The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 2, 2013

In brief: Ex-boyfriend accused in woman’s shooting

The Tribune-Democrat

DERRY — An Indiana County man entered his ex-girlfriend’s home in Derry Township on Monday and shot her multiple times in front of her 15-year-old daughter, state police in Greensburg said.

Troopers said Arthur Whitfield, 51, of Josephine, forced his way into the bedroom of the West First Avenue home where Holly Embry, 35, and her daughter were watching television.

Whitfield allegedly pulled a .380-caliber pistol and shot Embry. During the shooting, the girl ran into another bedroom calling for Whitfields’s 21-year-old daughter, Alisha, troopers said.

Whitfield fled and Embry was flown to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where she was listed in critical condition, troopers said.

Troopers found an unarmed Whitfield after motorists reported a man fitting his description hitchhiking along Route 271.

Whitfield was charged with criminal attempted homicide and numerous other charges.

He is being held in the Westmoreland County Jail.

Authority lawsuit hearing continued

A preliminary hearing in former Johnstown Housing Authority Chairman Brian Vuletich’s lawsuit against the Johnstown Housing Authority and the city has been continued.

As previously reported by The Tribune-Democrat, Vuletich sued the city and the authority over the appointment of  Joseph Taranto to the authority board, following the end of Vuletich’s five-year term. Vuletich claimed it would be a city code violation, since Taranto also sits on city council.

The hearing was continued to Dec. 13.

Club will collect toys during Dickens parade

St. Francis University American Sign Language Club has partnered with Toys for Tots to collect items for children.

New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off during the Dickens of a Christmas parade in Ebensburg at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Club members will collect the toys as they travel in the parade with Santa’s sleigh.

Anyone wishing to donate but who will not be at the parade may drop off a donation at Ebensburg Area EMS, 100 N. Caroline St. in the borough.

Ligonier open house slated for Sunday

The Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce will conduct its Ligonier Christmas Town Wide Open House from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Throughout the day, people are invited to enjoy Christmas music, kettle korn and visits from Santa. Horse drawn buggy rides will also be available, weather permitting.

All proceeds go to Valley Youth Network.

The Valley Players of Ligonier will perform “A Ligonier Christmas” at 2:30 at the Ligonier Theater.

The Ligonier Valley Historical Society’s “Festival of Lights” will be on display from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the town hall.

For more information call 724-238-4200 or visit

Nativity display on tap in Ebensburg

More than 100 nativities will be on view during the annual Christmas Nativity Display at Holy Name Roman Catholic Church hall in Ebensburg.

The nativities will be on display from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 14 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 15 at the hall located at 500 North Julian St. in Ebensburg,

Admission is free.

The display features a variety of nativities including heirloom, handmade and some from other countries.

Light refreshments will be provided and a children’s play area will be available. A raffle will be held for a new nativity.

Anyone desiring to reserve a space should call 472-8315.