Officials probe who stole 29 street signs _ and why
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities are trying to find out who stole more than two dozen street signs from a western Pennsylvania township over the weekend — and why.
Women played vital WWII role _ and not just in nursing
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Lt. Lenora Critchfield contracted malaria during her time in Africa as she served in World War II. When she returned to Johnstown while on medical leave in 1943, she talked...
EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Donald Dusza, Tony Stopka, Frank Wyland, Shari Stopka and Sam Piccioni grew up together, attended Bishop Carroll High School together, traveled together and shared life's...
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — When Beth Lambert started creating a trilogy of stories about children drawn into a harrowing battle between the forces of light and dark, she turned to her hometown for...
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania court has ruled that an evolving legal landscape means a woman can pursue her lawsuit claiming officials in the Altoona-Johnstown Roman Catholic Diocese...
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Rusted beams, overgrown tree branches and shrubs accompanied by excessive amounts of moss show the signs of age and disrepair of the channel walls near the intersection of...
A Pennsylvania pediatric practice knew that one of its physicians was a threat to molest young patients but did nothing to protect them, and in fact took steps to shield the longtime staffer...
EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania pediatrician was sentenced Monday to at least 79 years in prison for sexually assaulting 31 children, most of them patients, as his now-adult victims...
EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on pediatrician's sentencing for sexually assaulting 31 children (all times local):
A former Pennsylvania pediatrician has been sentenced to...
Former police detective pleads guilty to obstructing justice
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A former Johnstown police detective accused of having a sexual relationship with a confidential informant has pleaded guilty to obstructing justice.
2 men ordered to trial in deaths of 2 Pennsylvania men
SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — Two men have been ordered to stand trial in the slayings of two western Pennsylvania men reported missing almost two years ago.
Editorials from around Pennsylvania
Editorials from around Pennsylvania:
SEVERANCE TAX OVERDUE, Feb. 10
We share the enthusiasm local economic development leaders expressed for Gov. Tom Wolf's plan to provide more funding for blight removal by taxing the Marcellus Shale natural gas industry.
Positioned with Johnstown's crumbling Conrad Building behind him, the governor on Wednesday pitched his "Restore Pennsylvania" initiative, which he says will help struggling communities with concerns such as blight removal and flood recovery.
Students’ videos bring history of 1977 flood home
SIDMAN, Pa. (AP) — Dylan Wechtenhiser admits he didn't know much about the 1977 Johnstown Flood before working on a project for his Forest Hills High School composition class project.
Interviewing flood survivors and researching news accounts and historical records gave the ninth-graders some personal perspective on the disaster.
Judge who led grand jury abuse reports ‘would be huge’
EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Judge Norman Krumenacker III recalls Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro asking him what kind of attention the statewide investigation into allegations of abuse by priests in the Roman Catholic Church would bring.
"I told him to get a new tie and suit because he was going to be on '60 Minutes,' " Krumenacker said.
Snowboarder dies from injuries suffered in fall
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A snowboarder who suffered a head injury last week at a Pennsylvania resort has died.
Matthew Camacho-Cook was injured on Dec. 27 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Somerset County when he lost control and fell at the bottom of a trail.
The Cambria County coroner's office tells KDKA-TV that the 35-year-old Crescent resident died Thursday morning at Conemaugh Hospital in Johnstown.
Firefighter training not required, but necessary, chiefs say
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Nineteen-year-old Nathan Kundrod understands the demands of being a volunteer firefighter.
Serving with St. Michael Fire Department, Kundrod completed 168 hours of "Essentials of Firefighter" at the Cambria County fire school.
It wasn't easy, but the experience was invaluable for an interior firefighter, he said.
"You learn the basics - hose lines, ladders, ropes and rigging," Kundrod said. "I would love to keep going."
Pediatrician admits to assaulting dozens of young patients
Nearly two decades after Pennsylvania state regulators let him off the hook, a former pediatrician admitted in court Thursday that he sexually assaulted 31 children, most of them patients.
Dr. Johnnie Barto of Johnstown pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two family members and admitted to sexually assaulting more than two dozen patients.
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Pa. diocese says abuse scandal has cost it $21M since ’99
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown has offered details on the cost of the clergy abuse scandal.
The latest edition of the diocese's official publication says the scandal has cost it $21.5 million since 1999.
Of that amount, $15.7 million has gone to settlement payouts and awards and $4.3 million to legal fees.
A letter from Bishop Mark Bartchak says 290 people have received settlements or counseling from the diocese.
When coal was king: Nanty Glo struggles to envision change
NANTY GLO, Pa. (AP) — Once a booming coal-mining epicenter, Nanty Glo is now quiet, the silence broken occasionally by the snap of an American flag on a front porch or the creak of a barren playground swing.
