Friday April 27 2012

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FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012

FIRE VICTIM IDENTIFIED

52 YEAR OLD SHAWNA MARSHALL OF MAHAFFEY IS THE WOMAN WHO DIED IN THE CLEARFIELD COUNTY HOUSE FIRE THURSDAY NIGHT. SHE WAS UNABLE TO WALK AND HER 2 CATS AND A DOG ALSO DIED WHEN THE BLAZE BROKE OUT AT 14 BRACKEN ROAD. SEARCH CREWS ARE STILL LOOKING FOR A BLACK POMERANIAN THAT ESCAPED FROM THE BURNING HOUSE. NO WORD YET ON THE CAUSE OF THE BLAZE.

PUPPIES THROWN IN DUMPSTER

THE HUMANE SOCIETY TELLS WTAJ THAT SOMEONE THREW 6 PUPPIES INTO DUMPSTER IN THE JUNIATA SECTION OF THE CITY WEDNESDAY NIGHT…AND NEIGHBOR SAYS THE FIRST ONE WAS WRAPPED IN A BLANKET AND TIED UP IN A GARBAGE BAG. YESTERDAY, A HUMANE SOCIETY OFFICER WENT TO A HOME IN THE 200 BLOCK OF EAST MAPLE AVENUE IN THE FAIRVIEW HILLS HOUSING COMPLEX. NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED SO FAR. THE PUPPIES ARE BEING EXAMINED AT THE CENTRAL PA HUMANE SOCIETY.

MOTORCYCLE DRIVER KILLED

AN AUTOPSY WILL BE DONE TODAY ON THE CENTRE COUNTY MOTORCYCLIST WHO DIED IN A CRASH YESTERDAY IN BOGGS TOWNSHIP. STATE POLICE SAY 32 YEAR OLD BRYAN BLAIR OF JULIAN DIED AROUND 3PM WHEN HIS SPEEDING BIKE SLAMMED INTO AN EMBANKMENT AND CREEK BED ALONG RUNVILLE ROAD. BLAIR WAS NOT WEARING A HELMET.

VIOLENT HAZING AT UNIVERSITY PARK?

PENN STATE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AN ALLEGEDLY HAZING ASSAULT. 18 YEAR OLD FRESHMAN ASYA TROWELL SAYS SHE WAS BEATEN REPEATEDLY BY OTHER FEMALE STUDENTS AS SHE PLEDGED WITH “OMEGA ESSENCE,” A SISTER-GROUP OF THE ALL-MALE OMEGA PSI PHI FRATERNITY.  TROWELL CLAIMS SHE WAS WHIPPED WITH A WET WASHCLOTH, PUNCHED, SLAPPED AND KICKED REPEATEDLY AND HAD TO BE TREATED AT THE HOSPITAL FOR CUTS, BRUISES AND A POSSIBLE CONCUSSION. A UNIVERSITY SPOKESMAN SAYS CRIMINAL CHARGES WILL BE FILED IF APPROPRIATE.

PSU BOARD OF TRUSTEES ELECTION

FOLLOWING THE JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL, A RECORD NUMBER OF PENN STATE GRADUATES ALREADY HAVE CAST BALLOTS IN THE TRUSTEES ELECTION. THE UNIVERSITY HAD RECEIVED ABOUT 27-THOUSAND BALLOTS AS OF THURSDAY…BEATING THE 1990 RECORD OF 24-THOUSAND-435. 86 CANDIATES ARE RUNNING FOR 3 SEATS ON THE BOARD. VOTING ENDS AT 9AM NEXT THURSDAY AND THE RESULTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE MAY 4TH TRUSTEES MEETING.

EXTRA VIGILANCE AT U-P-J

TIGHT SECURITY IS PLANNED FOR TOMORROW’S GRADUATION CEREMONIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH AT JOHNSTOWN IN LIGHT OF THE RECENT BOMB THREATS AT PITT’S MAIN CAMPUS. OFFICIALS SAY OVERSIZED PURSES, BACKPACKS AND PACKAGES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN…AND BAG SEARCHES, VISUAL CHECKS AND PAT DOWNS ARE TO BE EXPECTED. LAST WEEK, THE FBI SEIZED COMPUTERS FROM THE HOME OF A TRANSGENDER COUPLE FROM VINCO IN CONNECTION WITH THE THREATS…BUT AUTHORITIES HAVE NOT FILED CHARGES AND MOST OF THE COMPUTER EQUIPMENT WAS RETURNED YESTERDAY. KATHERINE MCCLOSKEY AND SEAMUS JOHNSTON THINK THEY ARE BEING TARGETED BECAUSE JOHNSTON WAS EXPELLED AND LATER FILED A LAWSUIT AFTER HE WAS ARRESTED FOR USING THE MEN’S ROOM AT U-P-J. MCCLOSKEY SHE REMAINS A “PERSON OF INTEREST” IN THE INVESTIGATION.

