Johnstown police are investigating a shooting incident Saturday evening in the Old Conemaugh Borough section of the city.

Officers first responded to a call reporting gunfire at

9:15 p.m. Saturday near Carpenter’s Food Store, 916 Railroad St., Capt. Andrew Frear said. The caller said sounds of people fighting preceded the two or three gunshots, he said.

When police arrived on the scene, there were no signs of those involved. Witnesses told police they had fled the area.

Sometime after 11 p.m. Saturday, emergency department personnel at Memorial Medical Center reported a male was being treated for a gunshot wound in the leg, Frear said.

He did not have information about the victim’s identity or age.

Police are looking for a red van that may have been in the area of the shooting.

Priest who served in local churches dies

A Roman Catholic priest who had served at four churches and a high school in Cambria County died Monday at Good Shepherd Parish in State College.

The Rev. Philip M. Bender, the founding pastor of Good Shepherd, was 72. Bender served as pastor of that church until his retirement in 2010.

Bishop Mark L. Bartchak of the Altoona-Johnstown Roman Catholic Diocese said he was saddened to learn of the death of Bender and remembered him in prayer with the Diocesan staff.

The churches Bender served in Cambria County were St. Francis Xavier, Cresson; St. Michael, Loretto; the former St. Charles, Twin Rocks; and the former Immaculate Conception, Vintondale. He also served at Bishop Carroll High School, Ebensburg.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Good Shepherd.

Helicopter crash victim dies

A Canadian man has died due to injuries he suffered in an April 30 helicopter crash in Indiana Borough.

Greg Jacobsen, 33, of Thunder Bay, Ontario, died Monday at Johnstown’s Memorial Medical Center, Cambria County Coroner Dennis Kwiatkowski said. The cause of death was respiratory failure.

Jacobsen was a passenger in a helicopter that went down between apartment buildings near the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus. The aircraft was carrying a reality-television crew.

Kwiatkowski said Jacobsen was a cameraman for a Toronto-based company.

Free signs warn away peddlers

SOMERSET – Somerset Borough and police on Monday unveiled a new adhesive sign that residents can post to keep unwanted door-to-door peddlers away.

“Upon examination of its peddler ordinance, the borough found out that it did not necessarily address the needs and concerns of the residents,” police Chief Randy Cox said in a release ahead of a press conference Monday.

“In light of this, the borough is implementing a new effort to assist residents in dealing with unwanted knocks on the door.”

The 2-inch by 6-inch signs are for posting on the front door area, and say “No solicitors or peddlers. Violators subject to prosecution.”

Residents can get the signs for free at the borough office or police department. Peddlers also will be told of the warnings when they apply for a licence.

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