Westminster College: leading liberal arts college, New Wilmington, PA http://www.westminster.edu/ en-us Copyright 2014 Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA Mon, 22 Sep 2014 23:26:40 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/news/rss/ Westminster College: leading liberal arts college, New Wilmington, PA http://www.westminster.edu/news/images/logo_blue.gif http://www.westminster.edu/ Wolf decries voter turnout, school funding system http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2173 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-8796574543158259143.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's Democratic nominee for governor, Tom Wolf, says voter turnout in the May primary election was pathetic and that candidates have to do a better job of giving people a reason to go vote.Wolf spoke Monday at a packed Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon, just hours before he and Republican Gov. Tom Corbett meet for their first candidates' debate.At the luncheon, Wolf also defended his plan to raise income taxes in exchange for cutting lower local school property taxes. He says Pennsylvania's heavy reliance on property taxes to fund public schools puts people in the position of choosing between supporting schools and affording to stay in their home.He and Corbett are to square off at a Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce and Industry dinner in Hershey.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2173 Six new inductees join the Titan Sports Hall of Fame http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2172 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg726319860059964285.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College inducted six new members into the Titan Sports Hall of Fame (TSHOF) on Saturday with a special recognition ceremony at halftime at the Westminster-Bethany matchup.  The new members of the TSHOF represent baseball, cross country, track & field and football.<a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/wcn247/15309011945' title='Hall of Fame Class of 2014 by WCN 24/7, on Flickr'><img src='https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3880/15309011945_5aecf4c2ee_z.jpg' width='640' height='480' alt='Hall of Fame Class of 2014'></a>The Class of 2014 is as follows: Dudley Giles ‘84, Baseball; Jacob Gleason ‘02, Cross Country, Track & Field; Jim James Jr. ‘79, Meritorious Service/Football (posthumously); Eric Mojock ‘02, Swimming & Diving; Suzanne Fitz Ortiz ‘03, Volleyball; Dave Schrecengost ‘64, Baseball, Men's Basketball. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2172 Politicos wonder if Corbett hurting the GOP http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2171 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-7875359894501962503.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A growing number of polls indicating that Gov. Tom Corbett is headed toward a significant election-day loss are shifting the political conversation in Pennsylvania.Now, party officials and campaign professionals are increasingly analyzing the potential spillover from an anti-Corbett vote on races for Congress and the state Legislature.In political parlance, it's the 'coattails' theory - the worse Corbett does, the worse every other Republican candidate does.Generally, Republicans worry that party voters who are turned off by Corbett will simply stay home.Republican Party officials maintain that polls and coattail effects are generally overrated, and that Corbett can still win on Nov. 4.They also say they expect strong turnout from Republicans who oppose President Barack Obama and will support the rest of the Republican ticket, if not Corbett.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2171 Manhut drags on for Pa. trooper killer http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2169 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7644716885454234085.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) - Roadblocks have been removed outside the northeastern Pennsylvania community where police searched for the suspect in last week's deadly police barracks ambush. But authorities urged residents to remain vigilant as the manhunt reaches its ninth day.State police said Sunday they've still had no contact with 31-year-old Eric Frein (freen) despite the intensive search of the neighborhood where he lived with his parents in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains.Police lifted a shelter-in-place order Saturday night and eased travel restrictions in the area. But residents were urged to take 'extreme caution' as the search continues for a man described as a survivalist with a grudge against police.Authorities say Frein used a high-powered rifle to open fire from the woods near a state police barracks on Sept. 12, killing one trooper and wounding a second.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2169 Volleyball: Titans Split Two at W&J Tri-Match http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2168 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-3058681320117478309.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> WASHINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College volleyball team split a pair of Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) matches at Washington & Jefferson's Tri-Match on Saturday.The Titans (9-6, 3-1 PAC) won, 3-2 (19-25, 25-14, 25-17, 21-25, 15-10), versus W&J in game one and lost, 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-16), in the next match to Bethany which ended the Titans' seven-match winning streak.Against the Presidents (5-3, 1-2 PAC), PAC Player of the Week senior Kassie Freyermuth (Allison Park, PA / North Allegheny) led the Titans with a match- and season-high 15 kills. She added nine digs and a match-high 11 blocks. Four Titans had double-digit digs, led by junior Tiffany Jackson (Las Vegas, NV / Las Vegas) with a career-high 18. First-year Kendell Dickson (Cochranton, PA / Cochranton) (14), junior Kelsey Kilbane (Medina, OH / Medina) (12), and junior Erin Kennedy (Oakmont, PA / Riverview) (10) rounded out the Titans with double-figure digs. First-year Anna Thompson (Sherrodsville, OH / Tuscarawas Central Catholic) registered a team-high 20 assists, while Jackson added 16. The Titans out-hit W&J, .125 to 0.70.Against Bethany (9-4, 3-1 PAC), Dickson led the offense with five kills. Jackson, Freyermuth, and Kennedy had seven digs each. Titan first-year Lexie Yoho (Pittsburgh, PA / Our Lady of the Sacred Heart) and senior Haley Turner (Petersburg, OH / Hubbard) added three blocks each. The Bison out-hit Westminster .179 to -0.20.Westminster will host a Tri-Match in its home opener next Saturday. The Titans will play Chatham at 11 a.m. and Saint Vincent at 3 p.m. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2168 Football: Titans Fall to Bethany in PAC Opener http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2170 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7240654541496967479.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College football team lost, 21-14, in overtime to Bethany College in both team's Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) opener on Saturday at Harold Burry Stadium.Titan freshman quarterback Paul Columbo (Boca Raton, FL / West Boca Raton Community) scored both of Westminster's touchdowns on the ground, while classmate linebacker CJ Armstrong (Lake Worth, FL / Park Vista) led the defense with a career-high 10 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for a loss.A school-record 18 penalties proved costly for Westminster.The Titans (0-3, 0-1 PAC) scored first on their first possession after they capitalized off a Bison turnover. Bethany muffed a 57-yard punt from Westminster junior Jake Schnelbach (Pittsburgh, PA / Bishop Canevin) and the Titans took over after Titan sophomore Bill Shrock (Mars, PA / Mars Area) recovered the ball at Bethany's 18-yard line. Columbo drove the Titans to the end zone following a 12-yard pass to classmate Xavier Eubanks (Pompano Beach, FL / Northeast) and a six-yard rush across the goal line for his first rushing touchdown of the season. The Titans led, 7-0, after an extra point from sophomore Justin Dahl (Cochranton, PA / Maplewood).  