wednesDAY, february 26, 2014
18 YEAR OLD killed
a bedford county woman died in a crash YESTERDAY morning IN WEST SainT CLAIR TOWNSHIP. state police say 18 year old breena morris of fishertown lost control on a patch of ice and struck an oncoming car driven by 56 year old Francis Terek of Johnstown. Terek suffered a minor injury.
BANK TELLER CHARGED WITH THEFT
STATE COLLEGE POLICE SAY The lead teller at
M & T BANK ON SOUTH ALLEN STREET stOLE 30-THOUSAND DOLLARS AND SHE’S NOW FACING CHARGES. Dorothea Bird OF Bellefonte was released on 10-THOUSAND unsecured bond AND A PRELIMINARY hearing is scheduled NEXT WEDNESDAY. ACCORDING TO AUTHORITIES, Surveillance cameras show Bird removing a large box of money from the vault and taking several straps of currency from it.
DRUG DEALER’S MOM GETS HOUSE ARREST
IN JOHNSTOWN’S FEDERAL COURT YESTERDAY, DOLLY LOWMASTER…The mother OF Carrolltown drug KingPIN GEORGE LOWMASTER, was SENTENCED TO 5 years probation, including a year on house arrest. she pleaded guilty to marijuana possession and distribution conspiracy. her husband, Gerald, pleaded to money laundering-related charges and is scheduled for sentencing tomorrow. George’s sentencing date is may 13th.
ALTOONA POLICE SEARCH FOR HEROIN SUSPECT
Altoona Police has an active felony arrest warrant out for 23 year old Taylor Griffith of the hollidaysburg area who is wanted for Criminal Conspiracy to sell Heroin. gRIFFITH is 6 feet tall…165 pounds…with brown hair and eyes. Anyone with information on her whereabouts should call 911 or A-P-D at 949-24-89.
STATE PATTY’S DAY
PENN STATE’S STUDENT-CREATED DRINKING HOLIDAY State Patty’s Day IS THIS WEEKEND AND ALL BUT 2 DOWNTOWN STATE COLLEGE BARS AND RESTAURANTS HAVE DECIDED NOT TO CLOSE OR NOT SELL ALCOHOL SATURDAY. ACCORDING TO THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES, 33 OF 35 ESTABLISHMENTS WILL ACCEPT MONEY FROM THE UNIVERSITY. ONE RESTAURANT WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE DRINKS WITH MEALS AND ANOTHER HAS NOT YET COME UP WITH A FINAL PLAN.COMPENSATION WILL BE DETERMINED BASED ON A 4-TIER SCALE CORRELATING TO EACH ESTABLISHMENT’S OCCUPANCY. Last year all the downtown bars closed or didn’t sell alcohol AND There was a 37-PERCENT drop in arrests and citations. AS WELL AS a 31-PERCENT drop in hospital VISITS.
SPANIER’S LAWSUIT ON HOLD
FORMER PENN STATE PRESIDENT GRAHAM SPANIER HAS BEEN GRANTED A STAY IN HIS LAWSUIT AGAINST FORMER FBI DIRECTOR LOUIS FREEH. ACCORDING TO THE DAILY COLLEGIAN, COURT DOCUMENTS SHOW JUDGE JONATHAN GRINE OPTED TO ALLOW THE MOTION TO HOLD. LAWYERS FOR SPAIER ASKED FOR THE STAY UNTIL THE CRIMINAL CASE AGAINST HIM, TIM CURLEY, AND GARY SCHULTZ IS RESOLVED.
BLAIR COUNTY REASSESSMENT?
BLAIR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ARE ONE STEP CLOSER TO A REASSESSMENT AFTER RECEIVING A PRELIMINARY REPORT ON CURRENTLY UNEVEN PROPERTY VALUES. COMMISSIONER DIANE MELING TELLS THE ALTOONA MIRROR THINGS ARE WAY OUT OF LINE AND WORSE THAN SHE ANTICIPATED. THIS WOULD BE THE FIRST REASSESSMENT SINCE 1958. IT COULD COST AS MUCH AS 3 MILLION DOLLARS.
PENELEC LOCKOUT CONTINUES
IT WAS BACK IN NOVEMBER WHEN FIRST ENERGY CORPORATION LOCKED OUT ABOUT 140 PENELEC WORKERS IN ALTOONA AND THE SURROUNDING AREA.
OFFICIALS TELL THE ALTOONA MIRROR LITTLE PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE IN CONTRACT TALKS AND THE LAST MEETING WAS JANUARY 14TH. PENELEC REGIONAL PRESIDENT SCOTT WYMAN SAYS THEY HAVE PRESENTED A LAST, BEST, AND FINAL OFFER WHICH WAS REJECTED. HE ALSO SAYS SOME UNION MEMBERS WANT TO VOTE AGAIN, BUT ARE NOT BEING ALLOWED BY UNION LEADERSHIP.
GAS PRICES KEEP CLIMBING
TRIPLE A FUEL GAUGE SAYS Western Pa gas prices rose almost 9 cents to $3.65 a gallon this week…AND ALTOONA-AREA DRIVERS ARE PAYING $3.69. Today’s national average is $3.43 per gallon….6 cents more than one week ago and 14 cents more than one month ago. IT’S STILL 35 cents less than the same date last year.