Area/Region News…

Hospice

receives donations

Hospice of Warren County, a non-profit affiliate of Warren General Hospital, received contributions during July in memory of William “Bill” Anderson, James Apicella, Donald Backstrom, Bob and Elaine Bloemker, Millie Brindis, Betty Campbell, Imogene “Imie” Collins, Clyde Harman, Anna Mae Howe, Jack Landers, Jack Lawson, Joyce Leofsky, Sylvia Leonard, Olive Mae Lindell, Patricia Markey, David Martin, William “Billy” Moriarity, Lloyd Paul, Dennis Peterson, Delores “Dolly” Rea, Rev. Dale Reitz, Jody Rossman, Mary Schwanke, Doris See, Glen Slocum, Juanita Sondericker, Robert Stanton, Elizabeth “Betty” Streich, Glen Valentine, James Vanderhoof, Leroy Vantassel, Grace Walker, Kobe Webb and Irene Williams, and in honor of Cora Watt on her 100th birthday.

Donations can be made to Hospice of Warren County at P.O. Box 68, Warren, PA 16365 or online at www.hospiceofwarrencounty.com/donations.

Donations support the comprehensive Hospice Program, including the John and Orpha Blair Hospice Residence, Palliative Care Service, DeFrees Support Program, and extensive bereavement services.

Gun show vendor

seeks probation

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania gun show vendor is seeking probation for shooting a woman while demonstrating a holster.

Forty-four-year-old Geoffrey Hawk faces a simple assault charge. The Press Enterprise reports he waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Police say Hawk shot customer Krista Gearhart in the thigh during a June 28 gun show at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds in central Pennsylvania. She was treated at a hospital and released.

Hawk, who is from Warminster, says he doesn’t know how a bullet got into the semi-automatic pistol. All guns displayed at the show are supposed be unloaded.

Defense attorney Eric Winter says Hawk will apply for a program for first-time offenders that would allow him to clear his arrest record if he completes all its requirements.

Coroner trying

to identify body

ERIE, Pa. (AP) – Authorities in northwestern Pennsylvania are working to identify a man whose body was found in the woods near Erie.

Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook says he hopes to confirm the person’s identity Thursday after a dental examination.

The Erie Times-News reports a hiker found the remains Tuesday along the edge of a cliff in Wintergreen Gorge.

Cook says no foul play is suspected.

Gas-tax funded

work outlined

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A new 12-year plan for transportation-related projects in Pennsylvania outlines how the state will spend more than $21 billion generated by higher gasoline taxes and motorist fees.

The State Transportation Commission released the updated plan Thursday that describes how more than $62 billion will be allocated. Just two years ago the 12-year plan involved more than $41 billion in spending.

The highway funding law enacted in December is ramping up to bring in about $2.3 billion annually in new revenue.

The updated plan now goes to federal officials for their review and possible approval.

Charges refiled

LATROBE, Pa. (AP) – A western Pennsylvania prosecutor has refiled criminal homicide and murder charges that a district judge dismissed against a man in the bludgeoning death of his live-in girlfriend.

District Judge Michael Mahady dismissed those charges Wednesday against 57-year-old Gregory Randall, of Laurel Mountain.

, saying a bloody handprint matched to him from the crime scene was “speculative” because DNA tests on whose blood it was are still pending.

Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck contends Gregory bludgeoned 52-year-old Angela Cavalero with a wine bottle and a hammer more than two dozen times in May. Peck argued there was no reason to believe blood at the horrific scene was anyone’s but Cavalero’s – even before the DNA results.

Randall has repeatedly said he doesn’t remember killing Cavalero and doesn’t believe he would have.

He faces another preliminary hearing Aug. 22.