Indiana, PA - Indiana County logs most-read stories of the year

on December 31, 2013 10:55 AM

Here are the top-read stories of 2013 at


1. Man accused of bagging buck in Walmart parking lot

Arcangelo Bianco Jr. was accused of firing several rounds at a white-tailed deer from within the parking lot of the Walmart in Burrell Township and bagged the animal on the other side of Old Route 22.

Date: March 26

Views: 29,115


2. Rescuers assist crash victims

Four people were injured, including Penns Manor High School students, when a car they were riding in collided with a van on Route 403 in Cherryhill Township. Several had to be freed from the wreckage.

Date: Dec. 17

Views: 14,532


3. Dog tangles with black bear to protect injured owner

A Smicksburg woman credited her Australian shepherd, Boomer, with saving her life from a bear attack while she was walking about a mile from her home on Aug. 4.

Date: Aug. 30

Views: 14,526


4. Police identify man killed in shooting

A former Indiana County law enforcement officer died during a confrontation with state police when they answered a report of a domestic dispute at his home in Brush Valley.

Date: July 8

Views: 13,256


5. Community mourns teacher, swim coach

Mark Hess, 57, a popular swimming coach and gym teacher at Indiana Area Junior School, died suddenly Sept. 6 after collapsing while exercising at his home.

Thousands later turned out for a memorial at Mack Park Pool.

Date: Sept. 8

Views: 9,353


6. Two charged in man’s death

Two Glen Campbell men — Christopher Salsgiver, 22, and Gregory “Sam” Patterson, 33 — were charged with killing an Ernest man, James “Porky” Alexander, during a narcotics transaction on a walking trail in Clymer.

Date: June 26

Views: 9,424


7. Owner relentless in search for missing dog

Larry August, of North Mahoning Township, has gone to great measures to try to find Duke, a miniature pinscher, who went missing on Sept. 13.

Date: Nov. 19

Views: 8,176


8. Teen’s unusual catch no mere fish tale

A photo of an unusual snake snagging a sunfish at Yellow Creek State Park went viral, garnering a lot of attention in the social media realm.

Date: June 21

Views: 8,050


9. Apparent slaying probed near Clymer

Police were investigating a fatal shooting on a trail in Clymer on June 21. The victim would later be identified as James “Porky” Alexander.

Date: June 25

Views: 6,926


10. Veteran Hess harvests success

Indiana Area’s Mark Hess was profiled in a story about his induction into the Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame for his success as a swim coach.

Date: May 16

Views: 7,108

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