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February 21, 2013

In brief: Tips led to 3 arrests, city police say

JOHNSTOWN — Johnstown police said the tips they received from Hornerstown residents about drug transactions they witnessed Thursday evening led to the arrests of three people on drug-law violations.

Those apprehended were Chelsea Lichty of Upper Yoder Township, Heather Pattillo of New Paris and Mekiya Shaw of Johnstown, police said.

A “significant amount” of heroin was found on the three, police said.

Troopers issue warning on telephone scam

SOMERSET – State police in Somerset are cautioning residents to beware of telephone scammers.

Someone recently called a Boswell resident and said her husband had won $5 million from Publishers Clearing House, but she needed to send $99 for shipping and handling.

When the woman asked for a return telephone number, she was given a Las Vegas number, but the caller ID showed the call originated from Jamaica.

“We would caution people not to respond when they get a telephone call, email or letter saying they won a contest they never entered,” state police Cpl. William Link said.

If you receive such a call, “just hang up,” he advised.

Ceremony to salute Iwo Jima flag raising

A remembrance ceremony for the 68th anniversary of the Iwo Jima flag raising will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Franklin Borough Building.

The guest of honor will be Mary Pero, sister of Sgt. Michael Strank, one of the men who raised the American flag on the island in the western Pacific during World War II, and the guest speaker will be Capt. Zachary Embers from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Unit based in Richland Township.

Three shots will be fired by the Conemaugh Valley Detachment 287 Marine Corps League, followed by the playing of taps.

Baby product testing, brunch planned

The first Macaroni Kid Baby Brunch will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at EcoKids Children’s Consignment Store at 2025 Bedford St. in the Oakland section of Stonycreek Township.

The free event is part of an initiative across the U.S. and Canada to get parents involved and obtain feedback on various products.

Among the items to be tested are two ExerSaucers valued at more than $100 each, organic food products from Happy Family and a mattress from Kolcraft Sealy featuring the company’s Crypton waterproofing and allergen barrier technology. Products from Evenflo and Dr. Smith’s also will be available for guests to try out.

The new products will be given to some of the attendees after the event.

Macaroni Kid is a free weekly e-newsletter that informs parents and families about events and activities in their area.

A link to RSVP to the Baby Brunch and a list of all products is available on the Macaroni Kid Johnstown/Laurel High­lands/Altoona website at www.

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