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July 1, 2014

In brief: Ohio man’s body found near turnpike

SOMERSET — State police and the Somerset County Coroner’s Office are investigating the death of an Ohio man whose body was found Tuesday morning along the berm of the Pennsylvania Turnpike near the Somerset exit.

Police identified the victim as Antwan Dash, 33, of Akron.

The cause of death was listed as traumatic shock due to a gunshot wound to the head, police said. The manner of death is pending further investigation, police said.

Police believe Dash was shot Tuesday morning between 2:38 and 6:58, the latter being the time the victim’s body was discovered along the eastbound lanes, about two miles west of the Somerset exit.

Police said the victim’s vehicle was found at that location.

Man pleads guilty to having child porn

WINDBER – A Windber man has pleaded guilty in federal court in Johnstown to possession of child pornography, said U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton.

Donald T. Reese, 69, of the 200 block of Jefferson Avenue, pleaded guilty to one count before U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on April 28, 2011, Reese knowingly possessed videos on his computer that were produced using minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Valkovci Jr. prosecuted the case.

Drug conviction leads to prison sentence

A Patton man has been sentenced in federal court in Johnstown to 10 months in prison and four years of supervised release on his conviction of conspiracy to distribute and possess marijuana, said U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton.

U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on Christopher J. Jolly, 40, of the 500 block of Magee Avenue.

According to information presented to the court, from March 2009 to May 9, 2011, Jolly conspired with George M. Lowmaster and others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.

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