Latest Johnstown News

Priest's friends see 'lack of due process' for allegations

Jul. 13, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

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 joys and sorrows together. And now, the longtime friends are standing together as one of them faces a serious,...

University forensic science team reveals stories of the dead

Jul. 6, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Staff and students with Mercyhurst University's applied forensic science program do much more than just study bones. When the Mercyhurst team arrives at a crime scene, members are tasked with telling the story of how human remains arrived there, how long they were in place, and whether the...

Filmmaker wants to turn author's book into movie trilogy

Jun. 29, 2019 3:02 AM EDT

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 inspiration. Behind its supernatural scenes was a real-world setting that borrowed from Johnstown-area landmarks -...

New court ruling may help older clergy abuse claims proceed

Jun. 12, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

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 worked to conceal her alleged molestation by a priest. A three-judge Superior Court panel Tuesday reinstated Renee...

A city imperiled: Johnstown's river walls at risk of failure

Jun. 8, 2019 3:02 AM EDT

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 Otto Court and Akers Street around Bishop McCort High School. About 10 feet of the wall gave out a couple months...