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Fire, water training mix for Freeport volunteer company

By Jodi Weigand
Freeport volunteer firefighters have jumped in to become the latest member of the Armstrong County Water Rescue Task Force. For the first time in the department’s history, 10 firefighters are certified in swift water rescue. They trained at the dam …

‘Caring hands’ reach out to Manor woman with crippling disease

By Brigid Beatty
It’s no simple task for Cindy Crissman, 54, to leave her home in Manor — but without a little outside intervention, it will soon become …

Board looking for ways to get West Shamokin activity bus running again

By Brad Pedersen
A bus to take students of West Shamokin High School home from after-school practices or events was not running when classes began this week — a victim of low ridership and high operating costs. Armstrong School District began offering the …

More charges for Kittanning man accused of leading cops on chase

By Julie E. Martin
Bail was increased to $200,000 when new charges were filed against a fugitive who led police on a high-speed chase on Monday and then eluded capture overnight in the Dayton area. Gregory Louis Douglas, 40, of Kittanning had been jailed …

Bethel man kills himself in front of state police

By Leader Times
A Bethel man died when he shot himself in front of state troopers outside his home on Thursday evening. A mental health crisis worker called police for help about 7:30 p.m. after John Dale Farester, 48, of 240 Lakeview Road, …

Ford City’s Light Up Night may get go-ahead from council Monday

By Julie E. Martin
Ford City Renaissance Community Partnership members say they’ve been left in the dark about whether they will be allowed to decorate the borough this year for Light Up Night festivities. At the beginning of this year, the group asked Ford …

Trail ride benefits Pine-Templeton Volunteer Fire Department

By Brigid Beatty
Off-road vehicle riders will be revving up their engines on Saturday to benefit the Pine-Templeton Volunteer Fire Department. The fifth annual Ride on the Ridge …

Armstrong tax records moving online

By Brad Pedersen
Officials will start putting property tax records online by the end of the year to make them available without having to make a trip to the Armstrong County Courthouse. The goal is to help the public, as well as county, …

Charitable softball tourney for fallen friend this weekend in Schenley

By Julie E. Martin
If someone would have told Amber Phillips 10 years ago that her fledging charity softball tournament would go on to raise $50,000, she wouldn’t have …

Armstrong commissioners take stand against proposed power plant regulations

By Brad Pedersen
The Armstrong County Commissioners threw their support behind the coal industry on Thursday by voicing their opposition to proposed federal power plant regulations. The commissioners unanimously approved a resolution that calls for the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw or revise …

Woman accused of hitting trooper in East Franklin cemetery

By Leader Times
An Erie woman was charged with felony aggravated assault for allegedly hitting and kicking a police officer checking on her welfare in an East Franklin cemetery. Brenda Marie McMahon, 42, was discovered unconscious at 10:50 p.m. Aug. 14 in a …

Armstrong 911 service restored after 90 minute power loss

By Brad Pedersen
Emergency officials are trying to determine what knocked Armstrong County’s 911 Center out of service for 90 minutes on Wednesday morning and why a battery backup system failed to keep things running. Officials suspect a power surge knocked all of …

Kittanning man charged with selling heroin in Ford City

By Brigid Beatty
A Kittanning man was charged on Tuesday with selling heroin in Ford City. Jason McIntyre, 23, of 1049 Orr Ave., was arrested on drug charges …

Fugitive captured in Washington Township after eluding police overnight

By Julie E. Martin
The search for a man who led police on a high speed chase on Route 839 Monday night and then fled on foot into the …

Free program in Kittanning helps adults spot teen drug use

By Brad Pedersen
Drug prevention starts at home, and local police want to teach parents and guardians how to spot signs that their teens may be using. “Teen Scene” on Thursday aims to educate adults about the symptoms of drug use, trends in …

Leechburg Area postpones decision to lease property for natural gas drilling

By Braden Ashe
The Leechburg Area School Board has postponed until September its decision to lease district property in West Leechburg for natural gas drilling. A vote was scheduled for Tuesday to enter into an oil and natural gas agreement with EQT Production …

Rural Valley man jailed on charges of breaking into house twice

By Trib Total Media
A Rural Valley man was committed to Armstrong County Jail on $100,000 bond when he was charged with breaking into a woman’s house twice and …

Police seek pair who broke into Manor home

By Julie E. Martin
Police are searching for two men who broke into a Manor home and fled after being surprised by the granddaughter of its late owner on Monday afternoon. “She walked upstairs and there were two gentlemen rooting through the drawers,” Cody …

Charges pending results of toxicology tests in Rayburn crash

By Julie E. Martin
State police are awaiting toxicology results to determine if alcohol was a factor in a three-vehicle crash that injured three people last week on Route 28/66 in Rayburn. The accident happened just before 6 p.m. Friday when a Chevy pickup …

McVille Airport gets grant to build hangar

By Leader Times
South Buffalo’s McVille Airport is among 20 airports across the state slated to receive funding through PennDOT’s aviation development program for upgrading facilities. McVille Airport has been allocated $200,000 to construct a hangar. “Providing transportation options is vital to moving …

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