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Friday February 28 2014

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2014

MASSIVE FIRE A DEVASTATING FIRE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON IN HOLLIDAYSBURG, BLAIR COUNTY. THE FLAMES BROKE OUT AT AN APARTMENT COMPLEX AT 117 ALLEGHENY STREET, DISPLACING 10 PEOPLE AND DESTROYING SEVERAL HOMES AND BUSINESSES. FIREFIGHTERS ALSO HAD TO BATTLE THE COLD AND THE WATER THEY WERE SPRAYING FROZE ON THE STREET. LUCKILY NO ONE WAS HURT. A STATE POLICE FIRE MARSHAL WILL BE ON THE SCENE TODAY.

WEATHER RELATED FATALITY

YESTERDAY AFTERNOON’S SNOW SQUALLS ARE BLAMED FOR A FATAL WRECK IN NORTH WOODBURY TOWNSHIP, BLAIR COUNTY. STATE POLICE SAY LAWRENCE PRICE THE SECOND OF MARTINSBURG LOST CONTROL OF HIS VEHICLE ON AN ICY CROSS COVE ROAD AND COLLIDED WITH A CAR DRIVEN BY DORIS MILLER OF NEW ENTERPRISE. A 3RD VEHICLE, OPERATED BY STACY KUSTER OF ROARING SPRING, THEN HIT BOTH OTHER VEHICLES. PRICE DIED WHILE MILLER SUFFERED MODERATE INJURIES. KUSTER WAS NOT HURT.

STAY OF EXECUTION

GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT SIGNED THE WARRANT AND STEPHEN REX EDMISTON WAS SCHEDULED TO RECEIVE A LETHAL INJECTION ON APRIL 16TH, BUT U-S DISTRICT JUDGE KIM GIBSON IN JOHNSTOWN YESTERDAY GRANTED A STAY BECAUSE HIS RIGHTS OF APPEAL HAVE NOT BEEN EXHAUSTED. EDMISTON WAS CONVICTED IN THE KIDNAPPING, RAPE, AND BRUTAL MURDER OF 2-YEAR BOBBI JO MATTHEW WHO WAS TAKEN FROM A HOME IN BECCARIA, CLEARFIELD COUNTY, IN 1988. A STATUS CONFERENCE IS SCHEDULED APRIL 2ND.

KILLER SENTENCED

66 YEAR OLD KENNETH LEIGHTY OF ALTOONA WAS SENTENCED YESTERDAY TO 7 TO 14 YEARS BEHIND BARS AFTER PLEADING GUILTY IN THE 1999 BLUDGEONING DEATH OF HIS DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, SHERRY LEIGHTY. LAST YEAR, HE LED AUTHORITIES TO HER BODY ON HIS PROPERTY IN WARRIORS MARK, HUNTINGDON.

BAIL FOR BOMBMAKER? IN JOHNSTOWN’S FEDERAL COURT TODAY, A JUDGE IS SCHEDULED TO ISSUE AN ORDER DECIDING IF 18-YEAR OLD PENN STATE ALTOONA STUDENT VLADISLAV MIFTAKOHV WILL BE RELEASED ON BOND INTO THE CUSTODY OF HIS MOTHER. LOGAN TOWNSHIP POLICE SAY THEY FOUND HOMEMADE BOMBS IN HIS JUNIATA APARTMENT LAST MONTH, BUT HIS ATTORNEY CLAIMS HE WAS JUST MAKING FIREWORKS. WTAJ REPORTS THAT MIFTAKOHV WAS ALREADY SERVING OUT 3 MONTHS OF PROBATION FOR A TRESPASSING OFFENSE IN CALIFORNIA. THE PROSECUTION THINKS THE RUSSIAN NATIVE IS A FLIGHT RISK.

DEALER’S DAD GETS JAILTIME

CARROLLTOWN BAR OWNER GERALD LOWMASTER WAS SENTENCED YESTERDAY IN JOHNSTOWN’S FEDERAL COURT TO 46 MONTHS BEHIND BARS. HE PLEADED GUILTY TO LAUNDERING MONEY AS PART OF HIS SON’S MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR DRUG RING. GEORGE LOWMASTER IS SCHEDULED FOR SENTENCING MAY 13TH. EARLIER THIS WEEK, HIS MOTHER, DOLLY, RECEIVED 5 YEARS PROBATION AND ONE YEAR OF HOUSE ARREST.

DEAL FOR NURSES?

ABOUT 800 REGISTERED NURSES AT UPMC ALTOONA ARE SCHEDULED TO VOTE THIS EVENING ON A CONTRACT AGREEMENT. THEIR UNION REACHED THE TENTATIVE DEAL WITH THE HOSPITAL ON WEDNESDAY. THE NURSES STAGED A ONE-DAY STRIKE THIS MONTH AND THE HOSPITAL BROUGHT IN TEMPORARY REPLACEMENT WORKERS.

SUE PATERNO HOSPITALIZED

JOE PATERNO’S WIDOW SUE’S SPIRITS ARE SAID TO BE GOOD, BUT SHE IS HOSPITALIZED AFTER A FALL ON THE PENN STATE CAMPUS THURSDAY. SHE WAS THERE ATTENDING A MEMORIAL SERVICE. SHE IS UNDER OBSERVATION AND IS EXPECTED TO BE RELEASED WITHIN A DAY OR 2.