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March 14, 2013

In brief: 7 suspects charged in drug sweep

MEYERSDALE — Seven suspected drug dealers were picked up this week in a southern Somerset County sweep, investigators said.

Police said several were peddling heroin in the Meyersdale area. Other arrests involved  sales of cocaine and painkiller pills, according to police affidavits.

Somerset County Drug Task Force officers said controlled buys last year led them to file drug charges against Joshua Aaron Hay, 22, of Garrett; Daniel Richard Horning, 27, of Meyersdale; and Michael Lynn Phillips, 26, also of Meyersdale.

The three were arraigned Wednesday by District Judge Douglas McCall Bell on felony drug possession and related counts.

Those arrests followed four others this week.

William George Haer, 33, and Michael Lynn Meyers, 38, both of Meyersdale; Travis Ray Nightingale, 22, of Somerset; and Eric Ryan Nolte, 25, of Meyersdale also were charged in Meyersdale-area drug-related incidents.

Defendant waives hearing in city case

A Johnstown man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in her Messenger Street home had his case sent to Cambria County court.

Police allege that Michael Noah Crusan, 22, went into the woman’s home and crawled into her bed. The woman told investigators she had taken medication to help her sleep and allowed the man to have sex with her, thinking it was her boyfriend.

Crusan waived his preliminary hearing on charges of burglary and assault on Wednesday.

Windber exploring cost of new windows

WINDBER – Borough officials hope to replace oversized, inefficient windows in their Graham Avenue office building.

Council voted Tuesday to seek offers on how much the work would cost. Council members said the single-pane windows likely are part of the reason for their high heating bills.

“They aren’t original windows but they are very old,” borough manager Fred Oliveros said.

Oliveros was directed to collect a list of quotes. If necessary, the project will be advertised for bids.

Geistown obtains lower electric rate

Geistown leaders are hopeful that locking in the borough’s electric rates will be a good move for its residents  – even if that rate isn’t viewed as a lucky number.

Council voted Wednesday to lock in its electric rates at 6.66 cents per kilowatt hour for the next two years. The rate is about 5 percent lower than Penelec’s current price.

“I know,” council President Donna Locher said of the rate figure, which briefly raised a few fellow council members’ eyebrows. “But it’s still a good rate.”

The program is offered through ChamberChoice and OnDemand Energy Solutions.

Borough residents will be able to receive the same rate, Councilman Ed Porada said.

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