Today's News - Friday, January 24. 2014

Johnstown police say Samantha Meyers is the one who left two puppies to freeze to death inside a house on Beatrice Avenue. Officials say the house had deplorable conditions and no heat. It has been condemned. Meyers is charged with animal cruelty and is free on $5,000 unsecured bond.

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George Lane of Portage is in the Cambria County Jail on $50,000 bond, charged with impersonating Portage Police Chief Ed Miller. Lane allegedly called his estranged wife at her work place, said he was Miller, and that Lane had died in a car accident.

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Johnstown Police say 3-year-old Kayada Martin has been located and returned to her family. US Marshals found the girl at a home in North East Washington D.C. Authorities are still looking for 32- year old Belinda Hancock who accused of taking the child from Johnstown around Christmas time. Hancock was the toddler’s godmother and a trusted family friend. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call police at 1-800-281-16-80.

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It’s the last chance to buy stamps for 46 cents. A temporary price hike of three cents for a first-class stamp goes into effect Sunday, bringing the charge to 49 cents a letter. Officials say the higher rate will last no more than two years, allowing the Postal Service to recoup $2.8 billion in losses brought on by the 2008 economic downturn. Bulk mail, periodicals and package service rates will rise six percent.

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The “Centre Daily Times” reports that Amir Bar-Lev, the filmmaker responsible for the new documentary about the Sandusky scandal says both the family of Joe Paterno and the lawyer for the victims expressed satisfaction with the film. “Happy Valley” made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Bar-Lev screened the film for Paterno’s widow, Sue, his two sons, Scott and Jay, and attorney Tom Kline before it premiered. All of them appear in the film. It also features Sandusky’s adopted son, Matt, who claims he was also molested.

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The inmate accused of attacking and raping a female employee at Rockview state prison in Centre County back in July is scheduled to stand trial in the spring. Omar Best appeared at a pre-trial hearing Thursday morning at the courthouse in Bellefonte. Investigators say Best was alone with the woman for nearly 30 minutes. Co-workers later found her unconscious. The incident has already led to some major changes at Pennsylvania’s prisons.

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Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen are scheduled to be arraigned today in connection with a gift giving scandal. They are accused of illegally accepting $140,000 in loans and gifts in exchange for favoring the business of a major campaign donor.

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Three people are dead and over 20 injured after a chain-reaction crash involving more than a dozen semis and nearly 30 cars in northwest Indiana. Officials say a Michigan couple and a 66-year-old Chicago man were killed in yesterday afternoon's Interstate 94 crash that was likely caused by white-out conditions.

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The wife of an American citizen missing in Iran says her husband was indeed working for the CIA. Christine Levinson says Secretary of State John Kerry is working to bring her husband Bob home. Bob Levinson vanished while in Iran in 2007.

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After trying for years to get John Boehner on "The Tonight Show," the speaker of the House finally sat down last night with Jay Leno and discussed the 2016 presidential election. The Ohio Republican said he isn't endorsing anyone, but he thinks his friend Jeb Bush would make a great president.

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A privacy review board says the National Security Agency's phone data collection program is illegal and should be shut down. In a report released Thursday, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board also says the NSA program has been mostly useless in stopping or even slowing terrorism.

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The fate of a pregnant Texas woman whose family says is brain dead may be determined today in court. A hearing is scheduled to determine if Marlise Munoz can be taken off life support. The family of the woman has been trying to get her removed, but doctors won't allow it due to a state law saying life-sustaining treatment can't be removed from a pregnant woman.

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Retailers are being warned they may be future targets of cyber attacks. A Reuters report says the bureau has discovered about 20 hacking cases in the past year that involved the same kind of malicious software used in the recent Target breach.

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An Indiana University student accused of trying to make bombs in his bedroom is facing felony charges. Twenty-year-old Ryder Pickens was taken to IU Health Bloomington Hospital for "an immediate detention" on January 16th after his roommate called police and told them about some chemicals he saw.

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Five mobsters from the Bonanno crime family are in federal custody for their roles in the "Goodfellas" Lufthansa Heist at JFK Airport. FBI agents collared the five in pre-dawn raids in various New York locations today. Vincent Asaro of Queens and Thomas "Tommy D" DiFiore of Long Island are among those facing a multiple charges including murder, murder conspiracy, racketeering and extortion.

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Justin Bieber's parents are feeling the fallout of his arrest on Thursday. The 19-year-old was arrested by Miami police on suspicion of DUI, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license. TMZ says the superstar named his mother as the one who supplied him with the prescription medication he had taken before the incident.

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It's man versus some monster waves for 24 of the world's best surfers in the Mavericks Invitational contest in Half Moon Bay, California. Organizers of the world-famous event made the call Wednesday after determining the conditions were ideal. Organizers say today's west-northwest swell off Pillar Point Harbor could exceed 40 feet.

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There's a new app out that focuses on immigration reform with the intent of helping supporters keep track of members of Congress so they can spur them to move forward on the issue. The app is called Push4Reform and comes from the advocacy group FWD.us. It allows people to enter their ZIP code to find out what their lawmakers are doing about the subject of immigration reform. The app is part of a campaign by FWD.us, led by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

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