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Thursday October 17 2013

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thursDAY, october 17, 2013

WASHINGTON GETTING BACK TO NORMAL

Furloughed federal workers will start returning to work thIS morning. YESTERDAY, President Obama signed legislation ending the partial shutdown of the federal government. Bipartisan legislation passed by the Senate and House funds government operations through mid-January and extends the federal debt limit into early February. IN A STATEMENT, U.S. Senator Bob Casey SAID “I hope this experience will help change the tone in Washington and that members on both sides of the aisle will refocus their efforts on creating jobs and strengthening the economy.”

1 teen dies

ONE TEENAGER HAS DIED AND 3 OTHERS REMAIN HOSPITALIZED after a crash in Clearfield County Tuesday afternoon. The Blair County Coroner confirms 16 YEAR OLD Autumn Mulhollen Of Westover died Wednesday morning AT UPMC ALTOONA. the names AND conditions of the other 3 HAVE NOT BEEN RELEASED. They were all juniors and on the basketball team at Harmony High School WHERE GRIEF COUNSELORS ARE ON DUTY. The crash happened along Westover Road in Chest Township WHEN THE KIDS’ SPEEDING PICKUP hit a tree and rolled OVER twice.

WAS TEXTING TO BLAME?

AUSTIN MOLINICH OF NANTY GLO WAIVED HIS PRELIMINARY HEARING IN Cambria County YESTERDAY. PROSECUTORS SAY HE WAS TEXTING IN JUNE OF 2012 WHEN HIS PICKUP CRASHED INTO A TRUCK IN RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, KILLING 71 YEAR OLD DON EVANS SENIOR OF CONEMAUGH TOWNSHIP AND HIS GRANDAUGHTER, 19 YEAR OLD CASSANDRA SINGER OF NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY. Molinich DENIED THAT HE was texting. HE WAS 18 AT THE TIME. HE’S NOW A FRESHMAN AT U-P-J.

HIGHER SPEED LIMIT?

PENNSYLVANIA’S HIGHEST SPEED LIMIT IS 65 MILES PER HOUR, BUT REPUBLICAN Senator Joe Scarnati OF Jefferson County is proposing RAISING the  limit to 70 on the turnpike and interstates. 34 states ACROSS THE COUNTRY currently have maximum speed limits at 70 miles per hour or higher. AS PART OF HIS PROPOSAL, SCARNAti cites new technology anD safety standards as one reason to increase the limits. NO WORD WHEN LAWMAKERS WILL TAKE ACTION.

Deer & cars

PENNSYLVANIA LEADS THE WAY WHEN IT COMES TO  deer-VERSUS-vehicle crashes…AND WE’RE HEADED INTO THE PEAK SEASON. a NEW study by State Farm put OUR state’s total at about 120-THOUSAND for the 12 months that ended in June 2012. the average claim was about 34-HUNDRED DOLLARS. Michigan IS second WITH ABOUT 87-THOUSAND DEER-RELATED WRECKS. Drivers in West Virginia are most likely to hit a deer, a 1 in 38 chance. The odds in Pennsylvania are 1 in 73. Drivers SHOULD slow down, use high beams when possible, and be careful around dawn and dusk.

INMATE WILL stand TRIAL FOR RAPE

former Rockview state prison inmate OMAR BEST WAIVED HIS PRELIMINARY HEARING YESTERDAY AND WILL STAND TRIAL FOR THE rape AND ASSAULT OF a female clerk. Best…WHO IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD IN THE state prison in Huntingdon…is accused of cornering the woman in her office, choking her unconscious, raping her, AND  leaving her for dead.

MORE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST BROTHER STEPHEN

A JOHNSTOWN ATTORNEY FILED NOTICE YESTERDAY THAT ANOTHER ALLEGED VICTIM OF FRANCISCAN BROTHER STEPHEN BAKER IS PLANNING TO SUE. MANY HAVE COME FORWARD SAYING BAKER ABUSED THEM WHILE HE WAS TEACHING AT JOHNSTOWN’S BISHOP MCCORT HIGH SCHOOL IN THE 1990’S. AFTER THE NEWS BROKE THAT HE HAD SETTLED WITH OTHER YOUNG MEN WHO SAID HE MOLESTED THEM IN YOUNGTOWN OHIO…BAKER COMMITTED SUICIDE AT SAINT BERNADINE’S MONASTERY IN HOLLIDAYSBURG. some of the civil lawsuits APPEAR TO BE HEADED FOR SETTLEMENTS.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR HIGHLAND HALL?

AFTER SOME HEAVY RAIN LAST FRIDAY, A PORTION OF THE ROOF OF HIGHLAND HALL IN HOLLIDAYSBURG COLLAPSED AND IT MAY NOT BE SALVAGABLE. THE BUILDING IS MORE THAN 140 YEARS OLD AND ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES…BUT IT HAS BEEN EMPTY FOR MANY YEARS. RALPH ALBARANO WAS HOPING TO TURN IT INTO SENIOR APARTMENTS, BUT HE WAS DENIED THE NEEDED TAX CREDITS. HE HAD BEEN PLANNING TO RE-APPLY. ALBARANO MEETS TODAY WITH OFFICIALS FROM HOLLIDAYSBURG BORO AND S & A HOMES.

LOCAL COP HONORED

FROM CENTRE COUNTY, FERGUSON TOWNSHIP POLICE Officer Travis Park IS GAINING INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION. HE received THE Crisis Intervention Team Officer of the Year Award at A CONFERENCE THIS WEEK IN HARTFORD CONNECTICUT. Park, a 7 year veteran of the township police department, is the first Pennsylvania officer to receive a C-I-T International Award.