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October 6, 2012

In brief: Conservation district hosting program

— The Somerset Conservation District will host an informative watershed program, “Quenched by the Que,” at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Quemahoning Reservoir’s Summer’s Best Two Weeks in Hollsopple.

The event will focus on the reservoir as a water resource and will include speakers from the Cambria Somerset Authority, state Fish and Boat Commission, Somerset County Planning Office and the Benscreek Canoe Club.  

Topics will include boating, fish habitat, camping and other recreational opportunities at the Que. Other topics will include the public drinking water pipeline and whitewater release.  

The building is unheated so those attending are urged to dress appropriately for the weather.

The event is free and open to the public.

For additional information, contact the Somerset Conservation District at 445-4652, ext. 117.

Pittsburgh paramedics reject contract

PITTSBURGH – Paramedics in Pittsburgh have overwhelmingly voted down a proposed contract tied to the city’s plan to shift rescue work to the fire bureau and put more ambulance crews on the street.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that members voted 134-9 against the proposal on Friday and also authorized union leaders to call a strike, although no strike date was immediately set.

Anthony Weinmann, president of Local 1 of the Fraternal Association of Professional Paramedics, said officials would wait for a response from the mayor’s office.

A city spokeswoman could not be reached for comment.

Paramedics have been working without a contract since December 2010.

The city wants vehicle extrication equipment put on fire trucks, which respond to accidents anyway, and favors a

joint paramedic-firefighter unit for more sophisticated rescues.

Identities of slain mom and son released

ARNOLD – Authorities have released the identities of a mother and son found dead in their Westmoreland County home and said the deaths are being investigated as homicides.

Arnold police Chief William Weber identified the victims as 46-year-old Bonnie Lee Broadwater and 22-year-old Lance Holt.

Their bodies were found late Thursday night after a concerned friend contacted police.

Weber estimated that the victims had been killed sometime during the weekend. Officials said more tests will be needed to determine how the victims died.

Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck said “there was a great deal of violence in the house.”

Police said no weapons were found near the bodies, so they have all but ruled out murder-suicide.

Authorities said the two had lived at the address for about six months.

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