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1/26/2015
TRIAL TO BEGIN FOR WOMAN ACCUSED OF STEALING FROM MOTHER
Homer City woman charged with taking mom's benefits, life insurance
After a series of pretrial maneuvers, jury selection is scheduled to begin today for 50-year-old Kimberly Lynn Fulton of Homer City, who is charged with stealing more than $182,000 from her mother in Indiana by cashing in her life insurance policy and taking her monthly Social Security and black lung disability payments.   The case came to light in October of 2013, when Fulton was charged with three felony counts of theft and a misdemeanor count of tampering with records.  Investigators accused Fulton of altering her mother’s power-of-attorney documents to exclude her siblings and to take control of her finances, draining the cash away from her mother between October of 2008 and February of 2013.  She allegedly paid her mother’s monthly expenses but kept $57,746 for herself.   Family members alerted Indiana County Aging Services, who worked with state police on the investigation.    Fulton's trial will be presided over by Indiana County President Judge William Martin. 
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1/26/2015
SENTENCINGS TODAY FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHER, THIEF
Hillsdale man guilty of child porn, Rochester Mills man convicted of theft
A Hillsdale man will be sentenced today for his guilty plea in a child pornography case.  42-year-old John O’Hara pleaded guilty in October to all six of the felony offenses with which he had been charged by the state Attorney General’s office.   The investigation began when agents of the Attorney General’s Child Predator Section located several files being made available for download from O’Hara’s computer through a peer-to-peer network.  The agents and state police executed a search warrant on his apartment along Wilgus Road in GreenTownship, seizing a laptop computer containing child pornography.    O’Hara pleaded guilty to four counts child pornography and single counts of distribution of child pornography and criminal use of a communication facility.    Also scheduled to be sentenced is 31-year-old James Shaffer Jr. of Rochester Mills, who also is listed as being from Chester, PA.  He was one of two defendants found guilty of charges in a break-in at Aztec Well Service Company, along Airport Road in White Township in January of 2013, where they stole about $7,500 in cash and Walmart gift cards from a safe.    Shaffer pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and conspiracy.  His plea in October and his sentencing ...
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1/25/2015
ONE OF TWO MARINES KILLED IN HELICOPTER CRASH AN INDIANA NATIVE
One of two members of the US Marine Corps killed in a helicopter crash during a training exercise in Southern California was an Indiana Native. Captain Elizabeth Kealey, 32 of Indiana, was one of two marines on board the UH-1Y Huey helicopter when it crashed at the TwentyNine Palms marine base in California.  Along with her on that flight was 1st Lieutennant Adam Shatterfield, who also died due to injuries in the crash.  The two were remembered by their commanding officer, Lt. Colonel James M. Issacs, as talented pilots and outstanding officers in the Marine Corps.  Both pilots were based out of Camp Pendelton. She was the daughter of Dr. Walter Kealey, Jr., a longtime principal in the Indiana Area School District and veteran of the Iraq conflict in the 1990's, who passed away in 2004, and her mom Christine. Funeral arrangements are not known at this time.
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1/26/2015
WINTER WEATHER CONTRIBUTES TO MULTIPLE ACCIDENTS
Woman injured Sunday when vehicle goes down embankment
Winter weather over the weekend was a factor in a number of vehicle crashes…   One of the drivers was injured yesterday in a crash in White Township.  State police say 32-year-old Matthew Bowers of Homer City pulled out ontoWest Pike Road from the stop sign on Barclay Road, into the path of an SUV driven by 38-year-old Jessica Bowman of Indiana, who swerved to avoid a collision, crossed over Barclay Road and hit a guardrail.  Bowman’s vehicle then went down an embankment and rolled over.  She suffered minor injuries.    Police have not identified a driver whose car slid off Route 286 and struck a metal pole near Houck Road in Rayne Township at 2 o’clock on Saturday morning.      43-year-old Donald Wright of Mahaffey escaped injury Saturday night when his commercial truck slid off icy Route 286 in Green Township.  The truck struck a traffic sign and rolled onto its left side.   58-year-old Patricia Nagle of Lilly, Cambria County, escaped injury early Saturday when her vehicle spun out on snow-covered Route 22 in East Wheatfield Township, hitting the concrete median barrier.  The accident happened at the intersection with Wehrum Road.   Police also report an accident ...
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1/25/2015
FIRE UNITS CALLED OUT FOR SMOKE AT FIRST COMMONWEALTH BANK NEAR LUCERNE
1-25-15
Smoke was reported coming from the First Commonwealth Bank on Rt. 119 near Lucerne in Center Township early Sunday afternoon. Volunteer fire departments from Homer City, Coral-Graceton and Indiana were dispatched to investigate. Lance Styers, an employee of the adjacent Sheetz store, discovered the smoke around noon. Homer City First Assistant Chief Steve Smeltzer said the smoke came from an overheated overhead air handling unit on the roof of the bank side of the building. Smeltzer reports the cause of the smoke is under control. No actual fire was reported. The bank is closed on Sunday, but the Sheetz was evacutated. The store was expected to re-open around 1:35 p.m.
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