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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2013

YOUNG MEN KILLED IN ALTOONA

THE BLAIR COUNTY CORONER AND ALTOONA POLICE WERE CALLED TO A FATAL ACCIDENT AT 6TH AVENUE AND 17TH STREET IN ALTOONA SHORTLY BEFORE 6 THIS MORNING. A SPEEDING CAR REPORTEDLY BROADSIDED A GARBAGE TRUCK, KILLING THE 21 YEAR OLD MALE DRIVER. THE TRASH TRUCK DRIVER WAS TAKEN TO ALTOONA REGIONAL AS A PRECAUTION. MOTORISTS SHOULD STEER CLEAR OF THAT AREA FOR THE TIME BEING.

GUILTY PLEA IN DEADLY CRASH

IN CAMBRIA COUNTY COURT YESTERDAY, 42 YEAR OLD METHADONE PATIENT MICHAEL SHERWOOD OF NORTHERN CAMBRIA PLEADED GUILTY TO HOMICIDE BY VEHICLE WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF A CONTROLLED SUB¬STANCE AND OTHER CHARGES. IN SEPTEMBER 2010, HIS PICKUP STRUCK A CAR ON NICKTOWN HILL IN NORTHERN CAMBRIA, KILLING LOIS DAVIS OF ALVERDA. HER HUSBAND, RICHARD, DIED 2 WEEKS LATER. ANOTHER PASSENGER WAS ALSO INJURED AND SHERWOOD SUFFERED A BROKEN NECK. SHERWOOD WILL LIKELY BE SENTENCED TO 5 TO 12 YEARS IN A STATE PRISON. HE’S DUE IN COURT MARCH 5TH.

FAMILY LOSES EVERYTHING

A BLAIR COUNTY FAMILY HAS NOTHING LEFT AFTER A MOBILE HOME FIRE ABOUT 9:30 THURSDAY MORNING. THE BLAZE BROKE OUT AT THE HOME OF JOY AND DON FEATHERS AND THEIR SON ALONG TURKEY VALLEY ROAD IN FRANKSTOWN TOWNSHIP. WITNESSES REPORTED HEADING SEVERAL LOUD EXPLOSIONS WHICH WERE PROBABLY THE TRAILER’S PROPANE TANKS.  NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED AND THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.

STUDENT DIED OF MENINGITIS

THE WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY STUDENT WHO VISITED PENN STATE LAST WEEKEND HAS DIED OF MENINGOCOCCAL MENINGITIS. SEAN CASEY DIED EARLILER THIS WEEK AT CHESTER COUNTY HOSPITAL. PENN STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY ONLY A SMALL GROUP OF STUDENTS WAS IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH CASEY AND THEY ARE BEING TREATED WITH ANTIBIOTICS AS A PRECAUTION.

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

THE NCAA IS ASKING A FEDERAL JUDGE TO THROW OUT THE LAWSUIT FILED BY GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT WHO WANTS THE SANCTIONS AGAINST PENN STATE OVER-TURNED. THE NCAA’S LAWYERS SAY THE TARGET OF THE PENALTIES WAS PENN STATE, AND NOT PENNSYLVANIA RESIDENTS, SO THE GOVERNOR DOES NOT HAVE THE LEGAL STANDING TO FIGHT THEM. THE ATTORNEYS ALSO SAY THE SANCTIONS DO NOT VIOLATE ANTITRUST LAWS.

THE PENN STATE TRUSTEE WHO FIRED JOE PATERNO OVER THE PHONE SAYS HE WILL LEAVE THE BOARD WHEN HIS TERM ENDS IN JUNE. JOHN SURMA WAS VICE CHAIRMAN WHEN THE BOARD VOTED TO DISMISS JOE PATERNO IN THE WAKE OF THE JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL. SURMA THEN ANNOUNCED THE FIRING AT A LATE-NIGHT NEWS CONFERENCE, SPARKING ANGRY DEMONSTRATIONS IN HAPPY VALLEY. SURMA IS CHAIRMAN AND C-E-O OF U-S STEEL.

SHOW UP FOR JURY DUTY!

43 OF THE 215 CAMBRIA COUNTY RESIDENTS WHO WERE SUPPOSED TO APPEAR FOR JURY SELECTION DID NOT SHOW UP AT THE COURTHOUSE IN EBENSBURG YESTERDAY AND NOW OFFICIALS ARE CRACKING DOWN. THE NEXT ROUND OF JURY SELECTION IS SET FOR APRIL 4TH AND JUDGES SAY THOSE WITHOUT A PRE-APPROVED DISMISSAL WHO FAIL TO SHOW WILL BE ORDERED TO APPEAR AT A HEARING. IF THEY ARE FOUND IN CONTEMPT OF COURT, THEY WILL BE FINED 100-DOLLARS.
LAST MONTH, 31 PEOPLE SKIPPED OUT ON JURY SELECTION FOR A MURDER TRIAL WITHOUT PROVIDING ANY EXCUSE.

TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS?

PENNDOT SECRETARY BARRY SCHOCH WAS IN STATE COLLEGE YESTERDAY AND SAID SEVERAL CENTRE COUNTY TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS COULD MOVE FORWARD MORE QUICKLY IF GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT’S BUDGET PROPOSAL IS APPROVED. ON THE LIST ARE THE IMPROVEMENT OF U.S. ROUTE 322 THROUGH POTTERS MILLS AND THE ATHERTON STREET DRAINAGE AND RECONSTRUCTION. CORBETT WANTS TO RAISE REVENUE BY UNCAPPING THE WHOLESALE GAS TAX AND DROPPING THE 12-CENT FLAT TAX AT THE PUMP BY 2 CENTS. HE HOPES TO RAISE 1-POINT-8 BILLION DOLLARS OVER 5 YEARS. SCHOCH SAID HE CAN’T PREDICT WHAT THE COST TO DRIVERS WILL BE, IF AND WHEN THE INCREASE TO OIL COMPANIES TRICKLES DOWN.

SAVING HIGHLAND HALL

NEW HOPE FOR HIGHLAND HALL IN HOLLIDAYSBURG. BACK IN JUNE, THE CURRENT OWNER, RADD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, ASKED FOR PERMISSION TO RAZE THE HISTORIC BUILDING, BUT NOW THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS IT COULD BE TURNED INTO INDEPENDENT LIVING APARTMENTS FOR RESIDENTS 62 AND OLDER. ANDREW HAINES…CHAIRMAN OF THE BORO’S HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURE REVIEW BOARD AND EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF S & A HOMES IN STATE COLLEGE, HOPES TO ENTER INTO A SITE AGREEMENT WITH RADD. HE’S HOPING TO RECEIVE STATE GRANT MONEY.