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Greensburg Laurels & Lances

| Thursday, May 8, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

On the “Watch List”: Westmoreland County's day reporting center. A Unity couple's lawsuit alleges that their son died of an overdose of heroin bought outside the South Maple Avenue probationary center in Greensburg. And the facility has been flagged in the past for illegal drug activity right under its nose. Authorities temporarily shut it down in 2011 after a raid netted the arrest of 23 people for selling drugs around this “treatment” center. What's alleged is more of the same. And that's inexcusable.

Lance: To Westmoreland County's judge shortage. It's not as if any of this comes as a surprise: The county bench is facing three judge retirements and may not get any relief until the 2015 elections. Four judges usually assigned to the criminal court will be reduced to two this summer. And the governor's office says there are no plans to temporarily fill the vacancies. So rather than address and fix a problem in plain sight, the course of action is to simply steer into it and hope for the best, eh?

Laurel: To Mr. and Mrs. Frank Szczerba Jr. The couple bought the West Newton Volunteer Fire Co. fire hall and adjoining Youghiogheny Ballroom and will allow the cash-strapped fire company, for a nominal fee, to continue using part of the building that houses its trucks and radio room. That's a big savings for the fire company. Unfortunately, such consideration toward firefighters tends to be the exception rather than the rule.

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