Troopers kill man during confrontation
HOPEWELL – State police are investigating the death of a Hopewell area man who was shot Tuesday when he pointed a weapon at troopers during a standoff at his residence on Yellow Creek Drive.
Chester Guyton, 67, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Bedford County coroner, police said.
Troopers were called to the residence around 10:25 a.m. to check on the welfare of a distraught man, police said. Upon arrival, they discovered that Guyton was in possession of firearms and threatening to harm himself and others while inside his residence.
Guyton then came out of his home and began walking around the yard with a weapon in his hand. Troopers at the scene negotiated with him for more than 90 minutes in an effort to bring the incident to a safe conclusion, police said. But at 1:17 p.m., Guyton pointed the weapon, engaging the troopers on the perimeter and resulting in the use of deadly force, the police report said.
City resident accused of indecent exposure
A Johnstown man was charged Monday with indecent exposure after he allegedly exposed himself to two women at the Westwood Plaza Theatre in December.
In a court document, West Hills Regional Police said Fred George Dravis, 54, of the 100 block of Geis Street, was sitting in the theater near two women watching the movie “A Christmas Carol” when he allegedly exposed himself on Dec. 27.
This isn’t the first time Dravis has been charged, said West Hills police Sgt. George Musulin III.
Musulin said Dravis was arrested recently by Logan Township police in Blair County for allegedly exposing himself at the Carmike Cinemas.
Dravis was in the Blair County Prison when he gave a one-page written confession regarding the December 2009 incident, Musulin said.
Charges were filed before District Judge John Barron of Upper Yoder Township.
AFL-CIO endorses Critz for Congress
Democrat Mark Critz, a Johnstown resident running for the seat formerly held by the late U.S. Rep. John Murtha, has received an endorsement from the AFL-CIO.
The state’s biggest labor organization said it was backing Critz for both the primary election and the special election that will determine who fills Murtha’s seat for the remainder of this year.
Critz and Republican Tim Burns of Washington County will face off in the special election. In the primary, they will be joined by Democrats Ryan Bucchianeri and Ron Mackell Jr. and Republican William Russell.
Critz said the AFL-CIO has more than 40,000 members in the 12th Congressional District.
“The AFL-CIO has always been a powerful advocate for good-paying jobs and fair-trade policies on behalf of hardworking Pennsylvanians, and I’ll serve in Congress with those same priorities,” Critz said.
Memorial emphasizing organ donation need
Memorial Medical Center and The Center for Organ Recovery and Education are teaming up to celebrate April as National Donate Life Month.
At 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the hospital’s Clinical Pavilion Atrium, CORE representatives will discuss the importance of organ donation and present Memorial with an award for its organ donation efforts.
The goal of the monthlong observance is to highlight the critical need for donors.
For more information, contact CORE’s Communications/Community Relations Department at (800) DONORS-7 or visit its Web site: www.core.org.
Metzgar to address Patriots on health care
BEDFORD – State Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar, R-Berlin, will speak about state House Bill 2053, The Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act, at the Bedford County Patriots meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bedford American Legion.
Metzgar, who represents Somerset County and part of Bedford County, is a co-sponsor of the bill, which would give Pennsylvania residents the right to purchase health insurance of their choosing and prohibit any law that would force individuals, health care providers and employers from being forced to participate in any health care system.
The bill is in opposition to the recently enacted federal health care law.
For information, call 652-9866 or e-mail email@example.com.
Troopers kill man during confrontation
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Travelogue of terror features Johnstown area
A historic week will surround the venerable Silver Drive-In come the beginning of May.
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