The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 27, 2012

In brief: Teen dies in shooting incident


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ALTOONA — Altoona police are investigating a shooting that claimed the life of a 16-year-old boy Wednesday.

Police said the teen was fatally shot in an incident on East Third Avenue, but it has not yet been determined whether criminal charges are warranted.

With the investigation still under way, no names were being released, investigators said.

Man hit, threatened woman, police say

SOMERSET – A Somerset man was jailed Wednesday after he allegedly struck a woman during a domestic dispute and then threatened to shoot her, authorities said.

In a criminal complaint, borough police charged George W. Hollinsgshead II, 50, of the 800 block of East Main Street, with terroristic threats, simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment.

Hollingshead is accused of grabbing the woman by the throat as she tried to leave the residence and striking her in the neck, police said.

The woman told police that Hollingshead left the residence with a rifle and told her he was going to shoot her when he returned.

Police found Hollinsgshead sitting in his vehicle with an air rifle and a case of beer. Officers also seized two rifles from inside the residence.

Hollingshead was arraigned by on-call District Judge Sandra Stevanus of Confluence and sent to the Somerset County Jail after failing to post $20,000 bond.

Woman charged following crash

SALISBURY – A southern Somerset County woman is accused of striking the driver of the vehicle in which she was riding, causing it to crash and injure three people, state police in Somerset said.

A criminal complaint filed by police said Rhonda Yvonne Guthrie, 42, of Salisbury, was a passenger in a vehicle traveling on the Mason Dixon Highway in Elk Lick Township on Tuesday when an argument broke out.

Guthrie allegedly struck the driver, causing him to lose control of the vehicle, troopers said.

The vehicle rotated counter-clockwise, traveled off the roadway and struck a tree, troopers said.

Guthrie, the driver and an

11-year-old boy were taken to a Maryland hospital.

Guthrie was charged with harassment.

Hospitals put out smokes for new year

ALTOONA – There will be less smoke in the air around most of the region’s hospitals when 2013 arrives on Tuesday.

Altoona Regional Health System is banning tobacco and says it won’t hire tobacco users.

At Conemaugh Health System facilities, tobacco use will be prohibited for employees, contracted workers and volunteers. Conemaugh properties have been smoke-free zones since November 2007.

“As the leading health care organization for a pretty big region, we need to lead by example,” Memorial Medical Center President Steven Tucker said when the new policy was announced in September.

“We strongly believe this is the right thing to do for our community,” Altoona President and CEO Jerry Murray said. “Tobacco use is unhealthy for the users and those around them. As a health care system, our mission is to model healthy behaviors.”

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