Bethany (2-1, 1-0 PAC) responded with a 10-play, 76-yard drive which was capped off with a 22-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Brian Vales to junior Eric Blinn with 10:23 to play in the first quarter. The Bison tied it, 7-7, after an extra point from freshman Chris Ray.The Bison's ensuing possession was halted when Armstrong stopped Vales from getting a first down on fourth-and-five on Westminster's 40 with 6:02 on the clock. The Titans once again took advantage of a Bison turnover as they drove down the field in six plays for a touchdown after Columbo ran from 28 yards out. The drive was also highlighted by an 18-yard rush by freshman Dominique McKinley (Greensburg, PA / Greensburg-Salem) and a 17-yard catch by Eubanks. Dahl's extra point put the Titans in front 14-7 with three minutes remaining in the quarter.Midway through the third quarter, Bethany sacked Columbo for a 13-yard loss on fourth down at the Bison's 43-yard line with 6:15 on the clock. Bethany scored six plays later from a 1-yard rush by Vales on second-and-goal.  Ray's point after tied the game at 14-14 with 5:19 remaining.In overtime, Bethany went on offense first and scored when sophomore Jalen Holmes ran it in from 14 yards out. The Bison sealed the win when the Titans' desperation pass on fourth-and-15 from Bethany's 19 yard-line came up short.Bethany held a 364-332 total offense advantage.Eubanks had team- and career-highs of six catches and 75 yards receiving. Columbo went 16-for-33 for 179 yards through the air with two interceptions, while adding 65 yards off 14 carries on the ground. Titan senior Jared Heck (Pittsburgh, PA / North Hills) had a career-high two interceptions, including one near the end zone that ended Bethany's last drive in the fourth quarter with 12 seconds remaining. Freshman Todd Jeter (Monroeville, PA / Gateway) came down with an interception in the end zone on the Bison's drive before when Bethany was threatening to take the lead on Westminster's 17-yard line with 1:32 on the clock. The Titans were unable to capitalize as they turned the ball over on seond-and-13 on Bethany's 41-yard line.Westminster will travel to nationally ranked Thomas More next Saturday. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2170 Men's Soccer: Second Half Goal Downs Titans http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2167 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8714026824663407994.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> GREENSBURG, Pa. - The Westminster College men's soccer team lost, 1-0, to Pitt-Greensburg on Saturday. This was Westminster's fifth loss by a single goal this season.  The Bobcats (3-4) scored the lone goal of the game at the 55:51 mark when Jeremy Niemiec found Craig Macdonald for the goal. Macdonald scored, his third goal of the season, from the box as he placed the ball over Titan senior goalie Michael Girata (Monaca, PA / Central Valley).Westminster (3-6-1) had two scoring opportunities in the match, but both were stopped by the Bobcats' goalie. The latest opportunity came in the 47th minute when junior Stephen McDaniel's (Jamestown, NC / Southwest Guilford) shot went into the gloves of Pitt-Greenburg's keeper.Girata (0-4-1) collected three saves in 90 minutes of work.The Titans out-shot the Bobcats, 11-8, and held a 12-7 corner kick advantage.The Titans will host Pennsylvania College of Technology next Saturday, Sept. 27, at 3 p.m. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2167 Men's Cross Country: Titans Compete at Dickinson Invitational http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2166 CARLISLE, Pa. - The Westminster College men's cross country team competed in the Dickinson College Invitational on Saturday. The Titans placed 24th (298 points) out 35 teams in the 4K event and 24th (286 points) out of 36 teams in the 8K.In the 4K, Titan sophomore John-Scott Somora (Grove City, PA / Grove City) finished 94th out 260 runners with a time of 13:27.22. Also competing for Westminster were junior Chase Whelan (Hermitage, PA) (14:08.92), freshman Josh McFall (New Castle, PA) (14:42.92), and junior Anthony Yasko (Pittsburgh, PA / Brentwood) (15:52.35).In the 8K, sophomore Matt Slagle (Bruin, PA / Karns City) led Westminster as he placed 93rd out of 233 participants with a time of 28:54.26. Freshman Trevor Arrigoni (Canonsburg, PA) (29:44.20) and sophomore Neil Christopher (Pittsburgh, PA / Brentwood) (30:36.06) also competed in the 8K.The Titans will next compete Saturday, Oct. 11, when they travel to Carnegie Mellon. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2166 Women's Cross Country: Titans Race in Dickinson Invitational http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2165 CARLISLE, Pa. - The Westminster College women's cross country team competed in the Dickinson College Invitational on Saturday. The Titans placed 22nd (241 points) out 40 teams in the 4K event and 22nd (286 points) out of 35 teams in the 6K.In the 4K, Titan sophomore Katie Jones (Cabot, PA) finished 74th out of 301 runners with a time of 16:15.34. First-year Paige Baierl (Bellevue, PA / Northgate) placed next for Westminster in 84th (16:23.44). Sophomore Keilah Ireland (Nashua, NH / Nashua North) (17:29.93) and first-year Kaitlyn Morrell (Boardman, OH / Boardman) (18:30.17) also competed in the 4K for Westminster.In the 6K, Westminster senior Jenny Jones (Erie, PA / Fort LeBoeuf) finished 66th out of 265 runners with a time of 25:00.48. Also competing in the 6K for the Titans were sophomore Jenny Rodgers (State College, PA / State College) (27:42.46) and sophomore Hannah Kappel (Ligonier, PA / Ligonier Valley) (28:21.95).The Titans will next compete Saturday, Oct. 11, when they travel to Carnegie Mellon. Sat, 20 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2165 Pa. AG ponders release of emails after judge rules http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2164 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-3341236746418338923.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The Pennsylvania attorney general's office is considering whether to release a set of internal emails described as 'pornographic or sexually explicit' following a 10-page ruling by a grand jury judge.Judge Norman Krumenacker said Friday the prosecutors' office can't disclose grand jury material but he doesn't have jurisdiction to consider whether other emails can be disclosed.Krumenacker ruled after Frank Fina, a former high-ranking prosecutor in the office who now works for the Philadelphia district attorney, had sought an order stopping the emails' release.The Associated Press and other media outlets are seeking the release of the emails, which the judge says 'are described variously as being pornographic or sexually explicit in nature.'Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office says it's reviewing the judge's decision but doesn't expect to release anything Friday.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2164 Pennsylvania jobless rate grew for second month http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2163 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4205168132089521852.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's jobless rate is up for the second straight month as the employment fell and unemployment rose.The state Department of Labor and Industry said Friday that the seasonally adjusted rate in August was 5.8 percent, up one tenth of a percentage point from July. The U.S. rate is currently 6.1 percent.In a household survey, the agency reported that the number of people working fell by 35,000 to below 6 million while unemployment rose by 6,000 to 367,000. It was the fourth straight month that employment fell and the second straight month that unemployment rose.A separate survey of employers found that payrolls remained flat at just under 5.8 million. The construction, manufacturing and professional and business services sectors declined, while government, education and health sector payrolls grew.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2163 Farmer: Missing Mercer Co. bull flipped over fence by buffalo http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2162 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg32776281113950945.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> MERCER, Pa. (AP) - A Mercer County dairy farmer says a 2-year-old bull that went missing for a month was likely pushed over a fence by a friend's pregnant buffalo.Kevin Minor loaned out his 400-pound Watusi bull, 'Lucky,' hoping it would mate with a friend's buffalo near Mercer, about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh.Minor now believes the buffalo angrily rebuffed the bull and knocked him over the fence. It turns out the buffalo was already pregnant and gave birth two days after Lucky arrived.The bull was reported missing on July 14.The bull was located in some nearby woods a month later. Minor coaxed the bull back with a small group of cows which the farmer knew the bull liked.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2162 Range Resources to pay $4M drilling waste fine http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2159 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg1487649180500477789.