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.
Storm brings down trees, limbs
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Police: Women stole thousands from elderly sisters, used money to show St. Bernards
Two western Pennsylvania women have been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from two elderly sisters and using the money to attend dog shows.
Intervening neighbor’s death now ruled homicide
The Allegheny County medical examiner says a neighbor who died after he intervened in a fight between a couple next door is the victim of homicide.
Housing police: Naked women slashes 3 in melee
Allegheny County Housing Authority police were trying to identify a naked woman who allegedly slashed or stabbed three other women in an apparent lovers’ quarrel at a public housing complex.
Police: Rescued boys never mentioned drowned teen
Police say two teens who were rescued from a jetty in Presque Isle Bay in Erie last week, and two others who were with them, never mentioned a fifth boy who drowned and whose body wasn’t found until Saturday.
2 arraigned, denied bail in deadly Philly carjacking
Two men accused of carjacking a woman in north Philadelphia and plowing into a family selling fruit on a street corner, killing three children, have been ordered held without bail.
PennDOT pushes ‘Yellow Dot’ vehicle stickers
It’s the car sticker that could save your life.
PennDOT’s “Yellow Dot” program has been around for several years, said Daniel Zakraysek, coordinator of the Cambria Allegheny Regional Highway Safety Network.
Remembering elephant’s rampage
The circus elephant paced the landing outside the Jaffa Mosque in Altoona.
Police formed an uneasy line around the perimeter of the venue’s lawn, rifles at the ready.
It was a cloudy, cold day in April 1993, and Tyke the elephant had just run around the circus ring, slapped a baboon and burst through a building’s front door, tearing off part of the wall above the door.
- State briefs 7/29/2014
TSA finds gun, ammo in Pittsburgh airport carry-on
The Transportation Security Administration says it found a pistol and ammunition in man’s carry-on bag as he passed through security at Pittsburgh International Airport.
Youth pastor fired, jailed after teen-sex charges
A youth pastor has been fired by a western Pennsylvania church and jailed on charges he performed sex acts with a 15-year-old girl in their church building.
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