Accusers: State blew chance to stop predator pediatrician
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Nearly two decades ago, Pennsylvania regulators were confronted with evidence that a well-regarded pediatrician had fondled the genitals of two small children during office visits. Instead of holding him accountable, regulators let the doctor keep his medical license. He went on to molest at least a dozen more young patients, victimizing children right up until the time of his arrest in January, prosecutors say.
Group envisions educational, recreational uses for ridge
EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A yellow shovel stood up straight, lodged into the ground at an Ebensburg area wetland Thursday, as a group of four students took turns reaching into a nearby hole.
From the hole, they would pull clumps of mud, which were then studied against a color chart.
The students, led by Environmental Studies Director Mitzy Schaney, were visiting from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown as part of a hands-on learning program that allowed them to inventory soil, plants and water.
Pennsylvania sends troops, water rescue team for storm help
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is sending National Guard troops, helicopters and other specialists and equipment to help with the response and recovery efforts for Hurricane Florence.
Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday that the deployment involves more than 25 guardsmen, six technicians from the state Fish and Boat Commission and four helicopters, including two UH-60 Black Hawks and two CH-47 Chinooks.
The Latest: Twin beams of light commemorate 9/11 victims
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the commemoration of the Sept. 11 terror attacks (all times local):
Two powerful light beams have lit up the lower Manhattan skyline as part of the annual Tribute in Light installation commemorating those who lost their lives on 9/11.
The twin beams can reach up to 4 miles into the sky and are comprised of 88 7,000-watt xenon light bulbs positioned in two 48-foot squares, echoing the shape of the Twin Towers. The lights will fade away at dawn on Wednesday.
Research: Sweeping school consolidations bear mixed results
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Sweeping statewide consolidation across Pennsylvania's 500 public schools wouldn't bring the cost-savings that some lawmakers and the public alike envision, at least not without the state providing financial incentives, a recent analysis shows.
Police Man tried to sell veteran grave markers for scrap
EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man was arrested in New York after authorities allege he tried to sell nearly 1,000 pounds of veteran grave markers believed to have been stolen from western Pennsylvania.
State police in New York say 29-year-old Ronald Cichinelli Jr. of Johnstown faces charges of criminal possession of stolen property.
Girl, 3, accidentally struck and killed in driveway of home
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a 3-year-old girl was accidentally struck and killed in the driveway of her western Pennsylvania home.
Police in East Taylor Township just northeast of Johnstown say a 34-year-old man went outside at about 10:20 a.m. Saturday to move a sport utility vehicle that was blocking another vehicle from leaving his driveway.
Officials say he didn't realize that the girl had followed him outside, and when he started backing up the SUV he accidentally struck the girl.
A pediatrician arrested in January on charges he molested a 12-year-old girl in his office was accused Monday of sexually abusing more than 25 other patients over the past several decades, in some instances as their unaware parents were in the same room.
Dr. Johnnie Wilson "Jack" Barto, 70, used his position at a pediatric practice in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, "to feed his own, sick sexual desires," Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Monday in announcing the new charges.
Gobs: A western Pennsylvania culinary tradition
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — JR Harris' uncle told an employee a story about the origins of the gob. He said a worker for his family's bakery was on break. They were permitted to make and eat anything they wanted to at the bakery.
"He had two small chocolate cakes and put icing in between," Harris said. "And then the company saw what he had done and started doing what he did with the gob cake."
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania teenager found in Mexico earlier this year with a 45-year-old man has been located again after skipping out of a residential program for at-risk youth.
Authorities say 16-year-old Amy Yu, of Allentown, and two other girls left VisionQuest in Franklin County early Monday. They say the girls posed no threat to the public
EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole in a shooting death outside a western Pennsylvania bar more than four years ago.
The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat reports that a Cambria County judge on Tuesday sentenced 37-year-old Joshua Cambric to the life term plus 5½ to 12 years.
EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Jury selection has begun for the trial of a man charged in a western Pennsylvania shooting death last year.
The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat reports that several people were selected Monday morning for the Cambria County trial of 25-year-old Jalen Gibson.
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a sanitation worker was killed when he was struck by a falling trash bin in western Pennsylvania.
Cambria County Coroner Jeffrey Lees says 19-year-old Barry Miller of Summerhill was part of a three-person crew from Pro Disposal trying to empty a trash bin shortly after 6:30 p.m. Monday outside the Alternative Community Resource Program in Brownstown.
CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS, Pa. (AP) — The orders were stacking up in front of her work station, but Ashley remained calm. With a practiced flick of her wrist, she dipped eyeglass lenses into pans of dye, watching the hue slowly darken to each customer's specification.
