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January 22, 2014

Police: Man harasses wife days after his jail release

JOHNSTOWN — A man who was jailed for soliciting three people to rob and beat his estranged wife is being sought for harassing the woman just days after getting out of jail, police said.

A manhunt is underway for George Lucas Lane, 34, of Portage.

West Hills Regional police said Lane was released from the Cambria County Prison on Friday. Two days later, he sent harassing emails to his estranged wife’s account at Forever Broadcasting Corp. on Plaza Drive in Lower Yoder Township, police said.

Lane also is alleged to have placed an anonymous telephone call to Forever Broadcasting on Monday, reporting that George Lane had been killed in a traffic crash on state Route 53.

Lane later called Forever Broadcasting identifying himself as Portage police Chief Ed Miller, investigating the reported crash, police said.

Lane had been in jail, charged with solicitation to commit robbery, aggravated assault and access device fraud for incidents at Forever Broadcasting on July 26 and July 29.

Police said Lane and three others were involved in damages to his estranged wife’s car and six company vehicles from various radio stations. Police believe Lane was attempting to get the woman fired from her job.

Lane also wanted the woman assaulted and robbed, police said.

In the latest incident, Lane is being charged with impersonating a public servant, disorderly conduct and harassment.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police at 800-281-1680.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on

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