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   Morning Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 11, 1977, Uniontown, Pennsylvania                               District Gripped By Snow And Cold Gen. Sherman once said, according to legend, that "war is hell." The same might be said about the weather which this area Is experien- cing. Although Fayette and surrounding counties escaped the worst of a bad winter storm which had been predicted for late Sunday night and yesterday, high winds, snow, and freezing temperatures closed schools, made driving hazardous, and kept road crews, trying to combat (he conditions, ragged. Conditions were so bad last night that almost all of the school districts In the area decided to cancel classes today. (Second storm hits state; see story, pictures on page 11.) Those who won't have classes to- day include the Brownsville Area School District, the Brownsville Catholic School, Holy Rosary School In Brownsville, the Fayette County Vo-Tech school; Connellsvllle Area School District, Uniontown Area School District, Turkevfoot Area School District, all school districts In Greene County and the vo-tech school there, and the Albert Gallatin Area School District. Those waiting until this morning to make a final decision were the Laurel Highlands School District in Fayette County and the Bethlehem Center School Dislrict in Washington (Continued on Page 14, Col 4) THE MORNING HERALD OUR 71ST YEAR NO. 3 Fayette County's Only Morning Newspaper UNIONTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA, TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 1977 15 CENTS Father, Three Children Die In Ralph Fire A 34-year-old German Twp. man and his three children were killed early yesterday morning when fire swept through (he family's two-story frame dwelling at Ralph. Pronounced dead at the scene of the fire by Deputy Coroner Clark B. Dearth of New Salem were Harold Cooke, th'e father; a daughter, Troy, 13, and two sons. Daniel. 12. and Bart, G. Mrs. Judith S. Cooke, 32, the only member of the family to survive the Home Is Destroyed Blase By A two story frame dwelling owned by Thomas Jacobs of Clarksville was com- pletely gutted by fire yesterday. The Jacobs family Was home when fire broke out. There were no injuries. Clarksville responded to the call at p.m. Cause of fire is not known. The house was listed as a complete loss. Jefferson and Fredericktown Vol. Fire Depts. assisted. About 35 men from all three companies responded. Clarksville was called out to the site again at to douse a small fire started by high winds. Point Marin Point Marion Vol. Fire Dept. was call- ed to the David Coleb'ank residence in Nilan yesterday at 3 p.m. when his Citizens Band radio antenna and televi- sion antenna had fallen on a West Penn Power volt line. (Continued on Page 14, Col 5) Safety blaze, was in critical condition in the Burn Unit of Pittsburgh's West Penn Hospital last night. Although her condition had stabilized, Mrs. Cooke was scheduled to undergo surgery sometime this morning for in- ternal injuries. Mrs. Cooke had jumped to safety from a second-floor window and ran to the home of neighbor Jospeh Vernon Sr. for help. She had been awakened by her son, Bart, who was coughing. Her husband saw that escape down the' stairs was impossible, so he instructed his wife to go to the rear bedroom, win- dow and jump to the ground below. While Mrs. Cooke was going for help, Mr. Cooke was to get the children together in the upstairs bedroom where they could be rescued. Mr. Vernon and his son rushed to the Cooke home and placed a ladder up against the building. Mr. Vernon then smashed the upstairs window with a broom. He told firemen that he could feel a bed inside the room before he was forc- ed to the ground but was unable to tell if the four occupants were in the room. All members of the family had been asleep in upstairs bedrooms when the fire broke out about 3 o'clock. Mr. Cooke succeded in getting the three children and himself to the room where they were to be rescued from. When firemen searched through the debris of the fire, the bodies of the four victims were discovered in the same bedroom. They were on the floor within four or five feet of the window. The entire second floor of the home had caved in and ,was on top of the ground level of the house. Mr, Dearth said the four victims died from suffocation or asphyxiation. He ex- plained that the exact cause of death cannot actually be determined in a case like this. (Continued on Page 17, Col. 4) Volunteer firemen water down ruins afterfire claimed four lives at Ralph. (Herald-Standard Photo By Polink) Several Hurt In Mishaps Several persons were injured yester- day in dislrict traffic accidents caused by icy road conditions. Route 21 Suzanne Sagosky, 28, of New Salem was treated in Uniontown Hospital yesterday morning following a car-truck accident on Route 21 at Thompson's