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December 30, 2012

In brief: Man accused of pulling a handgun

BOLIVAR — A Fairfield Township man was charged with terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person Thursday, accused of threatening another man’s life with a handgun.

State police said Richard L. Wisner, 45, of Manor Lane, pulled a handgun on a 20-year-old man.

Wisner was taken into custody and lodged in Westmoreland County Prison after failing to post his $25,000 bond.

Shanksville driver hurt in crash

SHANKSVILLE – A Shanks-ville man received minor injuries early Sunday after his car was struck by another vehicle.

State police in Somerset said Randy Kimmel Jr., 23, failed to stop his car at a stop sign on a snow-covered Main Street and continued into the other car’s path.

The other motorist, Gregory Sipe, 21, of Friedens, was not injured.

Cops: Man’s death may be linked to robbery

TORRANCE – A 24-year-old New Florence man was killed Saturday, possibly in an attempt to rob a drug dealer in Derry Township, state police said.

State police in Greensburg said Michael Volk, 24, was found dead in a Stone Quarry Road home in Derry with several gunshot head wounds.

They said Volk allegedly conspired with three people – all of them currently in police custody for conspiracy to commit robbery – to rob a dealer named “Mitch,” who has since fled wearing gray clothing, including a gray hooded shirt and Oakland Raiders skull cap.

Police said the man, who is black, has a chipped tooth and stands at approximately 5’10.”

The man was reportedly seen fleeing in a maroon coupe with a roof that did not match the car body’s color, investigators said.

Gulf widens in gun debate

WEXFORD – Inside the Big Buck Sport Shop, where mounted moose and deer heads loom over rifles, handguns, targets and ammunition, the customers have no doubt: More gun laws will not save lives.

Fifteen miles south, in the city of Pittsburgh, many confronted by a steady stream of gun violence are just as certain: To reduce the carnage, stricter gun control is needed.

This divide has existed for decades, separating America into hostile camps of conservative vs. liberal, rural vs. urban.

After the massacre of 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Conn., the gulf has rarely felt wider than now.

After the gunman invaded an elementary school with a Bushmaster AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and magazines of 30 bullets each, there was a brief moment of unity amid the nation’s grief.

Many wondered if even the National Rifle Association would adjust its staunch opposition to gun control.

Then both sides regrouped and positions hardened.

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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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