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3/2/2015
TWO DEFENDANTS SENTENCED FOR SEX CRIMES IN INDIANA COUNTY COURT
Two men who pleaded guilty to sex-related crimes were sentenced today in Indiana County Court. 19-year-old Branden Washington was sentenced to two years probation, and ordered to pay $500 in fines and over $5,000 in court costs in connection with his guilty plea to a charge of indecent assault without consent.  The charge stems from an incident in September of 2013, where a girl had met Washington in Pittsburgh, and she visited him on IUP’s campus a few weeks later.  The two went to an off-campus party and got drunk.  They went back to his apartment in Delaney Hall when she passed out and he sexually assaulted her.  Washington, now a student at California University, will have the probation for this crime run concurrent to the 18-month probation he is currently serving out of Washington County for a guilty plea to institutional vandalism involving an educational facility.   Also sentenced today was 25-year-old Ryan Lowman of Patton, formerly of Blairsville.  He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of corruption of minors, and in exchange, charges of felony corruption of minors, two misdemeanor counts of indecent assault and a single charge of disorderly conduct.  Lowman had been on probation for other ...
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3/2/2015
ROAD CLOSURE SHUTS DOWN SCHOOL IN UNITED SCHOOL DISTRICT
A traffic accident involving some tractor trailers caused a closure of Route 56 this morning. Bad road conditions may be responsible for a few tractor-trailer trucks going off the road on Route 56.  The accidents did come at a bad time, as United School District was ready to receive students after a two-hour delay.  Armagh and Brush Valley Fire Departments closed the road in both directions to get the scene cleaned up.  Because of the road's closure, classes at United school district were cancelled for the day.  The scene was cleared relatively quickly and traffic was flowing again in both directions around 9:45. Few details are known as to how many vehicles were involved.
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3/2/2015
APSCUF LEADER ADDRESSES STATE SYSTEM GOVERNORS
Union asks for moratorium on per-credit pricing
With the next round of negotiations on a new contract scheduled for later this month, the president of APSCUF, the faculty union at the State System schools, met with the Board of Governors on Friday, thanking them for their treatment of temporary faculty members, but calling on the State System to improve their working conditions.   Dr. Kenneth Mash said that in comparison to the way adjunct faculty are treated in other states, the State System schools “have not been as exploitative”, with better pay than most, and benefits for full-time temporary faculty.  However, Mash said he has heard too many examples of reduced course loads so a university can avoid paying benefits or making a position permanent, displacement of adjunct faculty, and other problems.    APSCUF last week held its legislative assembly and unanimously passed a resolution calling on the State System to suspend its new policy granting certain universities, including IUP, the right to charge per-credit tuition.  The union contends that for a student to graduate Bloomsburg in four years, it will cost about 25 percent more under the new pricing structure.  It is asking the State System to study the impact of the new pricing before expanding ...
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3/2/2015
WINTER WEATHER A FACTOR IN SUNDAY CRASHES
Yesterday’s snowstorm contributed to a number of accidents onIndianaCountyroadways.    No one was injured in a crash at about 10 AM on Route 119 in Rayne Township.  State police say a minivan slid off the slush-covered highway, down an embankment and into a ditch.  The driver is not publicly identified.   59-year-old Melvin Goss and his wife escaped injury when their vehicle left Route 286 in White Township just before 2 PM, striking an embankment and a sign.   43-year-old Loretta Hendricks of Clymer and her 12-year-old passenger escaped injury when their car spun out on a curve on Route 286 at 6 o’clock last night in Clymer.  The vehicle struck an embankment.
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3/2/2015
DEFENDANTS TO BE SENTENCED TODAY FOR SEX CRIMES
Two men pleaded guilty in separate cases
A number of criminal defendants will be sentenced today, including two for sex-related crimes.   19-year-old Branden Washington of Pittsburgh pleaded guilty in November to indecent assault without consent involving a 16-year-old girl at an apartment on the IUP campus in September of 2013.  The girl had met Washington in Pittsburgh and visited him at IUP weeks later.  They went to an off-campus party and drank, then went back to his apartment in Delaney Hall, where she passed out and he sexually assaulted her.  In a plea bargain, he avoided prosecution on eight other offenses, including two counts each of rape and aggravated indecent assault. Washington is no longer a student at IUP.    25-year-old Ryan Lowman of Patton, who lived in Blairsville at the time of his crime, will be sentenced for misdemeanor corruption of minors, with non-prosecution for a felony count on the same charge, plus two misdemeanor counts of indecent assault and a single charge of disorderly conduct.  The charges are for an incident involving a girl who was under 16 years of age in June of 2013 at a location along Maple Street in Blairsville.   In 2012, Lowman pleaded guilty to indecent assault charges in two ...
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