NEWS for Thursday, June 27, 2013

EBENSBURG  BORO POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR THE ROBBER WHO HELD UP THE BEST SERVICE CENTER ON ROWENA DRIVE.  IT HAPPENED JUST AFTER 7:30 LAST NIGHT.   NO OTHER DETAILS HAVE BEEN RELEASED SO FAR.

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A SOMERSET COUNTY MAN FOUND A GRENADE WHILE CLEANING OUT A HOME.  POLICE EVACUATED A PORTION OF NORTH STREET IN MEYERSDALE AFTER THE GRENADE WAS DISCOVERED IN THE HOUSE.  GILBERT STEVENS WAS HELPING A FRIEND MOVE WHEN HE FOUND THE GRENADE. HE MOVED IT OUTSIDE AND CALLED AUTHORITIES WHO CLEARED THE SCENE AND BROUGHT IN A BOMB SQUAD.  IT TURNED OUT THE GRENADE HAD NO POWDER LEFT IN IT TO DETONATE.

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A FORMER ARMSTRONG COUNTY POSTMASTER IS UNDER INDICTMENT FOR STEALING MORE THAN 13-THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM THE GOVERNMENT.  FORTY-SEVEN-YEAR-OLD LAWRENCE STOKEN WAS STATIONED AT RURAL VALLEY POST OFFICE WHEN THE ALLEGED OFFENSES TOOK PLACE BETWEEN 2011 AND 2013.  A FEDERAL GRAND JURY SAID STOKEN SKIMMED CASH FROM THE SALES OF STAMPS AND MONEY ORDERS.

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IN FAYETTE COUNTY … ABOUT FIFTY LABELLE RESIDENTS ARE SUING THE CANESTRALE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, CLAIMING THAT COAL WASTE DUMP IS POLLUTING THEIR AIR AND WATER.  RESIDENTS IN THE SMALL FAYETTE COUNTY TOWN SAY THE WASTE IS DIRTYING STREAMS, COVERING PRIVATE PROPERTY, AND PHYSICALLY IRRITATING PEOPLE.  THE SUIT FILED YESTERDAY ALSO CLAIMS THE RUNOFF CONTAINS IRON, MANGANESE, AND SULFATE THAT IS KILLING MARINE LIFE.

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DAMAGE IS ESTIMATED AT OVER 3- MILLION DOLLARS AFTER FIRE DESTROYED THE COLONIAL COURTYARD PERSONAL CARE HOME IN CLEARFIELD TUESDAY EVENING.  A STATE POLICE FIRE MARSHAL IS STILL INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE, BUT EMPLOYEES THINK A LIGHTNING STRIKE MAY BE TO BLAME.  LUCKILY, ABOUT 60 RESIDENTS AND 7 STAFF MEMBERS WERE ALL EVACUATED SAFELY. SOME STUDENTS FROM the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Were taking a class next door and they helped GET THE RESIDENTS TO SAFETY. 

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MORE THAN 50-THOUSAND CHRISTIAN MUSIC FANS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE CREATION 2013 MUSIC FSTIVAL AT THE AGAPE (AH-GAWP-AY) FARM NEAR SHIRLEYSBURG, HUNTINGDON COUNTY.   THE EVENT CONTINUES THROUGH SATURDAY AND  MORE THAN 50 CHRISTIAN BANDS AND PERFORMERS ARE SCHEDULED TO TAKE THE STAGE.

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