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FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013

POSSIBLE PLEA DEAL FOR ACCUSED ARSONIST

THE DEFENSE ATTORNEY REPRESENTING ACCUSED ARSONIST EDWARD HOUCK OF LOGAN TOWNSHIP SAYS HE REACHED A TENTATIVE PLEA DEAL YESTERDAY. SUNDAY, THE 50 YEAR OLD WAS ARRESTED AFTER HE SET HIS HOME AND garage ON FIRE...THEN CUT DOWN A TREE AND USED HIS VEHICLE TO BARRICADE Emergency CREWS FROM respondING. Houck was ALSO carrying a concealed handgun. POLICE SAY HOUCK WAS IN THE MIDST OF A PROLONGED DIVORCE. THE PLEA DEAL CALLS FOR AT LEAST ONE YEAR IN PRISON.

VIGIL TONIGHT

A candlelight vigil celebrating the life of Traci Raymond Miscavish will be held tonight at 8. SHE WAS SHOT AND KILLED LAST WEEK at County Market in PHILIPSBURG. HER HUSBAND, RETIRED STATE TROOPER MARK MISCAVISH, LATER TURNED THE GUN ON HIMSELF. TONIGHT’S VIGIL IS at the Moshannon Building parking lot on Front Street.

ACCUSED KILLER MAY PLEA INSANITY

AN ATTORNEY FOR 33 YEAR OLD SHAUN FAIRMAN OF TRADE CITY, INDIANA COUNTY, SAYS HE WILL USE AN INSANITY DEFENSE IF FAIRMAN GOES ON TRIAL APRIL 22ND FOR killing his father-in-law. Fairman IS ACCUSED OF GOING TO HIS ESTRANGED WIFE’S HOME WITH A RIFLE AND A HANDGUN LAST JUNE. HE ALLEGEDLY SHOT RICHARD SHOTTS THEN CHASED HIS WIFE UPSTAIRS. SHE SHOT AND WOUNDED HIM. a plea agreement has been proposed, BUT HAS NOT YET beEN accepted.

DRUG TRIAL CONTINUES

today will be day 8 of testimony in the BLAIR COUNTY trial of KENNETH PINER OF ALTOONA. piner admitS selLING small amountS of cocaine and crack…but saYS he was not part of the major drug ring operating out of the corner bar and grill. piner was originally sentenced to 19 to 38 years in a state prison, but was allowed to withdraw his guilty plea and go to trial.

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES REPORTS THAT Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship IS CALLING FOR full disclosure of every single email, phone call, letter, fax or contact with the NCAA over the sanctions LEVIED IN CONNECTION WITH THE SANDUSKY SCANDAL. COURT DOCUMENTS RELEASED THIS WEEK INCLUDED AN EMAIL FROM A FIRED NCAA OFFICIAL WHO SAID Penn State President Rodney Erickson “sold the school down the river” by agreeing to the sanctions. UNIVERSITY spokesman David La Torre said the university would not comment on the list of demands from group.

THE PENN STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION LAUNCHED ITS “3 QUESTIONS FOR CANDIDATES” WEBSITE YESTERDAY. IT WAS ALSO USED LAST YEAR AND INCLUDES RESPONSES FROM ALUMNI TRUSTEE CANDIDATES REGARDING KEY ISSUES FACING THE UNIVERSITY. IT WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE END OF THE TRUSTEE ELECTION THIS SPRING.

FINES FOR NO-SHOW JURORS

Cambria County judges warned residents 6 weeks ago that if they ignore a summons to appear for jury duty, they could face 100-dollar fines…and now they plan to follow through. Court Administrator William Valko tells the tribune democrat that Of the 183 people summoned who did not seek to be excused, 28 failed to appear Thursday morning. the county’s 5 judges will meet next week to discuss The 28 no- shows who will be summoned to the courthouse within the next month.

GOVERNOR IN SOUTH AMERICA

Governor TOM Corbett is headed to South America today with a delegation of Pennsylvania business, tourism, and university leaders. The group will spend three days visiting Brazil and Chile.  Their goal is to develop new investment opportunities and jobs. ALSO MAKING THE TRIP ARE REPRESENTATIVES FROM NEW PIG CORPORATION IN TIPTON…AND ITSI-Biosciences IN JOHNSTOWN.

BURNING BAN IN ANTIS TOWNSHIP

IN BLAIR COUNTY, ANTIS TOWNSHIP SUPERVISORS VOTED YESTERDAY TO INSTITUTE A TOWNSHIPWIDE  BURN BAN, EFFECTIVE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. RECENT DRYNESS AND HUMIDITY LEAD TO A HIGHER RISK OF SPREADING FIRES.