Three brothers all in their 50s are dead after a house fire in Shenango Township yeesterday morning. Investigators say the fire was intentionally set at their home on Circle Drive that broke out around 7:30. The fire is being investigated as an arson. The brothers were all pronounced dead at the scene. A relative saw the fire yesterday morning. The cause of death will not be determined until the coroner finishes performing autopsies on the bodies of the three brothers, 57 yea rold Richard Fombell, 56 year old Robert Fombell, and 50 year old Daniel Fombell.
Officials are investigating a small fire in the field house on Seneca Valley High School’s secondary campus. It appears the flames broke out in a fluorescent light fixture in the ceiling, causing minor damage Wednesday night. The fire was extinguished before crews even arrived. No one was injured.
A Zelienople man is heading to trial for an alleged drunken hit-and-run. Benjamin Logan’s case was held for court yesterday. He is accused of rear-ending a truck on Route 19 in July and then driving off at speeds of more than 100 miles-an-hour. He hit another vehicle in a construction zone before he was stopped.
A Pennsylvania Turnpike bypass near Greensburg is getting some help for modifications. Governor Wolf approved the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Funds yesterday, which will give the Amos K. Hutchinson Bypass more than a million-dollars to update the toll plaza and off-ramp. Among the projects are removing part of the overhead canopy and widening the roadway.
Lawrence County municipalities have received nearly 20 thousand dollars from the Pennlyvania Liquor Control Board. According to the New Castle News, the city of New Castle tops the list at $8,950. Twice a year the LCB returnes liquor licnse fees paid by board approved lincensees to the municipalities that are home to those licenses. Local officials have the flexibility in allocating and spending the returned money.
An employee of a Mercer County weapon manufacturer is recovering from an injury received when a tactical grenade exploded in his hand on Thursday. Fire officials were called out to Combined Systems on Kinsman Road shortly after 10:30 a.m. According to reports the grenade exploded while the worker was handling it. The victim, whose name has not been released, suffered a deep laceration on his hand, and was flown to St.Elizabeth Health Center for treatment.
A registered sex offender and his girlfriend are in trouble with the law for an incident in Allegheny County. Jack Maurice Myers and Roberta Turner were arrested Wednesday at her home after police arrived to arrest Myers on warrants. He was wanted on two warrants for violating parole while Turner was brought in for hindering apprehension and obstruction of justice. Three kids were at the home, which is a violation of Myers’ parole. If Turner knew a registered sex offender was staying with her, she could face additional charges.
Penn State detailed plans Thursday to mark the 50th anniversary of Joe Paterno’s first win as hundreds of the late coach’s former players made their way back to State College for a private reunion, marking a milestone that has emerged as a sensitive issue for the university and people critical of Paterno’s role in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Athletic director Sandy Barbour said Thursday that commemorations during Penn State’s game Saturday against Temple would focus on Paterno’s commitment to student-athletes and academic, plus highlights of the 1966 game.