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August 27, 2013

Local briefs 8/28/2013

South Fork man faces trial in drug case

A man accused of hiding drugs in his buttocks will answer the charges in Cambria County court.

Nicholas Allen Myers, 32, of South Fork, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday before District Judge Michael Musulin of Johnstown.

In a criminal complaint, city police said they responded to a domestic disturbance involving Myers and a woman at Main and Franklin streets on Aug. 13.

Police took Myers to the Public Safety Building on Washington Street for processing. When Myers was searched, officers found “a clear plastic baggy hanging out of his rectum,” according to the criminal complaint filed by police.

The bag contained nine pink pills identified as oxycodone and three white pills identified as methadone, the complaint said.

Myers was charged with drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence. He is free on unsecured bond.

Free community meal scheduled Saturday

WINDBER – A free community dinner will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Windber Calvary United Methodist Church, 1800 Stockholm Ave.

The meal will be prepared by the Windber Business and Professional Women’s Club. The menu includes roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, fruit cocktail, assorted desserts and coffee or punch.

Windber Area Community Kitchen, a nonprofit, nondenominational community organization, provides healthy, home-cooked meals.

Art Works shop plans first-year celebration

The Gallery Shoppe at Art Works in Johnstown will celebrate its first anniversary on Labor Day weekend.

Consigning artists will set up tables as part of an artists fair in the main space of Art Works at 413 Third Ave. during Cambria City Ethnic Fest.

There will be free light refreshments throughout the weekend and a prize drawing for a $50 gift certificate to the Gallery Shoppe.

Plans for the shop include online sales with a dedicated

e-commerce website by October, a children’s Christmas shop with activities during the holiday season and special holiday shopping events with food and entertainment for grown-ups.

Life term overturned in torture murder

GREENSBURG – A state appeals court has overturned the mandatory life sentence given to a woman who was 17 when she helped several other people torture and kill a mentally disabled woman.

The Superior Court ordered Angela Marinucci, now 21, be resentenced for her role in the February 2010 killing of Jennifer Daugherty, 30, of Mount Pleasant, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

The decision is based on a U.S. Supreme Court decision outlawing automatic mandatory life sentences for juvenile offenders.

The court let stand Marinucci’s first-degree murder conviction, so Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck said he’ll ask that Marinucci be given life in prison when she’s resentenced.

The high court didn’t bar judges from imposing life sentences on people who were younger than 18 when they committed crimes, but in such circumstances it prevents a mandatory life sentence, which is what a first-degree murder conviction carries in Pennsylvania.

Defense attorney Michael DeMatt said he’ll ask the state Supreme Court to consider vacating Marinucci’s conviction, and, if that fails, he’ll argue that she’s young enough to be rehabilitated and warrant less than a life sentence without parole.

Marinucci is one of six people who held Daugherty captive in a dingy Greensburg apartment for more than two days as she was tormented, humiliated and finally killed by people she initially believed were her friends, Peck said.

Two men who stabbed and choked Daugherty were convicted and sentenced to death.

State won’t prosecute Bedford County DA

BEDFORD – The state Attorney General’s Office won’t prosecute the Bedford County district attorney, who is accused of wrongly revealing the expunged criminal record of a borough councilman.

Everett Councilman Charles Karns filed a private complaint alleging DA William Higgins broke the law when he referred to Karns as a “repeat DUI offender” in press releases announcing new DUI charges against Karns earlier this year.

Karns also had a DUI in 2007, but had his record expunged which, Karns argued, made his prior record confidential information.

A private complaint must be reviewed by a prosecutor for criminal charges to be lodged. Normally, Higgins would review such a complaint, but since he was accused, the complaint had to be reviewed by the attorney general.

The Altoona Mirror reported the attorney general determined the complaint lacked “prosecutorial merit.”

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