A Portage Borough man was jailed Monday, accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl, state police in Ebensburg said.
Troopers charged 21-year-old Nathan James Diehl with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, aggravated incident assault and indecent assault.
In a criminal complaint, troopers said Diehl allegedly had sex with the girl on several occasions from June to August inside his Mountain Avenue home.
Diehl was arraigned by District Judge Michael Musulin of Johnstown and sent to the Cambria County Prison after failing to post 10 percent of $30,000 bond.
Applications accepted for back-to-school aid
The Salvation Army, 576 Vine St., Johnstown, will accept applications for back-to-school assistance for students from kindergarten through Grade 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday through Aug. 22.
The applications will be accepted for residents in 15901 through 15909 ZIP codes only.
Proof of all income, bills, proof of residency and Social Security cards for every member of the household must be shown.
For more information, call 539-3110.
Backpack Project planning ‘Food’raiser
The Johnstown Backpack Project, an initiative to meet the community’s need for child hunger relief, is launching its first-ever “Food”raiser to prepare for the start of school.
Since its inception, the project has sent backpacks full of food home with 120 Johnstown students every weekend during the school year.
Seven nonprofits – Alternative Community Resource Program, Beginnings Inc., Changing Expectations Mission, Christ Centered Community Church, Mom’s House, The Learning Lamp and the Trojan Learning Center Elementary School Program at Greater Johnstown School District – have been working together to identify children within each program who are in need of food over the weekend.
The goal of the “Food”raiser is to collect as much single-serve, nonperishable food items by October for the first distribution of the fall.
For more information or to participate, contact project coordinator Emily Wentworth at 262-0732.
Wine-tasting benefits Humane Society
Briar Valley Winery and Bedford County Humane Society are hosting Yappy Hour 2013 at the vineyard grounds on Stein Road in Everett.
The wine tasting and picnic will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Proceeds benefit animals at the Bedford County Humane Society.
The donation is $15 per person. Children under the age of 12 will be admitted free. Anyone under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.
Guests receive an etched wine glass and tastings of Briar Valley’s wines. Activities include personal tours of the vineyard, music from 3 to 6 p.m., dog agility demonstrations and canine toenail trimming.
The public is invited to participate, and leashed dogs are welcome but not required.
Guests are encouraged to bring blankets or camp chairs and a picnic lunch.
Snacks and soft drinks will be available for a donation.
The rain date is Aug. 25.
For more information or directions, call Briar Valley Winery at 623-0900.
Fundraiser nets $5,000 for center
Clink, Drink and Think – PINK, a wine tasting event held May 31 at Richland Township fire hall, raised $5,000 for women’s services at the Joyce Murtha Breast Care Center of Windber Medical Center.
The law firm of Leventry, Haschak & Rodkey LLC hosted the community event, which not only raised funds providing important services to uninsured and underinsured women, but also raised awareness in research, prevention and the fight against breast cancer.
Wines featured from Starr Hill Vineyard & Winery, B & L Wine Cellars, Web Winery, Walnut Hill Winery and Raspberry Acres were sampled.
Each guest received a souvenir wine glass and two basket raffle tickets. More than 250 people attended.
Local businesses donated gift baskets, and Walt & Jackie provided local live music.