Tuesday September 4 2012

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2012

BACK TO CLASS

MANY AREAS STUDENTS GOT AN EARLIER START, BUT TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF CLASSES IN THE ALTOONA AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT. DRIVERS ARE REMINDED TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR STUDENTS WALKING TO AND FROM SCHOOL. ALSO REMEMBER TO OBEY ALL SCHOOL BUS LAWS.

FIRE DAMAGED HOMES MAY BE TORN DOWN

ALTOONA FIRE CHIEF TIM HILEMAN TELLS THE ALTOONA MIRROR 2 HOMES ON LEXINGTON AVENUE…AND A COMMERCIAL BUILDING AT 18TH STREET AND 13TH AVENUE…MAY HAVE TO BE DEMOLISHED FOLLOWING FIRES SUNDAY NIGHT.
THE FIRE MARSHAL IS STILL INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE OF BOTH BLAZES. ONE FIREFIGHTER WAS HOSPITALIZED WITH HEAT EXHAUSTION AFTER THE LEXINGTON AVENUE FIRE.

D-U-I PATROLS

THE BLAIR COUNTY D.U.I. TASK FORCE CONDUCTED A ROVING PATROL FRIDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY SATURDAY THROUGHOUT BLAIR COUNTY. ONE MOTORIST WAS ARRESTED FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE AND POLICE BUSTED ONE PEDESTRIAN FOR PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS. COPS HANDED OUT OVER 30 CITATIONS AND WARNINGS FOR EQUIPMENT OR MOVING VIOLATIONS.

IT WAS A PENN STATE FOOTBALL WEEKEND…AND LABOR DAY WEEKEND…AND THE CENTRE COUNTY ALCOHOL TASK FORCE WAS BUSY. OFFICERS FROM FERGUSON, PATTON AND SPRING TOWNSHIPS TEAMED UP TO CONDUCT ROVING PATROLS AND COPS-N-SHOPS OPERATIONS THROUGHOUT THE CENTRE REGION. 4 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED FOR DRUNK DRIVING AND THEY ALSO BUSTED ONE PERSON FOR DRUG POSSESSION. POLICE ISSUED 7 NON-TRAFFIC CITATIONS…29 TRAFFIC TICKETS…AND 34 WARNINGS FOR VARIOUS VIOLATIONS. THE CENTRE COUNTY ALCOHOL TASK FORCE IS PLANNING ITS NEXT IMPAIRMENT CHECKPOINT THIS FRIDAY.

TEENAGER MAY BE WITH SEX OFFENDER

PUNXSUTAWNEY AUTHORITIES ARE LOOKING FOR 14 YEAR OLD KARLEY BLETZ WHO’S BEEN MISSING SINCE LAST WEDNESDAY. HER MOTHER BELIEVES HER DAUGHTER RAN AWAY WITH DONALD GUTHRIE -- A REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER FROM LYCOMING COUNTY. THE WOMAN SAYS GUTHRIE TOLD KARLEY THAT HE WAS HER FATHER, WHICH IS NOT TRUE. ANYONE WHO HAS ANY INFORMATION ON KARLEY’S WHEREABOUTS IS URGED TO CALL POLICE.

MOBILE HOME PARK RESIDENTS MUST MOVE

AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS GETTING MORE DIFFICULT TO FIND IN THE STATE COLLEGE AREA. EARLIER THIS SUMMER, THE OWNER OF PENN STATE MOBILE HOME PARK IN PATTON TOWNSHIP TOLD MORE THAN 100 RESIDENTS THAT THEY HAVE A YEAR TO MOVE SO THE PROPERTY CAN BE SOLD AND REDEVELOPED ALONG A BUSY STRETCH OF NORTH ATHERTON STREET. NOW, HILLTOP MOBILE HOME PARK RESIDENTS IN COLLEGE TOWNSHIP HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT PROPERTY IS BEING SOLD FOR RE-DEVELOPMENT AND THEY HAVE TO MOVE AS WELL. THE OWNER KENNETH MAYES SAYS ABOUT 100 RESIDENTS WILL HAVE AT LEAST 6 MONTHS TO RELOCATE.