Today's News - Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A district judge in Johnstown yesterday bound over murder charges against 31-year-old Jonathan Kuzma. Police say he admitted to beating his father, John, in the head with a hammer, stabbing him and dumping the body in the basement of their Moxham home, then breaking into his father’s safe to steal money, pills and a handgun. John Kuzma’s body was found August 2. A trial date has not yet been set. Kuzma remains in the Cambria County Jail without bond.

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43-year-old Dwight D. Gilbert, of Jennerstown, is accused of molesting a young girl since 2007, when she was 8 years old. “The Daily American” reports that he was arraigned Monday on 10 counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, 14 counts of aggravated indecent assault and one count each of sexual assault and corruption of minors. Gilbert is also charged with 18 counts of indecent assault, a misdemeanor offense. He remains in Somerset County Jail.

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Conemaugh Township Municipal Authority water is raising its rates starting in September. “The Daily American” reports that the board voted Monday to raise the base rate by $2 to $28.70 for the first 2,000 gallons. The Quamahoning Township base rate was raised by $5.15 to $31.85. Additionally, the rate for water use over 2,000 gallons was increased by $6.05.

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38-year-old Brian Roles of East Taylor Township is on trial this week in Cambria County. He’s charged with vehicle homicide while under the influence for the crash that killed his 16-year-old son, Brian Junior, last year. Defense attorneys claim the teenager was the one behind the wheel of the pickup when it wrecked along Route 271. Roles Senior had a suspended license due to a previous DUIaccident. The trial could last through Friday.

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Pennsylvania is getting a new acting Secretary of Education.  Governor Tom Corbett asked for and received Dr. William Harner’s resignation yesterday and announced that Dr. Carolyn Dumaresq will take over effective immediately. Harner, who was only on the job for three months, says he is grateful to have had the opportunity to serve Governor Corbett and the Commonwealth.

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As lawmakers discuss the possibility of privatizing liquor sales, the PLCB is extending hours at some state stores in response to consumer demand. Where the demand is high, at least one state store per county will remain open until 10pm. 

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A New York Assemblyman wants to banish Al Jazeera from American broadcast feeds.  Kieran Michael Lalor says the foreign-based network is “anti-Semitic, anti-American and misogynistic.”  Lalor is calling for Verizon, Comcast, DirecTV and Dish Network to drop Al Jazeera by September 11 or he'll organize a boycott of the cable providers.

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The National Security Agency is accused of spying on the New York headquarters of the UN.  A German news magazine reported that NSA agents bugged the office.  UN officials said today they are working to determine if there's any truth to the report.

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The Rim Fire burning in northern California could pose a threat to the water supply for more than two-and-a-half million people living in the Bay Area.  It has moved within a mile of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, and officials worry ash could dirty the water.

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Three former U.S. Naval Academy football players are expected in a military courtroom today to determine if they'll be tried for rape.  Academy spokesman John Schofield tells the "Washington Post" their names will be made public at that preliminary hearing at the Naval Yard in DC.

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Researchers are suggesting that e-cigarettes contain a known carcinogen.  According to a report in the French magazine “National Consumer Institute”" it's a level of formaldehyde that comes close to the amount in conventional cigarettes.  The FDA is considering issuing regulations on e-cigs, including a ban of online sales to prevent them being purchased by minors.  

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A survey from the American Customer Satisfaction Index is showing car owners are less happy with their vehicles.  It's the first time in two years.  Industry-wide, the average score was down a little over one-percent, which may have more to do with how high recent rankings were than dissatisfaction this year.

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