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October 5, 2012

IN BRIEF | Portage man charged with assaulting girls



PORTAGE – A Portage man, who authorities said sexually assaulted two underage girls, faces criminal charges in Cambria County Court.

Andrew David Maul, 19, of the 700 block of East Knox Avenue, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Wednesday before District Judge Galen Decort of Portage.

County detectives said Maul allegedly had sex with a

14-year-old at his home had sex with a 15-year-old girl in the back seat of his vehicle.

The incidents took place beginning in July 2011.

Maul was charged with statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault and corruption of minors.

He is free on bond.

PennDOT auctioning used equipment

HARRISBURG – PennDOT is auctioning its used equipment in an online sale ending at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

 There are 161 items up for bid, including snowplows, anti-icing trucks, motor graders, excavators, wheel and backhoe loaders, asphalt equipment, dump trucks, spreaders, skid steers and generators.

More information is available on the website: www.asset-auctions.com by typing “47434A – PennDOT.”

Registration is required to bid.

Lunch focuses on bullying, suicide

The Windber Research Institute will host a community lunch and learn from

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday.

The event will focus on bullying and suicide and will include panel discussion on current bullying-prevention topics.   

James Bozigar will present information about the topic.  WRI trainers will be on hand to discuss the recent cost benefit analysis of bullying prevention programs and the implementation done in partnership with the Highmark Foundation and the Center for Safe Schools.

Reservations are not necessary. For information, email: k.good@wriwindber.org.

LCB member quits amid investigation

HARRISBURG – A 15-year member of the state Liquor Control Board is resigning as state ethics investigators probe whether he improperly took gifts from agency vendors.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that P.J. Stapleton, an Indiana native, wrote Gov. Tom Corbett on Thursday that his last day would be Friday.

A liquor board spokeswoman said Stapleton is referring questions to his attorney, Hank Hockeimer. Hockeimer’s office said he is out until Monday.

Stapleton’s term expired in May, but he continued serving in the $72,000-a-year post on an interim basis.

Corbett has nominated Philadelphia attorney Ken Trujillo to replace Stapleton on the three-person board.

The Inquirer said Stapleton and other liquor board officials were named in a March report by the state inspector general about gifts that included wine and tickets to sporting events.

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  • Halfway house inmates can ease back into society

    Prison life can be a time warp.
    When inmates are locked away – for months, years, decades – society moves forward: Technology evolves, major events occur, pop culture changes. From a personal perspective, families and friends live their lives: weddings, funerals, graduations, births, retirements. All the while, criminals bide their time, existing in a regimented world of cement walls and metal bars.
    Almost all of them eventually rejoin society, though.

    April 19, 2014

  • Crime board took aim at house

    Johnstown’s unemployment rate is around 8 percent.
    One-third of the city’s population lives in poverty.
    Burglaries and assaults significantly increased between 2010 and 2012. There is a thriving illegal trade in heroin and prescription drugs.
    Given those conditions, it can be challenging for Johnstown Community Corrections Center residents to find jobs when living in the facility or to avoid falling back into a criminal lifestyle upon their release.

    April 19, 2014

  • Homicides linked to center

    Three homicides that took place in Johnstown last year involved either a suspect or victim who previously resided in the Community Corrections Center.
    Police Chief Craig Foust confirmed the name of one victim, who spent almost two months in the facility on Washington Street during 2007, a time period verified by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

    April 19, 2014

  • bachota Volunteers helping to spruce up community

    Walls and ceilings inside the Cambria County Library look clean and bright with fresh new coats of paint on them.
    The work was recently done by inmates from the Johnstown Community Corrections Center.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • alanna Hartzok targets income disparity

    Alanna Hartzok described herself as being a conservative progressive.
    The Franklin County resident said she is in favor of conserving environmental resources, education opportunities, Social Security and Medicare, while wanting to progressively address wealth inequality, health care and taxation.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Schools rise to leadership challenge

    Forest Hills and Cambria Heights high school students put the spirit of healthy competition toward a good cause and picked up some lessons in leadership along the way.

    April 19, 2014

  • KATEY LADIKA Student’s photos win awards

    A Forest Hills High School junior has captured several awards in a high school arts and writing contest that has identified greats such as Truman Capote and Andy Warhol.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jim Siehl JIM SIEHL | Music to my ears

    Seldom has $15 produced such a high level of entertainment as it did a few weeks ago when I found myself in the second row just left of center keeping back the tears once again during my third live performance of “Les Miserables.”

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Michele Bender Bye, bye, Easter birdies

    Animals fascinated my mom. Riding the train between Johnstown and Philly, she saw horses, pigs, sheep, cows … a Mattel See ’n Say of farm critters.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bill Eggert Columnist Photo Travelogue of terror features Johnstown area

    A historic week will surround the venerable Silver Drive-In come the beginning of May.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

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