Today's News - Wednesday., August 27, 2014

A possible kidnapping in Cambria County. Police are on the lookout for a white Chevy Impala that was last seen headed west on Route 22 toward Altoona. We’ll pass along more details when they are available.

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In Cambria County Court yesterday, a preliminary hearing for Stephen Jablonski was continued again. The Johnstown man is accused of phoning in a bomb threat to the courthouse back in the spring. He told authorities he didn’t want his girlfriend to fail a drug test when she showed up for a hearing. The court appearance is re-scheduled for September 16.

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A federal judge yesterday sentenced Thomas Lighthill of Northern Cambria to spend more than nine years in prison for conspiracy to sell heroin. The 45-year-old was convicted of planning to sell more than 100 grams in the Carrolltown and Northern Cambria areas in 2012 and 13.

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Fire damaged the Portage Bakery in Cambria County Tuesday afternoon. Two firefighters were taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion or minor injuries. A fire marshal is investigating the cause.

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Eight jurors have now been seated for the Cambria County murder trial of 21-year-old Demetrius Gibson of Tire Hill. He’s charged with stabbing his estranged girlfriend, Elizabeth Miller, last August at a Johnstown car wash. Testimony will begin as soon as the 12 jurors and two alternates are in place.

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Three years ago, Dr. Dennis Bruno, the former superintendent of the Glendale School District, pleaded guilty to misappropriating nearly $50 thousand in federal funds as part of a plan to bring internet and other improved technology to more than a dozen rural school districts. Bruno, who now lives in Utah, was finally sentenced in federal court yesterday. He received ten months home detention, five years probation, 500 hours community service and a $49,600 fine.

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Police say drugs and alcohol were not factors in a single-car crash in Vermont that seriously injured former FBI Director and Penn State lead investigator Louis Freeh. According to the Associated Press, Freeh was alone in his SUV and wearing a seatbelt when he drove off the road. He was seriously injured and remains in a New Hampshire hospital. His current status has not been updated.

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As Labor Day weekend approaches, the Red Cross says blood supplies are low. All types are needed, particularly O-negative, B-negative, and A-negative. You can donate today at the Johnstown Red Cross from 1 to 5:30.

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AAA Fuel Gauge says Western Pa. gas prices dipped for the eighth straight week to about $3.50 a gallon. That’s down more than six cents over last week. On the national front, as we approach labor day weekend, the average is $3.43 the lowest average since February 26. Motorists are paying two cents less per gallon than one week ago, ten cents less than one month ago, and 11 cents less than on this same date last year.

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An American journalist held captive by Islamic militants for nearly two years is back home. Peter Theo Curtis arrived in Boston Tuesday to be reunited with his mother. Curtis is believed to had been captured in October 2012 by a Syrian rebel group with ties to al-Qaeda.

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Terrorist group ISIS is reportedly demanding a multi-million dollar ransom for a 26-year-old American woman being held hostage by the Islamic militants. The woman was on a humanitarian mission in Syria when she was captured a year ago. Family members do not want the woman's name released for her own safety.

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The FBI is taking a closer listen to an audio recording that may have captured the shooting of the unarmed black teen killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The attorney for the unidentified person who made the recording said she turned it over to federal investigators on Monday.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is describing his talks with his Ukrainian counterpart as positive, but distanced his country from negotiating an end to the fighting in Ukraine. Putin said it was not Russia's role to get involved in a truce between the Ukraine government and two rebel factions.

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The head of the troubled Phoenix VA health care system is vowing to provide better care for veterans following a new government report on problems with patient scheduling and access issues. Phoenix VA director Glenn Costie said Tuesday the facility has increased staffing and reached out to more than five-thousand veterans in the Phoenix area to expedite their care.

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The U.S. State Department is welcoming an Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire in Gaza. Yesterday, spokesperson Jen Psaki said the U.S. urges both parties to fully comply with the terms of the truce and hopes it will be durable. The agreement puts an end to seven weeks of bitter fighting between Israel and Hamas.

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Hewlett-Packard is recalling more than 5.5 million power cords to notebook computers. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says HP has received at least two dozen reports of the cords overheating. The overheated cords can melt or become charred and two people have suffered minor burns.

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General Motors is reviewing more than a 100 death claims linked to a faulty ignition switch. Originally 13 deaths were attributed to the switch but according to the lawyers representing GM they have now received claims for 107 deaths. The broken switch made GM recall millions of vehicles.

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Apple is working on the release of a larger 12.9-inch version of its iPad next year. Production on the touch-screen device will begin in the first quarter. Apple has seen declining sales of its smaller tablets as larger smartphones offered by Samsung and other competitors eat into their sales.

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Justin Bieber says the paparazzi should really start keeping some distance after a minor car accident on Tuesday afternoon. TMZ says the pop star was rear-ended by a photographer while driving his red Ferrari in West Hollywood.

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An Arizona gun instructor is dead after being accidentally shot by a nine-year-old girl with an Uzi. Authorities say Charles Vacca was accidentally shot in the head Monday when he was trying to teach the little girl how to shoot an automatic Uzi. The girl fired one shot and the weapon recoiled, flying over her head and firing four shots into Vacca.

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SpaceX isn't taking any chances with the launch of a rocket from Cape Canaveral. A launch that had been scheduled for early Wednesday morning has been postponed. The Falcon 9 rocket carrying the AsiaSat 6 satellite was supposed to launch Tuesday, but the mission was delayed when a SpaceX rocket blew itself up during a test flight last Friday.

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The infamous serial stowaway is behind bars again. Marilyn Hartman was arrested in Arizona Tuesday for wandering around the baggage claim area at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. Hartman was recently arrested at LAX for getting past airport security and hopping on a flight from San Jose without a ticket.

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