Two arrested |

Two arrested

Thomas Johnston, U.S. attorney in Wheeling, W.Va., announced that Cecil David Barnhart, 49, of 111 W. Blake Ave., Connellsville, and Kenneth Ira Francy, 44, of 3102 W. Crawford Ave., Connellsville, have been arrested and charged with bank robbery.

Barnhart and Francy were involved in the robbery at Progressive Bank, 1701 Warwood Ave., Wheeling, W.Va., on Sept. 18. After a 40-mile, high-speed pursuit, the suspects were apprehended in Steubenville, Ohio.

Barnhart and Francy appeared before Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert on Sept. 19 and were remanded to custody pending a detention hearing on Sept. 25.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Wheeling Police Department, Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, West Virginia State Police, Bridgeport Police Department, Ohio Highway Patrol, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and Steubenville Police Department, and will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert H. McWilliams.


List unveiled

LemonLaw.Com has unveiled the 2003 Lemon List, a list of the vehicles that receive the most consumer complaints per sales. The Web site is managed by the Pennsylvania-based consumer advocacy firm of Kimmel & Silverman, which has provided cost-free legal assistance to more than 24,000 drivers across the region.

To view the complete Lemon List, as well as cars that receive the lowest number of complaints per sales, and for more information about consumers’ rights under state and federal laws, visit

LemonLaw.Com was honored by the American Bar Association (Meritorious Recognition, Louis M. Brown Award, 2002) for offering an extensive amount of information on lemon laws and consumer rights.


Hosting parade

The Perryopolis Area Heritage Society will host its 15th annual “Pioneer Days” parade at 11 a.m. Oct. 4. Five area marching bands as well as local groups and organizations will participate. More organizations from the area are encouraged to take part in what is expected to be the largest parade yet. Contact parade chairman Rod Staggers at 724-736-0352 or 724-736-8303 to be placed in the line of march.



The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg will host a conference titled “Winning in Westmoreland: How Can Regional Marketing Benefit Your Business?” from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 8 in Smith Hall, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. The $5 fee includes continental breakfast. Reservations are requested. Call 724-836-7497.


Human rights

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights reported that eight million American children are prescribed mind-altering drugs for “mental disorders” that cannot be scientifically proven, educational problems are being mislabeled, children are being stigmatized as mentally ill and parents are forced to drug them or face charges of medical or educational neglect. The commission is working to help stop this. For more information, visit or call 1-800-869-2247.

Mount Pleasant

Festival of Lights

This Friday at 8 p.m. a new event, the Festival of Lights parade, will wind its way down Main Street to kick off the 17th annual Mount Pleasant Glass & Ethnic Festival.

Anyone who participates in the Festival of Lights parade must fall under one of four categories: An individual person, an automobile, a small truck (such as SUVs, pickups or vans no longer than 22 feet) or a float at least 12 feet in length, and all items in the parade will be outlined and wrapped with lights.

According to Jeff Landy, co-chairman of the festival, floats must have a minimum of 5,000 lights, individuals must be wrapped in no less than 200 lights, automobiles are required to have at least 1,000 lights, and anyone participating in the small truck category must have no fewer than 2,000 lights on their entry.


Fall visitation

Waynesburg College will host fall visitation days for high school students and their families on Oct. 13 and 25 and Nov. 11.

The admissions office will host campus tours, meetings with faculty and meetings with representatives of the financial aid and admissions offices. Refreshments will be served, and lunch will be provided.

The Oct. 25 visitation day will coincide with Waynesburg College’s Family Day, when parents and families of current students will be on campus. Special activities and events also will be offered to prospective students.

For registration or for more information, call 1-800-225-7393 or e-mail [email protected]


Tougher penalties

The House Game and Fisheries Committee has approved Rep. Bruce Smith’s legislation that will make assaulting a Pennsylvania wildlife conservation officer (WCO) a second-degree felony.

“After learning of an assault of a wildlife conservation officer, the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs (PFSC) realized that assaulting an officer was only graded a misdemeanor of the second degree,” said Smith (R-92), who chairs the committee. “Our research indicated that assaults on other law enforcement officers were graded as felonies.”

Wildlife conservation officers administer a wide variety of commission programs and enforce regulations within an assigned district of about 350 square miles.

The assault involved the burning of a WCO’s vehicle, which resulted in damage to the officer’s house and garage and the destruction of the vehicle and its contents. Vandals have victimized the officer and his family several additional times.

A second-degree felony carries with it a fine of up to $25,000 and imprisonment of up to 10 years.

Since the bill was introduced, the United Bowhunters of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Sheriffs’ Association, in addition to the PFSC, have endorsed the legislation.

“By its 20-1 vote, the committee is sending a message to those who would consider assaulting WCOs that their crimes will be dealt with severely,” Smith said.

The bill may now be considered by the full House.


‘Sock It to Us’

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Westmoreland County is challenging all county residents to “Sock It to Us.” The senior volunteer agency is collecting new socks during the month of October. Socks will be distributed to those in need through human service agencies and shelters throughout Westmoreland County.

Socks will be collected throughout the entire month of October at libraries throughout Westmoreland County. This project is being held in conjunction with “Make a Difference Day” in October.

New socks of any size, color or style may be dropped off in specially marked boxes.

Last year, RSVP collected more than 1,000 pairs of socks, which were distributed to those in need through the Alle-Kiski Hope Center, Blackburn Center, Union Mission, Welcome Home Shelter, Westmoreland County Children’s Bureau and the YWCA Emergency Youth Shelter.

The collection boxes can be found locally, beginning Oct. 1, at Frick Hospital Library, Mount Pleasant; Greensburg-Hempfield Library, Greensburg; Monessen Public Library, Monessen; Scottdale Public Library, Scottdale; West Newton Public Library, West Newton; Youngwood Library, Youngwood; Westmoreland Regional Hospital Library, Greensburg; and Westmoreland County Community College Library, Founders Hall, Youngwood.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, and is sponsored locally by Westmoreland County Community College.

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