The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

February 15, 2010

In brief: Two killed in Indiana crash

CLYMER — Two Indiana County residents were killed Sunday when their vehicles collided on Route 286 in Green Township.

Michael Roy Murray, 20, of Hillsdale, and 33-year-old Michaelene Sokol of Commodore were pronounced dead at Indiana Regional Medical Center, Indiana County Coroner Michael Baker said.

Baker said Murray’s Chevy Blazer was eastbound and slid out of control into Sokol’s Jeep Grand Cherokee, which was westbound.

An unidentified passenger in Murray’s vehicle was “slightly injured” in the 4 p.m. crash, Baker said.

The coroner said he does not suspect that alcohol was a factor, but said toxicology tests are pending. State police investigated.

Grants aid area firefighters

Four area volunteer fire companies are among eight in southwestern Pennsylvania that have been awarded a total of $332,000 in grants under the federal Department of Homeland Security.

The Vintondale Volunteer Fire Company will receive $46,598; Portage, $11,377; Seward, $13,641; and Fairfield Township, $19,333.

“Firefighters are our friends and neighbors, and they work tirelessly to ensure our safety,” said U.S. Sen. Bob Casey in announcing the grants.

“It is critical that we do everything in our power to provide them with the necessary tools and resources to perform their job. This money will provide valuable assistance to the fire departments of southwestern Pennsylvania,” Casey said.

All the fire companies are in the 12th Congressional District, an area represented by the late Congressman John Murtha, who died last week, Casey said.