Police: Heavy fog may have caused fatality
EBENSBURG – Heavy fog may have played a role in a fatal accident in Cambria Township on Tuesday morning.
Donald Gregg, 65, of Cresson, died at the scene as a result of the wreck, said Cambria County First Deputy Coroner Pete Long.
Gregg apparently swerved his tri-axle truck in an attempt to avoid a collision with a truck carrying a wind turbine blade, according to the Cambria Township Police Department. Gregg’s truck then rolled onto its side and into an embankment.
The truck carrying the blade was entering Route 422 west from the Route 219 ramp. Gregg was traveling west on 422.
Police think Gregg may not have seen the other vehicle because of the fog.
The incident occurred shortly before 7:30 a.m.
DA revealed expunged charges, official says
BEDFORD – An Everett councilman has filed a private criminal complaint accusing a prosecutor of revealing expunged criminal charges against the borough official.
Bedford County District Attorney William Higgins told the Altoona Mirror he’s done nothing wrong, despite the claims by Councilman Charles Karns.
Karns contends Higgins broke the law when he referred to Karns as a “repeat DUI offender” in press releases announcing new DUI charges against Karns earlier this year.
Karns had a DUI in 2007, but had his record expunged.
A private complaint must still be reviewed by a prosecutor for criminal charges to be lodged.
Normally Higgins would review such a complaint, but because he’s the accused, the complaint will be reviewed by the state Attorney General’s Office. That office isn’t commenting on the review.
Sepp memorial ride scheduled Saturday
The Trooper Joseph Sepp Memorial Ride will be held Saturday.
The benefit run is hosted by Road Dawgs Motorcycle Club.
Sign-ups will begin at 11 a.m. and the ride will start at 1 p.m. from Zepka Harley-Davidson on Eisenhower Boulevard.
The cost is $20 per motorcycle operator and $10 per passenger.
A meal at the Cottage Restaurant in Ebensburg after the run is included in the cost.
Proceeds will be donated to the family of William Gephart, a Paint Township police officer killed in an off-duty ATV accident.
Sepp was killed in the line of duty in November 2002.
Fire companies receive federal funding
Two Cambria County fire companies have been awarded small federally funded grants to help purchase fire-suppression equipment.
The Community Volunteer Fire Company of Lilly will receive $2,445 and Hope Fire Company in Northern Cambria will receive $953.
The money is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Services and is given to the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for distribution, according to a release from the office of state Rep. Gary Haluska, D-Patton.
In all, 130 volunteer fire groups received funding. All are in communities serving rural areas where brush and forest fires are common, Haluska said.
Ford honors man, 102, for lifelong loyalty
SOMERSET – A Ford dealership has honored a 102-year-old man for his lifelong loyalty to the brand.
Floyd Pullin was honored with a birthday cake, luncheon and a limousine ride at Riverside Ford in Confluence, The (Somerset) Daily American reported.
The Addison man has bought nine Fords in his lifetime, the first a Model T in 1926. His most recent is a 2013 Ford F-150 pickup.
Ford assembly line workers and executives also thanked him for his loyalty in a video presentation.
Police: Heavy fog may have caused fatality
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Road to Recovery Inc., a nonprofit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday in front of the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, 927 S. Logan Boulevard, Hollidaysburg
Investigators seek cause of West End fire
The cause of a five-alarm fire early Monday at a vacant structure in the 500 block of Dorothy Avenue in Johnstown’s West End has not been determined, according to city fire officials.
Richland seeks loan for roof, HVAC work
Richland Township’s plans to replace the municipal building’s roof and heating and air conditioning system will cost nearly $600,000, Solicitor Gary Costlow said.
Undocumented children already arriving in state
An influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. border is spilling over into Pennsylvania, as state officials received word Monday that more than 500 are being housed in the commonwealth.
Auditor cites flaws in gas drilling regulation
Strained by limited resources and the rapid expansion of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, environmental regulators have failed to adequately monitor well safety or to provide clear and timely information to citizens, the state auditor general said Tuesday.
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Driver in fatal DUI crash will serve jail time
A Vintondale man was sentenced Tuesday in Cambria County court to serve 16 to 32 months in the county jail for a 2011 alcohol-related crash that killed a woman.
Reade Twp. water projects receive funding
Three water treatment systems in Cambria County will receive financial assistance from the state Department of Environmental Protection to remove acid mine drainage from nearby waterways.
Antique tractors chugging toward Stoystown fest
A display of a whole lotta horsepower and pulling contests will highlight the 14th annual Antique Tractor Festival.
Sponsored by Stoystown Lions Club and Laurel Highlands Antique Power Club, the event will be held July 31 through Aug. 3 at the Lions’ park, one-half mile east of Stoystown on Route 30.
Irish dance school wants to set toes tapping in Cambria County
If you ever wanted to learn to dance an Irish jig, now is your chance.
Kenny Cavanaugh School of Irish Dance, based out of Milford, Pike County, is expanding into Cambria County.
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