Coroner awaits tests on man found dead
SOMERSET – State police and the Somerset County Coroner’s Office are still investigating the cause of death for a Friedens-area man who was found in his 2007 Ford pickup in Somerset Borough on Sunday.
An autopsy was conducted Monday for Frankie Allen Sass, 53.
Coroner Wallace Miller said the cause of death will not be determined until tissue and toxicology tests are completed.
Jennerstown resident reported missing
JENNERSTOWN – State police are looking for a borough resident who went missing on Sunday.
Bruce Maust, 50, left his residence riding a red-and-black Polaris snowmobile and wearing matching red-and-black clothes. Maust has an undisclosed medical condition.
He may have gone to the Laurel Mountain region west of Jennerstown, police said.
State police at Somerset can be contacted at 445-4104.
Man sentenced in toddler’s death
INDIANA – A man has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for the death of his former girlfriend’s son.
Shawn Anderson-Holmes, 28, had pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday to between 27 months and 10 years in prison in the killing of a toddler who was smothered to death in March 2012.
The boy was found bruised and unresponsive inside the Saltsburg home where Anderson-Holmes had recently moved to live with his then-girlfriend.
Authorities said Anderson-Holmes admitted in October to placing a pillow over the face of 17-month-old Colby Jozefczyk and trying to make it look like an accident.
Anderson-Holmes originally was charged with criminal homicide, but prosecutors agreed to reduce the charges to involuntary manslaughter as part of the guilty plea.
Firefighters purchase response system
NANTY GLO – The Nanty Glo Fire Department recently purchased an IamResponding unit with the $1,000 grant it received through the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies’ Penelec fund.
The web-based system enables firefighters to see which members are responding to an incident when a siren blows.
Flatbed tractor-trailer slides off Route 56
A trucker escaped injury when his flatbed tractor-trailer slid off icy Route 56 near United High School around 10:30 a.m. Monday and went down a steep embankment, according to a fire official.
Armagh-East Wheatfield fire Chief Tom Fry said the truck crashed through a guide rail and snapped off a utility pole. The pole and wires came to rest on the truck.
Firefighters had to wait until after noon when Penelec arrived to cut power and stabilize the pole before bringing the truck back to the roadway, he said.
Firefighters from Armagh and Clyde were at the scene until around 4 p.m. Penelec had power in that area restored about 6 p.m., Fry said.
Restaurant opening in Breezewood
BREEZEWOOD – A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place for a new restaurant in Breezewood, Your Game Bar and Grille, today at noon.
Grand opening festivities will continue Thursday with a live band and special giveaways.
Family honored for aiding Army families
A family with local roots was honored for its support of other military families at the Army Aviation Center of Excellence in Fort Rucker, Ala.
Chief Warrant Officer Travis Boyles is a graduate of Altoona High School and is a Black Hawk helicopter instructor pilot at Fort Rucker.
His wife, Susan Boyles, is a graduate of Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center and volunteers with the fort’s family readiness group. Their son, Jimmy, is in college.
The award was presented at a program marking Military Families Month. It recognizes contributions that improve the quality of life for soldiers and their families.
“Our family is very active in fundraisers, events and other ways of helping soldiers and families at Fort Rucker,” Susan Boyles said.
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