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June 27, 2014

Local News in Brief | Hearing postponed in bomb threat case

— The preliminary hearing for a Johnstown man charged in a bomb threat called in to the Cambria County Courthouse has been continued until

Aug. 26.

The hearing for Stephen Jablonski, 50, of the 600 block of Russell Avenue, was to be held Tuesday in front of Ebensburg District Judge Fred Creany.

Jablonski has been in the Cambria County Prison since his arrest April 22, the day of the threat.

Homicide suspect retains attorney

A Dale man accused of fatally shooting his live-in girlfriend in May has acquired a well-known Altoona defense attorney to represent him.

Attorney Thomas Dickey has entered an appearance to represent Kyle Rodgers, 25, court staff at District Judge Leonard Grecek’s office in Roxbury confirmed.

Rodgers is accused of shooting his 20-year-old live-in girlfriend, Linsey Wolfe, during a dispute in their Bloom Street apartment last month, police said.

He faces homicide and other charges.

A preliminary hearing before Grecek has been rescheduled for Aug 6.

Conjoined twins die at home in Indiana

Conjoined twin brothers have died in their Indiana home a little more than two months after they were born.

The Indiana County coroner’s office tol The Associated Press the boys had been receiving hospice care at their home before they died Tuesday.

Andrew and Garrett Stancombe were born April 10 to Michelle Van Horne and Kody Stancombe, who already have a 22-month-old son together.

The couple decided against risking surgery to separate Andrew and Garrett, who were joined at the torso and shared a heart and liver.

The boys’ funeral was set for Thursday evening following visitation at the Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home in Indiana.

Event to raise funds for genetic disorder

A fundraiser is planned for Saturday to increase awareness of a genetic disorder affecting a member of the Cambria County court staff.

Brittany Russell of Nanty Glo, who works for Judge Linda Fleming, will hold a basket raffle throughout the day at the Young Peoples Community Center, two blocks from the courthouse at 300 Prave St., Ebensburg.

Russell, 28, was born with achondroplasia, a genetic disorder often referred to as short limb syndrome.

At age 12, she underwent extensive lengthening surgery on her legs and arms.

Russell has two children. She said her daughter has the disorder but her son does not.

Money raised will be used to cheer and encourage children undergoing limb lengthening at a hospital in Baltimore, Russell said.

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