Today's News - Friday, March 14, 2014

In August, 31-year-old Jonathan Kuzma was charged in the hammer beating death of his father, John, at their Johnstown home. Now “The Tribune-Democrat” reports Kuzma is asking that statements he made to police not be permitted as evidence at his trial in May. A suppression hearing is scheduled for March 26. Police say Kuzma beat and stabbed his father because he refused to let his son use his car to go to a methadone clinic in Altoona. The body was found in the basement. Jonathan allegedly broke into his father’s safe and stole jewelry, money, prescription drugs, and a handgun which he used to buy heroin. The defense is also asking for an out-of-county jury or that the trial be moved out of Cambria County due to extensive publicity.

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38-year-old Bernard Brown III of Dale Borough is in the Cambria County Jail on $100,000 bond, charged with sexually abusing at least three children starting back in 2001. Dale Borough police filed the charges thursday, but expect there will be more victims coming forward. Brown is also facing prostitution charges alleging he paid the children a few dollars every time he made them perform a sexual act.

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Somerset police arrested and jailed two Borough women Wednesday on drug charges. Police believe 38-year-old Lisa Bryant and 46-year-old Barbara Shaner were involved in a drug transaction. Police say that when they approached Bryant, she threw a bag into some bushes, which contained stamp bags of heroin. Shaner was found in a vehicle with an 8-year-old girl. When she exited that vehicle, a syringe fell out of her clothing. Both women are in the Somerset County Jail.

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St. Patrick’s Day is Monday and local and state law enforcement will be on full alert. DUI task forces will be conducting roving patrols and checkpoints to try and crack down on people drinking and driving.

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John Hanger is out of the race for Pennsylvania governor. Hanger's political director made the announcement yesterday, saying Tom Wolf's television campaign made it difficult to compete financially. Hanger's move leaves five candidates in the democratic primary race, including Wolf, Rob Mccord, Allyson Schwartz, Katie Mcginty and Jack Wagner.

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One of the lawyers who reprresented Jerry Sandusky at his trial has surrendered his law license. Carlisle attorney Karl Rominger is under investigation for misappropriating client funds which were part of a divorce settlement. In an effort to collect back taxes, the IRS recently filed $310,000 in tax liens against Rominger. On his Facebook page, Rominger admits wronging others…and he writes that he’s taking no new cases and will have 30 more days to practice if his resignation is accepted by the court.

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The U.S. Senate passed a resolution this week congratulating Penn State’s Dance Marathon on its success. The 46th annual event last month raised $13.3 million for the fight against pediatric cancer. The resolution was co-sponsored by senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey.

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The search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner is now truly massive and includes the Indian Ocean. That change in the scope of the search was made based on new information indicating the missing plane could have flown for several hours after the final reading from its transponder. U.S. officials think two communications systems on the jet shut down at different times. A source tells ABC News this indicates the airplane did not experience a catastrophic failure. The officials believe the data reporting system was shut down first and the transponder was shut down 14 minutes later. Sources say this indicates the systems were deliberately turned off.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is "confused and frustrated" with the NSA. Zuckerberg called President Obama Thursday to voice his concerns about Internet privacy and the government's surveillance of U.S. citizens.

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Workers say they're about halfway done sifting through rubble to find those still unaccounted for in that deadly explosion in East Harlem, New York. An eighth body was pulled from the debris last night. More than 60 people are injured and dozens more displaced after Wednesday's explosion that flattened two apartment buildings.

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Osama bin Laden's son-in-law told an FBI agent he preached sermons to al-Qaeda terrorist recruits just hours after the 9-11 attacks on New York and the Pentagon. FBI special agent Michael Butsch testified Thursday in the terror trial of Suleiman Abu Ghaith.

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Senate negotiators say they have an agreement on bipartisan legislation to extend longterm unemployment benefits. Aid for millions of Americans expired in late December and efforts to extend it stalled in Congress. If it clears the Senate, it is unclear whether the compromise measure could get through the House.

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President Obama is concerned about the pain of families separated by deportations. The President announced Thursday that he has ordered a review of the "broken immigration system." Obama says the effort is part of a push to make the deportation of illegal immigrants more humane.

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Flight delays continue at Philadelphia International Airport after a US Airways jet had its nose gear collapse during takeoff. An airline spokesman says the plane blew a tire as it was about to take off Thursday evening. -0- Secretary of State John Kerry will meet today with his Russian counterpart in London. Kerry is hoping to diffuse tensions over the Ukraine crisis ahead of this weekend's referendum on whether Crimea should rejoin Russia.

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Court documents show the retired cop who allegedly shot and killed a man in a Florida movie theater over texting, had just sent a text message himself. Sheriff's detectives in Pasco County say just before 71-year-old Curtis Reeves opened fire and killed Chad Oulson, he sent a text message to his son Matthew.

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More than 300 deaths are reportedly linked to airbag failure in cars GM recalled last month. The automaker has said it has reports of a dozen deaths in the recalled compact cars, which include the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion. GM didn't recall the cars until last month, despite learning of problems with the ignition switch in 2001.

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A teenager in Northern California is facing charges after reportedly biting off an infant's nose. Police in Fairfield arrested the baby's father on Thursday after the mother called to report the attack on their one-month-old child. Investigators say the 18-year-old told them he was frustrated and "snapped" when the little boy wouldn't stop crying.

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Former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine's son is dead after committing suicide. A person close to the situation says 31-year-old Jeffery Corzine took his own life at a Mexico City hotel this week. A family spokesman says Jeffery Corzine suffered from "severe depression for several years" and had been receiving treatment.

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At least eight people are dead after a massive explosion in New York City. The latest victim was pulled out of the rubble Thursday evening. The NTSB is on the scene in East Harlem and investigator Robert Sumwalt says they're assuming that a natural gas leak led to the explosion.

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An elderly Mississippi man is dead, again. WBRC-TV says Walter Williams passed away Thursday morning, two weeks after he was pronounced dead when a coroner couldn't find a pulse. Hours later, workers at the funeral home were getting ready to transport him to an embalming table when they heard noise coming from inside his body bag.

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Jimi Hendrix is living on through his music and a U.S. postage stamp. The rock legend is the latest person to be honored as the subject of a first-class Forever stamp. The new design was unveiled at an event at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas Thursday night.

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McDonald's employees in three states are suing the company claiming they've had hours erased from their timecards. The workers in California, Michigan and New York also claim they weren't paid overtime and were ordered to work off the clock.

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Bosses at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho are making some changes to the venue's beer cups. That's because some sports fans pointed out that the large and small cups hold the same amount of liquid. The group filed a lawsuit against the arena accusing them of knowingly charging more for essentially the same amount of beer.

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