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Thursday February 7 2014

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2013

PRISON POPULATION DROPPING

PENNSYLVANIA CORRECTIONS SECRETARY JOHN WETZEL TELLS THE JOHNSTOWN TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT THAT THE RECENT JUDICIAL REFORM LEGISLATION REDUCED THE STATE’S PRISON POPULATION MORE QUICKLY THAN EXPECTED AND THAT’S WHY THE STATE PRISONS AT CRESSON AND GREENSBURG ARE CLOSING.
BY JUNE 30TH, THE STATE PLANS TO HAVE ALL OF THE 15-HUNDRED INMATES AT CRESSON AND 1-THOUSAND AT GREENSBURG TRANSFERRED TO OTHER INSTITUTIONS, WITH MOST EXPECTED TO GO TO S-CI- BENNER NEAR STATE COLLEGE. SHUTTING THE PRISONS WILL IMPACT MORE THAN 500 EMPLOYEES AT CRESSON AND ABOUT 370 AT GREENSBURG. SOME WILL RETIRE AND OTHERS WILL TRANSFER TO OTHER FACILITIES. WETZEL SAID THERE WAS NO EXCUSE FOR THE FACT THAT MUCH OF THE STAFF LEARNED OF THE CLOSINGS FROM THE MEDIA A DAY BEFORE THE JANUARY 9TH PLANNED ANNOUNCEMENT.

DEADLY SHOOTING IN JOHNSTOWN

JOHNSTOWN POLICE SAY JOSHUA PRICE WAS SHOT 4 TIMES BY 19 YEAR OLD SHAHLIEK GREENE FOLLOWING A CONFRONTATION EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING AT PRICE’S HOME IN MOXHAM.  GREEN IS PRICE’S GIRLFRIEND’S MOTHER’S BOYFRIEND. AFTER THE GUNFIRE, GREENE FLED AND WAS LATER PICKED UP AT A HOME ON VON LUNEN ROAD.  HE’S IN THE CAMBRIA COUNTY PRISON, CHARGED WITH HOMICIDE AND AGGRAVATED ASSAULT.

ONE OF 3 ARMED ROBBERS CAUGHT

STATE COLLEGE POLICE SAY ONE OF THE 3 ARMED MEN WHO ROBBED KRANICH'S JEWELRY STORE IN DOWNTOWN STATE COLLEGE LAST MONTH IS NOW IN CUSTODY. HE WAS PICKED UP AFTER ANOTHER JEWELRY STORE HOLD-UP IN THE PHILADELPHIA AREA. THE GROUP IS ALSO WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH SEVERAL ARMED ROBBERIES ALONG THE EAST COAST. THE OTHER 2 SUSPECTS ARE STILL AT LARGE, BUT AUTHORITIES DON’T THINK THEY ARE ANYWHERE NEAR STATE COLLEGE, OR EVEN PENNSYLVANIA.

STRICTER GUN LAWS?

DEMOCRATIC STATE REPRESENTATIVE RONALD WATERS IS INTRODUCING LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PROHIBIT THE POSSESSION, USE AND SALE OF ASSAULT WEAPONS, EXCEPT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND MILITARY. HIS MEASURE WOULD ALSO CREATE STIFFER PENALTIES FOR CARRYING A FIREARM WITHOUT A LICENSE AND REQUIRE PERMIT-HOLDERS TO PURCHASE FIREARM LIABILITY INSURANCE. WATERS ALSO WANTS TO AMEND THE STATE’S CASTLE DOCTRINE SO THE USE OF DEADLY FORCE WOULD NOT BE PERMITTED FOR PROTECTION WHEN THE GUN OWNER IS ABLE TO RETREAT.  

STATE COLLEGE IS A “SAFE” CITY

STATE COLLEGE RANKS NUMBER 5 ON THE CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY PRESS LIST OF SAFEST CITIES IN AMERICA. ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, LOGAN UTAH IS FIRST…FOLLOWED BY PROVO-OREM UTAH…APPLETON WICONSIN…AND SHEBOYGAN WISCONSIN. THE RANKINGS ARE BASED ON STATISTICS RELATING TO VIOLENT CRIMES. STATE COLLEGE POLICE CHIEF TOM KING SAYS VIOLENT CRIME DOES HAPPEN IN THE AREA AND THE NUMBER OF REPORTED SEXUAL ASSAULTS HAS BEEN HIGHER IN RECENT MONTHS, PARTICULARLY INDECENT ASSAULT OR EXPOSURE, WHICH AREN’T ON THE VIOLENT CRIMES LIST. IN 2011, STATE COLLEGE PLACED SECOND ON THE LIST OF SAFEST METROPOLITAN AREAS IN AMERICA.

POST OFFICE CUTS

IT’S BEEN RUMORED AND NOW IT’S FINALLY HAPPENING. THE U.S.  POSTAL SERVICE WILL CUT SATURDAY DELIVERY SERVICE OF FIRST CLASS MAIL AT THE BEGINNING OF AUGUST. THE POST OFFICE IS DEALING WITH ENORMOUS DEBT AS MORE AND MORE PEOPLE USE E-MAIL AND ON LINE BANKING. THE POSTMASTER GENERAL EXPECTS TO SAVE ABOUT 2 BILLION A YEAR. PARCEL DELIVERY SERVICE WILL CONTINUE AND THE POST OFFICE WILL MAINTAIN OFFICE HOURS AND LOBBY POST OFFICE BOX SERVICE ON SATURDAYS.

BUDGET PROTESTS IN HARRISBURG

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE RALLIED IN HARRISBURG YESTERDAY TO PROTEST GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT’S PROPOSED BUDGET. MANY SAY HE’S NOT GIVING ENOUGH MONEY TO EDUCATION. THE UNION REPRESENTING THE PENNSYLVANIA WINE AND SPIRITS STORES PROTESTED CORBETT’S PLAN TO PRIVATIZE LIQUOR SALES. LAWMAKERS WILL SOON BEGIN BUDGET HEARINGS.