The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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March 22, 2013

Local and state in brief: Fire damages office trailer

BOSWELL — Fire caused moderate damage early Friday to an office trailer at Performance One Trucking Co., located on Route 30 just outside Boswell.

The fire started in a supply room at the rear of the structure, said Boswell 1st Assistant Fire Chief Mike Sopich. Firefighters did a good job of knocking it down quickly, he said. The fire extended just a little distance into an adjacent room, he said. There was smoke and heat damage throughout the structure.

The cause of the fire, reported at 2:30 a.m., is under investigation, he said.

Also responding were volunteers from Jenners-town, Stoystown, Acosta, Sipesville and Richland Township.

Fugitive caught in Johnstown

An Indiana man who is wanted in three counties was apprehended Thursday at a residence on the 200 block of Barron Avenue in Johnstown by the U.S. Marshals Service Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force.

James Robert Shaffer, 29, was found hiding behind some debris in the attic.

Shaffer is charged with burglarizing the Aztec Well Service, Indiana, on Jan. 19. There are outstanding bench warrants against him in Cambria and Jefferson counties.

The Fugitive Task Force is comprised of officers from the sheriff’s departments in Cambria and Blair counties, U.S. Marshals, state police and state parole officers.

LIHEAP deadline extended

Residents who need assistance to pay home heating bills now have through April 26 to apply for financial help through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, LIHEAP.

The federally-funded program was slated to end March 29.

Applicants can apply for a LIHEAP grant online at

For additional information on the program, or to download an application, visit and click on “For Adults,” or call toll free, 866-857-7095.

City police probe abduction try

Johnstown police are looking for a white man in his late 50s or early 60s who tried to abduct a girl walking at Hickory and Horner streets around 8 p.m. Friday.

Sgt. Patrick Goggin said the man, who has gray hair, tried to talk the 16-year-old girl into getting into his pickup. The girl fled and so did the man, Goggin said.

The man was driving a red and silver Ford pickup with the exhaust system protruding through the bed of the vehicle.

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