NEWS FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2013


ONE PERSON HAS DIED FROM A FIRE LAST NIGHT AT A HOME IN CLEARFIELD COUNTY.  IT BROKE OUT AT A HOUSE ALONG LAWRENCE AVENUE IN LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP AT ABOUT 7 LAST NIGHT.  IT’S BELIEVED THE FIRE STARTED IN THE LIVING ROOM.  THE VICTIM HAS NOT YET BEEN IDENTIFIED.  THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNKNOWN.  A STATE POLICE FIRE MARSHAL IS INVESTIGATING.

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A STATE POLICE FIRE MARSHAL IN CAMBRIA COUNTY HAS DETERMINED THAT THE FIRE THAT DAMAGED A 2-STORY HOME ON KILLEN SCHOOL ROAD NEAR NICKTOWN MONDAY MORNING WAS INTENTIONALLY SET.  THE HOME IS OWNED BY SCOTT FINNEGAN OF NICKTOWN AND THERESA FINNIGAN OF ALVERDA. THE HOME SUSTAINED MAINLY HEAT AND SMOKE DAMAGE AND THERE WERE NO INJURIES.

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INSURANCE GIANT MET-LIFE IS MOVING 26-HUNDRED JOBS FROM OFFICES IN JOHNSTOWN …  MASSACHUSETTS, NEW JERSEY, CONNECTICUT, RHODE ISLAND, AND CALIFORNIA TO LOWER-COST LOCATIONS IN NORTH CAROLINA CITIES.     MET-LIFE IS CLOSING A FEW OFFICES ENTIRELY, BUT OFFICIALS SAY THE JOHNSTOWN OFFICE WILL NOT BE ONE OF THEM.  IT’S NOT KNOWN HOW MANY JOBS WILL BE LOST IN JOHNSTOWN.

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2 MEN ARE NOW CHARGED WITH STEALING 20-THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF JEWELRY AND CIVIL WAR-ERA RELICS FROM THE HOME OF THEIR AUNT AND UNCLE IN ROARING SPRING, BLAIR COUNTY.  CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON WAS PREVIOUSLY ARRESTED AND CHARGES WERE FILED THIS WEEK AGAINST HIS COUSIN, KEVIN ANDERSON OF EVERETT.    THE BURGLARY HAPPENED IN APRIL OF 2011.

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THE BLAIRSVILLE-SALTSBURG SCHOOL DISTRICT MAY GET ACTIVE DUTY POLICE OFFICERS AT ITS SCHOOLS … BUT IT WILL COME AT HIGH PRICE --  MORE THAN 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR EACH OFFICER.  THE SCHOOL BOARD HAS VOTED TO UPGRADE SECURITY AT ITS BUILDINGS, AND IS NOW CONSIDERING OPTIONS.  OFF-DUTY DEPUTY SHERIFFS WILL COST ABOUT 50-GRAND APIECE, COMPARED TO ABOUT 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR RETIRED STATE TROOPERS.  COST IS JUST ONE OF THE FACTORS THAT WILL PLAY INTO THE BOARD'S DECISION.

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IN HUNTINGDON COUNTY, 29 SUSPECTED DRUG DEALERS INVOLVED IN A HEROIN RING HAVE BEEN ARRESTED FOLLOWING A THREE YEAR INVESTIGATION.   PROSECUTORS SAY THE STATE-WIDE RING DELIVERED ABOUT THREE THOUSAND BAGS OF HEROIN ON THE STREETS EACH WEEK.  THE D.A. SAYS THESE ARE NOT STREET LEVEL DEALERS, BUT UPPER LEVEL DEALER.  IN THE INVESTIGATION POLICE SAY THEY SEIZED ABOUT 90-THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF HEROIN.

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