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Friday April 25 2014

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FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014

FIRE CONTAINED

THAT WILDFIRE ON WILL’S MOUNTAIN IN CUMBERLAND VALLEY TOWNSHIP, BEDFORD COUNTY, IS NOW TOTALLY CONTAINED AND WON’T BE ABLE TO SPREAD ANYMORE. IT SCORCHED ABOUT 900 ACRES SINCE BREAKING OUT SATURDAY AFTERNOON. BUREAU OF FORESTRY OFFICIALS SAY THE BLAZE DID NOT DESTROY ANY OCCUPIED STRUCTURES AND SEVERAL FIREFIGHTERS HAD MINOR INJURIES LIKE CUTS AND SCRAPES.

DRUG ARRESTS IN LEMONT

2 CENTRE COUNTY RESIDENTS WERE ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES THIS WEEK. STATE POLICE SAY 41 YEAR OLD SEAN RAINES AND 24 YEAR OLD MALORIE LANE, BOTH OF LEMONT, WERE SELLING DRUGS FROM THEIR HOME, WHICH IS CLOSE TO LEMONT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. COPS FOUND COCAINE, MARIJUANA, DRUG PARAPHERNALIA AND APPROXIMATELY 4-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CASH AT THE HOUSE. A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED MAY 7TH.

CAMERAS ARE WATCHING

COPPER THIEVES…YOU COULD BE CAUGHT ON CAMERA. THE TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT SAYS CAMBRIA COUNTY’S DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES HAS RECEIVED A 230-THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY…AND CAMERAS HAVE BEEN INSTALLED ON 17 TOWERS THAT MAKE UP THE 911 COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM. THE CAMERAS HAVE A DIRECT LINE TO THE DISPATCH CENTER IN EBENSBURG. COUNTY CHIEF CLERK STEVE ETTIEN SAYS THIEVES HAVE STOLEN THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF COPPER AND THE THEFTS ALSO AFFECT THE 911 SYSTEM.

PENN STATE CRITICIZED

A TASK FORCE CREATED IN NOVEMBER TO STUDY HEALTH CARE OPTIONS AT PENN STATE HAS CRITICIZED THE UNIVERSITY FOR THE PROPOSED HEALTH CARE WELLNESS PROGRAM THAT WAS LATER SUSPENDED. IN A REPORT RELEASED THURSDAY, THE TASK FORCE ALSO NOTED A LACK OF TRANSPARENCY IN HOW OFFICIALS PUSHED THE NEW PROGRAM LAST YEAR…AND IT CALLED FOR A MAJOR SHIFT IN HOW ADMINISTRATION AND EMPLOYEES COMMUNICATE ABOUT HEALTH CARE. THE PROGRAM INCLUDED SURCHARGE PENALTIES TO EMPLOYEES WHO WEREN’T WILLING TO COMPLETE AN ON-LINE HEALTH PROFILE. IT ALSO CALLED FOR NEW CHARGES OF SMOKERS AND EXTRA COSTS FOR THOSE WHO HAD THEIR SPOUSES ON THE PLAN. THE REPORT WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE FACULTY SENATE TUESDAY.

SPRING CLEANUP IN ALTOONA

THE CITY HIGHWAY YARD HAS COMPLETED SPRING YARD WASTE PICK UP AND THE CITY OF ALTOONA WILL NOW OFFER YARD WASTE DROP – OFF FOR CITY RESIDENTS MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY (EXCEPT HOLIDAYS) THROUGH OCTOBER 31ST. YOU CAN DROP OFF ITEMS FROM 7AM TO 3PM AT THE HIGHWAY YARD AT 50-10 6TH AVENUE BESIDE THE WTAJ TV STUDIOS. ALL ITEMS MUST BE IN BROWN COMPOST BAGS. LOOSE ITEMS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

DRUG DISPOSAL

THE NEXT NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY IS TOMORROW AND STATE POLICE AND THE U-S DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION WILL ACCEPT UNWANTED, EXPIRED, AND UNUSED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS…FREE AND ANONYMOUSLY. FROM 10AM TO 2PM, UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS MAY BE DROPPED OFF AT SELECT POLICE BARRACKS INCLUDING HOLLIDAYSBURG, BEDFORD, HUNTINGDON, MCCONNELLSBURG, BELLEFONTE, PHILIPSBURG, MILL HALL, LEWISTOWN, INDIANA, AND FALLS CREEK. DROP-OFFS WILL ALSO BE ACCEPTED AT THE NORTH ATHERTON STREET WALMART IN STATE COLLEGE. DURING THE LAST EVENT, PENNSYLVANIANS TURNED IN OVER 38-THOUSAND POUNDS OF EXPIRED AND UNWANTED MEDICATIONS FOR SAFE AND PROPER DISPOSAL.