Today's News - Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A district judge in Johnstown has ordered 21-year-old Demetrius Gibson of Tire Hill to stand trial for stabbing his girlfriend to death in early august at a moxham car wash. Gibson’s Attorney Tom Dickey says if Gibson actually killed Elizabeth Miller, it wasn’t on purpose so he should not be charged with criminal homicide. Gibson, who turned himself in more than two weeks after the stabbing, remains in the Cambria County Prison. Police have also filed drug charges after finding nearly 300 stamp bags of heroin inside his vehicle a few hours after the stabbing.

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Sentencing is scheduled today in Cambria County court for 38-year-old Brian Roles Sr. of East Taylor Township. A jury convicted him of vehicular homicide of his son, 16-year-old Brian Jr., while under the influence of alcohol and prescription pills. Roles’ teenage nephew testified that he was pressured by his entire family, especially Roles Sr., to say Brian Jr. was driving.

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Yesterday a Cambria County Judge sentenced former Portage Township secretary Lisa Flynn to 9 to 23 months in the county jail for taking more than $10,000 in taxpayer money for her personal use. Flynn, who worked for the township from 2007 to March 2012, said she needed to help support herself and her five children. She will be part of the work release program so she can continue making restitution.

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“The Tribune-Democrat” reports that the state Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal filed on behalf of Ernest Simmons on a 2011 parole violation. Simmons was on death  row for the 1992 murder of 80-year old Anna Knaze of Johnstown when the superior court ordered a new trial. Instead of going to trial, Simmons pleaded to 3rd-degree murder, which got him out of prison. He was placed on probation for 6 months to 10 years, but was jailed again after he allegedly made threatening remarks at a Clearfield County hospital. Simmons’ attorney Tom Dickey and the prosecution will now submit written briefs.

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Pennsylvania game commissioners are considering taking the bald eagle off the state’s “threatened” list and upgrading its status to “protected,” but they want hear from you first. This year there are more than 260 confirmed pairs of nesting eagles, compared to three 30 years ago. The state is looking for feedback on the matter.  You can send your comments to the Game Commission headquarters in Harrisburg or e-mail BaldEagleComments@pa.gov.

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State Treasurer Rob McCord made it official yesterday. He will seek the Democratic nomination for governor. Eight candidates have already stepped forward and there may be more who want to replace Republican Governor Tom Corbett.

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There are new restrictions for campfires on state game lands. The Game Commission says those who are allowed to set campfires must have valid licenses for fishing, hunting or furtaking or be a through-hiker on the Appalachian Trail. You can’t leave a fire unattended and must completely douse it when you're done. Fires won't be allowed during a high, very high or extreme fire index rating from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

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Western Pennsylvania gas prices fell almost five cents to an average of $3.54 this week, according to AAA Fuel Gauge. The national average has dropped for 22 straight days, which is the longest streak in 2013. Today’s average for regular unleaded is $3.46, down a nickel from one week ago, eight cents less than one month ago and 35 cents less than the same day last year.

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Penn State’s football scholarships will be restored starting next year under a decision by the NCAA. Officials say the action was taken in recognition of Penn State’s significant progress under, and continued compliance with, the Athletics Integrity Agreement.

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The first procedural vote on the Continuing Resolution on government funding is looming in the Senate.  Today’s Senate vote is due to take place about an hour after the legislative body is gaveled into session.  Texas Senator Ted Cruz is involved in a marathon anti-Obamacare speech involving the proposed defunding of the healthcare plan while raising the debt ceiling. 

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The UN is being challenged by President Obama to enforce a global ban on chemical weapons.  In his address to the UN General Assembly, Obama cited clear evidence that the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons in a recent, deadly attack. 

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A British citizen is under arrest in Nairobi, following the mall attack that killed more than 60 people.  London’s “Daily Mail” newspaper reports the 35-year-old man of Somali origin was arrested when he tried to leave Kenya on a Turkish Airlines flight.

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Former Pope Benedict is denying that he attempted to cover up sexual abuse of children by priests within the Roman Catholic church.  The ex-pontiff made his comments in an eleven-page letter to an Italian author.  With his permission, excerpts of the letter are published in a Rome newspaper.

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Researchers in Britain suggest people prescribed anti-depressants may boost their risk of type 2 diabetes. The University of Southampton team studied medical records and found a possible link. However, there is no proof that one necessarily caused the other.

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All of the people missing from the massive floods in Colorado are accounted for after six survivors notified authorities they were alive and well.  Only one woman who is presumed to be dead is unaccounted for from the hundreds of people whose whereabouts was unknown just days ago.  The emergence of the six survivors leaves the confirmed death toll from the flooding at eight, not counting the woman who was last seen in her house before it was swept away in the raging waters along Big Thompson River. 

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Netflix is coming to the rescue of people who are not caught up on their episodes of the TV show “Breaking Bad.”  The streaming and DVD-by-mail company has unveiled the “Spoiler Foiler,” a web portal that censors all spoilers on Twitter related to the upcoming series finale of the hit show. 

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A new study is suggesting that intensive weight loss along with regular exercise helped more to ease knee arthritis than exercise alone for obese adults.  Researchers at Wake Forest University in North Carolina found that the greatest benefits were achieved among those who lost the most weigh.  They also tended to be the ones who combined diet and exercise. 

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Talk about over-reacting – a man  in Manchester England recently called the emergency police line to complain about a bar that served him a cork-filled beverage.  According to “The Mirror,” He claimed the bar refused to refund his money and was trying to kick him out for being difficult.  No officers were sent to the bar, but police did let the man know that calling the emergency number for a non-emergency situation can result in a hefty fine.

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Most workplaces around the country aren’t fond of their employees wasting company time on Facebook.  According to a recent survey, nearly 20 percent say their employers block the social media site on company computers - more than any other site.  Twitter is the second-most blocked site at workplaces, at 15 percent.  Thirteen percent say their company blocks YouTube, and 11 percent say Pinterest. Ten percent say other popular social media sites apart from Facebook and Twitter are blocked.  Only nine percent say can't access their personal Gmail or Yahoo! email accounts at work.

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