The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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November 16, 2012

IN BRIEF | Suspect charged in arson that killed tot

— ALTOONA – A little boy died after a man set fire to a family’s Altoona home, thinking his ex-girlfriend was inside.

Altoona police said 62-year-old Aaron Wilson Dishong set the fire in an attempt to kill his ex, but only two young children and their mother were inside.

Three-year-old Daryl Etchison Jr. was killed in the blaze. Authorities said his mother jumped from a third-floor window to save herself and her 2-year-old daughter.

Dishong allegedly incriminated himself during a phone call with a witness that was monitored by police.

Investigators said he had been stalking his ex-girlfriend, who had a restraining order against him.

Dishong was jailed Thursday night on homicide, arson and related charges. He denied setting the fire following his arraignment.

The children’s mother remains hospitalized.

2nd ring theft suspect turns himself in

EBENSBURG – A second suspect wanted in the theft of three diamond rings from a Cambria Township jewelry store turned himself in to police Friday afternoon.

Daniel G. Wyers, 28,  of Indiana was to be taken by  township police to the office of District Judge Fred Creany for arraignment on theft, conspiracy and related charges.

Police alleged that Wyers and John Charles Illingworth, 23, of Indiana, stole the rings Nov. 6 from Decker Diamond Jewelers after walking into the store and asking to look at rings. The diamond rings were valued at $11,500, police said.

Illingworth was arrested

Nov. 9 by township police and arraigned on the charges. He was lodged in the Cambria County Prison in lieu of $20,000 bond.

2 women die in separate accidents

GREENSBURG – The Westmoreland County coroner’s office has completed investigations into two deaths caused by vehicle accidents.

 Janessa J. Fleming, 25, of Indiana was killed as she attempted to turn at the intersection of Route 130 and Pleasant Unity Mutual Road in Unity Township. The accident was reported at 7:23 p.m.

She pulled into the path of a pickup driven by Richard Bowers, 48, of Mount Pleasant, authorities said.

Bowers and a passenger in Fleming’s car, 20-year-old Acacia Macey of Greensburg, were injured in the crash.

In a separate accident, the coroner reported that Amanda C. Ciccarelli, 39, of Greensburg was killed Thursday when she turned from Route 22 onto Scenic Drive. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 5:18 p.m.

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