News in brief from around the region


Treasurer’s office closed for training

The treasurer’s office in the Blair County Courthouse will be closed from 1 to 4 p.m. today and again on Friday.

Treasurer Jim Carothers said he and his staff are scheduled on both afternoons for training associated with the MUNIS Enterprise Resource Management accounting system. Commissioners approved a request last year for the purchase of the MUNIS system, with installation and training being accomplished in stages.


Police warn of fake calls

The Blair County Sheriff’s Department is advising local residents of a telephone scam involving a caller who claims to be a deputy contacting people who failed to show for grand jury duty.

The caller has been identifying himself as Mark Davis, who advises the person answering the phone that he has a warrant for their arrest and that it can be satisfied with a $4,000 payment.

The sheriff’s department, in a statement about the scam, said it does not employ anyone by this name and will never ask anyone to send money via phone or mail.

The department also advises local residents receiving such phone calls to end the call as soon as possible. It also advises against returning such calls and against leaving messages in the caller’s voice mailbox because it wrongly indicates that the person has reached the sheriff’s department.

Anyone with questions about these calls can contact the sheriff’s department at 693-3100 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.