Tuesday February 19 2013

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2013

REWARD OFFERED FOR HIT AND RUN DRIVER

EARLY LAST TUESDAY MORNING, 32 YEAR OLD SHERRY HOUTZ OF BELLEFONTE WAS KILLED WHEN SHE WAS HIT BY A VEHICLE WHILE WALKING ALONG I-99 SOUTHBOUND NEAR STATE COLLEGE…NOW CENTRE COUNTY CRIMESTOPPERS IS OFFERING UP TO A 1-THOUSAND DOLLAR REWARD FOR INFORMATION THAT LEADS TO AN ARREST. THE CRASH HAPPENED BETWEEN 3:45 AND 4:03AM, JUST PAST THE WOODYCREST/TOFTREES EXIT. THE VEHICLE MAY HAVE DAMAGE TO ITS PASSENGER SIDE. YOU CAN SUBMIT INFORMATION AT: tip@centrecountycrimestoppers.org

D-U-I DRIVER WILL PLEAD GUILTY

IN BEDFORD COUNTY COURT TODAY, CORY CHILDERS OF BEDFORD IS SCHEDULED TO PLEAD GUILTY TO DRUNK AND DRUGGED DRIVING CHARGES FOR THE APRIL 2012 CRASH THAT KILLED 5-YEAR-OLD JULYEN WINTERS OF MARYLAND. THE BOY WAS RIDING IN A MINI-VAN STRUCK BY CHILDERS’ CAR IN BEDFORD TOWNSHIP. CHILDERS AND THE MINI-VAN DRIVER BOTH HAD MAJOR INJURIES. A 2 YEAR OLD WAS ALSO HURT.

STUDENTS FACE DISCIPLINARY ACTION

ST. FRANCIS UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS IN LORETTO ARE LETTING STATE POLICE INVESTIGATE A WEEKEND BRAWL BEFORE TAKING ANY DISCIPLINARY ACTION AGAINST STUDENTS. THE FIGHT BROKE OUT EARLY SUNDAY AT A SET OF APARTMENTS ON ST. JOSEPH’S STREET AND THE PRIMARY PARTICIPANTS WERE 5 MEMBERS OF THE FOOTBALL AND SOCCER TEAMS. 2 STUDENTS WERE TREATED FOR INJURIES AT ALTOONA REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM. 3 WERE SENT HOME FROM CAMPUS AND ARE NOT CURRENTLY ATTENDING CLASSES.

PREPARING FOR STATE PATTY’S DAY

THE CENTRE COUNTY ALCOHOL TASK FORCE WILL ASSIST THE STATE COLLEGE BORO POLICE DEPARTMENT DURING THIS WEEKEND’S STATE PATTY’S DAY EVENT. ADDITIONAL OFFICERS WILL BE ON PATROL, BEGINNING ON FRIDAY. AS OF NOW, STATE COLLEGE BARS PLAN TO OPEN FOR THE STUDENT-CREATED HOLIDAY, HOWEVER STUDENT AND COMMUNITY LEADERS ARE TRYING TO WORK WITH BAR OWNERS TO CREATE A PLAN TO LIMIT DANGEROUS DRINKING.

JUBELIRER WANTS TO JOIN PSU BOARD

FORMER LONG-TIME STATE SENATOR ROBERT JUBLIERER ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT HE IS RUNNING FOR A SEAT ON THE PENN STATE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. JUBELIRER TELLS THE ALTOONA MIRROR THE TRUSTEES HAVE DISPLAYED A LACK OF LEADERSHIP SINCE THE JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL AND HE GOT FRUSTRATED SITTING ON THE SIDELINES. 3 ALUMNI SEATS ARE UP FOR ELECTION THIS YEAR AND JUBELIERER ALREADY HAS MORE THAN THE 50 REQUIRED ALUMNI SIGNATURES NEEDED FOR HIS NAME TO APPEAR ON THE BALLOT.

PENN STATE ALTOONA RAISES $100,000

THE PENN STATE DANCE MARATHON RAISED OVER 12-MILLION DOLLARS LAST WEEKEND…AND PENN STATE ALTOONA EXCEEDED ITS GOAL OF RAISING 100-THOUDAND DOLLARS. FINAL NUMBERS WON’T BE IN FOR ANOTHER WEEK OR SO. THE CAMPUS CAME IN FIRST OF ALL COMMONWEALTH CAMPUSES.
‘THON MONEY GOES TO THE 4 DIAMONDS FUND AT PENN STATE HERSHEY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL.

IS NATURAL GAS DRILLING SAFE?

GEISINGER HEALTH SYSTEM OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED MONDAY THAT THEY HAVE RECEIVED A 1-MILLION DOLLAR GRANT TO STUDY POSSIBLE HEALTH IMPACTS OF NATURAL GAS DRILLING ON THE MARCELLUS SHALE. MANY FEDERAL AND STATE REGULATORS SAY HYDRAULIC FRACTURING IS SAFE WHEN DONE PROPERLY, BUT SOME ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS AND DOCTORS BELIEVE THE PRACTICE CAN POLLUTE GROUNDWATER AND AIR. PRELIMINARY FINDINGS COULD BE AVAILABLE WITHIN THE NEXT YEAR.

NEW SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT?

THE ALTOONA AREA SCHOOL BOARD IS SCHEDULED TO VOTE TONIGHT ON HIRING TOM OTTO TO BE THE NEW SUPERINTENDENT. THE CURRENT CLEARFIELD SCHOOL SUPERITENDENT IS EXPECTED TO GET A 4 YEAR CONTRACT STARTING AT 141-THOUSAND DOLLARS ANNUALLY. OTTO REPLACES DR. DENNIS MURRAY WHO IS RETIRING.

TAX HIKE FOR STATE COLLEGE SCHOOL DISTRICT

THE STATE COLLEGE SCHOOL BOARD LAST NIGHT APPROVED A NEW 120-MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET AND IT COULD RAISE TAXES BY AS MUCH AS 2-POINT-9 PERCENT EFFECT IN JULY. A LOWER INCREASE IS POSSIBLE ONCE DISTRICT OFFICIALS FIND OUT HOW MUCH MONEY THEY WILL GET UNDER GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT’S SPENDING PLAN.

THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES REPORTS THAT THE BOARD LAST NIGHT RECEIVED THE FIRST COST ESTIMATES FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL RENOVATION OR REPLACEMENT PROJECT. THE ARCHITECTS SAY THE FIGURES RUN FROM ABOUT 65 MILLION DOLLARS FOR RENOVATING THE NORTH AND SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL BUILDINGS TO ALMOST 143 MILLION FOR BRAND ONES. AT A COMMUNITY FORUM LAST MONTH, SOME RESIDENTS VOICED SUPPORT FOR A 2 HIGH-SCHOOL CONCEPT AND COST ESTIMATES FOR THAT ARE NOT YET AVAILABLE. DISTRICT OFFICIALS ARE MONTHS AWAY FROM MAKING A DECISION ABOUT WHICH OPTION TO CHOOSE…AND ANOTHER PUBLIC MEETING IS SCHEDULED AT 7PM ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH IN THE SOUTH BUILDING AUDITORIUM.