Monday February 13 2012

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2012

DEADLY WRECK IN BEDFORD COUNTY

A YOUNG BEDFORD COUNTY WOMAN IS DEAD AFTER A CRASH SUNDAY EVENING ON HICKORY BOTTOM ROAD IN WOODBURY TOWNSHIP. STATE POLICE SAY THE 23 YEAR OLD WOMAN LOST CONTROL OF HER S-U-V ON AN ICY PATCH. IT ROLLED OVER, FLIPPING AT LEAST 3 TIMES, AND EJECTING HER THROUGH THE PASSENGER SIDE DOOR. THE VICTIM’S NAME HAS NOT YET BEEN RELEASED.

3 WEEKEND FIRES

STACEY ANSELL OF SCHELLSBURG, BEDFORD COUNTY, BROKE OUT A SCREEN AND DROPPED HER 2 CHILDREN ABOUT 15 FEET TO THE GROUND WHEN A FAST-MOVING FIRE BROKE OUT SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT THEIR HOME ON PETER STREET. ANSELL AND HER KIDS SUFFERED JUST A COUPLE OF BRUISES AND SCRATCHES. ONE FIREFIGHTER WAS TREATED FOR SMOKE INHALATION AT THE HOSPITAL. A FIRE MARSHAL IS INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE.

FIRE DESTROYED THE KRISLUND CHURCH RETREAT CAMP IN MILES TOWNSHIP, CENTRE COUNTY, SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND FIREFIGHTERS HAD TO PUMP WATER FROM A CREEK AND RUN HOSES FOR 3-QUARTERS OF A MILE. THEY ALSO HAD TO DEAL WITH COMMUNICATIONS PROBLEMS IN THE REMOTE AREA. THE LODGE WAS A MULTI-PURPOSE FACILITY USED BY CHURCH GROUPS AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS. IT WAS RECENTLY REMODELED WITH PROPANE HEATERS AND FIRE CREWS THINK SOMEONE MAY HAVE LEFT SOMETHING LAYING ON A HEATER THE NIGHT BEFORE. A FIRE MARSHAL IS INVESTIGATING AND THE CAMP WAS INSURED.

A WOODBURNER MAY BE TO BLAME FOR A FIRE IN JOHNSTOWN SATURDAY MORNING. ONE MAN FLED AS HIS HOUSE CAUGHT FIRE IN THE PROSPECT SECTION OF THE CITY AND THE 3-ALARM BLAZE ON MCCABE STREET ALSO DESTROYED THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR, WHICH WAS UNOCCUPIED AND BOARDED UP.

SANDUSKY IN COURT

THE JUDGE HANDLING THE JERRY SANDUSKY CASE IS EXPECTED TO RULE TODAY ON REQUESTS FOR CHANGES TO HIS BAIL RESTRICTIONS AND WHETHER THE JURY WILL COME FROM CENTRE COUNTY OR BE FROM OUT-OF-COUNTY. JUDGE JOHN CLELAND PROMISED AT FRIDAY’S PRE-TRIAL HEARING THAT HE WILL RULE QUICKLY AND HE’S ALSO TALKING ABOUT SETTING A MAY 14TH TRIAL DATE.  DEFENSE ATTORNEY JOE AMENDOLA SAYS THAT MIGHT BE DIFFICULT, BUT HE COULD KEEP THE SCHEDULE.  

GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS ON THE STATE BUDGET

APPROPRIATIONS HEARINGS WILL GET UNDERWAY TODAY AT THE STATE CAPITOL. GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT’S RECENTLY PROPOSED BUDGET IS EXPECTED TO BE SCRUTINIZED FROM EVERY ANGLE. THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE HOLDS 3 HEARINGS TODAY, INCLUDING THE GOVERNOR’S BUDGET OFFICE, THE INDEPENDENT FISCAL OFFICE, AND THE STATE TREASURY. THE HOUSE APPROPROPRATIONS COMMITTEE BEGINS ITS HEARINGS TOMORROW.

GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT’S PROPOSAL FOR THE BIGGEST REDUCTION IN THE PRISON POPULATION IN PENNSYLVANIA HISTORY IS GETTING A COOL RECEPTION FROM PRISON GUARDS. CORRECTIONS OFFICIALS SAY THE REDUCTION OF MORE THAN 25-HUNDRED INMATES WILL COME FROM INCREASED EFFICIENCY IN THE PAROLE PROCESS. ROY PINTO, THE PRESIDENT OF THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE CORRECTIONS OFFICERS ASSOCIATION, SAYS THE ONLY WAY THAT CAN BE DONE IS “THEY’RE GOING TO CUT PEOPLE LOOSE THAT SHOULDN’T BE CUT LOOSE.”

GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT’S BUDGET UNVEILED LAST WEEK PROVIDED BAD NEWS FOR PENN STATE, BUT ALSO ENCOURAGING NEWS FOR AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AND EXTENSION PROGRAMS AS FUNDING WILL REMAIN AT THE CURRENT LEVELS. AFTER MAJOR CUTS LAST YEAR, BRUCE MCPHERON, THE DEAN OF PENN STATE’S COLLEGE OF AG SCIENCES, SAYS THAT IS EXCELLENT NEWS CONSIDERING THE CURRENT ECONOMIC REALITIES FACING THE STATE. THE STATE APPROPRIATION FOR AG RESEARCH AND EXTENSION ACCOUNTS FOR ABOUT HALF THE BASE OPERATING FUNDS FOR THE COLLEGE OF AG SCIENCES.

GAS PRICES STILL CLIMBING

THE NATIONAL AVERAGE PRICE OF A GALLON OF GAS HAS JUMPED NEARLY 12 CENTS OVER THE LAST 2 WEEKS. ACCORDING TO THE LUNDBERG SURVEY, IT NOW STANDS AT $3.51. STATEWIDE, THE AVERAGE IS APPROACHING $3.60 AND ALTOONA-AREA DRIVERS ARE PAYING $3.65.