Troopers seize drugs, money at hotel room
SOMERSET – State police arrested a woman and seized drugs and money after raiding a hotel room in the borough on Thursday.
Troopers from the Somerset barracks and Troop A Vice Unit seized 115 packets of heroin, drug paraphernalia and $120 from a room at the Knights Inn after obtaining a search warrant.
The room’s occupant, Hildren De’Von Berkley, 20, of Pittsburgh, was charged with drug-related offenses.
She was arraigned by District Judge Kenneth Johnson of Somerset and sent to the Somerset County Jail after failing to post $50,000 bond.
Former jail guard waives hearing
SOMERSET – Charges that a former corrections officer at the Somerset County Jail made lewd remarks and fondled two female subordinates will proceed to county court.
Ronald E. Lensbouer, 44, of Friedens, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on harassment and indecent assault charges before District Judge Kenneth Johnson of Somerset on Thursday.
Lensbouer was charged June 5 with making lewd remarks and groping two female guards from 2010 to 2012.
The (Somerset) Daily American reported that District Attorney Lisa Lazzari-Strasiser told the judge that Lensbouer has had some contact with the victims or their families, in violation of the bond he posted to remain out of jail.
Lensbouer’s attorney didn’t comment on the criminal charges, but said the alleged contact with the victims might have been made by well-intentioned friends. He said Lensbouer knows not to contact the women directly or indirectly.
Hearing date delayed in hammer killing
A new court date has yet to be scheduled for the Johnstown man who police said killed his father with a hammer.
City police charged Jonathan Robert Kuzma, 31, with beating John P. Kuzma, 52, with a hammer and then dumping his body in the basement of their Bond Street home on Aug. 2.
Kuzma was scheduled to appear before District Judge Leonard Grecek of Roxbury on Wednesday, but the case was postponed.
Charges against Kuzma include homicide and assault.
10K run/walk scheduled today
The inaugural 10 Against “K”rime, a 10-kilometer run/fun walk, is scheduled to take place this morning at Roxbury Park in Johnstown.
The event is sponsored by the Roxbury Civic Group, Moxham Neighborhood Watch and West End Improvement Group. It is being held to help raise awareness about work those organizations do to protect their neighborhoods from crime.
For a $15 fee, individuals will get to participate in either the run or fun walk and receive food and a shirt. There will be a musical performance by The Whiskey River Panhandlers, demonstrations by the Johnstown Police Department K-9 Corps and Cambria County Special Emergency Response Team and entertainment provided by the Classic Clown Club.
Participants can begin registering at 8 a.m. by the bandshell.
The 10k is set to start at 9 a.m.
Library offers free computer classes
The Cambria County Library will conduct free computer classes at its facility on Main Street in Johnstown for any person with a library card.
Sign-ups begin Monday.
The new schedule will begin Sept. 5 with “ Introduction to Computers.” Classes will continue through Dec. 15.
All classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the library’s first-floor computer lab.
Class size is limited to 10 people.
For more information or to register, call the Reference Department at 536-5131.
Two area men join state police
Northern Cambria resident Andrew C. Hoover and Mark A. Fisher of Altoona have joined the ranks of the Pennsylvania State Police after graduating from the State Police Academy in Hershey.
They are among 79 men and women who graduated Tuesday. The graduates, who completed 25 weeks of intensive physical and classroom training, were then assigned to stations in nine troop areas across the state.
Hoover and Fisher have been assigned to Troop H in Dauphin County.
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Two brothers charged in beating at bar
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