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Wednesday, JULY 16 2014

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2014

15 YEAR OLD FIDEL COSBY OF JOHNSTOWN TURNED HIMSELF INTO POLICE YESTERDAY IN CONNECTION WITH THE SHOOTING DEATH OF TYRONE WILLIAMS EARLY SUNDAY IN THE OAKHURST NEIGHBORHOOD. 21 YEAR OLD RICHARD COOK IS ALSO BEHIND BARS CHARGED IN THE MURDER…AND 19 YEAR OLD JAQUAN WATSON REMAINS AT LARGE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON HIS WHEREABOUTS SHOULD CALL CRIMESTOPPERS AT 800-548-75-HUNDRED. A REWARD OF UP TO 2-THOUSAND DOLLARS IS BEING OFFERED. POLICE SAY WILLIAMS WAS LOOKING FOR SOMEONE AND APPROACHED A GROUP OF PEOPLE OUTSIDE BUILDING 28 IN OAKHURST HOMES. THAT’S WHEN AN ARGUMENT BROKE OUT AND ALL 3 SUSPECTS PULLED GUNS AND STARTED FIRING. WILLIAMS WAS DUE TO GRADUATE FROM THE JOHNSTOWN POLICE ACADEMY IN 6 WEEKS.

28 YEAR OLD RYAN KEMP OF PENNSYLVANIA FURNACE WAS IN CENTRE COUNTY COURT YESTERDAY FOR A PRE-TRIAL HEARING. HE’S ACCUSED OF PROVIDING THE HEROIN THAT KILLED 21 YEAR OLD ELIZABETH SMELTZER OF BOALSBURG IN JANUARY. A PLEA AGREEMENT COULD BE IN THE WORKS. OTHERWISE, THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE EXPECTS A ONE DAY TRIAL. KEMP IS IN THE COUNTY PRISON ON 500-THOUSAND DOLLARS BAIL.

30 YEAR OLD DANIELLE RIGHTENOUR OF ALTOONA IS IN THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON AFTER CRASHING HER CAR INTO A PARKED VEHICLE SUNDAY NIGHT ALONG WALNUT AVENUE. HE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS RIGHTENOUR HAD HER 9 MONTH OLD AND 23 MONTH OLD CHILD IN THE VEHICLE. HE TOLD POLICE SHE HAD TAKEN PAINKILLERS AND THEY ALSO FOUND A SMALL AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA AND A PIPE HER IN PURSE ALONG WITH 10 XANAX. PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED NEXT WEDNESDAY. RIGHTENOUR WILL FACE ENHANCED PENALTIES BECAUSE THE CHILDREN WERE IN DANGER.

APRIL GREENE AND JOHN MATTIELLO ARE FACING PRELIMINARY HEARINGS TODAY ON FELONY CHILD ENDANGERMENT CHARGES AFTER POLICE REMOVED 4 CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 5 FROM GREENE’S EAST 6TH AVENUE HOME EARLIER THIS MONTH. POLICE SAY THE HOUSE WAS FILTHY AND GREENE WAS HEAVILY INTOXICATED WHEN OFFICERS RESPONDED TO A 911 HANGUP CALL ABOUT 1AM. ONE OF THE CHILDREN IS A SEVERELY AUTISTIC 2 YEAR OLD GIRL WHO HAD NOT BEEN GIVEN HER DAILY SHOTS. MATTIELLO IS THE CHILDREN’S FATHER.

THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT A JUDGE HAS DECIDED FORMER GLENDALE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT DENNIS BRUNO WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO WITHDRAW HIS GUILTY PLEA FOR MISAPPROPRIATING NEARLY 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN FEDERAL FUNDS. THE MONEY WAS SUPPOSED TO BE USED TO EXTEND INTERNET SERVICES TO THE GLENDALE YEAROUND COMMUNITY IN CAMBRIA COUNTY. BRUNO COULD GET UP TO 10-YEARS IN PRISON WHEN HE’S SENTENCED AUGUST 5TH.

GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT SIGNED A 29 BILLION DOLLAR BUDGET PACKAGE LAST WEEK AND NOW PARTS OF IT ARE UNDERGOING INTENSE SCRUTINY. A 2 YEAR OLD LAWSUIT IS SEEKING TO STOP PENNSYLVANIA FROM ALLOWING MORE NATURAL GAS DRILLING ON PUBLICLY OWNED LANDS AND DIVERTING THE DRILLING PROCEEDS AWAY FROM A LAND CONSERVATION FUND. A SPOKESMAN FOR CORBETT SAYS HE WILL RESPOND IN COURT. LAWMAKERS ARE ALSO REVIEWING 7 MILLION DOLLARS IN LINE ITEM VETOS.

SOME PLAQUES AT THE STATE CAPITOL ARE CAUSING CONTROVERSY. THE PLAQUES WERE HUNG YESTERDAY UNDER PICTURES OF 4 FORMER LAWMAKERS CONVICTED OF CORRUPTION, AND THEY DETAIL THEIR CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS. THEY WERE ORDERED BY HOUSE SPEAKER SAM SMITH AND SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE JOE SCARNATI IN RESPONSE TO CALLS FROM LAWMAKERS TO REMOVE THE PORTRAITS. MANY FEEL THE PLAQUES WILL DRAW NEGATIVE ATTENTION AND SHOULD BE TAKEN DOWN ALONG WITH THE PICTURES.

THE PENN STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SAYS MORE THAN 17-HUNDRED NEW MEMBERS JOINED SO FAR THIS YEAR. PENN STATE HAS THE LARGEST DUES-PAYING ALUMNI ASSOCIATION IN THE WORLD WITH OVER 177-THOUSAND MEMBERS. SINCE 2007, THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION HAS PROVIDED MORE THAN 6 MILLION DOLLARS IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO PENN STATE STUDENTS.

THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT THE STATE HAS AWARDED A 2 MILLION DOLLAR GRANT TO THE ALTOONA BLAIR COUNTY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION TO SUPPORT THE PROPOSED CONVENTION CENTER COMMONS DEVELOPMENT IN ALLEGHENY TOWNSHIP. THE MONEY…FROM THE STATE’S ECONOMIC GROWTH INITIATIVE…WILL COVE A PORTION OF THE ESTIMATED 8 MILLION DOLLARS NEEDED FOR INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE FIRST PHASE OF THE 3-PHASE DEVELOPMENT. THE PROJECT WILL INCLUDE A 99 ROOM HOTEL, A 12-SCREEN MOVIE THEATER, AND A BUILDING FOR SMALLER RETAIL SHOPS. THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE PREDICTS THE DEVELOPMENT WILL CREATE AND/OR RETAIN ABOUT 800 JOBS AND GENERATE 1-POINT-85 MILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY IN TAX REVENUE.