NEWS for Tuesday, March 26, 2013

IT WILL BE SEVERAL WEEKS BEFORE STATE POLICE KNOW THE EXACT CAUSE OF THE ACCIDENT THAT KILLED THE SETON HILL WOMEN'S LACROSSE COACH, HER UNBORN BABY, AND THE BUS DRIVER.  TOXICOLOGY TEST RESULTS HAVE BEEN RETURNED … AND THEY ARE NEGATIVE FOR DRUGS AND NEGATIVE FOR ALCOHOL.  SIXTY-ONE-YEAR-OLD ANTHONY GUAETTA (“GOO-ETTA”) OF JOHNSTOWN WAS DRIVING THE TEAM TO MILLERSVILLE WHEN HE LOST CONTROL OF THE BUS ON THE PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE.

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A SOMERSET COUNTY CONTRACTOR IS BEING SUED BY THE FEDS FOR 900-THOUSAND DOLLARS.  A CIVIL SUIT FILED YESTERDAY IS ACCUSING KUCHERA DEFENSE SYSTEMS AND ITS OWNERS OF TRYING TO DEFRAUD THE U.S. GOVERNMENT BY ILLEGALLY OBTAINING LUCRATIVE CONTRACTS.  THE FEDS CLAIM KUCHERA GAVE KICKBACKS TO THE CAMPAIGN OF LATE JOHNSTOWN REPRESENTATIVE JOHN MURTHA.  PRIOR TO HIS DEATH IN 2010, MURTHA DENIED ANY CONNECTION BETWEEN DONATIONS TO HIS CAMPAIGN AND CONTRACT AWARDS.

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THERE IS A LOT OF CRITICISM AGAINST NBC-TV AND INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER JOHN ZIEGLER FOR THE AIRING OF TAPED EXCERPTS FROM FORMER PENN STATE ASSISTANT FOOTBALL COACH JERRY SANDUSKY.  AN OFFICIAL WITH THE PENNSYLVANIA COALITION AGAINST RAPE JOINED SURVIVORS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE IN CONDEMNING THE NETWORK AND ZIEGLER FOR YESTERDAY'S TAPED COMMENTS BY SANDUSKY THAT AIRED DURING A SEGMENT ON THE "TODAY" SHOW.  "PENN LIVE" SAYS AS OF LAST NIGHT, NBC HASN'T RESPONDED BUT ZIEGLER DID POST A REBUTTAL ON HIS WEBSITE WHICH FOES SAY WAS NOT ENOUGH.

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A JOHNSTOWN MAN WILL STAND TRIAL ON CHARGES HE KILLED A MAN IN THE MOXHAM NEIGHBORHOOD OF JOHNSTOWN LAST MONTH.  POLICE SAY SAY SHALIK GREEN KILLED JOSHUA PRICE.  PRICE WAS SHOT AT LEAST FOUR TIMES IN A HOME ON CYPRESS AVENUE.  POLICE SAY GREEN DID NOT HAVE A PERMIT FOR THE GUN THAT KILLED PRICE.

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A HEARING WAS HELD YESTERDAY ON WHETHER “EDDER’S DEN” BAR IN JOHNSTOWN’S WEST END SHOULD BE PERMANENTLY CLOSED.   THE DA’S OFFICE ORDERED IT CLOSED ON THURSDAY, CALLING IT AN IMMEDIATE HARM TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD.  POLICE HAVE RESPONDED TO NEARLY 70 INCIDENTS THERE IN THE PAST YEAR AND A HALF AND THEY SAY THAT’S A BURDEN TO THE DEPARTMENT.  A JUDGE’S DECISION IS EXPECTED ON THURSDAY.

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THE AMERISERVE FLOOD CITY FESTIVAL HAS ANNOUNCED THE HEADLINERS FOR THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL IN JOHNSTOWN.   THEY INCLUDE TROMBONE SHORTY FRIDAY NIGHT … ROBERT RANDOLPH AND THE FAMILY BAND ON SATURDAY … AND GREEN SKY BLUE GRASS ON SUNDAY.  THIS YEAR, THE FESTIVAL WILL START EARLIER ON FRIDAY.   ABOUT 12-THOUSAND PEOPLE USUALLY ATTEND THE FESTIVAL. 

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PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER MIKE TURZAI SAYS THERE'S NO NEED FOR THE SENATE TO CHANGE THE BILL THAT WOULD PRIVATIZE ALCOHOL SALES IN THE STATE.  THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY REPRESENTATIVE SAYS THE MEASURE THAT PASSED THE HOUSE IS PERFECT THE WAY IT IS … AND IT PROMOTES EDUCATION, AND FIGHTS UNDERAGE DRINKING.  HE EXPECTS THE GOVERNOR WILL TELL THE SENATE TO "PASS THIS BILL AS IS."