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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 http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com.

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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