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December 5, 2012

In Brief | Roof worker’s injuries serious, sister says

— The Johnstown-area man injured Tuesday after apparently striking a power line while working on a roof has been moved to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment.

Michael Reed, a private contractor, suffered serious head and back injuries in his fall and burns to his hands and face, his sister, Michelle, said Wednesday.

“He’s in stable condition ... but he’s in pretty bad shape,” she said.

Reed was among those working on South Street in the city’s Kernville neighborhood when the accident occurred. Police said he apparently was working on the roof and accidentally touched a piece of metal drip edge with a live wire.

DA: Plea expected in triple homicide case

INDIANA – A prosecutor said an Indiana County man is scheduled to plead guilty to killing his two young daughters and his estranged wife earlier this year.

District Attorney Patrick Dougherty didn’t immediately say what charges 41-year-old Lewis Beatty, of Home, will plead guilty to or what penalty he’ll face. Beatty’s public defender, Fred Hummel, declined comment until after the proceeding at 2 p.m. Friday.

Daugherty had planned to seek the death penalty if Beatty was convicted of first-degree murder at trial.

Beatty also is charged with arson and animal cruelty for allegedly burning his home, where his daughters were killed, and his estranged wife’s residence, after fatally shooting the family’s pet pony, goat and dog on June 1.

State police said Beatty choked and slashed the throats of 33-year-old Christine Beatty and their girls.

Man admits softball dispute led to death

BEDFORD – A Bedford County man could get up to five years in prison after an argument over softball ended in another man’s death.

Randy Foor, 51,  pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter Monday in connection with a shoving match that left Dennis Sprigg dead.

Investigators said Foor and Sprigg were friends who got into a physical confrontation over softball during a day of drinking and on-and-off squabbling in August.

Foor shoved Sprigg, who hit his head on the sidewalk at Foor’s Bedford home.

Sprigg died nearly seven weeks later.

Foor’s attorney had called Sprigg’s death a tragic accident.

The Altoona Mirror reported Foor could get a sentence ranging from a few months to five years.

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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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