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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2012

SHOP TILL YOU DROP

IT’S BLACK FRIDAY AND POLICE ARE WARNING SHOPPERS TO BE EXTRA CAREFUL WITH YOUR PURCHASES. IF YOU’RE LEAVING ITEMS IN YOUR CAR, MAKE SURE YOU LOCK IT…AND KEEP PACKAGES OUT OF SIGHT IN THE TRUNK IF AT ALL POSSIBLE. SECURITY GUARDS ARE ON DUTY AT MAJOR SHOPPING AREAS.

WITH BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPERS OUT LOOKING FOR BARGAINS TODAY, THE ATTENTION WILL SOON TURN TO CYBER MONDAY…BUT ON-LINE SHOPPERS NEED TO BE CAUTIOUS. MICHAEL KAISER, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL CYBER SECURITY ALLIANCE, SAYS MAKE SURE YOU REVIEW ALL MERCHANTS YOU HAVE NOT DEALT WITH IN THE PAST…AND WATCH OUT FOR RED FLAGS. KAISER ALSO REMINDS SHOPPERS TO BEWARE OF PUBLIC WI-FI HOTSPOTS THAT ARE NOT SECURE…AND WATCH OUT FOR PHISHING SCAMS COMING INTO YOUR IN-BOX.

FAMILY TARYING TO HEAL

BRANDY ETCHISON OF ALTOONA SAVED HER 2 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER’S LIFE, BUT SHE BROKE HER BACK WHEN THEY JUMPED FROM A PORCH ROOF DURING A HOUSE FIRE LAST WEEK. AFTER 5 DAYS IN A COMA, BRANDY WAS RELEASED FROM A PITTSBURGH HOSPITAL ON THANKSGIVING DAY. NOW SHE AND HER HUSBAND ARE MOURNING THE LOSS OF 3 YEAR OLD DARREL ETCHISON JUNIOR WHO DIED IN THE BLAZE AT 113 SOUTH SECOND STREET. DARREL ETCHISON SENIOR HAS SAID HE WANTS THE DEATH PENALTY FOR 62-YEAR-OLD AARON DISHONG OF EAST FREEDOM WHO REPORTEDLY STARTED THE FIRE IN AN ATTEMPT TO KILL HIS EX-GIRLFRIEND WHO WAS NOT ACTUALLY INSIDE THE HOUSE. DISHONG’S PRELIMINARY HEARING HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL DECEMBER 5TH. AN ACCOUNT HAS BEEN SET UP FOR THE ETCHISON FAMILY AT THE M AND T BANK ON PLEASANT VALLEY BOULEVARD.

MASSIVE JOHNSTOWN FIRE
 
AT LEAST 4 HOMES WERE DAMAGED WHEN FIRE BROKE OUT JUST BEFORE 10 LAST NIGHT ON THE 600 BLOCK OF COLEMAN AVENUE IN THE MOXHAM SECTION OF JOHNSTOWN. AT LEAST 6 FIRE COMPANIES RESPONDED AND EYEWITNESSES SAY THE HOME THAT CAUGHT FIRE WAS VACANT, BUT A COUPLE SLEEPING IN A NEIGHBORING HOUSE MADE IT OUT SAFELY. NO INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED.

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

SAYING HER TESTIMONY WAS THE BASIS FOR THE SECOND INDICTMENT OF FORMER PENN STATE ADMINISTRATORS TIM CURLEY AND GARY SCHULTZ, THEIR LAWYERS ARE ASKING THAT FORMER VICE PRESIDENT AND PENN STATE GENERAL COUNSEL CYNTHIA BALDWIN NOT BE PERMITTED TO TESTIFY AT THEIR PRELIMINARY HEARING DECEMBER 13TH. THE MEN…ALONG WITH FORMER UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT GRAHAM SPANIER…DENY ALLEGATIONS THAT THAT CONSPIRED TO COVER UP JERRY SANDUSKY’S ABUSE OF CHILDREN. CURLEY AND SCHULTZ SAY THEY WERE UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT BALDWIN WAS REPRESENTING THEM IN JANUARY OF 2011, BUT SHE LATER SAID SHE WAS REPRESENTING THE UNIVERSITY’S INTERESTS.

