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November 15, 2013

Local briefs 11/16/2013

Patton man on probation for pot plants

A Patton man has been sentenced in federal court in Johns­town to four years of probation on his conviction for possession of marijuana plants, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton said.

Stephen D. Lamont, 36, of the 600 block of St. Augustine Road, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

The first three months of probation must be served on home confinement with electronic monitoring, Hickton said.

According to information presented to the court, Lamont possessed with the intent to distribute at least 50, but fewer  than 100, marijuana plants on May 9, 2011.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Valkovci Jr. prosecuted the case.

Hickton commended the joint task force, headed by the local FBI office and comprised of area law enforcement agencies, for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Lamont.

New fund set up to aid fire victim

Donations to help fire victim Joseph Varmecky are being collected through two local businesses supported by Varmecky’s relatives.

Varmecky lost everything when his Upper Yoder Township home burned on Oct. 28. Varmecky, who is hearing impaired, was pulled from the burning home by Upper Yoder police Sgt. Jeffery Berkebile.

Donations may be dropped off or mailed to Northwest Savings Bank, 225 Franklin St., Johnstown, Pa. 15901. Checks should be made payable to Joseph Varmecky.

Donations also are being collected at Bantly Hardware, 701 Von Lunen Road.

Police are investigating solicitations for another fund, ostensibly for Varmecky, that used a Johnstown post office box address.

Postal inspectors have sealed the box, police said.

Officials: No injuries in car-school bus crash

WINDBER – No serious injuries were reported after a car struck a school bus from behind on Friday afternoon in Windber, authorities said.

Paint Township police said the crash happened at 2:40 p.m. in the 400 block of Railroad Street when the car hit a bus carrying 24 students from Windber Area School District.

Superintendent Rick Huffman said the bus was transporting students from the middle school and high school.

Three students were taken to a hospital as a precaution, he said, and another bus was sent to take home the remaining students.

The bus sustained minor scrapes, Huffman said.

Worker reported hurt at state game lands

SCHELLSBURG – The state Game Commission is investigating an accident involving a land management employee in Bedford County.

The incident happened late Friday afternoon on state game lands along Shawnee Road near Schellsburg. Details were not available Friday night.

Southcentral Region Director Brad Myers said crews in the area often do habitat work using machines and chain saws.

Suspect charged with Altoona heroin sales

ALTOONA – A Centre County man has been charged with dealing heroin in Altoona.

Maurice Darrell Golden, 33, of Bellfonte, also was charged with possession of heroin and criminal use of a communications device, the state attorney general’s Bureau of Narcotics said in a news release.

Golden is accused of delivering 30 bags of heroin to a confidential informant in the 1200 block of 20th Street on Wednesday, the release said.

Also investigating were Altoona police and the Blair County Drug Task Force.


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