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December 24, 2013

Local & state briefs | Fire destroys driller's garage

— Fire caused an estimated $2 million damage at a natural gas driller’s vehicle maintenance garage near Indiana on Christmas Eve.

Firefighters were called to Northeast Energy on Route 954 in White Township, near the intersection with Lucerne Road, around 5 a.m.

Indiana Fire Association Chief Charles Kelly said the building contained several oxygen and acetylene tanks that exploded.

No company employees were present when the fire started and nobody was injured, Kelly said.

The building was a total loss, Indiana First Assistant Chief Scott Schuller said.

A state police fire marshal determined that a tractor-trailer inside the building caught fire and the flames spread to other equipment and the building itself, Schuller said.

The company has insurance, he said.

Northeast Energy has an office plus other equipment including drilling rigs on its property so it still will be able to conduct business, Schuller said.

The company services Marcellus and Utica shale natural gas wells.

Fire departments from Homer City, Coral-Graceton, Clymer, Cherryhill Township and Marion Center also responded, according to Indiana County Emergency Management’s website.

Police seek suspect accused of threat

State police in Indiana are searching for a Homer City man who they say threatened to kill a woman and put a shotgun to her head on Monday.

Jeremy Lamb, 43, of Homer City, allegedly pointed the gun at the woman in a Buffington Township home and then fled.

A warrant has been issued for Lamb on charges of aggravated assault and terroristic threats, police said.

Police are asking that anyone with information on Lamb’s whereabouts call the barracks at 724-357-1960.

Cops: Man stole cuffs while fleeing troopers

An Indiana County man is jailed on charges that he stole a pair of handcuffs – which he was wearing when he slipped out of a state police cruiser’s window.

Douglas Lydic, 29, also faces charges of escape and receiving stolen property. Following arraignment, he was lodged in the Indiana County Jail on $25,000 straight cash bond.

Lydic was arrested Sunday evening on suspicion of drug possession and placed in a cruiser on Creek Road in Armstrong Township. He managed to lower a window in the vehicle and fled while troopers were searching around his car for evidence, state police in Indiana said.

Lydic was re-arrested Monday morning at the White Township home of his girlfriend, Tiffany White, 25. She was charged with hindering apprehension by police and was in the county jail in lieu of $10,000 straight cash bond.

Lydic had not been charged in the drug incident as of Tuesday.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for him.

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