17 women escape Somerset County house fire

SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ)– Crews responded to a house fire in Somerset County at a rental property that 17 women were able to safely escape.

The fire happened at a rental property at 145 Robert Brown Road, Confluence, Pa. in Somerset County, Sunday, July 11.

There were 17 women inside sleeping when the fire happened. One girl woke up to the smell of smoke and got all the other women out safe.

Source: 17 women escape Somerset County house fire

Somerset County’s Maple Weekend Taste & Tour has ‘busiest day we’ve ever had’ | News | tribdem.com

Maple Weekend Taste & Tour in Somerset County was a hit with many on its opening day Saturday.

Laura Hileman, 18, said the weekend offers a special glimpse into how one of Somerset’s biggest products is made: “You get to see how maple syrup producers run their show – how the trees are tapped, the sap filtered, boiled down – and then you get to taste it.”

The event continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a list of participating camps, visit somersetcountymaple.org.

Source: Somerset County’s Maple Weekend Taste & Tour has ‘busiest day we’ve ever had’ | News | tribdem.com

YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh permanently closes Camp Soles in Somerset County; tentative sales agreement in works | TribLIVE.com

Source: YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh permanently closes Camp Soles in Somerset County; sale in works | TribLIVE.com

The 263-acre camp was a destination for kids, families and school groups for generations.

The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh was unable to sustain the camp because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Carolyn Grady, chief development officer.

“Camp T. Frank Soles operated over the summer with pandemic restrictions but was never able to regain the level of program participation that would make it financially viable,” she said in a statement. “We made the difficult decision to end programs at Camp Soles in October and listed the building for sale.

Friedens man arrested on warrant; Somerset DA says meth, marijuana found | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

A Somerset County man wanted on a warrant was arrested over the weekend and now has drug charges pending following a drug bust in Friedens, Somerset County District Attorney Jeff Thomas said.

Thomas said investigators went to 33-year-old Albert Marody’s home after people in the area started reporting “strange activity” at all hours of the night, including brief after-midnight visitors.

Police went to the Friedens home to serve Marody with a warrant, and discovered two ounces of methamphetamine and two pounds of marijuana, as well as drug paraphernalia, Thomas said.

Marody was taken into custody and now has additional charges pending related to the drugs found at his residence.

Source: Friedens man arrested on warrant; Somerset DA says meth, marijuana found | Coronavirus | tribdem.com

DA: Drugs seized, fugitive arrested following Somerset Co. bust

According to Somerset County District Attorney Jeff Thomas, a fugitive was taken into custody Friday afternoon following a drug bust in Friedens. Thomas says a large amount of methamphetamine and marijuana were seized from the residence. The identity of the fugitive has not yet been released. Both the Somerset County Drug Task Force and Somerset County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the bust.

Source: DA: Drugs seized, fugitive arrested following Somerset Co. bust

One person killed in Somerset County fire

State police are investigating after one person was killed in a fire in Somerset County.

The fire broke out Saturday on the 1100 block of Old Forbes Road in Stoystown.

State police said the structure that caught fire is a total loss.

The person who was found dead has not been identified.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Source: One person killed in Somerset County fire

More Than $20,000 Worth Of Equipment And ATVs Stolen From Storage Sheds In Somerset Co. – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

SHADE TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Police are investigating after more than $20,000 worth of equipment was stolen from storage sheds in Somerset County.

The Pennsylvania State Police say a backhoe, two ATVs and a generator were among the things stolen from the sheds on Coffee Hill Road in Shade Township.

The burglary happened in November, police say. No word on any suspects.

Source: More Than $20,000 Worth Of Equipment And ATVs Stolen From Storage Sheds In Somerset Co. – CBS Pittsburgh

Somerset County Diner stays open for indoor dining, despite state’s COVID-19 restrictions | WJAC

Despite the state’s restrictions on indoor dining until January 4th, one diner in Somerset County has been letting customers dine-in anyway. The new, limited-time mitigation orders took effect at 12:01 a.m. on December 12, and remain in effect until 8 a.m. on January 4, 2021.

