The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Latest News

February 7, 2013

Driver pleads to fatal wreck

EBENSBURG — A Northern Cambria man charged in a wreck that killed an Alverda couple more than two years ago avoided a trial when he pleaded guilty to a number of charges Thursday.

Michael Sherwood, 42, of the 100 block of Melrose Place, entered a guilty plea to charges of homicide by vehicle, a third-degree felony, and two second-degreee felonies, homicide by ve­hicle while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled sub­stance, and aggravated assault by vehicle while under the influence.

Cambria County Judge Norman Krumenacker told Sherwood that by entering the guilty plea he likely will serve five to 12 years in state prison. A presentence investigation has been ordered, and Sherwood is scheduled to be sentenced March 5.

Sherwood was accused of be­ing incapable of safe driving while under the influence of meth­a­done and other prescription drugs when his pickup truck struck a oncoming car on Sept. 3, 2010. The collision occurred on a section of Route  271 known as Nicktown Hill in Northern Cambria.

Authorities alleged that Sherwood’s truck crossed the center line and hit the car head-on.

A passenger in the car, 69-year-old Lois May Davis, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband, Richard T. Davis, 76, died two weeks later at Memorial Medical Center in Johns­town. Both died of injuries due to blunt force trauma from the wreck.

A second passenger in the Davis vehicle, Orlando Veltre, also of Alverda, was injured.

Veltre testified Thursday that he has ongoing problems stemming from the injuries he sustained, but he did not object to the plea agreement.

The Davis’ daughters, Kimberly and Mary Davis, also told Krumenacker they approved of the deal and would make victim impact statements at the time Sherwood is sentenced.

Assistant District Attorney Gary Jubas said the case has been an emotional one.

The guilty pleas mean the Davis’ children don’t have to sit in a courtroom and listen to an autopsy report on how their parents died, he said.

“We looked at the sentencing guideline and decided this is something that we believe will give them some finality,” Jubas said.

Sherwood suffered a broken neck in the wreck.

Authorities said that on the day of the crash, Sherwood had received a methadone treatment around 8 a.m. at Alliance Medical Center in Richland Township.

The wreck happened around 11 a.m.

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat print edition.

Click here to subscribe to The Tribune-Democrat e-edition.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest News
  • Halfway house inmates can ease back into society

    Prison life can be a time warp.
    When inmates are locked away – for months, years, decades – society moves forward: Technology evolves, major events occur, pop culture changes. From a personal perspective, families and friends live their lives: weddings, funerals, graduations, births, retirements. All the while, criminals bide their time, existing in a regimented world of cement walls and metal bars.
    Almost all of them eventually rejoin society, though.

    April 19, 2014

  • Crime board took aim at house

    Johnstown’s unemployment rate is around 8 percent.
    One-third of the city’s population lives in poverty.
    Burglaries and assaults significantly increased between 2010 and 2012. There is a thriving illegal trade in heroin and prescription drugs.
    Given those conditions, it can be challenging for Johnstown Community Corrections Center residents to find jobs when living in the facility or to avoid falling back into a criminal lifestyle upon their release.

    April 19, 2014

  • Homicides linked to center

    Three homicides that took place in Johnstown last year involved either a suspect or victim who previously resided in the Community Corrections Center.
    Police Chief Craig Foust confirmed the name of one victim, who spent almost two months in the facility on Washington Street during 2007, a time period verified by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

    April 19, 2014

  • bachota Volunteers helping to spruce up community

    Walls and ceilings inside the Cambria County Library look clean and bright with fresh new coats of paint on them.
    The work was recently done by inmates from the Johnstown Community Corrections Center.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • alanna Hartzok targets income disparity

    Alanna Hartzok described herself as being a conservative progressive.
    The Franklin County resident said she is in favor of conserving environmental resources, education opportunities, Social Security and Medicare, while wanting to progressively address wealth inequality, health care and taxation.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Schools rise to leadership challenge

    Forest Hills and Cambria Heights high school students put the spirit of healthy competition toward a good cause and picked up some lessons in leadership along the way.

    April 19, 2014

  • KATEY LADIKA Student’s photos win awards

    A Forest Hills High School junior has captured several awards in a high school arts and writing contest that has identified greats such as Truman Capote and Andy Warhol.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Local briefs 4/20/2014

    April 19, 2014

  • Biggest student loan profits come from grad students

    This week, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the federal government would earn roughly $127 billion from student lending during the next 10 years.

    April 19, 2014

  • Smartphone kill switches are coming

    Smartphones need kill switches. It's a relatively easy solution to the pricey (and irritating) problem of smartphone theft. But who would have thought that the big carriers would team up with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung and lots of other manufacturers to voluntarily begin adding the technology by July 2015? The cooperative spirit! It makes so much sense!

    April 19, 2014


Would you like to see the Johnstown Community Corrections Center remain open after its lease runs out on Oct. 11, 2015?

I'm not sure
     View Results
Order Photos

Photo Slideshow

House Ads