The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 10, 2012

In Brief | 12/11/12


Associated Press

Police get search warrant for PSU frat window fall

STATE COLLEGE – State College police have obtained a search warrant as they investigate a woman’s fall from a Penn State fraternity house earlier this month.

WJAC-TV said the warrant shows police have seized blood evidence to determine whether the 19-year-old woman fell or was pushed from the Sigma Alpha Mu frat house early Dec. 1.

Police said the woman was treated at a hospital after falling 8 feet from the window after having six shots of tequila. Nobody has been charged in the incident.

The woman’s fall is the second involving Penn State in recent months.

Penn State cheerleader Paige Raque fell 39 feet from an apartment window during an off-campus party Oct. 13, breaking her pelvis and suffering brain trauma.

Police are still investigating that incident.

Police: Man glued ex’s fridge, drawer shut

ELIZABETHVILLE – Burglars tend to have sticky fingers but usually not because they’re using glue.

Police say a Pennsylvania man broke into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment and glued her refrigerator and a utensil drawer shut.

The Patriot-News reported 42-year-old Dennis Michael Homberg also allegedly poured glue into his ex’s computer keyboard during the Nov. 12 break-in at her apartment in Elizabethville, about 15 miles north of Harrisburg.

Homberg was arraigned Saturday on charges including burglary and stalking and held on $50,000 bail. Court records don’t list an attorney for him.

Trucker killed in chain-reaction crash on Interstate 80

TANNERSVILLE – A crash involving three tractor-trailers has left one truck driver dead and closed part of Interstate 80 in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Officials said the crash happened during foggy conditions in the eastbound lanes about 3:30 a.m. Monday in Pocono Township, Monroe County. State police said one of the trucks lost a concrete wall off its flatbed trailer, causing a chain-reaction crash involving the other two tractor-trailers.

Officials said 41-year-old truck driver, Daniel L. Snyder of Youngstown, Ohio, died at the scene.

Powerball jackpot winner grew up in Pennsylvania

PHOENIX – The second winner of the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot is a 37-year-old electronics industry professional who grew up in a modest home in Pennsylvania and moved to an affluent Phoenix suburb last year before striking it rich in the lotto.

The winner is Matthew Good of Fountain Hills, who chose to remain anonymous after claiming the prize last week. Lottery winners in Arizona are a matter of public record, and The Associated Press filed a public records request to learn his name.

Good took the one-time payout of $192 million from the Nov. 28 drawing, telling lottery officials the looming fiscal cliff was the reason he claimed the winnings now and not in the next calendar year. He had 180 days to claim his share of the jackpot.

Good grew up on a working-class block in Wormleysburg, Pa., near Harrisburg. His stepmother, Charlotte Good, said in an interview with the AP that Good was “a typical kid” who has always worked hard. She said he waited until Saturday to phone his father, Ray, with the news.

“My husband, he just can’t get over it,” said Charlotte Good, 63, a retired state Revenue Department employee. “It’s his son.”

Navy SEAL killed in rescue was from Monroeville

WASHINGTON – A Navy SEAL killed during a weekend rescue mission in Afghanistan was identified by the Pentagon on Monday as Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque of Monroeville, Allegheny County.

The 28-year-old died of combat-related injuries, the Defense Department said in a statement that gave no further details of the mission.

Checque was a member of SEAL Team Six, which freed an American doctor abducted by the Taliban. The same team killed Osama bin Laden last year, but it’s unclear whether Checque was involved in the bin Laden mission.

Dr. Dilip Joseph of Colorado Springs, Colo., was rescued in eastern Afghanistan, according to officials in Afghanistan. The military said Joseph was an adviser for Colorado Springs-based Morning Star Development and was abducted last week. He was later rescued after intelligence showed he was in imminent danger of injury or possible death.

Joseph’s family on Monday extended their condolences to Checque’s family. In a statement issued by Morning Star-Development, Joseph’s family expressed gratitude for the “soldier’s heroism and for the bravery of all involved in the mission.”

Ghana malnutrition effort gets lift from Hershey

HERSHEY – The Hershey Co. said Monday it will help build and operate a peanut processing plant aimed at fighting malnutrition in the African nation where it obtains much of the cocoa it uses to make chocolate.

The candy manufacturer will partner with Project Peanut Butter, a pediatrician’s program, to distribute a peanut-based, nutrient-enriched food to malnourished children in rural Ghana.

“Without Hershey, we would have to raise all the money ourselves, which would take two or three years, minimum,” said Mardi Manary, administrator for Project Peanut Butter, which is based in the St. Louis suburb of Maplewood, Mo. “They stepped in and offered to help with finding land, also, technical services for this factory – and money.”

She said the candy maker’s support was key to establishing a workable distribution system, allowing for “a complete program, instead of just dumping it at the dock and hoping Doctors without Borders can distribute it.”

Boy shot was buckling himself in, police say

MERCER – A 7-year-old boy had been buckling himself into his safety seat in the back of his father’s truck when he was shot to death after a handgun accidentally went off as his father got in the front seat, police said Sunday.

Joseph V. Loughrey, 44, told police he had been trying to sell the guns Saturday at Twigs Reloading Den in East Lackawannock Township, 60 miles north of Pittsburgh. He unloaded the magazine at home, but didn’t realize a bullet was still in the chamber, Lt. Eric Hermick said. His son, Craig Allen Loughrey, was shot in the chest and died at the scene.