Wednesday August 29 2012

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2012

PRIEST ON LEAVE

THE ALTOONA/BLAIR COUNTY DIOCESE SAYS THE REVEREND GEORGE KOHARCHIK REMAINS SUSPENDED FROM HIS DUTIES AS PRIEST AND HE IS STAYING WHERE HE’LL HAVE NO CONTACT WITH CHILDREN. ON FRIDAY, BISHOP MARK BARTCHAK TOLD CAMBRIA COUNTY PROSECUTORS THAT HE HAD RECEIVED ALLEGATIONS THAT KOHARCHIK MAY HAVE ABUSED A NUMBER OF CHILDREN OVER THE PAST 30 YEARS. KOHARCHIK WAS PASTOR AT SAINT CATHERINE OF SIENA IN MOUNT UNION, HUNTINGDON COUNTY…BUT THE ABUSE ALLEGEDLY HAPPENED IN CAMBRIA COUNTY. THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY HAS NOT YET LAUNCHED A FORMAL INVESTIGATION BECAUSE NO SPECIFIC VICTIMS HAVE COME FORWARD.

TEACHERS IN TROUBLE

IN SOMERSET COUNTY COURT YESTERDAY, A JUDGE SENTENCED FORMER MEYERSDALE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT MUSIC TEACHER JOSHUA COVERT TO 10 TO 23 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR HAVING A SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH ONE OF HIS STUDENTS. COVERT MUST REGISTER UNDER MEGAN’S LAW FOR AT LEAST 10 YEARS.

DUBOIS AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT TEACHER MICHAEL SEDOR IS BEHIND BARS, CHARGED WITH ALLEGEDLY HAVING A SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH A 13-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN 2007 AND 2008. SEDOR WAS 28 YEARS OLD AT THE TIME THE RELATIONSHIP ALLEGEDLY BEGAN.ACCORDING TO THE DISTRICT'S WEBSITE, SEDOR IS A TEACHER AT WASSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN DUBOIS AND HE PREVIOUSLY TAUGHT AT SYKESVILLE ELEMENTARY.

SOLDIER’S FAMILY NEEDS HELP

ARMY SPECIALIST NICK CRUMMITT IS SERVING IN AFGHANISTAN…AND NOW THE MILITARY COMMUNITY IS HELPING HIS FAMILY WHO LOST JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING IN A HOUSE FIRE SATURDAY NIGHT IN DUNCANSVILLE. DONATIONS, INCLUDING CLOTHING AND APPLIANCES, ARE BEING ACCEPTED FOR CRUMMITT’S FIANCEE, BRITTANI RIVERA, AND HER 4 CHILDREN WHO ESCAPED WHEN THEIR HOUSE WENT UP IN FLAMES. A COLLECTION SITE HAS BEEN SET UP TODAY FROM NOON UNTIL 2 AT THE ALTOONA BIG LOTS STORE. DONATIONS ARE ALSO BEING ACCEPTED AT THE HOLLIDAYSBURG AMERICAN LEGION AMBULANCE SERVICE BUILDING ON SCOTCH VALLEY ROAD AND AN ACCOUNT IS SET UP FOR THEM AT THE ALTOONA REGIONAL FEDERAL CREDIT UNION. THE LITTLE GIRL IS A SIZE 7-8 AND SHOE SIZE ONE. THE YOUNGEST BOY IS A TODDLER'S SIZE 3 OR 4. AND THE 2 OLDER BOYS ARE SIZE 5 AND 6, WITH SHOE SIZES OF 12 AND 13.

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES REPORTS THAT FORMER CHAIRMEN OF THE PENN STATE FACULTY SENATE ARE JOINING THE LIST OF PEOPLE WHO ARE UNHAPPY WITH THE FREEH REPORT AND THE NCAA FOR USING THE REPORT TO LEVY SANCTIONS AGAINST THE UNIVERSITY. THE GROUP ISSUED AN ON-LINE STATEMENT CRITICIZIN THE FREEH REPORT, SAYING IT “FAILS BADLY.” AND – QUOTE -- “ON A FOUNDATION OF SCANT EVIDENCE, THE REPORT ADDS LAYERS OF CONJECTURE AND SUPPOSITION TO CREATE A PORTRAIT OF FAULT, COMPLICITY, AND MALFEASANCE THAT COULD WELL BE AT ODDS WITH THE TRUTH”.THE CURRENT FACULTY SENATE MEETS TODAY AT 1:30.

