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Admins, students contend with threat Vol. 159 No. 40

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Police increase presence on CenCam campus

By Ian Wissinger

of Mainline Newspapers

On Tuesday, April 23, two Central Cambria High School students stumbled upon a message, scrawled on a boys’ bathroom wall. The words, “school shooting,” accompanied by a date of May 3, did not offer any information as to who, where or why, but were enough to prompt administrators, in conjunction with local police, to launch a full-scale investigation while informing parents of a potential public safety threat. That morning, Principal Kimberly McDermott faced the challenge of not only coordinating this response, but also diffusing rumors that had circulated via social networking sites and reached the majority of the student body a mere minutes after the message’s discovery. By the end of Tuesday, the administrator had arranged for a schoolwide assembly, and on Wednesday letters were sent home with students, detailing

Police: ‘promising’ leads in robberies

SEE THREAT, PAGE 12A

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Laurel Mountain Structures goes up in flames

Firefighters attempt to contain a blaze that ultimately claimed the main building of Laurel Mountain Structures, a company that bases its operations out of Cambria Township, just off Route 22. The fire occurred on the evening of Wednesday, April 24. Submitted photo.

By Ian Wissinger and Jim Lauffer

of Mainline Newspapers

A structure fire in Cambria Township has claimed a locally owned and operated business; thankfully, emergency responders confirmed that no persons were injured in the blaze. Laurel Mountain Structures, located off Route 22 near where it intersects with Route 219, went up in flames on the evening of Wednesday, April 24. Dauntless Fire Company, Revloc and Colver Volunteer Fire Companies and at least three other units responded to the call, at about 6:30 p.m. As soon as firefighters arrived on-scene, Dauntless Chief Jeff Evans said, they real-

Electrical surge believed to be official cause of fire

ized the only thing they could do was control the blaze and keep it from spreading to adjacent buildings, especially a nearby office on the Laurel Mountain property, which was ultimately spared. “We had plenty of water, plenty of help, but the fire was too advanced by the time we got there,” Evans said. Because of the proximity of several other businesses along this stretch of Route 22, responders were able to tap into a water main with especially strong water pressure, but flames had reached and enveloped the tin roof of the Laurel Mountain building by this

point. One bystander said only five-to-10 minutes had elapsed before the entire frame was engulfed. It took firefighters at least three hours to extinguish the blaze. After the majority of the flames had dissipated, the building’s owner used an excavator to remove the nowcollapsed tin roof so that responders could focus on the embers and smaller fires within. Evans said Dauntless did not leave the scene until about 10:30 p.m. As far as determining the fire’s cause, the

Borough to resurface brick road near courthouse By Ian Wissinger

of Mainline Newspapers

As Ebensburg Borough Council debated the necessity of an ordinance that outlined future sidewalk plans for the municipality, its street committee also addressed paving issues, noting that several roadways and one lot would soon need resurfaced. Upon examining the related list, Borough Manager Dan

SEE FIRE, PAGE 4A

Municipal lot also named as paving project

Penatzer observed that a separate project, considered by the Ebensburg Municipal Authority, may coincide with some of the proposed items, and recommended that Ebensburg only advertise for two sections of road, plus the municipal lot. The original list, provided by the

street committee, names sections of North Julian, North Caroline, Tibbott, Roland, Arbor and Margaret Streets as potential “problem” areas for motorists, fit for a fresh coat of blacktop. Penatzer said the municipal authority’s possible implementation of a new wastewater collection system

would make some items impractical, considering that Caroline Street, at the very least, would have to be excavated. The authority “should have a better idea about those plans in the next month or two,” the borough manager added. SEE PAVING, PAGE 9A

By Ian Wissinger

of Mainline Newspapers

Ebensburg Borough is pursuing leads in regards to two high-profile robberies that occurred within the past two months, and Police Chief Terry Wyland believes that his department has come close to solving at least one of the cases. Of the process, the chief acknowledged that “it’s very time-consuming” and requires “a lot of manpower,” though he predicted a “hopefully substantial outcome” before remarking to borough council: “It’s not like [the television show] CSI; we can’t solve crimes in an hour.” Though the latter comment elicitSEE LEADS, PAGE 9A

Distinguished alumni

Bishop Carroll Catholic High School recently paid tribute to past graduates with its annual Distinguished Alumni awards. Above, President / CEO Jerry Stephens (right) and Alumni Association President Geri Beltowski (left) honor Roy Holtz, Bob Kolar, Sr. Marjorie McGuire, James Takacs and Timothy Creany. Photo by Joe Skura.


Herald 05-02-2013