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Friday December 13 2013

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2013

3 INJURED

3 PEOPLE WERE HURT IN A SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH YESTERDAY ALONG ROUTE 322 NEAR PHILIPSBURG. STATE POLICE SAY AN 18 YEAR OLD HARRISBURG WOMAN LOST CONTROL OF HER CAR AND SLAMMED INTO A TREE. SHE WAS TRAPPED IN THE WRECKAGE ALONG WITH 2 PASSENGERS. 2 OF THEM WERE FLOWN TO UPMC ALTOONA AND LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION. THE OTHER WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL VIA AMBULANCE AND THERE’S NO WORD ON HER CONDITION.

FATHER APPEALING JAIL SENTENCE

EARLIER THIS YEAR, A CAMBRIA COUNTY JURY CONVICTED 38 YEAR OLD BRIAN ROLES SENIOR OF EAST TAYLOR TOWNSHIP OF DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED AND CAUSING A CRASH THAT KILLED HIS 16 YEAR OLD SON, BRIAN JUNIOR IN 2012. HE’S SERVING 8-AND-A-HALF TO 17 YEARS IN A STATE PRISON…BUT ROLES IS APPEALING AND YESTERDAY A JUDGE APPOINTED AN ATTORNEY TO REPRESENT HIM THROUGH THAT PROCESS. AT HIS TRIAL, THE OLDER ROLES TESTIFIED THAT HIS SON WAS DRIVING, BUT A NEPHEW WHO WAS ALSO IN THE PICKUP SAID THAT WASN’T TRUE AND HE HAD BEEN PRESSURED TO LIE IN COURT.

ONE YEAR SINCE STUDENT’S ATTACK

IT’S BEEN ONE YEAR SINCE A PENN STATE GRADUATE STUDENT WAS INJURED ON THE BIKE PATH BETWEEN VAIRO BOULEVARD AND SUNSET PARK…AND STATE COLLEGE POLICE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR THE SUSPECT. THE WOMAN’S THROAT WAS SLASHED WITH A SHARP OBJECT AND POLICE DON’T KNOW IF SHE WAS TARGETED SPECIFICALLY OR IF IT WAS RANDOM. THERE WERE NO CAMERAS IN THE AREA. INVESTIGATORS ARE STILL WAITING ON FORENSIC EVIDENCE TO COME BACK FROM THE CRIME LABS AND THEY WANT TO TALK TO ANYONE WHO MAY HAVE BEEN IN THE AREA THAT NIGHT. CRIMESTOPPERS IS OFFERING A REWARD TO ANYONE WITH INFORMATION LEADING TO AN ARREST.

DONATIONS FOR CLAYSBURG

FAMILY DONATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE CLAYSBURG-AREA FAMILY WHOSE HOME WAS SERIOUSLY DAMAGED BY FIRE WEDNESDAY NIGHT. PHYLLIS KNISELY, HER 2 ELEMENTARY-AGED DAUGHTERS, AND 2 PET DOGS ESCAPED THE FLAMES. A STATE POLICE FIRE MARSHAL IS INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE. LOCAL CHURCHES AND INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN GIVING CLOTHING, FOOD, AND CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR THE GIRLS. YOU CAN DONATE BY CALLING 327-46-93.

PUTTING THE BRAKES ON STATE PATTY’S DAY

PENN STATE’S STUDENT-CREATED DRINKING HOLIDAY, STATE PATTY’S DAY, IS COMING UP…BUT NOW THE INTER-FRATERNITY COUNCIL HAS ANNOUNCED THAT IT HAS VOTED TO BAN SOCIAL FUNCTIONS DURING THAT WEEKEND. ACCORDING TO A RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY…IN AN EFFORT TO LIMIT DESTRUCTIVE ACTIVITIES, GREEK-LETTERED ORGANIZATIONS WILL NOT HOST EVENTS INVOLVING ALCOHOL FROM 2AM FRIDAY FEBRUARY 28TH THROUGH SUNDAY MARCH 2ND. DURING LAST YEAR’S EVENT, MORE THAN 3 DOZEN BARS RECEIVED 5-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO NOT SERVE ALCOHOL. POLICE MADE 138 ARRESTS…DOWN FROM 225 IN 2012 AND 234 THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

BROTHERS ASK FOR LENIENCY

ATTORNEYS REPRESENTING WINDBER BROTHERS WILLIAM AND RON KUCHERA ARE ASKING A FEDERAL JUDGE FOR LENIENCY WHEN HE SENTENCES THEM TUESDAY. THE BROTHERS OWNED KUCHERA DEFENSE SYSTEMS AND THEIR LAWYERS SAY THAT MEANT STEADY JOBS FOR HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE IN THE AREA WORKING ON PROJECTS THAT SUPPORTED THE NATION’S TROOPS. THE KUCHERAS WERE CONVICTED OF DEFRAUDING THE GOVERNMENT AND CONSPIRACY TO AVOID PAYING TAXES. IN HIS MEMO TO THE COURT, THEIR ATTORNEY ARGUED THAT PRISON WOULD BE A WASTE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS. ONE OF THE MEN WAS RECENTLY DIAGNOSED WITH ADVANCED PROSTATE CANCER.

BIG JACKPOT

THE MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT IS STILL GROWING. TONIGHT’S ESTIMATED JACKPOT IS A WHOPPING 400-MILLION DOLLARS, AND EVEN THE CASH OPTION IS 216-MILLION. THIS IS THE SECOND-LARGEST MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT EVER AND THE 5TH LARGEST LOTTERY JACKPOT OF ANY KIND IN THE U-S.