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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Smaller payout to seniors urged
State Lottery officials say less means more for seniors.
Portage ambulance aid will add portable CPR device, other tools
Federal funding awarded to Portage Area Ambulance Association will soon put “a third man” alongside their two-person crews when emergencies occur, ambulance operations manager Edward Nelson said.
Paint Township considers offering part of building for rent
Four years after Paint Township built an addition at the Basin Drive building to house its growing police department, much of the new space likely will be offered for rent this fall because the township supervisors say it's no longer needed.
Old Rockwood hotel will soon be history
The historic – but dilapidated – Merchants Hotel in Rockwood is expected to be razed soon.
On Tuesday, Somerset County’s three commissioners unanimously agreed to a demolition plan for the building, which was constructed in the 1880s. The arrangement calls for a private citizen, William Nair, to tear down the structure at 703 Main St. in exchange for being allowed to keep any salvageable materials.
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ATV blast ready to roll at Rock Run
Organizers are keeping the spirit of the Fisher’s ATV Reunion at Rock Run Recreation Area alive despite losing the support of the award-winning Outdoor Channel TV show “Fisher’s ATV World.” Now called the Rock Run ATV Summer Blast, the event will continue to offer demonstration rides, motor competitions, product vendors, live music, camping and trail riding.
Preservationists use age-old method at historic site
Preservation work on two historic culverts associated with the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site has been completed. The culverts were reconstructed using a variety of techniques, including dry stone masonry, which was used to build the culverts more than 180 years ago.
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Officer, civilian motorist injured in crash
A Johnstown police officer who was responding to an emergency and one other driver were taken to the hospital after they were injured in a three-vehicle accident around 5:40 p.m. Tuesday on Railroad Street at the intersection with Clinton Street and Church Avenue.
The Johnstown Fire Department said that the three occupants of the third vehicle were not injured.
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