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July 5, 2013

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Police investigate deaths of mother, son

SOMERSET – State police at Somerset are investigating the deaths of a mother and son whose bodies were found Thursday in separate locations in southern Somerset County.

Police said Dorothy Ernst, 79, of Somerset, was found in a remote location on Bluelick Road in Brothersvalley Township. Walter D. Ernst, 58, of Somerset, was found on Walters Mills Road in Black Township, which is west of Brothersvalley Township.

The deaths, which police believe are related, occurred between 4:30 and 6:11 p.m., police said.

The investigation is continuing  and it may be a prolonged period of time until it has been completed and all the evidence processed, police said.

Police said they want to emphasize that there is no danger to the public with regards to the deaths.

Sex offender faces address change charge

A Johnstown man was charged Friday with failing to notify authorities of a change of address as a registered sex offender, city police said.

Police charged Rex Shackleford, 27, of Fronheiser Street, with failing to comply with Megan’s law.

Police said Shackleford allegedly assaulted a woman at the residence on June 29.

Officers said Shackleford told them the woman was his girlfriend and that had been living there for a couple of weeks.

He did not tell police he had moved from his previous address on Laura Street in West Taylor Township, authorities said.

Police said Shackleford must register for life as a sex offender because he was convicted in June 2010 of indecent assault. He must notify state police of an address change within three business days.

2 handguns stolen in Lincoln Township

SIPESVILLE – Two handguns were stolen from a Lincoln Township home on Tuesday or Wednesday, said state police in Somerset.

The guns taken from the home on Sipesville Road are a

9 mm Taurus PT92 and a 380-caliber Smith & Wesson, police said.

City man pleads to federal drug violation

A Johnstown man could face time in prison after pleading guilty in federal court to violating federal narcotics laws.

Jelina Montez Cook, 21, of the 600 block of Bedford Street, pleaded guilty on Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton said.

Cook and co-defendants conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin from the spring of 2011 to May 2012, Hickton said.

Cook faces a sentence of up to life in prison and a $10 million fine.

His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 9.

Teen injured in Reade Twp. crash

A Curwensville teen was hurt Thursday evening when the car in which she was riding struck a utility pole in Reade Township in northeastern Cambria County.

Sarah E. Wriglesworth, 18, was a passenger in the car driven by Luke Iraca, 17, of Irvona, state police said..

Iraca was driving south on Skyline Drive, Route 865, when he lost control of the Chevrolet Cavalier while rounding a curve just after 8:30 p.m., police said.

Wriglesworth was taken to UPMC Altoona with what police listed as a minor injury.

Iraca is being cited for driving at an unsafe speed, police said.

Band concert set at Ligonier Diamond

The Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a band concert at 7 p.m. Sunday on the Diamond near the town hall in Ligonier.

The Kiski Valley Community Band will play marches, big band numbers and Broadway selections as well as a variety of popular music.

An invocation will be given by the Rev. J. Paul McCracken of Fort Palmer Presbyterian Church.

The concert is free, but donations will be collected by Boy Scout Troop 372.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own seating. If the weather is unfavorable, the concert will be held in the town hall auditorium.

Human resources group meets Tuesday

Cambria-Somerset Human Resources Association will host its monthly meeting Tuesday at the Holiday Inn, 250 Market St., downtown Johnstown.

Registration will start at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting will conclude at 1:30 p.m.

“Union Awareness: Current Trends & Tactics” will be presented by Gerry Peterson, managing principal of Tartan Group LLC.

Those who are not current members can contact Aimee Garay, membership chairwoman, at Guests are welcome to attend for $20, which includes lunch.

Information: email

FirstEnergy donates $10G for Gettysburg

FirstEnergy Corp., a subsidiary of Metropolitan Edison, has contributed $10,000 to the Gettysburg Foundation in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

The battle was the largest ever fought in the United States. A number of commemorative events have been planned for the anniversary celebration, which continues through Sunday.

Metropolitan Edison’s donation was used to develop special operational and staffing plans to accommodate tourists during the 10-day event.

The travel industry recognized the Gettysburg anniversary events as a top-10 destination.

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Tackling the area's drug problem.
Controlling folks moving into city housing.
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