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Local News in Brief | $72G in scholarships goes to area students

Bridge Educational Foundation and its donors, CSX Transportation and Waste Management, announced that $72,000 in scholarships went to students in Cambria County through participation in Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program.

Students attending St. Andrew Catholic School, Bishop McCort Catholic High School, The Learning Lamp, St. Benedict School and Mother of Sorrows School received the scholarships.

The tax Ccredit program offers funding scholarships in schools across Pennsylvania.

The scholarship donations are part of the pre-kindergarten and K-12 EITC programs.

Companies can contribute up to $200,000 a year to the pre-K program and $400,000 to the K-12 progam in exchange for tax credits.

The funds must be given to approved, nonprofit scholarship or educational improvement organizations.

Businesses receive a tax credit equal to 100 percent of the first $10,000 contributed to a pre-K scholarship organization  and up to 90 percent of any additional amount contributed during the year.

The K-12 program provides companies with a 75 percent tax credit, or 90 percent for a two-year commitment.

To request scholarship funding, visit www.bridgeedu.org and click on the scholarship tab.

Police: Man stole sanitizer for cocktails

Authorities say a man stole 12 bottles of hand sanitizer from an Altoona hospital so he could mix it with orange juice and drink it for the alcohol it contained.

Lee Ammerman, 51, has been mailed a summons requiring him to surrender Feb. 5 on charges of theft and receiving stolen property, the Altoona Mirror reported

Police said an employee at UPMC Altoona hospital saw Ammerman steal a bottle of sanitizer in October by hiding it in an arm sling he was wearing.

They said Ammerman returned to steal more sanitizer twice in December.

Police said they confronted Ammerman, who acknowledged stealing the sanitizer, saying, “I mix the liquid with orange juice.”

The hospital is seeking about $80 in restitution.

Ammerman doesn’t have a listed phone or an attorney named in court records.

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