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July 2, 2014

Local briefs 7/3/2014

Missing man’s body located

The body of an Altoona man was found in Dean Township on Tuesday night, about three days after he was reported missing.

State police in Ebensburg said Jammie Lee Hauser, 42, was riding a 2001 Harley-Davidson south on Route 53  when he lost control on a curve near Marra Road.

The motorcycle struck a utility pole and a tree before Hauser was thrown off when the bike became airborne, troopers said. Still airborne, the bike struck several trees.

Troopers said Hauser was traveling at a high rate of speed when the crash occurred.

Cambria County Chief Deputy Corner Jeffrey Lees said Hauser died from head injuries. He was not wearing a helmet, Lees said.

Family members had been searching for Hauser since Saturday. The death is being ruled an accident.

Meyersdale meth lab operator sentenced  

A Meyersdale man who was charged last year in connection with a methamphetamine lab that was found in the borough was sentenced Tuesday.

Larry DeWayne Wilt, 32, was sentenced in Somerset County court to serve 24 months in the state intermediate punishment program and two years on probation for operating a meth lab.

Meyersdale police charged Wilt in May 2013 after finding a meth lab inside a mobile home on Celtic Lane.

Wilt must pay more than $5,000 in fines in addition to court costs.

The intermediate punishment program is designed for low-risk drug offenders and includes monitoring and outpatient treatment.

Women on probation for welfare fraud

Two Cambria County women are among 16 Pennsylvania residents sentenced recently for committing welfare fraud, according to a news release from the state Office of Inspector General.

Courtney J. Petrore, 34, of Conemaugh, received more than $18,650 in medical assistance benefits and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, the release said.

She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to seven years of probation. Petrore was ordered to pay full restitution, court costs, fees and fines. She was disqualified from receiving SNAP benefits for 12 months.

Jawanna L. Phillips, 34, of Johnstown, received more than $1,950 in cash-assistance benefits, the release said.

Phillips pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years of probation. She was ordered to pay full restitution, court costs, fee and fines. Phillips was disqualified from receiving cash-assistance benefits for six months.

Coroner seeks family of deceased man

Authorities are looking for family members of an Everett man who died June 25.

A family member is needed to claim the body of Joseph Claypool, 72.

Anyone with information regarding Claypool or his family can call Bedford County Deputy Coroner Rusty Styer at 285-6386.

Nox Boys, Zach Gohn to play in Somerset

“Pages at Night,” a new series of events showcasing regional musicians, artists and authors, will begin with a concert featuring the Pittsburgh garage band The Nox Boys at

7 p.m. Saturday at Pages & Light bookstore, 314 Georgian Place, Somerset.

Local musician and Soundstage veteran Zach Gohn will be the opening act. He started writing music around the age of 14 and moved to fast-paced, upbeat tempos and lyrics.

Information: 701-2869.


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