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February 17, 2014

IN BRIEF | South Fork Fire Company burglarized

— Thieves broke into the South Fork Fire Company building Saturday and made off with a television and several portable radios, authorities said.

Someone used a crowbar to pry open a side door not readily visible from the street, fire Chief John Moss said.

The burglary at the building located at 520 Church St. was discovered on Sunday, he said.

Moss said the fire department, which relies on donations, exists to help the community.

“You’re here to help people and they break in and steal the equipment,” Moss said.

State police in Ebensburg are investigating.

Summerhill Borough break-ins probed  

SUMMERHILL – Croyle Township police are investigated two break-ins and one attempted break-in that occurred over the weekend in Summerhill Borough.

Croyle police Chief Steven Parks said a thief broke into the Summerhill Borough building and Smay’s Gym.

The same person or persons attempted to break into the fire department building, he said.  

The three incidents happened late Saturday or early Sunday.

A thief used a crowbar to pry open a door of the borough building, located on Main Street, and made of with electronics and tools, Parks said.

There is no dollar amount on the items taken.

The thief also attempted to break into the Summerhill fire department next door using a crowbar but could not get inside. The chief said the fire department building sustained a few thousand dollars damage.

Someone also smashed a window of the gym located on Tunnell Street and made off with tools, he said.

Anyone with information may contact Croyle Township police at 495-5679 or 800-281-1680.

Police ID suspects in home invasion

Johnstown police believe they have identified two of the three people involved in Saturday’s home invasion robbery in the West End.

Police Chief Craig Foust said Monday  arrest warrants are being sought for two men.

Three people were inside a Laurel Avenue home when three masked men burst in through the front door.

One of the men carried a gun and demanded cash and cellphones, Foust said.

The robbers then fled. No injures were reported, he said.

Westmont quiz team wins IU8 title

The Westmont Hilltop scholastic quiz team has captured the Intermediate Unit 8 Scholastic Quiz Championship, thus earning the team a shot at the state title.

Westmont took the best of three matches against Altoona, the champion of the Blair-Bedford Scholastic Quiz League, on Wednesday at Portage Area Elementary School.

The win earns Westmont a berth in the state finals May 2 in Harrisburg.

Westmont team members are captain Matt Wehner, Alex Hockensmith, Josh Livingston, Dorothea Oller, Nicco Shorto and Erik Wehner.

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