The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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December 18, 2011

In brief: Police investigating Route 422 crash

BELSANO — Blacklick Township police are investigating what they called a “horrific” accident Sunday involving a car and flatbed tractor-trailer on Route 422.

Blacklick Township police Chief John Kuhar confirmed the driver of one vehicle, a woman, was flown by medical helicopter to Altoona Regional Medical Center with serious injuries sustained in the accident, which occurred at Route 422 and Station Road near Belsano.

Kuhar said he could not release the names of the individuals involved, noting their families had not yet been contacted.

He said one of two occupants in the car involved received minor injuries – and that police are continuing to investigate what caused the crash, saying charges are possible.

“We’ve got several eyewitnesses and are planning to talk to them before moving forward,” Kuhar said.

Ebensburg Borough police, Jackson Township police and state police assisted at the scene.

Stonycreek Twp. residents facing tax hike

The Stonycreek Township commissioners in Cambria County earlier this month approved a $1,203,638 general fund budget for 2012 that increases the real-estate tax by three-quarters of a mill, to 15 mills.

The increase means that the average property owner will pay $14 a year more in taxes, said Chairman William M. Knipple.

Commissioner Robert Orris said the last time the township had to increase taxes was four years ago.

Vice Chairman Donald Gossard said the increase was necessary due to expenses going up and revenues from earned income and property taxes decreasing.

Also for 2012, the township’s liquid fuels budget was set at $81,000, with the sewerage fund, $117,040.

Lawmaker tackles Lyme disease treatment

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Dick Hess, R-Bedford, said he has ushered a bill targeting Lyme disease through the Human Services Committee on a vote of 19-1.

The bill would require health insurers to cover treatment of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses if a diagnosis and treatment plan are documented, Hess said. A task force also would be created to create a statewide education effort on the diseases.

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