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - Energy company Range Resources has agreed to pay a $4.15 million fine for problems at a western Pennsylvania site that handled natural gas drilling waste. It's the largest penalty the state has ever imposed on the shale gas industry.Range, which is based in Fort Worth, Texas, says Thursday that it accepts the Department of Environmental Protection fine and is 'deeply disappointed' that the violations occurred. The fine was imposed for leaks at open pits Range operates to store the so-called flowback waste from natural gas wells. The liquid waste can include naturally occurring ultra-salty brine water, heavy metals, and chemicals used in the drilling process.Department Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo says the landmark agreement 'establishes a new, higher benchmark for companies' and is 'an environmental win' for Pennsylvania.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2159 Slain trooper eulogized as impeccable officer http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2158 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-2192886354636849093.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A slain Pennsylvania state trooper is being remembered as an impeccable officer who always put his family first.Police Commissioner Frank Noonan says everyone admired 38-year-old Bryon Dickson, who could always be counted on for advice and support.Noonan addressed family members and hundreds of police at Thursday's funeral Mass at St. Peter's Cathedral in Scranton.Dickson was gunned down late Friday outside a rural barracks in the Pocono Mountains.Cpl. Derek Felsman says Dickson held himself to the highest standards in every aspect of his life. He described flawless wood toys that Dickson handmade for his young sons.Police are still searching for the suspected shooter, 31-year-old Eric Frein (freen). Another trooper was wounded in the ambush. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2158 Chevron meets new, voluntary shale drilling rules in Pa. http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2157 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2198464935634049859.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - Chevron has become the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards that aim to go beyond existing state laws in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.The Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale made the announcement Thursday morning. The center is a partnership between major energy companies, environmental groups and charitable foundations.The certification process consisted of an independent review of 22 Chevron sites. The program is meant to work much like Underwriters Laboratories, which puts its familiar UL seal on electrical appliances.The review was conducted by Bureau Veritas, an international testing company that also handles the LEED review process for the U.S. Green Building Council.Some major environmental groups say the Sustainable Shale program is no substitute for tougher state and federal laws.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2157 Police: Butler Co. man caused $14K damage with truck doughnut http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2156 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4365519859387031609.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> BUTLER, Pa. (AP) - State police say a western Pennsylvania man caused more than $14,000 damage to several other vehicles when he took a dare to do a 'doughnut' with his pickup truck in a bar parking lot.Butler County prosecutors say they're willing to drop a felony criminal mischief charge if 35-year-old Brett Whitmire, of Butler, pays for the damage.Police say a surveillance camera shows Whitmire kicking up stones as he spun his truck in a tight circle in the parking lot of the Beer Garden on Route 38 in Washington Township on Aug. 18.Assistant District Attorney Russ Karl tells the Butler Eagle (http://bit.ly/1wHRwzu ) that Whitmire 'wants to make good by all the victims.'Whitmire's was arraigned by video Tuesday as he's in a state prison on a parole violation. His attorney didn't immediately comment Thursday.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2156 Pa. families struggle with gas drilling pollution http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2155 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-3700099509117075534.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> DONEGAL, Pa. (AP) - An elderly western Pennsylvania couple is struggling to cope after a natural gas drilling company's wastewater pond contaminated their drinking water.The state Department of Environmental Protection has ruled that Ken and Mildred Geary's water was contaminated by a leak from the WPX Energy Appalachia LLC site, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review (http://bit.ly/1yina8t ) reports.The DEP has ordered the Tulsa-based company to provide the Geary's and two other affected households with a permanent source of clean water. WPX claims the water quality is naturally resolving over time. WPX is paying for weekly deliveries of water to a tank behind the house.The homeowners and WPX are battling on multiple fronts, including lawsuits in Westmoreland County and an appeal before the state Environmental Hearing Board.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2155 UPMC Jameson will still be in Highmark's network http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2154 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg1145068703345491123.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) - Jameson Health System in western Pennsylvania will continue to be an in-network provider for Highmark Inc. insurance customers, even if the hospital affiliates with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.Officials with UPMC and Jameson Memorial Hospital - based in New Castle - say they've signed a nonbinding letter of intent to merge Jameson into UPMC's hospital network.That has raised questions about whether the hospital, which would become UPMC Jameson, could still be used by Highmark customers at cheaper, in-network rates.That's because UPMC's provider contract with Highmark expires at years end, meaning most of UPMC's 20 hospital will become out-of-network for Highmark subscribers.But Jameson officials say they have a separate provider agreement with Highmark that runs through 2017, which won't be affected even if the hospital affiliates with UPMC.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2154 Police: 'Lonely' western Pa. man who made repeated 911 calls http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2153 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5045701207364508599.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISON CITY, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man has been charged with making three 911 calls to report bogus emergencies simply because he was lonely and wanted paramedics to show up.The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/1mfFQjY ) reports 52-year-old Gregory Shaffer was jailed after his arraignment Wednesday on charges of making false reports to authorities.Penn Township police say Shaffer called Westmoreland County's 911 center three times between 4:20 p.m. and 8:34 p.m. on July 30 with various bogus complaints. For example, the first time Shaffer claimed he had fallen down some stairs and injured his head and neck, only to have paramedics find him intoxicated but otherwise well and calmly waiting inside his home.Online court records don't list an attorney for Shaffer who remained in the county jail Thursday. He faces a preliminary hearing Tuesday.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2153 Bill to change Pa.'s welfare agency's name sent to gov http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2152 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg3895310950467228024.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - State lawmakers are changing the name of the Department of Public Welfare, and some supporters hope it'll help remove a stigma sometimes associated with public assistance and welfare.The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to rename the massive agency the Department of Human Services.Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to sign the measure.Proponents say the new name also better describes the department's mission. The vote was 155 to 35.The department estimates that the name change will cost about $1 million to implement, although Corbett's spokesman, Jay Pagni, says the cost will be spread out over time.For example, Pagni says the department will continue using its existing letterhead for now and will only change the letterhead once it's time to reorder.