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March 26, 2013

Local briefs 3/27/2013

Crash closes section of Richland Twp. road

A section of Elton Road was closed Tuesday night when a sport utility vehicle went out of control, sheared off a utility pole carrying a mass of telephone wires at Hoover Street and struck a parked pickup truck in that vicinity, Richland Township police said.

The road was closed between Breck Lane, located near the Richland Town Centre, and Vo-Tech Drive.

Wires also fell to the ground about a block away at another pole at Elton and MacRidge Avenue.

Police said a man was eastbound on Elton when his vehicle went out of control and struck the pole, shearing it in two.

The SUV then struck the parked truck.

Police said they were trying to determine if another utility pole farther east on Elton also was struck in the accident or during a previous accident.

That pole has minor damage but no wires came down.

The driver was taken to Memorial Medical Center, police said.

His name was not available late Tuesday.

The accident was reported at 7:51 p.m.

Richland Township firefighters assisted police.

Police: Worker used charge for own buys

A Bedford County man was jailed Monday after authorities alleged he used a company charge account to make $1,103 in unauthorized purchases.

Jason Louis Smith, 26, was employed as a service technician for Advanced Office Systems, police in Richland Township said.

A review of the charge account the company had with Advanced Auto Parts showed that Smith forged names of other employees to make purchases at auto parts stores on Scalp Avenue in Richland, Broad Street in Johnstown and in Ebensburg, police said.

Police alleged that Smith made unauthorized buys for his personal use.

He was charged with

14 counts each of access device fraud and theft by deception. Smith also was charged with five counts each of forgery and tampering with records.

Smith was arraigned by on-call District Judge Michael Musulin of Johnstown and sent to the Cambria County Prison after failing to post

10 percent of $25,000 bond.

Man accused of trashing home

SOMERSET – A Somerset man is accused of trashing property in a Lillian Lane home and then tussling with state police after they disarmed him.

Jared B. Knopsnyder, 24, was found holding a small filet knife and hiding behind a basement door, Somerset-based troopers said.

Troopers said they used the door to disarm him.

Police had been called to the home on a complaint of disorderly conduct.

The man appeared to be intoxicated, police said.

Knopsnyder was jailed Tuesday after failing to post $2,000 bond following his arraignment on charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, investigators said.

Spending cuts affect Flight 93 park hours

SHANKSVILLE – Summer hours at the Flight 93 Memorial in Somerset County will be starting a month later due to automatic federal spending cuts.

Winter hours of 9 a.m. to

5 p.m. at the National Park Service memorial normally change at the beginning of April to summer hours of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the last entry at 6:30 p.m.

But Superintendent Jeff Reinbold said that because of the federal cuts, the longer hours at the park will not start until May 1.

The site commemorates the 40 passengers and crew members killed in the crash of the hijacked United Airlines flight during the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. People aboard fought with four Islamic hijackers for control of the plane.


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