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Thursday January 31 2013

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2013

HIGH WINDS

ALTOONA-AREA FIRE CREWS ARE ON THE SCENE AFTER A LARGE TREE FELL THROUGH ONE MOBILE HOME AND LANDED ON TOP OF ANOTHER. IT HAPPENED EARLY THIS MORNING ALONG SCARLET LANE IN LOGAN TOWNSHIP. NO WORD ON ANY INJURIES.

WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE CHANGING THIS MORNING AND AS TEMPERATURES DROP, SLIPPERY ROADS ARE POSSIBLE. PENNDOT URGES MOTORISTS TO USE EXTREME CAUTION, DECREASE SPEED, AND INCREASE FOLLOWING DISTANCES. ALSO ALLOW PLENTY OF SPACE WHEN DRIVING NEAR PLOW TRUCKS AND NEVER ATTEMPT TO PASS A TRUCK WHILE IT IS PLOWING OR SPREADING WINTER MATERIALS.

BROTHER STEPHEN WORKED AT ANOTHER SCHOOL

NEW DETAILS IN THE CASE AGAINST FRANCISCAN FRIAR STEPHEN BAKER WHO COMMITTED SUICIDE LAST WEEKEND AT ST. BERNADINE’S MONASTERY IN HOLLIDAYSBURG. REPORTS SAY BAKER MAY HAVE MOLESTED HUNDREDS OF BOYS, INCLUDING SOME AT JOHNSTOWN’S BISHOP MCCORT HIGH SCHOOL.
BROTHER STEPHEN BAKER ALSO WORKED AT 2 SCHOOLS IN OHIO AND ONE IN VIRGINIA AND NOW IT’S COME OUT THAT HE ALSO TAUGHT AT A PREP SCHOOL IN MICHIGAN IN THE 1980’S.
AUTHORITIES URGE ANYONE WHO MAY HAVE BEEN VICTIMIZED TO CALL THE POLICE.

CAMBRIA COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY KELLY CALLIHAN SAYS ADULTS WHO WERE AWARE THAT BAKER WAS MOLESTING CHILDREN AND DID NOT REPORT IT COULD FACE CHARGES. CALLIHAN IS SEEKING ADVICE FROM THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE ON REPORTING LAWS AND THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS.

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

JERRY SANDUSKY WILL NOT GET A NEW TRIAL. JUDGE JOHN CLELAND YESTERDAY REJECTED HIS ARGUMENT THAT HIS LAWYERS WERE NOT GIVEN ENOUGH TIME TO PREPARE FOR HIS TRIAL. DURING THE APPEAL HEARING, THE ATTORNEYS CONCEDED THAT THEIR POST-TRIAL REVIEW TURNED UP NO MATERIAL THAT WOULD HAVE CHANGED THEIR TRIAL STRATEGY. THE JUDGE ALSO REJECTED POST-SENTENCING MOTIONS REGARDING JURY INSTRUCTIONS, HEARSAY TESTIMONY AND A COMMENT BY THE PROSECUTION DURING CLOSING ARGUMENTS THAT REFERRED TO THE FACT THAT SANDUSKY GAVE MEDIA INTERVIEWS AFTER HE WAS ARRESTED IN NOVEMBER 2011. SANDUSKY LAWYER NORRIS GELMAN SAYS AN APPEAL WILL BE FILED IN THE MID-LEVEL SUPERIOR COURT WITHIN THE NEXT 30 DAYS.

THE STATE SENATE VOTED UNANIMOUSLY YESTERDAY TO PASS SENATOR JAKE CORMAN'S BILL WHICH WOULD KEEP PENN STATE'S 60-MILLION DOLLAR SANCTION PAYMENTS IN PENNSYLVANIA. THE MEASURE STILL NEEDS HOUSE APPROVAL AND A SIGNATURE FROM GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT. THE MONEY WILL GO INTO AN ENDOWMENT FUND FOR PROGRAMS TO HELP PREVENT CHILD SEX ABUSE AND PROTECT AND HELP VICTIMS.

MISSING MAN FOUND

A HAPPY ENDING IN THE CASE OF A MISSING SOMERSET COUNTY SNOWMOBILER. 50 YEAR OLD BRUCE MAUST OF JENNERSTOWN, WHO SUFFERS FROM DEMENTIA, WENT MISSING SUNDAY. SEARCH CREWS FOUND HIM ALIVE YESTERDAY. HE WAS TREATED AND RELEASED AT THE HOSPITAL. MAUST’S SNOWMOBILE WAS FOUND SUBMERGED IN A POND ON SEVEN SPRING SKI RESORT PROPERTY AND OFFICIALS SAY HE MUST HAVE CRAWLED OUT OF THE POND, FOUND SHELTER, AND STAYED THERE FOR 3 DAYS.

NO FOUL PLAY

BEDFORD COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY BILL HIGGINS SAYS THERE IS NO REASON TO BELIEVE FOUL PLAY WAS INVOLVED IN THE DEATH OF A 28 YEAR OLD MICHIGAN MAN FOUND AT THE BASE OF A SILO NEAR THE TURNPIKE LAST WEEK. THE MAN WAS A PASSENGER ON A GREYHOUND BUS, APPARENTLY RETURNING FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION, AND HE GOT OUT AND WALKED AWAY. THE MAN’S NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.

NO BREATHALYZERS?

PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE WILL NOT USE BREATHALYZER TESTS, FOR THE TIME BEING, DURING D-U-I STOPS. TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF THE FIELD TEST IS THE RESULT OF THE DECISION BY A HARRISBURG-AREA JUDGE TO TOSS OUT SEVERAL D-U-I CASES BECAUSE OF FAULTY BREATHALYZERS. FOR NOW, TROOPERS WILL TAKE SUSPECTS TO NEARBY HOSPITALS FOR THE MORE ACCURATE BLOOD TESTS. LOCAL POLICE, HOWEVER, CAN STILL USE BREATHALYZERS.

BOOZE IN GROCERY STORES?

GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT YESTERDAY UNVEILED HIS PLAN TO PRIVATIZE PENNSYLVANIA’S LIQUOR STORES, WHICH HE SAYS WILL GENERATE MORE THAN 1 BILLION DOLLARS FOR PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOLS. THE PLAN CALLS FOR THE STATE TO SHUT DOWN THE MORE THAN 600 STATE OWNED LIQUOR STORES, AFFECTING MORE THAN 45-HUNDRED EMPLOYEES. CORBETT THEN WANTS TO AUCTION OFF 12-HUNDRED LIQUOR LICENSES…ALLOWING SUPERMARKETS, GAS STATIONS AND CONVENIENCE STORES TO PURCHASE LICENSES TO SELL WINE AND BEER. CORBETT SAYS HE WOULD OFFER TAX CREDITS TO PRIVATE COMPANIES WHO HIRE FORMER STATE EMPLOYEES.