Today's News - Thursday

JOHNSTOWN POLICE CHARGED A MAN LAST NIGHT WITH A FATAL SHOOTING THAT HAPPENED EARLY YESTERDAY.  29 YEAR OLD JOSHUA PRICE WAS SHOT AT LEAST FOUR TIMES AND KILLED IN THE LIVING ROOM OF HIS HOME ON REAR CYPRESS AVENUE IN MOXHAM.  SHALIEK GREENE OF JOHNSTOWN IS CHARGED WITH HIS DEATH.  IT HAPPENED AFTER AN ALTERCATION BETWEEN THE TWO. GREEN IS PRICE’S GIRLFRIEND’S MOTHER’S BOYFRIEND.  THERE MAY BE CHARGES AGAINST OTHERS COMING AS WELL.

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A JOHNSTOWN MAN IDENTIFIED AS PATRICK GROVE WAS ARRESTED ON ROUTE 28 IN JEFFERSON COUNTY AND CHARGED WITH STEALING A TEN THOUSAND DOLLAR TRAILER.  POLICE SAY THE TRAILER WAS LOADED WITH SEVERAL STOLEN TELEPHONE POLES FROM NEW YORK STATE.  HE’S NOW IN THE JEFFERSON COUNTY PRISON.

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ONE MINER IS DEAD, ANOTHER IS INJURED AFTER A HYDRAULIC JACK EXPLODED AT BLUE CREEK PREP PLANT IN KANAWHA COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA.  THE WEDNESDAY ACCIDENT IS THE FIRST FATALITY AT THE PLANT.  INVESTIGATORS ARE TRYING TO DETERMINE WHY THE PUMP FAILED.

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FAYETTE COUNTY HAS ITS HIGHEST COUNT OF HOMELESS PEOPLE EVER RECORDED.  VOLUNTEERS WITH THE COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY COMBED NEIGHBORHOODS IN CONNELLSVILLE, UNIONTOWN, MASONTOWN, POINT MARION, AND BROWNSVILLE.  ALL TOLLED, THEY IDENTIFIED 38 UNSHELTERED PEOPLE IN THE COUNTY.  THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONED THE SURVEY.

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ABOUT 200 SOLDIERS … MEMBERS OF THE 420TH ENGINEERS COMPANY … WERE WELCOMED HOME YESTERDAY AFTER A YEAR OF SERVICE OVERSEAS.  THE WELCOME HOME CEREMONY WAS HELD AT THE IUP  FIELDHOUSE.

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STATE COLLEGE POLICE SAY ONE OF THE 3 ARMED MEN WHO ROBBED KRANICH'S JEWELRY STORE IN DOWNTOWN STATE COLLEGE LAST MONTH IS NOW IN CUSTODY.  HE WAS PICKED UP AFTER ANOTHER JEWELRY STORE HOLD-UP IN THE PHILADELPHIA AREA.  THE GROUP IS ALSO WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH SEVERAL ARMED ROBBERIES ALONG THE EAST COAST.  THE OTHER 2 SUSPECTS ARE STILL AT LARGE, BUT AUTHORITIES DON’T THINK THEY ARE ANYWHERE NEAR STATE COLLEGE, OR EVEN PENNSYLVANIA.

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STATE POLICE IN CENTRE COUNTY SAY CHARGES ARE PENDING IN AN ANIMAL CRUELTY CASE.  A NUMBER OF BEEF CATTLE WERE DEPRIVED OF FOOD AND SOME STARVED TO DEATH ON A BURNSIDE TOWNSHIP FARM ON PINE GLEN ROAD.  THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE IS ALSO INVESTIGATING.

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EVERYONE ABOARD A UNITED FLIGHT HEADED FOR SALT LAKE CITY IS OKAY, AFTER THE AIRLINER WAS DIVERTED TO PITTSBURGH YESTERDAY.  ONE OF THE PILOTS ON FLIGHT UA645 FROM DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NEAR WASHINGTON, D.C. REPORTEDLY SMELLED FUMES IN THE CABIN.  THE AIRBUS A319 LANDED AT 7 P.M., AND NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.

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