A Westmont man has been sentenced in federal court in Johnstown to 5 years probation, the first 12 months of which must be served by home confinement, required to register as a sex offender and serve 100 hours of community service on his conviction of possessing child pornography, said U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton.

U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on Matthew C. Ehredt, 23, of the 200 block of Wyoming Street.

According to information presented to the court, on Feb. 25, 2008, Ehredt knowingly possessed movies in computer files that were produced using minors engaging in sexually-explicit conduct. The computer files were shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.

Driver sentenced in fatal crash

SOMERSET – The driver of a coal truck involved in a fatal crash in Somerset County three years ago was sentenced Wednesday in Somerset County Court.

County Judge John M. Cascio sentenced Michael L. Sullivan Jr., 39, of Friedens, to serve five years intermediate punishment program, 12 months house arrest and 100 hours of community service.

Sullivan was driving a truck for Tunstall Trucking in Hooversville when it struck another vehicle from behind on Dec. 6, 2007.

Marlana Sarver, 30, of New Florence, was killed in the wreck; her son was injured.

Sarver’s vehicle was stopped on Route 30 near Route 403.

Sullivan pleaded guilty Dec. 13, 2010, to involuntary manslaughter.

Johnstown man jailed after alleged threats

A Johnstown man was jailed Wednesday after he allegedly threatened a staff member at the Johnstown Alternative Learning Center on Decker Avenue.

City police said student Daniel Jaque Culmer, 18, of the 400 block of Decker Avenue, became disruptive during classs on Tuesday and made threatening remarks, including threats to strike a staff member with a book.

He was charged with terroristic threats, harassment and disorderly conduct. Culmer was arraigned by District Judge Michael Musulin of Johnstown and sent to the Cambria County Prison after failing to post 10 percent of $10,000 bond.

Bedford man accused of assaulting girl

WELLERSBURG – A Bedford County man was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl to whom he had sent 1,300 text messages.

State police in Somerset charged Bradley Allan Blocher, 23, of Hyndman, with three counts each of statutory sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault.

In a court document, troopers said Blocher had a relationship with the girl between July and September 2009.

Cellular phone records showed the alleged victim sent about 1,500 text messages to Blocher and Blocher sent the girl about 1,300 text messages.

Evidence found on a sleeping bag matched Blocher’s DNA, troopers said.

Blocher was arraigned by District Judge Douglas Bell of Meyersdale and released on $5,000 unsecured bond. He was ordered to stay away from the girl.

Program offers tips for diabetics

SOMERSET – Penn State Extension is offering the hands-on food preparation program “Dining with Diabetes” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning today at Penn State Cooperative Extension office, 6024 Glades Pike, Somerset.

A follow-up class will be held June 9.

The program will focus on learning to manage the disease through understanding important test numbers, meal planning, food preparation and physical activity. The program includes four classes. Each participant receives a recipe book, exercise DVD, educational materials, and pedometer.

Lab tests will be offered to measure hemoglobin A1C and blood pressure.

The classes are taught by Elena Gary, registered dietitian, with food demonstrations and tastings by Carol Pyle, extension program assistant.  

The cost is $35 for one or $50 if the person responsible for food preparation accompanies the individual.

The fee includes all educational materials, lab tests and food taste tests.

For more information or to register, call 445-8911, ext. 7.

Tea party hosts guest speaker

Diana M. Reimer, one of five National Tea Party coordinators and the Pennsylvania coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, will be the guest speaker at tonight’s meeting of the Bedford County Patriots Tea Party.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Bedford American Legion Post 113 at 2721 Business Route 220.

Reimer and her husband, Don, co-founded the Philadelphia Tea Party Patriots, a nonpartisan, issues-based and civics-oriented, grass-roots organization.

The meeting is open to the public.

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