WUZZ Line 1-800-397-9633

Tuesday April 2 2013

Feed(s): 

TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013

ARSON SUSPECT ARRESTED

50 YEAR OLD EDWARD HOUCK OF LOGAN TOWNSHIP IS NOW IN THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON ON 35-THOUSAND DOLLARS BAIL, CHARGED WITH SETTING HIS HOME AND GARAGE ON FIRE SUNDAY AFTERNOON...THEN CUTTING DOWN A TREE AND USING HIS VEHICLE TO BARRICADE EMERGENCY CREWS FROM RESPONDING. HOUCK WAS ALSO CARRYING A CONCEALED HANDGUN. POLICE SAY HOUCK WAS IN THE MIDST OF A PROLONGED DIVORCE. YESTERDAY, A JUDGE SIGNED A PROTECTION-FROM-ABUSE ORDER FOR HOUCK’S ESTRANGED WIFE.

MAN THREATENS EXPLOSION

THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT 49 YEAR OLD RICHARD SUPENIA OF TYRONE IS JAILED AFTER ALLEGEDLY CUTTING THE LINE AT THE LOGAN AVENUE SHEETZ STORE… DEMANDING A CELL PHONE CHARGER…,AND THREATENING TO BLOW UP THE CHEMICAL PLANT IN TYRONE IF HE DIDN’T GET ONE. POLICE CAUGHT HIM AT SOLDIERS PARK AND HE ALLEGEDLY THREATENED TO “TAKE OUT” A COP, THEN KICKED THE OFFICER IN THE GROIN. HE ALSO THREATENED OTHER OFFICERS. A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SET FOR NEXT TUESDAY.

TEACHERS NOT FIRED

RUMORS HAVE BEEN CIRCULATING THAT A NUMBER OF TEACHERS HAVE BEEN FIRED FROM JOHNSTOWN’S BISHOP MCCORT HIGH SCHOOL, BUT A SPOKESMAN YESTERDAY SAID THAT SPECULATION IS “UNFOUNDED…AND THAT IS NOT AN ACCURATE DESCRIPTION OF ANY EVENTS THAT HAVE OCCURRED.” PRINCIPAL KEN SALEM WAS PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE MARCH 1ST AFTER A NUMBER OF FORMER STUDENTS CLAIMED THEY HAD BEEN ABUSED BY FRANCISCAN BROTHER STEPHEN BAKER IN THE 1990’S. BAKER COMMITTED SUICIDE IN JANUARY AT ST. BERNADINE’S MONASTERY IN HOLLIDAYSBURG.

ARMED ROBBERS ON THE LOOSE

STATE POLICE IN BEDFORD COUNTY ARE LOOKING FOR THE 2 WHITE MEN WHO ROBBED DENNY’S RESTAURANT ABOUT 2 MONDAY MORNING. BOTH CARRIED KNIVES AND WORE A MASK. THEY FORCED 2 EMPLOYEES TO THE BACK OF THE RESTAURANT…KICKED IN AN OFFICE DOOR…AND STOLE AN UNKNOWN AMOUNT OF CASH. ONE SUSPECT IS DESCRIBED AS 6-FOOT-4, WEARING A GRAY SKI MASK, GRAY HOODED SWEATSHIRT WITH BLACK GLOVES AND LIGHT BLUE JEANS. THE OTHER IS 5-9, WEARING A BLACK HOODED SWEATSHIRT, BLACK SKI MASK, BLACK GLOVES AND BLACK PANTS.

JOHNSTOWN POLICE SAY 2 MEN WITH A GUN ROBBED THE DOLLAR GENERAL STORE IN THE CITY’S MOXHAM NEIGHBORHOOD JUST AFTER 7AM MONDAY.ONE OF THE SUSPECTS CONFRONTED AN EMPLOYEE AS SHE WAS ROUNDING UP SHOPPING CARTS. THEY POINTED A GUN AT HER AND FORCED HER INSIDE, THEN HANDCUFFED HER. THE THIEVES BROKE INTO THE CASH REGISTER AND GOT AWAY WITH AN UNKNOWN AMOUNT OF MONEY.

