NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2013

AN ARMED ROBBERY LAST NIGHT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION IN THE MOXHAM SECTION OF JOHNSTOWN.  POLICE SAY A MAN HAD A WEAPON AND ROBBED A WOMAN ALONG THE 700 BLOCK OF PARK AVENUE.  POLICE SAY SEVERAL WITNESSES WERE QUESTIONED, BUT SO FAR, NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED. 

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IN BEDFORD COUNTY … POLICE HAVE ARRESTED 14 DRUG DEALERS AS PART OF AN EIGHT MONTH INVESTIGATION.  MOST OF THE DRUGS INVOLVED WERE PRESCRIPTION PILLS AND HEROIN. AUTHORITIES BELIEVE THE DRUGS ARE BROUGHT IN FROM OUTSIDE THE AREA, THEN SOLD WITHIN THE COUNTY.  POLICE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR FIVE MORE SUSPECTS.

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THE CITY VIEW BAR AND GRILL AT THE TOP OF THE INCLINED PLANE IN JOHNSTOWN IS CLOSING.  THE 25 WORKERS GOT THEIR LAST PAYCHECKS YESTERDAY, AFTER A 30-DAY EVICTION NOTICED WAS SERVED ON THE RESTAURANT ON FRIDAY BY THE CAMBRIA COUNTY TRANSIT AUTHORITY.   THE RESTAURANT OWES SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS IN BACK RENT.  OWNER ANDY LASKY SAYS THE RESTAURANT HAS BEEN DEALING WITH FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES SINCE THE RECESSION.

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THE CAMBRIA COUNTY DRUG TASK FORCE AND STATE DRUG AGENTS RECENTLY SEIZED ABOUT 10-THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF HEROIN, 3-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CASH, AND SEVERAL GUNS IN CARROLLTOWN…AND PRELIMINARY HEARINGS ARE SCHEDULED TODAY FOR ERNEST AND DEBORAH LUTE OF CARROLLTOWN AND WILLIAM ROUNSLEY OF NORTHERN CAMBRIA. OVER THE PAST 6 MONTHS, OFFICERS MADE CONTROLLED BUYS FROM THE LUTES’ HOUSE WHERE THEY LIVE WITH THEIR 2 CHILDREN ONLY ABOUT A BLOCK AWAY FROM CAMBRIA HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.  POLICE SAY THE DRUGS WERE COMING FROM PHILADELPHIA AND THEY EXPECT TO MAKE MORE ARRESTS.

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21 SUSPECTED DRUG DEALERS WERE CHARGED BY BEDFORD COUNTY POLICE ON TUESDAY. BEDFORD COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY BILL HIGGINS SAYS THAT MOST WERE CONSIDERED TO BE “LOW LEVEL” DEALERS. 14 OF THE SUSPECTS WERE ROUNDED UP BY SEVERAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN BEDFORD AND SOUTHERN HUNTINGDON COUNTIES.  POLICE CONTINUE TO SEARCH FOR THE REMAINING FIVE. ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CONTACT BEDFORD POLICE.  

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ALTOONA AREA SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT DENNIS MURRAY HAS BEEN PUT ON PAID ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE. TODAY’S ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT THE ALTOONA SCHOOL BOARD VOTED 6 TO 3 TO PLACE MURRAY ON  PAID LEAVE AND HIRE A PHILADELPHIA-AREA LAW FIRM TO CONTINUE AN INVESTIGATION INTO SEVERAL ADMINSTRATIVE PAY INCREASES THAT APPEAR TO HAVE NO RECORD OF BOARD APPROVAL.  MURRAY HAS NOT WORKED SINCE JANUARY, WHEN HE HAD SHOULDER SURGERY.

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IN ELK COUNTY, A MURDER PROBE IS UNDERWAY.   22 YEAR OLD NICK MARTIN IS ACCUSED OF THE MURDER OF AN 18 YEAR OLD GIRL IN JOHNSONBURG IDENTIFIED AS ALYSSA FORSYTHE. ALTHOUGH THE MURDER HAPPENED IN JOHNSONBURG, THE WOMAN’S BODY WAS FOUND IN A WOODED AREA IN RIDGEWAY.   A PRELIMINARY HEARING FOR MARTIN IS SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY.

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AN ARMED ROBBERY LAST NIGHT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION IN THE MOXHAM (‘MOX-UM”) SECTION OF JOHNSTOWN.  POLICE SAY A MAN HAD A WEAPON AND ROBBED A WOMAN ALONG THE 700 BLOCK OF PARK AVENUE.  POLICE SAY SEVERAL WITNESSES WERE QUESTIONED, BUT SO FAR, NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED. 

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THE CITY VIEW BAR AND GRILL AT THE TOP OF THE INCLINED PLANE IN JOHNSTOWN IS CLOSING.  THE 25 WORKERS GOT THEIR LAST PAYCHECKS YESTERDAY, AFTER A 30-DAY EVICTION NOTICED WAS SERVED ON THE RESTAURANT ON FRIDAY BY THE CAMBRIA COUNTY TRANSIT AUTHORITY.   THE RESTAURANT OWES SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS IN BACK RENT.  OWNER ANDY LASKY SAYS THE RESTAURANT HAS BEEN DEALING WITH FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES SINCE THE RECESSION.

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