The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

January 21, 2013

Local briefs 1/22/2013


Accident claims life of motorist

IMLER – A Bedford County man died Sunday in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 99 in Kimmel Township.

Orville Ickes, 82, of Imler, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 1:50 p.m. crash.

State police at Bedford said Ickes was traveling south when he was observed traveling at a high rate of speed and was driving erratically.

Ickes passed two vehicles along the west berm and then lost control, traveling into the east berm across both traffic lanes and off the roadway.

His 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt then struck an embankment on the median and rolled end-over-end.

The vehicle came to rest in the southbound lane.

Ickes was ejected from the vehicle.

The investigation continues.



No jail time sought in Blair teen’s death

ALTOONA – Prosecutors said they won’t seek jail time for a teenager accused in the shooting death of a 16-year-old friend.

Blair County prosecutors last week announced charges in the December shooting death of

16-year-old Jesse McElhinney of Altoona.

Relatives said McElhinney was shot in the temple after his friend brought a .38-caliber handgun to the house.

Prosecutors said the unnamed friend, who is now 18, faces charges including involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and theft, but he is being charged as a juvenile.

Assistant District Attorney Wade Kagarise told The (Altoona) Mirror that “incarceration would not be a possibility.” He said the victim’s family supported a lesser punishment.

The victim’s grandfather, Dean Sprankle, said he plans to appear at hearings to call for leniency for his grandson’s friend.



Husband, wife die a day apart

NANTY GLO – A Nanty Glo family is mourning the death of a husband and wife who died a day apart of natural causes, said a funeral director handling the arrangements.

Tina Marie Schilling, 53, died Sunday, and Gregory P. Schilling, 59, died Monday, said Tony Warynovich, supervisor of the Bowser-Ondriezek Funeral Home in Nanty Glo.

The couple is survived by two children, Greg Schilling Jr. and Sarah Robertson, both of Nanty Glo.



Fire destroys Cherryhill Twp. home

PENN RUN – A fire Sunday evening left an Indiana County family homeless.

Firefighters from eight companies in Indiana and Cambria counties responded to the Brian Sears residence on Diehl Road in Cherryhill Township.

Volunteers from Cherryhill, Pine Township, Clymer, Commodore and Brush Valley were joined at the scene by tankers from Vintondale, Nanty Glo and Nicktown.

The fire, reported at 7:16 p.m.,  is under investigation.



Driver hurt when car overturns

A motorist was taken to Memorial Medical Center after he was injured in a one-car accident just before 4 p.m. Monday on Coon Ridge Road near Eisman Road in Upper Yoder Township.

The car was westbound when it went out of control, climbed an embankment and then rolled over onto its roof, the Upper Yoder police said.

The driver, whose name was not immediately released, had to be extricated by firefighters and emergency medical personnel, police said.

Also responding were

personnel from the Upper Yoder, Southmont, Ferndale and Ideal fire companies and Conemaugh Township EMS.



Rig crashes on Route 22 ramp

No injuries were reported when a tractor-trailer overturned in Munster Township on Monday morning.

The single-vehicle crash occurred on the exit ramp of Route 22 leading to the

Keystone Restaurant, a Cambria County 911 supervisor said.

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