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Friday March 21 2014

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FRIDAY, march 21, 2014

FRATERNITY DENIES HAZING

THE PRESIDENT OF PENN STATE ALTOONA’S PHI SIGMA KAPPA FRATERNITY IS SPEAKING OUT. ERIC TRAISTER HAS HIRED HOLLIDAYSBURG ATTORNEY TED KROL WHO TELLS THE ALTOONA MIRROR HE DENIES ALL ACCUSATIONS OF HAZING. 18 YEAR OLD FRESHMAN MARQUISE BRAHAM COMMITTED SUICIDE IN LONG ISLAND DURING SPRING BREAK LAST WEEK AND HIS FATHER SAYS MARQUISE’S FRIENDS TOLD HIM ABOUT ALL KINDS OF HAZING THAT WAS GOING ON. THE NATIONAL CHAPTER OF PHI SIGMA KAPPA HAS PLACED THE PENN STATE ALTOONA CHAPTER ON PROBATION AS THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.

ONE DEAD/ONE INJURED

AN ATTEMPTED MURDER/SUICIDE YESTERDAY IN SCALP LEVEL, CAMBRIA COUNTY. POLICE SAY THEY TRIED TO SERVE a warrant on a man who lived at 310 Main Street, BUT he barricaded himself inSIDE AND A 6 HOUR STANDOFF BEGAN. HE ALLEGEDLY shot a woman in the head as she was trying to leave. ThE woman was taken to JOHNSTOWN’S Memorial Medical Center. BUT FAMILY MEMBERS TELL WJAC SHE IS ALERT AND ABLE TO TALK. The man then shot himself in the attic. NO NAMES HAVE BEEN releaSED.

FIRES

FIRE DESTROYED A HOUSE IN JENNER TOWNSHIP, Somerset County, THURsday morning. THE BLAZE BROKE OUT IN the 6-THOUSAND block of Somerset Pike at about 11am. at least 10 fire companies RESPONDED AND HAD TO USE TANKER TRUCKS IN THE RURAL AREA. No one was in the home when the fire started and no injuries were reported. A state police fire marshal Is investigatING.

FIRE DESTROYED HEGARTY’S GARAGE ON HEGARTY ROAD IN BELLWOOD ABOUT 6 LAST EVENING. NO WORD ON ANY INJURIES…OR THE CAUSE.

POLICE ARREST ACCUSED BURGLAR

Logan Township Police say 25 YEAR OLD Brian Hoover IS THE MAN WHO stOLE thousandS of dollars worth of equipment from the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company BETWEEN February 27TH and March 1ST. HOOVER HAS REPORTEDLY BEEN IN THE SAME KIND OF TROUBLE BEFORE. ACCORDING TO Police, IN 2011 HE WAS ARRESTED FOR STEALING FROM THE MARTINSBURG FIRE COMPANY…AND IN 2004 he stole a fire truck from the NewBurg fire company. Hoover is in the Blair County Jail.

MEN KILL FISH AT WALMART

WJAC REPORTS THAT Police in Cambria County are searching for 2 men who aLLEGEDLY contaminated fish tanks at THE RICHLAND TOWNSHIP WALMART, KILLING about 1-THOUSAND fish. IT HAPPENED ON FEBRUARY 19TH AND POLICE HAVE surveillance video. WHATEVER CHEMICAL THEY USED ALSO CAUSED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS DAMAGE TO THE FILTRATION SYSTEM. Anyone with information should cALL thE non-emergency police line at 1-800-281-16-80.

PROBLEMS FOR VETERANS TRAINING PROGRAM

THE U-S VETERANS EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE MAY BE UNRAVELING. THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THE CHIEF OFFICERS FOR INFORMATION, TECHNOLOGY, AND EDUCATION… AS WELL AS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS FOR EDUCATION AND EVENTS HAVE ALL QUIT RECENTLY BECAUSE THEY WEREN’T GETTING PAID. CHAIRMAN DENNIS BUTTS HOWEVER CLAIMS HIS ORGANIZATION IS FINE…AND HE BLAMES UPMC ALTOONA, WHICH ALLOWED A TWICE-EXTENDED OPTION TO BUY THE FORMER BON SECOURS HOSPITAL PROPERTY, TO EXPIRE. HE SAYS DELAYS IN THE TITLE SEARCH AND THE DISCOVERY OF MOLD IN THE PROPERTY WERE NOT HIS FAULT. 

TURNPIKE DETOUR

THE PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE WILL BE CLOSED EARLY SUNDAY BETWEEN THE BEDFORD AND BREEZEWOOD INTERCHANGES TO ALLOW AN OVERHEAD BRIDGE TO BE REMOVED. THE CLOSURE SHOULD BEGIN AROUND 1AM AND END BY 6. TRAFFIC WILL BE DETOURED ONTO ROUTE 30.