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Attorney: McClure’s injuction hearing withdrawn after new sheriff nominated

Former Chief Deputy Sheriff Sam McClure was supposed to have a preliminary injunction hearing Friday morning on a protection from abuse order. But the hearing never took place. (WJAC)

HOLLIDAYSBURG – Gov. Tom Wolf has put a name on the dotted line as a placeholder for Blair County Sheriff.

Thomas J. Yablonski Jr. of Cumberland County, a staffer with Wolf's administration, was the procedural nomination, according to the governor's office.

The procedural nomination comes days after Blair County commissioners fired acting sheriff Sam McClure after investigating sexual harassment allegations that came to light in March.

Yablonski name was nominated, as per state law, a name must be given within 90 days to go forward with the appointee process. Former Blair County Sheriff Mitchell Cooper retired 88 days ago.

According to Wolf's office, names are being discussed that will be sent to the Senate for approval to take over the sheriff's position until January of 2018.

McClure was supposed to have a preliminary injunction hearing Friday morning, but the hearing never took place.

McClure’s attorney, Paul Puskar, withdrew his civil action after hearing of Wolf's nomination, making McClure's case "moot," according to Puskar.

A separate hearing regarding a PFA filed against McClure alleging sexual harassment is still going forward.

McClure was fired by county commissioners several weeks after being placed on paid administrative leave.

Following him and his attorney withdrawing their injunction, McClure announced his intentions to continue with his campaign for sheriff. He is facing Duncansville police Chief James Ott in the election.

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