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September 1, 2009

IN BRIEF | Somerset man dies in motorcycle crash

BERLIN – A Somerset man was killed in a motorcycle accident Tuesday afternoon on Route 219 in Brothersvalley Township.

Lawrence S. Younkin, 61, who was operating the motorcycle, died as a result of his injuries at Somerset Hospital, state police said.

Younkin was northbound and negotiating a right-hand curve when the motorcycle went out of control, crossed the road and struck the guardrail, police said.

8-vehicle wreck

injures 4 people

PORTAGE – Four people were injured in a chain-reaction collision involving eight vehicles on Portage Street at the intersection with Main Street about 4:20 p.m. Tuesday.

The four were transported to the hospital by medical personnel from Portage and surrounding towns.

Portage Borough police Officer Don Wyar said the eight vehicles were northbound on Portage Street, Route 53. Six were stopped at a red light and the seventh was approaching slowly when the last vehicle, which had lost its brakes, struck it, starting a chain reaction.

The names of the drivers and the injured were not immediately available.

Boater identified,

search continues

ADDISON – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has released the name of a man whose body has yet to be recovered after a boating accident Monday at Youghiogheny River Lake.

He was identified as Richard Makovich, 47, of Perryopolis, Fayette County.

Makovich and his mother were on a 16-foot aluminum boat when it apparently hit a wave and they fell into the water about 1 p.m. Rescuers were able to get to 69-year-old Constance Makovich quickly but were unable to find her son.

Dive teams from Somerset County and neighboring counties as well as from Maryland and West Virginia have been searching for the man in the area of the Mason-Dixon Line since the accident.

The fish commission, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a cadaver dog from Westmoreland County, plus a local resident with a boat equipped with side-searching sonar and a local marina have been assisting, said Gary Compton, chief of the Addison Volunteer Fire Department. Helicopters from the Army Reserve and Maryland State Police assisted by searching from the air, he said.

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