Area/Region News In Brief…

Sheriff issues

scam alert

The Warren County Sheriff’s Office has received several phone calls from county residents that they have received telephone calls or e-mail messages concerning unpaid loans.

The calling party advises that the resident has not paid a loan and a warrant is going to be issued for failure to pay the loan and the sheriff or other law enforcement will be arresting them.

They tell the county resident that if they want to avoid being arrested they need bank or credit card information. This is a scam. Failure to pay a loan, if there was one, is civil not criminal. The sheriff does not arrest for failure to pay a loan.

If you feel suspicious about the call or e-mail, attempt to obtain a return telephone number and then contact the sheriff’s office at 723-7553 with the information.

Second eaglet

hatches in nest

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A second eaglet has hatched at a Pittsburgh bald eagle nest.

The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania says the second egg hatched at about 7 a.m. Sunday. The first eaglet emerged Friday, and a third egg is still in the nest.

On Saturday both parents fed fish to the first eaglet. The nest is in the city’s Hays neighborhood along the Monongahela River. A live video stream of the nest has become popular locally. The female bald eagle in the nest previously fought off a raccoon that tried to raid her eggs.

Bald eagle pairs are active on two additional sites in Allegheny County after being absent for many decades. More than 200 nests have been reported in Pennsylvania.

Pitt-Johnstown

students fall ill

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Officials at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown say that several students have reported an illness that’s believed to be an airborne norovirus.

The school released a statement Saturday saying that has cancelled all in-door social events for the weekend, including cafeteria services at all dining facilities.

The school has also closed its Wellness Center and is doing additional building cleaning before classes are scheduled to resume Monday.

The school says students are complaining of fever, chills, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Residents complain

about Moose Lodge

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Some Pittsburgh residents are complaining that the local Moose Lodge has gone wild, with noisy parties featuring scantily clad women.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that police say neighbors in the Lawrenceville neighborhood are complaining about the lodge. Police say they found YouTube videos claiming to be from Lawrenceville Moose events that show women dancing around a pole as music blares and men throw cash.

Lodge treasurer Paul Kelly says there’s a pole but he’s never seen anybody naked on it and there’s no illegal activity.

Lauren Byrne, director of the Lawrenceville United community group, says she’s received at least 50 complaints about loud noise and disorderly conduct during the past six months.

Wife gets

life in prison

WAYNESBURG, Pa. (AP) – A woman charged with having aided her husband in a slaying at a remote southwestern Pennsylvania hunting cabin has been sentenced to life in prison.

The Washington Observer-Reporter reports that jurors on Friday found 41-year-old Lana Roe of Daisytown guilty of first-degree murder in the August 2012 shotgun slaying of 38-year-old Cordele Patterson, of Grindstone.

Prosecutors say Roe acted as an accomplice for her husband Jason Roe, who was convicted last fall of first-degree murder. They told jurors that Lana Roe lured Patterson outside the cabin before he was shot by her husband. Patterson’s mother, Vivian O’Neal Russ, smiled and cried as the verdict was read.