Friday August 9 2013

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FRIDAY, aUgust 9, 2013

nasty weather

THE STORM THAT HIT The Johnstown area LATE YESTERday AFTERNOON caused flash flooding when it dumped MORE THAN 2 INCHES OF rain in a short time. Hardest hit was the Moxham neighborhood WHERE A CATCH BASIN CLOGGED UP. MANY BASEMENTS WERE FLOODED. SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TODAY. MORE FLOODING IS POSSIBLE.

altoona parents are ticked off

some ALTOONA school district parents are planning to attend the next board meeting on august 19th in hopes that officials will reverse some of the decisions regarding new boundaries. washington-jefferson and wright elementaries were closed at the end of the last school year and parents received letters telling them which school their kids will be attending in just a few weeks. other boundaries were also re-drawn by a consultant…and some children who thought they would be at one building have been assigned to another. officials say The lines were re-drawn to reflect demographic changes and improve transportation efficiency.

KILLER STILL AT LARGE

STILL NO SIGN OF 21 YEAR OLD DEMETRIUS GIBSON OF Tire Hill WHO IS accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend Tuesday MORNING in THE Moxham SECTION OF JOHNSTOWN. 21 YEAR OLD Elizabeth Miller BLED TO DEATH. POLICE CONTINUE THEIR SEARCH.

KILLER WANTS SHORTER SENTENCE

32 YEAR OLD THOMAS DRASS OF HOLLIDAYSBURG IS SERVING 20 TO 40 YEARS IN THE STATE PRISON AT ROCKVIEW AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO 3RD DEGREE MURDER FOR THE 2005 SHOOTING DEATH OF HIS GRANDFATHER, DWAYNE CHAMBERLAIN, AT HIS FRANKSTOWN TOWNSHIP HOME. NOW…THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS…DRASS IS ASKING A JUDGE TO CUT HIS SENTENCE IN HALF DUE TO HEALTH ISSUES. DRASS’ ATTORNEY CLAIMS HE ONLY WENT TO THE HOUSE TO SHOW HIS GRANDPARENTS HIS NEW RIFLE AND IT ACCIDENTALLY WENT OFF.

CAMPER DIES FROM CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING

A WINDBER MAN DIED YESTERDAY WHILE CAMPING IN Allegany County MARYLAND. THE Sheriff’s Department says 75 YEAR OLD WILLIAM MILLER STARTED A GAS GENERATOR NEAR THE REAR OF HIS R-V BEFORE GOING TO SLEEP WEDNESDAY NIGHT. THE EXHAUST WAS POINTED TOWARD THE camper And miller died of carbon monoxide poisoning. His wife, 76-year-old Ruth Miller, was taken to a hospital in Cumberland.

SHERIFF’S DEPUTY CHARGED WITH D-U-I

A Centre County Sheriff’S Deputy Is charged with D-U-I after crashing his truck into a house and a parked car BACK ON JUNE 23RD. State Police saY 32-year-old Bryan Cramer CAUSED THOUSANDS OF DOLLAR DAMAGE WHEN HE HIT THE hoUSe along Riverstone Lane in Zion. Cramer ALLEGEDLY drove off, BUT THEN returned to the SCENE.  His blood alcohol Was  more than double the legal limit. Sheriff Denny Nau saYS Cramer was demoted and could face more consequences. HE faceS a judge August 28th.

PENN STATE EMPLOYEES SIGNING PETITION

MORE THAN 13-HUNDRED PENN STATE EMPLOYEES HAVE ALREADY SIGNED AN ON-LINE PETITION ASKING THE UNIVERSITY TO change A NEW POLICY THAT WILL REQUIRE WORKERS TO SUBMIT TO A HEALTH SURVEY AND SCREENING OR FACE NEW SURCHARGES. THEY SAY THAT’S AN INVASION OF THEIR PRIVACY. THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES REPORTS THOSE WHO SMOKE OR CARRY THEIR SPOUSE ON THEIR INSURANCE WOULD ALSO HAVE TO PAY THE FEES. IN A PRESS RELEASE THIS SUMMER, Penn StatE saID the CHANGES were designed to “improve employee health and to curb the rapidly growing costs of health care for both employees and the university.”

PSU GRADUATION

SUMMER COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES WILL BE HELD TOMORROW AT PENN STATE’S UNIVERSITY PARK AND THE NITTANY LION SHRINE WILL BE OPEN FOR PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES. HOURS ARE TODAY THROUGH SUNDAY FROM 8AM TO 8PM…THEN THE SHRINE WILL CLOSE AGAIN AS RENOVATIONS ARE COMPLETED. "NO PARKING" RESTRICTIONS WILL BE LIFTED FROM THIS MORNING THROUGH EARLY MONDAY MORNING TO accommodate THOSE COMING INTO TOWN FOR GRADUATION. 1 AND 2 HOUR PARKING RESTRICTIONS WILL ALSO BE LIFTED AT NOON TODAY. PARKING METERS REMAIN IN EFFECT FFROM 8AM TO 6PM…AND ALL OTHER RULES WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.

ONE HECK OF A PARTY

STATE COLLEGE POLICE AND BORO OFFICIALS HATE IT, BUT Penn State’s “STATE PATTY’S DAY” HAS MADE BUZZFEED WEBSITE’S list of “15 Insane College Parties That Will Make You Want to Transfer.” THIS PAST MARCH, COMMUNITY LEADERS DECIDED TO PAY BARS TO STAY CLOSED ON THE STUDENT-CREATED DRINKING HOLIDAY. THEY USED MONEY FROM PARKING FEES, BUT THEY AREN’T SURE IF THAT WILL BE DO-ABLE THIS COMING YEAR.