Monday March 19 2012

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MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2012

DOUBLE MURDER TRIAL BEGINS

A BLAIR COUNTY JURY AND 4 ALTERNATES ARE NOW SEATED FOR THE DOUBLE MURDER TRIAL OF NICHOLAS HORNER OF ALTOONA. THE IRAQ WAR VETERAN IS CHARGED WITH KILLING 19-YEAR-OLD SCOTT GARLICK AND 64-YEAR-OLD RAYMOND WILLIAMS ALMOST 3 YEARS AGO NEAR THE 58TH STREET SUBWAY. A FEMALE RESTAURANT EMPLOYEE WAS ALSO INJURED. TESTIMONY IS TO BEGIN THIS MORNING.

2 DEAD IN WEEKEND ACCIDENTS

STATE POLICE IN CLEARFIELD COUNTY SAY ALCOHOL IS TO BLAME FOR A FATAL DIRT BIKE WRECK SATURDAY EVENING. 57-YEAR-OLD RICKY REES DIED WHEN HE CRASHED ON TONY'S CROSSROADS IN COOPER TOWNSHIP. REES HIT A ROCK ON THE ROAD, THEN HIT A TREE AND FLIPPED OVER. HE WAS NOT WEARING A HELMET. 

20 YEAR OLD KEVIN BREEN OF MERICK NEW YORK WAS KILLED SATURDAY MORNING WHEN HIS S-U-V ROLLED OVER SEVERAL TIMES ALONG I-99 SOUTHBOUND NEAR THE PORT MATILDA EXIT. BREEN’S PASSENGER, 22-YEAR-OLD IAN RICHARDSON OF HAMBURG NEW YORK, SUFFERED MODERATE INJURIES. STATE POLICE SAY BOTH MEN WERE WEARING SEAT BELTS. THAT STRETCH OF I-99 WAS CLOSED FOR ABOUT 2 HOURS.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY CHECKPOINTS

LOCAL POLICE WERE OUT IN FORCE SATURDAY NIGHT IN HOPES OF KEEPING ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTIERS OFF THE ROADS. THE BLAIR COUNTY D-U-I TASK FORCE ARRESTED 2 PEOPLE DURING A CHECKPOINT IN THE ELDORADO SECTION OF ALTOONA. THE CAMBRIA COUNTY TASK FORCE BUSTED 4 DRUNK DRIVERS WITH A CHECKPOINT ALONG STATE ROUTE 219 IN EAST CARROLL TOWNSHIP. AND IN CENTRE COUNTY, STATE POLICE FROM THE ROCKVIEW BARRACKS SET UP ALONG ROUTE 150 IN BENNER TOWNSHIP. 2 DRIVERS HAVE D-U-I CHARGES PENDING.

HOUSE IS A TOTAL LOSS

NO INJURIES REPORTED WHEN AN EMPTY HOUSE WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE LAST EVENING IN ADAMS TOWNSHIP, CAMBRIA COUNTY. THE TENANTS HAD MOVED OUT OF THE FOREST HILLS DRIVE HOUSE A COUPLE OF WEEK EARLIER. A STATE POLICE FIRE MARSHAL IS INVESTIGATING, BUT FIRE CREWS SAY THE BLAZE DOES NOT APPEAR SUSPICIOUS.

PENN STATE STUDENT WILL BE CHARGED

PENN STATE POLICE SAY THEY ARE READY TO FILE CHARGES THIS WEEK AGAINST THE STUDENT WHO CRASHED INTO THE PATERNOVILLE SIGN OUTSIDE BEAVER STADIUM LAST MONTH. POLICE HAVE SURVEILLANCE VIDEO OF THE WRECK WHICH CAUSED OVER 2-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DAMAGE. THE SIGN WAS STOLEN, BUT HAS BEEN FOUND AND RETURNED TO THE UNIVERSITY.

MILD FLU SEASON

PENNSYLVANIA IS SEEING A STEEP DROP IN FLU CASES, POSSIBLY BECAUSE OF THE MILD WINTER, HIGHER VACCINATION RATES, AND PEOPLE TAKING MORE PRECAUTIONS TO AVOID SPREADING IT. THE HARRISBURG PATRIOT NEWS REPORTS THATTHROUGH LATE FEBRUARY, THE STATE HAD 367 POSITIVE LAB RESULTS FOR THE FLU, DOWN FROM 12-THOUSAND-309 AT THE SAME POINT A YEAR AGO. THERE HAVE BEEN NO FLU-RELATED DEATHS THIS YEAR AFTER 47 LAST YEAR.

GAS PRICES UP AGAIN

GAS PRICES ROSE AGAIN YESTERDAY ACCORDING TO TRIPLE A’S FUEL GAUGE REPORT. THE NATIONAL AVERAGE IS UP TO $3.84, A JUMP OF OVER 30 CENTS FROM A MONTH AGO. ACCORDING TO CNN, GAS PRICES ARE UP TO OR NEARLY AT 4-DOLLARS A GALLON IN 11 STATES. IN PENNSYLVANIA, THE AVERAGE IS $3.81 AND MOST AREA DRIVERS ARE FILLING UP AT $3.85.

PATERNO STADIUM?

A NEW POLL INDICATES WIDESPREAD SUPPORT FOR RE-NAMING PENN STATE'S BEAVER STADIUM FOR LEGENDARY FOOTBALL COACH JOE PATERNO. THE QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL SHOWS PENNSYLVANIA VOTERS FAVOR THE IDEA 46 TO 40 PERCENT…AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL FANS BACK THE MOVE BY A 55 TO 37 PERCENT MARGIN. PENN STATE FIRED PATERNO IN EARLY NOVEMBER AND HE DIED IN JANUARY.