Today's News - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Police say 31-year-old Robert Rigo of Stoystown is in the Somerset County Jail accused of beating David Kimmel and breaking nearly every bone in his face. It happened Friday evening at Lape Trailer Park in Holsopple. The victim is a Marine and, according to witnesses, the fight was over a woman at a party. A preliminary hearing is scheduled April 2.

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A Cambria County judge yesterday sentenced 55-year-old George Zamias Jr. of Upper Yoder Township to 25 to 50 months in the county prison on his attempted homicide plea. Police say Zamias attacked his friend, Robert Bertoli, more than two years ago, hitting him on the head with a beer bottle and slashing his neck with a box cutter. According to “The Tribune-Democrat,” he is eligible for immediate parole with credit for time served, but he must pay $10,000 in restitution before he can get out of jail.

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25-year-old Tyler Reed, a homeless man from the Johnstown area, is in the Cambria County Jail thanks to two bystanders who tackled him to the ground after he robbed the USSCO Federal Credit Union in Moxham Tuesday morning. Police say Reed entered the bank and demanded money from the teller, but a customer followed him outside. Reed changed clothes in the bank parking lot, but customers ran after him and caught him off of Grove Avenue.

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A Bedford County jury yesterday cleared 79-year-old Richard Maine of sexually assaulting two female relatives starting when they were 8- and 10-years-old. The jury found the Blue Knob-area man not guilty on all 29 counts against him.

 

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A Cambria County judge yesterday sentenced Kelsey Tunstall to 3 to 7 years in prison for the 2013 crash last year that left Troy Jordan paralyzed from the waist down. Tunstall had just left a methadone clinic, and had her child in the car, when she drove the wrong way down Palestine Road in Adams Township, then struck Jordan who was riding his motorcycle. Tunstall was also ordered to pay nearly $270,000 in restitution.

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AAA Fuel Gauge says Western Pa. gas prices fell just a fraction of a penny to $3.65 a gallon this week. Today’s national average is $3.52 per gallon, which is the highest price in more than six months. That’s four cents more expensive than one week ago and 17 cents above one month ago, but national prices still average 16 cents per gallon less than the same date last year.

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Legislation that would impose harsher penalties for illegal gun use is on its way to the state house of representatives. The house bill was approved by the judiciary committee yesterday. It would make illegal gun possession a third-degree felony punishable by at least two years in prison.

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The lawyer handling Jerry Sandusky’s appeal for his $5,000 a month pension say he’s confident it will be reinstated. Attorney Charles Benjamin Jr. tells the “Centre Daily” times the State Retirement System illegally stripped Sandusky’s pension and made up interpretations of the law to back up their decision. A decision is expected in a couple of months.

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Malaysia's opposition leader is defending the pilot of the missing Malaysian airliner. People's Justice Party leader Anwar Ibrahim has confirmed that the pilot is a member of his party, but Ibrahim dismissed claims that he steered the plane off course to protest a court ruling against the opposition leader. Ibrahim said such claims are "grossly unfair" to the missing pilot.

 

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Secretary of State John Kerry is warning Russia of continued "costs" for its incursion into Ukraine, after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of Crimea. Kerry said Russia is "on the wrong side of history" and that it's violating international standards and laws. He also said Russia is infringing on Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty.

 

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is making her media debut as head of the nation's central bank. Yellen will answer reporters' questions later today in real time, with her answers televised live on Wall Street, for the first time since taking over for retired Fed chairman Ben Bernanke. The Fed will release its policy statement and many economists expect the central bank to cut its $65 billion a month bond-buying program.

 

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is appealing a federal judge's ruling on same-sex marriage. The ruling requires the state to temporarily acknowledge the marriages of three same-sex couples legally married in other states. The order will be in place until a final decision is made on the constitutionality of Tennessee's ban on same-sex marriage.

 

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Chrysler officials are putting Viper assembly in park. The Detroit plant where the sports car is assembled will be shut down for more than two months because of weak sales. Yesterday, the automaker announced production will be halted the week of April 14 and not resume until the week of June 23.

 

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An NTSB team is in the early stages of investigating the crash of a television news helicopter that killed two people in Seattle Tuesday morning. Witnesses reported hearing a whining sound coming from the doomed chopper just before it crashed. Officials say the chopper from KOMO-TV was trying to take off near the Space Needle when it crashed and hit at least two vehicles.

 

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School choice is the civil rights issue of the 21st century. That’s according to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, who spoke to a group of homeschoolers in Des Moines Tuesday. The Texas Republican fueled rumors of a presidential run with his Iowa appearance.

 

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Women are feeling the weight of Alzheimer's disease. A report released today by the Alzheimer's Association shows women have a higher risk of developing the disease. One in six women over the age of 65 will get Alzheimer's, compared with one in 11 men.

 

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The biggest banks in the U.S. are all paid up on their 20-billion dollar mortgage settlement. The monitor of the settlement announced Tuesday that Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and Ally Financial have done what they were ordered to do to clean up shabby foreclosure practices.

 

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An 18-year-old North Jersey girl who sued her parents for financial support has dropped her lawsuit. Officials say Rachel Canning has decided to dismiss her complaint against parents Sean and Elizabeth Canning. Rachel had been suing her parents to force them to pay for college after claiming they kicked her out of the house.

 

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A female U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen who claims she was sexually assaulted by a football player is admitting that she has no memory of the incident. The 22-year-old woman testified at the court-martial of Midshipman Joshua Tate Tuesday to drinking heavily at a party where the alleged assault took place two years ago. But she denies consenting to having sex with the accused.

 

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Justin Bieber's attorneys are offering up a new explanation for the star's failure to pass a sobriety test after his January DUI arrest. According to TMZ, newly-released documents reveal that the pop star is claiming to have had a foot injury when he was asked to walk in a straight line at a Miami police station. Bieber tested positive for Xanax and marijuana in his system that night.

 

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Pandora Media is raising the subscription fee for its advertising-free online radio service. The Pandora One option will now cost $3.99 per month, an increase of about 33 percent. Company officials say they had to find a way to better cover royalty rates, which have jumped 53 percent in the past five years.

 

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Thousands of kids are asking elected officials to help America kick the habit. Fifty years ago, the first Surgeon General's Report on smoking and health revealed the dangers of cigarette smoking, but a new Surgeon General's report states smoking is even more dangerous than previously thought.

 

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There's a Google smartwatch in the works. The Internet giant revealed software Tuesday that's created specifically for wearable devices, including the "smartwatch." Android Wear is an adjusted version of Google's smartphone operating system.

 

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There's a Google smartwatch in the works. The Internet giant revealed software Tuesday that's created specifically for wearable devices, including the "smartwatch." Android Wear is an adjusted version of Google's smartphone operating system.

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