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Special meetings to answer questions on Property Tax Reassessment
More information about the upcoming property tax reassessment public meetings has been released, including more dates on when those meetings will take place. A total of seven meetings will be held between June 8th and June 18th at various schools in the county to help inform people about the property tax reassessment process.  The meetings will focus on questions that people have about the process, how the new property values are determined, understanding the change of assessment notices, the Clean and Green program, and information on how homeowners can appeal.  Questions will be answered by the team of assessment professionals that have been working on the project for over a year.  Meeting dates are as follows: June 8th at Marion Center High School Auditorium June 9th at Homer-Center High School Auditorium June 10th at Blairsville High School Auditorium June 11th at Indiana High School Auditorium June 16th at United High School Auditorium June 17th at Purchase Line High School Auditorium June 18th at Penns Manor High School Auditorium All meetings will start at 7:00. In other business, the commissioners approved the purchase of two winter road material storage buildings at a total cost of $34,250.  The 30-by-30 foot ...
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Conviction for murder was one year ago today
It was one year ago today that an Indiana County court jury found Gregory Patterson of Glen Campbell guilty of second degree murder in the shooting death of James Alexander of Ernest on a walking trail in Clymer in June of 2013.  Today, Patterson awaits a new trial after Judge Thomas Bianco overturned the conviction in February.   Bianco ruled that Patterson’s attorneys should have asked the judge to directly question Patterson as to whether or not he understood that admitting to conspiracy to murder was tantamount to a guilty plea, and whether he understood the consequences of his admission.    Earlier this month, both the prosecution and defense filed motions in preparation for the retrial, which is scheduled to begin August 17th.  A motions hearing is scheduled for this coming Monday.   In September, Patterson was sentenced to serve life in prison with no possibility of parole. Co-defendant Christopher Salsgiver pleaded guilty to third degree murder last October and was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison. 
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Spring rains not able to rebuild water tables
The state Department of Environmental Protection announced yesterday that it is continuing the drought watch in effect for 27 counties, including Indiana and neighboring Cambria and Westmoreland counties.   Acting DEP Secretary John Quigley said recent precipitation has not offset the effects of the dry autumn last year and below-average snowfall in the winter.  DEP has notified water suppliers of the need to monitor their supplies and update their drought contingency plans.    The drought watch was originally issued in March.
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The Chestnut Hills Dental office in Homer City will remain closed for the second day after a truck crashed into the front door of the business earlier this week. A pickup truck owned by Hugill Santiation crashed into the South Main Street structure in the 10:00 hour on Monday.  The driver had minor injuries, and no one was inside the office.  According to Dr. Kevin Strezo, one of the two dentists based out of that office, insurance adjusters and safety officials will look at the building today to see if it is safe to turn on the power and water there.  They have been able to see clients out of the Indiana Chestnut Hills Dental office in the R and P building since the crash. No word yet if charges will be filed against the driver involved in the crash.
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State Police are investigating a theft at a restaurant in the Indiana Mall.  Police say that between May 14th and May 20th, money was taken from the register at the Indiana Mall Subway on three separate dates, for a total of $511.36 stolen.  If you have any information on the theft, call Indiana-based state police at 724-357-1960.     A change machine was damaged at a car wash in Armagh.  State Police say that early Monday morning, two unknown suspects tried to break into the change machine at the Little Water Trough car wash using a hatchet, but they weren’t able to get any money out of it.  They did cause $250-300 in damage to the change machine.     State Police are looking for some people who caused criminal mischief in White Township.  Police say that recently, someone threw rocks at a car belonging to 53-year-old Adonna Ann Claar of White Township, causing all the windows to shatter.  Police say that Claar’s car was also doused with gasoline.  The suspects ran away in an unknown direction.
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