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November 18, 2013

IN BRIEF | Gas leak prompts school evacuation

— NEW PARIS – Chestnut Ridge High School was evacuated for a while Monday morning when propane gas being bled from an outside tank infiltrated the school, a school official said.

Six students and two teachers reported feeling ill, said Schools Superintendent Mark Kudlawiec. Two students were taken to UPMC Bedford Memorial to be examined with the other four returning to classes, he said.

The incident took place after 10 a.m. when the gas company filled the propane tank and then bled excess gas, he said. The school’s air handlers, which usher fresh air into the building, drew some fumes into the building, he said.

Firefighters turned off the gas, and, using meters, found no fumes in the school, he said. Firefighters then turned on the tank and checked for fumes again. They found none and around 11 a.m. permitted the school to be occupied, he said.

Johnstown man sentenced for tryst

WASHINGTON, Pa. – A 33-year-old Johnstown man who met a Washington County teenage girl online in May was sentenced Friday to 21/2 to six years in a state prison after pleading guilty to committing sex crimes via the Internet and corrupting her morals.

Victor Eugene Pulgar, who was given credit for time served in the county jail, also will face

five years of probation after completing his prison term. the Washington Observer-Reporter said.

Washington County Judge Katherine B. Emery also required Pulgar to register as a sex offender under Megan’s law.

Pulgar and the girl, who was then 16, met at her home. After a few weeks she found she could not trust him and her parents contacted police.

The judge allowed Pulgar to remain free on bond while he faces Cambria County charges for selling obscene or sexual materials, coercing or threatening to expose a secret and harassment by communication using lewd or threatening language, the newspaper reported.

Online court records show Pulgar’s Cambria County case has been granted a continuance through Dec. 5.

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