The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

February 1, 2013

In brief: Police charge driver after 20-minute chase

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— An East Conemaugh resident was jailed Friday after troopers said he led them on a chase through multiple municipalities.

In a criminal complaint, state police from Ebensburg said Malcom Duane McCallum Jr., 45, was driving a rented 2013 Chrysler Town and Country van around

1:30 a.m. when he crossed the center line three times on Bedford Street in Stonycreek Township.

Troopers said that as they tried to stop the vehicle, McCallum tossed his cigarette out the window and sped away.

McCallum led troopers through Dale, the Old Conemaugh Borough and Woodvale neighborhoods of Johnstown, Franklin and East Conemaugh boroughs and East Taylor Township. The van then went back through Johnstown, where it was stopped at

1:50 a.m. on Ebensburg Road at Crouse Avenue in the Prospect neighborhood.

Troopers took McCallum to Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown but he refused to submit to a blood test.

McCallum was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude police, DUI and numerous traffic violations.

He was arraigned by on-call District Judge John Barron of Upper Yoder Township and sent to the Cambria County Prison after failing to post 10 percent of $20,000 bond.

Boys & Girls Club moves to new facility

SOMERSET – The Boys & Girls Club of Somerset County recently moved to its new facility at 117 Georgian Place.

The public will be invited to see the new facility during an open house planned for April.

The club had been located in the Somerset Lions Club facility on West Fairview Street since 2004, but the success of the ser­vice and various programs offered to children ages 6 to 18 caused the club to outgrow that site. The former space provided 3,500 square feet for activities, but with more than 11,000 square feet, the new facility will allow the club to accommodate more children and expand its programs.

“We do not turn any children away here,” said Barbara Knecht, chief professional officer of the club. “The past two years, we have had a waiting list, but now we can accommodate everyone on the list as well as additional children and teenagers.”

The Boys & Girls Club of Somerset County has an ongoing campaign to establish a growth fund, which enabled the purchase of the new facility and will establish an endowment fund to sustain the facility in the future.  

For more information on the club, call 445-1802.

West Hills stray finds a home

A stray dog that became the darling of residents in the Luzerne and Palliser streets area of the West Hills was adopted Friday.

Winnie, a female terrier mix estimated to be about 5 years old, was adopted by Desiree Sirko of Johnstown, said a spokeswoman for the Humane Society of Cambria County, where Winnie had been staying. Sirko has a husband and three children.

The adoption procedure was paid for by Richard Poole, the spokeswoman said.

Residents of the two streets banded together to rescue Winnie, who had been roaming the neighborhood. They eventually were able to catch her in a humane trap and an animal-control officer took her to the society’s shelter.

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