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New charges filed against Johnstown homicide suspect

By: Melanie Gillespie and WJAC Web Staff

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- A Cambria County man facing homicide charges is now facing new charges related to drugs.

In July, the apartment building that Lemmel Myers managed on Fairfield Avenue in Johnstown's West End section was surrounded by a SERT team and a heavy police response.

"He was a well presented individual, well spoken, didn't appear to be somebody that would be angry," landlord Jeffrey Carr said.

But Tuesday, Johnstown police filed new charges against Myers for dealing heroin from the building.

"It's very disturbing. It blind sighted me when I found out as to what was going on," Carr said.

Myers is accused of killing Leslie Schetrompf, following a fued in the buiding in July.

Police claim they found $3,200 worth of heroin on a scale inside apartment 11, an apartment that wasn't Myers'. Police said he was packaging and selling heroin.

Police said surveillance video, which Myers installed himself, showed him coming in and out of apartment 11 frequently. They said on three separate video clips it showed him with three different types of guns, including two handguns and a semi-automatic rifle.

"I knew he had put a camera in the stairs and his explanation to me was that way he can keep track of who was at the door and what's happening in the building," Carr said.

Carr said the July incident and Myers' arrest and the charges he's facing is changing the way he rents dramatically.

"What I'm doing currently, for any tenants going in, I'm getting their social security, their birthdate, and running a background check on each of them," Carr said.

Myers is expected to go to trial on those homicide charges

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times