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August 6, 2013

Homicide is city’s fifth this year

JOHNSTOWN — Tuesday’s homicide is the fifth on Johnstown’s streets in 2013.

Four men and one woman have been killed since January. It’s a count that, through August, ties the highest single year total for any year in the past decade, records show.

Among them:

• Johnstown teen Shahliek M. Greene, 19, will face trial for killing a fellow Moxham man, Joshua Price, in February. Police say Price was shot multiple times following a dispute over a vehicle.

• A 37-year-old Pittsburgh area man, Jamil Gray, was gunned down in a downtown parking lot June 28. Police have not yet released a suspect in the homicide.

• Lemmel Myers, a state parolee living in the West End, was arrested by police two weeks ago for gunning down Leslie Schetrompf, 37, on July 25. Police said Myers was wearing an ankle bracelet when he shot Schetrompf in the leg near his Fairfield Avenue apartment. Schetrompf was hit in his leg’s main artery and died of blood loss, investigators said.

• Jonathan R. Kuzma, 31, was jailed Friday for beating his father, John P. Kuzma, to death with a hammer inside their Moxham home. Police say the son raided his father’s safe for drug money after leaving the man’s body in their family home’s basement.

• Elizabeth Miller, 21, of Tire Hill, was killed Tuesday at a Bridge Street car wash in Moxham. Police have issued an arrest warrant for her boyfriend, Demetrius D. Gibson, also 21 and of Tire Hill.

The city hasn’t seen five homicides in a single year since 2004, records show.

This year’s total counts for all but one of the county’s six homicides. The other occurred in Richland Township in January and remains unsolved.

In that incident, Richland Township police say Robert T. Williams was gunned down inside his home by two men – an act that remains under investigation. Cambria County Crime Stoppers is offering a $4,000 reward for information leading to those behind the alleged murder.

None of the homicides are related, Johnstown city police and Cambria County First Assistant District Attorney Heath Long said Tuesday.

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