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Tuesday December 4 2012

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2012

GUILTY PLEA IN FRIEND’S DEATH

IN BEDFORD COUNTY COURT YESTERDAY, 51 YEAR OLD RANDY FOOR OF BEDFORD PLEADED GUILTY TO INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER IN THE DEATH OF HIS FRIEND. POLICE SAY HE AND 49 YEAR OLD DENNIS SPRIGG OF MANNS CHOICE HAD BEEN DRINKING AT A PARTY ON AUGUST 11TH WHEN AN ARGUMENT BEGAN. IT TURNED PHYSICAL, AND FOOR PUSHED SPRIGG WHO FELL AND HIT HIS HEAD ON THE BLACKTOP. HE DIED MORE THAN A MONTH LATER. FOOR COULD GET A FEW MONTHS IN JAIL TO UP TO 5 YEARS. A SENTENCING DATE HAS NOT YET BEEN SET.

REWARD OFFERED

STATE COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY PARK POLICE SAY THE RECENT SEXUAL ASSAULTS ARE NOT RELATED. 2 FEMALE STUDENTS REPORT BEING ASSAULTED BY MALE SUSPECTS THEY KNOW INSIDE SOUTH-SIDE AND WEST-SIDE RESIDENCE HALLS. ONE INCIDENT OCCURRED OVERNIGHT THURSDAY AND THE OTHER EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION COULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR A REWARD BY CALLING CENTRE COUNTY CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-877-99-CRIME. ALSO THIS WEEKEND, A WOMAN REPORTED BEING INAPPROPRIATELY TOUCHED BY A MAN ON THE DANCE FLOOR AT INDIGO NIGHT CLUB. SHE PULLED A KNIFE AND ACCIDENTALLY CUT HER OWN FINGER.

2 MEN STABBED

POLICE IN LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, CLEARFIELD COUNTY, SAY ONE BROTHER STABBED ANOTHER MONDAY DURING A FIGHT. A 22 YEAR OLD PULLED A KNIFE AND STABBED HIS 18 YEAR OLD BROTHER IN THE STOMACH AND UPPER CALF. THE VICIM’S WOUNDS ARE NOT LIFE-THREATENING AND HE WAS TREATED AT CLEARFIELD HOSPITAL. CHARGES ARE PENDING.

POLICE SAY ONE SOUTH CAROLINA MAN IS RECOVERING FROM A STAB WOUND AND ANOTHER IS FACING A FELONY ASSAULT CHARGE AFTER A FIGHT EARLY MONDAY IN A ROOM AT THE AUTOPORT HOTEL IN STATE COLLEGE. 22 YEAR OLD WILLIAM DIXON ALLEGEDLY STABBED THE OTHER MAN IN THE SHOULDER. BOTH MEN ARE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS IN THE AREA FOR A JOB. DIXON IS IN THE CENTRE COUNTY PRISON.

FIRE DESTROYS PARK OFFICE BUILDING

FIRE DESTROYED AN OFFICE BUILDING AT POE VALLEY STATE PARK IN CENTRE COUNTY MONDAY. OFFICIALS SAY THE 3 ROOM BUILDING WAS CLOSED AND UN-OCCUPIED AT THIS TIME OF YEAR.  IT WAS USED FOR STORAGE AND CAMP SITE RENTAL INFORMATION. BY THE TIME FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED, THE STRUCTURE WAS A TOTAL LOSS. A STATE FIRE MARSHAL IS INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE.

BABY BORN BEHIND BARS

BLAIR COUNTY PRISON OFFICIALS SAY A BABY WAS BORN AT THE FACILITY NOVEMBER 24TH. AN INMATE WENT INTO LABOR IN HER CELL AND THERE WASN’T TIME TO GET HER TO THE HOSPITAL. SHE AND THE BABY WERE TRANSFERRED TO ALTOONA REGIONAL FOLLOWING THE BIRTH. PRIMECARE MEDICAL PROVIDES MEDICAL SERVICES AT THE LOCK-UP…AND SPOKESMAN TODD HASKINS SAYS IT’S UNUSUAL FOR A BABY TO BE BORN BEHIND BARS, BUT IT HAPPENS ABOUT ONCE EVERY 3 TO 5 YEARS AT ONE OF ITS CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES.

BAD FLU SEASON?

THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL SAYS FLU SEASON IS OFF TO ITS EARLIEST START IN NEARLY A DECADE…AND IT COULD BE A BAD ONE. SUSPECTED CASES HAVE JUMPED IN 5 SOUTHERN STATES AND THE PRIMARY STRAIN CIRCULATING TENDS TO MAKE PEOPLE SICKER THAN OTHER TYPES. IT IS ESPECIALLY HARD ON THE ELDERLY. C-D-C OFFICIALS SAY MORE THAN A THIRD OF AMERICANS HAVE BEEN VACCINATED AND THE VACCINE FORMULATED FOR THIS YEAR IS WELL MATCHED TO THE STRAINS OF THE VIRUS SEEN SO FAR.

STATE COLLEGE BUDGET

STATE COLLEGE BORO COUNCIL GOT ITS FIRST LOOK AT NEXT YEAR’S POLICE BUDGET AT LAST NIGHT’S MEETING. THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES REPORTS IT IS UP BY ABOUT 425-THOUSAND DOLLARS. CHIEF TOM KING SAYS THE BULK OF THAT IS FROM SALARY AND BENEFITS. THE BUDGET REVIEW PROCESS CONTINUES TONIGHT AND A FINAL VOTE IS SET FOR DECEMBER 17TH.

CROWS ON CAMPUS

CREWS FROM PENN STATE’S OFFICE OF PHYSICAL PLANT WILL TRY TO GET RID OF THE CROWS …AGAIN…STARTING THIS EVENING. WORKERS WILL USE FLARE GUNS TO BLAST A BANGING NOISE AT THE CROWS TO SCARE THEM OUT OF THE TREES…THEN ANOTHER BLAST OF NOISE TO DRIVE THEM OFF. OFFICIALS SAY THIS IS A HUMANE WAY TO DEAL WITH THE CROWS THAT DOES NOT HURT THEM.

HOLIDAY TOURS OF THE GOVERNOR’S MANSION

THE GOVERNOR'S RESIDENCE IS DECORATED AND OPENING ITS DOORS TO THE PUBLIC FOR FREE TOURS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. THE MANSION WILL BE OPEN FROM NOON TO 2 TODAY AND TOMORROW AND AGAIN NEXT MONDAY, TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY. A HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE WILL ALSO BE HELD FROM 1 TO 6 ON SUNDAY, FEATURING LIVE MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE RESIDENCE TOUR LINE AT 717-772-91-30.