World War II-era planes touch down at airport
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The deep, ominous rumble of a Boeing B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber's four engines, a sound that echoed throughout the Pacific Ocean during World War II, was heard again on Monday in the skies above Richland Township.
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — For the first time since the recession hit a decade ago, the demand for workers is steady.
But leaders with many of the companies trying to fill those posts statewide - in areas such as manufacturing, health care and transportation - say they are stymied by a lack of workers ready, willing or able to do the work.
Today in History for May 31st
EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two western Pennsylvania residents are accused of abandoning their 2-year-old son at a day care center last week with an apparent cigarette burn on his chest.
Thirty-year-old Chelsea Siska, of Johnstown, and 29-year-old Andrew Seese, of Ebensburg, are charged with aggravated assault and child endangerment. It wasn't know Friday if either on has retained an attorney.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Two Franciscan friars who supervised another friar who fatally stabbed himself in the heart while facing child molestation claims pleaded no contest to child endangerment charges Friday and were sentenced to five years of probation.
Greg Rager was failing high school in the early 1960s when he devised a plan that would change his life.
“I struck a deal with my mom,” the 71-year-old Cambria County native said. “(I said,) 'If you'll sign for me to quit school, I will immediately upon turning 17 join the military and get my GED.'
“Well, the military turned out to be the Navy for me. And this D, E student missed one question on the GED test.”
Woman arrested in Ohio connected to deaths of men found in Somerset County
A 24-year-old woman was arrested Monday in Ohio in connection with the disappearance and deaths of Damian Staniszewski and James Smith, whose remains were found in a wooded area in Conemaugh Township, Somerset County, on Sept. 29.
Worker dies after machine hits power line; 2 others hurt
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — One worker was killed and two others were injured when a piece of machinery being used to repair a sewer hit an overhead power line in Pennsylvania.
Cambria County Coroner Jeffrey Lees says a 30-year-old man died Thursday after being electrocuted at a work site in Johnstown. The current condition of the injured workers is unclear.
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos tour of struggling schools took her to a Johnstown elementary school earlier this week. There she observed an anti-bullying lesson for fourth-graders and sat in on a counseling session held privately in the school's library. Her visit is also part of the Trump administration's opioid outreach in what is the third-poorest school district in Pennsylvania, where the surrounding community has coped with a 67 percent increase in overdose deaths since 2015. Pleasantries were exchanged, and perhaps some spirits were lifted during Ms. DeVos' visit. Here's hoping it leads to something both constructive and tangible for the Greater Johnstown School District.
Betsy DeVos visits Johnstown, makes good on promise to visit struggling schools
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos made good on a promise to visit struggling schools with a stop in Johnstown on Monday.
Greater Johnstown School District welcomed DeVos to Johnstown Elementary — an unusual honor and a chance to review the school's program for supporting students at risk amid the opioid crisis.
It was her first school visit since a "60 Minutes" interview in which she said she wanted to visit low-performing school districts but wondered aloud, "Will they let me in?"
Jury awards $47M for girl’s disfiguring injuries in Johnstown malpractice suit
A federal jury in Johnstown Thursday awarded $47 million to a 5-year-old girl and her parents after U.S. District Court Judge Kim R. Gibson found Dr. John O. Chan and Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center liable for disfiguring injuries the girl suffered following her premature birth at the Johnstown hospital in 2012.
The award to Ian Harker, Corradina Baldacchino and their daughter is one of the largest in a federal medical malpractice suit in Pennsylvania.
State police accuse former aide at Torrance State Hospital of assaulting female patient
State police in Greensburg allege that a former psychiatric aide at Torrance State Hospital sexually assaulted a patient at the Derry Township facility late last year.
Donald Pepley, 61, of Johnstown was arraigned Wednesday before Derry District Judge Mark Bilik on charges of institutional sexual assault and three counts of indecent assault in connection with an alleged incident on Dec. 12.
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — By the 1960s, interest in the 1889 Johnstown Flood was waning.
Few survivors of the historic tragedy were still alive. Thanks to the installation of protective walls along the Stonycreek, Little Conemaugh, and Conemaugh rivers Johnstown was thought to be free from the threat of destructive flooding.
The disaster, which claimed 2,209 lives, seemed ready to fade away into nothing more than a sepia-toned past.
A suspended Johnstown pediatrician has been charged with molesting a second girl.
Dr. Johnnie "Jack" Barto, 70, of Delta Drive, was arraigned Thursday on two counts of indecent assault and single counts of endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors. He is free on 10 percent of a $100,000 bond set by Johnstown District Judge Susan Gindlesperger.