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August 5, 2013

Defendant admits assaulting police chief

EBENSBURG — A Portage man has admitted to an assault earlier this year that left the Portage borough police chief injured.

Jason Wayne MacEwan, 41, will be sentenced Sept. 24 by Cambria County Judge Patrick Kiniry on a charge of simple assault. Charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct will be dismissed.

MacEwan, of the 800 block of Jefferson Avenue, went to the borough police station on Main Street in April and began screaming and swearing at a woman who was there to report she was having trouble with the defendant.

He was ordered to leave the building, but later showed up in the parking lot of District Judge Galen Decort, Portage, and began screaming at Chief Edward Miller, according to the criminal complaint.

Miller took MacEwan into custody and the physical confrontation occurred while the chief was processing the defendant at the police station.

Miller said that MacEwan jumped from his chair and fought with the chief, injuring one of Miller’s hips and his lower back.

Child rape

Another Portage man has entered a guilty plea to two counts of aggravated indecent assault in a case involving the rape of a child and related charges for the sexual abuse of a 9-year-old girl.

Mark W. Greenawalt, 50, of the 900 block of Sonman Avenue, will be sentenced Oct. 18 by Cambria County Judge David Tulowitzki.

In a criminal complaint, police allege that Greenawalt assaulted the girl at various locations in the borough, including his home, starting in January 2009 through August 2012.

Gun charge

A Johnstown man entered a guilty plea in front of Tulowitzki to a charge of carrying a prohibited offensive weapon.

He will be sentenced Sept. 20.

City police said James Cleveland George, 55, pulled a .357 Magnum revolver during a dispute in the 300 block of Moore Street in the Prospect section of the city.

In court documents, police said George placed the gun to the man’s head. When the man pushed it away he caused the firearm to discharge.

Weapon fired

Another Johnstown man, Fernando G. Ramos, 32, of the 800 block of Franklin Street, will be sentenced Sept. 24 by Kiniry on charges related to a March incident when he fired a gunshot into a parking lot.

In a criminal complaint, police said Ramos, after the shooting, stashed the .380 Ruger inside a Lorain Borough bar.

Pizza delivery vehicle theft

Judge Linda Fleming has accepted a guilty plea by Edward Malik Johnson, 29, of Johnstown, to charges of theft by unlawful taking, flight to avoid suspension and driving under suspension.

Sentencing is set for Oct. 15.

In a criminal complaint, city police said Johnson stole a pizza delivery vehicle in April. Multiple police vehicles gave chase, and at one point Johnson drove toward a cruiser, forcing the officer to take evasive action.

Meat thief sentenced

Trevor Madison, 24, An Edith Avenue resident from the city’s West End, was sentenced to three to six months in jail by Judge Timothy Creany.

Madison scuffled with a loss-prevention official at an Osborne Street grocery store and stole $17 worth of steaks and pork chops.

Terroristic threats plea

Daniel Markel, 23, of the 100 block of Logan Boulevard, Altoona, entered a no contest plea in front of Kiniry to charges of terroristic threats and recklessly endangering.

He will be sentenced Sept. 24.

Markel was charged in February with rape, sexual assault and related charges by Cresson Township police for alleging sexually assaulting a woman in the area of the Lemon House of the Allegheny Portage National Historic site on old Route 22.

The rape and sexual assault charges were later withdrawn, according to court documents.

Drug charges

Just before a jury was selected, a Johnstown man entered a guilty plea to two charges stemming from a December 2012 drug arrest at a home on Woodvale Avenue.

Brandon John Parshall, 20, also pleaded no contest to conspiracy to deliver and possessing an offensive weapon.

He was immediately sentenced by Fleming to one year to two years minus one day in prison.

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