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10/31/2014
SUSPECTED STATE POLICE SHOOTER ERIC FREIN CAPTURED
After seven weeks of searching, law enforcement officials found and apprehended Eric Frein, who is the prime suspect in the shooting at a State Police barracks that killed one trooper and critically injured another. Reports say that U.S. Marshals caught up with Frein near an abandoned airplane hangar near Blooming Grove.  He is now in prison in Pike County awaiting arraignment on charges of killing State Police Cpl. Byron Dickson and critically wounding Tpr. Alex Douglass.  Frein surrendered to marshals around 6:00 PM yesterday, when authorities found him near the hangar, unarmed.  He knelt quietly and did not resist arrest.  Because of his caputre, many activities in the area, like Trick-or-Treating, are back on.Authorities say the manhunt took so long because of where Frein fled to.  The search took place in the woods of the Pocono mountains, a place that Frein was very familiar with.  Add to it the fact that Frein was a self-styled "survivalist", he was very comfortable with living off the land.  One member of the law enforcement community mentioned that Frein looked healthier than what they expected to see. Frein is due in court this morning at 9:00 AM.
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10/31/2014
POLICE REPORTS: PROPULSION OF MISSILES, YELLING AT POLICE, ETC
Indiana Borough Police have charged two IUP students from Philadelphia with assault, harassment and other charges.  Police say around 2:50 this morning, they responded to a call at the Sheetz on Wayne Avenue for a disturbance taking place.  Police found that a Sheetz security officer was assaulted after trying to stop a fight in the parking lot.  18-year-olds Justin Williams and Diamond Blenman refused to leave after being told by the security officer to do so, and pelted him with eggs, causing injury to the officer and damage to the store.  State Police were able to find the young men later on.  Along with the charges of assault and harassment, police have charged them with propulsion of a missile onto a roadway, disorderly conduct, and criminal mischief.   A Virginia man was arrested in Indiana Borough last night after an incident at an Indiana Borough drinking establishment.  24-year-old DeAntwan Williams was arrested by Indiana Borough Police around 1:42 this morning after an altercation inside Boomie’s Bar.  Police say four employees were assaulted by Williams as they tried to get him out of the bar after he was allegedly involved in an incident inside the bar.  Williams was arrested and later ...
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10/31/2014
COMMUNITY-UNIVERSITY DISTRICT PLAN MEETINGS WRAP UP
Last night was the wrap up of four days of meetings and workshops as a design team presented their final plan and outlined the next steps for a plan for the areas around the edges of IUP’s campus. Yesterday’s session for the Community-University District Plan Workshops started with designers from SmithGroup JJR of AnnArbor Michigan and officials with the Indiana county Office of Planning and Development working on a single plan, putting together concept drawings of the ideas submitted by the participants of the workshops.  After an afternoon consensus planning session, they made their presentation of the final plan. Some of the common themes that came up during the workshop, according to Jeff Raykes of the Office of Planning and Development, were the Oakland and Wayne avenue corridors, connections to the outlying suburban areas, and even connections with bike and walking trails. Raykes said that the public participation was excellent, as over 200 people took part in the workshop over the three-day period.  This was something that impressed the SmithGroup JJR design team. Raykes said that the design team will take the plans and refine them, combining them with some of the maps that were created over the course of ...
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10/31/2014
DEBATE SUBMISSIONS FOCUS ON EDUCATION
62nd District candidates set to debate this morning on 1160 WCCS
The two candidates for the 62nd District seat in the state House of Representatives will meet in a debate this morning on Newstalk 1160 WCCS, and a look at the questions submitted by our listeners reveals what’s on the mind of many during this election season: education funding.   By far, the most questions for Representative Dave Reed and challenger Kevin Freeberg are related in some way or another to funding for basic education, and - to a lesser degree - higher education.  It’s not surprising, when you consider that so many of the pieces of the state budget puzzle are connected to school funding.  Some of the questions submitted for the debate concern the fundamental issue of school funding, while others focus on the closely-tied topic of public union pensions, and many want to know about property tax relief or elimination, including one inquiry about the application of casino revenues.  There is also a question about consolidating Indiana County’s seven school districts into one, as is done in neighboring Armstrong County.   Other listener questions concern natural gas severance taxes, the viability of the area’s coal-fired power plants, job creation, poverty, the size of the legislature, term limits, ...
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10/31/2014
DELAYS NEXT WEEK ON ROUTE 422
Preparation work begins for bridge replacement in Armstrong Township
PennDOT says single-lane, flagger-controlled traffic restrictions will be in place next week on Route 422 in Armstrong Township, near Cunningham Road.  Expect congestion and delays during peak traffic volume periods as workers drill for core borings for the design work on the replacement of the bridge carrying 422 over Curry Run.   PennDOT says drivers should allow extra time to get to where they’re going.  Of course, the better plan is to find another route to avoid sitting in traffic.
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