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April 11, 2013

In brief: Marshals capture ‘most wanted’ fugitive

NORTHERN CAMBRIA — A man on the Cambria County Sheriff’s Office’s most-wanted fugitive list was captured Thursday by members of the U.S. Marshals Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force.

Troy Lin Bingaman, 31, of Northern Cambria, was taken into custody Thursday in Northern Cambria.

Task force agents said they found him in a vehicle in the 1700 block of Philadelphia Avenue. Bingaman was taken to the Cambria County Prison.

Bingaman, on the run since last year, had failed to report to the Cambria County Prison in July as ordered by President Judge Timothy Creany after a conviction on drug charges, the marshals task force said.

Jerome trucker dies of crash injuries

SLIPPERY ROCK – A Jerome man who was injured Tuesday morning in an accident involving three tractor-trailers on Route 8 north of Slippery Rock has died.

Donald Walker, 71, was pronounced dead Wednesday night at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, Ohio, state police at Butler said.

The coroner’s report listed the cause of death as blunt-force injuries received in the accident, police said.

Department of Aging honors local woman

A Somerset County woman has been honored by the state Department of Aging for work she has done in assisting and advocating for older Pennsylvanians.

Edyth Zschoche was recognized for her contributions at the Pennsylvania Ombudsman and Protective Services Annual Conference in Hershey.

Zschoche, an Area Agency on Aging protective services worker, assisted an individual who lived in a rodent-infested home with no running water by finding resources in the community to clean and create a safe living environment in the person’s home and re-establish a water supply.

County requests $50G for day center

EBENSBURG – The Cambria County commissioners on Thursday approved a grant application requesting $50,000 from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s Intermediate Punishment Drug and Alcohol Grant Program.

If the request is approved, the money will be used to help support operational costs at the day reporting center, Commissioner Mark Wissinger said.

In other action, the board reallocated $11,598, the unused portion from an earlier state grant, to help with costs at the center.

County Solicitor Thomas Leiden said $5,000 of the balance will be used for a new service door and the remainder will go toward employee costs.

The reporting center, located at the county's services building in Cambria Township, has been in operation since May.

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