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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2013

CASE WILL GO TO TRIAL

FORMER CHOICES NIGHT CLUB BOUNCER BRANDON MIDDERS OF ALTOONA HAD A PRELIMINARY HEARING ON MONDAY IN CONNECTION WITH A HALLOWEEN NIGHT SHOOTING IN THE CLUB. MIDDERS IS FACING 6 FELONY CHARGES, INCLUDING CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND HINDERING APPREHENSION. MIDDERS ADMITS TO DRIVING MURDER SUSPECT HUGO BAEZ TO HUNTINGDON COUNTY AFTER BAEZ ALLEGEDLY SHOT AND KILLED WILLIE SOLOMON. TODAY’S ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT ALTOONA POLICE DETECTIVE CORPORAL MARSHALL WORLING TESTIFIED AGAINST MIDDERS AND PROSECUTERS SAY THAT A VIDEO SHOWS MIDDERS ALSO KICKED AND TRIED TO PISTOL-WHIP SOLOMON. MIDDER’S ATTORNEY SAYS THERE’S NO EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THOSE CLAIMS, EVEN WITH THE VIDEO. DISTRICT JUSTICE JEFFREY AUKER DETERMINED THAT PROSECUTORS HAD SHOWN ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO BIND ALL CHARGES OVER FOR TRIAL.

EXTRA SIGN-UP DAY FOR HEALTHCARE -

AMERICANS HAVE AN EXTRA DAY TO SIGN UP FOR HEALTH INSURANCE ON THE NEW STATE AND FEDERAL EXCHANGES. TODAY IS THE NEW DEADLINE IN ORDER TO BE INSURED BY JANUARY 1ST. AN OBAMA ADMINISTRATION STATEMENT CITES "HIGH DEMAND AND THE FACT THAT CONSUMERS MAY BE ENROLLING FROM MULTIPLE TIME ZONES" ON HEALTHCARE.GOV, THE FEDERAL WEBSITE FOR THE NEW EXCHANGES.

CLEARFIELD COUNTY STORE ROBBED –

THE DOLLAR GENERAL IN IRVONA, CLEARFIELD COUNTY, WAS BURGLARIZED ON MONDAY NIGHT SHORTLY AFTER 8. STATE POLICE IN CLEARFIELD SAY THE ROBBER POKED A CUSTOMER WHO WAS CHECKING OUT WITH WHAT APPEARED TO BE A HANDGUN INSIDE OF A BAG. THE CUSTOMER AND THE CASHIER THEN HID IN A BATHROOM. THE SUSPECT ATTEMPTED TO OPEN THE CASH REGISTER BUT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL, SO HE RIPPED IT OUT OF THE COUNTER AND FLED WITH IT. THE SUSPECT IS A MALE, ABOUT 6-FEET TALL, WEIGHING 200-POUNDS AND WAS LAST SEEN WEARING A TAN COAT, DARK PANTS, BOOTS AND A SKI MASK. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CONTACT STATE POLICE IN CLEARFIELD AT 857-3800.

CAMBRIA COUNTY ARMED ROBBERY –

STATE POLICE IN EBENSBURG REPORT AN ARMED ROBBERY IN SOUTH FORK, CAMBRIA COUNTY. THE ACTOR ENTERED THE SOUTH FORK PIT STOP STORE ON LAKE STREET AT ABOUT 10 ON SUNDAY NIGHT, SHOWED A HAND GUN AND DEMANDED MONEY. THE ROBBER THEN FLED ON FOOT WITH AN UNDETERMINED AMOUNT OF CASH. THE ROBBER WAS WEARING DARK CLOTHING AND A SKI MASK. THAT INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.

HOLLIDAYSBURG LIBRARY RECEIVES FUNDING –

THE HOLLIDAYSBURG AREA PUBLIC LIBRARY HAS RECEIVED $975,000 IN STATE FUNDING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF ITS NEW FACILITY NEXT TO THE HOLLIDAYSBURG AREA SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL. THE FUNDING IS BEING AWARDED THROUGH THE REDEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE CAPITAL PROGRAM, WHICH FUNDS PROJECTS SELECTED BY THE GOVERNOR THAT IMPACT REGIONAL ECONOMIC, CULTURAL, CIVIC AND HISTORICAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS. THE LIBRARY WAS ONE OF 58 PROJECTS SELECTED TO SHARE MORE THAN 133-MILLION DOLLARS IN FUNDING.

SANTA PROCESSION IN STATE COLLEGE –

THE ALPHA FIRE COMPANY IN STATE COLLEGE WILL ONCE AGAIN PARADE SANTA CLAUS IN AND AROUND THE BOROUGH STREETS TONIGHT. THERE ARE TWO PLANNED ROUTES THAT WILL BEGIN AT THE FIRE STATION BETWEEN 4:30 AND 5 P.M. AND THEY HAVE BEEN POSTED ON THE COMPANY’S WEB SITE…ALPHA-FIRE-COMPANY-DOT-COM. STATE COLLEGE RESIDENTS CAN TRACK SANTA’S EXACT LOCATION FROM THEIR COMPUTER. RESIDENTS ARE REMINDED THAT THE PROCESSION MAY BE INTERRUPTED IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY.

NORAD TRACKING SANTA AGAIN -

NORAD WILL BE TRACKING SANTA AGAIN THIS YEAR AS HE MAKES HIS ROUNDS ON CHRISTMAS EVE. FAMILIES LOGGING ON AT NORADSANTA.ORG CAN WATCH SANTA'S PROGRESS AS THE "JOLLY OLD ELF" AND HIS REINDEER FLY AROUND THE GLOBE STARTING AT 6 A.M. EASTERN TIME. THE POPULAR SANTA-TRACKING PROGRAM DREW MORE THAN 22 MILLION VISITORS LAST YEAR AND GENERATED THOUSANDS OF CALLS FROM AROUND THE U.S. IN A CONTROVERSIAL TWIST, THE MILITARY IS ADDING A FIGHTER ESCORT TO ITS ANIMATED TRACKING WEBSITE THIS YEAR.

MORE PENGUINS IN PITTSBURGH -

VISITORS TO THE NATIONAL AVIARY ON PITTSBURGH’S NORTH SIDE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO SEE THE FACILITY’S TWO NEWEST PENGUIN CHICKS STARTING THURSDAY. THE AFRICAN PENGUIN CHICKS, A FEMALE AND A MALE, WERE HATCHED ON NOVEMBER 29TH AND DECEMBER 2ND. THE SPECIES IS ENDANGERED AND THE AVIARY’S CHICKS ARE PART OF A BREEDING PROGRAM. FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO WWW.AVIARY.ORG/BABYPENGUINS.