Cars filled the parking lot of the Summit Diner in Somerset Saturday morning as customers flowed in and out of the dining room.

The diner shut down the weekend after those restrictions were announced, but then made the decision to stay open for indoor dining.

Manager Chloe Foy says their customers have been supportive of their decision.

Source: Somerset County Diner stays open for indoor dining, despite state’s COVID-19 restrictions | WJAC

Authorities seize $80K worth of meth in Somerset bust | News | tribdem.com

 

One person is in custody after a drug bust was executed by investigators Thursday night on the 400 block of West Patriot Street in Somerset Borough, Somerset County District Attorney Jeff Thomas said.

Authorities seized approximately $80,000 worth of methamphetamine that was packaged for sale, several firearms, incendiary devices and a large amount of cash.

“This is the largest bust we’ve definitely had under my tenure here,” Thomas said

Source: Authorities seize $80K worth of meth in Somerset bust | News | tribdem.com

Pittsburgh Weather: Wintry Conditions, 1-2″ Of Snow Expected – CBS Pittsburgh

From midnight and through the day Tuesday, we will have snow showers leaving many with 1-2″ and areas north of I-80 and along the ridges picking up around 3″ of snow.

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Our highs will struggle to make it to 40 degrees on Tuesday.

For the rest of the week, it’ll be cold with lows in the upper 20’s and highs in the low 40’s.

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Our next round of rain and snow is possible late Thursday and through the day Friday.

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Source: Pittsburgh Weather: Wintry Conditions, 1-2″ Of Snow Expected – CBS Pittsburgh

911: Somerset County crews respond to vehicle vs. pedestrian crash on PA Turnpike | WJAC

Emergency crews were called to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Friday afternoon after a vehicle versus pedestrian crash, according to Somerset County 911.

Officials say the crash happened westbound near mile marker 114, near the Somerset Exit.

State police say one person was taken to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center with unknown injuries.

Source: 911: Somerset County crews respond to vehicle vs. pedestrian crash on PA Turnpike | WJAC

Somerset school district to close until Dec. 7 | Somerset | dailyamerican.com

Somerset Area School District Superintendent Krista Mathias reported on Friday that officials learned about four new positive COVID-19 cases in the district.

“All students and employees who were close contacts of the affected individuals have been notified and quarantined accordingly,” she wrote in an email.

As a result, the entire district will be closed for 14 days. School will resume on Dec. 7, barring additional cases or directives from the state.

All students will be learning remotely Monday and Tuesday of next week, as well as on Dec. 1-4.

Mathias said that she is in contact with state health officials each time a case is reported. Thorough cleanings and other precautions are part of the mitigation efforts.

Source: Somerset school district to close until Dec. 7 | Somerset | dailyamerican.com

One dead after motorcycle crash in Somerset County | WTAJ – www.wearecentralpa.com

JENNER TWP., SOMERSET CO., Pa. (WTAJ) — A Hooversville man was pronounced dead at the scene of a motorcycle crash, State Police out of Somerset report.

The crash occurred on Nov. 8 around 3:39 p.m. when 22-year-old Tanner Friedline was riding his bike in the 5600 block of Penn Avenue in Jenner Township. While traveling north, Friedline reportedly came over a crest in the road and attempted to steer away from an oncoming car before losing control.

Friedline, who police report was wearing a helmet, hit the oncoming car head-on. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car was wearing her seatbelt and no physical injuries were reported for her.

Source: One dead after motorcycle crash in Somerset County | WTAJ – www.wearecentralpa.com

TURNPIKE HEROIN BUST: Woman charged in $2 million heroin bust on Pa. Turnpike | WPXI

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.

Source: TURNPIKE HEROIN BUST: Woman charged in $2 million heroin bust on Pa. Turnpike | WPXI