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December 28, 2012

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Man hurt in wreck, dog missing

SHANKSVILLE – A motorist from Chicago was injured in a two-vehicle wreck Friday after apparently falling asleep on the turnpike in Stonycreek Township, state police at the turnpike barracks said.

Christopher B. Hart, 35, was driving a 2010 Toyota Highlander west on the turnpike when his vehicle slammed into the back of a vehicle towing a trailer near mile marker 116. The wreck caused the Toyota to overturn twice, troopers said.

Hart was taken to Somerset Hospital with a moderate injury, troopers said, and the driver of the second vehicle escaped injury.

A black Labrador retriever that was inside the second vehicle ran from the scene.

The dog answers to the name of Diesel and was last seen in the area of Cranberry Road in Somerset Township.

Anyone who finds the dog is asked to contact the Somerset Humane Society at 443-2121 or state police at 445-9606.

Family: Teen’s friend brought gun to home

ALTOONA – The grandfather of a teen fatally shot at home said his grandson’s friend had brought over a gun earlier that day.

Altoona police have released few details about the death Wednesday of 16-year-old Jesse McElhinney, who lived with his grandparents.

Grandfather Dean Sprankle told the Altoona Mirror for a story Friday that the teen’s friend brought over a .38-caliber handgun. The friend has not been identified.

McElhinney died of a gunshot to the temple.

Police said investigators will meet with the Blair County district attorney to discuss whether charges will be filed.

McElhinney’s funeral is set for today.

3-5 inches of snow on way, forecasters say

PHILADELPHIA – The National Weather Service is predicting another wave of snow will hit Pennsylvania.

Forecasters said the flakes would start falling late Friday night, dumping 3 to 5 inches in Cambria and Somerset counties.

The western part of the state will see 2 to 4 inches, the weather service said.

In eastern Pennsylvania, the snow is expected to begin around daybreak today.

Meteorologists said the Phila­del­phia area will get 1 to 2 inches, while the outer suburbs and Lehigh Valley will get 3 to 5 inches.

The weather service was cautioning that travel may be difficult during the storm.

Fire damages condo at Hidden Valley

BAKERSVILLE – Fire damaged a two-story condominium at Hidden Valley Resort in western Somerset County on Friday evening.

The fire started in the chimney of the residence and spread to the exterior of the structure, Bakersville fire Chief Dave Stahl said. The condominium is located on South Ridge Way.

Firefighters contained the blaze to a small section of the exterior, Stahl said.

None of the other condominiums in the five-unit complex was damaged.

Pittsburgh delays evening parking fees

PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh City Council is giving visitors a gift that may not last forever, but is good for at least the next six months.

The council voted Thursday to delay plans to charge for on-street parking in the evening.

The vote comes as city officials debate the need for parking revenue versus their desire to attract shoppers and diners at night.

The city had planned to extend meter parking hours from 6 to 10 p.m. in seven neighborhoods starting next week. The council vote delayed the plan until July 1.

Councilman Ricky Burgess believes the added enforcement would generate $200,000 in meter revenue and $1 million in fines each year.

Md. lawmaker pulls Route 15 toll proposal

FREDERICK, Md. – A state senator from Frederick County is pulling his proposal for a toll on U.S. Route 15 because he said county leaders are cool to the idea.

Sen. Ron Young had suggested putting a toll near the Pennsylvania border to extract some revenue from drivers who don’t pay Maryland taxes but use the state’s roads. Young, a Democrat, believes a well-placed toll could help the highway pay for its own upgrades.

But he told The Frederick News-Post that “no one showed any interest in it” during a recent meeting between county commissioners and the Frederick County delegation.

Horse killed after trailer separates, rolls

LENHARTSVILLE – State police said a horse was killed in a highway accident when a trailer dislodged from a pickup truck and crashed down an embankment.

Trooper Michael Koslosky said the accident occurred about 3 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 78 in Berks County.

Police identified the driver as 56-year-old Patricia Kenefic, a horse trainer from Redding, Conn. Authorities believe the pin holding her hitch failed, causing the horse trailer to roll down the steep ravine.

A second horse in the trailer survived.


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