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FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 2014

PRELIMINARY HEARINGS ARE SCHEDULED TODAY FOR BROTHERS LARRY AND KEVIN MORROW OF ALTOONA. LOGAN TOWNSHIP POLICE SAY A RACIAL SLUR SPARKED AN ARGUMENT WITH 2 BLACK MEN IN THE PARKING LOT OF ALTOONA’S LOGAN VALLEY MALL LAST MONTH…THEN LARRY MORROW ALLEGEDLY FIRED A GUNSHOT IN THE OTHER MEN’S DIRECTION. THE BROTHERS FLED INTO THE NEARBY KMART STORE…THEN LEFT ON FOOT AND WERE ARRESTED LATER ALONG UNION AVENUE IN ALTOONA. THEY REMAIN IN THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON.

54 YEAR OLD PAULA ZUCHOWSKI OF STATE COLLEGE WAS SENTENCED YESTERDAY TO 60 DAYS TO 23-AND-A-HALF MONTHS IN JAIL FOR ASSAULTING HER 93 YEAR OLD MOTHER. SHE MUST ALSO PAY MORE THAN 11-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN RESTITUTION AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO BITING HER MOTHER ON ONE OCCASION LAST YEAR…AND DRAGGING HER UP THE STAIRS ANOTHER TIME, LEAVING SEVERE BRUISES AND LACERATIONS.

STATE AND LOCAL DRUG AGENTS HAVE ARRESTED SCOTT MCHALE AND ANITA HARPSTER OF ALTOONA. THE BLAIR COUNTY DRUG TASK FORCE EXECUTED A SEARCH WARRANT AT 414 6TH STREET AND FOUND OVER 250 BAGS OF HEROIN AND A HALF POUND OF MARIJUANA, ALONG WITH APPROXIMATELY 9-THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.

STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE SAYS 4 PEOPLE HAVE NOW BEEN CHARGED WITH STEALING AT LEAST 162-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN A "GRANDPARENT SCAM." THE INVESTIGATION IDENTIFIED 11 SENIOR CITIZENS IN 8 STATES AS KNOWN VICTIMS. ONE TEXAS WOMAN IS OUT ALMOST 65-THOUSAND DOLLARS…AND AN ALTOONA WOMAN WIRED A TOTAL OF 4-THOUSAND DOLLARS. SPENCER COMPAS…WITSON LAVILETTE…AND JOHANNE WESH, ALL OF THE PHILADELPHIA AREA, ARE BEING HELD ON 1 MILLION DOLLARS BAIL WITH A PRELIMINARY HEARING SET FOR AUGUST 21ST. AN ARREST WARRANT IS STILL ACTIVE FOR KENS WESH, WHO IS BELIEVED TO BE IN NEW YORK CITY. THEY ALLEGEDLY CALLED VICTIMS AND TOLD THEM THEIR GRANDCHILD HAD BEEN ARRESTED AND NEEDED MONEY WIRED IMMEDIATELY.

A DISTRICT JUDGE YESTERDAY ORDERED 46 YEAR OLD FREDERICK DELGROSSO OF ANTIS TOWNSHIP TO STAND TRIAL. HE’S ACCUSED OF FLEECING A WOMAN OUT OF 91-THOUSAND DOLLARS WHILE SHE WORKED AT HIS FORMER BUSINESS, THE PIZZA FACTORY IN LAKEMONT. THE 2 WERE ROMANTICALLY INVOLVED AND SHE CLAIMS HE USED THE MONEY TO GAMBLE. DELGROSSO IS IN THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON.

VANDALISM AT THE PHILIPSBURG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SOCCER FIELDS. STATE POLICE SAY SOMEONE DROVE A VEHICLE, POSSIBLY AM A-T-V, OVER THE GROUNDS SOMETIME BETWEEN 9 WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND 6 THURSDAY MORNING. SCHOOL OFFICIALS ARE CONCERNED FOR THE SAFETY OF ANYONE PLAYING ON THE FIELD AND THE SEASON KICKS OFF IN JUST A FEW WEEKS. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION SHOULD CALL TROOPERS AT 342-33-70.

IN THE STATE COLLEGE AREA, CATA BUSES ARE SOME OF THE MOST USED IN THE COUNTRY. ACCORDING TO THE WEBSITE fivethirtyeight.com…CATA RANKS 8TH IN THE NATION FOR PER CAPITA USAGE. CITIES WITH POPULATIONS OVER 65-THOUSAND ARE INCLUDED. NEW YORK, SAN FRANCISCO AND WASHINGTON D.C. TAKE THE TOP 3.

FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS SUMMER, JOHNSTOWN’S INCLINED PLANE HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN DUE TO AN APPARENT ELECTRICAL ISSUE. IT WAS CLOSED FOR MORE THAN 3 WEEKS AFTER 2 RESISTORS FAILED ON JUNE 28TH DURING THUNDER IN THE VALLEY…AND THIS HAPPENED DURING THE TRIPLE-A-B-A BASEBALL TOURNAMENT. CAMTRAN OFFICIALS EXPECT THE PROBLEM TO BE FIXED QUICKLY.

AN ALABAMA COUPLE HAS CREATED A 25-THOUSAND DOLLAR ENDOWMENT FOR THE PENN STATE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS. OHN AND MICHELLE MASON BEGAN THE MEGHAN R. MASON PROGRAM ENDOWMENT BECAUSE OF THE CENTER’S INFLUENCE ON THEIR DAUGHTER WHILE THE FAMILY LIVED IN STATE COLLEGE. MEGHAN IS A TEACHING ASSISTANT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, WORKING ON A DOCTORATE IN EPIDEMIOLOGY. SHE’S ALSO AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR AT ST. CATHERINE UNIVERSITY IN ST. PAUL. JOHN MASON, A PENN STATE ALUMNUS, WAS THE ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR GRADUATE STUDIES, RESEARCH AND OUTREACH IN THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING BEFORE HE TOOK HIS CURRENT JOB AS VICE PRESIDENT OF RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AT AUBURN UNIVERSITY. MICHELLE MASON PREIVOUSLY TAUGHT BIOLOGY AT STATE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL AND GENERAL SCIENCE AT MOUNT NITTANY MIDDLE SCHOOL.