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January 31, 2014

Local briefs 2/1/2014

Clymer woman found dead outside home

CLYMER – Authorities are investigating the death of a Clymer woman whose body was found outside her Spruce Avenue residence shortly after 10 a.m. Friday.

Indiana County Coroner Jerry L. Overman Jr. identified the victim as Janice Marie Keith, 66. She was pronounced dead at the scene by Chief Deputy Coroner Chad E. Dill.

An autopsy was scheduled for this morning at UPMC Altoona to determine the cause and manner of death, Overman said.

The woman was found lying in the snow and was nude from the waist down, he said.

IUP student shot in off-campus incident

INDIANA – State police have been searching for a man charged with shooting an Indiana University of Pennsylvania student in the leg in a possible road rage incident.

Trooper John Matchik said police believe the suspect, Eagan Minich, 29, of Indiana, somehow became angry when a man jumped out of the passenger seat of a vehicle in front of Minich’s while both were stopped at a red light about 2 a.m. Thursday.

Police said the shooting victim, 20-year-old student Hayden Warmke, did that only so he could go around the vehicle in which he was riding and secure a rear hatch that wasn’t closed properly.

But police said Minich apparently was upset or misinterpreted Warmke’s actions and followed the vehicle Warmke was in to an off-campus parking lot.

That’s where Warmke was shot in a confrontation.

Ashville man wins car from United Way

The United Way of the Laurel Highlands presented a 2014 Ford Focus to Ashville resident Gerald Earnest at Laurel Ford Lincoln Mercury in Windber on Friday.

Earnest won the prize when his name was drawn from more than 800 entries in the local United Way chapter’s annual car drawing. He became eligible for the contest by pledging a donation of at least $180 to the chapter’s annual fund drive.

More than $1 million was raised during the campaign.

Low-cost flu shots available Thursday

Pennsylvania Department of Health will hold a public influenza clinic from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at The Galleria in Richland Township.

Low-cost vaccines will be offered according to income guidelines.

Information: 248-3120.

Young artists, poets can enter contest

Johnstown Flood National Memorial will hold “Hope and Recovery Through Artists Eyes: A Youth Art Contest” to mark the 125th anniversary of the 1889 Johnstown Flood.

Students in grades one through 12 are invited to submit drawings, paintings or poems that illustrate hope and recovery in the wake of the Great Flood.

 Entries can be submitted at the national park in St. Michael from today through March 7.

Submissions should be on 8 1/2 x11-inch paper.

The student’s name, grade, school and school contact information should be listed on the back.

The winning artwork and poems will be displayed in the memorial’s visitor center as part of a special exhibit opening May 31 and running throughout the summer.

All submissions will be featured on the park’s website.

Submissions should be mailed to Youth Art Contest, Johnstown Flood National Memorial, 733 Lake Road, South Fork, Pa. 15956.

Information: 495-4643 or www.nps.gov/jofl.

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