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.
Portage man pleads to conspiracy charge
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Customers shocked by electric bills
When a third-party power generation supplier tempted Robin Hagins with a low rate in 2012, it was too good to pass up.
Then, this winter, temperatures plummeted. And the Upper Yoder Township woman’s electric bill seemed to rise just as fast.
Judge lays out plan to fill council seat
Anyone interested in filling the vacant seat on Johnstown City Council needs to send a resume to Cambria County President Judge Timothy Creany.
JAHA seeks funds for train station upgrade
Johnstown Area Heritage Association has a plan in place to improve the city’s train station.
It now needs money to do the work.
Old library film documents postwar life in city
Cambria County Library has made a historic discovery and is sharing it with the public.
“Help Yourself,” a 23-minute informational film made in 1950 about what was then Cambria Free Library, is now available for borrowing on DVD.
Burglary suspect charged
A Johnstown man was jailed Thursday after police said he broke into a storage trailer at an Adams Township business and made off with $4,000 in items that he then sold for $212.
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Petitions oppose sewer line tests
More than 500 signatures have been collected on a petition that asks Johnstown City Council to eliminate the pressure test mandate associated with the municipality’s ongoing sewer renovation project.
Cambria leaders look for ways to simplify development
The Cambria County commissioners on Thursday reaffirmed a commitment they’ve made in the past, that economic development that brings jobs to the area remains their first priority.
Critz pins hopes on being best in the West
Mark Critz calls the Democratic Party’s lieutenant governor primary a “geographic race.”
And it appears he will be the best-known candidate from southwestern Pennsylvania when nominating petitions are filed.
West Hills rec panel organizes
With more than $150,000 in total assets remaining from its predecessor, the new West Hills Recreation Commission Ltd. will have a head start when it organizes on Monday.
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