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Friday July 18 2014

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FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014

A FATAL FIRE YESTERDAY MORNING IN NANTY GLO, CAMBRIA COUNTY. THE FIRE MARSHAL SAYS THE BLAZE WAS CAUSED BY AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM AND IT HAS BEEN RULED ACCIDENTAL. FLAMES BROKE OUT ALONG SPRINGFIELD STREET AROUND 7:30 AND 64 YEAR OLD WILLIAM FERGUSON DIED OF SMOKE INHALATION. A NEIGHBOR TRIED TO GET INSIDE TO SAVE HIM, BUT COULDN’T.

THE RED CROSS IS ASSISTING 7 ADULTS AND ONE CHILD AFTER A FIRE RIPPED THROUGH AN APARTMENT BUILDING THURSDAY MORNING IN MAPLETON, HUNTINGDON COUNTY. LUCKILY, THE FIRE DEPARTMENT IS RIGHT NEXT DOOR SO CREWS WERE ON THE SCENE QUICKLY AND NO ONE WAS INJURED. THE STATE POLICE FIRE MARSHAL IS INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE.

IN ALTOONA LAST NIGHT, ONE PERSON WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AFTER A CAR CRASHED INTO A HOUSE SHORTLY BEFORE 7 ALONG 2ND AVENUE. POLICE SAY THE DRIVER FIRST HIT A PARKED VEHICLE, THEN WENT UP ONTO A CURB, AND THEN SLAMMED INTO THE HOUSE. NO ONE INSIDE WAS HURT. NO WORD YET ON IF ANY CHARGES WILL BE FILED.

MATT SANDUSKY'S INTERVIEW WITH OPRAH WINFREY AIRED LAST NIGHT ON THE OWN TV NETWORK. HE CLAIMS JERRY SANDUSKY WOULD MOLEST HIM WHEN HE TUCKED HIM IN DURING OVERNIGHT VISITS. IN THE INTERVIEW, HE MENTIONED MORE SERIOUS ABUSE THAN HE PREVIOUSLY TOLD DETECTIVES ABOUT. MATT SANDUSKY DID NOT TESTIFY AGAINST HIS ADOPTIVE FATHER AND JERRY SANDUSKY HAS NOT BEEN CHARGED WITH ANY CRIME IN RELATION TO HIM. MATT IS AMONG THOSE WHO HAVE SHARED 60 MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF CIVIL SETTLEMENTS FROM PENN STATE.

ACCORDING TO WJAC, FORMER PENNS VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC DIRECTOR DON HOSTERMAN HAS ENTERED GUILTY PLEAS TO STEALING OVER 23-THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM ATHLETIC ACCOUNTS BELONGING TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE MOUNTAIN LEAGUE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE. POLICE SAY THE MONEY WENT MISSING BETWEEN 2010 AND LAST YEAR AND HOSTERMAN APPARENTLY PAID BACK MORE THAN 20-THOUSAND DOLLARS. SENTENCING IS SCHEDULED IN AUGUST.

DAVID HORTEN WHO OWNS NYKO’S RESTAURANT IN JOHNSTOWN HAS BEEN ORDERED TO TRIAL ON CHARGES THAT HE ILLEGALLY BOUGHT BLACK BEAR GALLBLADDERS IN 2011. THE TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT REPORTS THE STATE GAME COMMISSION SET UP THE DEAL WHICH HAPPENED IN THE RESTAURANT’S PARKING LOT. HORTEN TOLD THE UNDERCOVER OFFICER HIS MOTHER WOULD DRY THE GALLBLADDERS AND TAKE THEM TO NEW YORK CITY, WHERE THEY WOULD BE SOLD. BEAR GALLBLADDERS ARE CONSIDER EDIBLE AND ARE USED FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSES IN ASIA. HORTEN IS FREE ON HIS OWN RECOGNIZANCE.

HEROIN DEATHS ARE INCREASING IN PENNSYLVANIA. OFFICIALS SAID YESTERDAY THE STATE IS NUMBER 7 AMONG STATES WITH THE HIGHEST NUMBERS. CORONERS HAVE BEEN USING A NEW ONLINE DATABASE TO TRACK THE PROBLEM AND HAVE FOUND THAT PENNSYLVANIA HAD A 30 PERCENT INCREASE IN HEROIN DEATHS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR. LANCASTER COUNTY HAD THE MOST HEROIN-RELATED DEATHS IN THE STATE, WITH 92 BETWEEN 2009 AND LAST YEAR. OFFICIALS SAY THE NUMBER OF MAJOR ROUTES THAT RUN THROUGH THE STATE ARE ADDING TO THE PROBLEM BY ALLOWING DRUGS TO TRAVEL LONG DISTANCES QUICKLY.