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June 10, 2009

Pedestrian injured in hit-run incident

MUNDYS CORNER — A Mundys Corner man was taken to Memorial Medical Center after he was struck by a pickup truck in a hit-and-run accident Tuesday evening.

Joseph Patrick, 56, was struck on Route 271 near the Jackson Township Elementary School about 5:40 p.m., said Robert Fatula, Jackson Township police chief.

Several people witnessed the accident as both the truck and Patrick were headed north, the chief said.

The witnesses said it was a white Dodge truck with double wheels in the back and a silver grill, Fatula said Wednesday.

“Witnesses said the truck was weaving,” he said.

Pieces from the vehicle – either from the passenger side front or passenger side – were collected.

Patrick was unresponsive at the scene and taken by ambulance to Memorial Medical Center. His condition was not available.

Anyone with information may call Jackson police at 749-0051.

Transmission failure leads to charges

A Nanty Glo man was charged in connection with a domestic assault that was prompted by a breakdown on the highway, authorities said.

Jackson Township police said Gary D. Younkin, 31, of Metro Street, assaulted a woman Tuesday along the westbound lane of Route 22.

Police said Younkin was yelling at the woman and punching a truck. Younkin told them the transmission just died in his truck and he was upset.

He told police he punched the vehicle numerous times.

The woman had red arms and a bruise on her shoulder, police said, but she denied being hit. When questioned further, she said her necklace was ripped off during the argument.

Younkin was charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct.

He was arraigned by District Judge Max Pavlovich of Richland Township, the on-call magistrate, and released on his own recognizance.

Judge issues warrant after Vora skips court

A bench warrant has been issued for the arrest of Chandan S. Vora, Johnstown’s so-called bag lady, after she failed to appear in court on a rash of trash charges.

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