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2/10/2016
COMMISSIONERS TO ASK FOR DELAY IN CERITIFYING 2015 TAX BASE VALUES
Indiana County Commissioners are asking for another delay in the certification of the 2015 Tax Base Year Values. The recommendation for the delay came from Frank Sisko of the Tax Assessment office, who said that over 983 cases are still up for a hearing in the County Court of Common Pleas.  The petition to Judge Martin will be to delay certification until a date either before or on May 25th.  Baker said that sets an aggressive schedule for the courts. In other business, a recommendation was approved to remove outbuildings 200-square-feet or less from the tax rolls starting with the 2016 tax year.  This will remove 11,441 parcels representing roughly $6,000,000 from the tax rolls. The commissioners have also received the final summaries from Almy, Gloudemans, Jacobs and Denne, the property taxation and assessment consultants.  Those reports are being made available to the public in paper form or on a CD at the Commissioners and Tax Assessment offices, and these reports will also be posted to the County’s website, http://www.countyofindiana.org
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2/10/2016
D.A. GRANTED EXTENSION FOR DEATH PENALTY IN SHETLER CASE
New Florence man accused of killing police officer
District Judge Meagan Bilik-DeFazio yesterday granted a motion giving Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck until March 26th to determine whether or not he will seek the death penalty against 31-year-old Ray Shetler Jr., the New Florence man accused of murdering a police officer in November.  Peck’s decision was due yesterday, but he asked for the extension because of a heavy case load.    The death penalty requires aggravating circumstances, and the D.A. says the fact that Shetler killed a police officer raises the case to that level.  He also cited Shetler's violent past criminal record, but also said he will review any mitigating circumstances before making his decision.  Saint Clair Township Lloyd Reed Jr. was responding to a call for a domestic incident at the New Florence home of Shetler’s girlfriend when Shetler came out of the house with a rifle and the two exchanged gunfire.   The defense agreed to the extension and Peck said Reed’s family is also amenable to the delay while he investigates.   Shetler was in Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court yesterday to answer questions about a parole violation.  He’s accused of not completing mandatory drug and alcohol abuse requirements.  Judge Rita Hathaway ...
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2/10/2016
ACCIDENT REPORTS FROM TUESDAY'S WINTER STORMS COMING IN
SEVERAL INJURED ON NORTHERN INDIANA COUNTY ROADWAYS
Indiana County 911 reported many accidents yesterday due to the snowy conditions, and reports are beginning to come in concerning some of the crashes in the northern Indiana county area. The first crash was reported around 9:45 AM on Route 210 in North Mahoning Township near Bloom Road.  24-year-old Nathaniel Fugate of Dubois was driving south on Route 210 when he lost control on the wet road.  The car he was in crossed the center line and into the northern lane of travel, and eventually off the road.  The car hit a fence, and would later hit a utility pole with the left rear portion of the car.  The car spun out and went down an embankment before stopping in a field.  Fugate was taken to Punxsutawney Hospital fro treatment of what police call suspected minor injuries. The next crash in North Mahoning Township was around 3:30 in the afternoon on the same road near Dutch Creek Drive.  27-year-old Miranda Lamibon of Asheville, North Carolina was going North on 210 at an unsafe speed when she went off the east side of the highway.  Lamibon lost control and hit an embankment on the east side of the highway.  The car ...
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2/10/2016
POLICE LOOKING FOR MAN WHO STOLE CASH FROM SUNOCO
State Police are looking for a suspect who robbed a Sunoco Station in the Clarksburg area. State police say the theft took place on Monday around 6:07 PM.  The robber entered the store at that time, threatened the clerk with a knife and kicked the clerk in the head.  The thief then took an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing on foot in the direction of Clarksburg Road. Police describe the thief as being about 5 feet 8 inches tall, about 160 poundes, wearing a bright blue ski mask and a dark green Nike hooded sweatshirt which was turned inside out. If you have any information, contact State Police at 724-357-1960.
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2/10/2016
DAVE REED OFFERS REACTION TO THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET ADDRESS
After the Governor’s budget address, the House Republican Caucus held a news conference to release their reactions to the budget address.   House Majority Leader Dave Reed said during his comments that the Governor’s actual proposals, which include an increase in spending and what Reed called a Retroactive income tax increase on employers and workers, was rooted in fantasy. He also said that the Governor’s budget address was the first time that he sat in on an address and did not hear a detail on the budget itself. Reed also said that the legislature will work on closing out the 2015-2016 budget, even if the governor appears to be un-cooperative.
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