The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


June 13, 2014

Local News in Brief | Troopers seize $187G in suspected heroin

— A New Jersey woman was jailed after her vehicle was stopped on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Somerset Township and state police said they found 12,500 stamp bags of suspected heroin.

In a criminal complaint, troopers said they stopped a westbound white Mercedes driven by Tanisha Arlena Harris, 33, on Tues­day after the vehicle was flagged for having a suspended tag.

Harris told troopers she was on her way to visit a friend and had borrowed the car from her uncle, the complaint says.

Troopers said she agreed to allow them to search the vehicle, and they found suspected heroin valued at $187,500.

Harris was arraigned by on-call District Judge Douglas Bell of Meyersdale on felony and misdemeanor drug charges. She is free on bond.

Police: City man let 10-year-old drive car

A Johnstown man was jailed Thursday after police said he allowed a 10-year-old boy to drive his car because he was too intoxicated.

City police responded to a call of a child driving a gold-colored Pontiac Bonneville near Bedford and Adams streets on Wednesday.

The vehicle stopped near the Salvation Army, where a man climbed out from the passenger side, then got behind the wheel and began driving down Vine Street, police said.

Police said they stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as 60-year-old Michael Cornell Young of the 200 block of Cooper Avenue.

He was charged with endangering the welfare of children, reckless endangerment and general impairment.

Young was arraigned by on-call District Judge John Barron of Stonycreek Township and sent to the Cambria County Prison after failing to post 10 percent of $10,000 bond.

A 10-year-old boy was found crying inside the vehicle and admitted he had been driving, police said.

Fire damages West End home

Fire heavily damaged a house in Johnstown’s West End on Friday afternoon.

City firefighters and a West End EMS responded to the three-alarm fire in the 200 block of Stone Street just before 3 p.m., Johnstown  assistant fire Chief Neil Crossen said.

Residents of the 21/2-story structure were not at home, he said. No injuries were reported.

The home was saved, but damage to the inside was severe, Crossen said. The storm that rolled in around the same time complicated efforts, he said.

The Red Cross and Salvation Army are providing the displaced family with assistance.

A state police fire marshal is investigating the cause of the blaze.

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