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March 3, 2013

Local briefs 3/4/2013

Wreck claims life of Sipesville woman

ACOSTA – One person died Sunday following a two-vehicle collision on Route 985 in Jenner Township.

State police in Somerset said Eva Kline, 70, of Sipesville, died at Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown from injuries sustained in the wreck.

She was driving a Toyota Corolla.

The driver of the other vehicle, a Chevrolet TrailBlazer, was treated at the same hospital and released, police said.

He was identified as Kyle Updyke, 19, of Boswell.

Police said the road was wet at the time of the wreck.

Somerset County 911 officials said crews from Acosta, Jennerstown and Sipesville fire departments were sent to the accident scene, near Acosta Road.

Fire destroys home in Northern Cambria

 NORTHERN CAMBRIA – Flames gutted a Northern Cambria home Sunday, but no injuries were reported.

The fire in the 1100 block of Crawford Avenue kept responders from several companies busy for several hours, Cambria 911 officials said.

Crews were dispatched around 2:30 p.m. and cleared the scene around 6 p.m., a 911 supervisor said.

Firefighters arrived to find the home fully involved in flames, said Rose Gresh, a neighbor and Spangler fire auxiliary member.

“I could see the flames shooting and the smoke pouring from my house,” she said. “It was pretty bad.”

Cambria 911 officials said a state police fire marshal was called to the scene.

Motorist injured in Barr Twp. crash

NICKTOWN – A motorist was seriously injured early Sunday after his vehicle crashed on Blue Goose Road, state police in Ebensburg said.

Cambria 911 officials said the injured person, whose name was not available, had to be extricated from a vehicle following the crash, which happened around 4:18 a.m. in Barr Township.

 Police said the motorist was taken to Memorial Medical Center for treatment, and more information would be released when it is available.

African ambassador to speak at IUP

 INDIANA – “South Sudan: Achievements and Challenges of a New Nation,” a lecture by Akec Khoc, ambassador of the Republic of South Sudan, will be presented at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Stouffer Auditorium on the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus.

The East African nation gained independence from Sudan in July 2011.  Khoc will discuss the process through which his nation was born and outline a way to the future.

This event is co-sponsored by IUP’s Pan-African Studies program and the College of Education and Educational Technology.

It is free and open to the public.

Prom fashion show scheduled Sunday

The Junior Board of Beginnings Inc. will present it seventh annual prom fashion show from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Pasquerilla Conference Center, 301 Napoleon St., Johnstown.

Tickets are $18 per person and include a chicken parmesan dinner.

As part of the Junior Board’s Kids Helping Kids campaign, proceeds from the show will benefit early literacy programs at Beginnings Inc.

The Junior Board, comprised of local middle and high school students from Cambria and Somerset counties, will model the latest fashions in dresses and tuxedos.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 539-1919.

Raffle raises funds for Green Beret group

Members of Special Forces Association Chapter 67, based in Johnstown, presented a check for $10,000 to members of the Green Beret Foundation.

 The donation was made possible through John Ross, a Somerset gunsmith who donated a specially made 30.06 rifle to Chapter 67, which then raffled off the weapon.

The winner was Steve Buchanan, a veteran from DuBois.

Members of the Green Beret Foundation are wounded warriors of the special operations division.

Chapter 67 is preparing to hold its ROTC scholarship selection board. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship, entertain the Southwestern Pennsylvania Prisoners of War and participate in the ROTC scholarship on May 18.

Chapter 67 also teaches teenagers and young adults survival skills, first aid, land navigation and rappelling techniques.

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