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2152 Audit to look into Education Department hirings http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2151 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg351122531586195820.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's auditor general says his office will expand an audit of the Department of Education to look into the agency's oversight of advisers and consultants.Wednesday's announcement by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale comes after a newspaper report that found the department had little work product to show for the 14 months it employed former secretary Ron Tomalis as a special adviser on higher education.The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported in July that records of Tomalis' work schedule, phone calls and emails showed little activity. Department officials maintain that Tomalis worked 40 hours a week. Tomalis had kept his $140,000-a-year salary he earned as secretary before resigning the adviser's post last month.Tomalis served Gov. Tom Corbett a little over two years as education secretary. The audit will be completed in 2015.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2151 Investigators run down tips about Pa. trooper ambush suspect http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2150 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg790345323950567519.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania State Police hunting for a suspect in the fatal ambush outside a rural barracks are checking out a tip from workers who say they saw an armed person wearing camouflage.Trooper Tom Kelly, a state police spokesman, said Tuesday that troopers are gathering in a forested area near Hawley.Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein (freen). He is charged with killing one trooper and injuring another outside the Blooming Grove barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania late Friday. State police call Frein a survivalist who's armed and very dangerous.Kelly says police have been 'getting sightings all over the place' but none have panned out so far.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2150 Federal study finds fracking didn't ruin water http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2146 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg3386914497115928172.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH (AP) - The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at one western Pennsylvania site.The Department of Energy report released Monday was the first time an energy company allowed independent monitoring of a drilling site during the fracking process and for 18 months afterward. Scientists used tracer fluids, seismic monitoring, and other tests to look for problems.<a href='http://1.usa.gov/1u21vuL'><strong>Click here for the DOE report.</strong></a>A separate study published this week by different researchers examined drilling sites in Pennsylvania and Texas using other methods. It found that faulty well construction can cause pollution, but not fracking itself.The DOE study monitored six wells at one site. Other drilling locations could behave differently.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2146 35th Annual Lawrence County Band Festival Scheduled for Wed. http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2136 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg4618951146154510406.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW CASTLE, Pa.-- New Castle High School hosts this year's Lawrence County Band Festival marking the 35th anniversary of the county-wide showcase.<a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/wcn247/6150456807' title='neshannock (1) by WCN 24/7, on Flickr'><img alt='neshannock (1)' height='480' src='https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6065/6150456807_182bf56e7a_z.jpg' width='640' /></a>The show begins at 7 on Wednesday night at Taggart Stadium.  A rain date of Sept. 24th is on the schedule.  Organizers say each area high school will participate with a special performance prepared for the event.The show also has a Westmisnter College connection.  WC music professor R. Tad Greig leads the Westminster Marching Band to the celebration.If you can't see the show in person, don't worry.  WCN will produce a television special for the band festival featuring retired Wilmington Area band director Gary Taylor and Westmisnter Cable's Harry Greene hosting the coverage.  The television special will begin airing on Thursday night (Sept. 18) at 8:00 and repeat every morning and evening at that time through Sept. 30.  The show will also be available online at <strong><a href='http://www.wcnlive.com'>www.wcnlive.com</a></strong> in the Westminster Cable archives.<a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/wcn247/5398216303' title='DSCF9508 by WCN 24/7, on Flickr'><img alt='DSCF9508' height='480' src='https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5215/5398216303_6235a75e95_z.jpg' width='640' /></a> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2136 Volant to celebrate Witches Night Out http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2124 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg3992821642311869925.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> VOLANT, Pa.- A Saturday in September seems a bit early for Halloween, but on Sept. 27th the shops and sidewalks in the village get swept up in <a href='http://www.volantshops.com/events'><strong>Witches Night Out</strong></a>.Organizers of the 7th annual Witches Night Out take advantage of the September air to promote local merchants and the community to set the mood for the season.  Even before the fall colors begin to punctuate the countryside, the event casts a spell on some unsuspecting visitors.  Suddenly they're drawn to construct elaborate and ornate capes and pointy hats. Dozens of women, children, dogs and even a few men and cats will don costumes as they raced around the town for games and events. In recent years dozens adults competed for the top prizes for the best witch. WCN cameras show you what it looks like when fashion gets a bit whimsical with a broomstick theme.<iframe allowfullscreen='' frameborder='0' height='312' mozallowfullscreen='' src='//player.vimeo.com/video/76296362?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0&color=ffffff' webkitallowfullscreen='' width='555'></iframe>Some of the night's events include a mock witch trial, a costume parade and a witches ball.  You can find out more by visiting <a href='http://www.volantshops.com/events'><strong>Volant Villages Shops online</strong></a>. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2124 Nastier than a cold- Enterovirus D68 in western Pa. http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2149 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg8517665509577355683.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PITTSBURGH-- Doctors at UPMC say they have seen a spike in cases involving the respiratory Enterovirus D68.  They say the number of children who suffer from other respiratory probelms now infected by the virus has jumped-- crowding the emergency rooms and increasing hospital admissions.Doctors say state health department officials as well as the <a href='http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/ev-d68.html'><strong>CDC</strong></a> has confirmed western Pennsylvania cases-- but they're not testing every case.  They say because there's not treatment or vaccine for the virus, so testing each case isn't cost effective.  They know it's here and can only treat it.  Children and teens who have breathing problems end up hospitalized and on oxygenPeople suffering from D68 report it feels like getting hit with a really bad cold.  The symptoms include fever, body aches, coughing, sneezing and sometimes a rash. Most cases resolve themselves in a week, but for some kids, it can cause difficulty breathing- especially in children with asthma.<br /><br />The CDC has had not reports of deaths associated with the virus. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2149 Manhunt underway for suspect wanted for shooting Pa. troopers http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2148 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg4907210487630312551.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) -- Hundreds of law enforcement officers fanned out across the dense northeastern Pennsylvania woods Tuesday as they tracked a survivalist with two high-powered rifles and a grudge against police, identified as the gunman who killed one trooper and injured another in a late-night ambush outside a state police barracks.Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, is 'extremely dangerous' and residents in the area should be alert and cautious, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said at a news conference in which he revealed the suspect's name.'He has made statements about wanting to kill law enforcement officers and also to commit mass acts of murder,' Noonan said. 'What his reasons are, we don't know. But he has very strong feelings about law enforcement and seems to be very angry with a lot of things that go on in our society.'Frein was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder, homicide of a law enforcement officer and other offenses. About 200 law enforcement officials were combing the rural area of northeastern Pennsylvania marked by dense forest, but 'we have no idea where he is,' Noonan said.The gunman killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, and critically wounded Trooper Alex Douglass outside the barracks during a Friday night shift change, then slipped away.Authorities were led to Frein after a resident who was walking his dog in a wooded area two miles from the barracks Monday spotted a 2001 Jeep lightly submerged in a pond and called 911. Police found shell casings inside the vehicle that matched those found at the shooting scene, Noonan said.[Police Barracks Shooting] This photo provided by the Pennsylvania State Police shows Cpl. Byron Dickson. Dickson was killed by a gunman as he left the police barracks in Blooming Grove, Pa. AP Photo/Pennsylvania State Police Investigators also found Frein's Social Security card, a Pennsylvania Game Commission range permit, camouflage face paint, a black hooded sweatshirt, two empty rifle cases and military gear, Noonan said.Frein has held anti-law enforcement views for many years and has expressed them both online and to people who knew him, said Lt. Col. George Bivens.'This was not unexpected,' Bivens said. 'As we've interviewed a number of people, that's been the common theme. This was not a surprise.'Frein's father, Michael Frein, a retired major in the U.S. Army with 28 years of service, told police that his son is an excellent marksman who 'doesn't miss,' according to a police affidavit released Tuesday.Three state police patrol cars were parked at Frein's parents' home, a well-kept two-story in a private community. Several other cars were in the driveway Tuesday afternoon. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2148 Jail guard charged with selling drugs suspended http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2147 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg2688993757151102921.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) - A Lawrence County  jail guard charged with selling drugs to an undercover informant during a work break has now been suspended without pay.The Lawrence County Prison Board on Monday voted to suspend 29-year-old Michael Llewellyn, of Cranberry Township. Under union rules, Llewellyn will keep his medical and other benefits until the charges are resolved.Llewellyn allegedly sold four prescription painkillers on Aug. 28, and four more of the pills on Sept. 8.Police say the second deal occurred in the jail's parking lot while Llewellyn was on break from his shift at the jail. Llewellyn was in uniform during both alleged drug deals.Court records don't list an attorney for Llewellyn who remained jailed Tuesday. He faces a preliminary hearing Wednesday.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2147 Jameson Hospital merging with UPMC http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2145 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7560179649189825880.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP & WCN Staff) - Officials at Jameson Health System in New Castle say they are seeking to join with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.Officials with UPMC and Jameson revealed this week they've signed a nonbinding letter of intent to merge Jameson into UPMC's hospital network. UPMC is western Pennsylvania's dominant network with 20 hospitals.Jameson is Lawrence County's largest employer.  Hospital leaders says both sides hope to develop a plan within six months for Jameson Memorial Hospital and related facilities to affiliate with UPMC.<strong><a href='http://http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/pdf/JMHUPMCrelease.pdf'>CLICK HERE TO READ THE NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY JHS & UPMC.</a></strong>As part of the deal, UPMC would assume Jameson's $40 million in long-term debt and $15 million in outstanding pension obligation. The deal also call for UPMC to invest $70 million into Jameson facilities as well as two Horizon hospitals in nearby Farrell and Greenville, which are already part of UPMC's network.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2145 Bill would let Pa. school employees carry guns http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2144 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6327124900555035242.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Teachers and other school employees in Pennsylvania could carry guns at work under a bill that's before a state legislative committee.Sen. Donald White, a Republican, is presenting his proposal to the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday.The Indiana County lawmaker says the proposal is an option worth considering in the aftermath of school shootings in other states.The measure would authorize school boards to permit teachers, administrators and other staff members to arm themselves to protect students. They would have to be licensed to carry a concealed weapon and trained in the use of firearms.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2144 Police: Rifle used to ambush Pa. troopers http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2143 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-1337591151867522536.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> BLOOMING GROVE, Pa.-- Pennsylvania State Police say the gunman who ambushed two troopers outside their barracks, killing one, used a rifle and might have had formal firearms training through the military or law enforcement.Lt. Colonel George Bivens said Monday that investigators are focusing on the possibility that the killer had an 'ongoing issue with law enforcement or the government' and was targeting the Blooming Grove barracks specifically.Cpl. Bryon Dickson was killed and another trooper was critically wounded in the Friday night attack at the barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania. The killer slipped away, sparking a manhunt.Addressing the killer directly, Bivens says, 'You are a coward. ... We will find you.'Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2143 Brothers admit sending 239 pounds of pot on plane that landed in New Castle http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2142 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6067667078101466276.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Two brothers have pleaded guilty to charges they conspired to ship 239 pounds of marijuana on a single-engine plane from Pennsylvania to Rhode Island.Thirty-seven-year-old Benjamin Daniels, of West Bountiful, Utah, pleaded guilty Monday. His brother, 32-year-old Michael Daniels, of Tiverton, Rhode Island, pleaded guilty in August.Authorities said at the time the brothers were arrested that they had monitored the plane as it crossed the country. It was piloted by another man from Utah and was zig-zagging and flying at a low altitude to avoid detection.After the aircraft landed in New Castle, Lawrence County, authorities discovered the drugs. The pilot was allowed to continue to Rhode Island, where he met Michael Daniels and turned over the drugs.The brothers each face up to 20 years in prison for the conspiracy charge.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2142 Medical marijuana supporters stage Capitol rally http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2141 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-2173597865487919258.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Dozens of medical marijuana supporters rallied for a bill's passage as Pennsylvania lawmakers returned to the Capitol after their summer recess.Parents of sick children and patients with painful medical conditions spoke at Monday's rally about the consequences of state laws that make marijuana illegal.Sen. Mike Folmer, a Lebanon County Republican and a sponsor of the bill, says he expects the bill to be sent to the floor next week. He says it has strong support in both houses, despite opposition from Gov. Tom Corbett,The bill would authorize doctors to prescribe marijuana to provide pain relief and other benefits for patients with a wide range of medical needs.Under the bill, it could not be smoked, but delivered in other forms, including extracted oil, edible products and vapor.