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March 5, 2013

IN BRIEF | Two killed in crash

MARION CENTER — Two Marion Center residents were killed Tuesday after their car hit a large tree alongside Route 403 in East Mahoning Township.

Curtis Lee Kunkle, 49, and Leeann Marie Komlosky, 36, died at the scene, state police said, adding that an investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Indiana Coroner Michael Baker said alcohol is believed to have been a factor. The victims were not wearing seatbelts.

The pair died of blunt force trauma, Baker said.

Dilltown area woman charged

ARMAGH – A Dilltown area woman faces simple assault and other charges, accused of physically abusing a 7-year-old child.

State police in Indiana said they were called to United Elementary School after the youth showed up at school with a lacerated lip and a sprained wrist.

An investigation revealed Rebecca Lynn Smith, 33, inflicted the wounds at an East Wheatfield Township residence in late February, police said.

Smith was arraigned last week and placed in Indiana County jail but has since been released on $10,000 bond.

Somerset home vandalized

SOMERSET – Police said someone egged a Cin D Lane home and smeared marshmallow on it in the shape of a swastika last week.

Somerset police said unknown actors tossed toilet paper on the house, egged the front and put a “666” marking on the rear of the house in the early morning hours of Feb. 26.

The investigation continues, police said.

Fire ruled accidental

NORTHERN CAMBRIA – A state police fire marshal has ruled a fire on Sunday in Northern Cambria as accidental.

The Crawford Avenue fire gutted the home and investigators have described it as a total loss.

Firefighters from several area companies spent several hours battling the blaze Sunday.

Ebensburg state police Fire Marshal Carl Richards said a coal furnace flare-up appeared to be the cause of the fire.

He said the home was insured.

Beer theft leads to arrest

SOMERSET – A Somerset man wanted on a police warrant was picked up last week after he was caught stealing a 12-pack of beer.

Somerset police said staff at The Tracks bar chased down Jeremy Dunmeyer, 34, after he ran out of their bar Feb. 24 with a $8.75 worth of beer.

Dunmeyer ended up tripping during the chase and was caught and taken back to the bar where he allegedly told  police he stole the beer.

Because of an outstanding warrant, he was taken to Somerset County Jail.

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