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TUESDAY AUGUST 5 2014

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 5, 2014

GUNFIRE IN ALTOONA MONDAY AFTERNOON. ACCORDING TO THE ALTOONA MIRROR, SHOTS RANG OUT AROUND 1:30 NEAR THE 300 BLOCK OF 5TH AVENUE. A MINI-VAN TRAVELING DOWN AN ALLEY WAS HIT AT LEAST 5 TIMES, BUT THE DRIVER WAS NOT INJURED. 34 YEAR OLD RACHEL BEARD OF ALTOONA TOLD POLICE SHE HAD BEEN IN AN ALTERCATION WITH SEVERAL PEOPLE AFTER SHE DELIVERED MONEY SHE OWED TO A CO-WORKER FOR USED CHILDRENS CLOTHING. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION SHOULD CALL 949-24-89.

IN HUNTINGDON COUNTY COURT, YET ANOTHER DELAY IN THE START OF JURY SELECTION FOR THE MURDER TRIAL OF MARIA BOYD WHO IS ACCUSED OF KILLING HER NEWBORN BABY. IN JULY 2010, 6 WEEK OLD ANDREW BOYD WAS FOUND IN HIS BASSINET WITH NUMEROUS BROKEN BONES, INTERNAL INJURIES AND ALCOHOL IN HIS SYSTEM.

PART OF ROUTE 219 IN ADAMS TOWNSHIP, CAMBRIA COUNTY, WAS CLOSED FOR ABOUT 2 HOURS MONDAY MORNING WHEN A TRACTOR-TRAILER CRASHED, SPILLING THOUSANDS OF 2-LITER BOTTLES OF MOUNTAIN DEW. IT HAPPENED BETWEEN THE GALLERIA MALL AND THE SIDMAN/SAINT MICHAEL EXITS IN THE AREA KNOWN AS WATERDAM CURVE AND OFFICIALS SAY THE DRIVER MAY HAVE SUFFERED A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. 58 YEAR OLD MARK SCALI OF STOYSTOWN, WAS TAKEN TO MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER WHERE HE’S LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION.

MORE DETAILS ABOUT THAT WRECK LATE SUNDAY NIGHT AT 6TH AVENUE AND LOGAN BOULEVARD IN ALTOONA. POLICE SAY A MINI-VAN HIT THE SIDE OF A CAR, EJECTING THE VAN’S DRIVER, 43 YEAR OLD ROBERT MCGIRK OF ALTOONA, WHO SUFFERED SERIOUS INJURIES. THE OTHER DRIVER, 41 YEAR OLD AMERICA ROJAS OF ALTOONA, AND HER PASSENGER WERE ALSO TAKEN TO UPMC ALTOONA. THE CAUSE OF THE CRASH REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

A MESS YESTERDAY AFTERNOON IN CUMBERLAND VALLEY TOWNSHIP, BEDFORD COUNTY WHEN A GARBAGE TRUCK ROLLED OVER ALONG BEDFORD VALLEY ROAD. POLICE SAY THE DRIVER, 46 YEAR OLD ERIK WEYANDT, FAILED TO NEGOTIATE A TURN, LOST CONTROL, AND HIT A GUARD RAIL. HE WAS TAKEN TO WESTERN MARYLAND HEALTH SYSTEM IN CUMBERLAND WITH MAJOR INJURIES. THE ROAD WAS SHUT DOWN FOR 5 HOURS AS THE DEBRIS WAS CLEANED-UP. A D-E-P AGENT WILL BE ON THE SCENE TODAY TO MAKE SURE THERE IS NO ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE.

THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE JASON LYNN OF BELLWOOD HAS BEEN APPROVED FOR THE NOVEMBER 4TH STATE HOUSE BALLOT, PITTING HIM AGAINST REPUBLICAN JUDY WARD IN THE RACE TO REPLACE OUTGOING G-O-P REPRESENTATIVE JERRY STERN. IF WARD WINS, SHE WOULD BE BLAIR COUNTY’S FIRST FEMALE STATE REPRESENTATIVE. LYNN WOULD BE THE COUNTY’S FIRST 3RD PARTY OR INDEPENDENT IN HARRISBURG IN 100 YEARS.

10’S OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE PART IN THE 31ST ANNUAL OF NATIONAL NIGHT OUT TONIGHT. IT'S A CHANCE FOR PEOPLE TO GET OUT AND MEET THEIR NEIGHBORS AND DRAW A UNITED FRONT AGAINST CRIME AND DRUGS. THE EVENT HAS TURNED INTO A HUGE SUCCESS OVER THE YEARS WITH MORE THAN 16-THOUSAND COMMUNITIES TAKING PART. ONE EVENT IS SCHEDULED IN DUNCANSVILLE, FROM 6 TO 9PM…WITH FIREWORKS AT DUSK.

A RECORD-SETTING 2-AND-A-HALF INCHES OF RAIN FELL IN STATE COLLEGE ON SUNDAY FORCING THE CLOSING OF SOME ROADS DUE TO FLOODING. ACCORDING TO PENN STATE METEOROLOGY, THE TOTAL WAS THE HIGHEST FOR A SINGLE DAY IN AUGUST SINCE 1994 AND THE 8TH WETTEST AUGUST DAY ON RECORD.

PENNSYLVANIA IS RANKED 10TH ON A NEW LIST OF THE BEST EDUCATION SYSTEMS IN THE COUNTRY. WALLETHUB RELEASED THE LIST YESTERDAY, SAYING IT BASED THE RANKINGS ON SEVERAL FACTORS INCLUDING STUDENT TO TEACHER RATIOS, DROPOUT RATES AND TEST SCORES. NEW JERSEY WAS RANKED THE BEST SCHOOL SYSTEM.

THE PRINCETON REVIEW IS OUT WITH ITS 2015 ANNUAL COLLEGE RANKINGS, AND PENN STATE REMAINS IN THE TOP 10 ON THE LIST OF PARTY SCHOOLS. THIS YEAR, THE NITTANY LIONS RANKED 7TH. TAKING THE TOP SPOT IS SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY, FOLLOWED BY LAST YEAR’S NUMBER 1, UNIVERSITY OF IOWA. REGIONALLY, WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY IN MORGANTOWN PLACED NUMBER 4. LEHIGH UNIVERSITY IN BETHLEHEM WAS 6TH, AND BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY IN LEWISBURG RANKED 9TH.

Gas prices are dropping, and experts say they may go even lower.  A gallon of gas went down 2 cents in the past week, averaging $3.52 nationwide. That's 12 cents cheaper than last year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The cheapest gas in the country right now is along the Gulf Coast where it's averaging $3.31. Drivers in California aren't so lucky. They're paying an average of $3.95.