The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

January 18, 2013

In brief: Police seek tips on armed robbery in Addison Township home

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ADDISON — Two men with guns robbed a 70-year-old woman inside her Addison Township home, and state police are asking for the public’s help in finding the suspects.

The armed men entered the home on Main Street at around 4 p.m. Thursday and demanded money and pills, troopers at the Somerset barracks said.

The robbers shoved the woman onto a couch, grabbed the desired items and fled in a dark-colored SUV, troopers said. The men were dressed in dark clothing and wearing hooded jackets and ski masks.

Police said they believe the woman was targeted by people who knew her.

“It doesn't appear to be connected to any known crime pattern at this time,” police said in a release.  

Anyone with information on the robbery can contact state police at 445-4104.

Suspect charged with threatening woman

SUMMERHILL – A borough man was jailed Thursday after authorities said he pulled a knife on a woman and threatened to stab her.

Michael Parrish, 44, is accused of threatening the woman on Main Street in Summerhill at 2:55 p.m., state police in Ebensburg said.

Parrish was arraigned on a charge of simple assault by on-call District Judge Michael Zungali of Hastings and sent to the Cambria County Prison after failing to post $10,000 bond.

Johnstown man pleads guilty to possessing child porn

A Johnstown man pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of possessing child pornography.

Douglas Teeter, 37, of the 200 block of Teeter Road, admitted Thursday to knowingly having videos and images containing child pornography that had been shipped and transported in interstate or foreign commerce by means of a computer.

He is scheduled for sentencing before U.S. District Judge Kim Gibson on June 6.

Teeter faces a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both.

State awards grant for consolidating fire companies

The West Hills Regional Fire Department has been awarded a $3,800 Municipal Assistance Program (MAP) grant to assist in consolidation with the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Company.

The consolidated company will serve Westmont, Browns­town and Ferndale boroughs. The funds will be used for relettering and new uniforms.

The state Department of Community and Economic Development said the West Hills grant was one of eight approved statewide to help improve local emergency services, assist municipal planning and support community partnerships.

Indiana County was awarded a $26,300 MAP grant in partnership with Indiana Borough, White Township and Indiana University of Pennsylvania for a new student district within the two municipalities.

Multidenominational discussion to mark week of prayer for unity

CRESSON – To mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, a panel discussion called “What Does God Require of Us” will be presented at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Alumni Hall, Mount Aloysius College, Cresson.

Sister Helen Marie Burns, RSM, vice president of mission integration for Mount Aloysius, said the discussion topic is a Biblical reference directly from Micah 6:6-8.

“This is a multidenominational discussion and will include panelists from several Christian churches,” she said. “Each panelist will focus on the story of their own religious tradition and address their contemporary approach to issues of peace and justice as it evolves from Christ’s gospel message.”

Burns will address the topic from the Roman Catholic perspective. The panel will include the Rev. Wayne Cleary, United Methodist tradition; the Rev. Gerald Myers, Lutheran tradition; and the Rev. Cory Hartman, Baptist tradition.

Admission is free.

Information: 886-4131.

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