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Wednesday March 13 2013

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2013

ANOTHER FACTORY CLOSING

IT LOOKS LIKE MORE THAN 260 LOCAL JOBS ARE IN JEOPARDY AS EMPLOYEES WERE INFORMED OF THE POTENTIAL CLOSURE OF THE WARNACO DISTRIBUTION CENTER IN DUNCANSVILLE AND THE WARNACO PLANT IN HUNTINGDON COUNTY. THE COMPANY PLANS TO PHASE OUT OPERATIONS WITH THE FIRST WAVE OF STAFF REDUCTIONS IN SEPTEMBER FOLLOWED BY 2 MORE IN JANUARY AND MARCH OF NEXT YEAR. LATE LAST YEAR, IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT WARNACO HAD BEEN ACQUIRED BY THE NEW YORK BASED P-V-H CORPORATION IN A 3 BILLION DOLLAR DEAL. BACK THEN, OFFICIALS SAID WARNACO WOULD BE RESTRUCTURED UNDER THE NEW OWNERSHIP. THE COMPANY HAS NOT RELEASED ANY DETAILS.

SELLING VALLEY VIEW

BLAIR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TELL THE ALTOONA MIRROR THEY HAVE COMPLETED VISITS TO SEVERAL NURSING FACILITIES OPERATED BY THE HEALTH CARE COMPANIES BIDDING ON VALLEY VIEW NURSING HOME. FINAL OFFERS FROM THE 5 COMPANIES ARE DUE FRIDAY AND COMMISSIONERS MAY TAKE A VOTE AT TUESDAY’S MEETING.

CHANGING ALTOONA’S FORM OF GOVERNMENT?

THE PENNSYLVANIA LEAGUE OF CITIES WILL MAKE A PRESENTATION TONIGHT AT 6 ON THE PROS AND CONS OF THE HOME-RULE FORM OF GOVERNMENT. TONIGHT’S REGULAR ALTOONA CITY COUNCIL MEETING FOLLOWS AT 7. COUNCIL RECENTLY PASSED AN ORDINANCE THAT WILL PLACE A REFERENDUM ON THE PRIMARY BALLOT ABOUT FORMING A GOVERNMENT STUDY COMMISSION.

JAIL TIME FOR FORMER COP?

FORMER ALTOONA POLICE OFFICER ERIC KRINER IS EXPECTED TO GET PROBATION OR A LIGHT JAIL SENTENCE TODAY AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO REDUCED CHARGES OF SIMPLE ASSAULT AND CONSPIRACY TO OBSTRUCT A LAW ENFORCMENT INVESTIGATION. THE CHARGES STEM FROM A FIGHT AT PELLEGRINE’S BAR IN ALTOONA IN 2010. FORMER OFFICER DUANE EICHENLAUB CHOSE TO GO TO TRIAL AND THE JURY CONVICTED HIM OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND CONSPIRACY FOR TRYING TO COVER UP THE INCIDENT. HIS JAIL TERM COULD BE LONG AND EICHENLAUB’S SENTENCING IS SET FOR APRIL 29TH.

MAN HOG-TIED WOMAN

IN BEDFORD COUNTY COURT TODAY, 40 YEAR OLD TRAVIS CHEW OF NEW PARIS IS SCHEDULED TO ANSWER TO KIDNAPPING AND OTHER CHARGES AT A PRELIMINARY HEARING. POLICE SAY CHEW BEGAN AN ON-LINE FRIENDSHIP WITH A VIRGINIA WOMAN AND THEY MET IN PERSON IN FEBRUARY. THEY ARGUED A FEW DAYS LATER 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 TIED UP IN CHEW’S BEDROOM. HE’S JAILED ON 125-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.

BANK ROBBER STILL ON THE LOOSE

IN CAMBRIA COUNTY, EBENSBURG BORO POLICE HAVE IDENTIFIED THE TRUCK USED BY THE MAN WHO ROBBED FIRST NATIONAL BANK MONDAY AFTERNOON. AUTHORITIES SAY THEY HAVE VIDEO OF THE DRIVER TAKING OFF IN A DARKER COLORED CHEVY PICKUP WITH A TIRE IN THE TRUCK BED. THE SUSPECT WAS ARMED WITH A KNIFE DURING THE HOLD-UP, BUT NO ONE WAS INJURED. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL 1-800-281-1680.

FORMER FOOTBALL PLAYERS WANT TO TALK TO TRUSTEES

THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES SAYS ABOUT 30 PENN STATE LETTERMEN HAVE REGISTERED TO SPEAK AT THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING FRIDAY AFTERNOON IN HERSHEY. IN A STATEMENT, BRIAN MASELLA…A TIGHT END AND PUNTER FROM 1971 TO 1975…SAID “WE WANT TO LOOK THE TRUSTEES IN THE EYES AND TELL THEM THAT THEIR ACTIONS OVER THE LAST 16 MONTHS HAVE BROUGHT GREAT HARM UPON PENN STATE, OUR BELOVED PROGRAM AND THE INNOCENT PLAYERS AND COACHES WHO NOW OCCUPY OUR LOCKER ROOM.” THE LETTERMEN…WHO HOPE TO CONVINCE THE TRUSTEES TO RECONSIDER THE CONCLUSIONS OF THE FREEH REPORT AND THE NCAA SANCTIONS…PLAN TO HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE AFTER THE MEETING. THEY ALSO WANT TO KNOW WHEN JOE PATERNO WILL BE RECOGNIZED.

VEHICLE BREAK-INS

STATE COLLEGE POLICE SAY THEY NOW HAVE REPORTS OF MORE THAN 10 VEHICLE BREAK-INS AND THEFTS FROM VEHICLES SINCE SATURDAY. MONDAY’S THEFTS WERE LOCATED FROM DOWNTOWN STATE COLLEGE TO SENECA CIRCLE, GREENBRIAR DRIVE, CHARLES STREET AND MAYBERRY LANE. POLICE ALSO RECEIVED SEVERAL REPORTS FROM THE WESTERLY PARKWAY AREA SUNDAY. THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT ALL THE THEFTS ARE CONNECTED, BUT POLICE THINK THEY MAY BE. COPS HAVE NO SUSPECTS, AND POLICE URGE EVERYONE TO LOCK THEIR VEHICLES.

CHEAPER GAS

WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA DRIVERS ARE SPENDING LESS “GREEN” AT THE PUMPS AS GAS PRICES DROPPED TO $3.78. THE AVERAGE IS ALMOST A NICKEL LESS THAN LAST WEEK. TODAY’S NATIONAL AVERAGE IS $3.70…12 CENTS MORE THAN ONE MONTH AGO, BUT 5 CENTS LESS THAN ONE WEEK AGO AND 10 CENTS LESS THAN ONE YEAR AGO.