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December 7, 2010

In brief: Toys for Tots distribution set

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Marine Corps will be distributing toys through its Toys for Tots program Dec. 18 and 19 to families who registered online.

The toys will be available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days at its location next to Blockbuster Video in the University Park Plaza at Scalp Avenue and Eisenhower Boulevard.

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Chris Kittel said support from residents and businesses has been great. In addition to donations of toys, there also has been cash donations, he said. The cash will be used to buy toys, he said.

Townships support zoning corridor

SOMERSET – Two townships are supporting development of a new zoning ordinance in the Route 31 corridor west of Somerset.

Somerset County officials on Tuesday said supervisors in Somerset and Jefferson townships sent resolutions backing the zoning proposal, which will be designed to manage anticipated commercial development along Route 31.

The zoning will affect only the immediate area near the road, not the entire township.

Brad Zearfoss, county planning commission director, said he is preparing a draft of the zoning ordinance. The statute will have to be approved by county commissioners.

Peanut in lung trial opens in Blair

HOLLIDAYSBURG – A Blair County jury is being asked to decide whether radiologists are to blame for not spotting a peanut lodged in the lung of a toddler who died as a result nearly five years ago.

In opening statements Monday, attorney Scott Melton of Pittsburgh said Sylvan Radiologists of Altoona were negligent in the March 2006 death of 23-month-old Ashley Cotto.

Melton represents the girl’s mother, Jolene Cotto, of Altoona.

But attorneys for the doctors told the Blair County jury that X-rays of the girl were within normal limits and didn’t show the peanut.

The girl had problems after crying with a peanut in her mouth in January 2006 and was X-rayed in late February when she continued to have breathing problems. An autopsy showed a peanut was lodged in the girl’s bronchial tube.


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