NEWS FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2013

A JOHNSTOWN WOMAN AND AN ALTOONA WOMAN ARE ACCUSED OF BEING THE RINGLEADERS OF A MAJOR PRESCRIPTION DRUG RING IN THE AREA.  ROSEANN RICKS OF JOHNSTOWN AND MINDY WOLF OF ALTOONA HAVE BEEN ARRESTED.   WOLF IS ACCUSED OF STEALING PRESCRIPTIONS FROM THE HOLLIDAYSBURG DOCTOR’S OFFICE WHERE SHE WORKED. SHE AND RICKS THEN GOT SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF NARCOTICS FROM PHARMACIES IN THE JOHNSTOWN AREA.   POLICE ALSO ALLEGE THAT RICKS PAID OTHERS TO USE THE STOLEN SCRIPTS TO OBTAIN DRUGS FOR HER.  IT’S NOT OVER YET – POLICE SAY THAT THEY ANTICIPATE MORE ARRESTS TO BE MADE IN THE CASE.

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ANOTHER MAN WANTED IN THE HOME INVASION AND SHOOTING THAT HAPPENED LAST SATURDAY NIGHT IN THE MOXHAM SECTION OF JOHNSTOWN HAS TURNED HIMSELF IN.  JASON MAINES IS ACCUSED OF BEING PART OF A PLAN ALONG WITH CHARLES MEYER TO HAVE DRUGS MAILED TO A HOME IN MOXHAM THEY BELIEVED TO BE VACANT.  THE HOMEOWNERS TURNED THE DRUGS OVER TO POLICE.  SO WHEN THE MEN CAME LOOKING FOR THE DRUGS, A SHOT WAS FIRED AND ONE PERSON … A THIRD ACCOMPLICE … WAS HIT IN THE HEAD AND THE HOMEOWNER WAS HIT IN THE KNEE.  RIGHT NOW, MEYER IS IN JAIL … AND GAINES IS FREE ON BOND.

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A FOREIGN TRADE ZONE MAY BE CREATED IN CAMBRIA COUNTY.  PRESIDENT COMMISSIONER DOUG LENGENFELDER CONDUCTED A BUSINESS TRIP TO ARGENTINA TO DISCUSS BRINGING WINE PRODUCTS FROM THERE TO CAMBRIA COUNTY … AND SAYS THE FOREIGN TRADE ZONE WOULD BE KEY TO HELPING THE LOCAL ECONOMY GROW.  THE FOREIGN TRADE ZONE WOULD BE SET UP AT THE JOHNSTOWN AIRPORT.

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JOHNSTOWN POLICE SAY JASON MAINES AND CHARLES MEYER ARE NOW BOTH IN CUSTODY.   THEY WERE ALLEGEDLY INVOLVED IN A SHOOTING IN THE MOXHAM AREA OF THE CITY LAST SATURDAY.  ACCORDING TO POLICE, THE SUSPECTS HAD A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA SHIPPED TO A HIGHLAND AVENUE HOUSE THEY THOUGHT WAS UNOCCUPIED. MEYER, MAINES, AND A 3RD SUSPECT ALLEGEDLY CONFRONTED THE HOMEOWNER WHO TOLD THEM HE HAD TURNED THE DRUGS OVER TO THE POLICE.  SOMEONE PULLED A GUN AND ONE SHOT WAS FIRED.  THE 3RD SUSPECT IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION WITH A GUNSHOT TO THE HEAD AND THE HOMEOWNER WAS SHOT IN THE KNEE. 

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IN CLEARFIELD COUNTY … A THREATENING NOTE WAS FOUND IN A THIRD GRADE HALLWAY YESTERDAY AT WEST BRANCH SCHOOL.  AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE, THE SCHOOL WAS EVACUATED AND CLASSES WERE CANCELLED.  POLICE SEARCHED THE SCHOOL.  ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED ARE URGED TO CALL POLICE.

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GARDNER’S CANDIES IN TYRONE HAS ANNOUNCED PLANS TO EXPAND FROM 50-THOUSAND SQUARE FEET TO ABOUT 62-THOUSAND SQUARE FEET AND CREATE SOME NEW JOB.  COMPANY OFFICIALS SAY IT’S TO MEET A GROWING DEMAND FOR THE PRODUCT. GARDNER’S CANDIES HAS 13 RETAIL STORES –MOST OF THEM IN PENNSYLVANIA.

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