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January 29, 2013

In brief: Hunt for snowmobiler will continue today

— Searchers continue to look for a Jennerstown man who went missing Sunday.

Bruce Maust, 50, left his residence riding a red-and-black Polaris snowmobile and wearing matching red-and-black clothes. He has an undisclosed medical condition.

He may have gone to the Laurel Mountain region west of Jennerstown, state police at Somerset said.

Searchers called off their work at 6 p.m. Tuesday. They will resume the search at 7 a.m. today.

Anyone with information on the missing man can reach state police in Somerset at


Judge allows landlord case to continue

EBENSBURG – Judge Linda Fleming has refused to throw out a civil case in which two Westmont landlords are challenging that borough’s residential rental property ordinance.

Clifford Majerscik and Thomas J. Wiegman contend that the required registration fees and inspection fees are unlawful special taxes.

Fleming has dismissed the preliminary objections filed by borough Solicitor E.R. “Mike” Walker, who sought to have the case thrown out of court.

However, Fleming ruled that the landlords’ challenge could not include objections to the section dealing with vacant, abandoned and/or foreclosed properties. She gave the landlords 20 days to file an amended complaint to comply with the court’s opinion.

Man gets 3 years for child porn

A northern Bedford County man was sentenced to three years in federal prison and 10 years supervised release for possessing graphic pictures and videos of children engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Joseph Yingling, 40, of Heritage Road, Osterburg, also must register as a sex offender for his child porn conviction, federal prosecutors said.

U.S. Attorney David Hickton said Homeland Security investigators assisted in the 2009 investigation that netted Yingling, who they said acquired the images online from outside Pennsylvania.

April trial planned in Portage shooting

EBENSBURG – Judge Patrick Kiniry set an April 4 trial date for a Portage man charged with shooting and wounding another man Dec. 11 in Portage.

The date was set Tuesday during Benjamin Schoenfeld’s formal arraignment on charges of attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

Schoenfeld, 33, who is in county prison in lieu of $125,000 bond, is accused of shooting Donald Lewis in the arm with a Glock semiautomatic handgun.

Police alleged that Schoenfeld went to Lewis’ residence, pounded on the door and shot Lewis through the door’s glass window.

Attorney David Kaltenbaugh, representing the defendant, entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf.

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