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2141 Governor vows capture of trooper's killer http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2140 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7292976600504323231.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> HARRISBURGH, Pa. (AP)-- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett says investigators won't rest until they capture the gunman who ambushed two state police troopers outside their barracks, killing one.Corbett spoke briefly at Blooming Grove Baptist Church on Monday afternoon. He was joined by State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan.Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II was killed and another trooper was critically wounded in the Friday night attack at the Blooming Grove barracks in rural northeastern Pennsylvania.Corbett calls the late-night ambush an 'assault on society.'The governor will meet with family members later Monday.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2140 Women's Soccer: Titans Win Third-Straight Shutout http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2139 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-8158491186547288831.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The Westminster women's soccer team won its third-straight shutout on Sunday after a 1-0 win on the road at Lycoming.Titan junior Raechel Pusateri (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington) scored the game-winner in the 18th minute of the first half. Pusateri broke free of the Lycoming defense and placed the ball in the right lower corner of the net for her second goal of the week.Westminster (5-2) out-shot Lycoming (0-6), 18-5, and also had a shots-on-goal advantage of 9-1.Titan junior goal keeper Rachael Letscher (Canfield, OH / Cardinal Mooney) improved to 2-1 on the season.Westminster will play at La Roche on Tuesday at 5 p.m. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2139 Police: Surviving trooper in ambush conscious, talking http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2137 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-7446958328501579105.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania state trooper who was injured when a gunman ambushed him and killed another trooper outside a police barracks is conscious and talking for the first time since he underwent surgery, a spokesman said Sunday.State police spokesman Trooper Tom Kelly said investigators hope to soon interview Trooper Alex Douglass to get additional information on the attack.The troopers were ambushed around 10:50 p.m. Friday as one of them was leaving the barracks and another was arriving. Cpl. Bryon Dickson of Dunmore was killed.Kelly said in an emailed statement Sunday that police are getting a large number of tips, and some are 'fantastic.'He said they are keeping details of the investigation quiet to preserve the integrity of the leads.Investigators on Sunday returned to scour the woods across from the barracks where they were ambushed.Troopers also set up a checkpoint near the site where they were stopping motorists to ask if they had seen anything that could help with the case, Kelly said.The developments come as a nonprofit group offered a $50,000 reward for tips about Friday's deadly assault at the remote post in northeast Pennsylvania.Reporters saw investigators walk into the dense forest surrounding the barracks in Blooming Grove around noon Sunday, though authorities suggested a day earlier that the suspect had already left the area.Police said there would be no news conference Sunday.Dickson, a seven-year veteran, had transferred to the region from the Philadelphia barracks several months ago.Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said the 'cowardly attack' was directed at state police and a 'very dangerous, armed criminal' eluded quick capture.'Our troopers were ... shot without warning and really had no chance to defend themselves,' Noonan told reporters Saturday afternoon. 'It has touched us to the core that such a thing could happen.'Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers, which posted the reward offer, asked anyone with information to call 800-4PA-TIPS or submit the tip online (http://bit.ly/1qOzY13).Law enforcement officers from at least three states on Saturday searched state game lands surrounding the barracks in Pike County and beyond.'There has been an exhaustive search conducted by hundreds of members of law enforcement,' said Lt. Colonel George Bivens. 'We have canvassed the wooded areas, neighborhoods. We are convinced this individual is no longer in that immediate area.'Police interviewed a man they called a 'person of interest,' but Noonan said authorities are talking to hundreds of people as part of the investigation. He stressed the man is not a suspect.The slain trooper was married with two young sons. He was described by friends as devoted to work and family.'They were a committed couple,' Melissa Contorno, a friend of Dickson's wife, told The Times-Tribune. 'They were raising a beautiful young family. It's not fair.'Memorial contributions can be made to the Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II Memorial Fund c/o NBT Bank 1230 O'Neill Highway Dunmore, PA 18512.Blooming Grove is a township of about 4,000 people about 35 miles east of Scranton. State police spokesman Trooper Adam Reed said the barracks cover most of Pike County, a primarily rural area that runs along the Delaware River and borders New Jersey and New York.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2137 Education Major Brings Little Free Library to New Wilmington http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2134 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-195793997215536238.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> Hannah Roscoe, Westminster College sophomore early childhood/special education major, spearheaded the effort to bring a Little Free Library to New Wilmington Borough.According to Little Free Library's website, 'It's a ‘take a book, return a book' gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.'NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.-- Located on South Market Street next to Huntington Bank, the New Wilmington structure was privately funded.  New Wilmington borough council accepted it as a gift from Westminster and approved its installation.  It is intended for children's books appropriate for newborns through elementary students.  No fees are involved and borrowing is based on the honor system.'I got the idea from my mom, a teacher in Ohio who had these libraries brought to the town where she teaches,' Roscoe said.  'I thought it would be good for New Wilmington, so we worked together to bring one here.'Roscoe is a daughter of Kurt and Jodi Roscoe of Solon, Ohio, and a graduate of Solon High School.Donations of children's books for the Little Free Library are accepted at the front desk of Westminster's McGill Library. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2134 Men's Soccer: Westminster fails to overcome Lycoming 1-0 http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2138 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5397763528808612171.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - The Westminster men's soccer team lost, 1-0, at Lycoming College in a non-conference match on Sunday.After a 0-0 tie at halftime, Kevin Seymour of Lycoming (5-0-1) scored the lone goal in the 48th minute after he received a cross from Abdullahi Abdi and placed the ball in the upper left corner of the net.Titan junior goalie Tyler Little (Slippery Rock, PA / Slippery Rock) collected a career-high seven saves in his first loss of the season. Little is 3-1 between the pipes this season.The Warriors out-shot the Titans, 14-8.The Titans (3-4-1) registered five shots on goal, including two within the final four minutes of the game. Junior Matthew Kiernan (Pittsburgh, PA / Upper St. Clair) and senior Dan Bishop (Burlington, NJ / Holy Cross) had their shots stopped by Lycoming goalie Connor Keenan in the 86th and 89th minute, respectively. Keenan had five saves on the day.Westminster is back on the field Wednesday when it travels to LaRoche for a 5 p.m. matchup. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2138 Western Pa. Police destroy 92 marijuana plants worth $200K http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2135 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6103896505646228681.