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TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2013

APOLOGY IN SUICIDE NOTE

BLAIR COUNTY CORONER PATTY ROSS TELLS THE ALTOONA MIRROR FRANCISCAN BROTHER STEPHEN BAKER APOLOGIZED FOR HIS ACTIONS IN HIS SUICIDE NOTE AND HE PROBABLY PLANNED TO TAKE HIS LIFE FOR A LONG TIME.  HE DIED OF A SELF-INFLICTED KNIFE WOUND TO THE HEART SATURDAY MORNING AT ST. BERNARDINE’S MONASTERY IN HOLLIDAYSBURG. LAWYERS REPRESENTING BAKER’S ALLEGED VICTIMS SAY THEY WILL PROCEED WITH THEIR CASES. ATTORNEYS BELIEVE BAKER MAY HAVE MOLESTED HUNDREDS OF BOYS IN OHIO AND WHILE SERVING AT JOHNSTOWN’S BISHOP MCCORT HIGH SCHOOL. A GREENSBURG LAWYER HAS FILED A WRIT AGAINST THE 3RD ORDER OF REGULAR FRANCISCAN FRIARS, THE HIGH SCHOOL, THE CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF ALTOONA-JOHNSTOWN, AND THE DIOCESE OF YOUNGSTOWN.

STATE WILL HANDLE PRIEST’S CASE

CAMBRIA COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY KELLY CALLIHAN SAYS THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE IS TAKING OVER THE INVESTIGATION OF THE REVEREND GEORGE KOHARCHIK TO AVOID A CONFLICT OF INTEREST. THE PRIEST IS ACCUSED OF 4 MOLESTING AT LEAST BOYS WHILE SERVING AT CHURCHES IN CAMBRIA COUNTY OVER THE PAST 30 YEARS. THE 63 YEAR OLD KOHARCHIK WAS PLACED ON LEAVE FROM ACTIVE MINISTRY LAST SUMMER BY BISHOP MARK BARTCHAK.

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

ONGRESSMEN GLENN THOMPSON AND CHARLIE DENT ARE ASKING THE NCAA TO REINSTATE 40 SCHOLARSHIPS THAT WERE TAKEN AWAY FROM PENN STATE FOLLOWING THE JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL. THE REPUBLICANS WROTE A LETTER TO NCAA PRESIDENT DR. MARK EMMERT SAYING THE SCHOLARSHIP SANCTION UNFAIRLY IMPACTS FUTURE STUDENTS WHO WEREN'T INVOLVED. THEY ALSO ARGUE THAT PENN STATE FOOTBALL GRADATES 91-PERCENT OF THEIR PLAYERS… 2ND BEST IN THE BIG TEN, AND 7TH IN THE COUNTRY. NO RESPONSE FROM THE NCAA YET.

SENATOR JAKE CORMAN’S LEGISLATION DESIGNED TO KEEP ALL OF PENN STATE’S FINE MONEY IN PENNSYLVANIA WAS PASSED UNANIMOUSLY YESTERDAY BY THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. IT COULD BE VOTED ON BY THE FULL SENATE LATER THIS WEEK. EARLIER THIS MONTH, A JUDGE ORDERED THAT THE NCAA COULD NOT SPEND ANY OF THE 12 MILLION DOLLARS ALREADY PAID WHILE THE LEGISLATION IS PENDING.

WOMEN KILLED/BABY INJURED

YESTERDAY’S SNOW AND ICE ARE BLAMED FOR THE DEATHS OF 2 WOMEN IN A HUNTINGDON COUNTY CRASH. AN 18 YEAR OLD WOMAN AND HER 25 YEAR OLD PASSENGER WERE NOT WEARING SEATBELTS WHEN THEIR S-U-V SLID INTO A TRACTOR TRAILER ALONG ROUTE 522 IN DUBLIN TOWNSHIP. BOTH VICTIMS WERE FROM BURNT CABINS, FULTON COUNTY. A 4 MONTH OLD GIRL IN THE VEHICLE SUFFERED MODERATE INJURIES AND WAS TAKEN TO HERSHEY MEDICAL CENTER. SHE WAS IN A CHILD SAFETY SEAT. THE TRUCK DRIVER HAD MINOR INJURIES.

PICKUP DAMAGES GAS METER

ROADS WERE CLOSED YESTERDAY MORNING IN LEMONT AFTER A PICKUP JUST MISSED A PEDESTRIAN, THEN STRUCK A HOUSE ALONG BOALSBURG ROAD AND DAMAGED THE GAS METER. 36 YEAR OLD DANIEL ETTERS SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES, BUT REFUSED MEDICAL TREATMENT. HE TOLD STATE COLLEGE POLICE HIS FOOT SLIPPED AND HIT THE GAS INSTEAD OF THE BRAKES. A WITNESS CLAIMED ETTERS WAS USING HIS CELLPHONE. HE WAS CITED FOR CARELESS DRIVING, DRIVING ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD, AND DRIVING AT UNSAFE SPEEDS.

