Kidnap suspect indicted
CLARION – A Clarion County man accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old girl and taking her to South Dakota has been indicted by a federal grand jury, authorities said.
U.S. Attorney David Hickton said Tuesday that a grand jury in Pittsburgh had indicted 31-year-old Joshua Baker, of Leeper, on federal counts of interstate transportation of a minor for the purpose of engaging in unlawful sexual activity and travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.
Clarion County District Attorney Mark Aaron on Monday announced state charges of kidnapping a minor and interfering with custody, alleging Baker left with the girl in the middle of the night March 28. Authorities said the kidnapping charge applies because of the girl’s age, whether or not she consented to go with Baker. Aaron alleged at a news conference Monday that Baker was running away from his wife and was in a relationship with the girl.
Online court records don’t list an attorney for Baker, who was jailed in South Dakota on the charges filed in Clarion County. Baker is the cousin of the girl’s mother’s fiancee, Aaron said.
Baker was arrested in Martin, S.D., on Saturday, two days after a store clerk saw Baker and the girl and called police.
Trade mission yields new plant
HARRISBURG – An international manufacturer of hydraulic cylinders plans to open a facility in Franklin County by the end of this year, Gov. Tom Corbett said Tuesday from Brazil as he leads a South American trade mission.
The planned Wipro Infrastructure Engineering plant in Chambersburg will create 74 local jobs and generate $10 million in capital investment over a decade, Corbett and officials involved in the project said in a telephone conference from Sao Paulo with Pennsylvania reporters.
India-based Wipro is a major supplier of Volvo Construction Equipment, which officials said has a strong presence in Brazil and whose only North American production facility is located in Shippensburg.
Wipro already has 13 facilities worldwide.
ITSI-Biosciences of Johnstown is one of the companies taking part in the mission.
Dead priest named in allegations
WILKINSBURG – The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh has alerted parishioners in one suburban parish of sex abuse allegations against a now-dead priest.
The diocese sent the letter to members of St. James Church in Wilkinsburg on Friday, after receiving an allegation last month from the brother of a man – who is also now dead – who claimed he had been abused by the Rev. John Wellinger.
Wellinger was the assistant pastor of the church from 1981 to 1985 when the alleged abuse took place. The diocese alerted parishioners so anyone else who may have been abused by Wellinger at that parish can contact diocesan or statewide abuse hotlines and receive counseling and other help.
Wellinger, who died two years ago, was named as a perpetrator in a lawsuit the diocese settled for $1.25 million in 2007 on behalf of 32 victims.
That lawsuit didn’t involve the now-dead victim, but another person who claimed they were abused in 1989 when Wellinger served at another parish, Holy Spirit, in West Mifflin, the Rev. Ronald Lengwin, a diocesan spokesman said. That allegation didn’t result in criminal charges, however, and wasn’t made until 1995.
Three trucks collide
HARRISVILLE – A crash involving two tractor-trailers and a dump truck closed a rural Butler County highway for several hours.
State police from Butler said the crash happened about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday on Route 8 near Harrisville.
Police have not said who owned the trucks, but said the crash occurred when a tractor-trailer jackknifed when its driver tried to stop for a motorist making a turn, and hit a logging truck.
A dump truck traveling behind the logging truck then smashed into it.
Police said the tractor-trailer driver was taken from the scene to a hospital.
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