The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 8, 2013

In brief: City man admits firearm violation


JOHNSTOWN — A Johnstown resident pleaded guilty in federal court to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Rogelin M. Lopez, 25, of the 300 block of Washington Street, entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson in Johnstown on Wednesday.

Lopez possessed a Smith & Wesson pistol on Dec. 24, 2009, after being convicted of delivery of a controlled substance in 2006.

Federal law prohibits people who have been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment of more than one year, such as delivery of a controlled substance, from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 6.

Lopez could face up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both.

Armed robbery report under investigation

NORTHERN CAMBRIA – Borough police are investigating a report of an armed robbery at Nic’s Tobacco Outlet in the 2600 block of Bigler Avenue.

No injuries were reported.

No other information was available late Friday.

Auditions scheduled for Woody Allen play

INDIANA – The Indiana Players will hold auditions for “Play It Again, Sam” from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Philadelphia Street Playhouse, 725 Philadelphia St. in downtown Indiana.

The director is looking for three men age 30 and older, two women age 25 to 40, and six more women age 18 to 30.

Written by Woody Allen, “Play It Again, Sam” is about Allan Felix, an insecure, bookish man who is a loser with the ladies.

Information: www.indianaplay­ or

Foundation offers youth internship

The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies is seeking high school seniors from Cambria, Somerset and Bedford counties with an interest in com­munity affairs, journalism and current events to apply for its youth philanthropy internship.

The paid summer internship will provide participants with an opportunity to identify and support solutions for areas of concern within the community.

The internship is scheduled to run from June 17 through Aug. 9 at the foundation office, 116 Market St. in downtown Johnstown.

The program is being supported by a grant from The Heinz Endowments.

Applications are available at and are due no later than 5 p.m. March 25.

Applications will be reviewed by a committee, and an undetermined number of candidates will be selected for an interview. Four candidates will be selected for the internship and will be contacted by May 3.

17 tons of waste spills in truck crash

BELLWOOD – A driver will face charges after his truck crashed on a snow-covered road in Blair County, spilling 17 tons of processed human waste.

State police said the accident happened early Wednesday in Antis Township. The 27-year-old driver hit a ditch, and the vehicle flipped over and spilled its cargo into a nearby marsh.

The Centre Daily Times reported the driver was treated for minor injuries and charges against him are pending.

The state Department of Environmental Protection responded to supervise cleanup at the scene.

Ex-auditor general runs for Pgh. mayor

PITTSBURGH – Former state Auditor General Jack Wagner said he’ll enter the race to become Pittsburgh’s next mayor.

KDKA-TV reported Friday that Wagner said he’ll run for the Democratic primary and the Democratic nomination for mayor.

The contest became a wide-open race when incumbent Mayor Luke Ravenstahl suddenly announced last week that he won’t seek re-election.

Councilman Bill Peduto and Controller Michael Lamb also have announced that they’re running, and several other politicians have expressed interest, too.

Wagner told KDKA that he has a passion to improve the city.

Sandusky’s charity wants to sell building

STATE COLLEGE – A children’s charity founded by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky wants to sell its headquarters.

Sandusky started The Second Mile in 1977 to help at-risk children, but the charity has been a casualty of the criminal case against him.

Judge William Morgan on Friday scheduled a March 28 hearing on a request by The Second Mile’s board of directors to sell the two-story building on a main thoroughfare in State College for $650,000.

Sandusky, 69, was convicted last year of sexually abusing 10 boys, some on Penn State’s campus. He is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence but maintains he is innocent.

Prosecutors said Sandusky met most, if not all, of his victims through the charity.

Lawyers for The Second Mile, in their court filing, said the building sale proceeds would pay for victims’ claims, programs, insurance and legal fees.

Choir director faces sexting allegation

PITTSBURGH – A Mount Lebanon choir teacher is accused of sending sexually explicit messages to a student via cellphone.

Authorities said Jason W. Greenawalt, 33, of Brookline surrendered Friday. He is accused of sending the messages to a male student for three years starting in 2010.

He is charged with corruption of a minor and unlawful contact with a minor.

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