Borough police have identified the vehicle that a bank robber used as his getaway car after a heist on Monday.
A witness saw the suspect drive away in a late model Chevrolet pickup truck that was parked on West Sample Street.
The truck was just a short distance from the First National Bank on West High Street that was robbed, said police Chief Terry Wyland.
The truck has club cab and is charcoal gray with chrome running boards.
The suspect was described as a white male, 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall and weighing 220 to 250 pounds.
Grocery worker accused of theft
INDIANA – A Homer City woman faces retail theft charges, accused of stuffing chicken tenders, mayonnaise and school supplies in her clothing at a local market.
State police in Indiana said Donna K. Anderson, 50, was an employee at Martin’s Market on Oakland Avenue and tried to swipe items on her night shift March 1.
Video cameras caught her removing the items, police said. She then stored the items in a back room cabinet, police said.
Tree planting planned at Flight 93 site
SHANKSVILLE – The Flight 93 National Memorial is seeking volunteers for a tree planting day on April 27.
The National Park Service expects to plant 15,000 seedlings on 23 acres.
Volunteers age 14 and older must register at the park service’s website, The Daily American of Somerset reported Tuesday. No walk-ups will be accepted.
Each team of volunteers will be supervised by a professional forester.
The park service is advising people to prepare for cold, wet and muddy conditions.
The memorial marks the area where a hijacked United Airlines jet crashed during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Investigators believe the hijackers planned to crash the plane in Washington, D.C., but were thwarted when the 40 passengers and crew fought back.
Fugitive returns from Florida
One of Westmoreland County’s most wanted fugitives was extradited from Florida to Pennsylvania on March 8.
Ryan Owen Smith was apprehended in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
He was wanted on outstanding warrants for theft of services, theft by unlawful taking, nine counts of defrauding secured creditors, deceptive business practices, nine counts of theft by unlawful taking and defaulting in a required appearance.
Smith had been on the run since August 2012 when he failed to appear for multiple court actions in Westmoreland County.
Rothfus’ staff to visit Somerset
SOMERSET – U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Sewickley, will hold mobile office hours at the Somerset County Annex Office Building on March 28.
Members of his staff will be on hand from 9 a.m. until noon to help residents resolve issues they may have with the federal government.
The session will be held in the fifth floor conference room, Suite 540, of the building at 300 N. Center Ave. in Somerset.
New license plates salute veterans
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has introduced its new “Honoring Our Veterans” license plate, which enables motorists to pay tribute to former military service members while supporting the efforts of veterans organizations.
The plate is available for passenger cars and light tucks and costs $35.
Fifteen dollars from each plate goes to the Veterans Trust Fund administered by the Department of Military Affairs.
The plate features an image of the American flag and a bald eagle as well as the words “Honoring Our Veterans.
For more information, visit www.dmv.state.pa.us/license_plates/special_fund.shtml.
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