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July 10, 2014

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$325G lottery ticket sold in Northern Cambria store

Someone bought the lone, jackpot-winning ticket for the Wednesday drawing of the Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5 game at a store in Northern Cambria.

The ticket matched all five balls, 10-16-22-26-31, and is worth $325,000.

The ticket was bought at Valeria’s Market, 4205 Crawford Ave. The store will earn a $500 selling bonus.

A Lottery spokesperson said the holder of the winning ticket should promptly sign the back of the ticket, call the Lottery at 717-702-8146 and file a claim at any of the Lottery’s seven area offices or at Lottery headquarters in Middletown, Dauphin County.

Coal spill closes Route 219 for 5 hours

Route 219 was closed between 14th and 24th streets in Northern Cambria for about five hours Thursday morning so that crews could clean up coal from an overturned truck.

Borough police said the truck was southbound when the accident occurred around 6:15 a.m.

The driver was taken to Memorial Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, police said.

Traffic was detoured along side roads while crews from the borough and PennDOT cleaned up the spill.

The road reopened just before 11:30 a.m.

Historical group will present Civil War songs, stories

The Somerset Historical Center will host an evening of Civil War songs and stories called “Between the Lines” at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 1845 N. Center Ave. in Somerset.

Tickets cost $12 for historical society members and $15 for nonmembers. Proceeds benefit the Historical and Genealogical Society of Somerset County.

Staff and volunteers have worked to compile local Civil War letters, diaries and firsthand accounts into a 90-min­ute program combined with music of the era performed by the Berlin Fife and Drum Corps, local musicians and soloist Samuel McClintock.

Historically dressed interpreters in the program are mainly descendants of Civil War veterans, and many are members of the Sons of the Union Veterans and auxiliaries of both the Mount Union Church and Jacob M. Campbell camps.

Advance tickets may be bought at the Somerset Historical Center. A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door, but it is recommended to call ahead to reserve a ticket.

For more information, call 445-6077.

Kidney Center adds doctor

Dr. Nader Kassis has joined The Kidney Center.

Board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Kassis is a member of the American Society of Nephrology and the National Kidney Foundation.

Kassis joins Drs. George J. Frem and Samer S. Nasser and physician assistant Jennifer M. Fetterman in providing care for patients on dialysis and those with kidney disease or high blood pressure.

Kassis also will enable the program to offer an additional transplant clinic the first Friday of each month in the Kidney Center’s main office, 88 Osborne St., Johnstown.

Kassis lives in Johnstown with his wife, Abeer, and their daughter.

The Kidney Center has eight locations across Cambria and Somerset counties and in Seward.

Rabid deer attacks woman outside store

A deer that attacked a woman outside a paint store at a Westmoreland County strip mall tested positive for rabies, the Pennsylvania Game Commission said.

Rachael McGough, 30, manages the Sherwin-Williams store in East Huntingdon Township.

She saw the deer outside a state liquor store in the shopping center and stopped to take a picture of it as she arrived for work about 7 a.m. Tuesday.

McGough pushed and batted the deer away using bags she was carrying before two men ran over from a fast food restaurant and subdued the deer. McGough said the animal had scabs on its head and green foam coming from its mouth.

The men tied the animal’s legs to subdue it, and the deer died before a wildlife conservation officer arrived.

McGough wasn’t scratched or bitten by the deer.

Pa. woman drowns trying to save son

Authorities in New York state said a Pennsylvania woman drowned in Lake Erie while attempting to save her 9-year-old son and his friend after high winds blew the boys’ inner tube into deep waters.

Police and fire officials said Christen Stefan, 37, of Bethel Park in suburban Pittsburgh, was vacationing in the Chautauqua County town of Westfield, 55 miles southwest of Buffalo.

Her son and an 8-year-old friend were on an inflated inner tube when high winds and strong waves drew them away from shore around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said.

Stefan swam out to help them, but the current caused all three to drift into a cove with cliffs.

The younger boy climbed out, but Stefan disappeared under the water while trying to help her son. A bystander eventually rescued her son.

Stefan was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Pittsburgh man sentenced in Craigslist ticket scam

A Pittsburgh man was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution for scamming about 200 people out of $53,000 by selling concert tickets he didn’t actually own.

 Daniel Isabella Jr., 30, was sentenced Wednesday on four counts of wire fraud.

His brother, 23-year-old David Isabella, pleaded guilty to similar charges in March and is awaiting sentencing.

The brothers advertised nonexistent tickets on Craigslist and instructed people to send or wire them money.

The scam ran from January through September 2012. The FBI investigated the case.

Body of missing elderly man found near home

Authorities in Washington County said  the body of an elderly man missing for the past month has been found in a field near his home.

The county coroner’s office said a property owner who was cutting hay found the body of 90-year-old George Pochiba on Wednesday.

Pochiba, who police said had dementia, walked away from his Scenery Hill home about a half-mile away on June 10 and never returned.

Coroner Tim Warco told The (Washington) Observer-Reporter that Pochiba died of natural causes and no foul play is suspected.

State police and volunteers had searched the area surrounding the home for two days, and relatives and neighbors continued the search after that.

Pochiba’s daughter, Neva Neizmik, said the family is grieving but relieved to have found out what happened.


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