The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

December 26, 2013

News briefs from Dec. 26, 2013


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- — Couple sues over burst during sewer project

GREENVILLE - A Sugar Grove Township couple has sued a Linesville firm over an explosion that injured the husband during a sewer line construction project at St. Michael’s School, Greenville.

Samuel and Laura Paxton, 336 Leech Road, accused Donghia Environmental Services Inc. of negligence and loss of consortium.

Donghia has denied any liability.

Samuel Paxton was working in his capacity as an installer with his employer, Advanced Bulk & Conveying, 15 S. Water St., Greenville, and Advanced Bulk hired Donghia to install fiberglass lining in a sewer line at St. Michael’s, the suit said.

On July 24, 2011, Rod Donghia called Samuel Paxton and asked him to observe work that had been done the day before, the suit said.

Paxton stepped into a hole where the line was located and kneeled over the pipe when an explosion occurred, causing Paxton to suffer a concussion, spinal injuries and other injuries, the suit said.

Donghia, in its answer filed Dec. 18, argued Paxton voluntarily assumed risk; his injuries were “the result of superseding, intervening and/or independent causes”; and he also was negligent.

Search, rescue group seeking members

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio - U.S. SARR Corps will hold a presentation for persons interested in becoming a trained volunteer to help locate those who have gone missing.

The regional unit has many positions open to volunteers interested in search, rescue and recovery response, the group said in a news release.

The corps’ region headquarters in Beaver Falls operates training and response throughout western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio and beyond.

The unit has been in existence for 40 years and continues to research new and more efficient tactics for location missing persons in all categories, especially autism, victims of Alzheimer’s disease, abducted children and other disappearances.

The next meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Jan. 3 at Austintown Senior Center, 112 Westchester Drive, Austintown. Information: Ron Wisbith, 412-303-5650