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Indiana Borough police are investigating a case of sexual assault that happened Wednesday morning. Police were called to Indiana Regional Medical Center at 5:00 on Wednesday for a woman who reported that she was sexually assaulted earlier that morning at an apartment in the 200 block of South 7th Street.  Few details are available about the assault itself as the investigation is in its early phases, but the woman did say that she knew the identity of her attacker.  The identities of the victim and the suspect have not been released. If you have any information, call police at 724-349-2121
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Three people were injured in a crash on Tanoma Road in Rayne Township.   State Police say on Friday, around 6:06 PM, 23-year-old Kaula Senter of Clymer was driving her SUV east on Tanoma Road and as she went through a left curve in the road, her vehicle hit a puddle and hydroplaned, crossing into oncoming traffic before going off the westbound side, ultimately striking a second car which was parked in a driveway.  The second car rolled forward and hit a truck parked in the same driveway.  Kaula and her two children, ages two and six, were taken to Indiana Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.   Police say that she will be cited for Speeding.
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PSP-INDIANA Charges are pending against a Blacklick woman concerning an incident of harassment and disorderly conduct alongside a White Township Road.  State Police say that a trooper had stopped to check on a vehicle parked on the side of Route 422 in White Township.  It turned out to be a domestic dispute between a 34-year-old Blacklick woman and a 36-year-old Blacklick man.  While speaking with the two of them, the woman engaged in a physical altercation with the man.     State Police are investigating a case of drug theft in Armstrong Township.  Police say 51-year-old Lisa Wise of Cheese Run Road reported on Tuesday that she was missing Dilaudid pills, which is an opioid pain medication that if taken in a high enough dose could cause respiratory distress and death.  State Police are continuing to investigate.   State Police have charged a Johnstown man with theft by deception in a “home improvement” scam.  Police say on September 14th, Lisa Brothers of New Florence paid Barry Brendlinger, Jr. of Johnstown $250 to install security cameras at her home.  The problem was that Brendlinger never returned to complete the job, and has avoided any and all contact with Brothers.  Brendlinger ...
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REA Energy Cooperative held their annual meeting earlier this week and held elections for their board of directors. The new board chairman will be Michael Bertolino, who also re-elected to represent District 3.  James Harteis was elected vice-chairman and the Allegheny Director, and also was re-elected to represent the 4th District.  Robert Neese was elected Secretary-Treasurer.  Rick Shope was elected as the PREA director. The meeting also featured speeches from Bishop Carroll student Brittany Krug, who recapped her experience at the 2016 National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Youth Tour, and from Todd Sallade, who is the Vice President of Power Supply and Engineering of the Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association and the Allegheny Electric Coooperative.
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The new Shell Cracker plant in Beaver County will manufacture plastics by extracting the chemical components in natural gas, but it will also manufacture jobs for western Pennsylvania, even for counties far from Beaver County.  That was the message this morning at an event at the Kovalchick Complex, where Indiana County officials and others interested in the economic impact of the cracker plant gathered.    Indiana County Commissioners’ Chairman Mike Baker said afterward that the meeting highlighted a tremendous opportunity for the region.   Baker added that while the Cracker plant promises a boost to the economy, its full potential can only be realized if counties such as ours develop a capable workforce.   David Brocious of the Marcellus Shale Coalition said that the most successful counties will be proactive in providing a workforce for the cracker plant and support companies.   Even moderator Bill Flanagan of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development said the cracker plant won’t be built for years, but now is the time to prepare for it.     The event was staged by by the Indiana County Center for Economic Operations.  
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