The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

January 1, 2014

Local and state briefs 1/2/2014


SUV strikes pedestrian in Johnstown

A pedestrian was injured in a hit-and-run accident Tuesday evening in Johnstown.

City police said a Johnstown man was crossing Southmont Boulevard when he was struck about 9:20 p.m. by a black sport utility vehicle at the Roxbury Avenue intersection.

The SUV drove away and continued on Franklin Street toward Roxbury, Johnstown police Officer Erin Kabler said.

The pedestrian, whose name was not released, was transported to Memorial Medical Center. His injuries did not appear to be serious, Kabler said.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call 800-281-1680.

Saltsburg man charged in gun shop shooting

SALTSBURG – Officials have charged a Saltsburg man in the shooting death of a longtime gun shop owner.

State police on Wednesday charged Jack Edmundson Jr., 43, with homicide. They said Edmundson shot and killed 62-year-old Frank Petro inside Frank’s Gun & Taxidermy Shop in Saltsburg on Tuesday.

Indiana County Deputy Coroner Jerry Overman said Petro was shot multiple times.

It’s not clear what prompted the shooting. State police said they will release additional details today.

Edmundson also faces charges of attempted arson and aggravated assault.

A phone message left at a listing for Edmundson wasn’t immediately returned.

District Attorney Patrick Dougherty has scheduled a press conference at 1 p.m. today in Indiana County Courthouse.

Storm may dump up to 10 inches in Poconos

PHILADELPHIA – Pennsylvania is bracing for a significant storm that could dump up to 10 inches of snow in the Pocono Mountains and several inches elsewhere, followed by a blast of dangerously frigid air that will see wind chills plunging to below zero.

The National Weather Service has posted a winter storm warning for northeastern Pennsylvania, where it says snowfall will be heaviest this afternoon and evening before tapering off Friday morning. Forecasters say strong northerly winds will cause blowing and drifting and force temperatures into the single digits.

The weather service boosted its predicted snowfall amounts Wednesday, saying 4 to 6 inches will fall in the Philadelphia area and 6 to 8 inches farther north.

Western and central Pennsylvania could see anywhere from 2 to 7 inches.

AccuWeather is predicting 1 to 3 inches for this area.

County lays off 22 to ease budget gap

WILKES-BARRE – A northeastern Pennsylvania county has laid off 22 workers to help close a $1.4 million budget deficit.

Luzerne County went through with the layoffs on Tuesday. The employees worked in court-related offices and several other departments throughout the county. They are represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Officials originally planned to furlough as many as 36 employees, but recent retirements allowed them to reduce the number.

The county employs about 1,400.