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Tuesday November 26 2013

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2013

SNOW FOR THANKSGIVING WEEK

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS POSTED THROUGH WEDNESDAY AND PENNDOT SAYS THEY ARE TRYING TO KEEP THE ROADS IN GOOD SHAPE, ESPECIALLY FOR HOLIDAY TRAVELERS. KEEP IN MIND THAT PENNDOT CREWS HAVE A HARD TIME GETTING TO EVERY SINGLE ROAD, SO PLEASE DRIVE CAUTIOUSLY AND ALLOW YOURSELF SOME EXTRA TIME.

6 YEARS SINCE DOUBLE MURDER

IT’S BEEN 6 YEARS SINCE SHERRY JO LEONARD AND JASON SPECHT WERE MURDERED INSIDE A TRAILER IN MIFFLIN COUNTY AND THERE ARE STILL NO ANSWERS. THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY TELLS WTAJ THERE IS ONE SUSPECT, BUT HE WON’T FILE CHARGES UNTIL THE EVIDENCE IS READY. POLICE AND THE VICTIMS’ FAMILIES ARE HOPING THAT ANYONE WITH INFORMATION COMES FORWARD BY CALLING CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-800-4-P-A-TIPS.

SENTENCING FOR KILLER

SENTENCING IS SCHEDULED IN SOMERSET COUNTY TODAY FOR 24 YEAR OLD JONATHAN BEAL OF MEYERSDALE WHO PLEADED GUILTY TO VOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER, TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE, AND ABUSE OF A CORPSE IN THE DEATH OF HIS ON-AGAIN/OFF-AGAIN GIRLFRIEND, 19 YEAR OLD JUSTINE JACKSON. INVESTIGATORS SAY BEAL STRANGLED JACKSON LAST SEPTEMBER AND BURIED HER ALONG THE GREAT ALLEGHENY PASSAGE IN MEYERSDALE. THE BODY WAS FOUND BY SOME HIKERS NEARLY 2 MONTHS LATER. BEAL…WHO WAS ARRESTED BY U-S MARSHALS HIDING IN A BATHROOM IN NEW ORLEANS A FEW WEEKS LATER…FACES A MAXIMUM OF 24 YEARS BEHIND BARS.

APPEAL DENIED

FOLLOWING LEMONT MURDER 22 YEAR OLD TYLER MARLATT OF STATE COLLEGE IS SERVING A LIFE SENTENCE FOR THE DRUG-RELATED STABBING DEATH OF 20 YEAR OLD TYLER STRUBLE OF LEMONT IN JANUARY OF LAST YEAR…AND NOW THE STATE SUPERIOR COURT HAS STRUCK DOWN HIS APPEAL. MARLATT’S GIRLFRIEND, 21-YEAR-OLD FATIMA GHOUL, WAS NOT CHARGED IN THE MURDER BUT TOOK A PLEA DEAL ON ROBBERY AND DRUG CHARGES. SHE’S SERVING A 9-YEAR MINIMUM PRISON SENTENCE.

SENTENCED FOLLOWING FATAL WRECK

A CENTRE COUNTY JUDGE HAS SENTENCED 50 YEAR OLD DAVID BARTLEY OF MILESBURG TO 3 TO 6 YEARS IN A STATE PRISON IN CONNECTION WITH A DEADLY WRECK IN JULY OF LAST YEAR. BARTLEY PLEADED GUILTY TO HOMICIDE BY VEHICLE WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. HIS S-U-V CRASHED ON THE BENNER PIKE IN COLLEGE TOWNSHIP, KILLING HIS WIFE, 43 YEAR OLD SUSAN BARTLEY. 

HAMMER ATTACK

STATE COLLEGE POLICE SAY 20 YEAR OLD DUSTIN EMEL OF PATTON TOWNSHIP IS JAILED AND ACCUSED OF HITTING HIS GIRLFRIEND’S EX-BOYFRIEND IN THE HEAD WITH A HAMMER LATE SUNDAY IN A PARKING LOT ALONG STARTFORD DRIVE. THE VICTIM WAS GETTING OUT OF HIS CAR WHEN EMEL ALLEGEDLY ATTACKED HIM. HE WAS WEARING A BLACK SKI MASK AND DARK CLOTHING AT THE TIME.A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK.

LOCKOUT CONTINUES

MORE THAN 140 PENELEC WORKERS IN ALTOONA, EBENSBURG, LEWISTOWN, HUNTINGDON, BEDFORD, AND OTHER AREAS REMAIN LOCKED OUT OF THEIR JOBS THIS MORNING, AFTER A CONTRACT OFFER FROM PARENT COMPANY FIRSTENERGY WAS REJECTED SUNDAY BY AN “OVERWHELMING” MAJORITY OF THE UNION WHO HAVE BEEN WITHOUT A CONTRACT SINCE AUGUST 31ST. UNION PRESIDENT BOB WHALEN TELLS THE TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT THAT FIRSTENERGY HAS NOT MADE CRUCIAL CONCESSIONS RELATING TO PENSION PLANS, “UGLY” SCHEDULING PRACTICES AND HEALTH BENEFITS FOR RETIREES. FIRSTENERGY SPOKESMAN SCOTT SURGEONER SAID THE COMPANY IS WILLING TO SIT DOWN WITH UNION LEADERSHIP AGAIN, BUT PART OF THE FINAL OFFER WAS A REQUEST THAT THE UNION RATIFY IT BEFORE THE 6PM SUNDAY DEADLINE.

GOVERNOR SIGNS TRANSPORTATION FUNDING PLAN

GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT WAS IN POTTERS MILLS, CENTRE COUNTY, YESTERDAY TO SIGN THE NEW 2-POINT-3 BILLION DOLLAR TRANSPORTATION BILL WHICH HE CALLS A “PASSPORT FOR THE FUTURE” WHICH WILL FUND BRIDGE AND ROAD REPAIRS AND UPGRADES, PLUS PROVIDE MONEY FOR MASS TRANSIT. THE MEASURE REPEALS THE GAS TAX AT THE PUMP, BUT IT WILL GO TO THE WHOLESALERS WHICH WILL MEAN AN INCREASE AT THE PUMP BY ABOUT 28 CENTS PER GALLON BY 2017. REGISTRATION, LICENSE, AND OTHER VEHICLE-RELATED FEES ARE GOING UP. CORBETT STOPPED IN POTTERS MILLS BECAUSE ONE PROJECT PLANNED WITH THE ADDITIONAL FUNDING IS EXPANDING ROUTE 322 TO 4 LANES FROM BOALSBURG THROUGH SEVEN MOUNTAINS.

HIGHLAND HALL BEING PARTIALLY RAZED

DEMOLITION WORK BEGAN YESTERDAY ON A SECTION OF THE BACK OF HISTORIC HIGHLAND HALL IN HOLLIDAYSBURG. IT PARTIALLY COLLAPSED FOLLOWING HEAVY RAIN IN OCTOBER. WORK WILL CONTINUE FOR AT LEAST A WEEK, BUT IT COULD BE LONGER DUE TO THANKSGIVING AND THE START OF DEER SEASON.

FIRST DAY OF BEAR SEASON

THE PENNSYLVANIA GAME COMMISSION IS RELEASING PRELIMINARY TOTALS FROM THE FIRST DAY OF BEAR SEASON. OFFICIALS SAY HUNTERS SHOT 13-HUNDRED- 20 BLACK BEARS ON SATURDAY WITH THE LARGEST WEIGHING 632 POUNDS. ARCHERY DATA HAS NOT YET BEEN RELEASED.