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> CLARKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - State police say they seized dozens of marijuana plants worth about $200,000 from a property in western Pennsylvania.Authorities say they acted on a tip when they began investigating the 132-acre farm in Morgan Township, Greene County. That's about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh.Police say they found 92 pot plants in a chicken coop adapted to grow marijuana. Troopers say the greenery ranged from 2 feet high to 6 feet high.Authorities say they also seized related paraphernalia, two guns and three vehicles.Three people were arrested Friday and charged with various drug offenses.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2135 $50K reward offered for tips on Pa. trooper's slaying http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2133 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg6752423933492426227.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) - A nonprofit group is offering a $50,000 reward for tips about the deadly ambush at a state police barracks in northeast Pennsylvania.One trooper died and a second was critically wounded in the shooting Friday night at the remote post in Pike County.Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers posted the reward offer Sunday. It's asking anyone with information to call 800-4PA-TIPS or submit the tip online (<strong><a href='http://bit.ly/1qOzY13'>http://bit.ly/1qOzY13</a></strong>).Law enforcement officers from at least three states searched state game lands surrounding the barracks in Blooming Grove on Saturday. No arrests have been made.The attack killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson of Dunmore, a married father of two. Trooper Alex Douglass remains hospitalized.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2133 Pa. State Police: Deadly ambush 'has touched us to the core' http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2132 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg7900605347821408709.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) - After scouring woods around the Pennsylvania State Police barracks where a trooper was gunned down and another critically injured, authorities suspect the shooter or shooters has left the area.State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan says the attack Friday night was directed at state police. He says, 'It has touched us to the core that such a thing could happen.'The troopers were ambushed at the barracks in Blooming Grove in the Poconos in northeastern Pennsylvania. Cpl. Bryon Dickson of Dunmore was killed. Trooper Alex Douglass was injured. He later underwent surgery and was listed in critical but stable condition.Dickson, a seven-year veteran, had transferred to the region from the Philadelphia barracks several months ago. He was married with two young sons.The search for their assailant continues.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sun, 14 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2132 Football: Titans Drop to W&J, 56-21 http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2131 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-6990379998406002656.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College football team lost, 56-21, to Washington & Jefferson on Saturday under the lights of Harold Burry Stadium. The game did not count towards the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) standings due to the unbalanced schedule.  Titan freshman Jametrius Bentley had 190 all-purpose yards, including a 74-yard touchdown catch and an 88-yard punt return for a score.Westminster seniors Jared Heck and Rich Ellebie led the defense with game-highs of 13 tackles each.After a three-and-out for Westminster (0-2) on its opening drive, W&J (2-0) drove the ball 65 yards off seven plays for a score after Pete Coughlin found Ryan Ruffing for a 26-yard touchdown pass. An extra point from Blake Davis gave the Presidents a 7-0 lead with 10:39 remaining in the first quarter.Westminster's defense stopped W&J on the Presidents' ensuing drive on four-and-seven from the Titans' 15-yard line. Titan junior Joe Glennon tackled Michael Giampole three yards short of the first down. The Titans' following drive of 13 plays and 72 yards, over six-and-a-half minutes, was halted with an interception in the end zone on second down.After a Titan muffed punt in the beginning of the second quarter, the Presidents conducted a 10-play, 46-yard drive for their second score when Ruffing ran from two yards out. Another successful extra point from Davis put W&J ahead, 14-0.W&J went up 21-0 on its next possession when Ruffing scored his second-straight rushing touchdown from the one-yard line and Davis made the extra point. The score came on fourth-and -goal from the Titans' 1-yard line.In their opening drive of the second half, the Presidents added to their lead with a touchdown. Coughlin ran it in from two yards out and Davis's kick attempt was good, giving W&J a 28-0 lead. The Titans quickly responded with an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from Bentley. After an extra point from sophomore Justin Dahl, W&J led 28-7.After the Titan defense forced a three-and-out, which included a sack from freshmen CJ Armstrong and Michael Martin on third-and-long with 9:13 on the clock in the third, Westminster cut W&J's lead with its second score. This time it was freshman Dominique McKinley for a 53-yard run. A Dahl extra point cut W&J's lead to 28-14 with 7:51 remaining.The Presidents countered on their next possession with a score, capping off an 11-play, 54-yard drive, when Ruffing scored his third rushing touchdown of the game from one yard out. A Davis extra point gave W&J a 35-14 lead with four minutes remaining in the third.Ruffing scored his fourth touchdown of the game with 10:32 remaining in the fourth quarter.Bentley had his second big play of the game after a 74-yard catch from sophomore quarterback Brandon Heeter with 9:47 remaining in the game. After a Dahl extra point, W&J led 42-21.The Presidents added two more scores in the fourth; one off a 26-yard run and the other off a 13-yard pass.McKinley led the Titans with 79 yards rushing and score. Heeter, who subbed in for freshman Paul Columbo, led Westminster through the air as he went 8-for-22 for 115 yards and a touchdown. Titan freshman Xavier Eubanks had a team-high four catches for 22 yards, followed by classmate Khurazze Williams who had three receptions for 37 yards.Ruffing led W&J with a game-high 172 yards on the ground with four touchdowns. Coughlin went 24-for-35 with 281 yards and a score. Max Creighan had a game-high 104 yards off seven catches for the Presidents. Jared Pratt led the W&J defense with seven tackles.The Titans will play Bethany for their third-straight home game next Saturday at 1 p.m. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2131 Women's Golf: Titans Compete at Thiel http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2130 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4916235707339084872.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> GREENVILLE, Pa. - The Westminster women's golf team finished fifth at the Thiel Fall Invitational on Saturday. The invite took place at the Tam O'Shanter Golf Course. The Titans scored a 418.Carnegie Mellon won the event with a team score of 341. Summer Kitahara from CMU was the medalist with a 77 (39-38).Titan freshman Kelsey Phillips (Pittsburgh, PA / Allegheny) led Westminster with a sixth-place finish and a score of 87 (45-42).Senior Morgan Pierce (Greenville, PA / Reynolds) (102/49-53), junior Carly Boughner (Cooperstown, PA / Rocky Grove) (113/56-57), and first-year Ava Hoag (McKeesport, PA / Elizabeth Forward) (116/58-58) rounded out the Titan scorers. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2130 Women's Soccer: Titans Blank Susquehanna, 2-0 http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2129 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-1743895737385997567.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> SELINSGROVE, Pa. - The Westminster women's soccer team shutout Susquehanna, 2-0, on the road in a non-conference match on Saturday.  Titan sophomore Sammy Creese scored the first goal of the game in the 26th minute as she connected on a free kick from the left side of the field. This was Creese's first goal on the season.Westminster junior Rebecca Bradnam added insurance for the Titans with her second goal on the season in the 80th minute.Titan first-year goalie Laura Page improved to 2-1 on the season, while collecting two saves, in her second shutout-win in 2014.Westminster (4-2) out-shot Susquehanna (1-4-1), 17-13, and held a, 7-3, shots-on-goal advantage.The Titans are back on the field tomorrow when they travel to Lycoming for a 3:30 p.m. matchup. