NEWS FOR THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2013

A third man has now been charged after a home invasion and shooting in Johnstown’s Moxham neighborhood last month. Johnstown police say that James Schroll and two others mistakenly shipped some drugs to the home, believing it was a vacant residence.  In the altercation with the homeowner that followed  … Schroll was hit by a bullet in the head and the homeowner was hit by the same bullet in the knee.

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The Crimewatch effort in the Moxham neighborhood of Johnstown has a new name.   The new Moxham Neighborhood Watch is hoping the volunteers will be the eyes and ears of the police department.  With more information flowing to the police department, it’s believed the recent rash of crime incidents can be lowered.

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In Meyersdale … three more people have now been charged for dealing drugs…after a drug sweep earlier this week and centered on heroin distribution.  The list includes Daniel Horning, Michael Phillips, Jr., and Travis Nightingdale.  Horning and Nightingdale are in the Somerset County jail today … while Phillips is free on bail.

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A Bedford County woman faces charges of forgery … after police say she stole from the PTO at her school.  Chestnut Ridge Elementary School lost more than 11-thousand dollars.  Leanna Gottshall of Osterburg is facing 30 counts of forgery.  Officials were notified after late-bills started coming in.  Authorities say cash was stolen as well.

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Eight Pennsylvania Turnpike officials are under indictment for participating in a pay to play scheme.  At a joint news conference Wednesday, State Attorney General Kathleen Kane and Police Commissioner Frank Noonan accused the men of using the turnpike to "line their pockets and influence elections."  According to a grand jury, loot was distributed using a 60-40 rule that favored whichever political party was in power at the time.  Among the eight charged are retired turnpike C-E-O Joe Brimmeier and former Senate Minority Leader Robert Mellow.

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According to the latest Quinnipiac University poll, Governor Corbett's approval rating is just 39-percent.  The latest survey found a marjority of Pennsylvanians would like a different governor.  Many of those polled said they are eying Democrats Joe Sestak, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, or U.S. Representative Allyson Schwartz.

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In West Virgina, Operations are on hold at Consol Energy's Blacksville Number-2 mine.  Smoke emanating from an airshaft prompted the evacuation of 121 workers Tuesday.  Yesterday, crews located the source of the smoke and began pumping thousands of gallons of water into a borehole in an effort to contain the fire.  Rigs were deployed to the mine to drill additional holes so crews could pour more water on the fire.