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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