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TUESDAY AUGUST 12 2014

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tuesDAY, AUGUST 12, 2014

SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, FIRE DESTROYED AN OLD WAREHOUSE IN PHILIPSBURG…AND LAST NIGHT THE BUILDING COLLAPSED FALLING ONTO POWER LINES AND LEAVING 15-HUNDRED PEOPLE WITHOUT ELECTRICITY. THE BORO HAD BEEN PLANNING TO TEAR DOWN THE BUILDING BUT LAST NIGHT’S WIND TOOK CARE OF THAT.

FOLLOWING A PRELIMINARY HEARING YESTERDAY, 34 YEAR OLD DANTE HERRING OF Allegheny County WAS ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL FOR THE SHOOTING DEATH OF JAMIL GRAY in Johnstown IN JUNE OF LAST year. DERICK STEPHENS TESTIFIED THAT Herring USED HIM TO LURE GRAY AWAY FROM A DOWNTOWN APARTMENT. Stephens WAS ORIGINALLY CHARGED IN THE MURDER AS WELL.

A PRELIMINARY HEARING is scheduled today for 17 year old tristen wilson of altoona who is charged as an adult. police say 21 YEAR OLD JORDAN KNUTSON OF ALTOONA had WILSON DRIVE TO THE HOME OF A WOMAN IN LATE JUNE THEN KNUTSON DRAGGED HER TO THE CAR, THREW HER PARTIALLY IN, AND ORDERED WILSON TO DRIVE AWAY. SHE SUFFERED A FRACTURED LEG AND OTHER INJURIES. wilson’s attorney hopes to have his case transferred to juvenile court. knutson has already been ordered TO STAND TRIAL ON ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING AND ASSAULT CHARGES. THE WOMAN TOLD POLICE KNUTSON HAS THREATENED HER SEVERAL TIMES OVER THE PAST YEAR DUE TO A COURT CASE SHE IS INVOLVED IN. 

 IN FEDERAL COURT YESTERDAY, 27 YEAR OLD GARRETT SHERLOCK OF SAXTON WAS SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS IN PRISON. HE PLEADED GUILTY TO STEALING HANGUNS FROM SAXTON OUTDOOR SUPPLY LAST YEAR AND TRYING TO SELL OR TRADE THEM FOR DRUGS IN BALTIMORE. SHERLOCK’S ACCOMPLICE, JOSHUA FAIRCLOTH, WAS PREVIOUSLY SENTENCED TO NEARLY 3 YEARS FOR GUN SMUGGLING. THEY WERE ARRESTED BY BALTIMORE POLICE FOLLOWING A HIGH SPEED CHASE THAT ENDED IN A CRASH THAT SERIOUSLY INJURED BOTH MEN.

ARMED WITH ARREST WARRANTS, THE BLAIR COUNTY DRUG TASK FORCE AND STATE DRUG AGENTS CONDUCTED A RAID IN THE ALTOONA AREA YESTERDAY, BUSTING 11 people WHO ARE ACCUSED OF SELLING HEROIN, COCAINE, AND PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS. STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL KATHLEEN KANE SAYS Agents had warrants for 12 people, but one was FOUND TO BE deceased. More arrests are anticipated.

Police are warning about a scam in Centre County. Scammers aRe CALLING restaurants AND POSING AS WEST PENN POWER EMPLOYEES. THEY SAY THE BUSINESS’S BILL IS PAST DUE AND THEY MUST PAY OR THE POWER WILL BE SHUT OFF. IF YOU RECEIVE A SIMILAR CALL, GET IN TOUCH WITH THE POLICE.

The 9 alumni elected members of Penn State’S Board of Trustees WILL HOLD A special BOARD meeting VIA CONFERENCE CALL TOMORROW morning at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. According to a letter, theY WANT TO address a settlement with THE NCAA regarding the 60 million fine that was levied against the university FOLLOWING the Sandusky scandal. The group also WANTS TO discuss the validity of the consent decree that was signed by former President Rodney Erickson. The meeting is open to the public and will be streamed live online.

PENN STATE’S ANNUAL AG PROGRESS DAYS KICKS OFF TODAY AT ROCK SPRINGS. UP TO 50-THOUSAND PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND THROUGH THURSDAY AND PENN STATE ESTIMATES THAT 60-PERCENT OF THEM ARE DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY INVOLVED IN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION. THERE ARE MORE THAN 500 DISPLAYS AND EXHIBITS. ADMISSION IS FREE. Ferguson Township Police ARE REMINDING FOLKS that rush hour traffic on West College Avenue, STATE ROUTE 45, and West Whitehall Road will be extremely congested through Thursday. Allow extra driving time for YOUR commutes and expect delays…OR USE AN alternate route. Also, Nixon Road will be closed between West Whitehall and Pine Grove Road between  3 and 7pm daily during the event.