FILMING BEGINS THIS WEEK ON 2 VERY DIFFERENT DOCUMENTARIES INVOLVING THE JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL. ONE…BY LOS ANGELES-BASED FILMMAKER JOHN ZIEGLER…IS CALLED “THE FRAMING OF JOE PATERNO”. ZEIGLER SAYS THE MEDIA COVERAGE HAS A BEEN TERRIBLE AND HE HAS A PROBLEM WITH THE MEDIA’S USE OF PATERNO AS A SCAPEGOAT. THE OTHER IS A LOCALLY PRODUCED FILM CALLED “365 DAYS,” WHICH WILL FOCUS ON HOW STATE COLLEGE IS TRYING TO OVERCOME THE SCANDAL.

HEARING WAIVED IN DEADLY WRECK

23 YEAR OLD PATRICK FYOCK OF VINTONDALE WAIVED HIS PRELIMINARY HEARING YESTERDAY ON CHARGES OF INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER. HE’S ACCUSED OF PROVIDING BEER TO 17 YEAR OLD DANIEL TUROUS OF VINTONDALE BACK IN 2010. WHILE INTOXICATED, HE FLED FROM HOLLIDAYSBURG BORO POLICE AND CRASHED HIS CAR, KILLING HIS PASSENGER, 16 YEAR OLD KELSEY LYNN MILLER OF NANTY GLO. TUROUS IS SERVING 3-AND-A-HALF YEARS IN PRISON.

DAYCARE CAN RE-OPEN

COAL COUNTRY DAY CARE CENTER IN NORTHERN CAMBRIA WAS SHUT DOWN FOR 3 MONTHS AFTER A 2 YEAR OLD WAS FOUND WANDERING OUTSIDE NEAR A HIGH STREAM BED AND STATE OFFICIALS FOUND OTHER VIOLATIONS…BUT THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WELFARE CONFIRMS THE CENTER CAN RE-OPEN SEPTEMBER 10TH UNDER A 2 YEAR PROBATION DEAL. A SPOKESWOMAN SAYS THE CENTER WILL HAVE TO FOLLOW STIFFER-THAN-NORMAL GUIDELINES.
THE STATE IMPOSED NO FINES OR PENALTIES.

COMMISSIONER WON’T RUN FOR JUDGE

BLAIR COUNTY COMMISSIONER TERRY TOMASSETTI ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT HE WILL NOT TO ENTER THE RACE FOR BLAIR COUNTY COMMON PLEAS COURT JUDGE. CURRENT JUDGE HIRAM CARPENTER IS RETIRING NEXT YEAR AND A NUMBER OF MEMBERS OF THE BLAIR COUNTY BAR ARE THOUGHT TO BE INTERESTED IN HIS SEAT…BUT TOMASSETTI SAYS HE ENJOYS HIS CURRENT POSITION AND HOPES TO STAY THERE FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS.

LOWER ELECTRICITY BILLS

BEGINNING SATURDAY, RATES ARE GOING DOWN FOR PENELEC CUSTOMERS. A SPOKESMAN FOR FIRST ENERGY, PENELEC’S PARENT COMPANY, SAYS THE AVERAGE BILL WILL DROP FROM $96.37 TO $92.35, A 4-POINT-2 PERCENT DECREASE. ACCORDING TO SCOTT SURGEONER, ELECTRICITY RATE CAPS EXPIRED AFTER 2010…THE ECONOMY IS STILL RECOVERING…AND MARCELLUS SHALE HAS LED TO AN ABUNDANCE OF SUPPLY.