Tuesday September 11 2012

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2012

9/11 REMEMBRANCES

TODAY IS THE 11TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SEPTEMBER 11TH TERROR ATTACKS AND THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IS PREPARING FOR CEREMONIES AT THE FLIGHT 93 MEMORIAL IN SHANKSVILLE. VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN WILL SPEAK AT THE SERVICE THAT BEGINS AT 9:30AM AND THE NAMES OF THE PASSENGERS AND CREW WILL BE READ AT 10:03. YESTERDAY, DEFENSE SECRETARY LEON PANETTA TOURED THE SITE…AND A LUMINARIA SERVICE WAS HELD IN THE EVENING. AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER IN NEW YORK CITY TODAY, FAMILY MEMBERS OF VICTIMS WILL READ THE NAMES OF LOVED ONES AND DEFENSE SECRETARY LEON PANETTA WILL HOST AN EVENT AT THE PENTAGON MEMORIAL. HE VISITED SHANKSVILLE YESTERDAY.  

MAJOR FIRE IN BELLEFONTE

THE BELLEFONTE FIRE CHIEF AND A STATE POLICE FIRE MARSHAL YESTERDAY WERE BACK ON THE SCENE OF THE FIRE THAT DESTROYED THE DO-DEE HOTEL BUILDING AND ANOTHER HISTORIC STRUCTURE ON HIGH STREET IN BELLEFONTE. THE CAUSE HAS NOT YET BEEN DETERMINED AND 26 PEOPLE WERE LEFT HOMELESS, BUT NO ONE WAS INJURED. A DAMAGE ESTIMATE IS EXPECTED TO BE ANNOUNCED TOMORROW.

BANK ROBBERY IN DAVIDSVILLE

A BRAZEN DAYTIME BANK ROBBERY YESTERDAY IN SOMERSET COUNTY. POLICE SAY A MASKED MAN WITH A GUN ORDERED EVERYONE TO LIE ON THE FLOOR AT FIRST NATIONAL BANK IN DAVIDSVILLE. HE JUMPED OVER THE COUNTER AND ORDERED A TELLER TO GIVE HIM ALL LARGE BILLS. HE FLED WITH AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF CASH. THE SUSPECT WAS WEARING SUNGLASSES AND A TAN CLOTH OVER HIS FACE. OFFICERS WITH THE WEST HILLS REGIONAL POLICE DEPARTMENT BELIEVE THIS IS THE SAME MAN WHO HELD UP THE AMERISERV BANK IN LOWER YODER TOWNSHIP LAST WEEK.

SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE FOUND TO BE HARMLESS

PENN STATE POLICE AND THE BOMB SQUAD WERE CALLED TO GATE E OUTSIDE BEAVER STADIUM MONDAY AFTERNOON AFTER A FED-EX DRIVER CALLED AND REPORTED A SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE COVERED WITH SOME SORT OF QUESTIONABLE SUBSTANCE. UNIVERSITY POLICE CORDONED OFF THE AREA UNTIL THE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS RESPONSE TEAM DETERMINED THAT THE BOX JUST CONTAINED PENN STATE MEMORABILIA AND THE SUSPICIOUS SUBSTANCE WAS DETERGENT THAT HAD LEAKED FROM ANOTHER BOX ON-BOARD THE FED-EX TRUCK. POLICE RE-OPENED PORTER ROAD SHORTLY BEFORE 3PM.

DRUG SUSPECT FACES CHILD PORN CHARGES

26 YEAR OLD JUSTIN THOMPSON OF TYRONE WAS ALREADY CHARGED WITH GROWING A HUGE AMOUNT OF PSYCHEDELIC MUSHROOMS AT HIS APARTMENT… AND NOW BORO POLICE TELL THE ALTOONA MIRROR HE’S ALSO FACING MORE THAN 100 CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES. INVESTIGATORS FOUND THE PICTURES ON THOMPSON’S COMPUTERS. HE WAS ARRAIGNED ON THE NEW CHARGES YESTERDAY AND ADDITIONAL BAIL WAS SET AT 200-THOUSAND DOLLARS CASH. THOMPSON’S PRELIMINARY HEARING IS OCTOBER 12TH.

JOINT TRIAL IN JOHNSTOWN MURDER?

MARQUIS NEAL AND HIS COUSIN ANTHONY HARVEY OF PHILADELPHIA ARE CHARGED IN THE OCTOBER SHOOTING DEATH OF J-QUAN LEWIS OUTSIDE THE OAKHURST HOMES IN JOHNSTOWN…AND NOW CAMBRIA COUNTY PROSECUTORS ARE ASKING THE JUDGE FOR A COMBINED TRIAL. POLICE SAY NEAL WAS THE GUNMAN AND HARVEY DROVE THE GETAWAY CAR. BOTH ARE LODGED IN THE COUNTY PRISON WITHOUT BOND. A PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE IS SCHEDULED NEXT THURSDAY.

AIRPORT NEWS

AFTER 13 YEARS ON THE JOB, ALTOONA/BLAIR COUNTY AIRPORT MANAGER CHUCK PILLAR HAS ANNOUNCED THAT HIS LAST DAY WILL BE OCTOBER 4TH. PILLAR SAYS HE’S MAKING A CAREER CHANGE, BUT HE IS WILLING TO HELP ORGANIZE AN INTERIM TEAM OF CURRENT EMPLOYEES WHO WILL HANDLE MANAGEMENT RESPONSBILITIES UNTIL A NEW MANAGER IS HIRED.

THE UNIVERSITY PARK AIRPORT HAS RECEIVED A FEDERAL GRANT TOTALING OVER 617-THOUSAND DOLLARS. CONGRESSMAN GLENN THOMPSON SAYS THE GRANT WILL PROVIDE REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE AIRPORT’S NEW AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL TOWER AND IMPROVEMENTS TO THE AIRCRAFT RESCUE AND FIRE-FIGHTING BUILDING.

STATE MAKES MILLIONS ON MARCELLUS SHALE DRILLS

THE PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION SAYS PENNSYLVANIA’S NEW FEE ON MARCELLUS SHALE DRILLERS HAS RAISED MORE THAN 200 MILLION DOLLARS…MOST OF WHICH WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO COUNTIES AND TOWNS TO FIX ROADS, RESTORE WATER SUPPLIES AND PAY OTHER EXPENSES. DRILLERS HAVE TO PAY 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR EACH HORIZONTALLY-DRILLED WELL…AND 10-GRAND FOR EACH VERTICAL WELL DRILLED THROUGH 2011. THE STATE WILL TAKE ABOUT 25 MILLION OFF THE TOP. 60-PERCENT OF WHAT’S LEFT WILL BE SPLIT AMONG 37 COUNTIES AND ABOUT 15-HUNDRED MUNICIPALITIES HOSTING GAS WELLS. THE REST WILL BE SPLIT AMONG STATE AGENCIES DEALING WITH DRILLING IMPACTS.