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October 27, 2012

In brief: Jill Biden plans, cancels campaign trip here

— Less than three hours after announcing Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Jill Biden, was coming to the region today and Monday, the trip was canceled, the Obama campaign announced.

Jill Biden was to meet voters Monday morning in the Obama For America campaign office, 430 Main St., Johnstown.

Campaign stops were also planned in Duncansville today and in Indiana and Greensburg on Monday.

Police seek identity of woman hit by car

ADDISON – Police are trying to find the identity of a woman who was hit by a car late Friday along Route 40.

State police say the woman was lying along the roadway about one-fourth of a mile east of Newberry Road in Addison Township, Somerset County.

Several bystanders tried to stop traffic, police said, but the woman was struck in the head and neck area by a Chevrolet Impala.

She was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va., where she was listed in stable condition Saturday afternoon.

She is described as white, between ages 20 and 40. She is 5-feet-2-inches tall, weighs 110 pounds and has brown hair.

Her left eyebrow is pierced, but she has no jewelry in the piercing. She has stick figures tattooed on her right arm and a heart tattoo on her right hip. She was wearing blue jeans, a blue Aeropostale short-sleeve shirt and a dark blue hooded sweatshirt.

Police ask anyone with information to contact the Somerset state police office at 445-4104.

Radio program to discuss Bigfoot

MUNDY’S CORNER – “The Unusual and Unexplained” will be examined today during a program by Coast to Coast AM radio host Butch Witkowski.

The program focusing on Bigfoot and sponsored by Laurel Highlands Historical Village will be presented at 2 p.m. today at the Big Stone Inn, 163 Pennway Drive, Nanty Glo. Admission is free.



Parents sentenced in girl’s death

UNIONTOWN – A Fayette County man and woman have each been sentenced to 41⁄2 to 9 years in prison in the malnutrition and dehydration death of their young daughter, who used a feeding tube.

The (Uniontown) Herald-Standard said a Fayette County judge imposed the sentences Thursday on 37-year-old Tammy Bohon and 57-year-old Robert Dodson.

They pleaded guilty last month to involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of children in the January 2011 death of 15-month-old Madison Dodson.

Both acknowledged in court that they knew the child was very sick but did nothing to help her. Judge Steve Leskinen said the parents should have called for help or taken the child to a hospital.

The couple’s remaining seven children have been placed in foster care.

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  • Halfway house inmates can ease back into society

    Prison life can be a time warp.
    When inmates are locked away – for months, years, decades – society moves forward: Technology evolves, major events occur, pop culture changes. From a personal perspective, families and friends live their lives: weddings, funerals, graduations, births, retirements. All the while, criminals bide their time, existing in a regimented world of cement walls and metal bars.
    Almost all of them eventually rejoin society, though.

    April 19, 2014

  • Crime board took aim at house

    Johnstown’s unemployment rate is around 8 percent.
    One-third of the city’s population lives in poverty.
    Burglaries and assaults significantly increased between 2010 and 2012. There is a thriving illegal trade in heroin and prescription drugs.
    Given those conditions, it can be challenging for Johnstown Community Corrections Center residents to find jobs when living in the facility or to avoid falling back into a criminal lifestyle upon their release.

    April 19, 2014

  • Homicides linked to center

    Three homicides that took place in Johnstown last year involved either a suspect or victim who previously resided in the Community Corrections Center.
    Police Chief Craig Foust confirmed the name of one victim, who spent almost two months in the facility on Washington Street during 2007, a time period verified by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

    April 19, 2014

  • bachota Volunteers helping to spruce up community

    Walls and ceilings inside the Cambria County Library look clean and bright with fresh new coats of paint on them.
    The work was recently done by inmates from the Johnstown Community Corrections Center.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • alanna Hartzok targets income disparity

    Alanna Hartzok described herself as being a conservative progressive.
    The Franklin County resident said she is in favor of conserving environmental resources, education opportunities, Social Security and Medicare, while wanting to progressively address wealth inequality, health care and taxation.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Schools rise to leadership challenge

    Forest Hills and Cambria Heights high school students put the spirit of healthy competition toward a good cause and picked up some lessons in leadership along the way.

    April 19, 2014

  • KATEY LADIKA Student’s photos win awards

    A Forest Hills High School junior has captured several awards in a high school arts and writing contest that has identified greats such as Truman Capote and Andy Warhol.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jim Siehl JIM SIEHL | Music to my ears

    Seldom has $15 produced such a high level of entertainment as it did a few weeks ago when I found myself in the second row just left of center keeping back the tears once again during my third live performance of “Les Miserables.”

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Michele Bender Bye, bye, Easter birdies

    Animals fascinated my mom. Riding the train between Johnstown and Philly, she saw horses, pigs, sheep, cows … a Mattel See ’n Say of farm critters.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bill Eggert Columnist Photo Travelogue of terror features Johnstown area

    A historic week will surround the venerable Silver Drive-In come the beginning of May.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

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