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November 29, 2012

IN BRIEF | 11/30/12

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Lower Yoder fire blamed on malfunctioning heater

A malfunctioning wall-mounted gas heater is being blamed for a fire Thursday in the 200 block of Sherwood Drive in Lower Yoder Township.

A woman and two children fled the home when the 4:17 p.m. fire started.

“It was very minor damage,” Westwood fire Chief Daniel Morris said.

West Hills Regional police Officer Ed Fisher put out the fire with a fire extinguisher before firefighters arrived.

No injuries were reported.

Fire crews from Franklin, Lower Yoder, Upper Yoder, Southmont and Westmont also responded with West End Ambulance.

D.A.: Sex offender traded food stamps for address

ALTOONA – Authorities said a sex offender paid another man $50 in food stamps to use his address.

Forty-two-year-old Donald Guess allegedly used the address in Altoona as a mail drop while actually living in nearby Bellwood.

The Altoona Mirror reported Guess is required to register as a sex-offender for 10 years following a 2007 indecent assault involving a child.

The friend told a district judge on Wednesday that Guess gave him the food stamps to use his address to get mail but he stopped the practice after learning Guess was a sex offender.

Guess’ attorney said his client was renting the address in the same way someone rents a post office box.

Guess was bound over to Blair County Court for trial.

Police find 5 children in back of moving truck

NEW CASTLE, Ind. – State police said a Clarion County couple arrested after an Indiana trooper found five of their children riding in the back of a rented moving truck was headed to California, where the children’s unemployed father hoped to find work.

Sgt. John Bowling said 41-year-old David Detjen and 40-year-old Rebecca Detjen of Fairmount City, were traveling to San Bernardino, Calif., where David Detjen had a job prospect. The couple was jailed on preliminary child neglect charges after their Wednesday night arrest at an eastern Indiana truck stop.

Bowling said Detjen told officers he knew putting five of his seven children in the unheated back of the truck “was kind of a stupid idea, but it was sort of a last resort” after he’d lost his job and couldn’t find work.

 

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