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February 21, 2014

Local briefs 2/22/2014

Man faces trial in slaying

A man has been ordered to stand trial in the fatal shooting of an Indiana County gun shop owner, for which the district attorney may pursue the death penalty.

Jack Edmundson Jr., 43, of Saltsburg, was ordered to stand trial after a preliminary hearing Friday where state police testified about a surveillance video what captured the shooting.

Police said the video clearly shows Edmundson grabbing a gun from a display case and shooting 62-year-old Frank Petro at Frank’s Gun & Taxidermy in neighboring Conemaugh Township on Dec. 31.

Edmundson called 911 and claimed to have been defending himself from an attack, but Trooper Robert Valyo said that’s not consistent with the video. Police believe Edmundson shot Petro after Edmundson extorted more than $130,000 from Petro by pretending to be an undercover officer investigating Petro’s winnings in an illegal lottery.

Candidate to address seniors

Col. John Hugya, a candidate for the 12th Congressional District seat, is scheduled to speak at a meeting of the East Hills Senior Citizens at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the senior activity center, Suite 116, 1425 Scalp Ave. in Richland Township.

Among other subjects, he will discuss the need to keep Social Security strong and to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Tree, plant sale underway

The Cambria County Conservation District’s 42nd annual Tree and Plant Sale catalog is available for purchase.

This year’s catalog includes favorites such as black-eyed Susans, blueberry and strawberry plants, spruce and pine seedlings, fruit and shade trees and wildlife boxes. New varieties among the fruit trees and flowers are available and more ornamental trees have been added.

To receive a catalog, call 472-2120 or email  

Customers also can access the full catalog and order form on Facebook and at the county website,


The deadline for orders with payment is 4 p.m. March 21.

Orders can be picked up from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 11 at the Cambria County Fairgrounds in Ebensburg.

Model, baby contest planned

Entries are being accepted for the Miss Sunburst Model Search and Baby Contest, which will be held at 6 p.m. March 5 at The Galleria in Richland Township.

The model search is for girls ages 4 to 27. Groups will be divided into ages 4-6, 7-10, 11-13, 14-17 and 18-27. .

The baby pageant is for boys and girls up to 3 years old. The age groups are baby, younger than 1 year; tiny, 1 year; and little, 2 and 3 years. .

All winners will go to the state finals in May to represent their county.

Entry forms are available at The Galleria and

Information: 813-839-8054.

Art show applications available

The Art in Bloom committee is accepting applications for the 16th annual Ebensburg spring art show, which is scheduled for April 26 and 27 at the Cambria County Courthouse.

Professional and amateur artists are welcome to enter. Art will be featured in various categories, including painting, drawing, original photography, dimensional and mixed media.

Monetary awards will be given for each of the five categories as well as honorable mention, best of show, people’s choice, mayor’s choice and mayor’s overall favorite.

This year, applications can be submitted electronically at A printable version of the application also is available on the website, and hard copy applications can be picked up at the borough office at 300 W. High St.            

The entry fee is $10 for each work entered, with a maximum of two works by each individual.

The deadline for submitting applications is April 2.

Information: 472-8414.

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