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Thursday January 2 2014

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2013

LOSING BILL O’BRIEN?

BILL O’BRIEN IS EXPECTED TO BE OFFICIALLY INTRODUCED AS THE HOUSTON TEXANS HEAD COACH TODAY ACCORDING TO THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE. THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES REPORTS THAT DEFENSIVE LINE COACH LARRY JOHNSON WILL SERVE AS INTERIM COACH AND WILL MAINTAIN CONTACT WITH CURRENT PLAYERS AND RECRUITS. PENN STATE HAS FORMED A SEARCH COMMITTEE AND HAS DEVELOPED A SHORT LIST OF CANDIDATES. ATHLETIC DIRECTOR DAVE JOYNER WILL MEET WITH THE MEDIA THIS MORNING AT 11. PENN STATE HAS NOT YET RECEIVED A FORMAL RESIGNATION NOTICE FROM O’BRIEN. THE SHORT LIST OF CANDIDATES INCLUDES FORMER TAMPA BAY BUCS COACH GREG SCHIANO…FORMER TENNESSEE TITANS COACH MIKE MUNCHAK…CURRENT UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI COACH AL GOLDEN…JAMES FRANKLIN OF VANDERBILT…AND POSSIBLY A FEW OTHERS.

MAN ATTACKS MOM

30 YEAR OLD MATTHEW BALDESSARO OF ALTOONA IS JAILED ON A HALF-MILLION DOLLARS BAIL CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER FOR ATTACKING HIS OWN MOTHER ON NEW YEAR’S EVE. 55 YEAR OLD DEBRA BALDESSARO WAS TREATED AT UPMC ALTOONA AND THEN TRANSFERRED TO A PITTSBURGH HOSPITAL WITH SEVERE HEAD AND FACE TRAUMA. BALDESSARO IS ALSO CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED AND SIMPLE ASSAULT AND HARASSMENT.

ALTOONA STABBING

ALTOONA POLICE SAY 29 YEAR OLD CLAUDETTE WILLIAMS WAS LOCKED UP EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING AFTER SHE ALLEGEDLY STABBED A MAN IN THE ABDOMEN DURING A DOMESTIC INCIDENT AT 312 SOUTH 5TH STREET. THE VICTIM UNDERWENT SURGERY AT UPMC ALTOONA. WILLIAMS…WHO IS CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL ATTEMPTED HOMICIDE AND AGGRAVATED ASSAULT…IS BEING HELD ON 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS STRAIGHT CASH BAIL.

CHARGES POSSIBLE IN HUNTER’S DEATH

THE CAMBRIA COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE AND GAME COMMISSION OFFICIALS ARE SCHEDULED TO RELEASE MORE DETAILS TODAY IN THE DEATH OF 42 YEAR OLD HUNTER TIMOTHY BRUCE OF ASHVILLE WHO WAS KILLED DURING DEER SEASON ON DECEMBER 7TH. AUTHORITIES PREVIOUSLY SAID BRUCE WAS WITH A GROUP OF HUNTERS IN ADAMS TOWNSHIP. THEY SPOTTED SOME DEER AND SEVERAL MEN STARTED SHOOTING. ONE OF THE BULLETS STRUCK BRUCE IN THE ABDOMEN. THE DEATH HAS BEEN RULED ACCIDENTIAL, BUT OFFICIALS MUST DECIDE IF THE SHOT WAS FIRED WITH CARELESSNESS OR NEGLIGENCE AND IF CHARGES SHOULD BE FILED.

EX-DOCTOR WANTS PAROLE OR NEW TRIAL

FORMER DOCTOR BARRY BENDER OF TYRONE WAS RECENTLY DENIED PAROLE AND NOW THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS HE’S ASKING THAT HIS CASE BE RE-OPENED AND HE BE GRANTED A NEW TRIAL…OR ELSE THAT THE PROSECUTION NO LONGER OPPOSE HIS PAROLE. BENDER WAS SENTENCED TO 10 TO 20 YEARS IN A STATE PRISON AFTER HIS ARREST IN 2001 FOR HOLDING LARGE PARTIES WITH TEENAGE BOYS, GIVING THEM DRUGS, AND LURING THEM INTO SEXUAL ENCOUNTERS. THE DEFENSE SAYS NEWLY-DISCOVERED EVIDENCE CALLS FOR THE STATE TO REVIEW BENDER’S CASE.

BREAK-INS IN ST. COLLEGE

STATE COLLEGE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A STRING OF NEW YEAR’S EVE BURGLARIES. ACCORDING TO THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES, A PERSON OR GROUP OF PEOPLE STOLE SEVERAL HUNDRED DOLLARS WORTH OF MONEY AND ELECTRONICS FROM APARTMENT COMPLEXES ON WEST NITTANY AVENUE AND EAST LOCUST AVENUE.THE RESIDENTS WERE NOT HOME AT THE TIME.

GAS PRICES UP

EXPECT TO PAY A LITTLE MORE AT THE PUMPS IN PENNSYLVANIA THAN A FEW OTHER STATES. THE NEW TRANSPORTATION LAW TOOK EFFECT YESTERDAY, AND A PENNDOT SPOKESMAN SAYS GASOLINE TAXES WENT UP BY 9-AND-A-HALF CENTS…AND ALMOST 13 CENTS PER GALLON FOR DIESEL FUEL. MONEY WILL GO TO FUND BRIDGE, HIGHWAY, AND MASS TRANSIT IMPROVEMENTS. DESPITE THE INCREASES, TRIPLE A EXPECTS GAS PRICES TO DROP SLIGHTLY IN 2014.