SHOOTING SPREE WEAPON ILLEGALLY PURCHASED?

A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED TODAY FOR 52 YEAR OLD BRENDA SHULTZ OF HOLLIDAYSBURG. SHE’S ACCUSED OF FILLING OUT THE PAPERWORK TO BUY A HANDGUN FOR HER BOYFRIEND, JEFFREY MICHAEL, IN JANUARY OF 2011. THE WEAPON WAS USED WHEN MICHAEL KILLED 3 PEOPLE IN A FRANKSTOWN TOWNSHIP SHOOTING SPREE DECEMBER 21ST. MICHAEL WAS SHOT TO DEATH BY STATE TROOPERS AFTER HE FIRED ON THEM. SHULTZ TOLD POLICE MICHAEL DIDN’T THINK HE WAS ALLOWED TO BUY A GUN BECAUSE OF A PREVIOUS PROTECTION-FROM-ABUSE ORDER.

HANDGUNS STOLEN

STATE POLICE IN BEDFORD COUNTY SAY A BURGLAR STOLE A SUBSTANTIAL NUMBER OF HANDGUNS FROM SAXTON OUTDOOR SUPPLY EARLY MONDAY MORNING. THE THIEF USED A LATE 90’S OR EARLY 2000 CADILLAC TO SMASH OUT THE FRONT DOOR OF THE BUSINESS AND GET INSIDE. THE CAR WAS EITHER MAROON OR RED. THE FEDERAL ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND FIREARMS OFFICE HAS JOINED THE INVESTIGATION. IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION, CALL TROOPERS AT 623-61-33.

SNOWMOBILER IS MISSING

IN SOMERSET COUNTY, STATE POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR 50 YEAR OLD BRUCE MAUST OF JENNERSTOWN WHO WAS LAST SEEN RIDING HIS SNOWMOBILE IN THE LAUREL MOUNTAIN AREA SUNDAY.
HE WAS WEARING A RED AND BLACK JACKET, BOOTS, AND A BLACK HELMET. MAUST WAS RIDING A POLARIS SNOWMOBILE ALSO RED AND BLACK. MAUST REPORTEDLY HAS A FORM OF DEMENTIA. 

BODY DUMPED

SOMERSET COUNTY POLICE HAVE MADE ONE ARREST AND EXPECT MORE FOLLOWING THE DISCOVERY OF FRANKIE SASS’S BODY ON SUNDAY. THE 53 YEAR OLD WAS REPORTEDLY A DRUG USER AND HE DIED INSIDE MICHAEL MOORE’S APARTMENT SOMETIME LAST WEEK. POLICE SAY MOORE AND 2 OTHER PEOPLE DRAGGED SASS’S 350 POUND BODY DOWN THE STAIRS, PUT IT IN HIS TRUCK, AND PARKED IT ALONG A SOMERSET ROAD. THE CAUSE OF DEATH HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED PENDING AUTOPSY AND TOXICOLOGY TESTS, WHICH COULD TAKE SEVERAL WEEKS.

LOCAL UNEMPLOYMENT NUMBERS ARE NOT GOOD

PENNSYLVANIA’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE ROSE ONE-TENTH IN DECEMBER TO 7-POINT-9 PERCENT. BLAIR COUNTY’S NUMBER HELD AT 7-POINT-3 PERCENT. BEDFORD COUNTY JUMPED FROM 8-POINT-9 TO 9-POINT-8. CLEARFIELD COUNTY FROM 8-POINT-7 TO 9-POINT-3. HUNTINGDON COUNTY ROSE FROM 8-POINT-8 TO 9-POINT-7. AND CAMBRIA COUNTY WAS UP 2-TENTHS TO 8-POINT-9. THE NATIONAL RATE HELD STEADY AT 7-POINT-8 PERCENT.

SCHOOL NEWS

TEACHERS IN THE STATE COLLEGE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT ARE FINALLY WORKING WITH A NEW CONTRACT. THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES REPORTS THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD APPROVED THE DEAL UNANIMOUSLY LAST NIGHT. IT IS RETROACTIVE TO JULY 1ST OF 2011 AND LASTS UNTIL JUNE 30TH OF 2015. IT GIVES TEACHERS A 2 PERCENT RAISE, BUT CALLS FOR HIGHER HEALTH CARE COSTS.

THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT THE ALTOONA AREA SCHOOL BOARD HAS NARROWED DOWN THE LIST OF CANDIDATES FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT’S POSTITION TO 3. BOARD MEMBERS INTERVIEWED 8 PEOPLE LAST WEEK AND PLAN FOLLOW-UP INTERVIEWS WITH 3 OF THEM. DENNIS MURRAY IS SET TO RETIRE THIS SUMMER.