HIGHER NATURAL GAS BILLS?

PEOPLES NATURAL GAS HAS ASKED THE PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION FOR PERMISSION TO RAISE CUSTOMERS’ RATES BY 7-POINT-5 PERCENT…AND NOW THE P-U-C IS PLANNING TO HOLD A SERIES OF PUBLIC HEARINGS BEFORE MAKING ITS FINAL DECISION BY LATE NOVEMBER. THE INCREASE WOULD COST THE AVERAGE CUSTOMER ABOUT 86 DOLLARS PER YEAR.

NEW CARRIER FOR LOCAL AIRPORTS

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION HAS GIVEN THE GO-AHEAD AND NOW SPIRIT AIRLINES CAN TAKE OVER AS THE CARRIER AT THE BLAIR AND CAMBRIA COUNTY AIRPORTS. COLGAN AIR ANNOUNCED LAST MONTH THAT IT WANTS OUT OF ITS CONTRACT, BUT COLGAN MUST CONTINUE SERVICE UNTIL SILVER IS READY TO BEGIN OPERATING 18 FLIGHTS A WEEK BETWEEN JOHNSTOWN-ALTOONA AND WASHINGTON DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THERE WILL BE 3 FLIGHTS EACH WEEKDAY, ONE ON SATURDAYS…AND 2 ON SUNDAYS.

814 AREA CODE WILL REMAIN

PLANS TO SPLIT THE 814 AREA CODE HAVE BEEN PUSHED BACK SEVERAL TIMES AND NOW IT’S BEEN SHELVED ALTOGETHER. BACK IN 2010 THE PUBLIC UTILITIY COMMISSION APPROVED A PLAN TO SPLIT THE AREA CODE, AFFECTING RESIDENTS THROUGHOUT NORTHWESTERN AND CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA…BUT ACCORDING TO THE MOST RECENT CENSUS DATA, THERE ARE ENOUGH PHONE NUMBERS TO LAST ABOUT 5 MORE YEARS.

GET RID OF UNWANTED DRUGS

FROM 10 TO 2 TOMORROW, STATE POLICE AND THE DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION WILL COLLECT UN-USED, UN-WANTED, AND EXPIRED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AT SEVERAL LOCATIONS IN OUR AREA. THEY INCLUDE: THE STATE POLICE BARRACKS IN HOLLIDAYSBURG, HUNTINGDON, AND ROCKVIEW. ALSO MAINLINE MEDICAL ASSOCIATES ON 9TH AVENUE…WALGREENS PHARMACY ON PLANK ROAD…AND MARTINS FOODS ON CHESTNUT AVENUE IN ALTOONA. THE ALLEGHENY TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT IN DUNCANSVILLE. THE STATE COLLEGE POLICE DEPARTMENT…AND GIANT FOODS AT THE NORTHLAND CENTER. WEIS MARKETS IN PHILIPSBURG.AND EAST HILLS SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER IN JOHNSTOWN. A COMPLETE LIST OF DROP OFF SITES IS AVAILABLE AT dea.gov. LAST OCTOBER, AMERICANS TURNED IN MORE THAN 377-THOUSAND POUNDS OF MEDS FOR SAFE AND PROPER DISPOSAL.

BIG BEN IN ALTOONA

STEELERS QUARTERBACK BEN ROETHLISBERGER WILL BE THE GUEST SPEAKER TOMORROW NIGHT AS NEW MEMBERS ARE INDUCTED INTO THE BLAIR COUNTY SPORTS HALL OF FAME AT THE CONVENTION CENTER. THE CLASS OF 2012 INCLUDES FORMER WNBA PLAYER CANDACE FUTRELL OF ALTOONA…FORMER BASKETBALL STAND-OUTS DON APPLEMAN OF WILLIAMSBURG AND ALLEN GRIFFITH OF HOLLIDAYSBURG …FORMER MARYLAND FOOTBALL PLAYER TODD BENSON….AND EX-MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYER HAROLD “BUCKY” BUSH. THE HALL OF FAME WILL ALSO HONOR THE 1999 TYRONE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM WHICH WON THE PIAA CLASS DOUBLE-A CHAMPIONSHIP. THIS IS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BLAIR COUNTY SPORTS HALL OF FAME.