Sex offender sentenced

for prison staff rape

SOMERSET – A man has been sentenced to 331/2 to 70 additional years of incarceration for raping a nursing assistant at the prison where he is serving time for child incest.

Somerset County Judge John Cascio sentenced Lark Allen Ramsey, 45, on Thursday.

He had been convicted in January on charges including rape and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse for the attack at State Correctional Institution-Laurel Highlands, the Daily American of Somerset reported.

Ramsey attacked the woman  June 9, 2008, while he was serving a three- to 10-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors and incest in Montgomery County in January 2003.

Man gets prison

for body in barrel

BLAIRSVILLE – A Westmoreland County man will spend 10 to 20 years in prison for the baseball bat beating death of a man whose burned remains were found a 55-gallon barrel dumped in a river.

Jon Anthony Black, 34,  formerly of Yukon, pleaded guilty Friday to the March 2010 murder of Rodnell Burton, 17, of Pittsburgh.

Prosecutors said Burton was hit in the head with the bat before his remains were burned in the barrel that was later dumped in the Conemaugh River near Blairsville. Burton’s body in the barrel was found Aug. 31, 2010, and Black was charged 10 days later.

Indiana County District Attorney Patrick Daugherty said the relatively lenient plea agreement is fair because there were “problems” with the case because it relied on “jailhouse snitches” who said Black killed Burton at a friend’s mobile home over a drug debt.

Thief loses stolen TV

that falls out of car

INDIANA – State police said they’re searching for a thief who “lost” a 65-inch television he stole – when it fell out of a car that the thief also stole.

Troopers from the Indiana barracks said the thief took the car, the flat-screen TV and a video game system from a woman’s apartment in Center Township on Monday morning.

The TV fell out of the trunk as the thief sped away, and a motorist in a pickup truck stopped to recover the TV, police said.

Troopers are still looking for the thief and the stolen car.

Senatorial hopeful

making 2 appearances

Steve Welch, a Republican-endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate, will attend voter rally meet-and-greet events today in Johnstown and Somerset. The public is invited to attend.

Welch will be at the Cambria County GOP headquarters at 450 Luray Ave. from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and at Mosholder Insurance Building, 135 W. Main St., Somerset, from 4 to 5 p.m.

If successful in the April 24 primary, Welch would likely oppose Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey in November.

A native of Chester County, Welch is a Penn State graduate who started several successful businesses.

Lilly firefighters

seek source of odors

LILLY – The Lilly Volunteer Fire Company is investigating the source of several complaints about the odor of fuel oil that it has received since Tuesday.

Fire officials are asking residents of Lilly and Washington Township to report fuel oil odors.

Anyone who has information about a possible source or wants to report an odor can call the Cambria County Dispatch Center at 472-2100 or

(800) 281-1680.

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