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FROGNET NEWS-MONDAY, JUNE 16TH 2014

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MONDAY, june 16, 2014

 

TODAY’S ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT A PROVISION IN THE CITY OF ALTOONA’S AGREEMENT WITH THE ALTOONA WATER AUTHORITY COULD DELAY THE CITY’S PLAN TO TAKE BACK THE AUTHORITY’S WATER AND SEWER SYSTEMS UNTIL THE AGREEMENT EXPIRES AT THE END OF 2015.HOWEVER, THE CITY’S SOLICITOR SAYS THAT A PRECEDENT CASE PROBABLY ESTABLISHES THE CITY’S RIGHT TO TAKE BACK THOSE SYSTEMS SO IT CAN CONTINUE WITH ITS PLAN TO LEASE THEM LONG-TERM FOR A LARGE, UP-FRONT PAYMENT. THE SOLICITOR FOR THE ALTOONA WATER AUTHORITY SAYS HE’S NOT CERTAIN THAT THE CASE FROM THE YEAR 2000 ESTABLISHES PRECEDENT. THE CITY HOPES TO COMPLETE AN AUCTION OF THE SYSTEMS IN AS LITTLE AS 8 MONTHS.

 

ALTOONA POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A SUNDAY AFTERNOON ARMED ROBBERY AT THE PUFF N’SNUFF TOBACCO STORE AT 706 NORTH 4TH AVENUE IN THE JUNIATA SECTION OF THE CITY. THEY SAY A MALE WENT INTO THE STORE SHORTLY AFTER 3 AND SHOWED A HANDGUN. HE ESCAPED IN A SILVER MITSUBISHI WITH AN UNDETERMINED AMOUNT OF MONEY. HE’S DESCRIBED AS BETWEEN 5-FEET-2 AND 5-FEET-4 INCHES TALL, WEARING JEANS WITH A FLANNEL SHIRT AND A GRAY OR BLACK HOODIE. HE WAS WEARING A BANDANA AND SUNGLASSES TO HIDE HIS FACE.

 

A HAWK RUN TEEN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH BURGLARY  AND RELATED OFFENSES AFTER A “SMASH AND GRAB”  BURGLARY AT THE PHILIPSBURG MINIT-MART STORE EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. POLICE SAY 18-YEAR-OLD BRANDON WILKINSON WAS IDENTIFIED THROUGH VIDEO SURVEILLANCE. HE IS THE CENTRE COUNTY PRISON PENDING ARRAIGNMENT. POLICE ARE CONTINUING THEIR INVESTIGATION.

 

STATE POLICE CAUGHT A MAN WHO WAS LISTED AS “HUNTINGDON COUNTY’S MOST WANTED” ON SATURDAY EVENING ON OLD PLANK ROAD, TODD TOWNSHIP IN HUNTINGDON COUNTY. TROOPERS FROM THE HUNTINGDON BARRACKS ARRESTED 35-YEAR-OLD MICHAEL JOSEPH BURD, WHO WAS WANTED FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR ON CHARGES OF D-U-I, DRIVING UNDER SUSPENSION AND VARIOUS OTHER TRAFFIC OFFENSES. BURD WAS TAKEN TO THE HUNTINGDON COUNTY JAIL.

 

 A PENNSYLVANIA LAWMAKER IS TRYING TO CREATE AN OFFICE OF NEW AMERICANS IN THE STATE. SENATOR JIM FERLO SENT OUT LETTERS LAST WEEK SEEKING SUPPORT OF THE BILL, WHICH WOULD FOCUS ON ATTRACTING AND INTEGRATING IMMIGRANTS INTO OUR SOCIETY.  FERLO SAYS THE STATE HAS EVERYTHING TO GAIN FROM LEGAL CITIZENSHIP AND SHOULD BE WELCOMING LEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO WANT TO IMPROVE THEMSELVES, THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES.  THE OFFICE WOULD FALL UNDER THE GOVERNOR'S JURISDICTION, WOULD HAVE FOUR EMPLOYEES AND COST $200,000 A YEAR.

 

 A PUBLIC VIEWING IS BEING HELD TODAY FOR CHUCK NOLL, HALL OF FAME COACH FOR THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS.  A VIEWING WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 2:00 TO 4 P.M. AND FROM 6:00 TO 8 P.M. AT JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS ON CENTRE AVENUE IN OAKLAND.  A MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL IS SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY AT 10 A.M. AT ST. PAUL CATHEDRAL AT NORTH DITHERIDGE STREET AND FIFTH AVENUE IN OAKLAND.  THE FORMER COACH DIED FRIDAY NIGHT OF NATURAL CAUSES AT THE AGE OF 82.

THE RAILROAD CROSSING IN VAIL, BLAIR COUNTY, WIL BE CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION STARTING AT 7 THIS MORNING WHILE CREWS UPGRADE THE CROSSING AND TRACK. THE ROAD WILL RE-OPEN AT 8AM NEXT MONTH

PENNDOT SAYS THE CONTRACTOR CONTINUES WORKING ON A 2 YEAR BRIDGE REHABILITATION CONTRACT TO REHABILITATE 7 LOCAL BRIDGES ACROSS BLAIR COUNTY.TODAY THROUGH JULY 29TH, A DETOUR WILL BE IN EFFECT ALONG REBECCA FURNACE ROAD OVER CLOVER CREEK IN NORTH WOODBURY TOWNSHIP.

STATE COLLEGE PUBLIC WORKS CREWS TODAY WILL BEGIN CONCRETE CURB AND SIDEWALK REPAIRS IN THE 200 AND 300 BLOCKS OF FRY DRIVE, EAST WHITEHALL ROAD, AND NORMA STREET. THE PROJECT WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THURSDAY. OTHER SIDEWALK CONSTRUCTION WILL BE UNDERWAY ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE 100 BLOCK OF SOUTH PUGH STREET, BETWEEN BEAVER AVENUE AND CALDER WAY.