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wednesDAY, may 8 2013

4 INJURED IN JOHNSTOWN SHOOTING

Johnstown police SAY 4 PEOPLE WERE INJURED IN A SHOOTING Monday evening near the intersection of Messenger and Horner streets in Hornerstown. Investigators are interviewing those involved along with several witnesses, trying to piece together THE FACTS. Originally POLICE THOUGHT ONLY 2 people had been shot…THEN they received a call from a Pittsburgh hospital telling them ABOUT 2 others. One OF THE VICTIMS IS a juvenile. all 4 underwent surgery, BUT THEIR injuries do not appear to be life threatening. ONE HAS ALREADY BEEN RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL.

ALTOONA HOUSE FIRE

dAMAGE IS EXTENSIVE FOLLOWING A HOUSE FIRE LAST NIGHT ALONG OAK AVENUE IN ALTOONA. NO WORD YET ON THE CAUSE. THE RED CROSS IS ASSISTING THE FAMILY.

PENN STATE CASES MOVING FORWARD?

IF FORMER PENN STATE ASSISTANT FOOTBALL COACH MIKE MCQUEARY SUFFERED ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES, THEY WERE CAUSED “IN WHOLE OR IN PART BY HIS OWN ACTIONS, OMISSIONS, OR CONDUCT”…SO SAYS NANCY CONRAD, A lawyer FOR PENN STATE IN court papers filed THIS WEEK IN the whistle-blower and defamation lawsuit McQueary brought against the university. HE IS SEEKING punitive damages of more than 4 million DOLLARS in lost wages and benefits. PENN STATE PREVIOUSLY ARGUED THAT MCQUEARY’S CLAIMS WERE TOO VAGUE TO HOLD UP IN COURT, BUT The JUDGE OVERRULED THOSE OBJECTIONS.

THE JUDGE OVERSEEING the GRAND JURY THAT INVESTIGATED former Penn State officials GRAHAM SPANIER, Tim Curley, and Gary Shultz IS LOSING PATIENCE AND WANTS THE CASE TO MOVE FORWARD AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. JUDGE BARRY FEUDALE CRITICIZED THE ATTORNEYS FOR CURLEY AND SCHULTZ AND ACCUSED THEM OF TRYING TO WIN THEIR CASES BY CONTINUING TO ASK FOR DELAYS. FEUDALE SAYS THE OFFICE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE SHOULD GET THINGS MOVING BECAUSE FURHTER DELAYS ARE NOT IN THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE AS TO DEFENDANTS AND THE ALLEGED VICTIMS. THE MEN ARE ALL CHARGED WITH PERJURY, OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF CHILDREN, FAILURE TO REPORT ABUSE, AND CONSPIRACY.

6TH GRADER FACES CHARGES

Cambria Township police SAY A Central Cambria 6th-grader will face charges in juvenile court for inappropriate contact with several fellow students. THE ALLEGED VICTIMS ARE ALL 11 AND 12 YEARS OLD AND SO IS THE OTHER BOY. FEW details HAVE BEEN RELEASED. THE SCHOOL DISTRICT REPORTEDLY SUSPENDED THE BOY.

Lawmakers approve HEALTH CLINICS

the general assembly has unanimously passed a bill that would distribute funding to replicate the free health clinic model pioneered by altoona doctor zane gates. the altoona mirror says the senate passed the community-based health care subsidy act in march and the house passed it this week with one minor amendment. after a second senate vote, the bill will go to the governor for his signature. the bill calls for 4 million dollars to help establish community clinics and 1 million for student loan re-payment incentives for doctors to practice in those clinics.

GAS PRICES UP & DOWN

Western Pennsylvania gas prices dropped to an average of $3.49 this week. This is the 10th straight week of falling prices. Today’s national average is $3.53, up 2 cents from one week ago, but it remains 8 cents less than one month ago and 25 cents less than one year ago.

arts-fest ranks high

THE CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS IS NOT ONLY A MAJOR EVENT IN STATE COLLEGE, BUT ALSO ONE OF THE BEST SUMMER FESTIVALS NATIONALLY. ACCORDING TO liveability.com’s TOP 10 SUMMER FESTIVALS LIST, ARTS-FEST IS THE 5TH BEST AMONG SMALL AND MID-SIZED CITIES IN THE U-S.THE LIST IS DETERMINED BY THE EVENTS THAT ARE MOST CONNECTED TO THEIR HOST CITIES’ IDENTITIES IN TERMS OF THEME, THE EXPERIENCE TO BE HAD, AND community PARTICIPATION. THIS YEAR’S ARTS-FEST IS JULY 11TH THROUGH THE 14TH.

$222 MILLION!

Powerball fever is spreading. There was no big winner in Saturday night's drawing, so tonight’s jackpot is up to an estimated 222-million dollars, with a cash option of 144-million dollars. The odds of hitting the jackpot are one in 175-million.