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May 7, 2014

Local briefs 5/8/2014

City man accused of theft at hospital

A Johnstown man was jailed after city police alleged he stole money and credit cards from a Memorial Medical Center employee on Tuesday.

Police said video surveillance at the Lee Campus showed Nathan Kuzma, 30, enter an office just prior to a theft being reported.

A woman there said she hid her purse under her desk and later found she was missing $325 cash, seven gift cards and two credit cards, police said.

Hospital security detained Kuzma, who was sitting in the rear of a vehicle they followed on Bedford Street.

Police said Kuzma was found in possession of the missing money and credit cards, and gift cards were lying on the floor where he was sitting.

Kuzma, of the 500 block of Ferndale Avenue, was charged with theft and receiving stolen property.

He was arraigned by on-call District Judge Rick Varner of Salix and sent to the Cambria County Prison after failing to post 10 percent of $5,000 bond.

Somerset police apprehend fugitive

A man wanted for escaping State Correctional Institution-Greene’s community corrections center in Greene County on May 3 was found Wednesday in Somerset.

 Chad Adam Flick, 26, was found inside an apartment in the 800 block of East Main Street, borough police said. He was taken into custody without incident.  

Police said Flick escaped by faking a heart attack. He was taken to Southwest Regional Medical Center in Franklin Township and he bolted into the woods as he was leaving the hospital.

It’s not clear how he got to Somerset.

Drug suspect caught in New Jersey

A Johnstown man wanted on drug charges was picked up Tuesday in New Jersey following a traffic stop.

Port authority police said in a news release they stopped a 2009 Cadillac on the New Jersey Turnpike as it was driving on the shoulder of the road.

Krysten Pretlor, 27, was found inside the vehicle.

Several port authority officers were needed to subdue Pretlor, who they said was “flailing his arms and throwing himself about.”

Pretlor was charged with resisting arrest and giving a false name to police.

A second suspect, identified as John Doe, was taken into custody and the vehicle was impounded.

Diners can assist after-school outreach

Sweet Frog and Five Guys Burgers and Fries, both in Richland Town Centre, will hold fundraisers for The Learning Lamp’s free after-school outreach program from 6 to 9 this evening.

Patrons of both locations must mention The Learning Lamp when they check out in order for a percentage of their purchase to go toward the program.

The outreach serves children in kindergarten through eighth grade in the Johnstown’s most impoverished neighborhoods.

Information: 262-0732.

Richland man receives Pitt alumni award

Joseph J. Szczur of Richland Township, executive of Penn­DOT’s District 12 in Fayette County, recently was recog-nized by the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering during its 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards.

The Swanson School annually presents its awards to Pitt engineering alumni.

Szczur received the civil and environmental engineering distinguished alumni award.

Rothfus to attend service academy day

U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Sewickley, and members of U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s staff will attend a U.S. Service Academy Information Day from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Greater Johnstown High School.

Presentations on the nomination procedure for the various service academies will begin at 10 a.m.

Students and families will be able to talk with the congressman, Toomey’s staffers and representatives of the Air Force, Naval, Merchant Marine and Coast Guard academies, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the ROTC to gain a better understanding of the nomination and admission process.

For more information, call Sue Zimskind at 610 434-1444.


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