Today's News - Friday, September 20, 2013

27-year-old Lemmel Myers of Johnstown is accused of killing 37-year-old Leslie Schetrompf in July. Yesterday he was ordered to stand trial. Police say Myers shot the other man in a West End apartment building over a $20 debt. The defense claims the shooting was justifiable because Schetrompf had threatened Myers with a two-foot-long machete. Myers was on parole at the time and wearing an ankle monitor.  

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2 people are homeless after a fire early thursday in Patton, Cambria County. A woman and her son were treated for smoke inhalation, then released from the hospital. An investigation is underway.

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A South Fork woman was caught in the act of trying to sell a stolen engagement ring. 26-year-old Kelsey Ann Tunstall was arrested at DC Goldsmithing in The Galleria mall after police received a phone call telling them that she was carrying stolen property. She admitted to taking the ring and a jar containing money from a Richland Township home. Police also found drug paraphernalia on Tunstall. She is now in Cambria County Jail after failing to post bond.

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A U.S. Navy investigation into the October 28th death of a Johnstown sailor in Japan has determined that Petty Officer 2nd Class Samuel Stiles was in the line of duty and not due to misconduct. Stiles’ death was ruled accidental and associated with “urban hiking.” He fell from the top of a train after coming into contact with the electrical system and getting shocked. Another sailor fled without notifying anyone and a doctor concluded that Stiles might have lived had he received medical treatment.

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Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar disappeared in 2005, and now “The Altoona Mirror” reports that the FBI and other investigators are looking into claims that Gricar was murdered by a former Hells Angel who wanted revenge for a long prison sentence due to an aggravated assault conviction. Bellefonte Police say another motorcycle gang member says the man who killed Gricar was an FBI informant and he buried Gricar’s body with four others.

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There was a $400 million Powerball winner in South Carolina Wednesday and now the Pennsylvania Lottery says tonight’s Match 6 jackpot has reached $6 million , the second-highest jackpot on record. No one has hit the Match 6 jackpot since one ticket matched all 6 winning numbers in the May 13th drawing. The odds of winning are roughly 1 in 4.6 million.

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Former Steelers great Franco Harris headlines a peaceful protest during today’s Penn State board of trustees meeting. The so-called “March for Truth” will be at 3:30 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. The board’s meeting is from 1:30 to 4:30. Organizers say they want the board to know that people in the Penn State community want justice for Joe Paterno.

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The House is expected to vote today on a Republican bill extending government funding while defunding the healthcare reform law.  GOP House Speaker John Boehner said Obamacare “must go.”  A shutdown looms because the government runs out of money September 30th without a bipartisan deal to extend funding. 

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Chicago police now say at least 13 people are recovering after being shot on the city’s South Side last night.  Shots rang out at a basketball court in a park.  Among those shot was a three-year-old boy who suffered a gunshot wound to his ear that came out through his mouth. 

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U.S. Park Police officials are detailing exactly what happened Monday morning when 12 people plus a shooter were killed at the Washington Navy Yard.  Park Police union Chairman Ian Glick says Aaron Alexis entered Building 197 while concealing a sawed-off shotgun. 

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The American Civil Liberties Union claims reports filed by police under a federal domestic intelligence network subjected innocent Americans to unnecessary government scrutiny.  The “suspicious activity reports” and dozens of regional surveillance-collection centers were established by Congress in the wake of the 9-11 attacks on America. 

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Today is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. The annual observance honors America’s prisoners of war and those missing in action.  President Obama called on Americans to pay tribute to the service members who have not returned from the battlefield.

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Pittsburgh Steeler safety Troy Polamalu is famous for his hair, but he says he will cut it on Veterans Day, November 11th. Polamalu is partnering with the VFW for the Mane Event Campaign to raise awareness for the issues of veterans returning from Iraq, Afghanistan, and other conflicts. According to Steelers-Depot, Polamalu has not cut his hair since college and his hair was insured by Head and Shoulders in 2010 for $1 million with Lloyd’s of London.

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Don't get nervous about this, but Pittsburgh is among the nation's most stressed-out cities.  At least that's what the health and wellness website Sharecare is saying.  Pittsburgh is ranked third with Greenville, South Carolina and Louisville, Kentucky even more stressed.  The least stressed city is San Diego, California.

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Disneyland appears to be cracking down on people who pretend to have special needs to jump long lines at the theme park's attractions.  According to the theme park blog MiceChat.com, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks will eliminate the Guest Assistance Card program on October 9th and replace it with a new Disabled Assistance System.

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