Today's News - Friday, September 6, 2013

36-year-old Erik Lybarger of Johnstown was sentenced in Cambria County Court yesterday to 12 to 24 years in a state prison for attacking a Johnstown resident with a box cutter last year. Lybarger has a history of mental health issues and previous felonies. He represented himself at trial

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An Ebensburg couple was sentenced yesterday by a federal judge for keeping and not paying taxes on nearly $400 thousand in cash they found in old coffee cans when they were hired to clean out the garage of an elderly man in 2007. David Lamer was sentenced to 21 months in prison. His wife received 1 year in jail. They must also pay the IRS and make restitution to the victim’s estate.

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Johnstown police have jailed Michael Grimm who is accused of raping a young boy over a four-year period starting in 2005 when the boy was 6 years old. The alleged victim claims Grimm bought him a Playstation and a dirt bike to keep quiet about the abuse. He also says Grimm would hit him with a hammer and hold a gun to his face to keep him from telling someone what was happening to him.

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Northern Cambria Elementary and middle school students will have one more day off as crews continue to clean up following Monday’s heavy rain. Classes will resume Monday, but some will be in temporary locations. The high school re-opened Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Cambria County Department of Emergency Services is asking any property owners who had damage totaling over $5,000 to report it. You should consider not only structural and foundation damage, but loss of major contents such as electric service panels, furnaces, water heaters and major appliances. The department will submit damage estimates to the state Emergency Management Agency to see if there is any possibility of federal aid.

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If you're going to the Penn State/Eastern Michigan game tomorrow at Beaver Stadium, remember the new security policy which applies to all athletic facilities on campus. Purses and backpacks are not allowed. One clear, plastic gallon-size bag per person will be permitted for medical and child care needs or personal items like keys, glasses, and cameras. Fans may also bring loose items including a coat, blanket, seat cushion that can be rolled and that does not have pockets, iPad or other mobile device, and binoculars. Babies should be in soft carriers or slings.

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The College Database has named Penn State the best university in the state for students who want to go into the military. Penn State has programs for Army, Navy, and Air Force. The Navy Program also trains future officers for the Marine Corps. ROTC cadets start their day with morning PT exercises.

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The head of the U.S. Navy is downplaying the cost of possible military strikes against Syria.  Admiral Jonathan Greenert said Thursday the expense would not be, quote, “extraordinary.”  He said a carrier strike group costs approximately $25 million a week when involved in routine operations. 

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President Obama has a full schedule for his last day at the G-20 summit in Russia.  He has meetings scheduled with the presidents of China and France before holding a news conference around 10 a.m. Eastern time today. 

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A private family funeral is being planned for Cleveland kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro.  Family members claimed Castro's body yesterday from state prison officials after he committed suicide earlier this week. 

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The stock market wraps up the trading week today as investors keep an eye on what may happen with Syria.  Worries about a possible strike on Syria countered positive news on first-time claims for unemployment benefits.

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Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is scheduled to be arraigned today.  The 23-year-old is facing murder and weapons charges in connection with the June shooting death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. 

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Much of the East Coast will get a good look at the next scientific mission launching to the moon tonight.  A Minotaur rocket carrying the LADEE spacecraft is scheduled to blast off from NASA's Wallops Island facility in Virginia just before midnight.

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Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” has been named “Billboard’s” official “Song Of The Summer.”  “Billboard” announced Thursday that the smash hit was the most popular song across all platforms between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

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