Multiple law enforcement agencies served a search warrant on a suspected drug dealer in the Windber area Friday morning.
Somerset County District Attorney Jeffrey Thomas said the Windber Borough police, state attorney general’s office, Cambria County CERT team, and Somerset and Cambria district attorney’s offices served the warrant around 7 a.m.
“One individual was taken into custody at the time and the investigation is ongoing,” Thomas said.
SCI-Somerset’s investigation into an alleged Christmas Day assault on a corrections officer by an inmate is still ongoing, Susan McNaughton, communications director for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, wrote on Friday.
McNaughton wrote in an email to The Tribune-Democrat that the officer who allegedly was assaulted has returned to work. That officer reportedly had been transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation after the assault on Wednesday.
The housing unit where the assault allegedly took place was briefly locked down afterward.
Pennsylvania State Police will determine whether criminal charges will be filed in connection with the incident, according to McNaughton.
All lanes open again on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Donegal, though drivers should be cautious of crews working on the shoulder to clean up after a tractor-trailer overturned Monday morning, according to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.
Nobody was hurt in the crash, which happened between the Donegal and Somerset exits,, according to Westmoreland County 911.
The crash was reported just before 9 a.m. It blocked one westbound lane.
The lane reopened by 11 a.m.
Further details were not immediately available
SOMERSET BOROUGH, Pa. (WTAJ) — Two people have been charged after making illegal drug deliveries in Somerset Borough November 15.
Police say they were called to assist the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics Investigations in the investigation of a car that was traveling into Somerset Borough to make an illegal drug delivery.
According to police, officers saw the vehicle stopped at the Laundry Arena on Plank Road and they obtained surveillance, which showed a drug delivery.
A K9 officer from the City of Johnstown was called in for a full search and found drug paraphernalia, cash, and 6.3 grams of methamphetamine, police say.
The vehicle’s driver, Stephen Andrew Walter, 50, of Stoystown, and the passenger, Paige Elizabeth Beal, 23, of Meyersdale, are being charged with Prohibited Acts Controlled Substance/Possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Beal was placed in the Somserset County Jail on a $50,000 secured bond and Walter was placed in the Somerset County Jail on a $75,000 secured bond.
Multiple crews were dispatched to a house fire in Somerset County Sunday night. According to crews on scene, the call came in around 8:00 p. m. to a house fully engulfed in the 600 block of Sheep Ridge Drive in Somerset Township. The fire chief said crews had to use a crane to get into other parts of the home to battle the blaze. The home was torn down after the fire was extinguished. Everyone inside the home was able to get out safely, crews said.
Pizza Hut will donate 20% of sales on Oct. 31 to the charity. Dine-in, delivery and carryout count for the donation. The fundraiser will be held form 4-9 p.m.
Participants can also call the Salvation Army at 814-445-9232 for more information.
QUEMAHONING TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WJAC) — State police in Somerset County say 3 people were arrested this afternoon after receiving credible information of drug activity in a house along Kennedy Road in Quemahoning Township.
According to state police, troopers executed a search warrant and found drug paraphernalia and a stolen dirt bike.
The suspects include a 52-year-old man from Stoystown, a 39-year-old man from Friedens, and a 30-year-old woman from Friedens.
In a release, state police say the drug paraphernalia and the stolen dirt bike were taken as evidence.
JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WJAC) — Somerset County dispatchers said five people were taken to the hospital after a head-on collision happened in Jefferson Township on Saturday.
Officials said the crash happened around 10 a.m. in the area of Glades Pike and Fire Tower Road.
According to dispatchers, those involved in the crash were taken by helicopter and ambulance to multiple hospitals.
Route 31 at the Somerset-Westmoreland county line was closed for about 2 1/2 hours, officials said.
State police are investigating the cause of the crash.
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (WTAJ) — A resident of Cumberland Maryland has been sentenced in federal court to 30 years in prison and ordered to pay $5,000 assessment under the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act on his conviction of kidnapping and sexual assault of a person under 12-years-old.
Previously, on January 7, 2019, an arrest warrant was issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania charging Nelson with multiple offenses to include but not limited to, Kidnapping and Aggravated Indecent Assault.
Shirley Wolk, of Somerset, stands next to her tomato plant Saturday, which has grown approximately 9 feet tall. “And it’s still growing,” she said. Wolk said a friend of hers
SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — State Police arrested Pedro Rosa, 30, of Yonkers, New York after finding $480,000 worth of heroin in a hidden compartment of his van.
Just before 11 p.m. on Thursday, August 1, Troopers pulled over Rosa for going 81 mph in a 70 mph area.
Rosa, who was driving a Chrysler Town and Country van registered in Philadelphia, stated he was on his way to Pittsburgh to do some fishing in one of the lakes. He reportedly didn’t know who the van belonged to.
After agreeing to let Troopers conduct a search, they found an aftermarket hidden compartment under the carpet in the rear of the van.
When the compartment was opened, approximately 960 brick (48,000 stamp bags) of heroin were found and taken.
Rosa gave no information to the Troopers. He was charged and taken to Somerset County Jail.
FORT HILL, Pa. – The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh confirmed to Channel 11 that a 15-year-old boy died after a fall at a wilderness camp in Somerset County.
YMCA officials said early Monday afternoon, the teen boy was attending Teen Wilderness Camp through YMCA Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer in Beaver County. Campers from that location were on an outing near YMCA Deer Valley Camp in Fort Hill, which is in Somerset County. It was near the Deer Valley Camp where the teen was critically injured.
He was airlifted to Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center where he died.
Here’s a map showing the location of the camp in Somerset County:
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One person is dead after an ATV crash Saturday night. State police in Somerset County said 33-year-old Joseph Cole of Mill Run was pronounced dead at the scene after his Polaris Razr rolled over and pinned him underneath. Police said Cole was driving on Sculton Road near Whipkey Dam Road a little after 10 p. m. when he left the roadway for unknown reasons. According to the police report, Cole’s vehicle hit a ditch and rolled over.
SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa. – A woman is facing charges after being caught on the Pennsylvania Turnpike with $2 million worth of heroin hidden in her SUV.
Ana Rodriguez Gonzalez was arrested along a stretch of the road in Somerset County. She is in the Somerset County jail.
The bust is the largest by the State Police TACET Team.