Today's News - Tuesday, August 20

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Someone stole a safe with 12 thousand dollars worth of cash, checks and gift cards from Lamonica’s Restaurant along Somerset Pike in Boswell early Saturday morning. Anyone with information should call State Police at 445-41-04.

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Johnstown Police say a preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled Thursday for 21-year-old Demetrius Gibson of Tire Hill. After nearly two weeks on the run, he turned himself in Saturday night.  Gibson is charged with the August 6 stabbing death of his girlfriend, Elizabeth Miller, at a carwash in Moxham.  Police say they're not sure where Gibson was hiding but they don't believe his family was involved.

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A former employee of Penn Highlands Community College has admitted to stealing more than $171 thousand.  “The Tribune-Democrat reports that 54-year-old Teresa Pelow was placed in the Accelerated Rehabilitive Disposition program. Her record will be cleared if all terms are met. Pelow, a former bursar at the college, must make restitution plus cover court costs. She was fired last year.

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A preliminary hearing has been scheduled Monday for 31-year-old Jonathan Kuzma of Johnstown who is accused of beating his father to death with a hammer. 52-year-old John Kuzma was found dead in his Moxham home on August 2. Jonathan Kuzma also allegedly stabbed him and dumped the body in the basement, then stole money from his father’s safe to buy drugs.

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 Johnstown police say 28-year-old Edward Reviere of Johnstown shot his cousin in the kidney following an argument back in October. Rather than go to trial, Reviere pleaded guilty yesterday to reduced charges of aggravated assault and illegal possession of a firearm. The judge has ordered a pre-sentence investigation and sentencing is set for September 4. Authorities say the victim, Andrew Sampson, did not cooperate with them.

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State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham hosted the marriage of two Pike County men yesterday at her home. a few weeks ago, she had said she would marry any couple who had a license, but the ceremony was performed by the Reverend Ken Kline Smeltzer. The men are officially registered as married in Montgomery County. The Register of Wills there has been issuing licenses despite the state’s ban on gay marriage. As of Monday, the Montgomery County office has given out 137 same-sex marriage licenses.

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 Penn State’s student member of the board of trustees is withdrawing as a plaintiff in the Paterno family’s lawsuit against the NCAA. Peter Khoury tells “The Centre Daily Times” he was threatened with being removed from the group that’s searching for the next university president if he didn’t drop out. Penn State’s board spokesman, David La Torre, declined to comment on Khoury’s withdrawal and the threat. Penn State is not a party in the suit, though four trustees and four professors are plaintiffs.

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State College lawyer Andrew Shubin tells “The Centre Daily Times” seven men are in the “final stages” of settling with Penn State as part of the Jerry Sandusky case, including so-called Victim 2 and the former coach’s adopted son, Matt, who is in the process of changing his name. Shubin did not discuss specifics. Victim 2 is the boy who Mike Mcqueary claims to have seen in the showers with Sandusky in 2001. Penn State authorized $60 million in settlements last month with nearly 30 claimants.

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According to figures Penn State released Monday, royalties from licensed merchandise are down more than 700 thousand dollars from last year and almost 1 million from the peak two years ago. Money from the royalties goes toward scholarship and student-related capital projects.

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Firefighters continue to battle the Beaver Creek Fire in Idaho, but it's still spreading due to high temperatures and gusty winds.  The 104-thousand-acre wildfire is still less than ten percent contained and continues to threaten nearly ten-thousand homes, including getaways owned by celebrities like Tom Hanks and Bruce Willis. 

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The White House is weighing whether to cut U.S. military aid to Egypt, but still has no plans to determine if the country's abrupt military takeover was a coup.  State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says the U.S. is still looking at restricting certain funds for the Egyptian government including military and security aid.

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State prison officials in California now have the ability to force-feed inmates in an effort to end a weeks-long hunger strike.  A federal judge signed off Monday afternoon on a request from state officials to allow doctors to perform force feedings on near death inmates.

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The fate of Army Private First Class Bradley Manning is about to be decided.  The judge in his closely-watched court martial at Fort Meade, Maryland is expected to start deliberating this morning.  Manning was convicted last month on 20 charges in what's described as the biggest leak of secret documents in U.S. military history. 

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An explosion at a Mercer County, Pennsylvania industrial park has killed at least one person and left several people injured.  Crews were called to a plant in Pymatuning Township on Monday evening.  The victim was reportedly doing some type of welding work on a 100-thousand gallon diesel fuel storage tank when it blew up. 

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One of the world’s most popular shopping websites suffered an outage Monday afternoon. Amazon.com was down for nearly 40 minutes.  On-line news website GeekWire estimated the firm lost $4.8 million during the outage. Amazon is the third high-profile site to have a service interruption in the last week. Google was down briefly Friday evening and the New York Times suffered a two hour outage last Wednesday.

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The effects of childhood bullying extend well into adulthood.  A new study shows victims of childhood bullying are over six times more likely to smoke on a regular basis, be diagnosed with a serious illness, or develop a psychiatric disorder than those who weren't bullied. 

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President Obama and the First Family have a new pet.  On Monday, they welcomed Sunny, a female Portuguese Water Dog. The Obamas picked that name because they say it fits her cheerful personality.  

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