Chiefs holding food drive
at tonight’s game
For the second year, the Johnstown Chiefs will partner with St. Vincent de Paul Food for Families for a holiday food drive today.
Fans are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to tonight’s 7 p.m. game at the Cambria County War Memorial.
Barrels will be placed in the lobby, where the food donations can be placed.
Everyone who donates a nonperishable food item will be placed into a drawing for a Chief’s holiday prize pack.
The winner will be picked after the game and will be contacted the following week.
Probation officer promoted
to full-time position
EBENSBURG – Richard Rok, a three-year county employee, was promoted by the commissioners Friday to full-time adult probation officer at an annual salary of $32,286.
He is being moved up from his current post as a full-time, in-house detention monitor, where he received $22,500 annually.
Rok, a longtime Johnstown police officer, first was hired by the county in 2004 as a watchman/custodian.
Commission Chairman P.J. Stevens said Rok has been an excellent employee.
Teen charged with having weapon at high school
BOSWELL – A 17-year-old was charged with possessing a weapon on school property after retrieving a club-like weapon from his car during a snowball fight in the parking lot of North Star High School on Wednesday.
Police said a juvenile citation was filed against the youth.
The incident took place just before
Man pleads guilty
in multiple burglaries
EBENSBURG – A 19-year-old East Taylor Township man pleaded guilty Wednesday in county court to three burglaries, a robbery and two counts of conspiracy in those offenses.
Brett Sanderson of the 400 block of Pasture Lane told Judge Gerard Long that he had committed the crimes to get money to buy crack cocaine.
Sanderson is seeking to be placed in Peniel Ministries, a drug rehabilitation program, for 13 months to 18 months.
Long set sentencing for Feb. 28, warning Sanderson that he will face jail time even if he completes the rehabilitation program.
Sanderson, who’s been in the county prison for three months, was charged in two break-ins at Puff ‘N Snuff and a house burglary and a holdup at the Nanty Glo Fueland, all in eight-day period in September.
Three hurt in one-car
accident on Route 219
SOMERSET – Three people were injured in a one-car accident around
12:35 a.m. Friday on the on-ramp to
Route 219 from Route 601 in Somerset Township.
Jennifer Price, 19, the driver, and Jessie Wolk, 18, and a juvenile were taken to Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown with moderate injuries, state police said.
Police said Price lost control rounding curve, with the car going off the road and rolling over at least twice.
Police said Wolk was thrown from the car, which came to rest on its wheels. The juvenile had to be extricated by the Somerset fire company, police said.
Man charged with
SOMERSET – A Somerset Borough man has been charged with retail theft after he was caught stealing $340 in clothing from Route 31 Board and Ski in Somerset Township.
State police said James Addison Nichols III, 18, was apprehended outside the business.
$7M tax-anticipation loan
EBENSBURG – Cambria County commissioners Friday approved a $7 million tax-anticipation loan with a commitment to have the note paid off by June.
The loan, is historically needed annually to enable the county to cover expenses until property taxes start coming in, commissioner Chairman P.J. Stevens said.
There have been years when the loan was outstanding for nearly 12 months, something the current commissioner board said will not happen in 2008.
While the loan is $3 million higher than last year, county officials are pleased the money is available at a slightly lower interest rate.
Additional expenses incurred by Laurel Crest, the county’s nursing home, is one of a number of reasons for the higher loan, officials said.
Laurel Crest is working toward full compliance with state regulations, but it all comes at a cost, Stevens said.
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State rep says he will not seek re-election
State Rep. Gary Haluska, D-Patton, announced today that he will not seek re-election after 20 years of public service, issuing the following statement:
Three held on drug charges
A dispute at a Richland Township hotel Monday ended with three men in jail charged with possessing more than 3,000 stamp bags of heroin.
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Fire company agrees to meet Wilmore Borough demands
Wilmore Borough Council and the Wilmore Volunteer Fire Company agreed to a plan that would keep the fire company operating in the borough if certain guidelines are met.
Funds eyed for mental health help
Families of people with mental disabilities know what it means to wait for the state.
Lt. gov to speak at Cambria’s birthday bash
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Cambria seeks grant for mental health court
The Cambria County commissioners have agreed to apply for a $120,000 grant through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Deliquency.
If approved, the money will be used to help support costs associated with the development of a proposed Cambria County Mental Health Treatment Court.
Meat-theft case suspect sentenced to probation
A Johnstown man was sentenced in Cambria County court to five years probation and ordered to refrain from alcohol and drugs, unless prescribed.
The sentence handed down by Cambria County President Judge Timothy Creany for Joseph Winogrodzki, 28, followed a guilty plea to theft by unlawful taking of moveable property.
Collision with deer disables state representative’s car
A state official from Cambria County was involved in a run-in with a deer early Sunday morning in Bedford County.
SCI-Cresson possible source of water problem
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