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June 20, 2014

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Police seek cause of fire at Patton business

A state police fire marshal is searching for the cause of a fire that damaged Kline’s Miner’s Rest in Patton early Friday.

Fire broke out at 3:26 a.m. in the basement of the restaurant at 807 Fourth Ave., according to Jerry Brant, public information officer for the Patton Volunteer Fire Company.

Security doors impeded firefighters from entering the building, Brant said, but once inside they were able to contain the fire to the basement and a portion of the first floor.

The business was closed at the time, and no injuries were reported, he said.

The Miner’s Rest will be closed until restoration work is done, Brant said.

Fire crews from Carrolltown, Hastings and Northern Cambria assisted along with Hastings Area EMS.

Physical therapy site coming to Richland

A Westmoreland County physical therapy group plans to open its first location in the Johnstown area early next week.

Greensburg-based PT Group expects to open a 1,500-square-foot facility in Richland Township, where it will offer sports medicine and orthopedic therapy as well as balance and vestibular-type programs, said PT Group CEO and owner Dale Cordial, a physical therapist.

The College Park Plaza location will be PT Group’s 20th site, including those in Allegheny, Armstrong and Westmoreland counties, among others, he said.

The Richland office will initially employ four people, including Nick Costanzo, a doctor of physical therapy who was born and raised in Johnstown, Cordial said.

“We think he’ll be a good local connection for our patients,” Cordial said.

The PT Group is locating in a site formerly occupied by The PC Clinic, which has moved into another space in the plaza.

The deal was brokered by CCN Properties.

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Troopers: Inmate made knife from plastic bottle

An inmate at Bedford County Correctional Facility who had burglary charges dismissed because prosecutors didn’t bring him to trial fast enough remains jailed because police said he was caught trying to make a knife from a plastic shampoo bottle.

Hugh Jeffrey Gilliam, 25, had the 2012 burglary and criminal mischief charges dismissed last month. But the Altoona Mirror reported state police have since charged him with trying to make the knife in April, when he was still in jail awaiting trial on the earlier charges.

Gilliam is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the weapons charge July 2.

Johnsown Catholic Class of 1947 planning reunion

The 1947 graduating class of Johnstown Catholic High School is planning its 67th class reunion for Aug. 17 at Anthony’s Restaurant, 725 Scalp Ave. in Geistown.

A cash bar will begin at 2 p.m. followed by dinner at 3.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling May Shertzer at 255-3245 or Virginia Kozuch at 266-4397.

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