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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2012

SHOOTING VICTIM IDENTIFIED

FUNERAL SERVICES ARE SCHEDULED TOMORROW FOR 16 YEAR OLD JESSE MCELHINNEY OF ALTOONA WHO WAS SHOT AND KILLED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AT A HOUSE ON THE 100 BLOCK OF EAST 3RD AVENUE. NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS OF THE FAMILY SAY MCELHINNEY AND HIS BEST FRIEND WERE PLAYING WITH A 38 CALIBER HANDGUN WHEN IT WENT OFF AND THE BULLET HIT MCELHINNEY IN THE TEMPLE. NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED SO FAR AND INVESTIGATORS ARE SCHEDULED TO MEET WITH THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE TODAY.

VICTIM’S FUNERALS TODAY

FUNERALS ARE SCHEDULED AT 11AM FOR 2 MEN SHOT TO DEATH IN GEESEYTOWN ONE WEEK AGO. POLICE SAY JEFFREY MICHAEL KILLED 58 YEAR OLD KIM SCOTT AT JUNIATA VALLEY GOSPEL CHURCH…THEN HE SHOT 60 YEAR OLD KENNETH LYNN AND HIS SON IN LAW 38 YEAR OLD WILLIAM RHODES JUNIOR. MICHAEL WAS KILLED BY STATE TROOPERS AFTER HE INJURED SEVERAL OF THEM. TODAY’S SERVICE IS AT ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH IN WILLIAMSBURG.

GUN VIOLENCE TASK FORCE

STATE SENATOR STEWART GREENLEAF IS PLANNING TO CREATE A GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION TASK FORCE FOLLOWING THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHOOTING IN CONNECTICUT. THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN SAYS HIS PROPOSED RESOLUTION WOULD ALLOW THE TASK FORCE EXPERTS TO EXAMINE ISSUES SURROUNDING GUN VIOLENCE. THOSE INCLUDE ANY PROPOSALS TO STRENGTHEN FIREARMS REGULATIONS, MENTAL HEALTH LAWS AND EFFORTS TO FIGHT BULLYING. APPOINTMENTS TO THE TASK FORCE WOULD BE MADE BY GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT AND LEGISLATIVE LEADERS. GREENLEAF SAYS “IRONICALLY, CONNECTICUT HAS SOME OF THE TOUGHEST GUN LAWS IN THE NATION, BUT THOSE LAWS DID NOT PREVENT THE SANDY HOOK SCHOOL TRAGEDY.”

HOLIDAY FATALITIES

STATE POLICE SAY 7 PEOPLE WERE KILLED AND 315 WERE INJURED IN 13-HUNDRED-36 CRASHES INVESTIGATED BY TROOPERS DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY DRIVING PERIOD. 2 OF THE 7 WHO DIED WERE NOT WEARING SEAT BELTS. ONE FATALITY WAS ALCOHOL-RELATED. TROOPERS MADE 348 DUI ARRESTS AND ISSUED OVER 21-HUNDRED SPEEDING CITATIONS.

DRUNK DRIVER IN BEDFORD COUNTY

STATE POLICE IN BEDFORD COUNTY SAY 29 YEAR OLD MIGUEL AGUILAR-PEREZ WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR 2 CRASHES IN 10 MINUTES ON CHRISTMAS DAY. THE ILLEGAL ALIEN WAS ALLEGEDLY DRIVING DRUNK EASTBOUND ALONG STATE ROUTE 30 WHEN HE REAR-ENDED A VEHICLE AND TOOK OFF. A SHORT TIME LATER, PEREZ STARTED HEADING WEST IN THE EASTBOUND LANES CAUSING OTHER DRIVERS TO CRASH. SEVERAL PEOPLE WERE INJURED. POLICE FOUND 8 OPEN CONTAINERS OF BEER INSIDE HIS VEHICLE. PEREZ IS JAILED ON 150-THOUSAND DOLLARS BAIL.

HOUSE FIRE NEAR ALTOONA

FIRE DAMAGED A HOME AT 531 WAVERLY DRIVE IN FRANKSTOWN TOWNSHIP, OUTSIDE OF ALTOONA, LAST EVENING. NO ONE WAS HOME AT THE TIME AND THERE WERE NO INJURIES. MOST OF THE DAMAGE WAS CONFINED TO ONE ROOM, BUT THE REST OF THE HOUSE DID HAVE SOME SMOKE, HEAT AND WATER DAMAGE. AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY INTO THE CAUSE.

