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January 28, 2014

Housing Authority talks security after shooting

JOHNSTOWN — Two security cameras currently operating in the Oakhurst Homes project are not in position to have captured evidence in the weekend shooting of 27-year-old Jareek Adams and another man, the Johnstown Housing Authority executive director said.

That will be changing when more cameras are installed over the coming weeks, Executive Director Daniel J. Kanuch told the housing authority board at its meeting today.

“We are adding on down there, but I don’t know the timeline,” Kanuch said.

Additional security cameras have been purchased and wiring is in place. Winter weather has put installation on hold, he said.

Authority member John Slezak asked about the cameras, referring to the weekend shooting.

Member John Vuckovich asked if the authority would be permitted, by law, to contribute to the Johnstown Police K-9 unit to provide additional patrols. Kanuch said he would look into the request and noted the authority has made donations in the past.

Newly elected Vice Chairman Joseph Taranto said investing in more security cameras might be provide results.

“If we can tie them into the police system, that might be more of a deterrent,” Taranto said.

Despite reports that Adams was an Oakhurst Homes resident, the housing authority does not have him listed as a tenant, Kanuch said.

Asked if Adams could have been an unauthorized guest of a valid resident,  Kanuch said, “Not that I am aware of.”

 

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