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard reports that 30-year-old Ronald Crossland was held for trial on third-degree murder and other charges after a hearing last week.
Tornado in Pennsylvania ranked EF-1 with winds up to 105 mph
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Weather officials say the tornado that touched down in western Pennsylvania was an EF-1 packing wind gusts up to 105 mph.
The National Weather Service also says the tornado that touched down in Uniontown at about 6:45 p.m. Thursday was the first tornado to strike the region in February since 1950.
Officials: Tornado touched down in western Pennsylvania
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Weather forecasters have confirmed that a tornado touched down in western Pennsylvania, knocking out electricity and leaving damage and debris in its wake.
The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh made the announcement Friday after meteorologist investigated the damage in Uniontown, which was battered by strong winds and heavy rain on Thursday night.
Officials say roofs were lifted off homes, trees were uprooted and utility poles were downed.
State Rep. Matthew Dowling has announced his intention to seek re-election.
Dowling, 33, R-Uniontown, represents the 51st Legislative District, which includes parts of southern Somerset County. He is currently serving in his first term, after unseating former state Rep. Tim Mahoney in 2016.
There is a lot of uncertainty for the boys basketball teams in the Signal Item area.
Only one team clinched a WPIAL playoff berth by the end of January, and most of them faced an uphill battle to reach the postseason.
Every section sends four teams to their class' playoffs.
Women show operating snowplow isn’t just a man’s job
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Two former bus drivers have shifted gears to drive and operate snowplow trucks for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Krisa Walls of Georges Township was looking for a job to bring in a second income into her home when she decided to apply. The stay-at-home mom raised three children over 20 years, and her last job was driving a school bus.
"I wanted something with steady pay and benefits, and I couldn't really find anything around here," Walls said.
Man gets 29½ to 67 years after no contest plea in 2013 death
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 29½ to 67 years in the slaying of a woman whose body was recovered from a western Pennsylvania river 4½ years ago.
Boy, 14, arrested with weapons after alleged school threat
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A 14-year-old boy was arrested and weapons including a semi-automatic rifle and throwing knives were seized from his home after an alleged threat to shoot other students at a Pennsylvania high school, authorities said Friday.
State police in Fayette County say the weapons were found in the teenager's bedroom Thursday night in Henry Clay Township after authorities learned of the threat allegedly made on a school bus against four Uniontown Area High School students.
Defense seeks dismissal of charges in love triangle slaying
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A defense attorney is seeking dismissal of homicide charges in what police in Pennsylvania are calling a love triangle slaying of another man.
Fifty-eight-year-old Wiley Gambrel is charged in the July slaying of 45-year-old James Plance. Investigators say the victim's girlfriend testified that the suspect told her he wanted a relationship with her.
Man charged in death of woman shot while looking out window
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man has been charged in the death of a Pennsylvania woman hit by a bullet as she was looking out a window.
The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard reports that 30-year-old Ronald Crossland of Uniontown was charged with third-degree murder along with firearms and drug counts.
Longtime Geibel basketball coach Misiak dies at 81
Ken Misiak began his basketball coaching and teaching careers at Immaculate Conception High School in Connellsville in the late 1950s.
After 49 years, he left a quite a legacy at both I.C. and Geibel high schools.
Ohio officer shot 4 times grateful to be alive this holiday
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A bullet dangles from a chain looped around the neck of Sgt. David White.
Partially discolored from ripping through the flesh of his shoulders and back, it reminds the 60-year-old Uniontown police officer of the summer night when he was shot four times ... and it reminds him he's still alive.