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11/27/2014
REGA TO ENTER ARD PROGRAM
District Judge left the scene after September accident
Suspended District Judge Jennifer Rega will enter the Indiana County Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program to settle a case in which she is accused of leaving the scene of an accident in September.   Indiana County President Judge William Martin will hold a hearing on Monday morning to finalize Rega’s admittance into the ARD program, which was negotiated between her attorney and state Deputy Attorney General William Cave II.  She is charged with careless driving, failure to give information and render aid, and failure to notify police of an accident.   The accident happened at about midnight on Route 286 in Cherryhill Township on September 13th.  Police say Rega’s SUV crossed the centerline and hit the side mirror of another SUV, driven by a Homer City woman.  She reportedly kept going but the victim followed her, getting her to stop a few miles down the road.  According to the police affidavit, Rega seemed disoriented and there was a strong odor of alcohol.  She has not been charged with any alcohol-related offenses.  When the victim told Rega she was going to call police, Rega drove away, but police traced the license plate number to her vehicle.   Judge Martin suspended Rega ...
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11/27/2014
POLICE REPORTS: INTERNET SCAM, CEMETERY VANDALISM
State police say an internet scam cost a Brush Valley Township woman dearly, and are warning people to be very careful about possible internet fraud overall.   The 21-year-old victim, who lives along Altimus Road, reported yesterday that she lost $2,409 in a Craigslist scam.  Police don’t detail how the fraud was perpetrated.   Police say to be very cautious about entering into any agreement to send money, a check, wire transfer, or make a transaction some other way, and they warn that because of the popularity of internet commerce, you are more vulnerable than ever.    Police are investigating vandalism at the Edgewood Cemetery in Saltsburg Borough.  It happened between noon on November 2nd and 3 PM the next day.  Someone knocked over tombstones at the cemetery, and if you know anything about it, you are urged to call state police at 357-1960.
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11/27/2014
BEAR HARVEST SMALL IN INDIANA COUNTY
Two-day preliminary statistics
Indiana County’s bear hunters had a better second day, but the bears around here are still more elusive than in neighboring counties. After harvesting five bears on the first day of the season Saturday, hunters returned to the woods on Monday and took six more in Indiana County, bringing the two-day total to eleven.    By contrast, 54 bears were shot in Clearfield County, 42 were taken in Jefferson County, 21 in Armstrong County, and 18 in Westmoreland County. Cambria County hunters took only ten bears in the first two days.   Lycoming County had the most bears taken in the first two days, 183.  The largest bear was a 677-pounder taken in Warren County.  2,040 bears were harvested in 53 of the state’s 67 counties in the first two days.   The statewide bear season ended yesterday and the state will issue more preliminary numbers after the holiday.  There are some limited additional days to hunt bear next week in certain Wildlife Management Units, including 2C, which contains a small portion of southern Indiana County south of Route 422 and east of Route 119.
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11/26/2014
TWO MEN ARRESTED ON WARRANTS
Indiana Borough Police have arrested three people within hours on drug charges and two of the three had outstanding warrants.  The first call came in last night around 11:46 when a suspicious looking vehicle was found in a parking lot in the 500 block of Water Street.  Officers found Dylan Stevenson and Jemes Selsky in the car, and during the investigation, police found marijuana and related paraphernalia on their persons.  Also, Selsky was found to have an active warrant from a previous DUI offense.  Selksy was lodged in Indiana County Jail.  Stevenson has been charged in a criminal complaint with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.    Later on, around 2:10 this morning, police found Tyrone Bolden in the 00 block of South Taylor Avenue.  Bolden also had a warrant for his arrest, this from the County Sheriff’s office.  When police tried to take Bolden into custody, he discarded a bag that was determined to have three bags of marijuana inside it.  Bolden has been charged in a criminal complaint of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and is now in Indiana County Jail awaiting further action on the bench warrant.
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11/26/2014
REED LETTER TO EPA WARNS OF POWER PLANT CLOSURES
Lawmaker says proposed emissions rules would harm Indiana County
State Representative Dave Reed has sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy, telling her the new proposed EPA emissions rules for coal-fired power plants will “lead to the closure of power plants…coal mines, and trucking companies across the country, but especially in places such as Indiana County.”   Reed says the recent $750 million upgrade that added new scrubbers to the Homer City Generating Station is an example of how government can work with the power plants to limit emissions and protect jobs at the same time.    The letter doesn’t just point out objections to the new rules; it also makes recommendations, including making greenhouse gas reductions that are “reasonably achievable” at the plant level.  He also recommends giving the plants more time and flexibility. The rules demand the new emission levels be accomplished by 2030.   Reed does not say which of Indiana County’s four power plants he considers to be most endangered.  His letter to the EPA is available at his website, repreed.com, or at this link: (http://www.repreed.com/Display/SiteFiles/35/OtherDocument/EPA%20Comment%20on%20Greenhouse%20Gas%20Emissions.pdf)
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