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Prosecutors rule out death penalty for man charged in Hornerstown killing

Larry Benefield Fason Jr., 55, of Messenger Street, has been charged with criminal homicide and aggravated assault after the body of Angela Lunn, 32, of Hornerstown, was found on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017.Submitted photo EBENSBURG - A Johnstown man charged with killing a local woman and discarding her bo

TRIBDEM.COM - 2018-03-19 21:45:00

Malpractice lawsuit filed against Conemaugh; trial to start Tuesday

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center is facing a malpractice lawsuit in a case that allegedly left a newborn baby with lasting damage to her head and caused her to need "extensive, highly risky and painful reconstructive surgeries," according to a lawsuit filed in US District Court for

WJAC TV - 2018-03-19 17:26:31

Police: Bedford woman left 7-month-old home alone

Bedford police said a 21-year-old woman has been charged after she left her seven-month-old home alone. (MGN) BEDFORD- Bedford police said a 21-year-old woman has been charged after she left her seven-month-old home alone. Rita Castiglione has been charged with endangering the welfare of children an

WJAC TV - 2018-03-19 11:45:15

Area police participating in aggressive driving initiative

Several local law enforcement agencies are taking the extra step to combat aggressive driving across the region. The agencies are now taking part in the Aggressive Driving Enforcement Initiative, a partnership comprised of municipal police departments, Pennsylvania State Police, PennDOT, Highway Sa

TRIBDEM.COM - 2018-03-20 01:55:00

Police, Emergency & Courts

State police reported that one driver was injured at 5 p.m. Wednesday in a collision on Old Route 119 at Spring Road. A northbound Pontiac Grand Am driven by Samuel Adams, of Homer City, crested the hill approaching the intersection and failed to stop before it hit a Ford Focus driven by Donna Tasso


Cambria County ranked 3rd in nation for hepatitis C; free testing available

JOHNSTOWN- The Johnstown Free Medical Clinic is testing community members for HIV and hepatitis C for free. The clinic started offering the free test right before Thanksgiving. The urgency to get tested is high, as Cambria County is ranked third in the nation for hepatitis C. Clinic officials said t

WJAC TV - 2018-03-19 16:42:03

Winning Powerball ticket sold in Pennsylvania

Updated 3 minutes ago A lucky ticket-holder who played the Powerball in Pennsylvania won the eighth-largest jackpot Saturday. That ticket had all five numbers on the white balls - 22-57-59-60-66 - and the Powerball - 7 - to win about $456.7 million, according to Powerball officials. They did no

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW - 2018-03-18 12:24:34

Youngsters seize chance to learn from wrestling legend Pat Pecora at Border Brawl clinic

About 30 youngsters sweated on the mat Sunday learning the essential skills of wrestling. They turned out at Richland High School for a free youth clinic taught by Pat Pecora, Hall of Fame head coach at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. It was the third year Pecora has offered the clinic to

TRIBDEM.COM - 2018-03-19 00:48:00

Johnstown man faces more charges in sexual attack

A Johnstown man accused of holding a box cutter to a woman's throat while he sexually assaulted her is facing more charges stemming from the same incident, authorities said Wednesday. City police charged Alexander Tisinger Sr., 61, with indecent assault, harassment, public drunkenness and disorderl


Miami pedestrian bridge collapses, killing four people, crushing cars

MIAMI - A newly installed 950-ton pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed Thursday, crushing vehicles on a busy highway below and killing at least four people, officials said. First responders recovered at least four bodies from the scene, Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Dave Do


Sentencing delayed for alleged getaway driver in 2014 homicide

EBENSBURG - Sentencing was continued Thursday for a Johnstown man who entered a no-contest plea in November for charges related to the 2014 fatal shooting of 33-year-old Tony "Tone" Phillips. Jeremy Travis Woodard, 39, entered the no-contest plea Nov. 28 on one count of conspiracy to commit aggrava


Man who allegedly raped underage girl waives right to preliminary hearing

A Stonycreek Township man will appear in county court, accused of sexually assaulting a girl multiple times over three years, authorities said. Michael Berchick, 45, of the 1300 block of Kegg Avenue, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Thursday before District Judge Kevin Price of Johnstown


Practical nurse waives hearing on drug charges

WINDBER - A Johnstown woman will appear in Somerset County court, accused of stealing pain medication from patients at the facility where she worked as a licensed practical nurse, authorities said. Lauren Marie Duryea, 37, of the 2800 block of Bedford Street, waived her right to a preliminary hearin


64-year-old man charged with sexually abusing teen

A 64-year-old man is charged with six felonies after sexually abusing a young girl for the past four years, according to State College police. The Centre County Children and Youth office reported that a minor, now 14, disclosed that William Velasquez, had been sexually abusing her for the past four


Johnstown City Council's code of conduct seeks civility

Johnstown City Council passed a resolution Thursday night adopting a code of conduct for council members that, according to City Solicitor Elizabeth Benjamin, is meant to bring decorum back to the seven-member body's often-rancorous meetings. "The code of conduct for City Council members is primaril


Johnstown police: Man nabbed in process of burglarizing club

A Johnstown man was arrested early Tuesday for allegedly forcing his way into a Johnstown social club and breaking into a video poker machine. Melvin Siehl, 60, of Linwood Avenue, had $1,058 cash on him when a police K-9 found him still inside, police said. According to Johnstown police, officers we


Johnstown council approves code of conduct, but some members push back

In the shortest and most businesslike Johnstown City Council meeting in recent months, five members approved a code of conduct that drew ire from two other members. JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - In the shortest and most businesslike meeting the City Council has held in months, members unanimously approved a code


Shade student accused of threats against school free on bond

Jacob Deneen, 18, East Conemaugh, accused of making plans with a 17-year-old juvenile for a mass shooting at the Shade-Central City School graduation, had his bond modified to unsecured by a county judge this morning. The student, who resides in Cambria County but was attending classes at Shade high


Attorney to seek lower bond for student charged with school threat

WINDBER - A Conemaugh teen will appear in Somerset County court, accused of planning a mass shooting at Shade High School's graduation. Jacob Michael Deneen, 18, waived his right to a preliminary hearing on Wednesday before District Judge William Seger of Windber, sending the case to the court of co