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Friday August 15 2014

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 2014

 

STATE POLICE IN CENTRE COUNTY SAY A 34 YEAR OLD PHILIPSBURG MAN DIED AT A PRIVATE RESIDENTCE ON NORTH 6TH STREET BETWEEN WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY MORNING. THE DEATH HAS BEEN RULED ACCIDENTAL AND NO OTHER DETAILS HAVE BEEN RELEASED.

 

FIRE DAMAGED AMERWAY INCORPORATED ON BEALE AVENUE IN ALTOONA YESTERDAY. FIRE CREWS HAD THE FLAMES UNDER CONTROL IN LESS THAN AN HOUR.

NO WORD YET ON THE CAUSE.

 

HOLLIDAYSBURG BORO COUNCIL LAST NIGHT UNANIMOUSLY NAMED ACTING CHIEF DAVID GEHRET AS THE NEW POLICE CHIEF. HE REPLACES JEFFREY KETNER WHO SERVED FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS. HE WAS PLACED ON PAID LEAVE LAST MONTH AND LATER RESIGNED. OFFICIALS SAY THEY COULD NOT SEE EYE TO EYE WITH KETNER ON HOW TO RUN THE DEPARTMENT.

A former Centre County counselor was sentenced Thursday to concurrent prison terms of 30 days to 18 months and a fine of 25-HUNDRED DOLLARS. 51 YEAR OLD CINDY BRUMBAUGH OF HOWARD ADMITTED THAT SHE FALSELY CLAIMED SHE HAD BEEN abducted and sexually assaulted. SHE was TRYING to hide that she was having an affair with a court-appointed client. THE 2 WERE INVOLVED IN A CAR ACCIDENT LAST SEPTEMBER.

IN CENTRE COUNTY COURT, SENTENCING IS scheduled TODAY FOR former PENNS VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL athletic director DON HOSTERMAN. HE PLEADED guilty TO STEALING OVER 23-THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM ATHLETIC ACCOUNTS BELONGING TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE MOUNTAIN LEAGUE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE. police saY THE MONEY WENT MISSING BETWEEN 2010 and LAST YEAR AND HOSTERMAN APPARENTLY PAID BACK MORE THAN 20-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

The state Office of Open Records HAS ORDERED the Department of Education TO hand over 644 PAGES OF emails RELATED TO THE SANDUSKY SCANDAL. THEY WERE requested by Ryan Bagwell, A former candidate FOR PENN STATE’S BOARD OF TRUSTEES, UNDER the Right to Know LAW. THE EMAILS WERE EXCHANGED AMONG GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT, HIS TOP AIDES, PENN STATE TRUSTEE MEMBERS, AND RON TOMALIS, THE FORMER EDUCATION SECRETARY. THE CORBETT ADMINISTRATION HAS NOT YET DECIDED WHETHER TO APPEAL THE ORDER. THE STATE HAS 30 DAYS TO DO SO.

PENN STATE’S BOARD OF TRUSTEES COMMITTEE ON GOVERNANCE AND LONG RANGE PLANNING WILL MEET TODAY AT THE PENN STATER. TO ALLOW FOR EXTRA PUBLIC SEATING, THE MEETING HAS BEEN MOVED TO ROOM 206 WITH ROOM 205 SET UP FOR OVERFLOW. IT STARTS AT 8:30 AND WILL BE STREAMED ON LINE AT WPSU.ORG/LIVE

Governor Tom Corbett yesterday announced that the State Transportation Commission, building on the Act 89 transportation plan, has updated Pennsylvania’s 12-Year Transportation Program with a sizeable boost in much needed transportation improvements. The new plan is expected to make 63-point-2 billion dollars available over the next 12 years for improvements to roads, bridges, transit systems, airports and railroads. That compares with 41-point-6 billion in the last update 2 years ago.

RECENTLY, THE ALTOONA JOHNSTOWN CATHOLIC DIOCESE ANNOUNCED PLANS TO SELL THE FRANKSTOWN TOWNSHIP HOME OF BISHOP MARK BARTCHAK TO RAISE MONEY FOR PASTORAL NEEDS AND ALSO TO SETTLE SOME LAWSUITS INVOLVING FRANCISCAN FRIAR STEPHEN BAKER. DIOCESE SPOKESMAN TONY DEGOL SAYS A SALE IS NOW PENDING AND COULD BE FINALIZED IN THE NEXT MONTH. BARTCHAK HAS MOVED INTO THE RECTORY AT THE CATHEDRAL OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT.

 

THERE IS ALREADY A PROPOSED CIGARETTE TAX INCREASE IN PHILADELPHIA TO HELP THE SCHOOLS OPEN ON TIME, BUT ONE LAWMAKER WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE TAX RAISED BY 80 CENTS PER PACK ACROSS THE STATE. REPRESENTATIVE JOHN LAWRENCE OF CHESTER COUNTY SAYS THE REVENUE COULD BE USED TO LOWER LOCAL PROPERTY TAXES.

The American Red Cross Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region says there is an urgent need for platelet and blood donations with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood. YOU CAN DONATE TOMORROW AT THE ALTOONA RED CROSS FROM 7:30 TO 11AM..AND ALSO FROM 9 to 2:30 AT Locust Grove Church of the Brethren IN Johnstown.

LOTTERY OFFICIALS SAY A Cash 5 ticket work 225-THOUSAND DOLLARS was sold Wednesday at SHAWNEE COUNTY MARKET in SCHELLSBURG, Bedford County.

The store will receive a 500 bonus AND The winner should contact lottery officials at the headquarters in Middletown or visit one of  7 lottery offices across the commonwealth.

the collings foundation’s “wings of freedom” tour is returning to the altoona/blair county airport today thorugh sunday. it features restored world war 2 aircraft that you can tour and even take a flight in. on display this year will be 2 bombers…the boeing b-17 flying fortress and the consolidated b-24 liberator…plus the p-51 mustang. the planes are scheduled to land shortly before 2pm today.