The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 30, 2010

In brief


The Tribune-Democrat

— 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.

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