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8/1/2015
OVER 1000 SHOW UP FOR ANTI-REASSESSMENT RALLY
Last night, those opposed to the recent property tax reassessments were out in full force at the S and T Bank Arena for a protest meeting.   Over 1250 people were in attendance for the meeting, which included talks from individuals who had experience with property tax reassessments in other counties, and talking about the “downsides” of the clean and green program.    The meeting was put together by the group Indiana County PA Against Tax Reassessment Increases.  They plan on holding more protest meetings and rallies in the near future.
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8/1/2015
FCB FIELD IN HOMER CITY TO HOST STATE TOURNEY STARTING TODAY
It will be a busy weekend for baseball fans once again as the State Youth Legion baseball tournament will be underway at an area ballfield.   First Commonwealth Bank Field in Homer City is playing host to the 8-team state tourney.  Four preliminary-round games will be on tap for today.  At 11:00 it will be Spring City vs. Indiana County League Champions Armstrong.  At 1:30, Wesleyville of Erie will take on Wayne of Delaware County.  Boyertown vs West Regional Champion Penn Township will take place at 5:00, and the host team, Walbeck Insurance of Homer City will take on Muhlenberg out of Berks County at 7:30.   Today is a pay-one-price day for the tournament, as one admission price will get you into the ballfield for all four games and includes a free program.  The Homer City Boosters will also run their concession stand with traditional ballpark food and some ethnic food being served.    We’ll have more on today’s games coming up in Sports, and you’ll be able to hear the Walbeck-Muhlenberg game starting at 7:15 with the pre-game show on WDAD and wdadradio.com
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8/1/2015
POLICE REPORTS: THEFTS FROM SEVERAL VEHICLES
Police are investigating three thefts from vehicles in White Township.  The first theft was sometime between 5 PM Wednesday evening and just after midnight Thursday morning as someone broke into the vehicle of Lori Marie Crooks of Pittsburgh.  The burglar took Crooks’ iPod and white charger.  The other theft was not from a regular car, but from an RV parked in a driveway on Concord Drive in White Township.  This theft happened between midnight and 9:30 in the morning on Friday.  Someone broke into the RV of Eric Steele of Indiana and stole a 20-inch LED TV out of the RV.  The third theft did not have a specific location reported, but it was again in White Township as someone stole $19 in bills and coins from a vehicle belonging to Bonnie Orife.  In this occasion, the vehicle was unlocked.  If you have information on any of these thefts, contact the state police at 724-357-1960.   Police have a suspect in a case of access device fraud in White Township.  State Police say that the thief, an unidentified 49-year-old man from Shelocta made unauthorized withdrawals and purchases with their company debit card.  The suspect used the card in multiple locations.  ...
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7/31/2015
ARMSTRONG COUNTY JAIL ESCAPEE, SUSPECTED MURDERER CAUGHT
Robert Crissman, who escaped from Armstrong County Jail Thursday morning and is accused of killing a woman while on the run, is now in the Butler County Jail and facing several charges. Crissman faces charges of Homicide, Murder in the First Degree, and two felony counts each of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, and one felony count each of escape, robbery of a motor vehicle and aggravated assault of a police officer.  Crissman walked out of the Armstrong County Jail while he was on special detail serving food to fellow inmates.  He went to the home of 55-year-old Tammy Long and her boyfriend Terry Slagle.  Police believe that Crissman asked Long for a ride to Kittanning, but waited until Slagle Left to kill Long and steal Slagle’s truck.  When Slagle got home around 2:45 PM, he found Long dead, and a TV and .22 caliber rifle missing.  He also found Crissman’s prison jumpsuit and a bloody t-shirt.  Police say they got calls from residents in Boggs Township Friday morning who had spotted Slagle’s truck on Ridge Road.  Another call came in from an unidentified woman saying that Crissman had come to her house asking for help.  She ...
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7/31/2015
DEP TO SPRAY FOR MOSQUITOES IN SHELOCTA
West Nile Virus detected in Venango County
The state Department of Environmental Protection yesterday announced that that it will be spraying mosquitoes in Indiana County this coming Monday.  The agency also said that this year’s first case of human infection with the West Nile Virus has been detected.   Mosquitoes transmit the West Nile Virus to humans.   The spray truck will cover parts of Shelocta Borough and Armstrong Township, where high populations of nuisance mosquitoes have been detected.   It will be done from a specially-equipped truck dispensing the pesticide Biomist 3+15 ULV.  West Nile Virus has been detected in 25 Pennsylvania counties so far this year, including neighboring Cambria County.  DEP says that a Venango County woman was diagnosed with the virus and was treated at a local hospital and released.  The virus can cause encephalitis, leading to swelling of the brain, and can be fatal.    Mosquitoes typically breed in areas with standing and stagnant water.  The Biomist spray is considered safe for the environment and very low-risk to animals.  It kills mosquitoes instantly and is broken down by sunlight and by rain. With no residue left behind.  The spray is applied in the evening and DEP says that if Monday evening is not suitable, they ...
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