An unsealed state police search warrant shows investigators are probing whether bids were rigged by contractors who renovated a community center where the borough has offices.
Meyersdale Borough Solicitor Pat Svonavec told the Daily American of Somerset that he has advised borough officials not to comment.
The newspaper said state police got a warrant in May for construction and bidding records related to work done this summer on the Meyersdale Community Center, where the secretary’s office, police station and council meeting rooms are located. The warrant was unsealed last month.
According to the warrant, police are investigating whether a contractor illegally pooled bids, a process in which subcontractors secretly split the contract so each would get some work.
State police said the investigation is nearly complete.
Suspended cop held for trial
LIGONIER – A suspended Pittsburgh-area police officer has been ordered to stand trial on charges including burglary and stealing crack cocaine from a police evidence room that he allegedly used to buy the silence of a former live-in girlfriend who is accused of helping him.
Ligonier District Judge Denise Snyder Theiel made the ruling after a five-hour preliminary hearing.
Braddock Borough Council voted Tuesday to suspend
29-year-old James Scuffle, of Plum, from the borough police department after he was ordered to stand trial earlier in the day.
Authorities said Scuffle also filed a false insurance claim for the theft of his car and a motorcycle trailer during the burglary in question in April.
The charges stem from incidents that occurred while Scuffle was off-duty due to a duty-related car crash in 2009. He finally returned to work in June.
Scuffle’s attorney, Lee Rothman, said the officer’s ex-girlfriend and another witness are not credible.
Fire damages East Taylor home
Fire damaged a one-story home in the Woodvale Heights area of East Taylor Township on Wednesday evening.
Tammy Burgan was not at home when a fire started in a bedroom, said Rick Buchan, township fire chief. Firefighters knocked down the fire within six minutes of arriving, he said.
The fire was confined to the bedroom and caused moderate damage, Buchan said. There was heavy smoke damage throughout the remainder of the home.
Also responding were firefighters from Jackson Township, East Conemaugh and Franklin boroughs, and Johnstown.
TV, computers, Xbox stolen in burglary
SOMERSET – Borough police are investigating a burglary in which a 42-inch Sanyo TV, two laptop computers, an Xbox video game system and
35 video games were stolen from a home Monday evening.
Police found no signs of forcible entry at the residence in the 200 block of East Catherine Street.
Metzgar to honor flag committee, CAP
SOMERSET – State Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar, R-Somerset, plans to highlight the efforts of the Somerset County Flag Committee and Civil Air Patrol in Somerset on Friday.
Metzgar will present a check for $2,500 to the flag committee for use in constructing a handicap-access ramp at 12:30 p.m. at the Somerset County Flag Memorial in the borough.
At 2:15 p.m., he will present the Gen. Billy Mitchell Award to William August Swope, a Civil Air Patrol cadet from Somerset.
PCN to air programs from Mount Aloysius
CRESSON – Pennsylvania Cable Network has chosen to air two programs filmed during events marking the inauguration of Thomas P. Foley as the 13th president of Mount Aloysius College.
Symposiums on “The Role of the University in Civil Discourse” and “The Role of the University in the Social Fabric” will air at 4 and 5:15 p.m. Saturday.
The showing is a first in the college’s history.
Boswell author will sign books
LIGONIER – Author Tracey Lamonica will attend a book-signing event from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Shear Design, 337 W. Main St.
Lamonica, a resident of Boswell, wrote the children’s book “The Adventures of Sammie: The Rescue.”
5K run/walk to aid child with cancer
LIGONIER – Maggie’s Run, a 5-kilometer run/walk to support a 10-year-old with a rare cancer, will be held Sunday.
The public is invited to the day of activities with Maggie Elder of Ligonier. Activities will include a balloon release, Chinese and silent auctions, music and games at Antiochian Village.
Registration for the run/walk will begin at 12:30 p.m., the program at 1 and the race at 2.
Maggie was diagnosed this spring with Ewing’s sarcoma and is undergoing aggressive chemotherapy.
Registrations can be made by visiting valleyschoolofligonier.org to download the registration form. The fee is $25.
The first 150 registrants will receive an event T-shirt.
Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maggie has asked participants and others to share a photo of themselves crossing a finish line or accomplishing another challenge. Photos and stories can be mailed to the Ligonier Valley YMCA, Attn.: Miracles for Maggie, 110 W. Church St., Ligonier, Pa. 15658.
Domestic violence program to air online
UNIVERSITY PARK – To support domestic violence prevention, “Telling Amy’s Story,” a documentary created by Penn State Public Broadcasting about domestic violence, will be available free online during October at telling.psu.edu.
The program, which premiered last fall, narrates the events leading to the 2001 death of State College resident Amy Homan McGee, who was shot and killed by her husband.
The documentary will air at 6 p.m. Sunday on WPSU-TV.
Hospital programs available for diabetics
SOMERSET – Somerset Hospital DiaBuddies has scheduled two programs for diabetes patients.
Exercise physiologist Brian Goisovich will present “Exercise, Diabetes and Wearing an Insulin Pump” at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Dietitians Karen Polensky and Joyce Kulick will cover choices in insulin pump therapy at 6 p.m. Oct. 20.
More information is available by calling Elena Gary at 443-5744.
Veterans office will shut during training
EBENSBURG – The Cambria County Veterans Affairs Office in the courthouse will be closed Tuesday through Oct. 21 for mandated state training.
Nancy Tavalsky, director, said the training will be done by officials of the state Department of Military Affairs in Grantville, Dauphin County.
Lawyers group seeks supplies for kids
The Cambria County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division is sponsoring its CCBA Cares for Kids drive to benefit Cambria County Children and Youth Services.
The organization is asking for donations of new sets of pajamas for infants to 18 years of age; school supplies; arts and crafts supplies, new children’s, teen and young adults’ books; and new toiletry items.
Donations sites are Gvozdich Law Offices, 107 E. Lloyd St., Ebensburg, and Gleason, Barbin & Markovitz, 206 Main St., Johnstown.
The drive will run through Nov. 11.
Trap planned for wayward gator
SLICKVILLE – Zoo officials plan to set up a trap in hopes of capturing an alligator that’s been spotted on the shores of a Westmoreland County reservoir.
Officials from the Pittsburgh Zoo visited Beaver Run Reservoir in Slickville on Tuesday in hopes of spotting the reptile.
Zoo reptile curator Henry Kacprzyk said he’s confident the wire trap will catch the alligator, which officials believe was a pet that someone turned loose.
The alligator was first spotted about a month ago.
Officials scrapped a plan to let the animal succumb to the cold weather after public outcry.