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Friday November 30 2012

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2012

ACCUSED KILLER’S HEARING POSTPONED

A PRELIMINARY HEARING WAS SCHEDULED YESTERDAY IN SOMERSET COUNTY FOR ACCUSED KILLER JONATHAN BEAL OF MEYERSDALE, BUT IT WAS CONTINUED. POLICE BELIEVE BEAL STRANGLED HIS EX-GIRLFRIEND, 19 YEAR OLD JUSTINE JACKSON, AND BURIED HER BODY ALONG A HIKING TRAIL.
THE BODY WAS DISCOVERED BY A HUNTER 2 MONTHS AFTER JACKSON WENT MISSING. BEAL WAS FOUND HIDING IN LOUISIANA 2 DAYS LATER. HE REMAINS IN THE COUNTY LOCK UP.

ARSONISTS PLEADING GUILTY

THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT THE 5TH MEMBER OF A BEDFORD COUNTY ARSON RING PLEADED GUILTY THURSDAY. 23 YEAR OLD MISTY HAFER ADMITTED JOINING HER FRIENDS IN JANUARY AS THEY USED GASOLINE TO START A FIRE AT AN UNOCCUPIED BUILDING IN EVERETT. KEAGAN PARKS OF WASHINGTON STATE IS SCHEDULED TO ENTER HIS GUILTY PLEA MONDAY. THE ACCUSED RINGLEADER IS 25 YEAR OLD WADE RHODES OF MARTINSBURG AND HIS CASE IS STILL PENDING. OTHER FIRES DAMAGED BARNS, EMPTY HOUSES, AND PART OF A BREEZEWOOD MOTEL.

BURGLARY ARRESTS IN CAMBRIA COUNTY

AT LEAST 10 HOMES HAVE BEEN BURGLARIZED RECENTLY IN SOUTH FORK, CAMBRIA COUNTY…AND NOW POLICE HAVE MADE 2 ARRESTS. LACY ALTSCHUH AND LAWRENCE MORRISON ARE ACCUSED OF BEING INVOLVED IN AT LEAST ONE BREAK-IN ON NOVEMBER 14TH. THEY ALLEGEDLY STOLE LOTS OF JEWELRY AND SOME CASH WHILE THE FAMILY WAS AT CHURCH. MORRISON WAS CAUGHT SELLING ONE OF THE STOLEN RINGS TO A JEWELER IN RICHLAND TOWNSHIP. MORRISON IS ALSO ACCUSED OF HITTING A HOME IN LOWER YODER TOWNSHIP LAST MONTH WHILE THE HOMEOWNER WAS INSIDE SLEEPING. POLICE EXPECT TO MAKE MORE ARRESTS.

MISSING WOMAN

STATE POLICE IN CLEARFIELD COUNTY ARE LOOKING FOR A MISSING WOMAN. 52 YEAR OLD KATHLEEN NEWELL WAS LAST SEEN LEAVING HER BECCARIA TOWNSHIP HOME ON WEDNESDAY. SHE WAS DRIVING A 2004 GRAY DODGE DAKOTA WITH A MAROON CAP. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION SHOULD CALL TROOPERS AT 857-38-HUNDRED.

GOVERNOR WILL COOPERATE

GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT SAID THURSDAY THAT HE WILL PROBABLY AGREE TO MEET WITH INVESTIGATORS AS PART OF STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL-ELECT KATHLEEN KANE’S PROBE OF THAT OFFICE’S HANDLING OF THE JERRY SANDUSKY CASE. CORBETT WAS ATTORNEY GENERAL WHEN THE STATE TOOK OVER THE INVESTIGATION OF SANDUSKY IN EARLY 2009 AND CONTINUED THROUGH HIS 2010 ELECTION CAMPAIGN. HE HAD BEEN GOVERNOR FOR NEARLY A YEAR WHEN SANDUSKY WAS CHARGED IN NOVEMBER 2011.

UNEMPLOYMENT STATS

THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY THAT THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR THE STATE COLLEGE METROPOLITAN STATISTICAL AREA DECREASED ONE-TENTH OF A PERCENTAGE POINT TO 5-POINT-9 PERCENT IN OCTOBER. BLAIR COUNTY IS AT 7-POINT-5 PERCENT. HUNTINGDON COUNTY STANDS AT 9-POINT-3 PERCENT. BEDFORD COUNTY AT 9. STATEWIDE, THE JOBLESS RATE FELL ONE-TENTH TO 8-POINT-1. NATIONWIDE, THE NUMBER ROSE ONE-TENTH TO 7-POINT-9 PERCENT.

GOVERNOR SUGGESTS STATE EMPLOYEES’ PENSION CUTS

GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT SAID YESTERDAY THAT HIS ADMINISTRATION IS CONSIDERING REDUCING FUTURE PENSION BENEFITS FOR CURRENT STATE EMPLOYEES AND TEACHERS…AND HE ALSO THINKS CUTS SHOULD ALSO INCLUDE LAWMAKERS AND JUDGES. HE CONCEDED THAT THE STATE CONSTITUTION MAY SHIELD JUDGES FROM ANY PENSION REDUCTIONS… AND ANY MAJOR CUTS IN PUBLIC PENSION BENEFITS APPROVED BY LAWMAKERS WOULD LIKELY END UP BEING DECIDED IN A LENGTHY COURT BATTLE.

GET IN THE SPIRIT!

THE TYRONE CHRISTMAS PARADE STARTS TONIGHT AT 7 WITH MISS TEEN PA INTERNATIONAL JULIANNE BIDDLE SERVING AS THE GRAND MARSHAL. PRIOR TO THE PARADE IS THE TREE-LIGHTING CEREMONY AT 6:30 ON THE STEPS OF THE POST OFFICE. THE PARADE LINES UP AT LINCOLN AVENUE AND 15TH STREET. DONATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR THE TYRONE FOOD BANK…AND HOT CHOCOLATE AND COOKIES WILL BE SERVED LATER AT EPWORTH MANOR.