Today's News - Monday, June 23, 2014

Twenty-five-year-old Denver Blough of Somerset is now expected to be charged with homicide in the death of his infant daughter. Blough was already charged with shooting his girlfriend, Caressa Kovalcik, to death on May 31 while she was 9-months pregnant. Little Abrianna Kovalcik died Friday morning at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. Blough remains in the Somerset County Prison with a preliminary hearing set for next month

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Gunfire in Johnstown early Saturday morning. Police say bullet holes were found on the outside door of an Ash Street home in the Hornerstown section of town. A small amount of blood was also discovered inside. A 23-year-old man later showed up at Conemaugh Hospital with gunshot wounds to the head and back. The victim's injuries are not considered to be life threatening.

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State police in Somerset are asking for help finding an Acosta area man who left his home a week ago and has not returned. Nineteen-year-old Zachary Updyke of Jenner Township is now considered a missing person. Anyone with information should call troopers at 445-4105.

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In Johnstown’s federal court, today sentencing is scheduled for convicted drug kingpin George Lowmaster of Carrolltown. His mother, Dolly, pleaded guilty to marijuana possession and distribution conspiracy and was previously sentenced to five years probation, including a year on house arrest. Her husband, Gerald, pleaded to money laundering-related charges and received 46 months behind bars. Dozens of other members of the operation were also arrested. George Lowmaster could get up to 20 years.

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Governor Tom Corbett's Medicaid expansion plan is getting support from insurers. Corbett says nine insurers have signed up to provide Medicaid-subsidized insurance in Pennsylvania. He claims the recent action shows his plan is a realistic option to the one laid out in the 2010 health care law.

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The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association is making changes to gender rules for sports. Officials say the changes were approved last week and will allow boys to play on girls' teams under certain conditions, such as, if the boy's size does not increase the risk of injury to opponents and does not provide a significant competitive advantage. The changes are the result of instances where boys were playing girls' sports because their schools do not offer the sports for boys.

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A report regarding the handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case is scheduled to be released today. Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Friday that the report will cover how police and prosecutors responded to the accusations and conducted the investigation. Sandusky is currently serving a 30 to 60 year sentence.

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