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Monday February 17 2014

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2014

NEW PSU PRESIDENT

62 YEAR OLD FLORIDA STATE PRESIDENT ERIC BARRON IS EXPECTED TO BE NAMED PENN STATE’S 18TH PRESIDENT TODAY. BARRON SPENT 20 YEARS AS A PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY…THEN AS DEAN IN THE COLLEGE OF EARTH AND MINERAL SCIENCES. HE WAS NAMED FLORIDA STATE’S PRESIDENT IN 2010. PENN STATE’S BOARD WILL HOLD A SPECIAL SESSION THIS MORNING TO APPROVE BARRON…THEN A PRESS CONFERENCE WILL FOLLOW AT NOON AT THE PENN STATER CONFERENCE CENTER.

FIRES

A HOUSE ON FULMER ROAD IN RICHLAND, OUTSIDE OF JOHNSTOWN, IS A TOTAL LOSS AFTER A FIRE SATURDAY. THE BLAZE STARTED AFTER THE HOMEOWNER, BOB CAROTHERS, OVERFILLED A KEROSENE HEATER. HE COULDN’T FIND HIS PHONE, SO HE HAD TO DRIVE FOR HELP…GOT STUCK IN THE SNOW…AND HAD TO FLAG DOWN A PASSING MOTORIST TO CALL 911. FIREFIGHTERS HAD TO PLOW THE DRIVEWAY BEFORE THEY COULD GET TO THE HOUSE. 2 CATS DIED IN THE FIRE, BUT CAROTHERS WAS ABLE TO SAVE A DOG AND 2 FERRETS.

A MALFUNCTIONING ELECTRICAL OUTLET IN A BATHROOM ON THE FIRST FLOOR IS BEING BLAMED FOR STARTING A FIRE THAT DAMAGED A HOME ON TICONDEROGA LANE IN CONEMAUGH TOWNSHIP, CAMBRIA COUNTY, EARLY SUNDAY. 3 PEOPLE ESCAPED, BUT ONE REPORTED TROUBLE BREATHING AND WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL. THE FLAMES ALSO DAMAGED A UTILITY ROOM AND KITCHEN ON THE FIRST FLOOR AND CAUSED SOME DAMAGE TO BEDROOMS ON THE SECOND FLOOR. THERE IS SMOKE DAMAGE THROUGHOUT THE HOME.

BABY INJURED

JOHNSTOWN POLICE SAY 26 YEAR OLD MAURICE DAVIS JUNIOR, ALSO KNOWN AS “SPUNKY,” IS IN THE CAMBRIA COUNTY JAIL CHARGED WITH BEATING HIS 16 MONTH OLD DAUGHTER AT AN OAK STREET HOME BACK ON JANUARY 24TH. THE TODDLER WAS IN HIS CUSTODY FOR A FEW DAYS AND DAVIS ORIGINALLY TOLD AUTHORITIES SHE FELL DOWN A FLIGHT OF STAIRS FROM THE ATTIC. THE CHILD HAS BLEEDING ON THE BRAIN, SPINAL INJURIES, AND BROKEN BONES. SHE REMAINS IN SERIOUS CONDITION AT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL IN PITTSBURGH.

STATE COLLEGE ASSAULT

TATE COLLEGE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AN INDECENT ASSAULT THAT HAPPENED BETWEEN 1:30 AND 1:45AM SUNDAY IN THE 4TH FLOOR LAUNDRY ROOM AT 478 EAST BEAVER AVENUE. A FEMALE VICTIM CLAIMS A WHITE COLLEGE AGED MALE PUSHED HER INTO THE LAUNDRY ROOM, ASSAULTED HER, THEN RAN FROM THE SCENE. THE SUSPECT IS DESCRIBED AS ABOUT 5-FOOT-6 WITH A MEDIUM BUILD, AND DARK HAIR. HE WAS WEARING BLUE JEANS AND A GRAY HOODIE WITH A ZIPPER FRONT. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION SHOULD CALL BORO POLICE AT 234-71-50.

WATER LINE BREAK

RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES IN ROARING SPRING, BLAIR COUNTY, ARE BEING URGED TO CONSERVE WATER. OFFICIALS SAY A WATER LINE LEAK WASHED OUT PART OF ROUTE 164 AND THE ROAD IS CLOSED FROM THE INTERSECTION OF ROUTE 36 TO PLUM CREEK ROAD. THE ROAD WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL THE WATER LINE IS REPAIRED AND THE ROAD IS CHECKED FOR DAMAGES.

PINK ZONE

12-THOUSAND-585 FANS…INCLUDING A RECORD 698 BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS, PACKED THE BRYCE JORDAN CENTER YESTERDAY FOR THE LADY LIONS 8TH ANNUAL PINK ZONE GAME. PRELIMINARY FUNDRAISING TOTALS APPROACHED 200-THOUSAND DOLLARS. THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE SINGLE GAME TICKET SALES, T-SHIRT SALES, OR THE CHARITY-BUZZ-DOT-COM ON-LINE AUCTION. PENN STATE WON THE GAME 78 TO 68 OVER WISCONSIN.