The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

January 9, 2013

Local briefs 1/10/2013


Gunshots fired at downtown store

Johnstown police are searching for whoever fired several shots at the windows of a business late Tuesday.

Police said witnesses reporting hearing four gunshots just before 11:30 p.m.

Officers found several holes in windows at Krisay’s Appliance & Bedding, 521 Franklin St., the report said.

Witnesses also reported a dark colored, four-door car that was outbound on Franklin Street sped away from the scene.

Anyone with information can call the police at Cambria 911’s nonemergency number,

800-281-1680.

Windber couple escapes fire in home

WINDBER – Smoke detectors are being credited with awakening a Windber couple whose Catherine Avenue home caught fire early Wednesday.

Windber fire Chief Craig Cicon said Dr. Jerry Gray and his wife reported the fire around 3 a.m.

The fire started in the family room on the first floor and is believed to be electrical in nature, Cicon said.

Firefighters did a good job of extinguishing the blaze quickly and confined it to that room, Cicon said. There was smoke damage throughout the two-story home, he said.

Also responding were volunteers from Scalp Level-Paint, Central City and Richland Township.

City man faces federal sentencing

A Johnstown man could face up to a decade in prison for possessing a firearm as a felon, the U.S. Department of Justice said this week.

John A. Hinton, 32, of Doro­thy Avenue, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson in Johnstown on Monday.

Hinton initially was arrested on cocaine delivery charges in 2007. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 4 on the firearm charge, Assistant U.S. Attorney John Valkovci Jr. said.

Geistown may buy new police cruiser

Geistown is in the market for a new police cruiser.

Borough officials said they hope to replace two much-used vehicles with a new Ford Taurus Interceptor, an all-wheel drive, this year.

They plan to find a price through the state’s bidding program, Councilman Ed Porada said.

The two current vehicles, including an SUV, have logged 100,000 miles or more, Councilman Joe Sernell said.

Council hopes to have a price quote soon, possibly by the February meeting.

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