friDAY, aUgust 16, 2013
SEPTEMBER 17TH, A 3-judge panel from the STATE Superior Court will hear appeal arguments in the Jerry Sandusky case at Dallas Senior High School in Luzerne County. Judge Jack Panella TOLD THE ASSOCIATED PRESS the Sandusky case will be one of the first of 45 cases the panel will consider during the session. no WORD IF THE FORMER COACH WILL ATTEND THE HEARING. HE IS SERVING A 30 TO 60 year SENTENCE in the state prison at Waynesburg. SANDUSKY’S LAWYERS SAY THEY DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO PREPARE FOR TRIAL AND THEY ALSO THINK THE JUDGE SHOULD NOT HAVE ALLOWED HEARSAY TESTIMONY FROM A JANITOR.
one mom out of jail, another in
29 YEAR OLD JENNINA PRATT OF ALTOONA HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM THE BLAIR COUNTY JAIL AND AUTHORITIES ARE GIVING HER A CHANCE TO GET HER LIFE TOGETHER. LAST WEEK, POLICE FOUND A COCKROACH INFESTATION AT PRATT’S 23RD STREET HOME AND HER 5 CHILDREN WERE COVERED WITH BEDBUG BITES. FRIENDS SAY PRATT IS A LOVING MOTHER AND A FULL-TIME COLLEGE STUDENT WHO SUFFERS FROM DEPRESSION. THEY ALSO SAY THE RENTAL PROPERTY WAS ALREADY A MESS WHEN THE FAMILY MOVED IN. PRATT WAIVED HER PRELIMINARY HEARING THIS WEEK AND HER NEXT COURT DATE IS SEPTEMBER 20TH.
Altoona Police say 29 year old Miranda Jo Weakland is facing charges including Aggravated Assault of an Unborn Child. On July 11th, officers responded to a report of an unconscious pregnant woman. Weakland was taken to UPMC Altoona where Doctors performed a c-section. the baby suffered a seizure and had to be flown to the neo-natal i-c-u at johnstown’s memorial medical center. Police also have surveillance video of weakland under the influence and shoplifting from a local convenience store that same evening. Police say blood tests show that Weakland had taken various prescription pills. She is in the Blair County Prison on 15-thousand dollars straight cash bail.
19 YEAR OLD Todd Kapcsos TELLS THE TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT HE WAS TIRED OF SEEING CRIME AND DRUGS ON THE STREETS OF MOXHAM SO he wanted to be THE NEIGHBORHOOD’s dark knight. ThAT’S WHY HE DRESSED LIKE A NINJA, PUT ON A MASK, AND TOOK A BASEBALL BAT OUTSIDE IN MID-JULY. KAPCSOS IS CHARGED WITH loitering and disorderly conduct, BUT SAYS HE DIDN’T KNOW HE WAS BREAKING THE LAW. HE HAS WAIVED THE CHARGES TO COURT.
on the lookout for impaired drivers
THE NATIONAL D-U-I CRACKDOWN “DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER” BEGINS TODAY AND WILL RUN THROUGH LABOR DAY. MORE THAN 600 PENNSYLVANIA POLICE DEPARTMENTS AND STATE POLICE WILL PARTICIPATE IN A SERIES OF SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT INITIATIVES INCLUDING CHECKPOINTS AND ROVING PATROLS THAT WILL FOCUS ON BOTH ALCOHOL AND DRUG-IMPAIRED DRIVERS.