Today's News - Friday, August 9, 2013

The storm that hit the region late yesterday afternoon caused flash flooding when it dumped more than two inches of rain in a short time.  Hardest hit was the Moxham neighborhood of Johnstown where a catch basin clogged flooding many basements. Eisenhower Boulevard in Richland Township was also closed for a period of time.

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Still no sign of 21-year-old Demetrius Gibson of Tire Hill who is accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend Tuesday morning in Moxham .

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A Cambria County judge yesterday sentenced 47-year-old Kevin Plummer of Johnstown to 6 to 24 years in state prison for stealing a number of vehicles and operating a chop shop. In one case, Plummer rammed a stolen car into a city police cruiser, injuring an officer. He must also pay nearly 30-thousand dollars in restitution.

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WTAJ reports that Ebensburg Borough police took several people into custody Thursday in what appeared to be a drug bust. It happened around noon at a home in the 100 block of East Horner Street. One juvenile and at least three adults were hauled away and witnesses saw officers placing a large amount of cash into an evidence bag.

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A man Johnstown police have been looking for since 2002 has made the list of Pennsylvania’s top 10 most wanted fugitives.  Sanchez Mills of North Carolina is wanted for allegedly raping a woman in Johnstown.  He may also go by “Pee Wee” or “Jermah Clark.”

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A Windber man died yesterday while camping in Allegany County Maryland. The sheriff’s department says 75 year old William Miller started a gas generator near the rear of his RV before going to sleep Wednesday night. The exhaust was pointed toward the camper and miller died of carbon monoxide poisoning. His wife, 76-year-old Ruth Miller, was taken to a hospital in Cumberland.

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32-year-old Thomas Drass of Hollidaysburg is serving 20 to 40 years in the state prison at Rockview after pleading guilty to third degree murder for the 2005 shooting death of his grandfather, Dwayne Chamberlain, at his Frankstown Township home.  Now “The Altoona Mirror” reports Drass is asking a judge to cut his sentence in half due to health issues. Drass’ attorney claims he only went to the house to show his grandparents his new rifle and it accidentally went off.

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A Centre County sheriff’s deputy is charged with DUI after crashing his truck into a house and a parked car back on June 23.  State police say 32-year-old Bryan Cramer caused thousands of dollar damage when he hit the house along Riverstone Lane in Zion. Cramer allegedly drove off, but then returned to the scene.  His blood alcohol was more than double the legal limit.  Sheriff Denny Nau says Cramer was demoted and could face more consequences.  He faces a judge august 28th.

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A 40-year-old Charleroi man has been arrested in the death of his father-in-law. A body was found in a smoking SUV in Donegal township Wednesday night. Police say Earl Weyygant was stabbed nine times. Michael Martin was taken into custody last night. 

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Altoona police are conducting an internal investigation after a woman told Senior Blair County Judge Tom Peoples that an officer suggested she commit insurance fraud. According to "The Altoona Mirror," the woman said her boyfriend had never been violent with her or her children, but the cop suggested she file for a protection from abuse order so it would cover the damages after the boyfriend kicked in a door. Peoples plans to hold a hearing today to receive a report from the police department.

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State College Police and borough officials hate it, but Penn State’s “State Patty’s Day” has made Buzzfeed website’s list of “15 Insane College Parties That Will Make You Want to Transfer.” This past march, community leaders decided to pay bars to stay closed on the student-created drinking holiday. They used money from parking fees, but they aren’t sure if they will be able to do the same in 2014.

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More than 1,300 Penn State employees have already signed an online petition asking the university to change a new policy that will require workers to submit to a health survey and screening or face new surcharges. They say that’s an invasion of their privacy. The centre daily times reports those who smoke or carry their spouse on their insurance would also have to pay the fees. In a press release this summer, Penn State said they changes were designed to “improve employee health and to curb the rapidly growing costs of health care for both employees and the university.”

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Big 10 commissioner Jim Delaney was in Happy Valley yesterday for Penn State media day. In an interview with the Associated Press, Delaney praised the university for the handling of the NCAA sanctions. He also said it is a little premature for the conference to look at the possibility of helping reduce those penalities.  He thinks attention should remain focused on the progress being made at Penn State.

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Governor Tom Corbett is ordering Pennsylvania state flags to fly at half-staff in honor of the shooting victims in Monroe County.  Three men were killed and several others injured when a gunman opened fire at a township meeting monday evening in Saylorsburg.  State flags will fly at half-staff for three days beginning Sunday at the capitol complex and at commonwealth facilities in Monroe County.

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The State Department is evacuating most of its diplomats from Lahore, Pakistan following a terrorist threat against the U.S. consulate there.  All diplomats except for a few emergency personnel were moved to Islamabad after officials say "specific threats" were picked up. 

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Members of Congress are on a long summer break and most voters don't like it.  A new Fox News poll shows more than eight in ten voters don't think lawmakers have worked hard enough to deserve a five-week recess. 

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Jury deliberations will continue today in the trial of reputed Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger.  On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper asked jurors to reach  unanimous verdicts on all the charges against Bulger.  The 83-year-old Bulger is accused of 19 murders during his time with the infamous Winter Hill Gang. 

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The Los Angeles City Council has ordered the drafting of legislation to require BB guns, pellet guns and air rifles be painted in bright colors.  The purpose is for police to be able to distinguish them from more lethal weapons.

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Thousands of Elvis Presley fans will be flocking to Memphis this weekend for the start of Elvis Week 2013.  The observance marks the 36th anniversary of his death.  There'll be a lot to keep fans busy over the course of the eight-day celebration, including conferences, concerts, charity events, and movie screenings.  

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