The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

State News

October 10, 2012

Midday Briefing | Court nixes sentence in MySpace sex case

ERIE — A 35-year-old northwestern Pennsylvania man serving 20 years in federal prison for trying to seduce a 14-year-old girl he met on the MySpace social networking site must be resentenced.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says a federal judge didn't consider arguments from Michael Begin's defense attorney that the sentence might be unduly harsh.

Begin has pleaded guilty to attempting to seduce the girl and attempting to transfer obscene material to her.

What Begin didn't know is that the girl's mother saw messages he had sent in late 2009 and contacted the FBI, who then used the girl's cell phone and MySpace account to keep in touch with Begin.

The Bradford man was carrying handcuffs and a condom when he was arrested at a restaurant where he arranged to meet the girl in February 2010.


Friend describes deadly cosmetic surgery at hotel

PHILADELPHIA — A 22-year-old London woman is testifying in Philadelphia about the fatal cosmetic surgery done to a friend at an airport hotel.

Theresa Gymfi says her 20-year-old friend Claudia Aderotimi died hours after a woman pumped silicone into their buttocks in February 2011.

She says they had no problems when they had the same procedure done on a trip months earlier. But Gymfi says her childhood friend had trouble breathing shortly after the second procedure.

She is testifying at a preliminary hearing Wednesday for Padge Gordon, also known as Padge Windslowe. Gordon is charged with third-degree murder and practicing medicine without a license.

Gymfi says Gordon left the hotel after her friend became ill and told them to call an ambulance if she didn't get better.


Students disciplined for pic of DJ with bras

IRWIN — A western Pennsylvania school district has disciplined some students after a disc jockey posted a Facebook picture showing bras some students threw at him during a recent homecoming dance.

Norwin School District officials tell The Associated Press that an unspecified number of students have been disciplined. The school will also no longer allow the disc jockey, Eric Wenning, to work school dances.

School officials say it doesn't appear that Wenning encouraged the girls to throw bras at him during the Sept. 29 dance, but say he showed poor judgment by posting the Facebook picture of himself posing with the bras.

Wenning has told WPXI-TV that he was appalled when the female students started throwing their bras at him.

School officials began investigating when a parent saw the Facebook photo and complained.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
State News
  • Green, Libertarian candidates abandon bids for governor

    Both third-party candidates who hoped to compete in Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial race have given up – leaving Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic nominee Tom Wolf to compete one-on-one.

    August 1, 2014

  • PennDOT contractor arraigned on $3.6M theft charge

    A Department of Transportation contractor stole $3.6 million in public funds by billing the state for work that was never done, state prosecutors said Thursday in what they described as an ongoing corruption probe of PennDOT’s southeastern Pennsylvania district.

    July 31, 2014

  • Police: Women stole thousands from elderly sisters, used money to show St. Bernards

    Two western Pennsylvania women have been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from two elderly sisters and using the money to attend dog shows.

    July 29, 2014

  • Intervening neighbor’s death now ruled homicide

    The Allegheny County medical examiner says a neighbor who died after he intervened in a fight between a couple next door is the victim of homicide.

    July 29, 2014

  • Housing police: Naked women slashes 3 in melee

    Allegheny County Housing Authority police were trying to identify a naked woman who allegedly slashed or stabbed three other women in an apparent lovers’ quarrel at a public housing complex.

    July 29, 2014

  • Police: Rescued boys never mentioned drowned teen

    Police say two teens who were rescued from a jetty in Presque Isle Bay in Erie last week, and two others who were with them, never mentioned a fifth boy who drowned and whose body wasn’t found until Saturday.

    July 29, 2014

  • 2 arraigned, denied bail in deadly Philly carjacking

    Two men accused of carjacking a woman in north Philadelphia and plowing into a family selling fruit on a street corner, killing three children, have been ordered held without bail.

    July 29, 2014

  • PennDOT pushes ‘Yellow Dot’ vehicle stickers

    It’s the car sticker that could save your life.
    PennDOT’s “Yellow Dot” program has been around for several years, said Daniel Zakraysek, coordinator of the Cambria Allegheny Regional Highway Safety Network.

    July 28, 2014

  • Remembering elephant’s rampage

    The circus elephant paced the landing outside the Jaffa Mosque in Altoona.
    Police formed an uneasy line around the perimeter of the venue’s lawn, rifles at the ready.
    It was a cloudy, cold day in April 1993, and Tyke the elephant had just run around the circus ring, slapped a baboon and burst through a building’s front door, tearing off part of the wall above the door.

    July 28, 2014

  • State briefs 7/29/2014

    July 28, 2014


Do you think pet obituaries should be included with death notices?

Yes, my pet is considered a member of the family.
No, pet obituaries are inappropriate.
Pet obituaries should be placed on a different page in the newspaper.
     View Results
Order Photos

Photo Slideshow

House Ads