wednesDAY, MaY 7, 2014
ALTOONA FIRE INSPECTOR TIM HUGHES SAYS JOEL KYLE SAVED THE LIFE OF A 23 MONTH OLD TODDLER WHEN A FIRE BROKE OUT SUNDAY ALONG MAPLE AVENUE IN ALTOONA. HUGHES TELLS THE ALTOONA MIRROR THE BLAZE WAS SPARKED WHEN A PORTABLE SPACE HEATER CAUSED AN OXYGEN CYLINDER TO EXPLODE AND IGNITED A NEARBY BED. KYLE RUSHED UPSTAIRS AND GRABBED THE BOY. VICKY ICKES’ HOME WAS GUTTED AND 2 NEARBY HOUSES DAMAGED.
SCHOOL VAN DRIVER SMOKING POT
WTAJ REPORTS THAT CLEARFIELD COUNTY COURT DOCUMENTS SHOW THAT CLEARFIELD SChool District van driver GERALDINE BRATTON Is CHARGED WITH DRIVING WHILE HIGH ON MARIJUANA BACK IN MARCH. DISTRICT OFFICIALS SAY SHE WAS CONTRACTED THROUGH R/A TRANSPORT AND WAS not A school employee. THE COURT PAPERS SAY THE 44 YEAR OLD BRATTON SMOKED Inside a school van, parked in the Clearfield Mall parking lot, just 20 minutes before SHE was suppose to pick up a student at the Middle School. the school transportation director did not ALLOW the student TO go with her and CALLED The police. A preliminary hearing is June 11TH.
ACCUSED DRUG DEALER’S HEARING POSTPONED
IN CAMBRIA COUNTY COURT YESTERDAY, THE PRELIMINARY HEARING FOR 32 YEAR OLD Jermaine Jones OF JOHNSTOWN WAS CONTINUED UNTIL June. HE was arrested LAST WEEKEND in THE Oakhurst neighborhood WHEN police found heroin, marijuana, cash and liquid fentanyl IN HIS CAR…AND more DRUGS AT his Stone Street HOME. POLICE HAVEN’T DETERMINED IF JONES WAS PLANNING TO MIX THE HEROIN WITH FENTANYL, WHICH WAS BLAMED FOR A NUMBER OF DEATHS IN THE PITTSBURGH AREA EARLIER THIS YEAR. IN A 72 HOUR PERIOD LAST MONTH, THERE WERE 12 HEROIN overdoses in Cambria AND SOMERSET CountyIES linked to a bad batch of heroin called “7 of Hearts.”
THE NCAA SAYS The Paterno family and its supporters are TRYIng to “rewrite history” in their LAWSUIT to have 60 MILLION DOLLARS IN sanctions overturned and the consent decree that authorized them voided. ACCORDING TO THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES, the NCAA FILED A LEGAL MEMO IN court Tuesday. Paterno family attorneys have argued the NCAA bypassed its own rules when it penalized Penn State for the Sandusky scandal. They have also criticized the Freeh report which implicated top university officials with covering up THE allegations.
IN THE WAKE OF THE SANDUSKY SCANDAL, Pennsylvania lawmakers HAVE senT the governor a bill designed to improve reporting by school employees of suspected child abuse. The House voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of the measure that puts school workers under the same reporting requirements as people employed in other types of work environments. GovERNOR Tom Corbett’s office says he plans to sign it.
IMPEACHING ATTORNEY GENERAL?
House Democrats are angry over a resolution calling for the impeachment of STATE Attorney General Kathleen Kane.
Members of the House State Government Committee met yesterday to discuss the matter, but Democrats WALKed OUT when Committee chairman Daryl Metcalfe asked for Democrat Mike O'Brien to be removed for being out of order.
Metcalfe SAYS he drafted the impeachment resolution BECAUSE Kane has not followed the law and should have pursued bribery charges against Philadelphia lawmakers.
NO TANNING FOR KIDS
Pennsylvania has a new law banning children from indoor tanning facilities. Governor Tom Corbett signed the legislation yesterday, prohibiting people under the age of 16 from using tanning beds and requiring 17-year-olds to have parental consent. The new law will take effect in 60 days.
HAVE GAS PRICES PEAKED?
TRIPLE A FUEL GAUGE SAYS Western Pa gas prices rose almost 8 cents to $3.85 a gallon this week. Today’s national average is $3.67, about 3 cents less expensive than one week ago, but it is 9 cents more than one month ago and about 15 cents more than the same date last year. SOME EXPERTS SAY Gas prices may have reached a springtime peak, BUT it is too early to know for certain.