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Tuesday December 17 2013

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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2013

MURDER-SUICIDE

AN APPARENT MURDER-SUICIDE IN SOMERSET COUNTY. STATE TROOPERS WERE CALLED BY FAMILY MEMBERS TO A HOME IN STONEYCREEK TOWNSHIP EARLY MONDAY AFTERNOON WHERE THEY FOUND THE BODIES OF 59 YEAR OLD KAREN HARKCOM AND 57 YEAR OLD MICHAEL HARKCOM. BOTH HAD BEEN SHOT TO DEATH AND POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING.

DOG BLAMED FOR FIRE

FIREFIGHTERS SAID A DOG CAUSED A HOUSE FIRE IN CAMBRIA COUNTY EARLY MONDAY MORNING. THE BLAZE BROKE OUT AROUND 12:30 AT A HOME ON KEEFER ROAD IN UPPER YODER TOWNSHIP. THE ANIMAL APPARENTLY KNOCKED OVER A KEROSENE HEATER. THE FIRE WAS QUICKLY CONTAINED AND DAMAGE WAS CONTAINED TO THE LIVING ROOM AREA. NO ONE WAS INJURED.

SPANIER, CURLEY, SCHULTZ HEARING BEGINS TODAY

A DAUPHIN COUNTY JUDGE HAS SCHEDULED A PRE-TRIAL HEARING TO BEGIN TODAY IN THE CASE OF FORMER PENN STATE ADMINISTRATORS GRAHAM SPANIER, GARY SCHULTZ, AND TIM CURLEY. ALL 3 MEN FACE CHARGES OF PERJURY, OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, CONSPIRACY, CHILD ENDANGERMENT AND FAILURE TO REPORT ABUSE. THEIR LAWYERS SAY THEY ARE INNOCENT AND THEY WILL FIGHT THE CHARGES AT TRIAL. THE ATTORNEYS ARE EXPECTED TO ARGUE THAT CHARGES SHOULD BE DISMISSED BECAUSE THE MEN THOUGHT THAT FORMER UNIVERSITY COUNSEL CYNTHIA BALDWIN WAS REPRESENTING THEM DURING THEIR GRAND JURY TESTIMONY.

SENTENCING DAY FOR WINDBER BROTHERS

IN JOHNSTOWN’S FEDERAL COURT TODAY, BROTHERS WILLIAM AND RONALD KUCHERA ARE SCHEDULED TO BE SENTENCED ON CHARGES THEY DEFRAUDED THE GOVERNMENT. THEY ARE THE FORMER OWNERS OF KUCHERA DEFENSE SYSTEMS IN WINDBER. BOTH PLEADED GUILTY TO FRAUD AND CONSPIRACY AND FACE UP TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON AND MILLIONS IN FINES AND CIVIL PENALTIES. LAST WEEK, THEIR LAWYER FILED A MOTION SAYING JAIL TIME WOULD BE A WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY.

ELDERLY BEING SCAMMED

BLAIR SENIOR SERVICES AREA AGENCY ON AGING IS WARNING FOLKS ABOUT A SCAM THAT IS UNDERWAY. PEOPLE ARE GETTING CALLS TELLING THEM THEY’VE WON LARGE AMOUNTS OF CASH AND PRIZES AND THEY ARE ASKED FOR PERSONAL INFORMATION TO CONFIRM THE PRIZES’ DELIVERY. YOU SHOULD NOT GIVE OUT PERSONAL INFORMATION…AND CONTACT YOUR LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT IF YOU GET A SUSPICIOUS CALL.

ALTOONA REVIEWING ACT 47

ALTOONA CITY COUNCIL HELD A TOWN HALL MEETING LAST NIGHT AND REVIEWED ALL 153 MANDATES IN THE ACT 47 PROGRAM. OFFICIALS SAY ONE MAJOR SIGN OF PROGRESS IS THAT THE CITY RECENTLY NEGOTIATED CONTRACTS WITH POLICE AND NON-UNIFORMED WORKERS. THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT THE CITY WILL GO TO ARBITRATION ON THE FIREFIGHTERS’ CONTRACT AT THE END OF JANUARY. THE CITY IS ALSO CONSIDERING SWITCHING TO A HOME RULE TYPE OF GOVERNMENT TO HELP GET OUT OF THE STATE’S DISTRESSED MUNICIPALITIES PROGRAM. THAT ISSUE COULD BE A VOTER REFERENDUM IN LATE 2014 OR EARLY 2015.

NO TAX HIKE IN ST. COLLEGE

STATE COLLEGE BORO COUNCIL VOTED LAST NIGHT TO HOLD THE LINE ON PROPERTY TAXES IN 2014. THEY HAD ORIGINALLY PLANNED ON A 1-POINT-5 MILL INCREASE, BUT DECIDED TO USE MORE THAN 2 MILLION DOLLARS IN RESERVE FUNDS TO BALANCE THE SPENDING PLAN. BORO MANAGER TOM FOUNTAINE SAYS THERE IS NOW THE POSSIBILITY OF A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN 2015.

HOSPITAL MERGER?

J-C BLAIR MEMORIAL HOSPITAL IN HUNTINGDON COULD BE MERGING WITH PINNACLE HEALTH SYSTEM OF HARRISBURG…AND EXECUTIVES WILL HOLD TOWN HALL MEETINGS TODAY AT 5:30PM AND ANOTHER ONE TOMORROW AT 7:30AM. BOTH ARE AT THE HOSPITAL’S EDUCATION CENTER. J-C BLAIR SPOKESWOMAN CHRISTINE GILDEA SAYS THE FACILITY HOPES TO ADD SERVICES LOCALLY AND RECRUIT MORE PHYSICIANS.

HONORS FOR LOCAL COMPANY

NPC IN CLAYSBURG IS NUMBER 12 ON THE LIST OF “THE BEST PLACES TO WORK IN PA” IN THE LARGE SIZED COMPANY CATEGORY. THIS IS THE COMPANY’S 6TH STRAIGHT YEAR ON THE LIST. NPC EMPLOYS NEARLY 500 PEOPLE AND PROVIDES GOVERNMENT AND COMMERCIAL BUSINESSES WITH INTEGRATED PRINT AND DIGITAL SOLUTIONS.

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THE MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT IS UP TO A WHOPPING 586-MILLION BUCKS AND IT’S EXPECTED TO CLIMB EVEN MORE BEFORE TONIGHT’S DRAWING. IT COULD EVEN REACH A NEW RECORD HIGH. THE RECORD OF 656 MILLION WAS SET LAST YEAR. IF THE PRIZE GOES UNCLAIMED TONIGHT, IT WILL MARK THE 22ND CONSECUTIVE DRAWING WITHOUT A WINNER.