Wednesday, September 3 2014

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2014

IN JOHNSTOWN YESTERDAY, THE PROSECUTION RESTED ITS CASE AND THE DEFENSE BEGAN IN THE MURDER TRIAL OF 22 YEAR OLD DEMETRIUS GIBSON OF TIRE HILL WHO IS CHARGED WITH FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN THE STABBING OF HIS ESTRANGED GIRLFRIEND, ELIZABETH MILLER, LAST SUMMER. THE JURY HEARD THE 9-1-1 CALL MADE BY MILLER’S BROTHER RIGHT AFTER SHE WAS STABBED AT A MOXHAM CARWASH. TESTIMONY GOT STARTED LATE TUESDAY AFTER A PICTURE THAT HAD BEEN TAKEN IN THE COURTROOM LAST WEEK SURFACED ON SOCIAL MEDIA. THE JUDGE ORDERED SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES TO TAKE EVERYONE’S CELL PHONE AND SENT THEM THROUGH SECURITY AGAIN. HE PLANS TO FIND OUT WHO TOOK THE PICTURE. THIS MORNING, THE TRIAL SHIFTS TO THE COURTHOUSE IN EBENSBURG AND THE DEFENSE IS EXPECTED TO REST TODAY.

42 YEAR OLD KELLY MILLER OF ALTOONA WAIVED HER CASE TO CAMBRIA COUNTY COURT YESTERDAY. SHE’S ACCUSED OF CALLING IN A FALSE KIDNAPPING REPORT LAST WEEK LEADING TO AN EXTENSIVE POLICE RESPONSE. MILLER IS FREE ON 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS UNSECURED BOND.

STATE POLICE INVESTIGATED 686 CRASHES DURING THE 4-DAY LABOR DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND DRIVING PERIOD. 13 PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND 211 INJURED. 70 CRASHES AND 2 FATALTIES WERE ALCOHOL RELATED. TROOPERS ISSUED 10-THOUSAND-50 SPEEDING CITATIONS AND ARRESTED 545 PEOPLE FOR D-U-I. COPS CITED 813 PEOPLE FOR NOT WEARING SEAT BELTS AND ISSUED CITATIONS TO 204 MOTORISTS FOR NOT SECURING CHILDREN IN SAFETY SEATS. THE STATISTICS DO NOT INCLUDE WRECKS INVESTIGATED BY LOCAL POLICE.

PENN STATE POLICE TELL THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES A 21-YEAR-OLD STUDENT IS LUCKY TO BE ALIVE. HE WAS FOUND UNCONSCIOUS SUNDAY EVENING ON NORTH ATHERTON STREET AND HE HAD A BLOOD-ALCOHOL CONTENT OF POINT-427 PERCENT. HE WAS TAKEN TO MOUNT NITTANY MEDICAL CENTER AND PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS CHARGES ARE PENDING.

LAST WEDNESDAY, A 19 YEAR OLD MAN WAS HIT IN THE FACE DURING A PARTY AT PENN STATE’S DELTA SIGMA FRATERNITY HOUSE IN STATE COLLEGE…NOW HIS FAMILY IS OFFERING A 1-THOUSAND DOLLAR REWARD FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO AN ARREST. THE VICTIM WAS FLOWN TO UPMC ALTOONA AND THEN TRANSFERRED TO UPMC PRESBYTERIAN IN PITTSBURGH WHERE HE UNDERWENT EMERGENCY SURGERY FOR FACIAL FRACTURES AND EYE INJURIES. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION SHOULD CALL BORO POLICE AT 234-71-50.

A NAME CORRECTION ON A STORY FROM YESTERDAY. 18 YEAR OLD JOHN HOLLINGSWORTH OF ALTOONA IS ONE OF 3 MEN CHARGED WITH AN ARSON EARLY MONDAY MORNING. ALTOONA POLICE SAY HE…21 YEAR OLD JODY COLYER…AND 20 YEAR OLD RYAN PAYNE BROKE INTO SEVERAL VEHICLES AND 2 HOMES…AND ALSO SET FIRE TO A CAMPER AT 20-23 HUDSON AVENUE. A NEARBY GARAGE AND A VEHICLE SUSTAINED MODERATE DAMAGE. A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED NEXT WEDNESDAY.

