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December 2, 2013

In brief: Ex-boyfriend accused in woman’s shooting

DERRY — An Indiana County man entered his ex-girlfriend’s home in Derry Township on Monday and shot her multiple times in front of her 15-year-old daughter, state police in Greensburg said.

Troopers said Arthur Whitfield, 51, of Josephine, forced his way into the bedroom of the West First Avenue home where Holly Embry, 35, and her daughter were watching television.

Whitfield allegedly pulled a .380-caliber pistol and shot Embry. During the shooting, the girl ran into another bedroom calling for Whitfields’s 21-year-old daughter, Alisha, troopers said.

Whitfield fled and Embry was flown to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where she was listed in critical condition, troopers said.

Troopers found an unarmed Whitfield after motorists reported a man fitting his description hitchhiking along Route 271.

Whitfield was charged with criminal attempted homicide and numerous other charges.

He is being held in the Westmoreland County Jail.

Authority lawsuit hearing continued

A preliminary hearing in former Johnstown Housing Authority Chairman Brian Vuletich’s lawsuit against the Johnstown Housing Authority and the city has been continued.

As previously reported by The Tribune-Democrat, Vuletich sued the city and the authority over the appointment of  Joseph Taranto to the authority board, following the end of Vuletich’s five-year term. Vuletich claimed it would be a city code violation, since Taranto also sits on city council.

The hearing was continued to Dec. 13.

Club will collect toys during Dickens parade

St. Francis University American Sign Language Club has partnered with Toys for Tots to collect items for children.

New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off during the Dickens of a Christmas parade in Ebensburg at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Club members will collect the toys as they travel in the parade with Santa’s sleigh.

Anyone wishing to donate but who will not be at the parade may drop off a donation at Ebensburg Area EMS, 100 N. Caroline St. in the borough.

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