Thursday January 16 2014

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2013

ATTORNEY ATTACKED

DEATH ROW INMATE ANDRE STATON USED HIS HANDCUFFED WRISTS TO CLUB HIS DEFENSE ATTORNEY DURING A BLAIR COUNTY COURTHOUSE HEARING BACK IN MAY…AND BURNS…WHO IS STILL RECOVERING FROM A CONCUSSION AND OTHER INJURIES… IS SUING, CLAIMING SECURITY SHOULD HAVE BEEN TIGHTER. NOW THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT THE BLAIR COUNTY COURT ADMINISTRATION HAS ASKED THE STATE SUPREME COURT TO ASSIGN A VISITING JUDGE TO PRESIDE OVER THE CASE. THE LAWSUIT SEEKS AT LEAST 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DAMAGES ON EACH OF 5 COUNTS. THE COUNTY HAS ALSO ASKED THAT THE SUIT BE DISMISSED BECAUSE COUNTY OFFICIALS HAVE IMMUNITY, EXCEPT IN LIMITED CIRCUMSTANCES.

THREAT AGAINST PLANE

THE TRANSPORTATION SAFETY COMMISSION SAYS A THREAT MADE AGAINST A FLIGHT THAT WAS LANDING TUESDAY MORNING AT THE UNIVERSITY PARK AIRPORT WAS FOUND TO BE NON-CREDIBLE. THE PLANE WAS COMING FROM DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN WASHINGTON D-C. THE OFFICIAL SAYS THE THREAT WAS NOT SPECIFIC AND ADDITIONAL SECURITY WAS PROVIDED IN RESPONSE.

PREGNANT WOMAN ASSAULTED

A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED TODAY FOR 23 YEAR OLD SHAQUAN BARBER OF GREENWOOD. LOGAN TOWNSHIP POLICE ARRESTED HIM LAST WEDNESDAY MORNING AFTER AN ALL NIGHT ARGUMENT WITH HIS 6 MONTHS PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND. HE ALLEGEDLY HIT THE WOMAN SEVERAL TIMES, CHOKED HER, AND TRIED TO SET HIS HOUSE ON FIRE.

TEENAGE GIRL CLAIMS RAPE

THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT 19 YEAR OLD BRADLEY LLOYD OF NORTHERN CAMBRIA HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY RAPING A 13 YEAR OLD GIRL AT HER PATTON HOME BACK IN NOVEMBER. LLOYD WAS A FRIEND OF THE GIRL’S OLDER SIBLING AND WAS SPENDING THE NIGHT AT THE HOUSE. HE IS IN THE CAMBRIA COUNTY PRISON.

DRUG SUSPECTS SURRENDER

AFTER THEIR FACES HIT THE ALTOONA POLICE DEPARTMENT’S FACEBOOK PAGE, 32 YEAR OLD KEITH BAUGHMAN OF ALTOONA AND 34 YEAR OLD AMBER BRYANT OF TYRONE TURNED THEMSELVES IN YESTERDAY TO FACE DOZENS OF COUNTS OF CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY, INSURANCE FRAUD, ACQUIRING CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES BY FRAUD, FORGERY, DECEPTION, AND POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES. POLICE SAY BRYANT WORKED AT A DOCTOR’S OFFICE WHERE BAUGHMAN, HER EX-BOYFRIEND, WAS A PATIENT. THEY ALLEGEDLY FORGED PRESCRIPTIONS OVER A 7 MONTH PERIOD. PRELIMINARY HEARINGS ARE SCHEDULED WEDNESDAY.

COPS HIRED

MORE COPS ARE ON THE JOB IN ALTOONA. POLICE CHIEF JANICE FRIEHLING SAYS THE DEPARTMENT HIRED 2 OFFICERS THIS WEEK AND NOW HAS OFFICERS ON THE FORCE. 3 MORE VACANCIES HAVE YET TO BE FILLED. POLICE CIVIL SERVICE APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE CITY’S WEBSITE.

TOWN HALL MEETING

STATE SENATOR JOHN EICHELBERGER WILL DISCUSS PENNSYLVANIA’S CHALLENGES AT HIS FIRST TOWN HALL MEETING OF 2014. CONSTITUENTS CAN PROVIDE FEEDBACK AT THE SESSION TONIGHT FROM 6:30 TO 7:30 AT THE SOUTHERN BLAIR SENIOR CENTER IN EAST FREEDOM.