Crossroads about 8 o'clock. She was taken to the hospital by South Union firemen's ambulance after the mishap. David Mudery, 22, of McClellandtown was the other driver involved in the 600 crash. North Union A two car crash in North Union Twp. at p.m. yesterday caused total es- timated damages of to the vehicles driven by John J. Means Sr., 46, of Ohiopyle and Jeffrey Weygandt of Farmington. State Police reported the vehicles collided on an ice-covered roadway and minor injuries were reported. Saltlick Twp. Slight injuries were reported yester- day when two vehicles collided near Champion in Saltlick Twp. at p.m. William M. Brady Jr. ,33, of Acme and Hugo T. Alber, 40, of Macedinca. Ohio, were the drivers in the accident. James McMasler of Indian Head, a passenger in Alber's vehicle, was slight- ly injured in the crash. Snow was blowing across the highway causing poor visibility and one of the vehicles had pulled over along the road prior to the crash, according to State Police. Rig Crash Damage to a tractor trailer rig was estimated at yesterday when the vehicle struck an exit sign along Inter- state 70 in Rostraver Twp. and fell over an embankment.. Jack G. Brower, 35, of Sioux Falls. N.D. was the driver of the rig. He es- caped injury when the crash occurred at a.m. near the exit ramp to Route 51. Slate Police reported the rig was attempting to slow down and avoid hit- ling another vehicle spinning on the road up ahead, when the truck went out of control and crashed. Perry Twp. Jerry Azzardi, 28, of Uniontown was involved.il) a hit and run crash in Perry Twp. yesterday around noon. Stale Police reported that the vehicle driven by Azzardi was struck along Route 51 by a white female operating a white compact car. No injuries were reported. Anyone with information concerning the accident is requested to call Stale Police at Belle Vernon at 929-6262. Police Car, Street Sweeper C Ville Action Is Delayed By RON BASESCU Connellsville City Council conducted a 40-minute session last night that con- sisted mostly of routine business. Laurel Ford of Connellsville turned in the only bid for replacement of the No. 1 (the oldest) police car. Action on the bid was tabled until the Jan. 24 meeting. Tips Listed By Firemen For The Home By AL MORAN Fires in Fayette County the past six days have taken a heavy toll, with six persons dead, five nouses burned to the ground, a mobile home destroyed, two vehicles consumed in fire, a downtown building completely ravaged and a city home badly damaged. City firemen alone have answered 17 alarms since the first of January, and a total of 288 in 1976. Most of the fires in the county so far this year and throughout last year were blamed on furnaces or other heating elements, or electrical malfunctions caused by negligent persons. Four Brownsville area fire chiefs last night agreed that most fires are caused by the negligence of persons in the home. Brownsville South Side Fire Chief Ed Nicholson believes that most fires are electrical. His fire department answered a total of 58 calls in 1976, not counting the box alarms. Capt. Fred Liston of the Uniontown Fire Dept. believes that overheated furnaces and electrical wiring are the two main causes of fires. With the cold season covering the county, overworked furnaces, gas space heaters, electrical heaters and gas stoves left on all night, and overloaded electrical outlets are causing many fires, some deadly. The fire in New Geneva on Wednesday which claimed the lives of an elderly couple was blamed on a faulty gas space heater. (Continued on Page 14, Col I) Laurel bid less trade-in for a price to the city of Action was also delayed on awarding a contract for purchase of a street sweeper. A H Equipment Co. of Bridgeville turned in a bid of less trade-in for a price (o the city of Council agreed to advertise for in- stallation of an emergency generator for the West Side Fire Station, bids to be opened on Jan. 24. A letter was read from the Chessie System, in which council was informed that the Chessie System-YMCA, closed Dec. 17 by the state Dcpt. of Labor In- dustry, would not be reopened. Council expressed an opinion that violations found by the state could have been corrected very easily, but felt that this was an "out" for the railroad and permitted them to close the building. Mayor John Shaw, Councilman James Wagner and Fire Chief Gerald Baker, who has inspected the building, all felt that the violations were not serious and could have been corrected easily. A letter was read from the Carnegie Free Library board in which council was thanked for a donation made last year (in excess of its one-mill contribu- tion) and a similar request of was made for this year. Council indicated it could see no reason why it could not comply with the request. In other business, council: Awarded Riedman Office Equip- ment a contract fo supply a calculator. Discussed the federal government turning