NEW PARIS —
A Windber area man was critically injured Saturday after crashing his ATV in rural Bedford County.
William S. Gephart was ejected from his Honda ATV after the bike sideswiped a tree near Rocklick Hollow Road, Napier Township, state police in Bedford said.
State police from Bedford said the accident occurred shortly after midnight.
Gephart, a Paint Township police officer, received life-threatening injuries in the wreck and was flown to Memorial Medical Center for treatment, police said.
Conemaugh Health System media specialist Francine Bodnar said Gephart remained in critical condition at the hospital Monday afternoon.
He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, police said.
Gephart’s son was a passenger on the ATV and also was ejected, police said, adding the boy was wearing a helmet. He was taken to Memorial Medical Center for observation.
March table games revenue sets record
PHILADELPHIA – Pennsylvania’s casinos have set a new monthly record for gross revenue from table games.
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board says the state’s
11 casinos generated $67.4 million in gross revenue from table games last month. That was up 9 percent from March 2012, when the casinos set the previous monthly record of $61.9 million.
Combined with March slots revenues announced earlier this month, total gross revenue from gaming in Pennsylvania was up 1 percent over last March, to $296.7 million.
Crash survivor to speak at Seton Hill
GREENSBURG – A woman who survived a bus crash that killed two of her Notre Dame swimming teammates will be the commencement speaker at Seton Hill University, whose pregnant women’s lacrosse coach was killed in a team bus crash last month.
Haley Scott DeMaria, 39, who now lives in Annapolis Md., also initially was paralyzed from the waist down by the crash in 1992, but through surgeries and rehabilitation learned to walk again and rejoined the Indiana Catholic university’s swim team.
Seton Hill’s coach, 30-year-old Kristina Quigley, was killed along with her unborn son and the bus driver, Anthony Guaetta, 61, of Johnstown, when the vehicle crashed March 16, while carrying 23 players and coaches to a match. The school canceled the rest of its lacrosse season.
Gorilla gives birth at Pittsburgh zoo
PITTSBURGH – A gorilla at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium has given birth for the second time in as many years.
Zoo officials said Monday they don’t know the gender of the new baby because they’ve not gotten close enough to Moka, the mother, to find out. Zoo spokeswoman Tracy Gray said officials are keeping their distance while the baby bonds with Moka. Moka likely will carry the baby on her chest for three months.
The same gorilla gave birth to a male last year, but that baby died after four months. Tests couldn’t determine why that happened, but zoo officials say the mortality rate for infant gorillas is about 40 percent.
Zoo officials say Moka mated with Mrithi, a silverback male at the zoo. She gave birth Friday.