The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

January 13, 2014

In brief: Firefighters extinguish garbage truck blaze


Staff and wire reports

JOHNSTOWN — Firefighters from Dale Borough Fire Company and Oakland Volunteer Fire Department worked for two hours Monday to extinguish a garbage truck that caught on fire on the 200 block of David Street near the Dale Borough municipal building.

A county dispatcher said the call came in at 11:51 a.m. and the truck was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived on the scene.

The fire is believed to have started in the cab, which is a total loss.

No injuries were reported.

Police investigating West End robbery

Johnstown police are looking for a woman who was involved in an armed robbery at the Dollar General store located at 340 Sheridan St. in the West End section of the city that occurred around 11 a.m. Monday.

Capt. Andy Frear said the woman, who was armed with a knife, is described as white and believed to be around 5 feet 2 inches tall. She was wearing a black or blue hooded sweatshirt and had a scarf covering her face.

She made off with an undisclosed amount of money and fled toward Laurel Avenue.

No injuries were reported.

The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information should call (800) 281-1680.



Woman gets probation in abuse of corpse

SOMERSET – A woman who helped her boyfriend move a man’s body out of her apartment after he died of a drug overdose has been accepted into a probation program for first-time offenders.

Angela Hutzell, 38, of Meyersdale, can have her record expunged if she completes one year’s probation for a charge of abusing the corpse of 53-year-old Frankie Sass, according to a report in the Daily American.

Hutzell’s boyfriend is serving 10 months to two years in jail after pleading guilty in April to abuse of a corpse.

Hutzell told police Sass showed up at their apartment Jan. 23 and was later found dead, so they put the body into Sass’s pickup and drove it to another part of the borough, where it was found four days later.