The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

November 8, 2012

In brief: Man accused of fitness center theft

Staff and wire reports

— 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.

Shred events aid Salvation Army

Business Records Management has partnered with The Salvation Army and Project Bundle-Up to offer document shredding in exchange for a donation to provide local children with warm winter clothing.  

Two Shred Event Days will be held from

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 8 at Business Records Management at 1325 Eisenhower Blvd.  

The public is invited to bring up to two boxes for a minimum donation of $5 or a new clothing item.  

For more information, call 262-7820.

Plant fire caused $75M damage

INDIANA – An Indiana fire chief said last month’s massive fire at a printing plant caused $75 million damage – more than the combined damage caused by all other fires in his agency’s 134-year history.

A state police fire marshal has been investigating the fire at Creps United Publications near Indiana on Oct. 23. Smoke from the fire was visible for miles.

Charles Kelly, chief of the Indiana Fire Association, told the Indiana Gazette that the fire destroyed the plant building and much of the material and equipment inside.

The company prints bulk inserts and brochures for newspapers and spent $9.5 million on a new press in 2001.

Solvents used to service the press and other equipment and paper stock fueled the fire.

Nor’easter deals Pa. glancing blow

PHILADELPHIA – A little more than a week after managing to avoid the worst that Superstorm Sandy had to offer, Pennsylvania was dealt a glancing blow by a nor’easter that moved up the coast overnight.

Philadelphia’s northern suburbs got the worst of the snow Wednesday night, seeing at least two inches in Langhorne, Bucks County. The city itself got a trace as snow mixed with rain.

Transportation officials had kept a wary eye on the storm in Sandy’s wake, but major roadways were clear as of Thursday morning following some slippery conditions overnight.

The wintry storm added slightly to the difficulty for utility companies just recovering from record outages brought by Sandy. FirstEnergy and PPL reported a total of 415 customers without power early Thursday, and Peco reported only scattered outages.

Fleeing suspect dies in river

PITTSBURGH – Police say a man fleeing police in Pittsburgh died after jumping into the Allegheny River to evade capture.

Authorities did not immediately release the name of the man who fled officers in a stolen car Wednesday night, sparking a pursuit through downtown Pittsburgh.

Investigators say the man drove the wrong way on one street before crashing into another car, then jumping over a wall and dropping a gun before jumping into the river. Rescue divers pulled the man from the water, but he was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police say they were pursuing the man’s car because it had been taken in a carjacking on Monday. Two other men were in the fleeing car.

Police say they’re trying to determine if those men were involved in the carjacking.

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