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on August 17, 2014 1:29 AM

Here is a look at the top stories of local interest published in The Indiana Gazette during the week of Aug. 10-16:


When an Indiana couple decided to take control of their bodies, losing nearly 350 pounds together, they didn’t know it would bring them a life in the spotlight.

Danny Patton, 28, and Kalean Duffy, 22, started their weight-loss journey in January 2013. Throughout the course of the last year and this year, Patton has lost more than 220 pounds and Duffy has lost more than 120.

The couple’s inspirational story garnered them national attention, including their participation in a segment of CNN’s “Why the Health Not” that aired in June.

And on Thurday, Patton made a marriage proposal to Duffy on a live TV segment on the HLN show “My Big Moment.” She said yes.


An auto repair shop worker was jailed Sunday night after he pursued a customer in Kiskiminetas Township, Armstrong County, and commandeered the vehicle at the end of a two-mile chase on Route 56, state police reported.

James Sabino, 28, of Apollo, was charged with felony theft and multiple traffic violations.

Troopers at Kittanning reported that Sabino, a son of the owners of Sabino’s Route 56 Service, took chase at 6:12 p.m. when Jordan Shupe, of Indiana, retrieved his car.


Television legend Carol Burnett has been named this year’s winner of the Harvey Award to be presented by the James M. Stewart Museum Foundation.

Burnett, an actress, comedian, singer and writer best known as the star of “The Carol Burnett Show” from 1967 to 1978, will accept the museum’s award at a dinner and ceremony Friday, Oct. 3, at the Chestnut Ridge resort near Blairsville in Burrell Township.

Museum Foundation President Jeffrey Tobin announced Burnett’s appearance Tuesday.


Local regulators have cleared the way for construction of Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant between the two shopping malls along Oakland Avenue at the site of the former Spotts Music. A final site plan for national franchise gained approval Tuesday from the White Township planning commission.

The restaurant will be one of a national chain with dozens of locations in Pennsylvania, where food orders are prepared in assembly-line fashion as diners give their custom orders for burritos, tacos and salads.

The restaurant will be built by Oak Ave Ind LLC, a development group set up by Joe Smiley and several partners.


No one was injured Wednesday afternoon when fire destroyed a two-story home in the village of Robinson in West Wheatfield Township. The home at 122 Mary St. belongs to Carlos and Colbee Hernandez and their children, Chloe and Tony. Volunteer firefighters from the Bolivar, Clyde and Seward departments responded to the alarm at 2 p.m. The Armagh and Black Lick fire departments were put on standby.


Federal officials this week reported a pilot lost control of a helicopter by flying it too slowly and too low before it spun, dropped and hit two buildings in Indiana Borough three years ago. A passenger on the aircraft, one of three cameramen for a television production company, died of complications from his injuries about three weeks after the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board published its report on the probable cause of the accident Wednesday.

According to the report, the pilot had less than the recommended amount of experience for aerial photography flights.


Students and parents in the Penns Manor Area School District will have a new way to access grades and other student information through a Web-based application called Sapphire.

This will be used by all teachers to log not only grades but attendance and conduct reports, among other things. The district previously used a program called Edline.

According to Daren Johnston, acting superintendent of the district, Sapphire combines the functions of several other programs in use by the district, such as entering student data, grades and being a resource for students and parents in one application.

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