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7/30/2014
HEARINGS TODAY FOR SUSPECTS ACCUSED OF BURGLARY SPREE
Couple charged with breaking into churches, homes.
Two Indiana County residents are due in court today for preliminary hearings on multiple felony burglary charges after a brief crime spree July 12th in Banks Township.   29-year-old Michael Goss of Arcadia and 30-year-old Ashley Collier are accused of breaking into two churches and two homes.  They were accosted by the owner of a home on Hemlock Lake Road, who got a good description, which police matched to the description given them by a man who gave Goss and Collier a ride to Collier’s home, which is also along Hemlock Lake Road.   Goss is charged with five felony counts of burglary, four felony counts of criminal trespass, four felony counts of receiving stolen property, and felony theft, plus three misdemeanor offenses.  Collier is also charged with fourteen felony offenses, for burglary, theft, criminal trespass, conspiracy, and receiving.   They’re both due before Judge Guy Haberl at 1:15 this afternoon.
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7/30/2014
DRUG SUSPECTS IN COURT TODAY
Man accused of swallowing heroin to avoid charges
Preliminary hearings are scheduled today for two people who were taken into custody on drug charges after a police pursuit in April.   29-year-old William Johnson, with addresses in both Coral and Arnold (Westmoreland County) was observed making a left turn in front of oncoming traffic and with no turn signal on Philadelphia Street in Indiana.  Borough police gave chase and finally got him pulled over on the Route 119/286 on-ramp.  Johnson got out of the vehicle and started fighting with police, at one point pulling stamp bags of heroin out of his pockets and attempting to swallow it.  State police arrived to assist, and they had to use a Taser to subdue Johnson.   A computer check on Johnson’s passenger, 22-year-old Ronae Allen of Arnold, turned up a drug-related Michigan arrest warrant and a Pennsylvania parole notice.  Police also found marijuana stuffed in her undergarment.       Johnson is charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin and other drug offenses.  Allen is charged with possession of marijuana and of drug paraphernalia.  Both are due before District Judge Jennfier Rega this morning, Johnson at 10:15 and Allen at 10:30.   Meanwhile, Johnson is due at 9:30 before Judge Rega ...
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7/30/2014
NO ONE INJURED WHEN CAR HITS RESTAURANT
Young driver accidentally hits accelerator
A young driver accidentally hit the gas yesterday instead of his brake, sending his car into a Homer City restaurant.  Homer City Police Chief Lou Sacco says Jeffrey Adair, reportedly 16 years old, was in the parking lot at Fox’s Pizza on Main Street and Elm in Homer City, and when he hit the accelarator, his car jumped a 6-inch curb, smashing into the restaurant.   Fox’s owner Jerry Miller says one of his employees was just about to exit the building when he was momentarily detained, or he could have been hit.  The cash register is also nearby, and people often are in that area.  Miller says his insurance adjuster is assessing the damage, which involves the wall and a window that were pushed in several feet.    The driver, Adair, escaped injury.  
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7/30/2014
BLAIRSVILLE-SALTSBURG HIRES NEW ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT
A principal in the Blairsville-Saltsburg school district is now their assistant superintendent. At Wednesday Night's meeting, the board unanimously approved Jeffrey Soles as the district's new assistant superintendent.  Soles had been serving the district since January of 2008 as the principal of Blairsville Middle School.  He says he looks forward to the challenges, but also recognizes that he has big shoes to fill as he replaces Ian Magness, who went off to Leechburg School District to be their superintendent.  Soles said he got a lot of help from Ian as a part of the process, and said he will continue on some of the programs that were started by Magness, including technology integration and security. The board also approved the Junior High Cross Country team as a Club Team at Blairsville.  The team will compete in exhibitions as a part of their practice for when they go to the High School Cross Country Team.
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7/30/2014
NEW LEADERSHIP TEAM AT JIMMY STEWART MUSEUM
Executive board, two new members seated
The Jimmy Stewart Museum held its annual meeting yesterday and elected its new leadership team.  The museum also seated tow new board members.   Jeff Tobin will serve as president of the museum’s board of directors; Carson Green Jr. was named vice president; John Butzow, secretary; and Jerry Thomchick, treasurer.   The two new board members are Dr. Deborah Clawson and Dr. John Butzow.   By the way, the museum has set November 22nd for the next “George Bailey Award” presentation, honoring a local supporter of the museum; and they are hopeful of soon being able to announce another recipient of the “Harvey Award”, which honors someone who worked with Jimmy Stewart or exemplifies the spirit of the famed actor.
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