Wednesday April 3 2013

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2013

BUS DRIVER CAUSES CRASH

4 PEOPLE WERE TAKEN TO ALTOONA REGIONAL TRAUMA CENTER AFTER AN AMTRAN BUS AND A CAR COLLIDED ALONG PLANK ROAD NEAR THE WALMART PLAZA IN ALLEGHENY TOWNSHIP. IT HAPPENED ABOUT 3:30 TUESDAY AFTERNOON. POLICE SAY THE BUS DRIVER, TERRI JO TURIANO OF ALTOONA, FAILED TO YIELD THE RIGHT OF WAY AND TURNED IN FRONT OF THE VEHICLE WHICH WAS DRIVEN BY 17 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER MILLER OF HOLLIDAYSBURG. THE TEEN AND 3 BUS PASSENGERS WERE HURT. NO WORD IF CHARGES WILL BE FILED.

EASTER WEEKEND FATALITIES

PENNSYLVANIA HIGHWAY ACCIDENT STATISTICS FOR EASTER WEEKEND ARE SLIGHTLY BETTER THIS YEAR COMPARED TO LAST. DURING THE 3-DAY WEEKEND, 2 PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND 160 WERE INJURED IN 455 WRECKS INVESTIGATED BY THE STATE POLICE. LAST YEAR, 3 PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN 470 ACCIDENTS OVER EASTER WEEKEND. TROOPERS WROTE MORE THAN 55-HUNDRED SPEEDING TICKETS AND MADE MORE THAN 300 D-U-I ARRESTS.

DEFENSE WANTS TEXT MESSAGES TOSSED

A SOMERSET COUNTY JUDGE MUST NOW DECIDE IF A TEXT MESSAGE CONVERSATION  BETWEEN ERIN EVERETT AND HER FRIEND SHOULD BE THROWN OUT BEFORE HER TRIAL. EVERETT WAS ARRESTED IN MARCH 2011 FOR SHOOTING HER ROOMMATE TORY MINNICK AND THEN BEATING HER WITH A HAMMER INSIDE EVERETT’S PARENTS’ HOME IN JEROME. SHE ORIGINALLY TOLD POLICE A BURGLAR HAD KILLED MINNICK, BUT EVERETT LATER CONFESSED. IN THE TEXT MESSAGES, EVERETT ASKED WILLIAM NAIR WHAT KIND OF BULLETS SHE SHOULD BUY.  SHE ALSO SENT A PICTURE OF MINNICK’S DEAD BODY TO NAIR.

LONG SENTENCE FOR SERIAL STREAKER

THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES REPORTS THAT THE STREAK IS OVER FOR 50 YEAR OLD SERIAL STREAKER KELVIN FLORY OF BELLEFONTE. HE WAS CHARGED WITH EXPOSING HIMSELF IN PUBLIC 5 TIMES LAST YEAR AND MORE THAN A DOZEN TIMES SINCE 1995. ON MONDAY, FLORY PLEADED GUILTY AND WAS SENTENCED TO 6 TO 12 YEARS IN A STATE PRISON. HE PREVIOUSLY SERVED A YEAR.

ARMED ROBBERY AT JEWELRY STORE

ANOTHER ARMED ROBBERY IN BEDFORD…THIS ONE AT CROWN JEWELERS ALONG ROUTE 30. ABOUT 4PM YESTERDAY, THE MAN BANGED A GUN ON THE COUNTER AND DEMANDED MONEY…THEN FLED WITH THE CASH DRAWER. THE SUSPECT WAS WEARING A BLACK HOODIE, GRAY SWEATPANTS AND BROWN BOOTS. A RED VOLKSWAGON WITH TINTED WINDOWS MAY HAVE BEEN USED AS THE GETAWAY CAR. 

NATIONWIDE SCAM

AN APPARENT SCAM IS SWEEPING THE NATION. PENNSYLVANIA ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE ISSUED A CONSUMER ALERT YESTERDAY SAYING MANY PEOPLE HAVE RECEIVED PHONE CALLS ASKING FOR PERSONAL INFORMATION WHICH WILL BE USED FOR A FALSE NATIONAL MEDICAL CARD FROM THE GOVERNMENT. THESE CARDS DO NOT EXIST. MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT: attorneygeneral.gov

LOCAL JOBLESS STATS

THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY SAYS BLAIR COUNTY’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HELD STEADY IN FEBRUARY AT 7-POINT-5 PERCENT. HUNTINGDON COUNTY DROPPED FROM 10-POINT-6 TO 9-POINT-3. BEDFORD COUNTY FELL FROM 10-POINT-6 TO 9-POINT-5. CLEARFIELD COUNTY WENT FROM 9-POINT-9 TO 8-POINT-8. SLIGHT INCREASES WERE REPORTED IN CAMBRIA AND CENTRE COUNTIES. THE STATEWIDE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPPED ONE-TENTH OF A PERCENTAGE POINT TO 8-POINT-1. THE NATIONAL RATE IS DOWN 2-TENTHS TO 7-POINT-7 PERCENT.

NO PERMIT FOR NATURAL GAS PIPELINE

MANY STATE COLLEGE RESIDENTS SPOKE OUT AGAINST IT AT A PUBLIC MEETING MONDAY…AND NOW STATE COLLEGE BORO MANAGER TOM FONTAINE SAYS HE WILL NOT ISSUE ANY PERMITS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A COLUMBIA GAS NATURAL GAS PIPELINE PLANNED TO EXTEND 2 MILES UNDER BOROUGH STREETS TO REACH PENN STATE’S WEST CAMPUS STEAM PLANT. COUNCIL HAS PASSED A RESOLUTION THAT CALLS FOR THE BORO, PENN STATE AND COLUMBIA GAS TO NEGOTIATE “TO SEEK AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND, SAFE SUBSTITUTE FOR THE PROJECT.”

LOWER GAS PRICES

SOME WESTERN PA MOTORISTS ARE BREATHING A SIGH OF RELIEF AS GAS PRICES CONTINUE DROPPING TO AVERAGE $3.71 THIS WEEK. TODAY’S NATIONAL AVERAGE IS $3.63, 2 CENTS LESS EXPENSIVE THAN ONE WEEK AGO, 12 CENTS LESS THAN ONE MONTH AGO AND 29 CENTS LESS THAN ONE YEAR AGO. MOTORISTS IN WYOMING AND MONTANA STILL PAY THE LEAST AT $3.33 AND $3.36. DRIVERS IN HAWAII ARE PAYING $4.38 AND IN CALIFORNIA, THE AVERAGE IS $4.04.