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2129 Volleyball: Titans Win Penn. State-Behrend Invitational http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2128 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-8206037803034535222.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> ERIE, Pa. - The Westminster College volleyball team won the Penn. State-Behrend Invitational on Saturday after concluding the two-day event with a 3-0 record. Titan senior Kassie Freyermuth (Allison Park, PA / North Allegheny) was named the Tournament MVP, while classmate Alaura Hanssen (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington) was named on the All-Tournament Team.On Saturday, Westminster (6-5) upset host Penn. State-Behrend (9-2) with a 3-1 win in match one. The Titans recovered after a 25-21 loss in set one by winning the next three sets (25-13, 25-23, 26-24).Three Titans had double-digit kills, led by Hanssen with a match-high 14. First-year Kendell Dickson (Cochranton, PA / Cochranton) and classmate Lexie Yoho (Pittsburgh, PA / Our Lady of the Sacred Heart) followed with 13 and 10 kills, respectively.Five Titans had double-digit digs, led by Freyermuth with a career-high 19. Dickson (18), junior Tiffany Jackson (Las Vegas, NV / Las Vegas) (16), first-year Anna Thompson (Sherrodsville, OH / Tuscarawas Central Catholic) (12), and junior Erin Kennedy (Oakmont, PA / Riverview) (12) rounded out the Titans in double-figure digs. Freyermuth added a match-high seven blocks.Jackson dished out a match-high 29 assists, followed by Thompson with 18.Westminster finished the day with a 3-0 (25-10,27-25,25-11) shutout of D'Youville (5-6).Hanssen and Freyermuth led the Titan offense with a match-high nine kills each. Dickson led the defense with eight kills. Jackson and Thompson tied for a match-high with 15 assists each. Freyermuth once again added a match-high three blocks.On Friday, Westminster blanked Morrisville State, 3-0. The Titans have now won four-straight matches.Westminster will next compete in the Chatham Tri-Match on Wednesday for its PAC opener. The Titans will face Waynesburg at 6 p.m. and Chatham at 8 p.m. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2128 Men's Cross Country: Titans Compete at Bethany Invitational http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2127 BETHANY, W. Va. - The Westminster men's cross country team placed 10th at the Bethany Invitational on Saturday. The Titans finished with a team score of 267. A total of 156 runners competed from 16 schools.  Sophomore John-Scott Somora led the Titans by finishing 29th with a time of 28:43. Classmate Matt Slagle was right behind at 28:51.Westminster will next compete at the Dickinson College Long/Short Meet in Newville, Pa. next Saturday. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2127 Women's Cross Country: Jones Paces Titans at Bethany Invite http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2126 BETHANY, W. Va. - The Westminster cross country team placed fifth at the Bethany Invitational on Saturday. The Titans scored 175 points out of 14 schools.Senior Jenny Jones (Erie, PA / Fort LeBoeuf) led Westminster by finishing 12th out of 149 runners with a time of 24:48.Waynesburg won the event with a team score of 42 points. Junior Emily Rabenold of Grove City was the medalist with a time of 23:11.First-year Katelynn Morrell (Boardman, OH / Boardman) also finished in the top-20 for Westminster by finishing 17th with a time of 25:23.First-year Paige Baierl (Bellevue, PA / Northgate) (26:12), sophomore Keilah Ireland (Nashua, NH / Nashua North) (27:57), sophomore Jenny Rodgers (State College, PA / State College) (28:06), junior Sara Monts (Duncansville, PA / Hollidaysburg Area) (28:13), and junior Hannah Kappel (Ligonier, PA / Ligonier Valley) (28:25) rounded out the Titan finishers.Westminster will next compete at the Dickinson College Long/Short Meet in Newville, Pa. next Saturday. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2126 State Police identify trooper killed in ambush http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2125 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-5047881492980541990.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) - Two troopers were ambushed outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania during a late-night shift change, leaving one dead and another injured, and authorities scoured the densely wooded countryside and beyond on Saturday looking for the shooter or shooters.One trooper was leaving the barracks in Blooming Grove, Pike County, and another was arriving when shots were fired at 10:50 p.m. Friday, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said.He identified the dead lawman as Cpl. Bryon Dickson and said Trooper Alex Douglass was hospitalized in critical but stable condition.'This attack was an ambush. Our troopers were . shot without warning and really had no chance to defend themselves,' Noonan told reporters Saturday afternoon. 'It's a cowardly attack. It's an attack upon all of us in society.'Noonan provided few details on the shooting but said the attack was directed at state police.'It has touched us to the core that such a thing could happen,' he said.Law enforcement officials from across the region, including New York and New Jersey, descended on the Pocono Mountains to help with the search on foot and by helicopter. The Blooming Grove barracks is in a wooded area, surrounded by state game lands.Police interviewed a man they called a 'person of interest' but Noonan said authorities are talking to hundreds of people as part of the investigation. He stressed the man is not a suspect.Several roads around the barracks, including parts of Interstate 84, were closed Saturday. Blooming Grove is a township of about 4,000 people about 35 miles east of Scranton.Trooper Adam Reed, a state police spokesman, said the Blooming Grove barracks covers most of Pike County, which runs along the Delaware River and borders New Jersey and New York.'There's a lot of rural area up where they patrol,' he said. 'As the primary police force in the county, they're going to respond to anything and everything.'Gov. Tom Corbett said he was praying for the slain trooper's family as well as the injured colleague.'Every attack on an officer of the law is an attack on our state, our country and civilized society,' Corbett said in a statement. 'The incident in Blooming Grove shows, once again, that our first responders face constant danger in order that the rest of us may live in peace and safety.'Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2125 State Police: 1 Pa. trooper dead in barracks shooting http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2123 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-4073716161156151490.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) - State police say one trooper is dead and another is injured after a shooting at a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania. A search is underway for the suspect.The shooting occurred at about 11 p.m. Friday at the barracks in Pike County's Blooming Grove, a township of about 4,000 people about 35 miles east of Scranton. Nearby Lackawanna County dispatched its SWAT team, and helicopters were seen flying over the area.State police spokeswoman Maria Finn tells The Times-Tribune newspaper that one trooper was killed and another was injured. She did not elaborate on the severity of the injuries.State police didn't immediately return phone messages from The Associated Press seeking further details.Several roads around the barracks, including parts of Interstate 84, were closed.Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2123 Poll: Likely Pa. voters strongly back Wolf for Governor http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2122 <img src="/CFFileServlet/_cf_image/_cfimg-378559305290919628.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #0b1143;" align="right" alt="" /> PHILADELPHIA (AP) -A poll of voters likely to cast ballots in Pennsylvania's gubernatorial election shows they prefer Democrat Tom Wolf over Republican incumbent Tom Corbett by a 24-point margin.The Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday shows Wolf, a wealthy businessman, is favored by 59 percent of likely voters compared with 35 percent for Corbett.At least half said Wolf would do a better job handling the issues of jobs, education, government spending and taxes. Fifty-four percent said they believe Wolf is honest and trustworthy but they were tied at 43 percent over Corbett.Quinnipiac culled the 1,161 likely voters from more than 1,500 registered voters, based on their stated intentions and voting records, in telephone interviews between Sept. 3 and 8. The sampling error margin is plus or minus 2.9 points. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT http://www.westminster.edu/acad/comm/radio/radio_post.cfm?id=2122