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June 11, 2014

Local News in Brief | Massage parlor under investigation

— Richland Township police executed a search warrant on a massage parlor and took two women into custody Wednesday stemming from an investigation into illegal sexual activity there, a township detective said.

Richland police Detective Kevin Gaudlip said investigators served a search warrant at the Traditional Chinese Massage, 1234 Scalp Ave., following an undercover investigation into the operations of the business.

The township department had been looking into reports for more than a month that some staff at the parlor have been exchanging sex acts for money, he said.

Two women were taken into custody and charges were expected to be filed against both Wednesday night, Gaudlip said.

An investigation remained ongoing Wednesday night. Police were still at the scene shortly before 8 p.m.

Sweep nets drug suspects

A three-county drug sweep Tuesday by state police netted several suspected drug dealers, including three from Cambria County.

State police Troop A Vice-Narcotics Unit rounded up suspected drug dealers from Cambria, Indiana and Westmoreland counties.

Cambria County:

Michelle Lynn Lightcap, 41, of the 500 block of Woodland Avenue, Johnstown; Matthew James Morrison, 21, of the 1600 block of Liberty Street, Ashville, and Jeremy Joseph Beckel, 33, of the 600 block of Colver Road, Ebensburg.

Indiana County:

Sharon Carroll, 57, of the 700 block of Spring Street, Indiana.

Westmoreland County:

David Marshall Hicks Jr., 53, of the 200 block 2nd Avenue, of Seward.

Thirteen others from Westmoreland County also were picked up on drug charges.

Investigators said many of the suspects sold drugs to undercover officers.

Troopers from Greensburg, Ebensburg and Indiana participated in the drug sweep.

Church to host free dinner

A free community dinner, sponsored by Windber Area Community Kitchen, will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Windber Calvary United Methodist Church, 1800 Stockholm Ave.

The menu will feature Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, mixed vegetables, pears, bread and rolls, desserts and coffee and punch.

The meal will be served by Windber School District administration.

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