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POLICE SEEK ALTOONA MAN WHO FLED TRAFFIC STOP

An Altoona man remains at large today after fleeing a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon and speeding away on Route 22 from Cambria County into Indiana County. State police say 46-year-old Johnnie Ray Weaver was pulled over for traffic violations along the westbound lane of 22 in Cambria Township. He provided his driver’s license but while speaking with the state trooper, Weaver was found to have a rolled marijuana blunt in his possession, so the trooper asked him to get out of his car. Instead, Weaver closed the door and hit the gas. With the trooper in pursuit, Weaver hit speeds at or above 130 miles per hour, prompting police to terminate the chase. Indiana-based troopers and the state police Aviation Patrol Unit were unable to locate him.
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Police shut down suspected meth lab

Narcotics investigators on Tuesday seized a variety of chemicals and equipment used in the manufacture of methamphetamine from an apartment complex at 439 East Pike, White Township. State troopers from Indiana responded to a tip about a possible meth lab about 8 a.m., discovered evidence of a meth-making operation, and...
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Hardware store earmarked for shuttered trade school

A century-old worldwide hardware store chain soon will add a shop in Indiana. A local outlet of Ace Hardware, under a local franchise held by Frank and Hastie Kinter, is planned for a sprawling vacant structure on South 13th Street, a block away from busy Oakland Avenue. Ace plans to...
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HOMER CITY MAN FOUND GUILTY OF INDECENT ASSAULT, HARASSMENT

A jury in Indiana County Court on Wednesday found a Homer City man guilty of several counts related to the sexual assault of a minor. District Attorney Robert Manzi announced that 44-year-old Jeremy Johnson was found guilty of five counts each of indecent assault and harassment and one count of corruption of a minor for incidents that date back to February of 2016. The victim, a friend of Johnson’s family who would babysit his three children, said that on the day of the assault, the victim’s and defendant’s families were spending time together mourning the loss of a family member. Later in the day, he touched the victim in unwanted fashions several times, despite her telling him to stop. She reported the case to police after he moved out of state.
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Youth Legion teams score victories

The Kovacik Insurance Giants are on a roll. The Giants beat S.W. Jack, 8-3, on Wednesday in an Indiana County Youth Legion baseball game, running their winning streak to eight games following an 0-4 start to the season. Kovacik Insurance raised its record to 10-5 with its 10th win in...
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PITTSBURGH NATIVE EYEING REPUBLICAN NOMINATION TALKS JOBS, EDUCATION IN VISIT TO INDIANA

The candidates in the 2022 race for governor are hitting the campaign trail, with a Republican hopeful stopping in Indiana County today. Jason Richey, a Pittsburgh native seeking the Republican nomination in next year’s election, met with business leaders at Diamond Pharmacy this afternoon with an emphasis on strengthening not only the business structure across the state, but the population outlook as well.
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EMERGENCY CREWS RESPONDED TO TWO HOUSE FIRES, MULTIPLE LINES DOWN CALLS

The heavy storms that came through the area kept emergency crews busy yesterday. Among the many calls that went out yesterday were two structure fire calls. One was reported by Indiana County 911 5:35 PM at 690 Virginia Avenue in Indiana Borough, with Indiana Fire Association, the RIT team, Indiana Borough Police and Citizens Ambulance dispatched to the scene, with Clymer and Creekside fire departments dispatched later on.
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Northern Cambria woman waives hearing in Clymer court

A Northern Cambria woman has waived a preliminary hearing on charges that she fled from state police and rammed her car into a police cruiser during a Nov. 3 pursuit in the Clymer area. Keriane Cameron, 27, has been in Indiana County Jail since Dec. 22 on $1,000 bond on...
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BLAIRSVILLE — Kovacik Insurance’s winning streak came to an abrupt end against Armstrong at WyoTech Park in an Indiana County Youth Legion baseball game Thursday. Fives came up wild for Armstrong, which pushed across that number of runs in the first, third and fifth innings in a 15-1 victory that was stopped after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
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Police Log

On Saturday around 12:50 a.m., Indiana Borough Police responded to a hit-run motor vehicle crash along the 500 block of Philadelphia Street. Police said the vehicle that fled the scene was found along the 300 block of Philadelphia Street, where an officer initiated a traffic stop. IBPD said a 24-year-old...
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Fire displaces Indiana family of four

A family of four and their pets were chased from a home along Virginia Avenue in Indiana by a Monday afternoon fire that may have been caused by lightning. Indiana Fire Association crews were called to the home at 4:42 p.m., along with Indiana Borough and Indiana University of Pennsylvania police.
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Dougherty nominated as new Indiana borough solicitor

A former Indiana County district attorney is being offered the job of Indiana Borough solicitor. “That is good to hear,” Patrick Dougherty said Tuesday night, after hearing from a reporter that council voted 9-2 to nominate him to succeed Neva Stotler, the borough’s longtime Cranberry Township-based solicitor. Dougherty, whose law...
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Police: Missing Smicksburg toddler likely wandered away

NORTH MAHONING TWP. — A 1-year-old Smicksburg girl initially believed to have been kidnapped Thursday most likely just wandered away from the residence, a police investigation determined Monday. The child was reported missing from a residence on Coolspring Road in North Mahoning Township, Indiana County, at about 1:25 p.m. June...
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Mahoning Medical Center scholarships awarded

Each year the Mahoning Medical Center offers two scholarships to graduating seniors of Marion Center Area High School who plan to continue their education in a health-related field. The scholarship is given in memory of James C. Leasure, who was the president of the organizational committee who made the dream...
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Search for Altoona man is part of state police drug interdiction detail

State police in Indiana and Ebensburg said a drug interdiction detail conducted Tuesday focused on preventing drug overdose deaths and the distribution of illicit narcotics as well as improving the quality of life in Cambria and Indiana counties. As a result of investigations conducted as part of that detail, state...
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Board approves final budget with 2.2 percent tax increase

The Purchase Line School Board unanimously adopted a 2021-22 final budget at Monday’s meeting, voting for a 2.2 percent tax increase. The approved budget shows revenues in the amount of $19,752,951 and expenditures in the amount of $20,712,665. Funds in the amount of $959,714 from the district’s fund balance will...