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4 dead in ‘horrific’ Armstrong County crash

By Brigid Beatty 8:20 p.m.
Four people died and three were seriously injured in a “horrific” head-on collision on Route 156 near Gobblers Run Road in South Bend Township on Wednesday night. “It is the most horrific crash I have ever seen in my 30 …

Rural Valley postmaster sentenced for embezzling post office funds

By Brian Bowling 8:20 p.m.
A Murrysville man will spend six months on home detention for embezzling $13,255 from an Armstrong County post office, a federal judge ruled Thursday. Lawrence F. Stoken III, 47, of Murrysville, pleaded guilty in December to misappropriating postal funds. The …

‘Women Build’ tackles 2 Armstrong Habitat projects

By Brigid Beatty
Attention women. It’s time to grab a hard hat and hammer — there’s work to be done. An Armstrong Habitat for Humanity house in Kittanning …

Apollo Earth Day Dash to benefit trail expansion

By Brad Pedersen
Fundraising to connect the Roaring Run Trail in Apollo to others in southwestern Pennsylvania will be the focus of a Saturday event that features runners …

Bullet strikes Armstrong school van

By Brad Pedersen
Nobody was injured when a bullet hit an Armstrong School District van on Route 422 in Plumcreek on Tuesday morning. State police are trying to determine who fired the bullet that hit the back quarter panel of the van owned …

Kittanning suspect waives prelim on drug charges

By Brad Pedersen
Ashley Remaley, 30, of Kittanning waived her preliminary hearing on drug charges in District Judge James Owens’s court on Wednesday for allegedly selling heroin to Armstrong County Narcotics Enforcement Team informants in March. Remaley is charged with four felony counts …

Punxsutawney driver gets jail sentence for fatal crash

By Leader Times
A 21-year-old Punxsutawney man charged in 2011 in a one-car crash that killed three teens has been sentenced to 12 to 36 months in Armstrong County Jail on three felony counts of vehicular homicide. Blair Ernest Smith in March pleaded …

Ford City steps closer to stopping water plant fines

By Brigid Beatty
Time is of the essence for Ford City council and its engineer to stop fines from accruing against the borough for problems associated with its antiquated water plant. Borough Engineer Jim Garvin hopes to submit a final permit application this …

Leechburg adds 2 part-time police officers

By Braden Ashe
Leechburg Area students won’t be the only ones in the borough seeing their security officer in uniform. Roger Kaufman, 50, of Harrison was one of two people hired by Leechburg Council on Tuesday as a part-time police officer. He joins …

Vandals strike Kittanning doctor’s memorial in picnic area

By Brad Pedersen
Marian Garrott was shaken with disbelief last weekend when she found that vandals had toppled a cement picnic table and benches that were erected as …

Grove City man charged with passing counterfeit bills

By Brad Pedersen
A Grove City man faces forgery and theft charges for allegedly passing a half-dozen counterfeit $20 bills at two East Franklin businesses in March. State …

Ford City must determine solution to pay off $21,000 in water supply fines

By Brigid Beatty
It has been three weeks since Ford City Council voted to move ahead and build a water plant — but it still must resolve how to pay fines levied against the borough by the Department of Environmental Protection because of …

Armstrong County School Board postpones selling delinquent real estate tax claims

By Brad Pedersen
The Armstrong School Board has put plans to sell its delinquent 2013 real estate taxes on hold until next month. School board president  Joseph Close said the board did not have the specific figures required to decide if it wants …

Cowanshannock American Legion loses building but keeps marching on

By Brigid Beatty
Three World War II veterans have been welcomed as lifetime members of the American Legion in Cowanashannock and remain committed to its mission despite dwindling …

Parker names city’s Citizen of theYear

By Brigid Beatty
Parker Fire Chief Richard Amsler has been named the city’s Citizen of the Year. Amsler, 46, was one of six candidates for the award. “I …

West Kittanning getting bids for mowers of overgrown lawns

By Brad Pedersen
West Kittanning will solicit bids from landscapers for its annual program to cut lawns of properties not kept up by their owners. Councilman Ken Trudgen said the borough usually mows six or seven properties per summer, paying contractors upfront and …

Auditor takes West Franklin to court

By Brad Pedersen
A West Franklin auditor has filed a lawsuit seeking to have an independent firm review the township’s financial records for the last three years. Auditor Darryl Alwine said he filed the suit in Armstrong County Court of Common Pleas after …

Boggs man avoids ‘too good to be true’ scam

By For The Leader Times
In the last few days, a quick-thinking Boggs Township resident avoided a phone scam that could have cost him hundreds of dollars. Armstrong County District Attorney Scott Andreassi said the would-be victim remembered the valuable old saying: “If it sounds …

Armstrong board considers selling delinquent tax claims

By Brad Pedersen
Armstrong School Board could sell off its delinquent real estate tax claims from 2013 in hopes of boosting its coffers for the 2014-15 school year. During Monday’s meeting, the board plans to decide whether it wants to sell the district’s …

Leechburg Area school board ponders deal to help reduce energy costs

By Braden Ashe
The Leechburg Area School District could receive between $35,000 and $68,000 over the next five years if it enters into an agreement with a global energy technology provider. The board will vote on April 24 to approve the five-year agreement …

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