Coroner awaits tests on man found dead
SOMERSET – State police and the Somerset County Coroner’s Office are still investigating the cause of death for a Friedens-area man who was found in his 2007 Ford pickup in Somerset Borough on Sunday.
An autopsy was conducted Monday for Frankie Allen Sass, 53.
Coroner Wallace Miller said the cause of death will not be determined until tissue and toxicology tests are completed.
Jennerstown resident reported missing
JENNERSTOWN – State police are looking for a borough resident who went missing on Sunday.
Bruce Maust, 50, left his residence riding a red-and-black Polaris snowmobile and wearing matching red-and-black clothes. Maust has an undisclosed medical condition.
He may have gone to the Laurel Mountain region west of Jennerstown, police said.
State police at Somerset can be contacted at 445-4104.
Man sentenced in toddler’s death
INDIANA – A man has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for the death of his former girlfriend’s son.
Shawn Anderson-Holmes, 28, had pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday to between 27 months and 10 years in prison in the killing of a toddler who was smothered to death in March 2012.
The boy was found bruised and unresponsive inside the Saltsburg home where Anderson-Holmes had recently moved to live with his then-girlfriend.
Authorities said Anderson-Holmes admitted in October to placing a pillow over the face of 17-month-old Colby Jozefczyk and trying to make it look like an accident.
Anderson-Holmes originally was charged with criminal homicide, but prosecutors agreed to reduce the charges to involuntary manslaughter as part of the guilty plea.
Firefighters purchase response system
NANTY GLO – The Nanty Glo Fire Department recently purchased an IamResponding unit with the $1,000 grant it received through the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies’ Penelec fund.
The web-based system enables firefighters to see which members are responding to an incident when a siren blows.
Flatbed tractor-trailer slides off Route 56
A trucker escaped injury when his flatbed tractor-trailer slid off icy Route 56 near United High School around 10:30 a.m. Monday and went down a steep embankment, according to a fire official.
Armagh-East Wheatfield fire Chief Tom Fry said the truck crashed through a guide rail and snapped off a utility pole. The pole and wires came to rest on the truck.
Firefighters had to wait until after noon when Penelec arrived to cut power and stabilize the pole before bringing the truck back to the roadway, he said.
Firefighters from Armagh and Clyde were at the scene until around 4 p.m. Penelec had power in that area restored about 6 p.m., Fry said.
Restaurant opening in Breezewood
BREEZEWOOD – A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place for a new restaurant in Breezewood, Your Game Bar and Grille, today at noon.
Grand opening festivities will continue Thursday with a live band and special giveaways.
Family honored for aiding Army families
A family with local roots was honored for its support of other military families at the Army Aviation Center of Excellence in Fort Rucker, Ala.
Chief Warrant Officer Travis Boyles is a graduate of Altoona High School and is a Black Hawk helicopter instructor pilot at Fort Rucker.
His wife, Susan Boyles, is a graduate of Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center and volunteers with the fort’s family readiness group. Their son, Jimmy, is in college.
The award was presented at a program marking Military Families Month. It recognizes contributions that improve the quality of life for soldiers and their families.
“Our family is very active in fundraisers, events and other ways of helping soldiers and families at Fort Rucker,” Susan Boyles said.
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Petitions oppose sewer line tests
More than 500 signatures have been collected on a petition that asks Johnstown City Council to eliminate the pressure test mandate associated with the municipality’s ongoing sewer renovation project.
Cambria leaders look for ways to simplify development
The Cambria County commissioners on Thursday reaffirmed a commitment they’ve made in the past, that economic development that brings jobs to the area remains their first priority.
Critz pins hopes on being best in the West
Mark Critz calls the Democratic Party’s lieutenant governor primary a “geographic race.”
And it appears he will be the best-known candidate from southwestern Pennsylvania when nominating petitions are filed.
West Hills rec panel organizes
With more than $150,000 in total assets remaining from its predecessor, the new West Hills Recreation Commission Ltd. will have a head start when it organizes on Monday.
Charter, cyber schools appraised
Mark Bower is the high school principal and superintendent at Rockwood Area School District, two positions he has to hold because of lack of funding.
Man gets 35-70 years for molesting girl
A Johnstown man was ordered to serve what is in essence the rest of his life in prison on Thursday in Cambria County court.
Albert Baldish Sr., 51, who has unspecified health problems, will spend 35 to 70 years in a state prison for sexually molesting a girl from the time she was 6 until she was about 16.
Police seize more heroin on turnpike
An Allegheny County woman was jailed Wednesday after state police said they found about $200,000 in suspected heroin when they stopped her car on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Somerset County.
Oakhurst man pleads guilty to $113G federal tax scam
A Johnstown man pleaded guilty in federal court in connection with an income tax scam that netted him more than $100,000, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton said.
Band pays tribute to Piano Man
Tony Monaco can’t think of a better way to spend an evening than celebrating the music of Billy Joel.
Monaco originated the seven-piece tribute band called Turnstiles, which will perform at 7 p.m. March 22 at Richland High School Performing Arts Center in Richland Township.
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