Huntington Ingalls Industries said its New Orleans-area shipyard has delivered the last of three ships named for 9/11 attack sites to the Navy.
The USS Somerset is named for the site where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed after passengers stormed the cockpit.
The company said in a news release Friday that the ship successfully completed builder’s trials in August and Navy acceptance trials in September.
Ingalls has two more of the amphibious transport docks, also called landing platform/docks or LPDs, under construction in Pascagoula, Miss.
The $1.2 billion Somerset is the last ship to be made at the Avondale shipyard.
The ships are designed to launch helicopters, tilt-rotor aircraft and assault watercraft to bring up to 800 troops to shore.
The Somerset was christened in July 2012.
Authorities identify Route 22 crash victim
The Pittsburgh man who was killed Thursday evening in a two-vehicle accident on
Route 22 in Jackson Township has been identified as Raunaq Singh Gandhok, 24.
He was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:53 p.m. by Cambria County Coroner Dennis Kwiatkowski. The cause of death was traumatic injuries, he said.
Jackson Township police said Gandhok was eastbound when his car went out of control and crossed into the path of a westbound pickup. The driver of the truck was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries, police said.
Somerset man accused of seeking nude photos
SOMERSET – A Somerset man was charged with unlawful contact with a minor for allegedly pressuring a girl into sending him naked photos of herself, state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said Wednesday.
Robert Lee Stull III, 20, of the 100 block of East Arlington Drive, was arrested Oct. 8 by agents of the attorney general’s child predator section.
Washington Township police initiated the investigation into allegations that Stull had inappropriate contact with a
12-year-old girl on Facebook.
Stull allegedly solicited naked photos of girl and sent her a photo of a penis, authorities said.
He also was charged with corruption of minors and criminal use of a communication facility.
Stull was arraigned by District Judge Kenneth Johnson of Somerset and released on $30,000 unsecured bond.
New equipment aids Parkinson’s diagnoses
A new imaging tool will help Memorial Medical Center doctors diagnose Parkinson’s disease earlier to begin appropriate treatment.
The Johnstown hospital is one of the first in the state to introduce DaTscan, the first objective diagnostic tool approved by the FDA to be used for differentiating Parkinson’s syndromes from other movement disorders, Memorial said in a news release.
“DaTscan serves as a supplemental resource to a doctor’s clinical evaluation of Parkinsonism and truly helps with patients whose symptoms are inconclusive or who have a confusing diagnosis,” neurologist Dr. Renu Pokharna said in the press release.
Developed by GE Healthcare, DaTscan imaging is used to assess levels of dopamine, which affects the brain’s ability to control movement and other muscle functions.
Between 50,000 and 60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s are diagnosed in the United States each year. It is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement, the Mayo Clinic website says.
Parkinson’s develops gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand.
More information is available by contacting the Parkinson’s Disease Clinic at the John P. Murtha Neuroscience and Pain Institute, 269-5061.
Concert ballet accepting enrollments
Johnstown Concert Ballet is accepting enrollments for students ages 4 through adult.
The ballet is accredited by the Pennsylvania Committee of the Cechetti Council of America, and students study and test for examination in the Cechetti method of classical ballet.
Johnstown Concert Ballet was created to encourage the development of area dancers who are seriously interested in the art of classical ballet, to foster education programs for the training of students and to stage classical and innovative ballets as a creative outlet for the dancers.
Information: 536-7599 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Man sentenced in love triangle killing
UNIONTOWN – A Fayette County man was sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison in the slaying of an elderly man, a killing that authorities said stemmed from a love triangle involving the younger man’s girlfriend.
A jury last week convicted Jonathan Godines, 37, of Brownsville, of third-degree murder, aggravated assault and related charges in the November 2011 death of 75-year-old John Eicholtz.
Witnesses testified that they saw Godines pull Eicholtz from his car and kick and punch him, and a second beating that took place later on a sidewalk. Eicholtz was treated for a stroke and later died of pneumonia.
Godines has denied that the fight was due to jealousy and cited a traffic dispute. He testified during trial that he never meant to kill and only intended to end their dispute in a fistfight.
Public Defender Michael Garofalo said he will appeal the conviction.