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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2014

BUS CRASHES

MORE THAN 2 DOZEN PEOPLE WERE INJURED… FORTUNATELY NONE SERIOUSLY…SUNDAY AFTERNOON WHEN A TOUR BUS CRAHED ON A SNOWY ROUTE 220 NEAR CENTERVILLE, BEDFORD COUNTY. THE BUS WAS CARRYING 33 PEOPLE FROM ALTOONA TO ROCKY GAP CASINO IN MARYLAND. MOST OF THE VICTIMS HAVE BEEN RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL. POLICE THINK SPEED MAY HAVE BEEN A FACTOR.

ALTOONA WOMAN INJURED

23 YEAR OLD ELIZABETH NAEGELI OF ALTOONA SUFFERED MODERATE INJURIES IN A CRASH ABOUT 1:15 SUNDAY MORNING. STATE POLICE SAY SHE LOST CONTROL OF HER CAR ALONG OLD 6TH AVENUE ROAD IN ANTIS TOWNSHIP. THE VEHICLE HIT A SNOWBANK AND ROLLED ONTO ITS ROOF. NAEGELI WAS TAKEN TO UPMC ALTOONA.

CHARGES IN FATAL WRECK

THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT 32 YEAR OLD JENNIFER SLOAN OF CRESSON HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH HOMICIDE BY VEHICLE FOLLOWING A WRECK IN ALLEGHENY TOWNSHIP, BLAIR COUNTY, LAST APRIL. STATE POLICE SAY SLOAN WAS SPEEDING AND CARELESSLY SWITCHING LANES ON ROUTE 22 WHEN HER S-U-V SLAMMED INTO THE REAR OF A CAR DRIVEN BY 58 YEAR OLD CONNIE NAYLOR OF DYSART. SHE DIED A SHORT TIME LATER. SLOAN WAS DRIVING WITHOUT A LICENSE.

FIRES

DAMAGE IS ESTIMATED AT MORE THAN A HALF MILLION DOLLARS FOLLOWING A FIRE SATURDAY AFTERNOON IN DUBOIS, CLEARFIELD COUNTY. ACCORDING TO THE FIRE CHIEF, A CANDLE NEXT TO FURNITURE SPARKED THE BLAZE THAT DESTROYED AN APARTMENT COMPLEX ALONG EAST PARK AVENUE. 10 FAMILIES WERE DISPLACED AND THE RED CROSS IS ASSISTING THEM.

NO ONE WAS INJURED WHEN A FIRE BROKE OUT LAST NIGHT AT A HOUSE NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF 4TH AVENUE AND 13TH STREET IN DUNCANSVILLE. POLICE CHIEF JIM OTT TELLS THE ALTOONA MIRROR NO ONE WAS HOME AT THE TIME. NO WORD YET ON THE EXTENT OF DAMAGE OR THE CAUSE.

BOMB SUSPECT’S HEARING TODAY

A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED TODAY IN JOHNSTOWN’S FEDERAL COURT FOR 18 YEAR OLD PENN STATE ALTOONA STUDENT VLADISLAV MIFTAKHOV. THE RUSSIAN NATIVE WAS ARRAIGNED LAST WEEK ON CHARGES OF POSSESSING OR MAKING AN UNREGISTERED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE. WHEN HE WAS ARRESTED LAST MONTH, MIFTAKOHV TOLD POLICE HE WAS PLANNING TO BLOW UP THE BOMBS IN A FIELD. MIFTAKHOV IS JAILED WITHOUT BOND. IF CONVICTED HE COULD FACE 10 YEARS IN PRISON OR A 10 THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE.

ASSAULT AT FRAT HOUSE

STATE COLLEGE POLICE ARRESTED 23 YEAR OLD CHRISTIAN HEYNE OF TENNESSEE THIS WEEKEND AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY ATTACKED SEVERAL MEMBERS OF PENN STATE’S SIGMA ALPHA EPSILON FRATERNITY. HEYNE IS ACCUSED OF PUNCHING SEVERAL MEMBERS AND CHOKING ANOTHER EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. HE’S IN THE CENTRE COUNTY JAIL.

FALLING GAS PRICES?

GAS PRICES ARE DOWN SLIGHTLY. THE LATEST LUNDBERG SURVEY SAYS THE AVERAGE PRICE FOR A GALLON OF GAS HAS EDGED LOWER OVER THE PAST 2 WEEKS, DROPPING BY LESS THAN 2 CENTS. A GALLON OF REGULAR UNLEADED IS GOING FOR THE AVERAGE OF $3.29. IN THE ALTOONA AREA, DRIVERS ARE STILL PAYING $3.59.