Today's News - Thursday, June 26, 3014

The Cambria County District Attorney has not yet announced if she will seek the death penalty against three Johnstown men who are charged in the March shooting death of Tony Phillips who was in a parked car outside the Edder’s Den bar in Oakhurst. Joshua Cambria, Jeremy Woodard, and Keith Reed were all ordered to stand trial following a preliminary hearing yesterday. Two eye witnesses testified that they saw Cambric fire shots into the car before taking off in a car driven by Woodard. Police say Woodard got Phillips to the bar that night.

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The man accused of killing a Pittsburgh police K-9 is asking the court to move his trial outside Allegheny County or bring in an out-of-county jury. John Rush allegedly stabbed Rocco in January, leading to “Rocco's Law” that imposes harsher penalties for killing or injuring a K-9. That bill is currently waiting for the governor's signature.

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An Indiana County jury yesterday found 27-year-old Tonya Thomas of White Township guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 13-month-old son. Ryden Thomas Jr. drowned when he was left along in a bathtub with his 2- and 3- year-old siblings. The boy’s father, Wesley Thomas, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child endangerment and was sentenced to three months to two years in prison.

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After a year-long investigation, state and local drug agents conducted a sweep yesterday in Cambria County, rounding up at least 26 suspected low- and mid-level drug dealers. One of the suspects, 31-year-old Ronald Lahman of Indiana, is considered a fugitive. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call the non-emergency number at 1-800-281-16-80.

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A Cambria County judge has scheduled jury selection to begin October 2 for the vehicular homicide trial of 20-year-old Zeth Markel of Beaverdale. Police say he was under the influence when his vehicle crashed in Summerhill Township back in November. Markel’s passenger, 21-year-old Lyle Popish of Beaverdale, was ejected and died at the scene. Testimony is slated to begin October 6.

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The Cambria County District Attorney has decided not to seek the death penalty against 20-year-old Earl Mitchell of Johnstown who is charged in the January shooting death of Jareek Adams in Oakhurst. Mitchell, who fled after the murder and was arrested near Washington, D.C. weeks later, was formally arraigned yesterday. Jury selection is set to begin October 5. Adams’s uncle, Jonathan Moore, was also shot and seriously injured.

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Pennsylvania's infrastructure needs improvement. According to a report card released by the American Society of Civil Engineers yesterday, Pennsylvania received a cumulative infrastructure grade of C-. The report evaluates 16 aspects of the infrastructure, including roads, bridges and transit. The freight rail system received the state's highest grade of a B. Roads got a D- and bridges got a D+. The report praised the state's new transportation funding bill and the use of technology to improve transportation services. Officials say the bill will help the bad grades improve over the next few years.

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The State House yesterday passed a $29.1 billion budget that includes an additional $70 million for basic education funding. The Republican-backed spending plan, which now goes to the Senate, relies on $380 million in revenue from privatizing state liquor stores. Democrats aren’t happy about that idea. The budget also includes $75 million from lifting a Rendell-era ban on new oil and gas leases on state forest lands. The bill does not include a severance tax on natural gas drilling or any other new taxes.

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Pennsylvania's Attorney General is clarifying comments she made about two men who accused Jerry Sandusky of sexual abuse in 2009, after he was under investigation. Kathleen Kane's office released a statement yesterday saying one of the men actually testified against Sandusky during his 2012 trial. She had previously said the men were not included in the group of witnesses that had testified. Kane says the other accuser came forward in 2012, and Sandusky has not been charged in connection with that victim.

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Same-sex marriage licenses are being issued in Boulder, Colorado but the state's Attorney General says they are invalid. The Boulder County Clerk's Office began issuing the licenses to same-sex couples hours after the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that states which ban gay marriage are in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

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The new attorney for Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi says he'll be more aggressive in working to get the combat veteran released from a Mexican jail. Fernando Benitez told Fox News Wednesday night his legal team will focus on proving Tahmooressi's account of how he accidentally drove into Mexico with three guns in his truck.

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Iraq's self-ruling Kurds are going to export more oil. The Kurds announced plans Wednesday to ramp up oil exports now that they have control of Iraq's main northern oilfields. By the end of next year, the Kurds claim they will export eight times more oil than they're producing now.

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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says he's doing everything possible to stem the influx of illegal immigrant children into the United States. Johnson toured a border station with Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Wednesday. The two met with unaccompanied migrant kids who are being processed at the facility.

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Presidential spokesman Josh Earnest is defending President Obama's frequent use of executive actions. GOP House Speaker John Boehner plans to sue the President, accusing Obama of overstepping his constitutional authority. On Wednesday Earnest called it a "taxpayer-funded lawsuit against the President of the United States for doing his job."

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Senator Chuck Grassley is concerned that he was targeted for an audit by former IRS official Lois Lerner. The House Ways and Means Committee announced Wednesday that emails indicate Lerner suggested an audit against Grassley after a mix-up involving tickets to a seminar.

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Authorities in Georgia are ruling the death of a baby left in a hot car as a homicide. The boy's father was charged Wednesday with murder and second degree child cruelty in the recent death of his 22-month-old son. Cobb County police say the boy had been left in an SUV for seven hours.

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The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is shifting once again. Authorities announced on Thursday they are moving the search area for the third time in three months. The focus is now on a section of the southern Indian Ocean that's about 600 miles south of where planes and ships have been searching since April.

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Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is in a legal gray area when it comes to questioning about his activities in Afghanistan. NBC News first reported that Bergdahl has not yet been questioned about his disappearance from an Army outpost in Afghanistan five years ago. However, anything Bergdahl does say right now can be used against him in a military court even though he has not been read his rights.

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Dozens of concert-goers partying at an Avicii show in Boston Wednesday night are recovering after reportedly consuming a dangerous substance. According to "The Boston Globe," 38 people were taken from the gig at TD Garden to local hospitals with minor, non-life-threatening symptoms. Many of those treated were minors.

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The Powerball jackpot will be a bit bigger this Saturday. No one matched all six numbers in the multi-state lottery Wednesday night, which means the jackpot moves to an estimated $80 million this weekend.

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People who want to legalize marijuana in Oregon say they have enough petition signatures to put the issue before voters. The group New Approach Oregon will submit their signed petition to the Secretary of State's office today. The group's measure would allow recreational use of weed for people 21 and older.

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