the city down in its request for {Continued on Pagp M, Col .5) Miners Are Today's Index Belle Vernon To Meet Next Monday On 4-Mill Tax Hike Bridge........19 Class.......15-17 Coleman.......4 Comics.....18-19 Deaths .......17 Earl Wilson 4 Editorials......4 Hospital News Personals Sports......12-13 Stocfts Television Theaters.. Women Weather Some 1.700 miners in this area remain off the job as a result of a strike against the Bethlehem Minos Corp. over job- bidding procedures which began last week. Miners at U.S. Steel Corp.'s Maple Creek Mine in Washington County were told to return to.work during a union meeting yesterday morning. However, a union spokesman .said rov- ing pickets barred miners' return to work on the 4 p.m. shift yesterday. No meetings were scheduled as of last fight. Also affected by the wildcat strike arc Republic Steel Corp.'s Clyde Mine at Fredericktown. Steel Corp.'s Vesta 4 Mine in Washington County, Bethlehem Steel's Ellsworth 51, Marian- na 58 and Somerset 00 mines in Washington County. A back-to-work order was issued last Friday against Bethlehem's striking miners at the Somerset 60 mine where the wildcat strike began. Workers ignored the order and another hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in Pittsburgh federal court. Four Consolidation Coal mines in Washington County, including the sprawling Mathies Mine and a coal preparation plant were also down. Meanwhile, members of United Mine Workers Local 1269 voted yesterday to continue (heir wildcat strike at the Barnes and Tucker mines in Cambria County. That strike affects 1.300 miners in four mines. The company says it will also seek a federal court order to end the strike there. The union is protesting safety prac- tices and workmen's compensation (Continued on Page 14, Col (i) Belle Vernon Borough Council has set a special meeting for 7 p.m. Monday to consider final adoption of the borough's 1977 budget which calls for a four-mill real estate tax increase. Meeting in regular session last night, council set the meeting for final action on the proposed budget which an-" ticipates in expenditures for the coming year. The tentative budget is some over 1976 expenditures and requires an increase in real estate taxes from 17 to 21 mills. One of the principal reasons for the fukc in expenditures was the hiring of a street commissioner at an annual salary of The street commissioner was hired last Dec. 15. There was no street commissioner last year. The largest single expenditure an- ticipated for this year is highway maintenance which includes the salary. of the street commissioner, Some 210 has been earmarked in that category. Other expenditures include for police protection and for street lights. In other business, council received the annual report and budget for sanitary sewage facilities for the fiscal year en- ding Dec. 31, 1977. The report and budget were presented by J. E. Kuhn of the borough's municipal authority. The municipal authority's budget in- cludes total revenues of ex- penses of net annual revenue of debt service of required 20 per cent cover of and a sur- plus of In other action, council reappointed Brownie Lachowicz to another five-year term on the borough's planning commis- sion. It also received the annual fire report which included 157 fire and emergency alarms during 1976, a 20 per cent in- crease over 1975, (Continued on Page 14, Col 6) It's lo be partly cloudy with, a few snow flurries today and tomorrow. High today will he 15 (-9 low, 3 (-16 Top on Wednesday will he 18 (-7 Chance of precipitation: 40 per cent to- day and tonight. Deaths Cooke, Bart W., Ralph. Cooke, Daniel S., Ralph. Cooke, Harold G., Jr., Ralph. Cooke, Troy Ann, Ralph. Cramer, Irene, May, Rowcs Run. Hixenbaugh, Leonard, Pcrryopolis. Lasky, Katherlnc, Greensboro R.D. Scott, Bertha, Ml. Independence. Tabacsko, Walter, Masonlown R.D. Williams, Goldfc, GarflcM Heights, 0. Yakim, Mary, Continental 2. Ziemkowsky, William A., Newboro. (See Details on Page 17) New Treasurer Named For Dawson Borough Dawson Borough Council last night named a new borough treasurer. Meeting in regular session, council named Phyllis Cappalonga to the borough financial posilion. Mrs. Cappalonga is also borough sec- retary, a posilion she has held for a year. She succeeds Anna Rushton in the borough treasurer's posilion, Mrs. Hushlon resigned the post at the end of the past year. In olher business, council received the annual report from the borough fire department. The report, presented by Fire Chief Hay Fosbrink, included 108 fire an emergency calls for the past year. An average of 13.5 men responded lo each alarm. Council also reported borough police and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty lo Animals are conlinuing their efforls to correct dog control problems in the borough. Other routine business was also tran- sacted.   

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