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June 24, 2013

In brief: Windber man accused of gas station holdup

WINDBER — A Windber area man is accused of robbing a Conemaugh Township gas station Sunday morning.

Scott E. Gorzelsky, 28, faces felony robbery and other charges, including theft. He is accused of robbing a BP station on Franklin Street near Benscreek, online court records show.

Somerset 911 officials said Conemaugh Township police were sent to the scene at 11:16 a.m. Sunday.

Driver injured in 1-vehicle crash

A motorist received minor injuries Monday evening in a one-vehicle accident along Moonlite Park Road in

Conemaugh Township, police said.

Police said the crash remained under investigation Monday night but it appeared the driver was traveling too fast for road conditions on tires with poor tread.

The injured driver received minor wounds in the crash and refused treatment, Conemaugh Township police Officer Angelique Hutchison said.

Police and firefighters from Jerome and Conemaugh Township stations were dispatched to the scene at 4:39 p.m., Somerset 911 officials said.

2 hurt when mine collapses

KITTANNING – Authorities say two people have been injured in a coal mine collapse in Armstrong.

The collapse happened Monday afternoon at the Tracy Lynne mine operated by Rosebud Mining of Kittanning.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection confirmed that there were two injuries.

Rick Murphy of the state Bureau of Mine Safety said the two miners were taken to a hospital, including one with a possible knee injury. The injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The miners were brought to the surface just after 6 p.m. after a rescue effort that began about an hour earlier.

State and federal mine officials are investigating.

Police: Ax attack was racially-driven

PITTSBURGH – A home-less man who police said has

a history of mental health issues has been jailed on charges he threatened two

people with an ax in a city

park, including a black man at whom he yelled “God bless the KKK.”

Online court records don’t list an attorney for 39-year-old Frederic Park, who remained jailed Monday.

Police said Park swung the ax at one man in Frick Park, who he then followed, before accosting the other victim, who is black.

Park is charged with ethnic intimidation because of his alleged remarks in the second attack, along with one count each of aggravated assault in both incidents.

Police said they cited Park for threats and harassment in December, and said Park told them he’s been living in

nearby woods since his father kicked him out months ago.

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