MAN BEATEN & LEFT IN THE SNOW

24 YEAR OLD JEREMY MURPHEY OF WINDBER IS NOW IN THE CAMBRIA COUNTY PRISON ON AGGRAVATED ASSAULT CHARGES. RICHLAND TOWNSHIP POLICE SAY MURPHEY AND 5 OTHER MEN ARGUED IN A CAR ON MARCH 8TH ALONG BERWICK ROAD. THE DRIVER PULLED OVER AND MURPHEY AND THE VICTIM GOT OUT AND FOUGHT. MURPHEY ALLEGEDLY BROKE THE OTHER MAN’S JAW AND LEFT HIM ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. A POLICE OFFICER PATROLLING THE AREA DISCOVERED HIM LYING IN THE SNOW. THE VICTIM SPENT SEVERAL WEEKS IN INTENSIVE CARE. MURPHEY’S BAIL IS 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

FATAL CRASH STATS

PENNDOT ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT HIGHWAY DEATHS IN 2012 WERE THE 3RD-LOWEST ON RECORD. SECRETARY BARRY SCHOCH SAYS A TOTAL OF 13-HUNDRED-10 PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN CRASHES ON PENNSYLVANIA ROADS. THAT’S 24 MORE THAN IN 2011. THERE WERE 124-THOUSAND-62 WRECKS…A DECREASE FROM 125-THOUSAND-322 IN 2011. SINCE DECEMBER 2011, WHEN DRIVING SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR YOUNG DRIVERS INCREASED, FATALITIES IN CRASHES INVOLVING A 16- OR 17-YEAR-OLD DRIVER DECREASED TO 44, 22 FEWER THAN IN 2011. FATALITIES INVOLVING A DRINKING DRIVER DECREASED FROM 391 IN 2011 TO 377 LAST YEAR, THE LOWEST NUMBER IN MORE THAN 10 YEARS. THERE WERE 57 FATALITIES IN CRASHES INVOLVING DISTRACTED DRIVERS, A DECREASE FROM 59 IN 2011.

PRISON OPENS

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WERE IN CENTRE COUNTY YESTERDAY TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE NEW 200-MILLION DOLLAR STATE PRISON IN BENNER TOWNSHIP. 2-THOUSAND MALE INMATES WILL START MOVING IN OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS AND THE FACILITY WILL BE FULLY OPERATIONAL BY JULY 1ST. NEARLY 560 PEOPLE WILL WORK AT THE PRISON, MANY OF THEM FROM S-C-I CRESSON WHICH IS CLOSING ALONG WITH S-C-I GREENSBURG. TOURS OF THE LOCK-UP WILL BE OFFERED AGAIN THIS EVENING.

RESIDENTS DON’T LIKE PIPELINE PLAN

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE ATTENDED A PUBLIC MEETING HOSTED BY STATE COLLEGE BORO COUNCIL LAST NIGHT TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST A NATURAL GAS PIPELINE SET FOR THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD. COLUMBIA GAS WANTS TO RUN THE LINE DOWN PROSPECT AVENUE IN THE DOWNTOWN, BRINGING NATURAL GAS TO PENN STATE’S POWER PLANT. COMPANY AND UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS SAY THE PIPELINE IS SAFE AND THE PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION IS ALREADY MONITORING THE PROJECT.

$1,000,000,000

PENNSYLVANIA LOTTERY OFFICIALS SAY ONE POWERBALL TICKET WORTH 1 MILLION DOLLARS FROM SATURDAY NIGHT’S DRAWING WAS SOLD AT SHEETZ ON 17TH STREET IN ALTOONA. THE TICKET CORRECTLY MATCHED ALL 5 WHITE BALLS, BUT NOT THE POWERBALL. THE STORE WILL RECEIVE A 5-THOUSAND DOLLAR BONUS FOR SELLING THE WINNING TICKET.