The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

State News

December 27, 2012

State in brief: 7 killed, 315 hurt in holiday wrecks

— Seven people were killed and 315 others were injured in 1,336 crashes investigated by state police during the Christmas holiday driving period.

Two of the seven people who died were not wearing seat belts.

One fatality stemmed from an alcohol-related accident.

From Dec. 21 through Christmas, troopers investigated 108 alcohol-related crashes, state police said in a news release.

Troopers made 348 DUI arrests and issued 2,152 speeding citations. Troopers also cited 313 people for not wearing a seat belt and issued 37 citations to drivers for failing to restrain children properly in child safety seats.

Crash and casualty numbers are up from 2011, but the holiday weekend was longer this year. Five people died and 169 others were injured in 509 crashes during the period last year.

The figures cover only those incidents investigated by state police.

Woman assaulted by 3 teens in Philly area

UPPER DARBY – Three men are charged in the brutal armed assault of a woman on Christmas Day in suburban Philadelphia.

Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood told the Philadelphia Daily News the 22-year-old woman was waiting for her boyfriend Tuesday when the men forced their way inside her Jeep.

Chitwood said the men raped and beat her for hours and took her purse, jewelry, cellphone, car stereo and GPS.

The woman drove to her boyfriend’s house and they contacted police.

Officers responding to a disturbance call at a nearby house said they found the woman’s belongings there and arrested two 17-year-olds. A 19-year-old was arrested elsewhere.

All are charged as adults with kidnapping, rape, robbery and related offenses and are held on $500,000 bail each. They’re due in court Jan. 31.

House fire kills couple near Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH – Authorities said a married couple died in a fire in their suburban Pittsburgh home Thursday morning.

The Allegheny County coroner’s office said the blaze in Mount Lebanon killed 61-year-old Dennis Miller and his 56-year-old wife, Susan.

The county fire marshal is investigating but the blaze is not considered suspicious.

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