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monDAY, may 27, 2013

FIRE DESTROYS GARAGE

In CENTRE COUNTY Sunday AFTERNOON, fire destroyed a DOUBLE garage, SEVERAL OFF-ROAD RACE CARS AND OTHER ITEMS OFF EAGLE VALLEY ROAD OUTSIDE OF PORT MATILDA. Neighbors CALLED 911 AFTER they saw heavy smoke and flames coming from thE BUILDING OWNED BY BRIAN AND LUDONNA HAAGEN. SOME FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED QUICKLY AND WERE ABLE TO SAVE THE HOUSE BECAUSE THEY WERE ATTENDING A MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE NEARBY AT WILLIAMS CEMETERY. Nobody was home at the time AND THERE WERE NO INJURIES. AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY.

motorcycle crash

54 YEAR OLD WAYNE DUCK OF PHILIPSBURG WAS FLOWN TO ALTOONA REGIONAL TRAUMA CENTER FOLLOWING A MOTORCYCLE CRASH YESTERDAY ALONG EAST BRANCH ROAD IN JACKSON TOWNSHIP, HUNTINGDON COUNTY. DUCK TOLD STATE POLICE HE HEARD WHAT SOUNDED LIKE A TREE CRACKING ALONG THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, THEN HIS BRAKES LOCKED UP AND A TREE FELL, STRIKING HIM AND HIS PASSENGER. NEITHER WAS WEARING A HELMET. GENEA DUCK SUFFERED JUST MINOR INJURIES.

HELMETS OR NOT?

THIS IS MEMORIAL DAY, THE TRADITIONAL KICK OFF OF SUMMER…AND THAT MEANS MORE MOTORCYCLES ON THE ROAD. IN 2003, STATE lawmakers decided to give BIKERS the choice of whether to wear helmets or not. SINCE THEN, the number of deaths in motorcycle crashes has increased 35 percent. PENNDOT SAYS 210 people died LAST YEAR AND 100 of the victims wore helmets. 104 did not. AND  it’s unclear in the other 6 cases. SenATOR John Wozniak OF CAMBRIA COUNTY TELLS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS he sees no movement toward reinstating the restriction. AND Charles Umbenhauer, a lobbyist for the group Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education of Pennsylvania, SAYS motorcycle registrations have increased 53 percent since 2003, and more motorcycles means more crashes and more fatalities.

Sandusky scandal

Former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary is continuing to insist that Penn State fired him for being a whistleblower. HIS attorneys filed a response Friday, denying that his dismissal was part of a routine changing of the guard. McQueary was the star witness at the JERRY Sandusky trial last year. His lawsuit seeks 4 million DOLLARS in lost wages and other punitive damages.

VANDALISM AT LOCAL HOSPITALS

STATE COLLEGE POLICE SAY 16 vehicles in the parking lot of Mount Nittany Medical Center were spray-painted with vulgar words and pictures overnight Saturday. The suspect is described as a white man with dark hair wearing a long-sleeved shirt, jeans and sneakers, BUT No arrests have been made.

FISH FOR FREE

the pennsylvania fish and boat commission holds the first of 2 “fish for free days” today. any resident or non-resident can legally fish without a license on all waterways. all other fishing regulations still apply. the second fish for free day is july 4th.