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March 4, 2014

Local-state briefs 3-5-2014

City man accused of breaking into home

A Daisytown woman told police she awoke Monday night to find a man in her bedroom. She struck the intruder and he fled.

Stonycreek Township police said Chad Edward Heinlein, 34, was the man who entered the woman’s two-story home on Boltz Street.

Heinlein found his way to the woman’s bedroom, where he examined her cellphone. Police said Heinlein became angry about communication between her and other men.

She told Heinlein to leave but he refused.

The woman struck Heinlein in the head and face several times and he fled, investigators said.

The woman retrieved her cellphone and called police.

Heinlein, of the 900 block of Remington Drive, Johnstown, was charged with burglary, criminal trespass, stalking and harassment.

He was arraigned by on-call District Judge Frederick Creany of Ebensburg on Monday and sent to the Cambria County Prison after failing to post 10 percent of $75,000 bond.

Police said Heinlein previously had been warned to stay away from the woman.

Sign language day available for students

St. Francis University’s American Sign Language Club will host its third annual Sign Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 6 in the John F. Kennedy Student Center.

The event is open to students in grades one through 12. Participants will learn the alphabet, numbers and Pledge of Allegiance. They also will jam in sign language to “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz.

Boy and Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to learn the Scout Pledge or Scout Law in sign language and will be on their way to earning a badge.

Registration for the event is due no later than Friday.

The cost is $10 per child and includes a T-shirt. Participants should bring a labeled, bagged lunch to the event.

For more information or to register, call 472-3051 or email or visit

Ski patrol seeks applicants for class

The Blue Knob Ski Patrol is accepting applicants for its 2014-15 patroller candidate class.

Board and ski assessments and interviews will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at Blue Knob All Seasons Resort near Claysburg.

The day will include a facilities tour, equipment demonstrations, question and answer session, and an opportunity to ski and board with members of the training staff.

Applicants will receive an assessment of their skills and candidate status.

Space is limited.

Information: 239-1009 or visit www.blueknobskipa­ to register.

Those registering in advance will receive a ski/board pass for the day.

State Patty’s Day arrests, crimes drop

STATE COLLEGE – State College police say arrests and overall crime continued to drop during the unofficial Penn State drinking holiday known as State Patty’s Day.

For the second year in a row, the school paid licensed liquor establishments to stay closed, doling out $211,000 to 34 of 35 businesses.

State College police Chief Tom King said the strategy – combined with a fraternity ban on parties – seemed to work.

King told the Centre Daily Times that arrests and citations were down 75 percent over the weekend, compared with 2011 – the fake holiday’s heyday – and overall crime dropped 63 percent.

The event began in 2007 when St. Patrick’s Day fell on spring break. The holiday no longer coincides with the break, so students now celebrate on the first Saturday of the break, which was March 1.

Veterans can have notation on license

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania military veterans can now have their service noted on state driver’s licenses, offering them a way to demonstrate their status if they don’t have military ID handy.

Gov. Tom Corbett was on hand Tuesday to announce the program that provides veterans with the designation without an additional fee. He said it’ll help veterans receive the recognition they deserve.

Officials said people began to sign up for it on Monday, even before the new program’s formal unveiling.

Supporters said the notation will help to identify people as veterans, giving them quicker access to social and legal programs designed for people who served in the military.

To sign up, veterans can go to and click on the American flag icon.

Corbett received the first veteran-designation license. He served in the National Guard.

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