JUDGE JOHN CLELAND HAS REPORTEDLY GRANTED A-B-C PERMISSION TO HAVE ACCESS TO 15 PHOTOS FROM THE JERRY SANDUSKY CASE. THE NETWORK ORIGINALLY ASKED FOR THE PHOTOS LAST MONTH AS IT WAS PREPARING TO AIR A STORY ON AARON FISHER’S BOOK. SO-CALLED VICTIM ONE WROTE ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE WITH SANDUSKY IN HIS BOOK CALLED “SILENT NO MORE.”

REWARD OFFERED FOR BURGLAR

BLAIR COUNTY CRIMESOLVERS IS OFFERING A 1-THOUSAND DOLLAR REWARD FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE ARREST OF A BURGLARY. BETWEEN OCTOBER 19TH AND THE 22ND, SOMEONE BROKE INTO A CONSTRUCTION JOB-SITE TRAILER ALONG CATFISH ROAD IN BLAIR TOWNSHIP.THEY STOLE ABOUT 1-THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF TOOLS THAT HAD THE INSIGNIA S-R-C WRITTEN ON THEM. YOU CAN CALL CRIME SOLVERS AT 1-800-422-88-02.

CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE IN DEER

A PENN STATE VETERINARIAN IS PROPOSING A BAN ON SALT LICKS AND FEED STATIONS FOR WILD DEER IN PENNSYLVANIA FOLLOWING THE STATE'S FIRST CASE OF CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE. DAVID WOLFGANG OF THE COLLEGE OF AG SCIENCES SAYS DEER CONGREGATE AT SUCH STATIONS, AND THAT'S BAD ENOUGH, BUT DROPPINGS FROM INFECTED ANIMALS COULD GET INTO THE SOIL AND POSE A DANGER FOR YEARS. WOLFGANG IS A MEMBER OF THE STATE'S CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE TASK FORCE AND HE SAYS CAPTIVE DEER SHOULD BE KEPT FENCED-IN AND FARMERS SHOULD ADHERE TO STRICT MONITORING PROGRAMS. HE ALSO WANTS HUNTERS TO REPORT SICK DEER IMMEDIATELY. PENNSYLVANIA’S DEER SEASON OPENS MONDAY.

$3.10 A GALLON?

WILL GAS PRICES KEEP FALLING? TRIPLE-A ESTIMATES THAT THE NATIONAL AVERAGE COULD FALL FROM THE CURRENT $3.43 TO SOMEWHERE BETWEEN $3.10 AND $3.30 BY THE END OF THE YEAR. IN THE ALTOONA AREA, DRIVERS ARE STILL PAYING $3.69 ALTHOUGH SOME OUT-LYING AREAS ARE CHEAPER.

NITTANY LION SHRINE MAKE-OVER

ONE OF PENN STATE’S MOST POPULAR SPOTS, THE NITTANY LION SHRINE, WILL GET A FACELIFT NEXT YEAR. ACCORDING TO THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES, THE LION WILL STAY THE SAME, BUT THE LARGE  MOUND OF MULCH SURROUNDING IT WILL BE GONE. IT WILL BE REPLACED BY A RAMP THAT OFFICIALS HOPE WILL MAKE THE SITE MORE ACCESSIBLE FOR TIMES LIKE GRADUATION AND HOME FOOTBALL GAMES. STEPS MADE OF STONE FROM MOUNT NITTANY WILL BE ADDED, TOO…ALONG WITH SIDEWALKS AND L-E-D LIGHTING. THE IMPROVEMENTS ARE THE SENIOR GIFT FROM THE CLASS OF 2012. DONATIONS FOR THE CLASS GIFT STAND AT 160-THOUSAND DOLLARS. WORK IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN IN MARCH AND FINISH BY AUGUST.