Police seek two for armed robbery
Uniontown police are seeking two men who on Wednesday night robbed the Kentucky Fried Chicken on Morgantown Street.
Five employees were in the restaurant at about 9:25 p.m. when two masked men entered. One carried a silver handgun. The men forced the employees into a corner of the kitchen. They took about $1,000 from the store safe and ran from the store, fleeing through the parking lot.
Anyone with information should call Det. Donald Gmitter at the Uniontown Police Department, 724-430-2929, extension 310.
WHO provides housing assistance
A local Community Action Agency said it will assist any victims of the recent Gulf Coast hurricanes find and afford rental housing through an effort announced last week by Gov. Ed Rendell.
Tay Waltenbaugh, executive director of Westmoreland Human Opportunities Inc., or WHO, has reported his organization has agreed to partner with the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency in order to help any evacuee in Westmoreland County locate and obtain financial assistance for affordable rental properties, and acquire furniture and basic household needs. Moving assistance and linkages to other necessary services will also be available.
People who came to Pennsylvania from the Gulf Coast because of the hurricanes can access the service by calling the PHFA’s toll-free number 1-800-505-0669. PHFA representatives will assist the evacuee to certify their status with FEMA and then provide a referral to the local Community Action Agency. WHO will then establish a meeting with the family, work with them to identify their housing needs and help them secure affordable rental housing and financial assistance through the PHFA program.
Labor force grows
Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted civilian labor force — the number of people working or looking for work — grew by 51,000 residents in September to 6,341,000.
The increase in the labor force resulted from an increase in the count of resident employment (up 57,000) and a decline in the unemployment count (down 6,000). The labor force count was 41,000 above the September 2004 total, with employment at 85,000 above the year-ago level.
Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent in September, down two-tenths of a percentage point from the August rate of 5.0 percent and down eight-tenths of a percentage point from the September 2004 rate of 5.6 percent. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was three-tenths of a percentage point lower than the national rate of 5.1 percent in September.
Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted nonfarm job count rose by 8,300 in September to a record high 5,720,900. Service providing industries, led by job growth in the professional & business services and education & health services sectors, saw an increase of 10,100 jobs since August. Pennsylvania’s job growth rate in September was steady (at 0.1 percent) though national job growth was down (less than 0.1 percent).
Bill would OK background checks
U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, introduced the Schools Safely Acquiring Faculty Excellence Act of 2005, legislation that would allow states to choose to have FBI background checks conducted on individuals who would be working with children in public schools.
In Pennsylvania, a federal background check is only required for school employees who have lived in Pennsylvania for less than two years, while teacher applicants that are residents of the state are not required to undergo any FBI background check at all. Although some states do participate in a program in which background information is voluntarily shared, efforts to conduct thorough background checks have often met barriers that prevent schools from accessing complete information.