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April 19, 2014

Local briefs 4/20/2014

Fire damages home in Northern Cambria

Fire of undetermined origin late Saturday afternoon damaged a one-story home in Northern Cambria.

The fire started on the rear porch of an occupied home on 39th Street at Holy Cross Avenue. Flames spread into the kitchen area and up to the attic, said Barnesboro Assistant Fire Chief Pete Barczak.

The porch was destroyed and the kitchen area was gutted, he said.

The attic received moderate damage.

Also responding were volunteers from Hastings, Spangler, Cherry Tree and Colver.

Needle threat leads to egg hunt delay

Meyersdale’s Easter egg hunt was postponed for a week after authorities on Saturday learned of a threat against theā€ˆevent site.

Mardiann Vincent, president of Borough Council’s parks and recreation committee, said a concerned citizen received a text message from her son’s friend saying that contaminated needles were hidden in the grass at Paul Fuller Playground.

The playground was closed as a safety precaution at the suggestion of borough police, Vincent said.

The egg hunt was rescheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday.

A search of the area did not uncover any needles.

Police plan to search the area again today, Vincent said.

Borough workers also will search the area when they cut the grass Monday, Vincent said, and she hopes the playground can be reopened Tuesday.

Girl rescued when car chase ends in pond

Authorities in Indiana County said a 16-year-old girl needed medical treatment after being rescued from a vehicle that landed upside-down in a pond after a police chase.

The Indiana Gazette reported Saturday that 21-year-old Kevin Vasbinder of Mentcle was charged with aggravated assault and other offenses after the Friday night chase that began when police were called to a store for a retail theft report. State police told the paper Vasbinder lost control of a Buick, which went up an embank­ment, flipped and landed on its roof in the 5-foot-deep pond.

A fire official said the teen passenger was rescued by state troopers who jumped into the pond.

The online court docket didn’t list Vasbinder’s case Saturday, and it wasn’t clear if he was represented by a lawyer.


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