Today's News - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Cambria County’s 210th birthday party is coming up on March 26, and officials have announced that Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley will be the keynote speaker. Also scheduled to speak at the birthday party is Cambria County President Judge Timothy Creany. The celebration will run from 3 to 6 p.m. at the courthouse.

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A Johnstown woman was arrested over the weekend after she threatened to blow up the office of her former employer. According to a criminal complaint, Jeanene Callaway was fired for cause in January for not doing her job. She allegedly went back to the office along Cypress Avenue, in the Moxham section of town, and promised to blow it up. Callaway is in the Cambria County Jail.

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Richland Township police arrested three wanted fugitives at the Hampton Inn over the weekend. Edwardo Rodriguez of New York, Devon Dozier from Pittsburgh, and Eddie Davis from Philadelphia allegedly gave police fake names when officers arrived after a report of a disturbance. Police searched their room and found heroin, cellphones, and over $4,000 in cash. More arrests are possible.

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Police say Nyko’s Restaurant on Scalp Avenue in Richland was burglarized over the weekend. Thieves entered through a poorly secured door and made off with an undisclosed amount of money. Anyone with information is asked to contact Richland Township police.

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Twenty-eight-year-old Joseph Winogrodzki pleaded guilty in Cambria County Court to theft by unlawful taking. He admitted to a theft that occurred last October at Alex Froehlich Meat Packing Company in Lower Yoder Township. Winogrodzki called police about the incident, which he described as a burglary in progress. When police arrived on the scene, they found over $1,000 of meat in his car. Winogrodzki was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to refrain from alcohol and drugs unless prescribed.

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Indiana police were kept busy during this weekend’s IUPatty’s day celebration. This was the 3rd year for the unofficial party in the streets surrounding the campups. Police made numerous arrests for public drunkenness, underage drinking, and retail theft. They are also investigating a possible sexual assault.

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A group of lawmakers and casino owners are discussing ways to help Pennsylvanians with gambling problems. The state expanded gambling last year to allow games of chance in taverns, and many fear it could lead to problems. Concerned parties gathered at a House Gaming Oversight Committee meeting yesterday to talk about ways to prevent gambling problems in the state. For more information, visit paproblemgambling.com.

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Investigators are learning more about the Malaysian airliner that vanished over the weekend with close to 240 passengers and crewmembers on board. Police in Thailand tell CNN an Iranian man bought two one-way tickets for two friends, and someone else used cash to pay for the tickets on his behalf. At least two people on board were traveling on stolen passports. INTERPOL says it is looking into other "suspect" passports.

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Senate Democrats are taking part in an all-night "talkathon" focused on climate change. Senator Cory Booker says New Jersey is still recovering from Hurricane Sandy and rising sea levels mean future storms could cause even more damage.

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A number of small aftershocks continue to shake far northeast California. The aftershocks follow a magnitude 6.8 quake off the West Coast which shook the city of Eureka late Sunday night. Sergeant Steve Watson with the Eureka Police Department felt the quake and said it lasted about 30 seconds.

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The FBI is now offering a $20,000 reward for information in the case of a missing 2-year-old Mississippi girl. Myra Lewis vanished from her home March 1st and extensive searches have thus far turned up no evidence as to her whereabouts.

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A former police SWAT team supervisor is taking legal action for being demoted after reporting a fellow officer ogled Whitney Houston's body. The officer filed suit Monday against Beverly Hills and the city's police department. He claims another officer disturbed the scene of the pop star's death by lifting a sheet that covered her body and commenting on it.

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More Americans are abusing heroin than previously estimated. A report released late last week by the Office of National Drug Control Policy shows there were about 1.5 million chronic heroin users in 2010. The original estimate for that year was about 620,000.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's former aide is heading to court over the George Washington Bridge scandal. Bridget Kelly will try later today to convince a judge she shouldn’t be forced to hand over private documents relating to Bridgegate. Legislators are demanding that Kelly hand over emails and text messages but she has so far refused, citing her Fifth Amendment rights.

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A broad aid and sanctions bill is being prepped in the Senate as tensions in Ukraine build. Last week, the House approved one-billion dollars in loan guarantees for Ukraine. Senate legislation includes the loan guarantee and additional aid for Ukraine, plus sanctions against Russia for deploying troops into Ukraine's Crimean region.

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It's up to a judge to decide whether to postpone sentencing for a Florida man who shot at teens over loud music. Michael Dunn wants to delay his sentencing on three counts of attempted murder until after he is re-tried for the murder of Jordan Davis in May. Meanwhile, Dunn's attorney, Cory Strolla, has withdrawn from the case saying Dunn and his family are broke and can no longer afford him.

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The fate of a bill aimed at curbing sexual assault in the military is in the hands of the House. Last week, the Senate blocked a measure which would have removed prosecutorial decisions in sexual assault cases from the military chain of command. The bill that passed in the Senate leaves prosecutorial decisions in the hands of base commanders.

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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden says he does not regret leaking U.S. government surveillance documents. Snowden made a rare appearance Monday via teleconference at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas and was asked by a crowd member if he'd do it all over again. Snowden told members of the tech conference audience that they should begin work on helping him "fix" the government's surveillance efforts against its own citizens.

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The man accused of kidnapping and killing Holly Bobo is expected to be formally charged on Tuesday. Zachary Adams was taken into custody in Tennessee last week after the state Bureau of Investigation searched his house and property, but investigators haven't released the evidence against him. The 20-year-old Bobo was last seen in April 2011 when her brother told police he saw a man in hunting clothes leading the nursing student into the woods near their home.

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A former police SWAT team supervisor says another officer gawked at Whitney Houston's body, and he was demoted for reporting it. The officer filed suit Monday against Beverly Hills and the city's police department. He claims another officer disturbed the scene of the pop star's death by lifting a sheet that covered her body and commenting on it.

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Juan Pablo Galavis is opting to stay a bachelor. On Monday's "Bachelor" finale, he gave his final rose to Nikki, but didn't get down on one knee. Juan Pablo explained he wasn't 100-percent sure, but still wanted to continue his relationship with her.

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KIA is rolling out its first battery-powered electric car. The South Korean automaker today introduced a battery-powered version of its Soul compact. Meanwhile, KIA's parent company, Hyundai, announced that it plans to launch its first electric vehicle, or EV, in 2016.

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