THURsDAY, MaY 29, 2014
ANOTHER DELAY FOR ACCUSED BOMB MAKER
THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT A FEDERAL MAGISTRATE HAS GRANTED A 4TH DELAY IN THE FILING OF FORMAL CHARGES AGAINST PENN STATE ALTOONA STUDENT VLADISLAV MIFTAHKOV. THE REQUEST WAS MADE BY HIS PUBLIC DEFENDER. THE 18 YEAR OLD RUSSIAN NATIVE WAS ARRESTED IN FEBRUARY WHEN POLICE FOUND BOMB-MAKING MATERIALS IN HIS JUNIATA APARTMENT. THE NEW DEADLINE FOR THE FILING OF CHARGES IS JULY 24TH. MIFTAHKOV REMAINS IN THE CAMBRIA COUNTY PRISON.
ILLEGAL BEAR KILLING
the Pennsylvania Game Commission HAS CHARGED TRAVIS WATT OF GALLITZIN, HIS BROTHER ROBERT WATT OF CLAYSBURG, AND JUSTIN RADCLIFFE OF PORTAGE WITH the unlawful and out-of-season shooting death AND BUTCHERING of a black bear MAY 4TH in Portage. ACCORDING TO THE TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT, THE affidavit of probable cause SAYS RADCLIFFE CAME HOME IN THE EARLY MORNING AND FOUND THE BEAR GOING THROUGH HIS TRASH. HE ALLEGEDLY CALLED TRAVIS WATT AND TOLD HIM TO – QUOTE -- “bring the biggest gun you have.” AUTHORTIES SAY Travis Watt was the shooter. Robert Watt HELD a flashlight. the rifle Was later hidden at their workplace. The watts also BUTCHERED THE bear. A court date IS PENDING.
5 KILLED OVER HOLIDAY WEEKEND
State Police HAVE RELEASED MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND TRAFFIC STATISTICS. TROOPERS investigated 709 crashes during the 4-day DRIVING PERIOD. THEY resulted in 5 deaths and 277 injuries. 2 OF THE FATAL WRECKS WERE ALCOHOL-RELATED. POLICE cited 15-HUNDRED-70 PEOPLE for not wearing seat belts and 250 for not securing children in safety seats. Nearly 13-THOUSAND speeding citations were issued and 485 PEOPLE were arrested for driving under the influence.
MORE PATROLS IN ST. COLLEGE AREA
State College Police SAY THEY are increasing the NUMBER OF patrol units in CERTAIN areas after RECENT vandalism AT THE BOALSBURG AND PINE HALL CEMETERIES…and arsonS IN ONE NEIGHBORHOOD DURING the last few weeks.
If you have any information about the DAMAGE AT Pine Hall Cemetery, call Ferguson township police at 237-11-72. If you have information about the VANDALISM AT Boalsburg cemetery or the FIRES, call State College police at 234-71-50.
BLAIR COUNTY’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPPED ONE-TENTH OF ONE PERCENT TO STAND AT 5-POINT-6 IN APRIL. DECREASES WERE ALSO REPORTED IN BEDFORD, CAMBRIA, CENTRE, CLEARFIELD, AND HUNTINGDON COUNTIES. THE STATE’S JOBLESS RATE IS DOWN 3-TENTHS TO 5-POINT-7. THE NATIONAL NUMBER DROPPED 4-TENTHS TO 6-POINT-3.
HIGHER ELECTRIC RATES
Default electric rates are goING up in Pennsylvania Starting June 1st, depending on the provider. Rates go up quarterly, but could skyrocket this time to help utility companies recoup their losses from the frigid winter. THIS WEEK, PENELEC ANNOUNCED THAT Rates will go up 12-percent and NOW West Penn sAYS rates ARE JUMPING A WHOPPING 50-percent.Officials say it's not too late to shop around for a better rate. For more information visit
HEALTH Officials are reminding residents about the dangers of Lyme disease in warm weather. Pennsylvania is often first or second in the nation in reported cases of Lyme disease, and doctors suggest taking precautions to avoid ticks, which carry the disease. wear light colored clothing so ticks are visible…tuck in clothing so ticks can't get in…and showering immediately after being outdoors. If you find a tick on your body, remove it with tweezers and contact your doctor if you suspect you have been bitten.