Portage man pleads to conspiracy charge
A Portage man pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic oxycodone in federal court on Thursday.
Alfred Noble, 34, of the 100 block of Jamestown Road, conspired with others to possess and distribute the drug between Jan. 17 and Feb. 6, according to a plea he accepted in front of U.S. District Judge Kim Gibson in Johnstown.
Noble is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 10. He could face up to 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine or both.
Vintondale resident admits role in fraud
A Vintondale resident pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy in U.S. District Judge Kim Gibson’s Johnstown courtroom on Thursday.
Alvin Miller, 60, of the
200 block of County Line Road, conspired with others to defraud the United States by assisting a co-conspirator in concealing money from the Internal Revenue Service in order for the co-conspirator to avoid paying taxes, prosecutors said.
Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 10. Miller could face up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both.
Jury to visit site of triple murder
GREENSBURG – A jury will hear opening statements Monday in the trial of a man charged with murdering his mother, sister and elderly aunt – and then the panel will visit the suspect’s automobile glass shop in Loyalhanna Township, where the killings occurred.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that Westmoreland County Judge John Blahovec has set forth that schedule to open the weeks-long trial of Kevin Murphy, 52, of Conemaugh Township, Indiana County. Murphy could receive the death penalty if he’s convicted.
Prosecutors allege that Murphy killed the women on April 23, 2009, because they disapproved of his relationship with a married woman. Investigators say Murphy told them he brought a handgun to Ferguson Glass earlier that day.
But the defense says somebody else killed Murphy’s mother, 69-year-old Doris Murphy; sister, 43-year-old Kris Murphy; and aunt,
81-year-old Edith Tietge.
Kevin Murphy has been in jail since his arrest.
Basket party to aid couple who lost home
A basket party will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at This Is It, 1300 Frankstown Road in Conemaugh Township.
The event will aid Wayne Sarlouis and Shannon Mahalko in their recovery from a devastating house fire. The couple’s Minersville home was declared a total loss following a February blaze.
Organizers are seeking donations of baskets or money to sponsor a basket.
Tickets to the event are $8, which includes 25 chances on general themed baskets and light refreshments. Additional sets of 25 tickets are $5. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m.
Baskets can be dropped off at This Is It; Carman’s Wholesale Tire, 1801 Bedford St.; or Maria Wilson’s home at
364 Oakridge Drive in Richland Township.
Pickups can be arranged by calling 242-7389 or 421-7886.
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Three held on drug charges
A dispute at a Richland Township hotel Monday ended with three men in jail charged with possessing more than 3,000 stamp bags of heroin.
Fire company agrees to meet Wilmore Borough demands
Wilmore Borough Council and the Wilmore Volunteer Fire Company agreed to a plan that would keep the fire company operating in the borough if certain guidelines are met.
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Funds eyed for mental health help
Families of people with mental disabilities know what it means to wait for the state.
Lt. gov to speak at Cambria’s birthday bash
With the date of the big party drawing near, Cambria County officials have announced that Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley will be the keynote speaker for the March 26 birthday party.
Cambria seeks grant for mental health court
The Cambria County commissioners have agreed to apply for a $120,000 grant through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Deliquency.
If approved, the money will be used to help support costs associated with the development of a proposed Cambria County Mental Health Treatment Court.
Meat-theft case suspect sentenced to probation
A Johnstown man was sentenced in Cambria County court to five years probation and ordered to refrain from alcohol and drugs, unless prescribed.
The sentence handed down by Cambria County President Judge Timothy Creany for Joseph Winogrodzki, 28, followed a guilty plea to theft by unlawful taking of moveable property.
Collision with deer disables state representative’s car
A state official from Cambria County was involved in a run-in with a deer early Sunday morning in Bedford County.
SCI-Cresson possible source of water problem
Engineers working with Cresson Borough believe they’ve identified groundwater inflow originating from the now closed SCI-Cresson facility.
Cresson police chief will resign, officials say
Cresson Borough police Chief Jeffrey Kopsic will soon be submitting a formal resignation, as per an out-of-court settlement agreement, borough officials announced at Monday’s regular council meeting.
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