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Friday August 30 2013

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FATHER SAYS SON WAS DRIVING

A Cambria County JURY IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DELIBERATIONS BY LATE THIS AFTERNOON IN the TRIAL OF 38 YEAR OLD BRIAN ROLES SENIOR OF EAST TAYLOR TOWNSHIP. HE’S CHARGED WITH VEHICULAR HOMICIDE WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND PRESCRIPTION DRUGS FOR THE 2012 CRASH THAT KILLED HIS 16 YEAR OLD SON, BRIAN JUNIOR. ROLES TESTIFIED YESTERDAY THAT he had a seizure in Kernville minutes before their vehicle crashed and awoke to find his son driving. He CLAIMS an oncoming car forced them to swerve and wreck ALONG ROUTE 271.

suv slams into gas station sign

State police at Philipsburg SAY 78 YEAR OLD ROBERT MEYER OF SPRUCE CREEK SUFFERED A MEDICAL EMERGENCY LAST EVENING WHILE driving ON EAST PLANK ROAD in Port Matilda. HIS S-U-V RAN off the road and struck the Lykens Market gas STATION sign. A Trooper was getting gas at the market. HE AND SAMUEL EMIGH OF TYRONE PERFORMED C-P-R AND GOT MEYER BREATHING AGAIN. HE WAS TAKEN TO Mount Nittany Medical Center IN STATE COLLEGE.

Police ready for HOLIDAY WEEKEND

Labor DAY WEEKEND AND AREA police departments will be holding roving D-U-I patrols. Last year, 8 people were killed in the STATE, and police responded to 155 impaired-driving crashes during the 3-day Labor Day weekend.

shooting victim sues altoona police

EARLIER THIS YEAR, 46 YEAR OLD JAMES WEYANT OF BELLWOOD WAS SHOT BY AN ALTOONA POLICE OFFICER ALONG 4TH AVENUE ALLEY…NOW THE ALTOONA MIRROR SAYS WEYANT HAS FILED A FEDERAL LAWSUIT. HE CLAIMS HE WAS NEITHER INTOXICATED NOR DISRUPTIVE AND HE SUFFERED SERIOUS INJURIES TO HIS RIGHT SHOULDER AND ARM. HIS SHORTS WERE OLD WITH BAD ELASTIC SO HE TOOK THEM OFF AND CARRIED THEM IN HIS HAND. THE OFFICER CLAIMS HE MIS-TOOK THE SHORTS FOR A WEAPON. ALTOONA POLICE CHIEF JANICE FREEHLING SAYS THE OFFICER HAS BEEN CLEARED OF WRONGDOING AND IS BACK ON FULL DUTY.

spanier can travel

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier’S REQUEST TO TRAVEL INTERNATIONALLY HAS BEEN GRANTED UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS. a Dauphin County Judge LIFTED THE restrictions on international and domestic travel AS LONG AS Spanier MAKES HIS REQUEST AT LEAST 20 DAYS IN ADVANCE. HE MUST ALSO INCLUDE HIS FULL ITINERARY AND WHO WILL BE TRAVELING WITH HIM. the REQUEST MUST ALSO BE CONSIDERED BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE. Spanier remains free on unsecured bail awaiting trial on perjury, child endangerment, conspiracy and other charges. former administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz ARE ALSO CHARGED.

how are lawmakers doing?

Governor Tom Corbett's poll numbers are way down. The latest Franklin & Marshall College poll says only 20-percent of respondents favor Corbett's re-election, but 69-percent don't. Only 16-percent rated Corbett as an "excellent" or "good" governor in his first 30-months, while former Governors Tom Ridge and Ed Rendell had 30-month approval ratings of 57-percent and 41-percent.

A NEW FRANKLIN & MARSHALL POLL SHOWS MOST PENNSYLVANIANS ARE EITHER UNCERTAIN ABOUT OR UNFAMILIAR WITH THE 2 U-S SENATORS. SENATOR BOB CASEY HAS A 34 TO 24 PERCENT FAVORABLE TO UNFAVORABLE RATING WHILE PAT TOOMEY’S WAS 26 TO 20. POLLSTER TERRY MADONNA SAYS THE SENATORS RANKINGS ARE DOWN SLIGHTLY, BUT HE BELIEVES THIS IS DUE TO THE OPINION OF CONGRESS AS A WHOLE.

copper thieves blamed for power outage

STATE POLICE IN BEDFORD COUNTY SAY THE THIEVES WHO STOLE COPPER FROM THE BEDFORD RURAL ELECTIC SUBSTATION IN EAST SAINT CLAIR TOWNSHIP MAY HAVE BEEN BURNED IN THE PROCESS. THE THIEVES CUT THE WIRE OUT TUESDAY NIGHT AND THE ELECTRICAL SURGE DAMAGED 3 TRANSFORMER REGULATORS AND MELTED CONCRETE UNDERNEATH. MORE THAN 15-HUNDRED CUSTOMERS WERE WITHOUT ELECTRICITY AFTER THE BREAK-IN.

PASTOR MAY BE FIRED

reverend ken kline smeltzer could lose his job after officiating at a same-sex wedding a couple of week ago at the home of State College mayor elizabeth goreham. smeltzer’s wife tells wtaj the decision is not final, but church officials have told her husband he will likely be let go for going against the church’s policies in marrying 2 men from pike county. they received their license from montgomery county AND GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT’S ADMINISTRATION HAS FILED A LAWSUIT SEEKING TO BLOCK THOSE LICENSES. THE REGISTER OF WILLS IS DUE IN COURT NEXT WEEK. HE SAYS THE LAW BANNING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IS DISCRIMINATORY. the smeltzers have not announced which church he currently serves.

penn state football

PENN STATE IS STILL ONE OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE TICKETS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL. ACCORDING TO A NEW FORBES MAGAZINE ARTICLE, THE NITTANY LIONS ARE THE 18TH MOST EXPENSIVE, WHICH IS 5TH IN THE BIG 10. NOTRE DAME CHARGED THE MOST, FOLLOWED BY OHIO STATE, NEBRASKA, AND MICHIGAN.

PENN STATE FOOTBALL FANS CAN SEND THE TEAM OFF IN STYLE TODAY AT 3 NEAR BEAVER STADIUM. WEAR YOUR FAVORITE NITTANY LION GEAR AND ENJOY THE BLUE BAND AND THE CHEERLEADERS BEFORE THE TEAM ARRIVES TO CATCH THE BUS ON THEIR WAY TO NEW JERSEY. THE TEAM KICKS OFF THE SEASON TOMORROW AGAINST SYRACUSE AT MET-LIFE STADIUM.

those headed to met life stadium for tomorrow’s penn state season opener against syracuse are reminded about the nfl’s policy limiting the size and type of bags allowed into stadiums. only clear plastic or vinyl bags, measuring 12-by-6-by-12 or smaller are allowed. purses larger than a clutch bag, backpacks, camera bags, fanny packs, and seat cushions are not permitted. you can details at gopsusports.com