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June 20, 2014

Charges dropped in bomb threat, rape cases

JOHNSTOWN — Charges were withdrawn against a Johnstown woman accused of threatening to blow up a group home in February, and an East Taylor Township couple were cleared of criminal charges in a rape case filed last year.

Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan withdrew the charges against Jeanene Diane Callaway, 48, of the 700 block of Somerset Street, on Wednesday after representatives of the home’s operator, Life Changing Support Services of Wilmore, again failed to appear for a preliminary hearing before District Judge Leonard Grecek of Roxbury.

“We were put in a bad position because it was the second time they didn’t appear, so we withdrew the charges,” Callihan said.

Callaway was accused of telephoning a bomb threat Feb. 6 to a group home on Cypress Avenue in Johnstown.

City police said the alleged bomb threat came after Callaway lost her job with the business. Police charged her with terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment.

A spokesperson for Life Changing Support Services was not available for comment on Friday.

Callihan said the charges could be refiled if approved by her office.

“I would want to know why they didn’t show up,” she said.

In the second case, the county court of common pleas cleared an East Taylor Township couple of wrongdoing stemming from the alleged rape of a 17-year-old girl on June 28.

President Judge Timothy Creany signed an order in April to have criminal charges expunged against Jeffrey M. Knepper, 46, and Rosemary A. Stonerook, 43, both of Parkhill.

Charges filed by township police against Knepper included rape and assault. Charges against Stonerook included endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors.

Stonerook said it was her daughter who had accused Knepper of rape before recanting the story. The girl has since moved from the area, she said.

“Nothing happened,” Stonerook said Friday.

“I just want relief for (Knepper) and his parents,” she said. “They went through hell.”

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on twitter.com/PatBuchnowskiTD.

 

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