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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2013

LET THE SHOPPING BEGIN

IT’S BLACK FRIDAY…TRADITIONALLY THE BUSIEST SHOPPING DAY OF THE YEAR…BUT LOTS OF SHOPPERS BRAVED THE COLD LAST NIGHT AND GOT A HEAD START AS MANY STORES OPENED THANKSGIVING EVENING WITH SLASHED PRICES. THIS YEAR, THERE ARE 6 LESS SHOPPING DAYS BETWEEN THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS. THE NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION SAYS 140 MILLION PEOPLE WILL LIKELY SHOP SOMETIME BEFORE THE START OF NEXT WEEK. THAT'S A ONE-PERCENT DROP FROM THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO HIT THE STORES DURING THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR. OF THOSE WHO SAY THEY'RE GOING TO SHOP DURING THE THANKSGIVING WEEKEND, NEARLY A QUARTER -- ABOUT 33 MILLION -- PLANNED TO DO SO ON THANKSGIVING DAY. BLACK FRIDAY WILL BE THE BIGGEST SHOPPING DAY. LAST YEAR, AMERICANS SPENT AN AVERAGE OF AROUND 420 DOLLARS EACH ON BLACK FRIDAY. IF THAT TREND CONTINUES, THIS BLACK FRIDAY COULD RESULT IN MORE THAN 40-BILLION DOLLARS IN SALES.

FATAL CRASH UNDER INVESTIGATION

STATE POLICE IN HUNTINGDON ARE INVESTIGATING A FATAL CRASH THAT HAPPENED AROUND 10 TUESDAY MORNING AT THE INTERSECTION OF ROUTE 522 AND LENAPE DRIVE IN SHIRLEY TOWNSHIP. POLICE SAY 66-YEAR-OLD JOHN MCGARVEY OF SHIRLEYSBURG WAS MAKING A LEFT HAND TURN ON 522 WHEN HIS PICKUP TRAVELED INTO THE PATH OF A VAN DRIVEN BY 68-YEAR-OLD DIANE CRAMER ALSO OF SHIRLEYSBURG. CRAMER WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT JC BLAIR MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. MCGARVEY HAD MAJOR INJURIES AND WAS TAKEN TO UPMC ALTOONA.

POLICE CHASE IN BLAIR COUNTY

34 YEAR-OLD PHILIP WEYANDT OF EAST FREEDOM IS IN THE BLAIR COUNTY JAIL AFTER A POLICE CHASE EARLY THANKSGIVING MORNING. STATE POLICE SAY WEYANDT REFUSED TO PULL OVER DURING A TRAFFIC STOP ALONG PLANK ROAD IN ALTOONA AND HE TOOK OFF ONTO MUNICIPAL DRIVE AND THEN CARSON VALLEY ROAD. HE THEN WENT SOUTHBOUND IN THE NORTHBOUND LANE OF ROUTE 764 NEAR LEIGHTY LANE. WEYANT WAS DRIVING CLOSE TO 80 MILES AN HOUR DURING THE CHASE AND HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER A BRIEF STRUGGLE. HE’S ALSO FACING THEFT CHARGES IN CUMBERLAND COUNTY.

JAIL TIME AFTER FIGHT & CHASE

A BLAIR COUNTY JUDGE THIS WEEK SENTENCED 32 YEAR OLD KENNETH RITCHEY OF CLAYSBURG TO AT LEAST A YEAR IN THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON. RITCHEY WAS CONVICTED OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT FOR A ROADSIDE FIGHT WITH FAMILY MEMBERS IN SEPTEMBER. HE RAMMED ANOTHER VEHICLE…THREW A CASE OF SODA, HITTING A WOMAN IN THE HEAD…THEN CHASED A CARLOAD OF VICTIMS BEFORE CRASHING HIS PICKUP. POLICE FOUND AN OPEN CONTAINER OF ALCOHOL IN THE TRUCK ALONG WITH A SYRINGE AND WHITE POWDER.

DAD GETS PROBATION

ON A WARM DAY ON SEPTEMBER 1ST, 28 YEAR OLD WARREN BAXTER OF ALTOONA LEFT HIS 17 MONTH OLD DAUGHTER UNATTENDED IN A CAR IN THE PLANK ROAD COMMONS PARKING LOT. SHE WAS FOUND RED AND SWEATING WITH AN ELEVATED BODY TEMPERATURE. THIS WEEK, A BLAIR COUNTY JUDGE PLACED BAXTER ON 2 YEARS PROBATION. THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT IN 2006 BAXTER WAS SENTENCED TO 9 TO 24 MONTHS BY A BEDFORD COUNTY JUDGE ON ANOTHER COUNT OF CHILD ENDANGERMENT AND SIMPLE ASSAULT OF A CHILD.

NEW AMBULANCE BUILDING

THE HOLLIDAYSBURG AMERICAN LEGION PLANS TO CONSTRUCT A NEW BANQUET HALL AND AMBULANCE BUILDING ON THE GROUNDS OF LEGION PARK. THE ALTOONA MIRROR SAYS PROPOSED DRAWINGS SHOW A 72-HUNDRED SQUARE FOOT BUILDING WITH SPACE FOR 2 AMBULANCES AND THE REST OF THE BUILDING WILL BE AVAILABLE TO RENT. THE PARK’S FORKED ENTRANCE WILL BE RE-DESIGNED. THE AMBULANCE SERVICE CURRENTLY RENTS SPACE AT THE MEADOWS INTERSECTION. WORK WILL BEGIN AS SOON AS THE PERMITS ARE IN PLACE AND WEATHER PERMITS. THE LEGION POST WILL REMAIN ON ALLEGHENY STREET.