The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

February 24, 2013

Driver injured in 2-vehicle crash


Staff and wire reports

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.

Officials consider transit consolidations

PITTSBURGH – Some southwestern Pennsylvania officials are broaching the idea of consolidating the region’s 10 transit agencies into one, arguing that such efforts could save taxpayers millions.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald told state lawmakers last week that 30 percent of downtown Pittsburgh workers live outside the county, while many county residents work and shop in Butler or Washington counties.

A study last fall predicted that combining operations of five transit agencies and two county transportation departments in south-central Pennsylvania could net $24 million in savings in seven years.

Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget proposal would provide money to transit agencies that look at such consolidations.

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