Car, pickup collide, leaving 1 man dead

Car, pickup collide,leaving 1 man dead
HERMITAGE, Pa. -- Police said Steve Gurrera, 84, of Sharon-New Castle Road, Farrell, was killed when his car collided with a pickup truck at the intersection of Maple Drive and the Shenango Valley Freeway around 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
Gurrera is the father of city Commissioner Larry Gurrera.
Police said Steve Gurrera was northbound on Maple Drive and entered the intersection, where his car was hit broadside by a westbound pickup truck driven by Vincent Adams, 57, of Bend Road, Mercer.
Adams and his wife, Betty, 56, were taken to UPMC Horizon for treatment but hospital spokesmen were unavailable to report on their condition.
Police said Gurrera, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Mercer County coroner.
Police are looking for witnesses to the accident to determine if one of the drivers ran a red light.
Panel rejects claims
SALEM -- A city panel rejected claims from appellants that assessments on a proposed sewer project are unfairly high. The Assessment Equalization Board heard the complaints Thursday of three residents who will be affected by the nearly $1.2 million project on the city's northeast side.
Nearly 140 homeowners will be assessed $5,000 to help pay for the undertaking. With the city paying half the project cost, the board determined that the assessment being charged to residents is not too high.
The project, expected to begin later this year, will replace failing septic tanks that pose a pollution risk.
Fashion show changed
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- "Style and Substance," the fashion show by the city's black community, will be moved from Sunday to 3 p.m. March 16 at the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, 124 E. Leasure Ave. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the institute or at St. Paul Baptist Church in the city at (724) 652-3063. Any previously purchased tickets for Sunday can be used March 16. Contract the institute if you have additional questions.
Black history program
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Associated Neighborhood Centers will have its annual African American History program from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the McGuffey Centre, Jacobs Road.
The theme will be "Looking Back But Going Forward." Entertainment will include the McGuffey Centre Seniors in Song, a youth skit presentation, saxophonist David Taylor and the Red Hawk American Indian Cultural Society Dance Troop.
Meeting rescheduled
NILES -- The board of education has changed its next meeting to March 20 in Lincoln Elementary School on Frederick Street. The board will conduct a work session at 6 p.m. to discuss district finances, followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m. The meeting had been set for March 21.
Malpractice suit
CLARION, Pa. (AP) -- A woman who was paralyzed from the waist down by an untreated blood clot has been awarded $800,000 by a jury in a medical malpractice suit against Clarion Hospital.
The Clarion County jury found only the hospital liable and not the two doctors also sued by Mae Byers.
Byers was hospitalized in July 1998 for a suspected heart attack. She also began losing sensation in her legs.
Byers claimed the hospital and doctors Ronald Buckley and John Brooks failed to respond to a blood clot pressing on her spinal cord which was causing her to lose sensation.
Later doctors determined that she hadn't had a heart attack, and if the clot been removed in time, Byers wouldn't have suffered permanent spinal cord injury, court documents say.
No Allegheny Co. Fair
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Allegheny County Fair and Exposition won't take place this year because its board of directors still owes $40,000 from the last fair, officials said. County officials said fair officials must pay up before they can use the South Park Fairgrounds. The fair was to have taken place June 25. The money was for police and public works services, said a spokeswoman for county chief executive Jim Roddey.
Richard Mills, fair board president, said he would like to regroup and have the fair in 2003.

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