The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 8, 2012

In brief: Windber council kicks in for siren repair

Staff and wire reports

— Borough council is partnering with the fire department to fix an electronic fire siren that will be placed on the fire station.

Windber voted last week to contribute $1,250 in borough funds toward the repair. They’ll be matched with $1,250 in funds raised during August’s For the Fallen Fundraiser and, likely, other fire department funds, to get the siren back into working order.

Assistant Fire Chief Aaron Cicon said the siren is programmable and has seven alarm tones.  The department plans on setting it up to have different sirens for various emergencies, including fire, weather and other issues.

Social skills class open to autistic children

St. Francis University will host a Social Skills Group from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, beginning this week, and continuing through Nov. 15.

St. Francis CARES (Children with Autism Receiving Emotional and Social Training) is open to children ages 8-11 who have a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome or high functioning autism, or those with similar characteristics, and are having difficulty interacting with friends, understanding emotions and/or communicating effectively with others.

The class will focus on topics such as conversation skills, good sportsmanship and apologizing.

The class is free but space is limited. To register call the university education department at 472-3147.

Body found near Pittsburgh wharf

PITTSBURGH – City police detectives and officials with the county medical examiner’s office have responded to a body found floating in a river near Pittsburgh’s Mon Wharf parking lot.

The body was reported shortly before noon Monday along the parking area, which lines a half-mile section of the north shore of the Monongahela River downtown.

Officials at the scene were not commenting. They had tethered the body so it would not float away until they could remove it from the river.

The gender and identity of the body were not immediately released. Autopsies are routine on such bodies, though it was not immediately clear when the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office would conduct the post-mortem examination.

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