The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

July 13, 2013

In brief: Child porn defendant on supervised release


The Tribune-Democrat

JOHNSTOWN — A Johnstown man was sentenced in federal court to 31⁄2 to 15 years on supervised release after being convicted of possessing child pornography, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton said.

U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on Douglas Teeter, 37, of Teeter Road.

Authorities said Teeter knowingly possessed videos and images on computer graphic files containing child porn. He transmitted the porn using his computer, authorities said.

The case against Teeter was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, Hickton said.

St. Francis providing geothermal seminar

The St. Francis University Renewable Energy Center will conduct a geothermal seminar and expo geared toward agricultural producers and small businesses.

Seminar attendees will learn about the resource, technology, pros and cons, financial aspects and what to look for when choosing an installer of geo-thermal equipment.

The event will be held July 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the JFK Student Center on the Loretto campus.

Early registrations will be accepted until Monday for $10, and late registrations will be accepted until Thursday for $12. Lunch will be included.

Geothermal energy is a renewable energy source found in the ground. A geothermal heat pump can be installed to reduce heating and cooling costs.

The DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness, a campus building that utilizes this resource, will be examined as an example project. Additional case studies also will be presented.

A future event will cover solar energy, while previous events have covered micro-hydro, biomass, and wind energies.

For more information, visit www.francis.edu/renewable-energy-expos/ or call 472-2872.

Free health screenings available Tuesday

People can keep tabs on their health by attending free screenings from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Your Health Insurance Shop, 130 W. Main St. in Somerset.

The screenings conducted by Somerset Hospital staff will include blood pressure checks, body fat percentage and body mass index analysis, and bone density testing.

Participants are  invited to learn more about staying healthy by trying out the free online health and wellness resources in the office.

Appointments are suggested, but walk-ins are welcome.

For more information, visit www.YourHealthInsurance

Shop.com or call 445-4943 or 800-491-3642.

Children’s program features musician

The Cambria County Library Children’s Department will host guest storyteller and hip-hop recording artist Shawn “The Rev” McDowell from 11:15 a.m. to noon Wednesday in the library’s Children’s Storytime Theater.

The program is free and open to the public and is featured as part of the library’s annual Summer Reading Program. No registration is required.

McDowell, a Johnstown native and graduate of Greater Johnstown High School, comes from a gospel music background and now writes and records hip hop/rap music under his own label, Dakota Records.

For more information, visit www.cclsys.org.

Altoona homicide under investigation

Altoona police are investigating a homicide that occurred just after 1 a.m. Saturday on the 100 block of Walnut Avenue in Altoona.

The victim, whose name was not released, died as a result of a shooting, police said.

Anyone with information about the homicide is being asked to call the police.

Assisting in the investigation are the state police, Blair County District Attorney’s Office and the Blair County Coroner’s Office.

Kids with asthma can attend camp

Enrollment has opened for Camp Huff-n-Puff, scheduled Aug. 8-11 at Jumonville Camp and Retreat Center near Uniontown.

The camp for children ages 8 to 13 with asthma is a Breathe Pennsylvania program.

Camp Director Carol Ann Kuczma said Camp Huff-n-Puff allows children to have a summer camp experience while learning lessons and techniques that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.  

Enrollment information is available by calling Breathe Pennsylvania at 800-220-1990 or at www.camp.breathepa.org.

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