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March 18, 2014

Local briefs 3/19/2014

Ex-jail guard gets probation in fondling

The former chief guard at Somerset County Jail will serve two years’ probation in a first-offender’s program for charges that he made lewd remarks and fondled two female subordinates.

Ronald Lensbouer, 45, entered the program Monday, the (Somerset) Daily American reported. Charges of indecent assault and harassment will be dismissed if he successfully completes the probation, though his record cannot be expunged because of the nature of the offense.

Somerset County District Attorney Lisa Lazzari-Strasiser said the resolution was appropriate. One of the alleged victims has resigned, while another remains a guard at the jail.

Lensbouer was on unpaid leave after he was charged in June. He resigned last month.

Lensbouer did not plead guilty in entering the first-offender program.

Hearing postponed on scuffle at hospital

A preliminary hearing has been continued for a Somerset area man accused of scuffling with police and hospital staff while high on drugs in Somerset Hospital last month.

Jason A. Carpenter, 29, of Stoystown Road, now faces a preliminary hearing April 8 before District Judge Kenneth Johnson of Somerset.

The hearing date was rescheduled so his aggravated assault case can be handled at the same time as several unrelated charges against Carpenter, court staff said.

Police said two women found Carpenter lying on East Patriot Street and he was taken to Somerset Hospital’s emergency room but refused treatment.

Carpenter was in and out of consciousness, and after becoming combative with staff at the scene, told police he was high on a mix of heroin and crack, police said at the time.

Carpenter is in Somerset County Jail on $25,000 cash bond. He is being represented by Somerset attorney Joseph Policicchio.

Easter Bunny to pose for photos

EcoKids Children’s Consignment Shop will offer photos with the Easter Bunny from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the shop,    2025 Bedford St. in Johnstown.

Families can get a free photo when they make a purchase of any size at the store. The shop also will have crafts for kids to do and refreshments.

All merchandise will be on sale with 30 percent off holiday items, 20 percent off all consigned items and 10 percent off new items.

Half of the purchase price of consigned items at EcoKids goes to the Learning Lamp’s free After School Outreach Program in Johnstown’s Moxham, Oakhurst and Prospect neighborhoods.  

For more information, call 262-0732.

Tote bags available with blood donations

The Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region will feature American Red Cross tote bags at all blood drives and blood donation centers during a limited time promotion while supplies last.

Those who donate at blood drives from Monday through March 28 are eligible.

For a list of participating blood drives or more information, visit

For blood drive information, visit or call 800-733-2767.

Group receives funds to fight knotweed

The Conemaugh Valley Conservancy has secured a $2,000 mini-grant to help the group’s effort to control invasive knotweed on the Jim Mayer Trail and secure contracting services for a semi-annual e-newsletter.

The grant, which also will assist with other work, was secured from energy company Dominion’s nonprofit Dominion Foundation.


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