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September 27, 2013

IN BRIEF | Home damaged by fire

WINDBER — A residence in the 3400 block of Graham Avenue was heavily damaged by fire late Thursday.

The blaze was reported shortly after 11:30 p.m.

The majority of the structure was saved, according to Windber fire Capt. Anson Bloom. The fire may have been electrical.

No injuries were reported.

Along with Windber firefighters, Scalp Level-Paint, Richland, Central City and Alum Bank crews responded to the blaze.

Man charged in 2011 break-in

EBENSBURG – A Northern Cambria man was jailed Thursday, accused of breaking into a credit union in West Carroll Township two years ago. State police used DNA evidence to identify him, authorities said.

State police said Thomas K. Lighthill, 44,  allegedly broke into GAP Credit Union, 387 Theatre Road, sometime between Sept. 23-24, 2011.

Troopers said Lighthill smashed the glass door and then damaged at ATM and security camera.

Troopers said they collected a blood sample from the concrete pad between the ATM and sent it to the crime lab in Greensburg in January 2012.

Investigators later received results of the DNA test and also retrieved still photos taken by the security camera.

Lighthill was charged with burglary, criminal trespass and criminal mischief.

He was arraigned by District Judge Galen Decort of Portage and sent to the Cambria County Prison after failing to post 10 percent of $25,000 bond.

Lighthill denied burglarizing the credit union, troopers said.

Car hits building

No one was injured when a motorist drove a car into the side of a building in the 1100 block of Franklin Street on Friday, Johnstown police said.

Police said the crash happened around 3 p.m. when the driver struck the building housing the dentist office of Paul P. Petrunak Jr.

The building sustained damage. The driver was not injured.

Museums begin winter hours

The Johnstown Flood Museum, Heritage Discovery Center and Johnstown Children’s Museum will begin winter hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, beginning Tuesday and running through April 1.

The Galliker’s Café remains open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

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