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August 29, 2010

In brief: Pitt-Johnstown climbs in college rankings

— Pitt-Johnstown has climbed seven spots to earn the No. 21 ranking among Best Regional Colleges in the 2011 edition of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group.

The ranking, which includes more than 1,400 schools nationwide, will be published in the September issue of the U.S. News & World Report magazine. 

IUP also made the list for the 17th consecutive year.

During the past two decades, the U.S. News college rankings, which group schools based on categories by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities. 

More information about America’s Best Colleges is available at

Portage man jailed after police standoff

PORTAGE – State police took one suspect into custody Sunday after a standoff in Portage Township.

Robert Lee Tubbs, 50, of Portage, faces charges including rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and terroristic threats. Police said he threatened a female victim with a gun and sexually assaulted her.

Tubbs eventually was taken into custody by the state police special emergency response team from a home on Lower Martin Avenue.

Tubbs was arraigned and sent to Cambria County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bond.

Sobriety checks lead to four arrests

SOMERSET – A sobriety checkpoint and a “roving patrol” Saturday led to four arrests for driving under the influence, state police said.

The checkpoint was conducted on Route 601 in Jenner Township.

In addition to the drunken-driving arrests, police issued

14 warnings, four seatbelt citations, one speeding ticket, one citation for driving while suspended and 15 other citations.


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