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February 9, 2013

In Brief | Pennsylvania GOP re-elects Gleason

HARRISBURG — Rob Gleason of Johnstown was re-elected chairman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania on Saturday at the party’s  annual winter meeting.

Also re-elected were  Vice-Chairwoman Joyce Haas, Secretary John McNally, Treasurer Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh and Assistant Secretary Peg Ferraro.

“I am humbled to have earned the trust and support of our members and am honored to serve another four years as the chairman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania with Vice Chair Joyce Haas and the rest of our leadership team,” Gleason said in a statement.

“This exciting weekend has provided us with an opportunity to discuss our party’s future growth and success, and as we leave Harrisburg today united and strong, we do so with a renewed energy to deliver Republican victories in 2013 and 2014.”

Gleason added a statement pledging party support for Gov. Tom Corbett’s agenda.

Memorial service set for World War II vet

A U.S. Army honor guard from Fort Meade, Md., will present colors during a memorial service for Joseph F. Burinda, 93, of Central City, at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Russian Orthodox Church cemetery.

He died Wednesday at Somerset Hospital.

The honor guard will honor Mr. Burinda’s service during World War II in France, Rhineland and central Europe as part of the 131st AAA Battalion Unit D and 301st Field Artillery Battalion.

Also presenting during the service will be the Central City American Legion, of which Burinda was a 53-year member, and the VFW.

Burinda attained the rank of corporal. He received the American Service Medal, European Service Medal, three Bronze Stars, Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

Burinda was the last surviving member of the 131st AAA Battalion Unit D.

Police recover heroin during gun probe

Johnstown police recovered several bundles of heroin on Saturday during an investigation into shots fired on Cypress Avenue.

Police Sgt. Patrick Goggin said officers responded to a report of two groups of black males involved in a running gunbattle near Cypress and Frederick Street around 2:45 p.m.

A witness said two groups of men confronted each other and began shooting, he said.

Goggin said police then heard 15 to 20 shots fired on Central Avenue and recovered about $1,000 worth of heroin.

No one was reported injured in the shooting, he said.

The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information may contact city police at 800-281-1680.

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