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April 18, 2014

Local briefs 4/19/2014

5th crash victim dies, 2 critical

A fifth person has died a day after two cars collided on a rural highway in Armstrong County.

Authorities said 34-year-old Kent Smith, of Elderton, died at a Pittsburgh hospital Thursday night.

The driver of the car he was in, 41-year-old Crystal Kelley of Avonmore, was killed when a speeding vehicle containing three teenagers slid from an oncoming lane into her lane while rounding a bend on Route 156 in South Bend Township about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Kelley’s husband, 33-year-old Robert Kelley Jr., and a friend, 35-year-old Kristy Ann Schall of Shelocta, remained in critical condition Friday.

State police said the driver of the speeding car, 19-year-old Brandon Sulava of Apollo, was killed along with his passengers, 15-year-old Brandon Sauers of Apollo, and 18-year-old Brieyonah Painter of Kittanning.

The crash site is about 40 miles northwest of Johnstown.

Kids to give daffodils to seniors

The 17th annual CMT Daffodils for Seniors will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at Arbutus Park Manor, 207 Ottawa St. in Richland Township.

Children pick, arrange and hand out thousands of daffodils each spring to the delight of the residents.

The event is held to increase awareness of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, the most common inherited neurological disorder.

Arbor Day planting planned

The Johnstown Shade Tree Commission will has scheduled its inaugural planting for 5 p.m. Friday.

The Arbor Day planting will take place in the parklet where Morley’s Dog is displayed at Main and Market streets downtown.

The donated tree comes from the historic Davidsville farm of Johnstown’s founder, Joseph Johns. The property now is the site of Schantz Haus Bed and Breakfast.

A commemorative marker also will be placed.


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