NEWS for Wednesday, July 3, 2013

CAMBRIA COUNTY’S JOBLESS RATE IS DOWN A BIT.  THE LATEST UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBER HAS DECREASED ONE-TENTH OF ONE PERCENT TO REACH 8.9 PERCENT.  BEDFORD COUNTY IS DOWN FROM 9.6 TO 9.2.  CLEARFIELD COUNTY HAS DECREASED 2-TENTHS OF A PERCENT POINT TO STAND AT 8.4 PERCENT.  BLAIR COUNTY’S JOBLESS RATE FELL ONE TENTH OF ONE PERCENT TO STAND AT 6.9 FOR THE MONTH OF MAY.

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A FORMER HARMONY AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT MUSIC TEACHER WILL SPEND AT LEAST ONE YEAR IN JAIL AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES AND SEX ASSAULT CHARGES.  SHANE PUTOREK IS ACCUSED OF ABUSING A BOY INSIDE HIS APARTMENT IN PATTON LAST SUMMER.  POLICE ALSO FOUND EXPLICIT IMAGES ON HIS CELL PHONE.

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A TIRE HILL, SOMERSET COUNTY MAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO 50 MONTHS IN PRISON ON CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE CHARGES.  54 YEAR OLD JAMES REYNOLDS WAS CHARGED WITH 100 COUNTS OF ABUSE AFTER POLICE SAY THEY FOUND CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ON HIS HOME COMPUTER. HE WAS ARRESTED IN MARCH OF LAST YEAR.

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IN BEDFORD COUNTY COURT TODAY, A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED FOR 43 YEAR OLD LEONARD FORBES OF BUFFALO MILLS.  POLICE SAY FORBES WAS IN A DRUG-INDUCED RAGE ON JUNE 22ND WHEN HE ALLEGEDLY THREATENED A WOMAN AND HER BOYFRIEND, RAMMED A CAR WITH HIS PICK UP, AND FIRED A SHOTGUN INTO THE WOODS BEFORE BARRICADING HIMSELF IN A HOUSE.  FORBES EVENTUALLY SURRENDERED AND WAS LOCKED UP ON 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS BAIL.

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THIS REMINDER … IN PENNSYLVANIA, ONLY SPARKLERS AND SMOKE BOMBS ARE LEGAL FIREWORKS…NOTHING THAT LEAVES THE GROUND OR MAKES A VERY LOUD NOISE…IS LEGAL.  LAST YEAR MORE THAN 87-HUNDRED PEOPLE NATIONALLY WERE HOSPITALIZED FOR FIREWORKS RELATED INJURIES.

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A GREENSBURG MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH STEALING MORE THAN 70-THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF SCRAP METAL FROM A BUSINESS IN THE EBENSBURG-AREA.  39 YEAR OLD JONATHAN THOMA IS ACCUSED OF STEALING THE MATERIAL FROM LYONS INDUSTRIES ALONG ROUTE 22 IN CAMBRIA TOWNSHIP.  POLICE SAY THE THEFTS HAPPENED REPEATEDLY DURING THE MONTH OF JUNE.  AFTER THE FIRST THEFT, COMPANY OWNERS INSTALLED A SURVEILLANCE CAMERA AND GOT SEVERAL IMAGES OF THE SUSPECT AND A PICKUP TRUCK AND WITH TIPS FROM THE PUBLIC, ARRESTED THOMA.

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