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MONDAY, JULY 28, 2014

SEVERE WEATHER ON SUNDAY RESULTED IN POWER OUTAGES IN MANY PARTS OF THE AREA. OUTAGES WERE REPORTED IN SEVERAL PARTS OF BLAIR, BEDFORD, AND CENTRE COUNTIES. SEVERE THUNDERSTORM AND TORNADO WARNINGS WERE ISSUED FOR SEVERAL COUNTIES AND WERE LATER DOWNGRADED. THUNDERSTORMS AROUND CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA WERE REPORTED WITH HEAVY RAINFALL, DAMAGING WINDS AND SOME HAIL.

THE ALPHA FIRE COMPANY IN STATE COLLEGE BELIEVES THAT A LIGHTNING STRIKE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR A CONDOMINIUM FIRE ON SUNDAY NIGHT ON SHELLERS BEND. THE MAIN UNIT THAT CAUGHT FIRE WAS DESCRIBED AS “COMPLETE DESTRUCTION”. NO ONE WAS OCCUPYING THE RESIDENCE AT THE TIME AND NO ONE WAS HURT IN ANY SURROUNDING UNITS. SOME NEIGHBORING UNITS RECEIVED SMOKE AND WATER DAMAGE. ONE FIREFIGHTER WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AFTER SUFFERING FROM “OVER-EXERTION”.

TWO PEOPLE WERE INJURED IN A SATURDAY AFTERNOON MOTORCYCLE CRASH ON THE JANESVILLE PIKE IN SNYDER TOWNSHIP, BLAIR COUNTY. POLICE SAY THE MOTORCYCLE, DRIVEN BY 63-YEAR-OLD LEROY MILLER OF DUNCANSVILLE, WENT ONTO THE SHOULDER OF THE ROAD ON A SHARP TURN AND STRUCK A BANK. MILLER AND HIS PASSENGER WERE THROWN FROM THE BIKE. THEY WERE TAKEN TO U-P-M-C ALTOONA.

ON FRIDAY, STATE COLLEGE POLICE ARRESTED TWO CENTRE COUNTY MEN ALLEGEDLY INVOLVED IN SEVERAL BREAK-INS EARLY FRIDAY MORNING WHILE THE HOMEOWNERS WERE SLEEPING. POLICE SAY 25-YEAR-OLD NATHANIEL DURKIN AND 20-YEAR-OLD GABRIEL ALLEGAR WERE COVERED IN BLOOD WHEN THEY KICKED IN THE DOOR OF A RESIDENCE ON NITTANY AVENUE AND THREATENED THE PEOPLE INSIDE. THE PAIR ARE ALSO ACCUSED OF BREAKING INTO A SECOND HOME ON LOCUST LANE, WHERE THEY ATTEMPTED TO HIDE FROM POLICE BY LOCKING THEMSELVES IN A BATHROOM.

A FEDERAL JUDGE IS ALLOWING THE CRIMINAL CASE AGAINST FORMER PENN STATE PRESIDENT GRAHAM SPANIER TO PROCEED. THE JUDGE HANDED DOWN THE RULING FRIDAY SAYING FEDERAL COURTS ARE REQUIRED TO KEEP OUT OF STATE PROSECUTIONS IN ALL BUT THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY INSTANCES. SPANIER CLAIMED THE COURT SHOULD INTERVENE BECAUSE PROSECUTORS IMPROPERLY USED TESTIMONY FROM A UNIVERSITY LAWYER THAT SPANIER CLAIMS REPRESENTED HIM WHEN HE APPEARED BEFORE A GRAND JURY. SPANIER IS ACCUSED OF COVERING-UP CHILD SEX ABUSE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST JERRY SANDUSKY.

A NEW PROVIDER OF PASSENGER FLIGHT SERVICE BEGINS IN OCTOBER AT THE ALTOONA-BLAIR COUNTY AIRPORT. TODAY’S ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT THE C-E-O OF SUN AIRLINES, A FLORIDA-BASED COMMUTER SERVICE, HAS PROPOSED TO BUILD RIDERSHIP WITH FREQUENT FLIGHTS, RELIABLE SERVICE AND ATTRACTIVE TICKET PRICES. HE ALSO PROMISES TO ACTIVELY MARKET THE NEW SERVICE. DAVID HACKETT MADE THOSE STATEMENTS AT A MAY MEETING WITH THE AIRPORT AUTORITY. IF AN AVERAGE OF 32 DAILY PASSENGERS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SUN AIR’S FLIGHTS DURING THE FIRST YEAR OF SERVICE, THAT WILL BE ENOUGH TO CONTINUE SUBSIDIES THROUGH THE FEDERAL “ESSENTIAL AIR SERVICE” PROGRAM AND FLIGHT SERVICE.

THE DEADLINE FOR HUNTERS TO ENTER THE LOTTERY FOR ONE OF THE STATE’S 108 ELK LICENSES IS THIS THURSDAY, WHICH IS A MONTH EARLIER THAN NORMAL. OFFICIALS SAY THE CHANGE WAS MADE BECAUSE GAME OFFICIALS ARE HOLDING THE DRAWING AT THE PENNSYLVANIA GREAT OUTDOORS ELK EXPO IN BENEZETTE ON AUGUST 16TH, WHICH IS ALSO EARLIER THAN NORMAL. ELK SEASON IS NOVEMBER 3RD THROUGH THE 8TH, WITH AN EXTENDED SEASON FROM THE 10TH THROUGH THE 15TH.

STATE POLICE IN HUNTINGDON SAY AN OPERATOR WHO WAS DRIVING ERRATICALLY STRUCK A CAR TRYING TO PULL OUT OF THE DAIRY QUEEN ON ROUTE 22 IN HUNTINGDON ON SATURDAY NIGHT. THE CRASH RESULTED IN MINOR INJURIES. IT’S SUSPECTED THAT ALCOHOL WAS A FACTOR. POLICE SAY THAT ONE OF THE DRIVERS WAS PASSING OTHER VEHICLES IN THE CENTER TURNING LANE BEFORE THE ACCIDENT.

STATE COLLEGE POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR HELP IN A CASE INVOLVING A 6-YEAR-OLD BOY WHO WAS BITTEN BY A DOG AT ABOUT 10:30 ON SUNDAY MORNING AS HE AND HIS SISTER WERE WALKING TO THEIR HOME AFTER SWIMMING AT WELCH POOL IN STATE COLLEGE. THE DOG’S OWNER LEFT THE SCENE AFTER ONE OF HER TWO DOGS BIT THE BOY. SHE IS DESCRIBED AS A BLONDE WOMAN. THE DOG HAD SHORT BROWN HAIR WITH A LONG NOSE. POLICE NEED TO KNOW IF THE DOG’S SHOTS WERE UP-TO-DATE.

BEGINNING TODAY, A CONTRACTOR FOR STATE COLLEGE BORO WILL CONTINUE WORK ON THE 100 BLOCK OF PUGH STREET.THE PROJECT IS NOW MOVING TO THE EAST SIDE OF PUGH BETWEEN COLLEGE AVENUE AND CALDER WAY AND PUGH WILL BE CLOSED IN THAT AREA.

THE RAILROAD CROSSING AT THOMASTOWN, NEAR TYRONE IN BLAIR COUNTY, WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC  TODAY FROM ABOUT 7 A.M. UNTIL NOON.RESIDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO ENTER OR EXIT THOMASTOWN BY USING THE EMeRGENCY ACCESS ROAD BY WAY OF I-99. ANYONE WITH QUESTIONS CAN CONTACT THE SNYDER TOWNSHIP OFFICE AT 684-1048.