A Johnstown woman was found guilty of disorderly conduct on Thursday for interfering with a work crew that was ordered to demolish her house.
District Judge Leonard Grecek of Roxbury found Chandra Sheskaran Vora, 65, guilty and ordered her to pay a $75 fine plus court cost following a preliminary hearing.
A work crew on July 25 was demolishing a blighted house she formerly owned on Robb Avenue. City police said they found Vora loading items from the home into a U-Haul truck when the work crew was on site. Johnstown code officials had condemned the property as unsafe and ordered it to be torn down.
Vora told the judge there was a conspiracy against her and that her civil rights were violated.
She was credited with time served and released from jail.
Man enters plea in Pitt prof threats
PITTSBURGH – A New York man has pleaded guilty to harassment for sending threatening emails to University of Pittsburgh professors at the height of a series of bomb scares at the university earlier this year.
Mark Lee Krangle, 66, of Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., promised not to contact the professors and continue treatment. He was immediately released on a sentence of time served.
Krangle’s attorney told a city court judge he has been jailed since spending 45 days in a state mental hospital for a delusional disorder that prompted him to send the threats – one of which referred to a shooting at a psychiatric clinic on campus in March.
Krangle was arrested at Pittsburgh International Airport in April for the threats. The email threats were not related to bomb threats plaguing the university about the same time.
The bomb threats are still being investigated by federal authorities.
Hearing delayed in inmate death
EBENSBURG – A preliminary hearing for a state inmate accused of killing his cellmate at the Cambria County Prison has been rescheduled for Oct. 23 before District Judge Fred Creany.
William Amos Cramer, 21, of Fayette County, is charged in the strangulation death Aug. 4 of 28-year-old William Sherry.
Assistant Public Defender Kenneth Sottile, who represents Cramer, had told the magistrate that he wants to have the autopsy report before the hearing.
Windber mulls hiring tech coordinator
WINDBER – Windber Area School District officials are considering bringing back a technology coordinator.
Talk about technology needs prompted the idea of finding a new tech director Tuesday night, but board members said they won’t rush into it. The members said they may talk with other schools or Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 to develop a job description that fits the district.
“We don’t need someone to fix a printer,” Superintendent Rick Huffman said, noting the district already pays In-Shore Technology nearly $72,000 annually to do that and more, including maintaining district software.
But since the district lost former coordinator Frank Tallyen in 2011, it has lacked a presence to pair technology with curriculum, and to identify where improvements may be needed, education director Glenn Gaye Jr. said.
“This is something we need to spend time on,” board President Timothy Tokarsky added, noting salary costs are another factor. “It’s not as simple as running an advertisement.”
Vo-tech alumni planning reunion
Former students of Greater Johnstown vo-tech are planning an all-alumni reunion over Labor Day weekend.
A school tour will be given at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 31, followed by an icebreaker mixer at 9 in Nectar Lounge on Scalp Avenue.
The reunion, with dinner, dancing and entertainment, will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 1 at Masonic Temple.
A bike/car run will leave from the school at noon Sept. 2. A covered-dish family picnic will be held at Lorain Borough Park at 1 p.m.
For a weekend ticket or picnic-only tickets, email email@example.com or call 502-9593.
To register or for more
information, go to http://votechalumnireunion.classquest.com/main/default.aspx.