JOHNSTOWN — Johnstown police are investigating an appeal for donations to an alleged fund to benefit fire victim Joe Varmecky of Upper Yoder Township.
Varmecky's family members and close friends are not aware of the alleged fund.
Detectives are advising residents not to send donations to the post office box listed in a brief in Saturday's editions of The Tribune-Democrat and broadcast on local media outlets.
A local businessman is establishing a fund for Varmecky in which donations will be made directly through a local bank. Information on the fund will be available later this week, police said.