News for Thursday, April 25, 2013

FIRE HAS DESTROYED AN EBENSBURG BUSINESS -- LAUREL MOUNTAIN STRUCTURES WAREHOUSE ALONG ROUTE 22.   THE BUILDING CONTAINED WOOD AND TOOLS.  SEVEN AREA FIRE DEPARTMENTS CONVERGED ON THE FIRE YESTERDAY, BUT WITH THE HIGH WINDS, THEY FIRE SPREAD TOO QUICKLY.   AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY INTO THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE.

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FIRE ALSO DESTROYED “NO PLACE LIKE HOME FURNITURE” IN PHILIPSBURG.  DAMAGE IS SET AT ONE MILLION DOLLARS.  FIRE CREWS WERE AT THE SAME SCENE EARLIER THIS YEAR BECAUSE OF AN ELECTRICAL FIRE.  THERE’S NO WORD YET ON A CAUSE FOR THIS FIRE.  

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A THREATENING MESSAGE WAS FOUND ON A WALL IN A BOY’S BATHROOM AT CENTRAL CAMBRIA HIGH SCHOOL IN EBENSBURG TUESDAY.  THE THREAT APPARENTLY WAS ABOUT A SHOOTING THE DAY BEFORE THE PROM.  SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAY THE MESSAGE IS BEING TAKEN SERIOUSLY AND IS BEING FULLY INVESTIGATED. A LETTER WAS SENT HOME TO PARENTS AND OFFICIALS SAY THERE WILL BE INCREASED POLICE PRESENCE AT THE SCHOOL AND MORE PRECAUTIONS TAKEN FOR UPCOMING EVENTS.

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PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN PITTSBURGH WILL SOON GET INTRUDER LOCKS, WHICH WILL ENABLE TEACHERS TO SECURE THEIR CLASSROOMS FROM WITHIN.  THE SCHOOL BOARD VOTED UNANIMOUSLY LAST NIGHT TO SPEND ABOUT 800-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO PURCHASE 44-HUNDRED LOCKS.  IN AN EFFORT TO PREVENT AN INCIDENT LIKE SANDY HOOK, THE LOCKS WILL BE INSTALLED IN ALL THE DISTRICT'S SCHOOLS AND EARLY LEARNING CENTERS.

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A HUGE FIRE DESTROYED LAUREL MOUNTAIN STRUCTURES WAREHOUSE ALONG ROUTE 22 IN EBENSBURG.  THE BLAZE BROKE OUT AROUND 6:30. AND THE BUILDING CONTAINED MOSTLY WOOD AND TOOLS. NO ONE WAS HURT.
AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY.

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IN HUNTINGDON COUNTY … THE SEARCH IS CONTINUING AT A WARRIORS MARK CAMP FOR THE BODY OF 23 YEAR OLD SHERRY LEIGHTY OF ALTOONA WHO HAS BEEN MISSING SINCE 1999.  LEIGHTY’S FATHER-IN-LAW, 65-YEAR OLD KENNETH LEIGHTY, REPORTEDLY TOLD HIS SON LAST WEEK THAT HE KILLED SHERRY ACCIDENTALLY AND BURIED HER BODY ON THE PROPERTY.

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DONALD LYNCH, A GUARD AT THE STATE PRISON AT SOMERSET IS FACING CHARGES OF SUPPLYING DRUGS, PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIALS, AND OTHER CONTRABAND TO INMATES.  LYNCH IS FREE ON BAIL WITH A PRELIMINARY HEARING SCHEDULED MAY 7TH.   HIS WIFE CALLED THE AUTHORITIES AFTER SHE INTERCEPTED ONE OF THE DELIVERIES AND BECAME SUSPICIOUS.

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IN CAMBRIA COUNTY COURT YESTERDAY, 19 YEAR OLD ARTHUR STIFFLER OF JOHNSTOWN WAIVED HIS PRELIMINARY HEARING ON CHARGES OF ROBBING A PIZZA DELIVERY DRIVER AT GUNPOINT.   IT HAPPENED APRIL 2ND AND STIFFLER’S ATTORNEY SAYS HE WAS HIGH ON DRUGS AT THE TIME. HE

IS NOW SEEKING DRUG AND ALCOHOL TREATMENT.   STIFFLER REMAINS IN THE COUNTY PRISON ON 20-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.   

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