2 CHILDREN WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AND THEIR MOTHER WAS LOCKED UP SATURDAY AFTER JOHNSTOWN POLICE FOUND THEM LIVING IN DEPLORABLE, FILTHY CONDITIONS AT A HOUSE ON GRAY AVENUE. POLICE TELL THE TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT THE CHILDREN HAD SEVERE DIAPER RASH. 29 YEAR OLD NICOLE SEELEY…WHO HAD NEEDLE MARKS ON HER ARMS…IS FACING 2 COUNTS OF CHILD ENDANGERMENT.

STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE TELLS THE TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT THAT 29 YEAR OLD LEANN CRAGLE OF FERNDALE, NEAR JOHNSTOWN, BILKED AFLAC INSURANCE OUT OF NEARLY 60-THOUSAND DOLLARS. SHE’S ACCUSED OF FILING NUMEROUS FALSE CLAIMS IN 2012 AND 13…CLAIMING SHE AND HER HUSBAND, JOSHUA, HAD BEEN TREATED FOR THYROID CANCER AND HE ALSO HAD GALLBLADDER SURGERY. CRAGLE HAD BEEN EMPLOYED BY CONEMAUGH PHYSICIAN GROUP AS A BILLING CLERK AT A LOCAL DOCTOR’S OFFICE.

THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT BLAIR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HAVE AWARDED 370-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CONTRATS TO INSTALL CANOPIES OVER 2 COURTHOUSE ENTRANCES…AND TO IMPROVE HANDICAPPED ACCESS. THE GENERAL CONTRACTOR IS B-C-S CONSTRUCTION OF ALTOONA AND COMMERCIAL ELECTRIC OF DUNCANSVILLE WILL DO THE ELECTRICAL WORK. THE BIDS CAME IN BELOW THE ESTIMATED 400-THOUSAND DOLLAR COST. WORK SHOULD BE DONE BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

ANOTHER REPORT IS GIVING PENNSYLVANIA LOW MARKS FOR ITS BUSINESS CLIMATE. ACCORDING TO WTAJ, THE STATE ENTREPRENEURSHIP INDEX RANKED ALL THE STATES IN THE NATION AND PENNSYLVANIA CAME IN AT 38TH. THE STUDY LOOKED AT GROWTH IN ESTABLISHMENTS, BUSINESS FORMATION, AND AVERAGE INCOME AMONG OTHER THINGS. WHAT COULD BE WORSE IS THAT PENNSYLVANIA DROPPED FROM 7TH IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THE STUDY WAS DONE BY THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA BUREAU OF BUSINESS RESEARCH.

TRIPLE A FUEL GAUGE SAYS WESTERN PA GAS PRICES DIPPED FOR THE 9TH STRAIGHT WEEK TO ABOUT $3.49 A GALLON. THE CHEAPEST UNLEADED REGULAR GAS WAS $3.36 IN DUBOIS AND THE MOST EXPENSIVE WAS $3.56 IN THE GREATER PITTSBURGH AREA. THE PRICE FOR A GALLON OF REGULAR UNLEADED STATEWIDE WAS $3.45. TODAY’S NATIONAL AVERAGE IS $3.44…THE LOWEST ON RECORD FOR THIS CALENDAR DATE SINCE 2010 WHEN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE WAS $2.68.

PENN STATE’S HOME OPENER AGAINST AKRON IS SATURDAY AND OFFICIALS SAY STUDENTS FROM ALL CAMPUSES AND THE WORLD CAMPUS CAN GET 2 TICKETS FOR 40-DOLLARS EACH WITH A VALID STUDENT ID. YOU CAN GET YOUR AT THE BRYCE JORDAN CENTER TICKET OFFICE WEEKDAYS FROM 9 TO 6. THIS SPECIAL STUDENT TICKET OFFER IS ALSO AVAILABLE SATURDAY AT THE TICKET OFFICE NEAR GATE E FROM 8 UNTIL THE NOON KICKOFF. THIS WILL BE NEW HEAD COACH JAMES FRANKLIN’S FIRST GAME AT BEAVER STADIUM FOLLOWING A BIG VICTORY IN IRELAND AGAINST CENTRAL FLORIDA. SATURDAY IS “COMMUNITY HEROES DAY” AND THE NITTANY LIONS’ UNDEFEATED 1994 TEAM WILL BE HONORED AT HALFTIME.