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July 3, 2014

State News in Brief | Officer honored for school stabbing response

MURRYSVILLE — A retired school police officer has been honored for handcuffing a 16-year-old charged with stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard at a Westmoreland County high school.

William “Buzz” Yakshe, 59, is one of six national recipients of the Regional Exceptional Service Award given by the National Association of School Resources Officers.

Yakshe retired in May after helping subdue Alex Hribal following the April 9 stabbing rampage at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville. Yakshe was a Murrysville police officer assigned to the school. He worked for the department for 20 years and had been at the school for 10.

Yakshe will receive the award at the group’s annual conference in La Quinta, California, later this month.

Hribal is awaiting trial on charges including attempted homicide and aggravated assault.

Seinfeld borrows Irwin man’s rare Jaguar

IRWIN – A Westmoreland County man said Jerry Seinfeld left him a nice “thank you” note after borrowing the man’s rare car for Seinfeld’s latest episode of “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

Scott Drab, of Irwin, said Seinfeld wanted to drive a green 1967 Jaguar Mark II when he was recording an episode featuring fellow comedian Robert Klein. The show began airing online Thursday at

Drab told KDKA-TV that he was only too glad to lend Seinfeld the car, which a crew picked up in a truck, shipped to New York for recording, then returned four days later.

Drab said he opened the glove box to find “a handwritten note saying thank you from Jerry Seinfeld. I was really deeply touched by it.”

Drab has a private collection of classic Jaguars and memorabilia.

Priest placed on probation for stealing $98G

GREENSBURG – A Roman Catholic priest will serve 10 years on probation for stealing $98,000 from the Westmoreland County church he used to pastor.

The Rev. Emil Payer also was ordered to repay the money, which was less than the $124,000 county detectives originally alleged he stole.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Payer’s attorney was able to document that $26,000 went to legitimate church ex­penses.

Payer allegedly stole the money from the Church of the Seven Dolors in Yukon, a tiny village in South Huntingdon Township.

Payer was at the church from October 2008 through August 2011.

Greensburg Bishop Lawrence Brandt placed Payer on administrative leave and in July 2012 issued new parish financial procedures in the diocese, which serves more than 160,000 Roman Catholics in Indiana, Westmoreland, Fayette and Armstrong counties.

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  • PennDOT contractor arraigned on $3.6M theft charge

    A Department of Transportation contractor stole $3.6 million in public funds by billing the state for work that was never done, state prosecutors said Thursday in what they described as an ongoing corruption probe of PennDOT’s southeastern Pennsylvania district.

    July 31, 2014

  • 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.

    July 29, 2014

  • 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.

    July 29, 2014

  • 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.

    July 29, 2014

  • 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.

    July 29, 2014

  • 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.

    July 29, 2014

  • 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.

    July 28, 2014

  • 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.

    July 28, 2014

  • State briefs 7/29/2014

    July 28, 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.

    July 28, 2014


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