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January 25, 2013

Two face drug charges after traffic stop in city

JOHNSTOWN — Johnstown police arrested two suspected drug dealers and seized marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a handgun during a traffic stop.

Police on Thursday charged Stephen M. Huff, 23, of the 700 block of McMillen Street, and Adam Scott McAfee, 27, of the 700 block of Von Lunen Road, with drug-related offenses.

In a criminal complaint, police said they stopped a 1992 Ford Ranger on Oak Street on Tuesday after the driver ran a stop sign.

Police obtained a search warrant after officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana.

Officers said Huff told them he was driving the vehicle to a friend’s house.

Police seized a black Ruger SR9c 9mm handgun with a loaded magazine.

Huff said the gun was his but was unable to prove documentation, police said.

“It was not reported stolen,” Officer Erin Kabler said. “We just don’t know who it belongs to.”

Police also seized $100 worth of suspected marijuana, a scale and an empty plastic bag.

Huff also was charged with multiple traffic offenses including driving without a valid license.

Both men are expected to be arraigned before District Judge Leonard Grecek of Roxbury.

In other criminal incidents reported by area police:

Scam alert

Richland Township police are warning people of the latest scam to hit the area.

Unknown people are calling residents asking for a donation for the fire department, police Detective Kevin Gaudlip said.

The callers request credit card numbers to make a $12.50 donation.

Several residents have been contacted, but none has given credit card information, he said.

“We want them to know it’s a scam,” Gaudlip said. “There are probably a lot of people in the Johnstown area who will get this call.”

Richland Fire Department does not solicit by telephone. Instead, firefighters send letters with the proper letterhead when they ask for donations, Gaudlip said.

Police are urging residents not to give out personal information to anyone who calls.

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What is the biggest key to reducing gun violence in Johnstown?

Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
Monitoring folks in treatment centers and halfway houses.
Tougher sentencing by the court system.
More police on the streets.

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