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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Records hearing scheduled
A Cambria County judge will consider complaints filed by two Johnstown residents seeking documents related to the city’s municipal waste water operation at hearing at the end of this month.
Casey targets heroin
The heroin trade has brought addiction, death, violence and theft to Johnstown and other Pennsylvania communities.
Figuring out how to deal with those issues is difficult for local, state and federal officials.
Drive-in to open with high-tech projector
Drive-in movie theaters and the term “state of the art” seldom share the same sentence.
But that will soon be the case for the Silver Drive-In, it’s owner said. The Scalp Avenue site, often marketed as a nostalgic summer night escape, soon will boast a high-end projector capable of displaying the latest and greatest blockbusters in razor sharp high-definition, theater owner Rick Rosco said.
Sheetz work underway
Earthmoving is underway at Richland Town Centre for a nearly 6,500-square-foot Sheetz store.
And the real estate broker marketing the land says a 3,000-square-foot retail building will be built next door.
Police seize heroin, money in Prospect
Johnstown police reported that several bricks of heroin, along with $4,000 in cash and a handgun, were discovered in the city's Prospect neighborhood around 4 a.m. Friday. An arrest warrant has been issued for the man believed to be the owner or renter of the two homes raided.
Comedy night targets serious problem
Animal advocates are using comedy to take aim at a serious problem.
The third annual Funny Fundraiser to benefit the Nardecchia Spay and Neuter Fund will be held at 8 p.m. May 16 at Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.
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Early morning police raid in Prospect area leads to arrest warrant
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Judge fills City Council vacancy
A lifelong Johnstown resident who has never sought election to public office was named Thursday to fill the vacancy on City Council.
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