The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 19, 2013

Local briefs 3/20/2013

Ebensburg pair plead in IRS case

An Ebensburg man and woman have pleaded guilty in federal court in Johnstown to a charge of conspiracy, said U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton.

David Eugene Lamer, 47, and Roxanne Lamer, 46, both of the 100 block of Tanner Street, entered their pleas before before U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

Hickton said that from June 9, 2007, to April 15, 2008, the Lamers conspired with others to defraud the United States by concealing money from the Internal Revenue Service in an effort for David Lamer to avoid paying income tax.

David Lamer also pleaded guilty to violating federal firearms laws by being in possession of three firearms in September 2010. He had been convicted of burglary in Cambria County in 1986, a crime that is punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.

Federal law prohibits a person who has been convicted of such a crime from possessing firearms or ammunition.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie L. Haines prosecuted the case. The FBI and IRS conducted the investigation.

Paint explains school resource officer deal

Paint Township officials told residents Tuesday the township is billing Windber Area School District $27.66 per hour for a new school resource officer’s full-time coverage.

The hourly rate includes benefits, uniform and insurance costs among others required to put the officer on duty at the school district, police Chief Rick Skiles said.

The contract, approved in February, runs through the end of the school year, Skiles said.

In return, Paint Township police will continue to provide an officer’s full-time presence at the campus during school hours and will pull the officer from the school only “as a last resort” in emergency situations, he said. A security company would fill in, if necessary, in those situations, Skiles said.

Paint Township pays the officer’s salary and then bills the school district, he said.

Brick breaks window, sets off deli’s alarm

Johnstown police responded to the Eat’n Center Deli and Grocery, 160 Fairfield Ave., just before 2 a.m. Friday when the burglar alarm activated.

Officers found that a brick had been thrown through the front window.

The brick also struck and broke the glass on door for a cooler, police said.

Convenience store chiefs to speak

CRESSON – Executives from two convenience store giants, Sheetz and Wawa, will participate in the Mount Aloysius College Spring Honors & Business Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Alumni Hall.

Harry McHugh, retired COO of Wawa Inc. and a Wharton MBA, will serve as the featured speaker, discussing “Hospitality as a Business Imperative – How to Stay in Business over Two Hundred Years: The Wawa Story.”

Attendees also will hear Stan Sheetz, president and CEO of Altoona-based Sheetz Inc., a close-to-home example of success through strategic planning, convenience and great service.

The two chains recently were featured on a New York Times front page story.

During McHugh’s tenure, Wawa grew from 103 convenience stores to more than 500 with sales approaching $1.8 billion.

Sheetz, son of founder Bob Sheetz, became president and CEO of the chain in 1995.

Since 1952, Sheetz has expanded from a small dairy/deli in Altoona to one of the fastest growing family-owned convenience stores in the world, with more than 437 locations across six states – Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina – and more than 14,500 employees.

McHugh’s lecture is part of the college’s yearlong theme of “Hospitality, Finding Home in a Changing World.“


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