The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

April 4, 2013

In brief: Armed robber hits Bedford jewelry store

Staff and wire reports

BEDFORD — State police at Bedford are investigating another armed robbery.

A man displaying a black handgun went into Crown Jewelers at 9503 Lincoln Highway in Snake Spring Township and demanded that the clerk turn over all of the money from the cash drawer, police said.

Trooper Matthew Auker said the man was given an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the store on foot.

The robbery occurred Tuesday shortly after 4 p.m. and was captured on video, Auker said.

Anyone with information can contact Auker at 623-6133 or email

The Denny’s Restaurant on Business Route 220, near the Bedford Interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bedford Township, was robbed early Tuesday by two masked individuals with knives.

Police have not said if the crimes are believed to be connected.

Ex-Sheetz worker accused of $45G theft

ALTOONA – A former office employee has been charged with stealing more than $45,000 from the Altoona-based Sheetz convenience store chain.

Catherine Josefik, 45, of Philipsburg, Centre County, stole the money from September through March while working as the company’s credit and budgeting manager, The Altoona Mirror reported Thursday.

The company has more than 440 stores in six states.

Defense attorney Matthew McClenahen said Josefik is very “embarrassed and remorseful” and “ashamed of this and will pay back every cent to Sheetz.”

Company officials said the thefts were uncovered in a routine audit and turned over to police.

No customer information or funds were compromised in what the company said was a purely “internal” theft.

Police said Josefik used corporate software to transfer money into personal bank accounts she controlled.

1st dance marathon set at Pitt-Johnstown

Students at Pitt-Johnstown will host their first dance marathon, “B You. B Strong. B Plus,” from noon to midnight Saturday in the Wellness Center on the Richland Township campus.

Students will raise money for and awareness of pediatric cancer through their support of the Andrew McDonough B Plus Foundation, which honors the memory of a 14-year-old athlete and A student who passed away after battling leukemia and sepsis.

The B Plus Foundation is about kids helping kids fight cancer by providing financial and emotional support to families of children with cancer and providing childhood cancer research grants.

Student organizations participating in the marathon are Alpha Phi Omega, Phi Sigma Sigma, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Kappa Psi, Black Action Society, Pitt-Johnstown Alliance and Dance Team Ensemble.

Students also are working with local businesses, including Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Planet Ice Arena and Sweet Frog, to raise money.

Two musical acts, Sauniks and Smooth Sound, will perform during the event.

Students have set a campuswide goal of $5,000.

Information: 269-7881 or email

Ferndale Class of ‘67 planning reunion

Ferndale Area High School’s Class of 1967 will hold an informal 45-year reunion from 1 to 4 p.m. April 20 at the Woodside Bar & Grill, 430 Highland Park Road in the Belmont section of Johnstown.

For reservations, call 243-2043.

Black Bear 5K Sprint set for Saturday

The Black Bear 5K Sprint to Success Run/Walk will be held Saturday at the Richland campus of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.

This is the sixth annual Black Bear event to be held by the Pennsylvania Highlands College Foundation. All proceeds benefit the foundation and student scholarships.

Awards will be given to the top three female and male finishers in their respective

age categories as well as the top three male and female overall finishers.

Registration will open at 8 a.m. at the college’s visitor entrance and the race will start at 9.

Wessel & Co., a certified public accounting and business consulting firm with headquarters in Johnstown, is the corporate sponsor.

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