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4/17/2014
*UPDATE* NAMES OF VICTIMS IN FATAL CRASH RELEASED
The identities of those who died in a crash in Armstrong County have been released. State Police from Kittanning say that both drivers, 19-year-old Brandon Sulava of Apollo and 41-year-old Crystal Kay Kelley of Avonmore died in the crash along with two passengers in Sulava’s car, 18-year-old Brieyonah Marie Painter of Kittanning and a 15-year-old boy from Apollo, whose name is not being released as he is a minor.  Three others, 33-year-old Robert Kelley Jr of Avonmore, 34-year-old Kent G. Smith of Elderton, and 35-year-old Kristy Ann Schall of Shelocta suffered major injuries and were taken to the hospital by medical helicopter. The crash happened Wednesday Night around 10:30 on Route 156 at Gobbler’s Run Road in South Bend Township.  Sulava’s car drifted across the center line for unknown reasons and collided with Kelley’s car head on.  Police are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash.
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4/17/2014
DATE SET FOR RONELL MOSES MURDER TRIAL
Penn Hills man charged with killing Indiana County man
After a pre-trial conference on Tuesday, Westmoreland County Judge Richard McCormick Jr. has set a trial date of June 2nd for Ronell Moses Jr. the 23-year-oldPenn Hills man charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of 24-year-old Michael Volk of West Wheatfield Township in December 2012.    The shooting at a trailer in Torrance allegedly occurred as Volk attempted to rob Moses of drugs and money.  Moses pulled a gun and shot Volk, whose three alleged co-conspirators, Jesus Santiago, Tiffany Blattenberger, and Danielle Clawson are awaiting trial for robbery and conspiracy.  They were originally also charged with murder because police said their actions led directly to Volk’s death, but those charges were dismissed last December.   Moses also is charged with kidnapping for holding Santiago, Blattenberger, and Clawsonat gunpoint until a ride arrived to take him away from the scene.  He admits he shot Volk, but says it was in self-defense.
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4/17/2014
DVD COPIES OF ACTIVE SHOOTER EXERCISE AVAILABLE ON LOAN
Event was held last summer at Homer Center
Indiana County’s Health & Human Services Subcommittee has made DVD copies of a school shooter training exercise available on loan.  The event that was held last August at Homer Center High School.    More than 350 people participated in the exercise, which was designed for teachers, administrators, students, child care providers, and youth workers.  Topics covered included Attack, Defensive and Countermeasures, The Response and Law Enforcement; Casualty Management; Fatality Management; Psychological Management; Agency Response and Coordination; Media Management Panel; Recovery; and Prevention and Hardening the Target.   The DVDs were produced by the IUP Communications Media Department.  To arrange a loan, contact Jessica Clark at 724-463-8200, extension 13 or at jclark@indianarmc.org.  The Health & Human Services Subcommittee is an offshoot of the Indiana County Community Emergency Committee.  
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4/17/2014
HOMER CENTER BOARD APPROVES ICTC BUDGET
Longtime personnel to retire
The Homer Center School Board passed a motion Wednesday night approving their share of the Indiana County Technology Center budget. Homer Center’s share of the $6 million ICTC budget for next year will be $307,914. ICTC’s member districts account for just under $3 million.   Also last night, two teachers, a counselor and a nurse filed retirement notices, taking with them a combined 123 years of experience.  All four of the retirees were in attendance at the school board meeting.  They are: Cathy Bonarrigo, school nurse; Kathy Daskivich, elementary teacher; Elaine Thurston elementary guidance; and Mary Ann Ciranni, elementary teacher.    The indoor percussion ensemble continued an impressive streak by taking first place at a competition at St. Mary’s. The ensemble is undefeated this year and is ranked third out of all percussion groups in Pennsylvania and eight other surrounding states.
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4/17/2014
FOUR KILLED IN SHELOCTA-AREA CRASH
Accident in South Bend Township, Armstrong County
State police were still on the scene of a fatal accident early this morning on Route 156 in South Bend Township, Armstrong County.    It was a two-vehicle, head-on collision that killed four people and injured three others.  The crash was reported at 10:22 PM near the intersection with Gobblers Run Road.  It is near the Route 210 intersection that runs behind the coal prep plant, making its way to Elderton.   The crews worked for at least two hours just to get the victims out of the wreckage, and three medical helicopters were summoned. No identities of any of the victims have been released.
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