The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 2, 2013

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


Staff and wire reports

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.

Sewage project topic of town hall meeting

An informational town hall meeting regarding the sewage project in the city of Johnstown and surrounding municipalities will be held at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 10 in Cochran Auditorium at Greater Johnstown High School, 222 Central Ave.

Representatives from the EADS Engineering Group will be on hand to answer questions and update residents on the project.

Farmland program applications sought

The Cambria County Agricultural Land Preservation Program board of directors is accepting applications for its Farmland Preservation Program.  

The program enables the state, county and local governments to purchase developmental rights from local landowners.

To date, there are more than 2,000 acres of preserved farmland in Cambria County.

Applications are due Jan 31.  

For more information, call 472-2120.

Educator to speak at St. Vincent

LATROBE – St. Vincent College Education Club will present a talk by educator, consultant and author Aaron Sams, pioneer creator of the flipped classroom, at 7 tonight in the Robert S. Carey Student Center Performing Arts Center.

Admission is free.

Sams is the president and CEO of Sams Learning Designs LLC. He has been an educator since 2000 and is the director of digital learning at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh.

The flipped classroom model encompasses any use of Internet technology to leverage the learning in a classroom so teachers can spend more time interacting with students instead of lecturing.

Eight charged in PSU-Altoona party

ALTOONA – Eight people have been charged by police who responded to a report of a riotous party at an apartment complex near Penn State-Altoona.

Logan Township police Chief Ron Heller detailed the charges Monday, two days after the party.

About 100 people were in a parking lot of the complex when officers arrived, police said. Those who refused to leave or to go inside from balconies overlooking the area were arrested and charged with rioting and failing to disperse.

Penn State-Altoona Chancellor Lori Bechtel-Wherry said the school will take appropriate disciplinary action against the students.