In brief: Two facing identity theft charges – The Tribune

GREENSBURG —
Two people were charged in connection with multiple incidents of identity theft that netted them more than $28,000 in cash and merchandise in four counties.

State police in Greensburg charged Randy Petro, 44, of Blairsville, and Paula Armstrong, 49, of Derry, with multiple counts of identify theft and access-device fraud after they allegedly opened several credit card accounts using the names of other individuals. They used the charge cards throughout Cambria, Indiana, Westmoreland and Allegheny counties for $28,618 in purchases and cash advances, troopers said.

Investigators used surveillance video to identify the suspects.

Petro and Armstrong also were charged with multiple counts of theft by deception, unlawful use of a computer and receiving stolen property.

Money stolen from employee’s purse

SOMERSET – A thief made off with $300 from a woman’s purse at Laurel Mountain Inn in Jefferson Township, authorities said.

The woman was working at the restaurant when someone stole the money on Sept. 23 or 24, troopers said.

Anyone with information on the crime may contact state police at 445-4104.

Fundraiser planned for crash victim’s family

HOMER CITY – A spaghetti dinner and basket raffle will be held Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Homer City fire hall, 25 W. Church St.

Proceeds will benefit the family of 4-year-old Justin Williamson Jr., who was killed in an auto accident on Sept. 17. The money will be used to help the family with his funeral expenses.

Admission is $10, which includes meal and 25 basket tickets. Additional tickets may be purchased at the door.

Information: (724) 599-9897.

Laps of Light set for Oct. 7

DAVIDSVILLE – The 5th annual “Laps of Light” will be held Oct. 7 at the Conemaugh Township Area High School, with an opening ceremony at 4:30 p.m.

The event is hosted by the staff of Camp PARC and the fifth and sixth grade Sunday school classes of St. David’s Lutheran Church. The event draws more than 750 people and raises more than $20,000 for Camp PARC.

Camp PARC (People Always Responding with Compassion), a residential summer camping program for mentally disabled individuals, has been in operation for more than 50 years.

“Laps of Light” is a walk that is open to everyone.

The event will feature food sales by the Thomahawk Grill, raffles, entertainment and activities for all ages and abilities. Boss Frog, from Froggy 95, will serve as master of ceremonies.

The event also will include a motorcycle benefit ride. Registration begins at noon at the high school. Cost to participate is $25 per couple or $15 per single.

For additional information, go to www.campparc.org or call 410-5343.

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