Fire damages cabin dating to 1700s
STOYSTOWN – A log cabin that dates to the 1700s and was once used as a stagecoach stop in Somerset County has been damaged by a fire.
Stoystown fire Chief Dave Johnson said the current owners use the cabin along U.S. Route 30 as a hunting cabin.
But Johnson said the building dates to at least 1745, though he said records pertaining to the building have been destroyed.
The chief told the (Somerset) Daily American that the building was not insured. He has called in a state police fire marshal to investigate, but does not believe the fire is suspicious.
The fire was reported about 10:50 a.m. Sunday.
New prison opens in Centre County
The prison that will hold many of the inmates currently housed at State Correctional Institution-Cresson officially opened on Monday.
Tours of the $200 million SCI-Benner Township facility in Centre County were held on Monday and will continue this evening.
The Centre Daily Times reported that 186 inmates will be transported to the prison each week until the facility reaches its full capacity of about 2,000. The prison is expected to be fully operational by July 1.
SCI-Cresson’s 1,500 inmates and SCI-Greensburg’s 1,000 inmates are scheduled to be transferred to other prisons by June 30. Most are expected to go to Benner.
City police: Man led officers on chase
A Johnstown-area man allegedly stole a pizza deliveryman’s vehicle Monday and led city police on a chase before he was caught speeding through the 8th Ward, police said.
A Pizza-Deli Six Pack employee who was delivering a pizza at the Solomon Homes housing project around 12:30 p.m. locked the car and left it running with the keys inside, city police Capt. Andrew Frear said.
Edward Johnson, 39, climbed inside the vehicle after forcing down the window, police alleged. He led police on a short chase through the city’s Hornerstown section before being stopped in the 8th Ward, Frear said.
Johnson was expected to be arraigned by on-call District Judge Max Pavlovich of Richland Township.
Charges of theft, receiving stolen property, DUI-drug related and fleeing are pending.
Marshals apprehend area sex offender
A Johnstown-area sex offender who was accused of fleeing the area without notifying authorities was apprehended on Friday.
U.S. Marshals in New Jersey picked up Robert P. Green, 41, who is accused of failing to comply with sex offender requirements, the Cambria County Sheriff’s Department said. He was taken to the Warren County Jail in New Jersey to await extradition back to Cambria County.
Police: Armed man set fire to own home
ALTOONA – Police believe an armed man set fire to his Blair County home before blocking his driveway with a car and tree limbs to keep emergency responders away.
The Associated Press did not identify the man taken into custody Sunday afternoon by police in Logan Township, near Altoona, because it was unclear if criminal charges had been filed against him.
Police said the man dumped gasoline and diesel fuel in the house to set the fire, which was contained by about 6 p.m.
Police said that the man was armed when officers found him outside the house, but did not resist nor did he threaten police or fire crews when they arrived. It wasn’t clear why the man set the fire.
Lottery ticket worth $1M sold in Altoona
MIDDLETOWN – A Powerball ticket worth $1 million from the March 30 drawing was sold at Sheetz, 1915 Pleasant Valley Blvd. in Altoona.
The ticket correctly matched all five white balls, 11-23-26-46-55, but not the red Powerball 27, for a prize of $1 million, less 25 percent federal withholding.
The retailer will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.
Lottery officials cannot confirm the identity of the winner until the prize is claimed and the ticket is validated.
Rabies clinics planned in Somerset County
SOMERSET – The Humane Society of Somerset and Somerset County Veterinarian Association are sponsoring a series of rabies clinics throughout the month
The first clinic will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Stoystown fire hall.
Most clinics are scheduled for 6 to 7 p.m.: Monday at Boswell fire hall; April 10, New Centerville fire hall; April 11, Addison fire hall and Berlin Vocational-Agriculture Department; April 16, Shanksville fire hall; April 22, Meyersdale Vocational-Agriculture Department; April 24, Gary’s Complex (former Jamesway) in Somerset; and April 29, New Baltimore fire hall.
Two clinics will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturdays: April 13 at Acosta fire hall and April 27 at Central City fire hall.
The cost is $10 per animal. Dogs should be on leashes and cats should be in carriers.
Fire damages cabin dating to 1700s
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