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Wednesday February 13 2013

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2013

DEADLY HIT AND RUN

STATE POLICE IN CENTRE COUNTY SAY 32-YEAR-OLD SHERRY HOUTZ OF BELLEFONTE WAS KILLED BETWEEN 3:45 AND 4 YESTERDAY MORNING WHEN SHE WAS HIT BY A VEHICLE AS SHE WALKED ALONG I-99 SOUTHBOUND JUST PAST THE WOODYCREST/TOFTREES EXIT NEAR STATE COLLEGE. HOUTZ HAD LAST BEEN SEEN AT THE SHEETZ ON BENNER PIKE AT 2:15AM. TROOPERS BELIEVE THE VEHICLE INVOLVED WAS A PASSENGER CAR OR SMALL PICKUP. IT MAY HAVE DAMAGE TO ITS PASSENGER SIDE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION SHOULD CALL POLICE AT 355-75-45.

PENNSYLVANIA ARMY VET KILLED IN CHOPPER CRASH

AN INDIANA COUNTY MAN WAS AMONG 3 PEOPLE KILLED SUNDAY WHEN THEIR HELICOPTER CRASHED WHILE FILMING A REALITY TELEVISION SHOW IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. 45 YEAR OLD MICHAEL DONATELLI OF INDIANA, AN ARMY SPECIAL FORCES VETERAN, WHO HAD SERVED 4 TOURS OF DUTY IN IRAQ, WAS GOING TO DISPLAY HIS MILITARY SKILLS ON THE SHOW, WHICH WAS IN PRODUCTION FOR THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL. THE PILOT AND CINEMATOGRAPHER WERE ALSO KILLED IN THE ACCIDENT.

HOUSE DESTROYED

A TUESDAY AFTERNOON FIRE DESTROYED A HOME IN WEST TAYLOR TOWNSHIP, CAMBRIA COUNTY. FIREFIGHTERS AREN’T SURE WHAT SPARKED THE BLAZE IN THE 200 BLOCK OF IRON STREET, BUT THEY BELIEVE IT STARTED IN THE BASEMENT. NO ONE WAS HOME AT THE TIME AND THERE WERE NO INJURIES. FIRE CREWS RETURNED TO THE HOUSE LAST NIGHT WHEN THE FLAMES REKINKLED.

KIDNAPPED & HOG-TIED

40 YEAR OLD TRAVIS CHEW OF NEW PARIS IS IN THE BEDFORD COUNTY PRISON ON KIDNAPPING AND OTHER CHARGES. POLICE SAY CHEW BEGAN AN ON-LINE FRIENDSHIP WITH A VIRGINIA WOMAN AND THEY MET IN PERSON LAST WEDNESDAY. THEY ARGUED EARLY SUNDAY MORNING AND THE WOMAN TRIED TO LEAVE CHEW’S HOUSE, BUT HE HOG-TIED HER HANDS AND FEET WITH DUCT TAPE. A NEIGHBOR CALLED POLICE WHO FOUND THE WOMAN IN CHEW’S BEDROOM. CHEW’S PRELIMINARY HEARING IS NEXT WEDNESDAY.

LONG SENTENCE FOR DRUG DEALER

A CENTRE COUNTY JUDGE YESTERDAY SENTENCED 30-YEAR-OLD ANDRE ADAMS TO 77 TO 155 YEARS IN A STATE PRISON. THE FORMER NEW YORK MAN WAS CONVICTED LAST MONTH OF SELLING COCAINE TO UNDERCOVER POLICE IN THE STATE COLLEGE AREA IN 2011 AND 12. ADAMS, WHO REPRESENTED HIMSELF AT TRIAL, CLAIMED THAT POLICE LURED HIM INTO COMMITTING THE CRIMES.

CHANGING ALTOONA’S FORM OF GOVERNMENT?

THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT CITY COUNCIL WILL VOTE TONIGHT ON AN ORDINANCE THAT COULD LEAD TO A PERMANENT CHANGE IN THE CITY’S FORM OF GOVERNMENT. IF COUNCIL ADOPTS THE MEASURE, A REFERENDUM WILL GO ON THE PRIMARY BALLOT AUTHORIZING A GOVERNMENT STUDY COMMISSION TO CONSIDER WHETHER TO ADOPT HOME RULE. THIS COULD ENABLE ALTOONA TO LEAVE THE STATE’S DISTRESSED CITIES PROGRAM SOONER.

SELLING VALLEY VIEW NURSING HOME?

BLAIR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS SAY THEY ARE CONSIDERING 6 BIDS…RANGING FROM 12 TO 16 MILLION DOLLARS…FOR VALLEY VIEW NURSING HOME. OFFICIALS PLAN TO REVIEW THE BIDS OVER THE NEXT WEEK AND NARROW THEM DOWN TO A FEW FINALISTS. A FINAL SALES AGREEMENT COULD BE IN PLACE WITHIN A COUPLE OF MONTHS. VALLEY VIEW EMPLOYEES SAY THEY ARE SADDENED THAT COMMISSIONERS ARE MOVING FORWARD WITH A SALE THAT COULD HURT RESIDENTS.

LIQUOR PRIVATIZATION

A POLL TAKEN BY THE COMMONWEALTH FOUNDATION FINDS THAT 6 IN 10 PENNSYLVANIANS FAVOR GETTING THE STATE OUT OF THE WINE AND SPIRITS BUSINESS. 35-PERCENT OF RESPONDENTS OPPOSE LIQUOR PRIVATIZATION. GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT'S PROPOSAL WOULD CLOSE 619 STATE STORES AND PUT 12-HUNDRED RETAIL LIQUOR LICENSES UP FOR BID.

GAS PRICES UP AGAIN

WESTERN PA GAS PRICES CONTINUED TO CLIMB FOR THE 3RD CONSECUTIVE WEEK. TRIPLE A FUEL GAUGE SAYS TODAY’S AVERAGE OF $3.74 IS 7 CENTS HIGHER THAN LAST TUESDAY. TODAY’S NATIONAL AVERAGE IS $3.60.