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February 24, 2013

Driver injured in 2-vehicle crash

JOHNSTOWN — A motorist was taken to Memorial Medical Center with minor injuries Sunday following a two-vehicle crash.

Jackson Township police said the driver of a Jeep Cherokee failed to stop on Route 271 as an SUV was pulling into its driveway and struck another vehicle.

Both vehicles were heading southbound Sunday afternoon when the crash occurred.

The Cherokee’s driver will be cited with driving too fast for roadway conditions, Jackson Township Officer Kristy Vaught said.

Fairhope man accused of rape

FAIRHOPE – A 19-year-old Fairhope area man is charged with sexually assaulting a minor, state police in Somerset said.

Paul J. Bonus Jr. was arraigned Friday before District Judge Douglas Bell on rape and other charges, accused of committing the crimes in North Hampton Township.

Bonus was lodged in Somerset County Jail after failing to post his $100,000 bond.

Paper: VA bacteria close to 1982 strain

PITTSBURGH – A newspaper has reported that the strain of bacteria that caused a fatal outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in a Veterans Affairs hospital is “almost identical” to the strain found there more than three decades ago.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said Sunday it had obtained documents indicating that the Legionella bacteria found in October at the Oakland hospital match five of seven genes of the 1982 bacteria.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report said that indicates that the strain “may have persisted in the hospital’s water system for many years” despite decades of hot water flushes, chemical disinfectant cycles and installation of a system designed to kill it.

VA spokesman David Cowgill declined comment, citing “pending investigations and legal claims.”

Trustee: Penn State should seek refund

STATE COLLEGE – A Penn State trustee says a consultant should be asked to return “some or all” of the millions of dollars Penn State paid for an internal investigation into the handling of sexual abuse allegations.

Trustee Anthony Lubrano has been a critic of the $6.5 million report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, which concluded that longtime coach Joe Paterno and three former administrators covered up child sexual abuse allegations against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Lubrano, who joined the board last year after drawing support from disgruntled alumni, cited another report commissioned by the Paterno family and released earlier this month that said Freeh’s investigation resulted in a “rush to injustice.”  

Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year prison term following conviction on 45 counts of child sexual abuse involving 10 boys. He maintains his innocence.

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    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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