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

“NO PARKING” SIGNS ARE STILL IN PLACE ALONG GRANDVIEW ROAD IN STATE COLLEGE NEAR WHERE JERRY SANDUSKY LIVED WITH HIS WIFE, NOW SOME NEIGHBORS ARE ASKING COLLEGE TOWNSHIP SUPERVISORS TO TAKE THE SIGNS DOWN. OTHER RESIDENTS WANT THE SIGNS TO STAY UP UNTIL ALL OF THE COURT CASES ARE WRAPPED UP TO KEEP OUTSIDE TRAFFIC, INCLUDING REPORTERS, FROM PARKING IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. OFFICIALS WILL HAVE TO APPROVE AN ORDINANCE TO TAKE DOWN THE SIGNS.

STATE SENATOR JAKE CORMAN OF CENTRE COUNTY YESTERDAY PROPOSED A NEW LAW THAT WOULD KEEP PENN STATE’S 60 MILLION DOLLAR NCAA FINE WITHIN PENNSYLVANIA. CORMAN SAYS MUCH OF THE MONEY WAS GENERATED WITHIN THE STATE, SO HE BELIEVES THE CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION GRANTS FOR WHICH IT IS EARMARKED SHOULD BE DISTRIBUTED FOR “THE BETTERMENT OF PENNSYLVANIANS.” CORMAN IS HOPING FOR QUICK ACTION FROM LAWMAKERS SINCE PENN STATE HAS ALREADY MADE ITS FIRST 12 MILLION DOLLAR PAYMENT. THE NCAA HAS SAID AT LEAST A QUARTER OF THE MONEY WILL BE SPENT IN PENNSYLVANIA.

BUDGETS APPROVED IN CENTRE COUNTY AND JOHNSTOWN

PROPERTY TAXES WILL HOLD STEADY IN CENTRE COUNTY NEXT YEAR NOW THAT COMMISSIONERS HAVE GIVEN FINAL APPROVAL TO A NEW BUDGET THAT TOTALS 87 MILLION DOLLARS. OFFICIALS SAY STATE FUNDING CUTS TO THE COUNTY’S HUMAN SERVICES WILL RESULT IN THE ELIMINATION OF 3 STAFF POSITIONS IN THE OFFICE OF AGING. THE BUDGET ALSO INCLUDES 2 PERCENT COST OF LIVING PAY INCREASES TO NON-UNION EMPLOYEES.

JOHNSTOWN CITY COUNCIL YESTERDAY APPROVED A NO-TAX INCREASE BUDGET FOR 2013. IT CALLS FOR SPENDING 3-POINT-6 MILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT SERVICES TO HELP BRING DOWN THE 16 MILLION OWED BY THE CITY. THE CITY IS ALSO SLATED TO SPEND 8-POINT-1 MILLION DOLLARS TO REPLACE, REPAIR AND MAINTAIN ITS OLD SEWER SYSTEM.

LEGALIZING POT IN PA?

A PENNSYLVANIA STATE SENATOR IS PLANNING ON SPONSORING 2 MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION BILLS IN THE NEXT LEGISLATIVE SESSION. SENATOR DAYLIN LEACH SAYS THE FIRST BILL WOULD BE TO LEGALIZE MEDICAL MARIJUANA, AND THE SECOND WOULD BE TO DECRIMINALIZE THE DRUG. GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT SAYS HE WILL VETO ANY LEGISLATION LEGALIZING POT.

FORMER COACH WILL BE BURIED MONDAY

FUNERAL SERVICES WILL BE HELD MONDAY FOR LONG-TIME ALTOONA HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL COACH JOHN SWOGGER WHO SUFFERED A FATAL HEART ATTACK CHRISTMAS DAY. FRIENDS WILL BE RECEIVED SUNDAY FROM 3 TO 7 AND MONDAY FROM 9 TO 10:30 AT FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST IN JUNIATA GAP. THE FUNERAL IS AT 11AM MONDAY WITH COMMITTAL AT GRANDVIEW CEMETERY.