Today's News - August 8, 2013

Johnstown police are still searching for 21-year-old Demetrius Gibson of Tire Hill, who is accused of killing his girlfriend early Tuesday morning. Cambria County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $2,000 cash reward for information leading to his arrest. Twenty-one-year-old Elizabeth Miller bled to death after she was stabbed at a car wash in Moxham. Police say the couple had a history of domestic violence.

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Tornado warnings were issued in parts of Blair, Cambria, Indiana, and Somerset counties last night and storms caused some flooding, downed trees and power outages. Accuweather says a trained observer reported a funnel cloud near Vinco in Cambria County with a wind gust of 89 miles per hour. In Somerset County, the storm blew off the roof of a barn near Jennerstown and temporarily trapped a woman in a water-logged car on Route 985 in Boswell.

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Cambria County chief clerk/chief of staff David Knepper is expected to turn in his resignation today to county commissioners.  No replacement has been named.

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"The Daily American" reports that a former Somerset jail guard will stand trial on charges he sexually assaulted two female co-workers.  Ronald Lensbouer faces two counts of indecent assault and three counts of harassment.

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"The Centre Daily Times" reports that former Penn State football recruit Zayd Issah of Harrisburg waived his preliminary hearing yesterday on charges of aggravated assault and resisting arrest. In july, Issah allegedly injured two State College officers following a disturbance at an apartment complex. Issah’s scholarship offer was reportedly pulled after he was charged in march with trying to pass counterfeit money in Dauphin County.

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In Indiana County, state police are trying to track down 50-year-old Thomas Davis who allegedly robbed the First Commonwealth Bank in Cherry Tree back on July 2. Police say Davis had a gun and got away with some cash. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call state troopers.

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In a meeting with "The Centre Daily Times" yesterday, Congressman Glen Thompson confirmed that the U.S. Department of Education’s investigation into whether or not Penn State failed to follow the requirements of the Clery Act will be made public.  The Clery Act mandates that criminal offenses on college campuses be reported to authorities, and that a warning be issued if a reported crime poses a threat to the campus community.

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Authorities in North Carolina are investigating the accidental shooting death of a Johnstown marine.  Lance Corporal Lanija Gilpatrick, who was stationed at Camp Lejeune, died July 31.  A medical examiner says Gilpatrick was twirling a gun when it went off on July 26. The death has been ruled an accident.

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Wine lovers, Pennsylvania isn’t the best place to live. The American Wine Consumer Coalition gives our state an “F” and criticized Pennsylvania for not letting other states ship wine to individuals.  The organization also doesn't like the ban on wine sales at supermarkets and the fact that the state controls the wine sales. 

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Admirers of Andy Warhol's artwork can now get a peek of the artist's final resting place.  In honor of what would have been his 85th birthday, this week the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh teamed up with Earthcam to provide a live, 24-hour webcam feed of the artist's gravesite.

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Speaking to U.S. troops at California's Camp Pendleton wednesday, President Obama said "We don't get terrorized."  While the President noted current threats in the Middle East and Northern Africa, he said the U.S. will always remain strong and pointed to the decimation of the Al-Qaeda leadership structure.  Obama also vowed to keep the military strong and urged Congress to end mandatory spending cuts.

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Nineteen American diplomatic posts in North Africa and the Middle East will remain closed for the time being.  State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says the U.S. remains concerned about the threat from Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.  Psaki began today's press conference by reminding everyone to remember the victims of the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

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The military officer accused of a mass shooting at Fort Hood is expected to find out today if a judge will allow his attorneys to withdraw.  Legal analysts say defense attorneys hava a legitimate complaint as Major Nidal Hasan doesn't seem interested in defending himself. Hasan is acting as his own attorney during the trial and already todl jurors the evidence shows he killed 13 people at the base in 2009.

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Six suspected Al-Qaeda militants are dead following a drone strike in Yemen. Officials say the strike ocurred on Thursday in southeastern Yemen. Witnesses say the drone fired at two vehicles suspected of carrying militants.

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Three winning tickets for the $448 million Powerball drawing have been sold, two in New Jersey and another in Minnesota.  The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night are: 5-25-30-58-59 with a Powerball of 32.  

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How a person feels when they wake up in the morning may depend on the color of their nightlight. Scientists at Ohio State University found that hamsters that were exposed to blue light at night were more anxious and prone to depression than those exposed to red light. Complete darkness was ideal.

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