The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 2, 2013

Local and State News in Brief | Benson likely to join police study

BENSON — Another community is likely to join the second phase of a regional police study for part of Somerset County’s northern tier.

Two Benson councilmen said they will recommend borough officials in their hometown vote to continue the second step in the state study, an action that likely will occur Friday evening because Benson did not have a quorum for its meeting on Tuesday.

“It makes sense to continue. Let’s see where it goes,” Councilman Tim Hutzell said, echoing comments by Councilman Kevin Holsopple.

Windber voted last week to continue with the study, which at this point also includes Paint and Shade townships and Scalp Level and Central City boroughs.

The communities have been exploring the idea of forming an independent, commission-run force.

State officials have indicated the study will continue into 2014.

Police warn of fundraising scam

SOMERSET – State police in Somerset are warning people of a potential scam.

Troopers said scammers contacted Sheetz on Feb. 24 and obtained 200 coupon booklets for a fundraiser. Proceeds were to benefit a 4-year-old child with cancer. To date, no money from the sale of the booklets has gone to the child or to Sheetz, troopers said.

Anyone who may have purchased the coupon booklets may contact state police at the Somerset barracks at 445-4104.

Somerset Township business burglarized

SOMERSET – Burglars made off with $800 from a Somerset Township business on Tuesday, authorities said.

State police in Somerset said someone entered Morocco Welding through a window around 1 a.m. The thief used a metal bar to open two safes and took the cash from the business, located at 133 Moroco Street.

Anyone with information may contact state police in Somerset at 455-4104.

Legos featured at fundraiser

A Lego themed fundraiser will be conducted from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Richland Elementary School’s cafe-gym-torium by the Richland Parent-Teachers Organization.

The event benefits Brayden Yorchek, a first-grader at Richland Elementary School who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in August. He is the son of Aaron and Minde Yorchek of Richland Township.

All proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald House and Brayden’s medical expenses.

Brayden currently is undergoing radiation treatments at Childrens Hospital in Pittsburgh.

The event will feature Lego racetracks, oversized Legos, bridge building, Lego Art Gallery, games and raffles.

Paul Boratko, renowned Lego “Technics Engineer” will be on hand to demonstrate his collection of designs.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

Tickets may be purchased by calling  Dee Trigona 241-0591 or Andi Cveykus 421-5971.

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