The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Local News

April 9, 2008

In brief

Pa. AFL-CIO endorses legislative candidates

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President William George announced endorsements Wednesday of state legislative candidates for the

April 22 primary, including three in Greater Johnstown.

“The endorsements are based upon the voting records and commitments of these candidates on issues that matter most to workers: Quality, affordable health care; protecting and creating good jobs; investments in infrastructure and job training, and retirement security for Pennsylvania seniors,” George said.

Local candidates endorsed for state House are:

n Democrat Stephen Smerbeck of Somerset in the 69th District. He is running to fill the seat of retiring state Rep. Bob Bastian, R-Somerset.

n Democrat Denny M. Conahan of Ferndale in the 71st. He wants to fill the seat of retiring state Rep. Ed Wojnaroski,


n And Democrat Nick Molnar of Jackson Township in the 72nd. He’s running to fill the seat of retiring state Rep. Tom Yewcic, D-Jackson Township.

Second arrest made

in cemetery vandalism

INDIANA – State police have arrested a second man in the extensive vandalism Feb. 21 at St. Bernard’s Cemetery in White Township.

Joseph Allen Roach, 19, of Indiana, was arraigned before District Judge Guy Haberl of Indiana on charges of criminal mischief and institutional vandalism. He was lodged in the Indiana County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.

David Christian Williams of Indiana was charged last month.

Police said the two, along with a third accomplice, broke and toppled multiple headstones, broke statues and destroyed light fixtures at the church cemetery. Damage was estimated at $34,600.

St. Francis expands high school program

LORETTO – St. Francis University has expanded its high school aid program so students at the area’s three Catholic high schools will be able to earn more than a semester of the university’s credit hours, plus scholarships.

A student at Bishop Carroll, Bishop McCort or Bishop Guilfoyle now can earn as many as 16 credits toward a St. Francis degree before graduating from high school – a value of $11,222 based on the university’s current tuition, officials said.

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