The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


November 9, 2013

IN BRIEF | Fire damages Woodvale home

— Johnstown firefighters were called to the 100 block of Iolite Avenue in Woodvale at 6:30 a.m. Saturday to battle a fire at a home.

Firefighters were able to confine the blaze to the attic, a fire department spokesman said. There were no injuries.

A state police fire marshal was asked to determine the cause.

The Red Cross is assisting the family who lived in the home.

Police looking for abuse suspect

Johnstown police are looking for a Johnstown man who has been charged with abusing a 3-year-old boy recently who had been in his care.

Matthew Hellams, 29, whose whereabouts are not known but who had lived in Moxham at the time of the abuse, was charged by Johnstown police with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a child and simple assault. Police said the abuse included second-degree burns from bath water.

The boy’s mother, Jessica Marie Swetz, 30, of Moxham, was taken into custody and was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, police said.

Amtrak passenger charged in scuffle

A New York man, traveling from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh via an Amtrak train, has been charged with assaulting a Johnstown police officer after causing a disturbance on the train just before it arrived in Johnstown, a Johnstown police sergeant said.

Michael Regan, 24, of West Islip, N.Y., became disorderly, used vulgar language and stole a hat from a female conductor, said Sgt. Patrick Goggin. Regan and his friends then started playing “monkey in the middle” with the hat, he said.

The train’s engineer called the Johnstown police, who met the train at the station in Johnstown. Regan refused to get off the train and fought with a responding officer. Police had to deploy a Taser to get Regan to stop assaulting the officer, Goggin said.

Veterans get free CamTran rides

CamTran officials have announced that beginning Monday, all veterans and active duty military personnel will be permitted to ride the Inclined Plane and all urban and rural fixed route buses for free.

Bus operators and Inclined Plane staff will accept the following forms of identification:         

Veterans Affairs card, VFW card, American Legion card, Disabled American Veterans card, Retired Enlisted Association card, Korean Veterans Association card, Vietnam Veterans of America card, Paralyzed Veterans of America card and AMVETS card.

Active duty, retiree and reserve cards and DD 214 papers with corresponding identification also will be accepted, along with other valid forms of military identification.

Veterans and active duty military wearing their military uniform also will be allowed to ride urban and rural fixed route buses and the Inclined Plane for free.

Senior citizens age 65 and older also can ride free with a valid senior card. Any senior 65 and older can call the CamTran office and request a senior application, which will be mailed to them to complete and return to CamTran. CamTran will then verify the information and issue a senior card.

Seniors also can stop by the Moxham or Ebensburg CamTran office and fill out an application in person.

Information: 535-5526 or 800-252-3889.

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