The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local News

September 21, 2013

In brief: Fire damages Portage home

PORTAGE — A family of four and their pets escaped their Portage home safely when a fire started late Saturday afternoon.

Portage fire Chief Jamie Miller said that when he arrived, heavy smoke was showing and flames were coming from the second floor.

Firefighters were aggressive in knocking down the fire, he said.

A state police fire marshal was asked to determine the cause of the fire. The blaze was not considered suspicious, Miller said.

The fire caused moderate damage to the second floor.

The family is staying at another residence in Portage, he said.

Also responding were volunteers from Lilly, Wilmore, Ashville and Blue Knob.

Sporting-goods stores seeing ammo shortage

ERIE – A national shortage of firearms ammunition is starting to be felt at some sporting-goods stores in Pennsylvania as hunters begin loading up for deer and other fall hunting seasons.

The Erie Times-News reported that retailers are worrying about whether their supplies of ammunition will hold up.

Owner Dan Seaman of Elk Creek Sports Store in Lake City said he’s having a hard time finding a reasonable amount of ammunition that hunters would normally use.

Deer season starts Dec. 2.

A few store owners said the ammunition shortage is caught in a vicious cycle as people scramble to stock up and warn that prices could rise.

School official charged in student sex case

HARRISBURG – An assistant principal at a Dauphin County public high school who was charged Friday was accused by police of having had a sexual relationship with an underage student.

WHTM-TV in Harrisburg reported that Shawn Sharkey, 45, of Abington, turned himself in Saturday. Sharkey had worked at Susquehanna Township High School since Jan. 22 and previously worked for the Philadelphia School District as a dean of ninth-grade students.

Authorities said Sharkey had at least 10 different sexual encounters between February and March with a then-16-year-old student. He would pick her up at home and take her to rented motel rooms, police said.

Sharkey told police that he had had no inappropriate contact with her, court records show.

The girl is now 17, a Susquehanna Township School District spokeswoman said. The district said Friday that it planned to fire Sharkey.


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