Today's News - Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Three-year-old Brooklyn Bowers was attacked by a pit bull last month near Everett, Bedford County, now 24-year-old Joshua Dunkle is facing a summary citation for harboring a dangerous dog. Brooklyn’s family was walking outside of their car on Milk and Water Road when the animal bit the little girl. She needed 300 stitches, plastic surgery and spent four days in the hospital. District Attorney Bill Higgins says the dog will be put down. Dunkle may have to pay a $300 fine, but there will be no jail time.

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It looks like the Ebensburg Airport will be turning down a $200,000 grant slated for hangar work. The grant requires that the airport provide a 50 percent match in funding, but authorities say it’s unlikely the airport will be able to come up with the funds. The grant was part of a state-funded initiative providing $3.4 million dollars to 20 airports.

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After several delays, sentencing is scheduled today in Johnstown’s federal court for convicted drug kingpin George Lowmaster of Carrolltown. Lowmaster faces at least 20 years. Two dozen people, including Lowmaster’s parents and other relatives, have pleaded guilty for their roles in the operation.

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Johnstown Police Chief Craig Foust tells “The Tribune-Democrat” that the investigation continues into the city’s latest homicide. A relative found 32-year-old Jarrett Smith dead Friday inside his home on the 200 block of Ebensburg Road. An autopsy showed he died from a gunshot wound to the chest. No word on any suspects.

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Formal arraignment is scheduled today for a former Cresson Borough road foreman who is facing felony theft charges. Richard Latterner is accused of stealing over 100 tons of road salt and anti-skid and giving it to a contractor in charge of plowing and salting in Loretto, where Latterner also worked. Police say he then wrote fake invoices and submitted them to Loretto Borough, receiving checks for more than $4,300. Latterner resigned in June.

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Former Penn State Altoona student Vladislav Miftakhov is charged with manufacturing an explosive device without a license, and he’s scheduled to enter a plea today in Johnstown’s federal court. 18-year-old was arrested in late January after police found bomb-making materials in his apartment during a search for a suspected marijuana growing operation. Since then, he has been in the Cambria County Prison. Miftakhov could receive up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250 thousand.

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Authorities say at least two people were shot overnight as unrest over the police killing of an unarmed teenager continues in Ferguson, Missouri. Police arrested more than 30 people, for throwing molotov cocktails, hurling bottles and firing guns. Police came under fire several times throughout the night, but not a single officer returned fire. President Obama is dispatching Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson to assess the situation there. In a statement at the White House, Obama called for a period of calm and healing. The President said it is clear that the vast majority of people are protesting peacefully.

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Police in South Pasadena, California say they've uncovered a plot for a mass shooting at a high school and have arrested two teenagers. The two were taken into custody after a tip from administrators from South Pasadena High School led to both the students' homes being searched. Police say the two were plotting to kill three staff members at the school and as many students as possible.

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The Islamic State militant group is threatening to attack Americans "in any place," following airstrikes in northern Iraq. A video statement released by ISIS shows a photo of an American who was beheaded during the U.S. occupation of Iraq and includes the statement, "we will drown all of you in blood."

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A tearful reunion took place at Emory Hospital in Atlanta when a Christian missionary visited his wife who is being treated for Ebola. David Writebol completed a 21-day quarantine in Charlotte and was cleared for travel. Yesterday, he said his wife, Nancy, is slowly regaining her strength.

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A renewed ceasefire is in place for Gaza, but the Palestinians' chief negotiator warns that new violence could break out unless there's progress on a long-term truce. Israel and the Palestinians have both agreed to a 24-hour extension of the week-long ceasefire. Israel says its negotiators are going over details of a possible truce, but there's no draft of a deal yet.

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The Obama administration says it's completed destruction of the deadliest chemical weapons is Syria's arsenal. The announcement Monday comes one year after Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's forces used sarin gas to kill more than a thousand people in a Damascus suburb.

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is promising a full investigation after cops shot and killed a 25-year-old man. Ezell Ford was killed by police earlier this month in South Los Angeles, and witnesses say he was unarmed and face down. The mayor released a statement as Ford's body was released to his family Monday, saying he will ensure a full investigation into the shooting.

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Pope Francis is considering a trip to northern Iraq, but not until the aggression from ISIS militants has been "stopped." Returning from his first trip to Asia to better relations with South Koreans, the Pope said he was hoping to make a trip to Iraq during the crisis but decided against it. He would like to see the international community find a way to "stop" ISIS without going to war.

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Longtime "Saturday Night Live" announcer Don Pardo is dead. NBC officials confirmed that the 96-year-old passed away on Monday. The cause of death was not immediately available.

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The Honda Accord is topping the list for the most cars reported stolen in 2013. The National Insurance Crime Bureau released their annual "Hot Wheels" report yesterday identifying the ten most stolen cars in the U.S. The Honda Civic is ranked second.

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Pharrell Williams' hit "Happy" is still the number one song of 2014. "Billboard" reports that the single has sold nearly six-million units so far this year. Not only is "Happy" the top-selling song of 2014, but it's also the only song in the top 200 that's sold more copies than its counterpart last year.

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