Wreck on turnpike injures both drivers
BEDFORD – Both drivers were injured Wednesday in a two-vehicle wreck on the turnpike in Bedford Township.
State police said Daniel G. Strushensky, 79, no address given, was heading west in a 1989 Chevy truck when the trailer he was towing fishtailed and eventually struck a tractor-trailer rig behind him. The loose trailer, which was carrying a vehicle, caused the tractor-trailer to overturn, police said.
The rig’s driver, Jonathan D. Keeler, 43, also was injured.
Condition reports for the men were not available Thursday.
2 waive hearing on harvesting deer illegally
MEYERSDALE – Two Somerset County men will face action in county court on charges they illegally harvested big game.
Timothy Allen Sutton Sr., 47, of the 400 block of Petenbrink Road, Garrett, and Daniel Richard Horning, 27, of the 7200 block of Mason Dixon Highway, Meyersdale, each waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday before District Judge Douglas Bell of Meyersdale.
Each man was charged by the Pennsylvania Game Commission with five counts of unlawful killing or taking of big game.
The commission said in a criminal complaint that on Nov. 28, the third day of antlered deer season, the men had four antlerless deer and one protected antlered deer ready for butchering at a building near Meyersdale.
Neither man had purchased an antlerless deer license for this past deer season, the commission said.
‘Deal’ contestant misses trip, wins $1,000
Rachel Van Riper of Johnstown may not have come home with the big prize when she was a contestant on “Let’s Make a Deal,” but she didn’t return empty-handed.
She appeared on the game show Jan. 14.
Van Riper, dressed as a pizza maker, played a game with two other contestants that involved choosing a cash prize from a treasure chest. She was then given the option of keeping the money or turning it in for what was behind a curtain.
She decided to take the money, which turned out to be $1,000. But behind the curtain was a trip to Aruba.
“It was sad, but I was nervous I’d get the zonk, so I kept the money,” Van Riper said.
She attended the taping in Hollywood, Calif., in October.
College plans event for prospective students
SOMERSET – Pennsylvania Highlands Community College’s Somerset Center will hold an open house for adults and high school students and their families from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at its facility at 315 Georgian Place, Somerset.
Information will be provided about degree programs, transfer options and opportunities for continuing education, as well as student life, including clubs and activities.
College representatives will speak to guests about their future educational goals.
For more information, call 443-2500 or 888-385-7325,
go to www.pennhighlands.edu/somerset or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students prepare for Catholic Schools Week
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown will celebrate the national observance of Catholic Schools Week from Sunday through Feb. 2. Area schools will sponsor various activities and events throughout the week.
This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools Raise the Standards.” It reflects the launch of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools, which strives to ensure the responsible operation and governance of Catholic schools throughout the nation.
In the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, there are 20 Catholic elementary schools, with an enrollment of 2,935 students, and four independent Catholic high schools serving 1,022 students. Preschool enrollment in the diocese is 496.
The total number of students in the diocese’s Catholic schools this academic year is 4,453.
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Halfway house inmates can ease back into society
Prison life can be a time warp.
When inmates are locked away – for months, years, decades – society moves forward: Technology evolves, major events occur, pop culture changes. From a personal perspective, families and friends live their lives: weddings, funerals, graduations, births, retirements. All the while, criminals bide their time, existing in a regimented world of cement walls and metal bars.
Almost all of them eventually rejoin society, though.
Crime board took aim at house
Johnstown’s unemployment rate is around 8 percent.
One-third of the city’s population lives in poverty.
Burglaries and assaults significantly increased between 2010 and 2012. There is a thriving illegal trade in heroin and prescription drugs.
Given those conditions, it can be challenging for Johnstown Community Corrections Center residents to find jobs when living in the facility or to avoid falling back into a criminal lifestyle upon their release.
Homicides linked to center
Three homicides that took place in Johnstown last year involved either a suspect or victim who previously resided in the Community Corrections Center.
Police Chief Craig Foust confirmed the name of one victim, who spent almost two months in the facility on Washington Street during 2007, a time period verified by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.
Volunteers helping to spruce up community
Walls and ceilings inside the Cambria County Library look clean and bright with fresh new coats of paint on them.
The work was recently done by inmates from the Johnstown Community Corrections Center.
Hartzok targets income disparity
Alanna Hartzok described herself as being a conservative progressive.
The Franklin County resident said she is in favor of conserving environmental resources, education opportunities, Social Security and Medicare, while wanting to progressively address wealth inequality, health care and taxation.
Schools rise to leadership challenge
Forest Hills and Cambria Heights high school students put the spirit of healthy competition toward a good cause and picked up some lessons in leadership along the way.
Student’s photos win awards
A Forest Hills High School junior has captured several awards in a high school arts and writing contest that has identified greats such as Truman Capote and Andy Warhol.
JIM SIEHL | Music to my ears
Seldom has $15 produced such a high level of entertainment as it did a few weeks ago when I found myself in the second row just left of center keeping back the tears once again during my third live performance of “Les Miserables.”
Bye, bye, Easter birdies
Animals fascinated my mom. Riding the train between Johnstown and Philly, she saw horses, pigs, sheep, cows … a Mattel See ’n Say of farm critters.
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