SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2015

State Police Question Suspect In Rape
State Police say they have identified the man who an Avella teenager claims raped her earlier this month in Cross Creek County Park. Troopers say the man, whose name has not been released, was questioned, but not charged, and the investigation continues. The seventeen-year-old told authorities she met him on the social networking site Tango, and agreed to meet him at the park. That's where, according to the girl, he hit her on the head, dragged her into the woods and sexually assaulted her.

Assault Victim Identified
Police have identified the victim of a suspected assault in a South Strabane Township home. Authorities say Frank Murphy Jr. was found, unresponsive, inside of his house at 1737 North Main Street this week. Police say he had severe head and facial injuries and was flown to a Pittsburgh area hospital for treatment. Authorities say they are continuing their investigation, but they don't believe the public is in danger. They say they believe Murphy was the target of the attack.

MedExpress Sold
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Health services company Optum has acquired walk-in medical care provider MedExpress. Media outlets report that terms of the sale were not disclosed. Eden Prairie, Minnesota-based Optum announced the sale earlier this month. It is a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group Inc., the nation's largest health insurer. MedExpress operates 141 neighborhood medical centers in 11 states with plans to open 25 to 30 additional centers this year. It has 23 locations in West Virginia. MedExpress spokeswoman Kelly Sorice says the company will retain its administrative offices in Morgantown and Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. The company was founded in Morgantown in 2001. MedExpress CEO Frank Alderman says the new partnership will help MedExpress' focus on improving the health of the communities it serves.

New Bishop In Greensburg
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pope Francis has appointed the top canon lawyer in the Harrisburg diocese to be the new bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Greensburg in western Pennsylvania. The appointment of the Very Rev. Edward C. Malesic was announced Friday. The new bishop, who will head the four-county diocese seated 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, is 54 years old. He's replacing Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt who reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 on March 27, 2014. Bishops typically resign at that time, but remain in office until the pope names a successor. Malesic is the judicial vicar in Harrisburg, meaning he heads that diocese's tribunal on church law which governs annulments and other legal issues. He's also pastor of Holy Infant Parish in York Haven, about 20 miles southeast of Harrisburg. (Photo: WPXI)

Comcast Drops $48 Billion Bid
NEW YORK (AP) - Comcast is dropping its $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable after heavy regulatory pushback. The combined company would put nearly 30 percent of TV and about 55 percent of broadband subscribers under one roof. That would give the resulting behemoth unprecedented power over what Americans watch and download. Competitors, consumer groups, and politicians have criticized the deal, saying it would lead to higher prices and less choice. Even with the Comcast deal squashed, cable companies are likely to keep combining as costs rise for the shows, sports and movies they pipe to subscribers and video customers decrease. Many analysts expect that Charter Communications Inc., which lost out on its bid for Time Warner Cable Inc. to Comcast Corp., to resurrect its effort. (photo: AP)

Ice Cream Deemed Safe to Eat
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health officials say ice cream is still safe to eat - even amid recalls by two ice cream companies after the discovery of listeria bacteria in their frozen confections. The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there's no reason to think that listeria illnesses and deaths linked to Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries and the discovery of listeria in Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams are related. Still, Tauxe says the discovery of listeria is a "wake-up call" for the industry, since the bacteria isn't very common in ice cream. The FDA agrees that consumers should feel safe eating any ice cream products that haven't been recalled.

Deadly Earthquake in Nepal
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) - Officials say a magnitude 7.8 earthquake in a densely populated area of Nepal has killed more than 700 people across a swath of four countries, with the death toll expected to keep climbing.
Authorities say the violently shaking earth collapsed houses, leveled centuries-old temples and triggered avalanches in the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, where at least eight bodies have been recovered and an unknown number are missing or injured. Authorities say at least 688 people are confirmed dead in Nepal. Other deaths occurred in India, Tibet and Bangladesh. Two Chinese citizens died at the Nepal-China border. Scores of people have been injured in the Himalayan country's worst temblor in over 80 years. The quake was followed by a magnitude 6.6 aftershock and more are possible. (photo: AP)

Police Search For Hit & Run Driver
SOUTH STRABANE, Pa. - Police are searching for the driver of a car that hit a person standing on the side of Route 40 and drove away Wednesday evening. A news conference was held Friday in hopes of receiving help in identifying and locating the driver. According to police, the victim stopped his car on Route 40 in South Strabane, got out of the car and was hit by another car just seconds later. His lower body was run over during the accident. Officials said the victim survived the hit, but his identity and condition are not yet known.

Trial Set For Former Cecial Township Police Chief
The trial for a former Cecil Township Police Chief charged with misusing money, has been scheduled for trial in July. Washington County Court Judge Gary Gilman has set a pretrial conference for July 2nd, for 65-year-old Gary Pushak. Pushak is accused of taking more than ten-thousand-dollars from a police department account and using it to gamble. Pushak was with the department for some 38 years and remains free on bond.

Police Arrest Man In Local Road Rage Incident
A Washington County man has been arrested in connection with a road rage incident earlier this week on Interstate 79. State Police say Brian Gust of Nottingham was arraigned on multiple charges, including terrorist threats and simple assault. Troopers say Joshua Scott of Washington, told them he was traveling south, in the left lane of Interstate 79, when he was involved in an incident with Gust. Scott told police that Gust pointed a gun at him before speeding away. Authorities say they found a 9 mm gun and ammunition in his vehicle when he was arrested. He's being held in the Washington County Jail on thirty-five-thousand-dollars bond.

Students Hurt When Stage Collapses
WESTFIELD, Ind. (AP) - One student performing at a Westfield, Indiana high school says he took a step back just moments before the stage collapsed, injuring at least 12 people. One person was critically hurt Thursday night. Authorities and witnesses say students at Westfield High School were performing the grand finale of a concert when the floor of the stage collapsed into the orchestra pit below.

Panel Wants Clinton To Testify About Benghazi
WASHINGTON (AP) - The chairman of a House committee investigating the 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, is calling Hillary Rodham Clinton to testify at two public hearings next month. The first hearing would focus on Clinton's use of a private email account and server while she was secretary of state. The second hearing would focus on the Benghazi attack that in 2012 killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya. A lawyer for Clinton, now a presidential candidate, said she is prepared to answer questions publicly regarding the Benghazi attacks and her email use as soon as possible.


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