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April 9, 2013

Local briefs 4/10/2013

South Fork hires former state trooper

SOUTH FORK – The borough has hired a police officer to fill one of two vacancies created by recent resignations.

Shawn McDonald, a retired Pennsylvania state trooper, has accepted the borough’s offer of employment but has not been officially sworn into service, according to borough secretary Carri Mathieson.

“I think he’s going to be a very good officer,” Councilman Dale Steward said. “He seemed to have a very nice personality. I think he’ll be very good with the people.”

Jewelry store offers reward in robbery

BEDFORD – Crown Jewels & Precious Metals Inc. has offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of an individual who robbed the business shortly after 4 p.m. April 2.

The robber reportedly pulled out a revolver, demanded cash and stole about $2,000 from the business at 9503 Lincoln Highway.

“He knew exactly where the money was at,” state Trooper Matthew Auker said.

Auker described the individual as between 6 feet and 6 feet

2 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing a black hoodie, baggy gray sweatpants, brown work boots and a camouflage cover on his face.

Anyone with information can contact Auker at 623-6133 or

Kiwanis egg hunt rescheduled for Friday

The East Hills Kiwanis Club of Johnstown’s annual Easter egg hunt, which was postponed in March because of dangerous ice conditions, has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. Friday.

More than 1,000 candy-filled eggs and prizes will be scattered throughout Kiwanis Memorial Park along Theatre Drive in Richland Township.

The hunt is open to children 10 and younger.

The area surrounding Kiwanis Pavilion will be divided into two age categories: 4 and younger, and 5 and older.

There will be a special egg in each section for a grand prize.

9th first responders classs to graduate

Twelve law enforcement, corrections officers and other first responders from Cambria and Somerset counties are set to graduate from the ninth class of CIT officers of the Laurel Highlands Region Police Crisis Intervention Team.   

The training at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will conclude with a graduation ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday.

Cambria County Judge Linda Fleming, a graduate of last year’s CIT class, will be a guest speaker at the graduation, along with two Cambria County commissioners, Somerset Borough police Chief Randy Cox and Penn Highlands administrators.

Also graduating will be law enforcement, mental health and advocacy representatives from Westmoreland, Butler, Franklin and Fulton counties who were learning how to develop their own CIT programs.  

For more information, call 242-3231.

Children’s consignment sale set

A children’s consignment sale will be held from Thursday through Saturday at the EcoKids shop, 2025 Bedford St., Johns­town.

The schedule for the three-day sale is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Everything will be 50 percent off Saturday.

The sale is sponsored by the Learning Lamp and EcoKids.

For more information, call 266-0111.

Ex-Wal-Mart worker guilty in coupon scheme

INDIANA – A former Wal-Mart employee has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $255,000 from the chain’s Burrell Township store in a coupons-for-cash scheme.

Eileen Zimmerman, 39, of Homer City, entered the plea Monday and will return for sentencing before an Indiana County judge on June 28.

State police investigators said Zimmerman was responsible for reconciling daily sales involving coupons at the store near Blairsville. The investigation began after a coupon clearinghouse that reimburses Wal-Mart found a $75,000 discrepancy over a few months.

An audit showed that Zimmerman stole more than three times that much in about two years before she was charged in May.

Cops: Driver rammed store where ex works

APOLLO – Police said a man rammed his vehicle into the BP Fueland store on Route 380, where his ex-girlfriend works, then got out and assaulted her before driving away.

Police in Washington Township, Westmoreland County, said they caught up with David Cass Jr., 23, of Plum, a short distance away and arrested him without incident Tuesday. He was charged with reckless endangerment and other crimes.

Police said Cass arrived at the store shortly after 7 a.m. and his ex-girlfriend locked the door when she saw him.

After smashing open the door with his car, Cass punched the woman and slammed her head off the floor, police said.


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