thurDAY, june 13, 2013
council talks tree trimming
ALTOONa City council TELLS THE ALTOONA MIRROR THAT PENNDOT HAS AGREED TO PAY TO REMOVE MOST OF THE TREES THAT WERE drasticALLY PRUNED along broad avenue LAST WEEK…HOWEVER THE TREE REMOVAL MAY NOT HAPPEN UNTIL NOVEMBER DUE TO STATEWIDE TREE-REMOVAL RESTRICTIONS MEANT TO PROTECT THE ENDANGERED INDIANA BAT. THE TREES MAY BE REPLACED WITH SMALLER, MORE MANAGEABLE ONES. council members saY penndot did tHE WORK without a permit and they understand why people are upset.
Buildings will be razed
ALTOONA CITY COUNCIL AGREED YESTERDAY TO DEMOLISH 3 BLIGHTED BUILDINGS AT A COST OF MORE THAN 24-THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE STRUCTURES ARE AT 11-15 6TH AVENUE…408 12TH AVENUE…AND 722 4TH AVENUE. NO WORD YET WHEN THE WORK WILL TAKE PLACE, BUT IT COULD BE SOON.
HOUSE APPROVES BUDGET PROPOSAL
on a straight party line vote YESTERDAY, THE STATE HOUSE APPROVED a 28-POINT-3 billion DOLLAR budget that would spend 100 million less than the budget proposed by GovERNOR Tom Corbett AND IT INCLUDES ALMOST 10 BILLION DOLLARS ON PUBLIC EDUCATION. Neither plan would include any tax increases. budget negotiations WILL CONTINUE UNTIL the END OF THE month WHEN A SPENDING PLAN MUST BE IN PLACE. MEANWHILE, Corbett is calling on the senate to take action on a liquor privatization bill.
ALTOONA REGIONAL MERGING WITH UPMC?
SOME nurses and ALTOONA RESIDENTS ARE NOT HAPPY ABOUT Altoona Regional Health System’S planned merger with U-P-M-C. More than 2-THOUSAND people have signed A petition SO FAR, and ORGANIZERS WILL deliver it to Altoona Regional C-E-O Jerry Murray TOday. ONE OF the MAJOR concerns is whether or not Altoona Regional would still accept Highmark Health Insurance, which covers more than 44-THOUSAND people in Blair County. The merger is expected to be completed in July.
PENN STATE HOPES FOR LITIGATION SETTLEMENT
Penn State is asking the NCAA and state officials to settle litigation over who will control the 60 million DOLLAR FINE RESULTING FROM THE JERRY SANDUSKY CASE. UNIVERISTY attorney Frank Guadagnino wrote to other attorneys THIS WEEK, saying the school had no desire to get involved in pending state and federal court battles. His 4-page letter, first reported by the on-line news service Capitolwire, said it intends to hold the first 12 million DOLLAR installment until the NCAA asks for it. He's offering to meet with the parties if they think the university can help settle the matters. The NCAA is pursuing a federal court challenge to a new state law THAT requires the money stay in Pennsylvania.
TEEN KILLED BY AIR RIFLE
CLINTON COUNTY AUTHORITIES HAVE RELEASED THE NAME OF THE 15 YEAR OLD BOY WHO WAS SHOT AND KILLED BY AN AIR RIFLE TUESDAY. Tristin “Ty” Yonkin…A POPULAR SOCCER PLAYER AT CENTRAL MOUNTAIN HIGH SCHOOL…was HIT IN THE CHEST at a friend’s house in Porter Township. THE DEATH HAS BEEN RULED an accident.
FORMER COP WANTS CONVICTION TOSSED
FORMER ALTOONA POLICE OFFICER DUANE EICHENLAUB WAS SENTENCED TO 11-AND-A-HALF TO 23-MONTHS IN PRISON FOR BEATING 2 MEN AT PELLEGRINE’S LOUNGE IN 2010…BUT NOW HE’S ASKING A JUDGE TO THROW OUT THE AGGRAVATED ASSAULT CONVICTION. THE DEFENSE CLAIMS EICHENLAUB DID NOT INTEND TO HURT EARL ESHELMAN WHO WAS TRYING TO GET EICHENLAUB AND OFFICER ERIC KRINER OFF OF HERMAN “BO” LARDIERI WHO HAD ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTED EICHENLAUB’S WIFE IN THE BAR. IF JUDGE TIM SULLIVAN REJECTS THE APPEAL, IT WILL AUTOMATICALLY GO TO THE STATE SUPERIOR COURT.
BUSTED AFTER POLICE CHASE
20 YEAR OLD KENNETH LAMPENFELD OF ALTOONA IS IN THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON FOLLOWING A POLICE CHASE TUESDAY EVENING. LOGAN TOWNSHIP POLICE CHIEF RON HELLER SAYS LAMPENFELD SPED THROUGH A RED LIGHT AT NORTH 4TH AVENUE AND NORTH 2ND STREET. HE WOULDN’T PULL OVER AND FLED…NARROWLY AVOIDING A HEAD-ON COLLISION…THEN CRASHING AT NORTH 20TH STREET AND PONDEROSA DRIVE. LAMPENFELD FLED ON FOOT, BUT NEIGHBORS HELPED COPS TRACK HIM DOWN. HE WAS DRIVING WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE AND IS ALSO ON PROBATION.
DRUG SUSPECT HIDING IN HOUSE
the Blair County Sheriff’s Department Warrant Division received a tip from the Altoona Police Department yesterday and arrested 22 year old Shawn Pepin who was hiding at a house in woodbury. the blair County Drug Task Force had issued a felony arrest warrant in November for pepin. when officers arrivers at the house, a young woman, holding a baby, ran out of the front door and onto the porch. she was crying and told a deputy “He's in there.” cops found Pepin in the basement and took him into custody without further incident. He’s in the Blair County Prison on 25-thousand dollars straight cash bail.
CRESSON TOWNSHIP POLICE SAY Scammers claiming to work for the Pennsylvania Lottery Commission are phoning residents and trying to obtain personal information. The caller identifies himself as Michael Kerrit or Michael Perry. HE tells people they have won 50 million DOLLARS and askS for their bank account number…then instructs the person to pay a 390 DOLLAR fee by purchasing MoneyGram cards from a Rite Aid Pharmacy and mailing them to a post office box. Police are warning residents that the Lottery does not contact winners by phone and there is no fee to obtain winnings.