The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

November 18, 2013

IN BRIEF | Gas leak prompts school evacuation


The Tribune-Democrat

— NEW PARIS – Chestnut Ridge High School was evacuated for a while Monday morning when propane gas being bled from an outside tank infiltrated the school, a school official said.

Six students and two teachers reported feeling ill, said Schools Superintendent Mark Kudlawiec. Two students were taken to UPMC Bedford Memorial to be examined with the other four returning to classes, he said.

The incident took place after 10 a.m. when the gas company filled the propane tank and then bled excess gas, he said. The school’s air handlers, which usher fresh air into the building, drew some fumes into the building, he said.

Firefighters turned off the gas, and, using meters, found no fumes in the school, he said. Firefighters then turned on the tank and checked for fumes again. They found none and around 11 a.m. permitted the school to be occupied, he said.

Johnstown man sentenced for tryst

WASHINGTON, Pa. – A 33-year-old Johnstown man who met a Washington County teenage girl online in May was sentenced Friday to 21/2 to six years in a state prison after pleading guilty to committing sex crimes via the Internet and corrupting her morals.

Victor Eugene Pulgar, who was given credit for time served in the county jail, also will face

five years of probation after completing his prison term. the Washington Observer-Reporter said.

Washington County Judge Katherine B. Emery also required Pulgar to register as a sex offender under Megan’s law.

Pulgar and the girl, who was then 16, met at her home. After a few weeks she found she could not trust him and her parents contacted police.

The judge allowed Pulgar to remain free on bond while he faces Cambria County charges for selling obscene or sexual materials, coercing or threatening to expose a secret and harassment by communication using lewd or threatening language, the newspaper reported.

Online court records show Pulgar’s Cambria County case has been granted a continuance through Dec. 5.

Police: Man shot window with BB gun

SOMERSET – A Somerset man was jailed Sunday after police said he shot a BB gun through an apartment window.

Borough police said Tommy L. Shaffer, 24, of the 800 block of East Main Street, allegedly fired two BBs into an apartment.

Police said they found Shaffer on East Main Street carrying a CO2-operated BB gun inside his left pocket.

Police said they found two BB holes in the front window of the apartment next to the bedroom where one person was lying.

Shaffer was charged with two counts each of discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.

He was arraigned by District Judge Sandra Stevanus of Confluence and sent to the Somerset County Jail after failing to post $30,000 bond.

Defendant pleads on firearms charge

A Hornerstown man pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Johnstown to a charge of violating federal firearms laws, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton said.

Jesse Shalik Moffitt, 30, of the 400 block of Ash Street, entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

On July 3, 2011, Moffitt was in possession of a 9 mm pistol. On Jan. 3, 2006, Moffitt was convicted in Cambria County of delivery of a controlled substance, a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.

Federal law prohibits persons who have been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year from possessing firearms or ammunition.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie L. Haines is prosecuting the case.

Program provides Thanksgiving meals

State. Sen. John Wozniak,

D-Westmont, and State Rep. Frank Burns, D-East Taylor Township, along with Martin’s General Stores will help provide the needy with Thanksgiving meals by holding a Turkey Giveaway Program.

People can donate money to the food drive and receive a turkey. A $5 minimum donation is required.

Stop in Martin’s General Store in Ebensburg from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday or 2 to

4 p.m. Friday at the Martin’s General Store in Parkhill to participate.

State police holding car seat check

State police in Somerset are participating in the National Click It or Ticket Campaign through Dec. 1.

The program is designed to ensure children are safely buckled and that parents and caregivers are using car seats properly.

As part of the event, state police will hold a car seat check from 9 a.m. to noon today at Somerset Hospital, Wheeler Center parking lot.

The event is free.

Appointments: 445-4104.

Morning radio host ‘Frogman’ Kelsey dies

ALTOONA – The host of a popular central Pennsylvania FM radio morning show known on the air as Steve “Frogman” Kelsey has died.

Kelsey’s real name was Rob Terdiman. He died Sunday at age 56, two days after suffering a stroke.

The host worked at the station known as WFGY or Froggy 98 in Altoona, and has worked at the station’s predecessor, WFGB, since the 1970s.

He co-hosted the show with Kellie Green from 6 to 10 a.m. weekdays.

Terdiman regularly visited elementary schools to recite the Pledge of Allegiance with children and hosted weddings, teen dances and other gigs outside his radio duties.

The station’s program director, Donna Himes, said the radio host is “irreplaceable” as a home-grown personality and said, “our hearts are broken.”