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Tuesday January 21 2014

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2013

2ND POLAR VORTEX

IF YOU ENJOYED THE BITTERLY COLD WEATHER EARLIER THIS MONTH, YOU’LL LIKE WHAT’S COMING. ACCUWEATHER SAYS MORE BRUTAL COLD WILL BE IN OUR AREA INTO NEXT WEEK. 1 TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW IS ALSO PREDICTED TODAY. EXPERTS SUGGEST STAYING INDOORS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND KEEPING SKIN COVERED WHEN OUTSIDE.

OFFICER SUFFERED FATAL HEART ATTACK

BLAIR COUNTY CORONER PATTY ROSS SAYS ALTOONA SCHOOL DISTRICT AND TYRONE BORO POLICE OFFICER CHRISTOPHER AMERINE DIED SUNDAY AFTERNOON AFTER SUFFERING A HEART ATTACK WHILE PLAYING BASKETBALL WITH FRIENDS AT THE 6TH WARD CENTER. AMERINE WAS JUST 44 AND LEAVES A WIFE AND 2 YOUNG CHILDREN. FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS ARE PENDING AT SANTELLA FUNERAL HOME.

CHILD STILL MISSING

WJAC REPORTS THAT POLICE IN PENNSYLVANIA AND WASHINGTON D-C LOOKING FOR BELINDA HANCOCK OF JOHNSTOWN WHO IS ACCUSED OF KIDNAPPING 3 YEAR OLD KAYADA SERENITEE MARTIN. JOHNSTOWN POLICE SAY HANCOCK IS A CLOSE FAMILY FRIEND AND GODMOTHER OF KAYADA AND THE LITTLE GIRL NEVER RETURNED FROM HER HOME ON CHRISTMAS DAY. THE FAMILY HAS BEEN CALLING AND TEXTING HANCOCK, BUT SHE HAS APPARENTLY MOVED TO D-C.

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED

30 YEAR OLD JOSHUA BURLEY OF PHILIPSBURG SUFFERED MAJOR INJURIES IN A CRASH YESTERDAY MORNING IN BRADFORD TOWNSHIP, CLEARFIELD COUNTY. POLICE SAY BURLEY SWERVED ACROSS ROUTE 322 AROUND 6:30AM. HE HIT A PICKUP, DRIVEN BY 26 YEAR OLD MITCHELL STEPHENS OF CLEARFIELD WHICH THEN STRUCK A 3RD VEHICLE OPERATED BY 35 YEAR OLD NICHOLE STILES OF CLEARFIELD. BURLEY WAS FLOWN FROM THE SCENE AND STEPHENS WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WITH MINOR INJURIES. STEPHENS WAS UNHURT.

STUDENT FALLS

PENN STATE POLICE SAY FURNISHING ALCOHOL TO MINORS CHARGES ARE LIKELY AGAINST A NUMBER OF STUDENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE 2-STORY FALL OF A 19 YEAR OLD STUDENT AT THE PALMERTON APARTMENTS OVER THE WEEKEND. POLICE SAY MARIJUANA ALSO PLAYED A ROLE. THE VICTIM IS RECOVERING. THIS IS AT LEAST THE 7TH TIME SINCE OCTOBER 2012 THAT SOMEONE HAS FALLEN OR JUMPED FROM A WINDOW OR BALCONY IN THE BORO.

CONVICTED KILLER WANTS NEW TRIAL

36 YEAR OLD LAVELLE RICHARDSON OF MOUNT UNION IS SERVING LIFE IN PRISON FOR THE 2001 SHOOTING DEATH OF 21 YEAR OLD PATIENCE FERGUSON AT THE ARANDALE ELKS CLUB…AND NOW THE ALTOONA MIRROR SAYS HE’S ASKING JOHNSTOWN’S FEDERAL COURT TO GRANT HIM A NEW TRIAL. AMONG OTHER CLAIMS, RICHARDSON SAYS THERE IS NEWLY-DISCOVERED EVIDENCE THAT THE PROSECUTION WITHHELD DURING HIS TRIAL. THE MURDER WEAPON WAS THROWN INTO RAYSTOWN LAKE AND FOUND DAYS LATER BY A TEENAGE SWIMMER. NO WORD WHEN JUDGE KIM GIBSON WILL HEAR ARGUMENTS.

SENTENCING FOR KILLER

IN CAMBRIA COUNTY COURT TODAY, 51 YEAR OLD GREGORY CONZO OF SUMMERHILL TOWNSHIP FACES 10 TO 40 YEARS IN PRISON WHEN HE’S FORMALLY SENTENCED. CONZO PLEADED GUILTY TO 3RD DEGREE MURDER FOR BEATING 37 YEAR OLD MICHAEL PCOLA OF BEAVERDALE WITH A BASEBALL BAT IN NOVEMBER OF 2012. PCOLA DIED 2 DAYS LATER AND CONZO CLAIMS HE WAS ACTING IN SELF-DEFENSE AND BOTH MEN WERE DRUNK WHEN HE HIT HIS GIRLFRIEND’S SON.

NURSES MAY STRIKE

NEGOTIATIONS ARE SCHEDULED TO CONTINUE TODAY IN HOPES OF AVOIDING A STRIKE BY REGISTERED NURSES AT UPMC ALTOONA. THEIR CONTRACT EXPIRES FRIDAY AND LAST WEEK, THE UNION VOTED TO SEND A 10-DAY STRIKE NOTICE TO MANAGEMENT IF A NEW DEAL IS NOT REACHED. NURSES TELL WTAJ THEY'RE ASKING FOR BETTER STAFFING, BUT MANAGEMENT IS PROPOSING A WAGE FREEZE AND CUTS TO BENEFITS. A HOSPITAL SPOKESMAN SAYS THEY WILL BE PREPARED AND WILL NOT LET PATIENT CARE BE NEGATIVELY AFFECTED.