The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


June 28, 2014

Laurels and barbs

JOHNSTOWN — Laurel: Johnstown Councilwoman Marie Mock jumped into action when she was alerted by social media to vandalism at Roxbury Park. “I knew it wouldn’t match, but I covered it up,” Mock said of the green paint she used to hide graffiti at the 8th Ward athletic complex. Meanwhile, if anyone knows who may have caused the damage, they have been asked to contact Johnstown police at 800-281-1680.

Laurel: If Sebastian Masterson follows his current course of study, he may have a bright future in science. Sebastian, 7, a pupil at Westmont Hilltop Elementary School, captured first place in the Pennsylvania Statistics Poster Competition and third in the national competition. “His efforts are worthy of high praise,” said Peter R. Skoner, associate provost at St. Francis University, Loretto. Sebastian coupled his love of football and “Angry Birds” and developed a scientific experiment. Congratulations, Sebastian.

Barb: Hugh Jeffrey Gilliam was almost a free man. Prosecutors were forced to dismiss burglary charges against Gilliam because he was not afforded a speedy trial. But then law enforcement officials allege that, while still in prison, he was caught trying to fashion a knife from a plastic shampoo bottle. So he will remain in the Bedford County Correctional Facility on a weapons charge. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Barb: A wife spiked her husband’s glass of wine with antifreeze in an effort to allegedly get him to stop drinking. Carla Hague of Ohio said her husband, Judge Charles Hague, had been diagnosed with a severe respiratory condition. “I made a terrible decision to put a chemical in a drink that my husband would consume,” Mrs. Hague, a retired nurse, told a court during her trial. This summed it all up: “We’ve been a dysfunctional family for many years,” said Kirsten Casper, the couple’s youngest daughter.

 Laurel: Cambria-Rowe Business College is branching out – to Richland Township. The school will add a campus at the Industrial Park near The Galleria. Called the Cambria-Rowe School of Technology, the campus will offer a research and project-based curriculum that will give students skills to pursue high-tech jobs.

Laurel: While work continues on the Route 219 south expansion, Cambria County leaders are urging the state to not forget about Route 219 north of Ebensburg and Route 56 east of Windber. “The general consensus is to look for ways to improve access to Johnstown,” said Chris Allison, head of transportation planning with the Cambria County Planning Commission. The panel will forward its request to PennDOT’s central office in Harrisburg for consideration.

Barb: A Somerset County man may have followed a Meals on Wheels delivery vehicle to target homes of senior citizens and Amish. Police allege that James Hay brazenly walked into a home and stole a

wallet and entered another and made off with prescription medication. Police also allege that Hay went door-to-door soliciting home-repair jobs. State police charged him with burglary and theft.

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