A fire has broken out at the historic Pennsylvania arena where Wilt Chamberlain scored an NBA record 100 points in a game.
Officials say the fire started Thursday afternoon at the west end of the 75-year-old Hersheypark Arena in Derry Township.
The arena is owned by Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, founded when Milton S. Hershey separated his chocolate manufacturing from his other businesses.
Hershey spokesman Jim Shellenberger says workers were putting a new roof on the domed building, but it's unclear if the work had anything to do with the fire. He says the roof isn't in danger of collapse.
Workers have left the arena. No injuries are reported.
The arena opened in 1936 and is primarily used for youth hockey. Chamberlain scored 100 points there for the Philadelphia Warriors against the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962.
Burglary suspect jailed in scissors attack
HERMITAGE — A 19-year-old western Pennsylvania man has been jailed on charges that he stabbed a woman in the head with scissors when she fought with him after he allegedly broke into her house.
Online court records don't list an attorney for Tyler Fennell, of Sharon, who allegedly entered the home in Hermitage about 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Police say the woman who lived there fought with Fennell and threw various objects at him in her garage during which he stabbed her. The woman has been admitted to Sharon Regional Hospital, where officials aren't releasing her condition.
Police say Fennell ran away, but was caught shortly after police received a report that he had stolen a golf cart at a nearby country club and tried to drive away.
The Herald of Sharon reports Fennell has been charged with attempted murder and other crimes.
Orie Melvin renews request for out of county judge
PITTSBURGH — Suspended state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin is asking that court to appoint an out-of-county judge to hear her political corruption case.
The 56-year-old Marshall Township jurist's preliminary hearing has been postponed from July 9 to July 30.
She's charged with illegally using her former taxpayer-funded Superior Court staff to work on her 2003 and 2009 campaigns for a seat on the state's highest court.
Melvin's hearing was previously delayed so an Allegheny County judge could rule on her motion to keep other county judges from presiding over her case. Melvin wants an out-of-county judge because a key witness against her, Melvin's former law clerk, is married to a county judge.
That motion was denied last week, which is why Melvin has asked the Supreme Court to consider appointing an out-of-county judge.
Verizon restores 911 service near Pittsburgh
WEST MIFFLIN — Verizon has restored landline 911 service to residents of some suburbs east and southeast of Pittsburgh.
Verizon officials say some residents in West Mifflin, McKeesport and Duquesne were getting busy signals when calling the emergency number from their home telephones. Those people were urged to use their cell phones in case of an emergency.
The outage began about 1:15 a.m. Thursday and was fixed about 8 a.m. It had also affected areas in and near the Allegheny County Airport.
A Verizon spokesman says a problem at a network facility in West Mifflin caused the problem. Technicians aren't sure what caused the problem, but don't believe it was related to severe thunderstorms which brought high winds and golf ball-sized hail to those same areas on Wednesday.
Dave Palone sets North American record for wins
WASHINGTON — Harness racing driver Dave Palone has broken Herve Filion's North American record for career victories when he piloted Herculotte Hanover to victory in the eighth race at The Meadows.
The win on Thursday was the 15,181st of Palone's 30-year career. The Waynesburg, Pa., native began racing in 1982 and earned his first victory in 1983. He's become a dominant force in the sport over the last three decades, capturing nearly 40 percent of the races he drives in while becoming just the third driver in history to surpass 15,000 wins.
The 50-year-old Palone credits his success to his physical fitness and has no plans to retire anytime soon. Heinz Wewering of Germany holds the world record for career harness racing wins, with over 16,000 and counting.