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June 13, 2014

Local News in Brief | Somerset County homes evacuated

— Crews from Somerset and Cambria counties’ emergency management agencies continue to monitor Pine Lake Dam in Ogle Township, Somerset County, after rising water led to an evacuation Thursday afternoon.

According to a Somerset EMS supervisor, residents living in a handful of homes along Hollow Road were evacuated after 2 p.m.

As of Thursday evening, crews were still on scene, awaiting a water pump from Cambria EMA. There was no clear timeframe for residents to be able to return to their homes.

Special events planned at Relay for Life

Several special events will be held Saturday in conjunction with the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life at Greater Johnstown High School’s Trojan Stadium.

Any cancer patient or survivor is welcome to attend a free dinner at 4 p.m. at the school.

A Zumba Fights Cancer event will take place at 6. Participants are asked to make a $5 donation.

For those who want to pay tribute or remember someone with cancer, luminaria bags will be available for $5 at Learning Lamp/Ecokids, 2025 Bedford St.

Any child who has been affected by cancer may decorate a luminaria bag for free. All luminaria bags will be lit at dusk.

The relay will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and continue nonstop for 24 hours until 10 a.m. Sunday.

For more information or to sign up for the event, call 242-2556.

Reception set tonight for art exhibition

The 2014 members-only summer exhibition of Allied Artists of Johnstown will be on display through July 5 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Meno­her Blvd., Westmont.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight.

This year’s exhibition features 67 works from among 28 artists and includes a wide variety of media from photography to watercolor, acrylic, oil, metal, pastels, pencil and mixed media pieces.

Information: 255-6515.

Judge declines to cut slaying sentence

A Blair County judge has declined to reduce the sentence of a man convicted of having killed his grandfather with a 12-gauge shotgun almost a decade ago.

The (Altoona) Mirror reported that a county judge ruled Wednesday that 33-year-old Thomas Drass waited too long to seek review of the case.

Drass was sentenced to the maximum 20 to 40 years after pleading guilty to third-degree murder in the January 2005 death of Dwayne Chamberlain.

Drass argued that the sentence was too severe for a case that he called an accident. He said his attorney convinced him to plead guilty.

Police said the defendant’s grandparents didn’t want him to have a gun, but Drass bought one and went to show it to them, and it discharged.

Paint Township cancels June meeting

Paint Township’s meeting scheduled for Tuesday has been canceled.

Township office staff said the meeting will not be rescheduled, with the next meeting on July 1 at 3:30 p.m. set to occur as scheduled.

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