The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 10, 2013

In brief: Body found at Ohiopyle park


Staff and wire reports

— The Fayette County Coroner’s office is working to identify a body found over the weekend at Ohiopyle State Park.

The body apparently was found late Saturday night in the northwest portion of the state park near Bruner Run, according to Fayette County 911 officials.

The body was found in a corridor where an extensive search was under way in January

for a Somerset man, Jeremy Walker, 29, who went missing on New Year’s Day. But as of Sunday no further details, including a positive identity, had been released.

State police in Fayette said Ohiopyle State Park officials were handling the incident.

The Uniontown Herald-Standard reported Sunday that the body was found entangled in trees near the Youghiogheny River. It was badly decomposed and had to be lifted 200 feet up a cliff to a bike trail area.

Passenger killed in Huntingdon crash

MOUNT PLEASANT – Police said a car traveling nearly 100 mph in a 35 mph zone went airborne and crashed into a pole, killing one man and seriously injuring two others.

Investigators said the car was on a street near Route 31 early Saturday night when it flew over a hill and hit a pole in Mount Pleasant, Huntingdon County. The car then hit two additional poles and knocked down power lines.

The driver and both passengers were ejected from the car. Thirty-two-year-old passenger Corey Maximchalk died. Scott Leighliter and Patrick Marshala were flown to a hospital and were in serious condition.

Police said that although excessive speed caused the crash, alcohol might have been a contributing factor.

The road was shut for several hours.

Tire Hill crash sends motorist to hospital

TIRE HILL – One person was transported to Memorial Medical Center on Sunday  after a crash on Kring Street.

Somerset County 911 officials said units were dispatched to the scene at 10:27 a.m. A motorist was trapped in the vehicle, a 911 supervisor added.

The motorist’s condition and identity were not available.



Pair sought in theft of electrical motors

BOSWELL – State police in Somerset have issued warrants for two northern Somerset County men accused of swiping electrical motors from a Boswell storage yard.

Joshua A Snyder, 28, of Boswell, and Brock Blair, 24, of Stoystown, face theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property charges, accused of taking the motors from North Star Equipment on Thursday, police said.

Anyone with information may call police at 445-4104.

Fracking program slated for St. Vincent

“Fracking and Your Health: Public Health Perspectives” will be presented at 7 p.m. March 19 at the Fred M. Rogers Center on the campus of St. Vincent College, Latrobe.

Speakers will address impacts of fracking and how citizens can protect themselves by limiting the pathways of exposure associated with shale gas extraction.

The program is being hosted by the college’s Environmental Awareness Club and sponsored by the Mountain Watershed Association and Westmoreland Marcellus Citizens Group.

Admission is free and no preregistration is required.

Information: 724-455-4200.

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