Area/Region News In Brief…

Child seat check

Local police will conduct a car seat check from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Northwest Savings Bank in Youngsville. The free check is a joint effort of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and Youngsville Borough Police Department.

Stabbing victim

out of hospital

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) – A student who has critically injured in a stabbing and slashing rampage at a high school has been released from the hospital.

Seventeen-year-old Jared Boger was released Wednesday afternoon from UPMC Presbyterian hospital, according to family members. Doctors had said Boger was one of the most seriously injured in the April 9 attacks at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, which is outside of Pittsburgh.

A fellow student, 16-year-old Alex Hribal, is charged as an adult with multiple counts of attempted homicide and aggravated assault and a school weapons violation. He faces a preliminary hearing April 30.

Three students are still at Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville. Two are in fair condition and one in still in critical condition.

Woman pleads to

bus stop crash

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A woman has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a car crash at an eastern Pennsylvania bus stop that claimed two lives.

Twenty-seven-year-old Caitlyn Clark pleaded guilty Wednesday in Lehigh County Court to two counts of vehicular homicide and related charges in the September 2012 crash.

Prosecutors said Clark was driving with a suspended license when her SUV plowed into a group of people at a Hanover Township bus stop.

Fifty-two-year-old Elias Tabarani of Allentown died at the scene and 28-year-old Angel Bosch of Easton later died at a hospital. Two other men suffered serious injuries.

Prosecutor Richard Director said under state sentencing guidelines, Clark faces a sentence from six months to two years and 10 months in prison.

Defense attorney Harold DeWalt declined to comment following the hearing.


site now landmark

NEW HOPE, Pa. (AP) – Federal officials have granted landmark status to a southeastern Pennsylvania site.

The Interior Department and the National Park Service announced Wednesday that the Bucks County woodworking complex of famed designer George Nakashima is one of four new national historic landmarks.

The department says Nakashima became an important voice for artists and craftsmen, creating a new paradigm for studio furniture production in the post-World War II period.

The Nakashima woodworking complex in Solebury Township joins more than 2,500 other sites recognized nationwide as places with exceptional value in illustrating or interpreting the country’s heritage.

Fans plan new

Paterno statue

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – With one Joe Paterno statue in storage, fans of the late Penn State football coach are commissioning a new one to be placed across from the university.

A State College, Pa., restaurant owner says he’s interested in having the new statue put in front of his establishment.

Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers says the school isn’t involved in the plan. In 2012, the school removed a Paterno statue outside its football stadium. That happened after a university-commissioned report accused the late coach and three administrators of concealing sex abuse claims against retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Organizers say the new statue will feature Paterno sitting on a bench reading. It’s expected to cost about $300,000. They hope it will be done in 2015 by Philadelphia sculptor Zenos Frudakis.

Firefighter hurt

at motel blaze

READING, Pa. (AP) – Firefighters are battling a five-alarm blaze at a small motel in eastern Pennsylvania.

The fire broke out shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday at Klein’s Motel in Muhlenberg Township, Berks County.

WFMZ-TV said one firefighter suffered minor injuries.

Firefighters said the motel office, the motel owner’s living area and an adjacent storage building all sustained heavy damage. The rear of the structure partially collapsed from the fire.

Officials said high winds have hampered their efforts to extinguish the blaze.