The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

January 5, 2013

In brief: Police: Shoplifters flee after 2nd try


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SOMERSET — State police are looking for two white males who shoplifted $580 worth of items from the Wal-Mart near Somerset and then tried to steal again from the same store less than 10 minutes later.

One man stole the items around 7:20 p.m. Thursday while the other acted as a lookout, police said. The pair then went back into the store and were foiled in an attempt to steal $1,432 worth of items just before 7:30 p.m.

One suspect fled in a silver Jeep Laredo and the other fled on foot in the direction of North Center Avenue.

Troopers seeking tips in 2 cases

SOMERSET – Troopers in Somerset County are asking the public for help in identifying suspects in separate cases.

A burglar made off with two flat-screen televisions and a Ruger .44 Magnum revolver from a home in the 400 block of  Belltown Road, Lincoln Township, on Dec. 20, police said.

Troopers also are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man and woman who, along with a Johnstown man, shoplifted $1,380 worth of merchandise from the Wal-Mart store near Somerset on Dec. 12.

The Johnstown man, Cody Miller, has been charged with retail theft.

Anyone with information about either incident can call state police at 445-4104.

Pgh. pair face drug charges in Blair

ALTOONA – Two Pittsburgh residents have been charged with trafficking heroin.

Leslie Bishop Jones and Dana Shalon Holden-Ellman, both 23, were arrested Wednesday just outside Altoona after they sold $2,500 worth of heroin during a controlled buy, said a joint statement by the Blair County Drug Task Force and the state attorney general’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation.

Holden-Ellman was found to be on parole from a previous drug law violation and was wearing an ankle monitor at the time of his arrest.

Jones also was charged with selling heroin on Dec. 18 and 21 in Blair County.

Both were arraigned and lodged in the Blair County Prison.

Suspect claims booze on breath was week old

ALTOONA – Police said a man who was arrested for public drunkenness when he tried to report his cellphone had been stolen claimed that the booze officers smelled on his breath was a week old.

Altoona police didn’t buy that. They said they also found brass knuckles, a small amount of marijuana and a pipe on John Ozio, 19, on Dec. 23.

Ozio’s public defender could not immediately be reached for comment.

He remained in the Blair County Prison on Thursday, awaiting a Feb. 8 preliminary hearing on charges of carrying an illegal weapon, marijuana possession, public drunkenness, underage drinking and criminal mischief.

Cops say man tried break-in at Heinz Field

PITTSBURGH – A Pittsburgh man has been arrested at Heinz Field after police said he tried to break into the Pittsburgh Steelers’ locker room.

 John Winters, 28, was arrested on charges of burglary and possession of instruments of crime.

Police said Winters broke a lock at Gate B and wandered onto the field Saturday morning, then tried to break into the locker room with a hammer.

Security guards spotted Winters on a video feed and he was taken into custody.

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