Storm brings down trees, limbs
A fast-moving storm that rolled through the region Sunday brought down trees and limbs throughout both counties, Somerset and Cambria 911 officials said.
A Cambria 911 supervisor said wires were knocked down in Portage Borough along Johnson Avenue.
Numerous reports were phoned in about trees or limbs falling onto roadways including Hall Street in Brownstown, Ridge Avenue in Johnstown, Leila Street in Southmont, and Mendel and Vickroy avenues in Ferndale, the supervisor said.
Power outages were reported throughout southern Cambria County and Somerset County’s northern tier, according to FirstEnergy’s online outage map. Most were reportedly minor, affecting few customers, although outages potentially impacting 500 or more customers were being investigated in the Beaverdale area and in the Eisenhower Boulevard area near the Somerset County line late Sunday.
Cyclist hurt when he strikes parked car
A man in his 70s was hospitalized Sunday after he struck a parked car while riding his bicycle, Upper Yoder Township police said.
The man was traveling in the 2100 block of Franklin Street late Sunday morning when his bike hit the car, Officer Brian Pritt said.
It’s possible the man had a health-related issue that caused him to wreck, Pritt said.
The man, whose name was not released, was taken to Memorial Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of unknown injuries, Pritt said.
Nationwide contests $18M award in lawsuit
An insurance company that was tongue-lashed in a decision last month by a Pennsylvania judge is contesting his ruling that it pay $18 million in punitive damages after a long court battle over faulty repairs to a family’s vehicle in 1996.
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. on Friday asked Berks County Judge Jeffrey K. Sprecher to reconsider a decision believed to be the largest punitive award ever handed down in Pennsylvania in a lawsuit accusing an insurer of bad faith, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunday.
Sprecher ruled in June that he agreed with Daniel and Sherri Berg that Nationwide had concealed evidence about faulty repairs to their Jeep Grand Cherokee, tried to cover up the conduct of its employees and relied on a strategy to discourage policyholder challenges in court by artificially inflating the cost of suing the company.
In his ruling, Sprecher said Nationwide spent more than $3 million to defend its actions in a claim over the Bergs’ Jeep that it should have replaced for $25,000.
Nationwide insists the company did not act in bad faith and that no one at the firm ever believed the Bergs’ vehicle was unsafe after it was repaired.
Body falls out of coroner van, lands in road
A body on a gurney fell out of a coroner’s van when a door malfunctioned, sending the corpse into the middle of a busy roadway in suburban Philadelphia.
The Bucks County Courier Times reports the accident happened around noon on Friday near a shopping center in Feasterville.
A photo on the newspaper’s website shows the corpse, wrapped in what appears to be a white sheet, lying in the street as cars buzz by. The Bucks County coroner’s office said the driver realized immediately that the door had opened and retrieved the body within minutes. The office says it “deeply regrets” the incident.
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Woman raising stink about people using backyard near turnpike as a rest stop
A Pennsylvania woman says she can see drivers who pull off the side of a highway relieving themselves near her backyard, and state police have been asked to increase patrols.
Parts of I-80, I-380 jumping to 70 mph
Speed limits on more than 100 miles of two interstates in Pennsylvania will rise to 70 mph for the first time this summer, with similar increases possible next year on other stretches of roadway around the state, state transportation officials said Wednesday.
Trial ordered for inmate in cellmate’s death
An SCI-Houtzdale prison inmate has been ordered to stand trial on charges in the beating death of his cellmate a year ago.
Pittsburgh shooting: 1 killed, 1 wounded at home being remodeled
Authorities in say a contractor was shot to death and a man he worked with was injured outside a vacant home being remodeled in Pittsburgh.
Auditor cites flaws in gas drilling regulation
Strained by limited resources and the rapid expansion of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, environmental regulators have failed to adequately monitor well safety or to provide clear and timely information to citizens, the state auditor general said Tuesday.
Paterno son, other former assistant sue Penn State for $1M
A son of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has sued the university over his dismissal from its coaching staff two years ago, saying he has been unfairly linked to the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.
2 Pa. residents charged killing 3 in W.Va.
Two Pennsylvania residents face murder charges in connection with the deaths of three people in West Virginia.
Pennsylvania sees 3rd rating downgrade in 2 years
New York-based credit ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service is slapping a lower rating on Pennsylvania’s debt for the second time in two years, as state government grapples annually with built-in budget deficits.
Water skier injured by boat propeller, airlifted to Hershey
A central Pennsylvania man who was airlifted to a hospital by helicopter after he was injured by a boat’s propeller is said to be in good condition.
Ethics agency probes lawmakers named in cash sting
The Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission is investigating allegations that four state lawmakers were caught in a cash-for-favors sting following complaints filed by citizen activist in March.
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