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Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Frozen turkeys for Thanksgiving abound, fresh bird availability decreased due to avian flu

An industry representative said there are plenty of turkeys available for Thanksgiving this year with frozen turkey prices remaining stable while consumers are paying more for fresh.

Judge dismisses 2006 homicide case against mentally disabled man

A mentally disabled man who has been awaiting trial for homicide since 2006 is no longer waiting, after a Fayette County judge signed an order Wednesday releasing him from the charge.

Police investigating bank robbery in Redstone Township

State police said they were able to get a clear picture of the man who robbed the walk-in PNC Bank on Route 40 in Redstone Township this morning because a greeter at the bank asked the man to remove his hood as he walked into the building, and he did.

Homeless man arrested for attempting to steal elderly woman's purse

A homeless man was arrested after he allegedly tried to steal a purse from an elderly woman who was leaving physical therapy with a cane Tuesday.

Prison board votes to hire several full time, part time staff at the county jail

At its penultimate meeting of the year, the Fayette County Prison board voted to move nine part time corrections officers to full time, and hire seven part time officers.

Masontown council working to balance budget

MASONTOWN -- Borough officials adopted a tentative 2016 budget on Tuesday that reflects a quarter of a million-dollar deficit, but noted that numbers still must be collected and crunched before a final budget is balanced for approval.

Fayette County inmate charged with assaulting guard in Schuylkill County

An Fayette County man imprisoned at a state facility in  Schuylkill County is facing charges for attacking a guard with a shank, leaving him with deep slashes to his neck and arm, police said.

Out for a jog

Max Wang, 16, takes a jog with Annie the dog along Pennsylvania Avenue in Uniontown during a recent warm fall afternoon. Wang was in town from China to visit family.

It's a Connellsville Christmas schedule announced

The sixth annual It's a Connellsville Christmas will kick off on Saturday, December 5 with church, historic and cookie tours, a parade, luminaries and Santa Claus.

Fall clean-up

Kelly Tunney | Herald-StandardBrandon McDonald, of Uniontown, attempts to clean up autumn leaves with the help of Snoopy, his dog, during a recent warm afternoon.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Sexting has legal, emotional ramifications

Sexting among teens has been a topic of national discussion in recent months as students in Colorado and New York have been hit with felony charges and suspensions from school over sexually explicit photos being shared via digital devices and social media.

County preliminary budget shows $2.4 million revenue shortfall

Fayette County commissioners presented a 2016 proposed budget Tuesday that reveals a $2.4 million gap between revenues and expenditures.

Uniontown teen earns Eagle Scout badge through soccer field project

The William Menarcheck Field in South Union Township was a second home to Timothy Mihalko of Uniontown when he played soccer there as a youngster.

Now a junior in high school, Mihalko is giving back to his South Union Township home-away-from-home through a project that has earned him a badge.

Uniontown budget holds line on taxes

Uniontown City Council in a meeting Monday approved the proposed 2016 budget with no proposed increase in taxes.

Connellsville Area parents briefed on new safety measures in district schools

Parents of students in the Connellsville Area School District were introduced to several new safety and student services initiatives Tuesday during a parent safety night.

Michael Parlak, school security director, announced that Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate (ALICE) training and drills will be one of the major changes in store for students, staff and parents this year and next year.

After two unanswered petitions, homicide suspect files third motion for release

The attorney representing a mentally ill Fayette County man who has been under court supervision while awaiting trial for homicide is taking her petition to have the case dismissed before a judge again this morning, arguing each day he remains on an ankle bracelet is a violation of his rights.

State Senators disappointed property tax bill shot down

Republican state Senators in the region were disappointed Wednesday that a bill to eliminate school property taxes the night before was narrowly defeated.

Man charged with disrobing in front of police in California

A Pittsburgh man was charged by California Borough Police after he allegedly disrobed and screamed at them.

Shuster reiterates opposition to accepting Syrian refugees

U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster on Tuesday reiterated his opposition to the United States accepting Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks.

Shooting victim now unsure who pulled the trigger

A Connellsville man who was shot three times in Uniontown in May and previously identified the shooter to police and at a preliminary hearing changed his story at a hearing held Tuesday, saying he’s not sure who shot him now.

Felony charge dismissed against former Franklin Twp. officials

Two former Franklin Township supervisors were held for court after a lengthy preliminary hearing Monday.

Motion to dismiss vehicular assault case against Connellsville woman denied

A Fayette County judge on Monday denied a petition to dismiss a vehicular assault case against a Connellsville woman accused of causing a four-car accident on Route 119 on April 29.

Hitting 'send' truly irreversible

Sexting has been on Pat Mowen’s radar for the past six or seven years.

“A lot of schools specifically ask me to address this, even as early as fifth grade,” said Mowen, the prevention educator at Fayette County Crime Victims Center (CVC). Teachers hear things, she said, and they ask for age-appropriate guidance for the students.

Monday, November 23, 2015
TV viewers 'cutting the cord,' moving to streaming

Mike Davidson has the capability to watch television and movies without paying a monthly bill for cable or satellite TV subscriptions.

Social theorist: Gender violence is a men's issue

An expert in the field of violence prevention says gender violence is a men's issue and urged men and women to stop bullies and support victims.

Write-in candidates to take part in lottery

More than 30 people will receive letters from the Fayette County Election Bureau notifying them that they could be the next municipal auditor, council member or constable in their respective municipality.

As state budget impasse continues, food bank provides chicken legs, ground beef for Thanksgiving

The state budget impasse is continuing to affect what the Fayette County Food Bank is able to provide local residents as America prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Shuster's bill would require CMS to fault Obamacare

If U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster’s latest legislation is successful those receiving health insurance cancellation notices blamed on the effects of the Affordable Care Act will be told about it in no uncertain terms.

FCCTI joint operating committee addresses state budget impasse

In his last meeting as a member on the joint operating committee of the Fayette County Career and Technical Institute (FCCTI), Bill Elias read from an open letter he prepared condemning the state budget impasse.

Saltlick Twp. man gets up to 23 months for endangering infants

A Saltlick Township man will spend to 23 months behind bars for endangering the welfare of his 7-week-old twins in 2011, following a sentencing hearing held Monday in Fayette County Court.

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