The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 8, 2012

In brief: Shots fired into Johnstown home

Staff and Wire Reports

JOHNSTOWN — At least 14 shots were fired into a home in the 400 block of Grove Avenue on Saturday and Johnstown police are looking for suspects and a motive.

No one was hurt when shots rang out shortly after midnight, police said.

It’s believed two weapons were used in the shooting, police Sgt. Patrick Goggin said.

One person was nearly struck by a round and police collected shell casings at the scene.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact police at (800) 281-1680.

Man refused to leave residence, police say

INDIANA – A York County man was jailed Saturday after police said he allegedly kicked in the front door of a residence and then refused to leave, Indiana Borough police said.

Police said Douglas Clark Risk, 22, of Peach Bottom, kicked in the door of a residence in the 400 block of Washington Street at 2:27 a.m. and would not leave.

When police arrived, they said they found a heavily intoxicated Risk on the porch.

He was taken into custody after resisting arrest, police said.

Risk was charged with two counts of criminal trespass and one count each of simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and public drunkenness.

He is being held in the Indiana County Jail.

PSU to make first payment of $60M fine

HARRISBURG – Penn State will make the first payment later this month on the

$60 million fine issued by the NCAA over its response to the sex abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

The university said Friday it will make the first of five annual payments Dec. 20.

The NCAA said the money will be held in a money market account while a task force figures out the guidelines for how grants will be distributed from an endowment established to combat child sex abuse and help victims.   

Police: Boy, 7, shot to death at gun store

MERCER – A man’s handgun went off while he was holding it as he got into his truck in the parking lot of a western Pennsylvania gun store Saturday and the shot killed his 7-year-old son, authorities said.

Joseph V. Loughrey, 44, was getting into the truck when the 9 mm handgun discharged, wounding Craig Allen Loughrey in the chest, according to state police. The boy died at the scene at Twigs Reloading Den in East Lackawannock Township, 60 miles north of Pittsburgh. Store owner Leonard Mohney said the boy was shot in the parking lot, but that he didn’t see what happened.

Investigators said Loughrey told them he didn’t realize there was a bullet still in the chamber.

Three in check plot sign plea agreements

CONCORD, N.H. – Three men from other states arrested at a New Hampshire outlet mall and charged with passing more than $370,000 in counterfeit payroll checks at Wal-Marts across the country have signed plea agreements with federal prosecutors.

Edgar Rose of Pittsburgh and Omar Patterson of Cleveland have both agreed to plead guilty to wire fraud. Quentin West of Pittsburgh agreed to plead guilty to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

All three are scheduled to be sentenced next month. They were arrested last year in Tilton.

Wal-Mart security officials say in one of the plea agreements that 270 people had their identities misused on checks that the retail giant cashed.

Swarthmore gets $50 million gift  

PHILADELPHIA – Swarthmore College has received a $50 million gift, the largest donation in its 148-year history, to strengthen collaboration between engineering students and those in other liberal arts disciplines.

The elite liberal arts college in suburban Philadelphia announced the gift Saturday from philanthropist and Swarthmore alumnus Eugene Lang to create new engineering and science facilities.

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