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January 31, 2013

Windber man accused of police retaliation

WINDBER — A Windber man was ordered to stand trial on charges that he retaliated against a Paint Township police officer.

Township police said James R. McDonald Jr., 46, carved a swastika into the passenger side of the officer’s private vehicle on Nov. 30.

McDonald, of the 1300 block of Cambria Avenue, admitted to damaging the officer’s pickup “because he had been given fines” by the officer, police said.

He was charged with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and retaliation for past official action.

District Judge Joseph Cannoni of Windber on Monday ordered McDonald held for court.

McDonald was returned to Cambria County Prison, where he is being held in connection with an arson case.

Johnstown police said McDonald admitted to setting a fire that destroyed three buildings in Moxham in November.

Police said the fire started in a vacant Coleman Avenue residence and spread to an apartment complex and an unoccupied home.

The blaze displaced at least 13 people. No injuries were reported.

McDonald is awaiting a preliminary hearing in the arson case.

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