The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


January 17, 2013

MIDDAY BRIEFING: Cops approved for Pittsburgh area schools

PITTSBURGH — An Allegheny County school district has approved adding two police officers to patrol its buildings.

The Tribune-Review reports that Collier Township commissioners voted on Wednesday night to add the school resource officers to the Chartiers Valley middle and high school campus and to the primary school.

The district is also in negotiations with Scott Township to put another officer at an intermediate school.

The officers are scheduled to begin work on Feb. 4.


Police seek 2 suspects in Philly girl's abduction

PHILADELPHIA — Police are still searching for a woman who abducted a 5-year-old Philadelphia girl from her elementary school.

Investigators say the girl was blindfolded, forced to change out of her clothes and made to hide under a bed after being taken from her classroom Monday morning. A passer-by found her early Tuesday shivering under a piece of playground equipment at a park just outside the city.

Police say the woman claimed she was the girl's mother and was coming to take her to breakfast. After leaving school, police say the woman and the victim walked a few blocks to a home where a man was waiting.

Authorities believe the victim was targeted but have not disclosed a motive. School officials say personnel did not follow proper procedures before releasing the child.


Greyhound bus rear-ends truck near Erie

ERIE — Police say a Greyhound bus rear-ended a flatbed truck on Interstate 90 in Erie County, but police are reporting no serious injuries.

The accident happened around 7 a.m. Thursday and has interrupted traffic flow in the area. The Erie Times-News reports rescue crews emptied the bus and a few passengers were placed on stretchers.

The driver of the flatbed was not hurt.


4 dogs killed, firefighter hurt in fire in Reading

READING — Fire officials in Reading say four dogs were killed and a firefighter was hurt in a row house blaze.

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