The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local News

November 8, 2012

In brief: Man accused of fitness center theft

— A Windber man was jailed Tuesday after authorities said he stole a credit card from a fitness center and rang up $700 in unauthorized purchases.

Matthew Anthony Truscello, 37, of the

1000 block of Cambria Avenue, was charged with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and access device fraud.

In a criminal complaint, Richland Township police said Truscello entered SNAP Fitness Center in Richland Township Oct. 8 and allegedly stole a wallet and cellphone while the victim was working out.

Truscello then charged more than $700 in items at a Sheetz store and charged $25.50 at Town Tavern in Windber, police said.

Truscello was arraigned by District Judge Max Pavlovich of Richland Township and sent to the Cambria County Prison after failing to post 10 percent of $15,000 bond.

In a separate complaint, Truscello is accused of taking $241.27 in merchandise from Walmart at Richland Town Centre on Tuesday. In that case he was charged with retail theft and false ID to law enforcement.

Incline collecting food, clothing

The Inclined Plane will be hosting a food and clothing drive today through Sunday.  

Donations of nonperishable food items as well as new winter coats, hats and gloves will be accepted at the Inclined Plane. As a thank you, people will receive a free ride on the Inclined Plane with their donation. The nonperishable food items will be donated to the Women’s Help Center and the winter apparel will be donated to Beginnings Inc.

For more information, call 536-1816, visit or check the Inclined Plane’s Facebook page.

Shorty’s offers Thanksgiving meal

Shorty’s Italian Smokehouse, of Westwood, will sponsor a free community dinner on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 4 p.m. at The Grove, in Westmont.

Owners Bob Stephens and Mike Bair created the event as a way to give back to the the people of Johnstown. Because of the current recession period, Stephens and Bair recognize that everyone may not be able to afford to purchase food and put together a Thanksgiving meal, or have no family locally, so they wanted to give a meal to all who choose to attend at no charge.

Donations are welcome and may be dropped off at Shorty’s Italian Smokehouse, 1761 Goucher St. Any leftover donations will be given to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Information: 255-1500.

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