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THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2013

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

JERRY SANDUSKY WILL BE BACK IN COURT NEXT THURSDAY FOR A POST-SENTENCING HEARING. IT’S PART OF THE APPEAL PROCESS AND PRIMARILY TO DEAL WITH DEFENSE ATTORNEY’S CLAIMS THAT THEY DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO PREPARE FOR THE TRIAL. JUDGE JOHN CLELAND YESTERDAY ORDERED THAT THE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT TRANSPORT SANDUSKY FROM THE STATE PRISON IN GREENE COUNTY TO THE COURTHOUSE IN BELLEFONTE.

ONE LOCAL LAWMAKER DOESN’T UNDERSTAND WHY GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT FILED AN ANTI-TRUST LAWSUIT AGAINST THE NCAA THIS WEEK. STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOHN MCGINNIS, A PENN STATE PROFESSOR, TELLS THE ALTOONA MIRROR HE WISHES CORBETT WOULD FOCUS ON MAIN ISSUES, NOT THE PENN STATE SIDE SHOW. HE THINKS THE STATE BUDGET, TRANSPORTATION, AND OTHER ISSUES ARE MORE IMPORTANT. A CORBETT SPOKESMAN CONFIRMS THAT TAXPAYER DOLLARS WILL FUND THE LEGAL CASE. STATE REPRESENTATIVE JERRY STERN SAYS HE SUPPORTS THE LAWSUIT, REGARDLESS OF THE COST, BECAUSE THE NCAA SANCTIONS ARE IMPACTING PENN STATE AND OTHER PARTS OF THE STATE.

HOME INVASION SHOOTING

A SHOOTING LAST NIGHT IN RICHLAND TOWNSHP, OUTSIDE OF JOHNSTOWN. POLICE SAY A 38 YEAR OLD MAN WAS SHOT WHEN A BURGLAR INVADED HIS HOME ALONG LYDIA STREET AT ABOUT 8:30. THE VICTIM WAS RUSHED TO MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION SHOULD CALL THE CAMBRIA 911 CENTER’S NON-EMERGENCY LINE AT 1- 800-281-16-80.

JUDGE REJECTS HORNER’S MOTION

IRAQ WAR VETERAN NICHOLAS HORNER OF ALTOONA IS SERVING LIFE IN PRISON FOR KILLING 2 MEN IN A 2009 SHOOTING THAT STARTED AT THE 58TH STREET SUBWAY RESTAURANT. THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT JUDGE JOLENE KOPRIVA HAS REJECTED A REQUEST FROM HORNER AND HIS PARENTS TO DISMISS A CIVIL LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST THEM BY SUBWAY EMPLOYEE MICHELLE PETTY WHO WAS ALSO SHOT DURING THE INCIDENT. PETTY CLAIMS HORNER’S PARENTS ALLOWED HIM TO CARRY A GUN KNOWING HE WAS SUFFERING FROM POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER AND OTHER MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS.

UNEMPLOYMENT DROPS SLIGHTLY

BLAIR COUNTY’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FELL 2-TENTHS OF A PERCENTAGE POINT TO STAND AT 7-POINT-3 IN NOVEMBER. LAST NOVEMBER, IT WAS AT 6-POINT-9 PERCENT. SMALL DROPS WERE ALSO REPORTED IN BEDFORD, CAMBRIA, CENTRE, AND CLEARFIELD COUNTIES. HUNTINGDON COUNTY FELL HALF A PERCENT TO 8-POINT-8. PENNSYLVANIA’S JOBLESS RATE WAS 7-POINT-8 PERCENT. NATIONALLY, TODAY'S UNEMPLOYMENT REPORT IS EXPECTED TO SHOW THAT EMPLOYERS SLIGHTLY BOOSTED HIRING IN DECEMBER, THANKS TO THE HOLIDAYS.  MOST ANALYSTS EXPECT PAYROLLS OUTSIDE THE FARMING SECTOR GREW BY ABOUT 150-THOUSAND LAST MONTH. 

HEROIN BUSTS

STATE AND LOCAL DRUG AGENTS HAVE ARRESTED LESLIE JONES AND DANA HOLDEN-ELLMAN, BOTH OF PITTSBURGH, ON CHARGES OF TRAFFICKING HEROIN INTO BLAIR COUNTY. OFFICERS CONDUCTED A BUY/BUST OF 5 BRICKS OF HEROIN WEDNESDAY, THEN THEY DISCOVERED THAT HOLDEN-ELLMAN WAS ON STATE PAROLE AND WAS WEARING AN ELECTRONIC ANKLE MONITOR. JONES IS ALSO FACING CHARGES FOR SELLING DRUGS ON 2 PREVIOUS OCCASIONS IN DECEMBER. POLICE SEIZED 10 GRAMS OF HEROIN WITH A STREET VALUE OF 75-HUNDRED DOLLARS PLUS OVER 5-HUNDRED DOLLARS IN CASH.

SHUSTER GETS THE GIG

AS THE 113TH CONGRESS BEGAN YESTERDAY, REPUBLICAN BILL SHUSTER WAS OFFICIALLY CONFIRMED TO CHAIR THE HOUSE TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE. SHUSTER SAYS THE COMMITTEE WILL FOCUS ON REFORMING PROGRAMS AND STRENGTHENING AMERICA’S TRANSPORTATION NETWORKS TO MAKE US MORE EFFICIENT, COMPETITIVE, AND PROSPEROUS.

ALTOONA NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

ALTOONA CITY COUNCIL IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO SERVE ON VARIOUS AUTHORITIES, BOARDS, AND COMMMISSIONS. CITY RESIDENTS WILLING TO VOLUNTEER SHOULD SUBMIT TALENT BANK APPLICATIONS TO THE CITY CLERK’S OFFICE. THEY ARE AVAILABLE IN THE MAIN LOBBY OF CITY HALL AND ON-LINE AT altoonapa.gov. COUNCIL WILL BEGIN MAKING APPOINTMENTS AT THEIR JANUARY 23RD MEETING.

FARM SHOW OPENS

THE PENNSYLVANIA FARM SHOW OPENS TOMORROW AND RUNS THROUGH THE 12TH AT THE FARM SHOW COMPLEX IN HARRISBURG. THE LARGEST INDOOR AGRICULTURAL EXPOSITION IN THE COUNTRY FEATURES NEARLY 6,000 ANIMALS, 10,000 COMPETITIVE EXHIBITS AND 300 COMMERCIAL EXHIBITS. THIS YEAR’S THEME IS “MADE IN PA. IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE.” ADMISSION IS FREE, BUT PARKING WILL RUN YOU 10 DOLLARS.