WEDNesDAY, AUGUST 6, 2014
SCARY MOMENTS IN PINE GROVE MILLS YESTERDAY.
FERGUSON TOWNSHIP POLICE EVACUATED ABOUT 18 HOMES AROUND 5PM WHEN THEY LEARNED THAT 53 YEAR OLD FREDERICK RICE OF HARRISBURG haD a pipe bomb INSIDE HIS S-U-V PARKED ALONG WYANDOTTE LANE. HE SUSPECTED HIS WIFE WAS HAVING AN AFFAIR WITH THE MAN WHO LIVED THERE. A FRIEND OF RICE’S CALLED POLICE AND TOLD THEM RICE HAS A HISTORY OF BIPOLAR DISORDER. THE BOMB SQUAD DEFUSED THE 1-FOOT LONG EXPLOSIVE DEVICE. RICE IS IN THE CENTRE COUNTY PRISON.
A CRASH YESTERDAY AFTERNOON IN HUNTINGDON COUNTY. STATE POLICE SAY 72 YEAR OLD LOIS OESTREICH PULLED OUT IN FRONT OF A MOTORCYCLE WITHOUT STOPPING ALONG ROUTE 26 IN SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP. THE BIKE’S DRIVER, 27 YEAR OLD JOSEPH BLACK, WAS LIFE-FLIGHTED TO UPMC ALTOONA.
24 YEAR OLD ALLEN CARL OF BREEZEWOOD IS DUE AT A preliminary hearing tODAY. HE’S CHARGED WITH Homicide by Vehicle WHILE DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE IN CONNECTION WITH a crash that happened on Route 30 in East Providence Township back on June 20TH. STATE Police say Carl’S PICKUP crossed into the OPPOSITE lane and struck a car driven by 64 year old Herbert Kisamore OF BEDFORD WHO DIED LATER AT UPMC Altoona.
BLAIR COUNTY JUDGE JOLENE KOPRIVA RULED YESTERDAY THAT 41 YEAR OLD PAUL AARON ROSS CAN FACE THE DEATH PENALTY IN HIS RE-TRIAL.
DURING HIS FIRST TRIAL, THE JURY DEADLOCKED AND HE WAS SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON FOR THE 2004 MURDER OF TINA MILLER AT CANOE CREEK STATE PARK. THE STATE SUPREME COURT ORDERED A RETRIAL BASED ON SEVERAL ISSUES. IT IS SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled today for 25 YEAR OLD KYLE RODGERS OF THE JOHNSTOWN AREA WHO IS ACCUSED OF fatally shooting his live-in girlfriend in May. Rodgers CLAIMS 20-year-old Linsey Wolfe WAS KILLED WHEN HIS GUN ACCIDENTALLY WENT OFF during a dispute in their Bloom Street apartment. he’s represented by altoona defense attorney tom dickey.
a judge has ruled THAT Jerry Sandusky’s new attorney can have grand jury transcripts and others materials held by HIS previous defense team, BUT THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES REPORTS THE JUDGE is holding THE LAWYER to the same protective order that’s been in place in the case since the trial. ALEXANDER Lindsay, an attorney from Butler, SAYS he is representing Sandusky in a Post-Conviction Relief Act appeal. ThAT gives people who have exhausted other opportunities for appeal another chance to have their cases heard. It’s not clear on what grounds Sandusky would make the P-C-R-A appeal, which is limited to certain arguments.
a PRELIMINARY HEARING IS scheduled today in centre county for 26 YEAR OLD ELVIN LAMEY OF Howard. he is in THE Centre County PRISON ON 300-THOUSAND DOLLARS bail, CHARGED WITH raping children IN 2012. lamey IS also AWAITING TRIAL ON CHARGES OF INDECENT ASSAULT OF CHILDREN AND CORRUPTION OF MINORS.
PATTON TOWNSHIP POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR THE MAN WHO ROBBED THE STATE COLLEGE RADIO SHACK AT GUNPOINT around noon Tuesday. HE ALLEGEDLY showed the clerk a handgun and demanded cash. The suspect is described as A BLACK MAN…5-FOOT-10 TO 6 FEET TALL…IN HIS EARLY 20’S WITH SHORT DREADLOCKS. HE WAS wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt. Anyone with information sHOULD call Patton Township Police.
A BIZARRE ASSAULT CASE IN CROMWELL TOWNSHIP, HUNTINGDON COUNTY. Police say 47 YEAR OLD STACY VARNER AND 64 YEAR OLD GLENDA SNYDER Got into an argument that turned physical. the WOMEN each allegedly swung a deer mount at each other. Snyder was hit with an antler and suffered a minor injury. BOTH ARE FACING CHARGES.
The 25-county federal court district in western Pennsylvania has been targeted by an email identity theft scam that seeks personal information from residents who are falsely told they're being contacted about jury duty. Officials with the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts say the district, which has courts in Pittsburgh, Erie and Johnstown, is one of at least 14 targeted by the scammers. The emails appear to be official and claim to be sent as part of the "National Ejuror Program," a real program used to register jurors in about 80 U.S. court districts. Some ask for Social Security or credit card numbers and claim the recipient owes a fine for missing jury duty. court officials say potential jurors are contacted through the U.S. Postal Service only.
Altoona Area School District police officers, principals, and administrators will participate in a Violent Intruders safety DRILL TODAY AT the High School STARTING at 8am. THEY will spend the morning session in a classroom setting and the afternoon will include active scenarios in large group areas and classroom settings within the BUILDING. Participants who complete the training and pass the exam will receive a certification that will allow for additional training of all staff members within their respective school buildings.
The Department of Environmental Protection says 2 mosquitoes have tested positive for the West Nile Virus. They were found July 25th in Ashville, Cambria County…and also in Rush Township, Centre County. To combat the spread of the virus, Pennsylvania has developed a comprehensive network which covers 40 counties.
officials trap mosquitoes, collect dead birds and monitor horses and people.
PENELEC IS ONE OF 4 FIRST ENERGY SUBSIDIARIES FILING A REQUEST WITH THE STATE PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION TO INCREASE RATES EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 3RD. ACCORDING TO THE ALTOONA MIRROR…PENELEC, WEST PENN POWER, MET-ED, AND PENN POWER WANT TO RAISE BILLS BY ABOUT 8-POINT-6 PERCENT…WHICH WOULD COST THE AVERAGE RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMER AN EXTRA $19.58 PER MONTH. SPOKESMAN SCOTT SURGEONER SAYS FIRST ENERGY FILED A BASE DISTRIBUTION RATE INCREASE PROPOSAL IN 2006, BUT IT WAS REJECTED BY THE P-U-C.
Triple a fuel GAUGE SAYS Western Pennsylvania gas prices dipped about 5 cents to $3.67 a gallon this week. The average for regular unleaded across Pennsylvania Is $3.60. AND NationalLY…For the first time since March 12TH, the average dropped below $3.50 to $3.49. Today’s national average is at the lowest level for early August since 2010.
WATER WILL BE SHUT OFF AT 7AM TODAY FOR ALL OAK RIDGE WATER CUSTOMERS IN SNYDER TOWNSHIP, BLAIR COUNTY. WHILE WATER LINE REPAIRS ARE UNDERWAY, THIS WILL AFFECT ALL CUSTOMERS IN VAN SCOYOC HOLLOW, OLIVIA VILLAGE, AND SOUTH TO THE SNYDER TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL BUILDING.
VAN SCOYOC ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FROM IRVINS HILL ROAD TO SOUTH EAGLE VALLEY ROAD.