Area/Region News…

Spring Creek

bridge meeting

PennDOT will hold a public presentation during the Spring Creek Township supervisors’ meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at Spring Creek Township Building, 3050 Old Route 77, regarding a bridge replacement project on Oil Creek Road over Spring Creek.

Public comment is welcome. The project is slated for the summer 2015 construction season. Those with questions may contact Jeanette Uhl, PennDOT project manager, at (814) 678-7084 or juhl@pa.gov.

End to PSU

sanctions sought

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Five Pennsylvania congressmen are asking college sports’ governing body to cancel penalties against Penn State imposed as a result of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

The five released a letter Monday they sent last week to Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA.

They’re citing an April state court ruling that was critical of the consent decree, which includes a temporary ban on post-season play, a temporary reduction in scholarships, the cancellation of 112 wins and a $60 million fine.

The group is four Republicans – Charlie Dent, Glenn Thompson, Jim Gerlach and Mike Kelly – plus Democrat Mike Doyle. Dent, Doyle and Thompson are Penn State alumni.

Ride-sharing

hearings set

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has set separate two-day hearings next month to consider permanent licenses for ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft.

The PUC last week gave the San Francisco-based firms temporary permission to operate until their applications for permanent “experimental” licenses can be heard. The services are seeking “experimental” approval because they operate differently that taxis and other public transportation companies and are not currently covered by PUC regulations.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says Lyft’s hearing before administrative law judges will be Aug. 7-8 at the PUC’s Pittsburgh office. Uber’s hearing before the same panel will be Aug. 18-19.

Police searching

for home invader

HERMITAGE, Pa. (AP) – Police have been searching for a man who forced his way into a western Pennsylvania home and cutting an elderly woman with a utility knife before stealing $5 from her purse.

The (Sharon) Herald reports the incident happened about 10:30 p.m. Friday in Hermitage.

Police haven’t identified the woman or released her age, but say the suspect threw her to the ground, struck her in the face then cut her before taking the money from her purse.

Neighbors say the woman’s husband has dementia and lives in a nursing home.

The woman was treated at a hospital for her injuries.

Police were still searching for a suspect on Monday.