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10/22/2014
WHITE TOWNSHIP WILL HAVE LIQUOR LICENSE HEARING FOR APPLEBEE'S
A public hearing will take place before the next regular supervisors meeting on Nov. 12 for the potential liquor license transfer in order for Applebee’s to open up a restaurant at 2879 Oakland Avenue across from the Aldi’s supermarket. The license would be transferred from DHML, Inc. from Kent, Pa. Township manager, Milt Lady, says that he will have to look into the amount of liquor licenses in the township and the entire board will have the discuss the potential liquor license before Nov. 12. The board will make a decision on the license at the next regular meeting. Three members of the Indiana Free Library Board came to speak at Wednesday night’s White Township Supervisors meeting, and they asked for an increase in funding. Mary Lou Zanich, the president of the Indiana Free Library Board of Trustees, says the library needs to be able to meet state standards to be eligible for state aid, which would help continue to keep the library open. One of the state standards they’ll have to meeting is a spending minimum, says Zanich. White Township currently gives $72,000 for a population of 15,821, which amounts to $4.55 per capita. The library board would like ...
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10/22/2014
ALERT: SALSGIVER PLEADS GUILTY IN ALEXANDER MURDER
Glen Campbell man reverses plea, accepts deal
The trial of Christopher Salsgiver came to an abrupt end as he accepted a plea bargain to reduced charges. Salsgiver, of Glen Campbell, had been charged with Murder in the 2nd Degree, aggravated assault, three counts of robbery, simple assault and two counts of harassment in connection with the shooting death of James “Pork” Alexander on a walking trail in Clymer back in the summer of 2013.  This morning, Salsgiver plead guilty to Murder in the 3rd degree.  In exchange for that plea, the other charges against him will be dropped. This came after the first day of testimony where a key witness, Jeffrey Swigart, had modified his testimony that would have put Salsgiver on a walking trail in Clymer the night that James “Pork” Alexander was shot in June of 2013.  District Attorney Pat Dougherty believes that the testimony modification was not intentional. Salsgiver will be sentenced on January 20th.  He faces a maximum of 40 years in prison and a $15,000 fine. In May, a jury convicted 34-year-old Gregory Patterson of second degree murder in the same case.  Patterson has appealed and will have a hearing on November 4th. 
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10/22/2014
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS HOLDS CANDIDATES NIGHT
Last night, the candidates for two districts in the State House of Representatives met and discussed several topics at a forum at the Oak Place Community Center.  Over 100 people were in attendance, many of them submitting questions for Dave Reed and Kevin Freeberg for the 62nd district seat, and Cris Dush and Robert “Toby” Santik for the 66th district seat.  Topics ranged from education funding to natural gas taxes to the legalization of marijuana.  After the Q and A session ended, both Dave Reed and Kevin Freeberg commented on how important events like last night’s forum were to the voters. Just a reminder, election day is November 4th.
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10/22/2014
"BREAKFAST WITH BRADLEY" TODAY FOR PURCHASE LINE RESIDENTS
Open forum this morning with school superintendent
Residents of the Purchase Line School District are invited to breakfast today with Superintendent Joseph Bradley, and if you’re going, come prepared to share your opinions on school district issues and ask questions of the administration team.    The event is an open forum for all stakeholders in the district. There are certainly plenty of concerns at Purchase Line, as there are in any other district.  The school board recently ratified a contract with their support staff, despite some misgivings about rising pension costs.  The school district has also recently installed new high-tech security systems, and PSSA test results are expected soon.   “Breakfast With Bradley” is scheduled for 9 AM at the high school cafeteria.
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10/22/2014
DEFENSE CLAIMS MURDER SUSPECT WHITFIELD IS INCOMPETENT
Judge delays trial for Josephine man
Attorneys for the defense and prosecution argued in Westmoreland County Court yesterday about whether or not 52-year-old Arthur Whitfield III is competent to stand trial for the murder of his former girlfriend last December.   Assistant Public Defender Christopher Haidze told Judge Christopher Feliciani that Whitfield, who is from Josephine, has been declared incompetent after evaluation by their doctors.  Haidze told the judge that Whitfield was mentally ill when he shot Holly George to death in her home in Derry on December 1st, and he is still mentally ill.  He said Whitfield will not say he didn’t do it, and that’s “certainly” related to mental health issues.   George was gunned down as she watched TV in a bedroom with her 15-year-old daughter.   Assistant D.A. James Lazar argued that the facts warrant a conviction for first degree murder with life imprisonment, while the defense will seek either guilty but mentally ill or not guilty due to mental illness.   Judge Feliciani granted the prosecution thirty days to conduct its own mental evaluation of Whitfield and said he’ll conduct another hearing soon after.  He ordered that Whitfield’s case be removed from the December trial list.
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