The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

January 30, 2013

In brief: DA: No foul play in man’s death

The Tribune-Democrat

BEDFORD — An investigation into the death of a Michigan man found near the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bedford County last week appears to be drawing to a close with no charges.

County District Attorney William Higgins said there is no reason to believe foul play was involved in the death of the man. State police have not released his name or age.

The man was a passenger on a Greyhound bus, apparently on a return trip from the presidential inauguration, when the bus stopped at the Midway Plaza in Bedford Township and he walked away.

He was found lying at the base of a silo near the building housing the Bedford County Historical Society on Route 30, west of Bedford.

State police Sgt. Bradley Hershey would say only that the man has been identified and no additional information likely will be available.

Area facilities receive funds for ‘green’ lights

The Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission awarded $15,000 in grant money from the Appalachian Regional Commission to three facilities: Cambria County War Memorial Arena, Nanty Glo Public Library and Huntingdon County Courthouse.

The grants are to be put toward installing energy-efficient T8 fluorescent lights at the three locations to replace older, discontinued T12 models.

The funds are dollar-matched by external sponsors. The War Memorial Arena will receive $20,000 total for mapping out and installing the T8 lamps in the facility’s concourse.

The Southern Alleghenies commission estimates that switching to greener lighting can add up to roughly 30 percent in energy savings for venues, businesses and facilities.

Community prayer meeting planned

A “Save Our Town and Our People” interfaith community prayer meeting will be held Feb. 13 at Praise Center Full Gospel Church at 200 Cooper Ave., Johnstown.

Organizers said the gathering is to support the city in response to recent violent crimes that have negatively impacted the safety and economic well-being of the city.

ACRP accepting garden proposals

Organizers of a project aimed at planting community gardens throughout the Johnstown area have resources left to plan two more gardens.

The Alternative Community Resource Center is inviting anyone wishing to submit a proposal for one of the two final community projects to bring detailed plans and photos to a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday the ACRP office.

ACRP officials said the meeting also be will for those preparing to put already approved gardens in town.

Federal gun laws topic of town hall

YOUNGWOOD – The Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office will hold a town hall meeting to discuss recently proposed federal gun legislation.

The event will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Westmoreland County Community College’s Founders Hall Amphitheater on the Youngwood campus.

Public forum set on Pa. coal industry

CLEARFIELD – State Rep. Tommy Sankey, R-Clearfield, is inviting anyone with an interest in or questions about the future of Pennsylvania’s coal industry to attend his public forum, set for 2 p.m. Friday in the multipurpose room of Lock Haven University’s Clearfield campus at 201 University Drive.

Representatives from GenOn/NRG Energy’s Shawville facility and a number of coal companies are expected to attend, along with state lawmakers.

Reservations: 339-6544.

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