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Brush fires have been a seasonal plague in Indiana County for several weeks, and now state police say that two fires on Friday afternoon were deliberately set. The first fire was reported along School Road in Pine Township at 4:59 p.m. and the second one at 6:39 p.m. along Grisemore Road. Police have no named any suspects, but they are seeking the public's help to locate a camouflage-patterned off-road side-by-side utility vehicle which may have been involved. Anyone with information is asked to call 357-1960.   ***   There was also one brush fire in the area yesterday. Saltsburg firefighters were summoned into Westmoreland County. Police do not say that yesterday's fire was deliberate.
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These are the police reports given on Sunday, April 26. Be sure to also check out the full story on two fires Friday afternoon that police say were deliberately set. *** An Indiana man is free on bond today after his arrest on Wednesday for violating his Megan’s Law registration requirements.  34-year-old Christopher Fox of Elkin Avenue in White Township was taken into custody after state police received an anonymous tip from the Megan’s Law Unit in Harrisburg.  The investigation revealed that there were “numerous pieces of information” that had not been updated.  Fox was convicted of statutory rape in 2006.  He will have a preliminary hearing on May 19.   *** No one was injured Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash in East Wheatfield Township.  State police say 26-year-old Jeffrey Baldwin of Pittsburgh was making a left turn onto Power Plant Road and failed to yield the right-of-way to Cindy Long of Vintondale, who was already traveling on that road.
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While a new leader is going to be installed soon at the Greensburg Catholic Diocese, interim leadership will be needed until the new bishop is ready. Bishop Lawrence Brandt, who is the outgoing bishop at the diocese, was elected as diocese administrator by the Diocese College of Consultors Friday afternoon after the very reverend Edward Malesic was announced as Pope Francis’ choice as the new bishop.  A diocesan administrator is in charge of the day to day operations of the diocese.  Current policies, positions and offices will remain in place until Bishop-elect Malesic is ordained and installed, which will take place July 13th. Brandt, the outgoing Bishop, served the Greensburg Diocese for 11 years before submitting his mandatory retirement last year due to him reaching the age of 75.  Bishop-Elect Malesic, a native of Harrisburg, was ordained in 1987 and has served in several pastoral roles with several parishes, and was also involved with student ministry.  The Greensburg Diocese governs Catholic Churches in several counties, including Armstrong, Westmoreland and Indiana Counties, serving a catholic population of 150,000.
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A home in Northern Indiana county was burglarized recently.  Punxsutawney-Based State Police say that the home of 81-year-old Helen Marie Gromley of Schrader Avenue in Glenn Campbell Township was burglarized sometime in the overnight hours of April 20th and 21st.  Once inside, the thief stole several cast iron skillets belonging to Gromley.  The identity of the thief is not known at this time.  Investigation is continuing     Two Rural Valley people were involved in an incident of terroristic threats and other crimes.  State Police in Kittaning say that this took place at a home in Rural Valley on Thursday night.  33-year-old Joseph Boyle and 31-year-old Peggy Jo Wilhelm were both involved in an altercation, and police determined that both of them committed acts that meet up to the standards of terroristic threats against each other, while Joseph Boyle was hit with a charge of Criminal trespass and Wilhelm was charged with Reckless endangerment.  The two were arraigned and taken to Armstrong County Jail with bond set at $2000 apiece.
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Work is going to start next week on the road near United School District on Route 56 as part of an effort to make that roadway safer. The project is a road realignment project to straighten out Route 56 in East Wheatfield Township.  The area has been the site of many crashes in the past, including a crash involving three vehicles and one school bus earlier this week.  Starting next week, road crews will start clearing and grubbing operations and installing erosion and sedimentation devices.  Starting the following week, motorists will see some daily intermittent single-lane alternating traffic patterns controlled by flaggers.  Later this summer will be a road closure, but that is expected to happen later this summer over a weekend. This project will be going on for the next two construction seasons, with work expected to be completed in December of 2016.  The $7.6 million project is being constructed by A. Liberoni, Inc. (Image courtesy of PennDOT)
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