Friday December 14 2012

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2012

STABBING AT PENN STATE

PENN STATE POLICE HAVE LEARNED THAT THE KNIFE ASSAULT WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ACTUALLY TOOK PLACE ON CAMPUS PROPERTY, SO THEY ARE TAKING OVER THE INVESTIGATION FROM FERGUSON TOWNSHIP POLICE. THE SUSPECT IS STILL AT LARGE. POLICE ARE CONDUCTING ADDITIONAL CANVASSING OF THE AREAS WHERE THE ASSAILANT WAS SEEN OR IS BELIEVED TO HAVE POSSIBLY TRAVELED. HE IS A WHITE MALE, 20 TO 30 YEARS OLD…5-FOOT-8…WITH A SLIM TO MEDIUM BUILD…AND FACIAL HEAR. HE WAS WEARING ALL BLACK CLOTHING…A PUFFY JACKET…KNIT HAT…AND A BLACK BACKPACK. HE MAY HAVE A BITE WOUND ON HIS HAND. POLICE WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK WITH AN UNIDENTIFIED MALE JOGGER, WHO WAS IN THE AREA OF THE ATTACK AT APPROXIMATELY 2:15. CENTRE COUNTY CRIME STOPPERS IS OFFERING A REWARD OF UP TO 1-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO AN ARREST. YOU CAN CALL CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-877-99-CRIME. PENN STATE POLICE ARE REMINDING EVERYONE TO STAY ALERT AND BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS AT ALL TIMES. DO NOT WALK ALONE. USE THE SECURITY ESCORT SERVICE BY CALLING 865-92-55. AND IF YOU SEE SUSPICIOUS PERSONS, CALL THE COPS.

BOYFRIEND THREATENS GIRLFRIEND WITH KNIFE

39 YEAR OLD JOSEPH EMEL WHO LIVES IN A TENT OFF PLUMMER ROAD OF TYRONE IS NOW IN THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON. TYRONE POLICE SAY HE HELD A KNIFE TO HIS GIRLFRIEND’S THROAT DURING AN ARGUMENT YESTERDAY. SHE PUSHED IT AWAY AND CUT HER HAND…THEN FLED THE SCENE.EMEL WAS ARRESTED NEAR THE ON-RAMP TO I-99 AND HE WAS CARRYING A LARGE KNIFE.

ARSONIST’S BAIL 150-THOUSAND DOLLARS

46 YEAR OLD JAMES MCDONALD OF WINDBER WAS ARRAIGNED YESTERDAY ON CHARGES OF SETTING A THANKSGIVING DAY FIRE IN THE MOXHAM SECTION OF JOHNSTOWN THAT DESTROYED 3 BUILDINGS AND LEFT MORE THAN A DOZEN PEOPLE HOMELESS. MCDONALD HAS ADMITTED TO THE ARSON AND HIS BAIL IS 150-THOUSAND DOLLARS. HE TOLD POLICE HE PREVIOUSLY HAD BEEN INVOLVED WITH A MARRIED WOMAN WHO LIVED IN AN APARTMENT BUILDING NEXT DOOR TO THE VACANT COLEMAN AVENUE HOUSE WHERE THE FIRE WAS STARTED.

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

HOPING FOR A NEW TRIAL, ATTORNEYS FOR JERRY SANDUSKY HAVE REQUESTED A HEARING TO PRESENT NEW EVIDENCE. THEY CLAIM TESTIMONY AND EXHIBITS CAN SHOW SANDUSKY’S RIGHTS TO DUE PROCESS WERE VIOLATED. JOE AMENDOLA SAYS HE WASN’T GIVEN ENOUGH TIME TO PREPARE AN ADEQUATE DEFENSE. NO WORD IF THE JUDGE WILL GRANT THE MOTION OR WHEN A HEARING MIGHT BE SCHEDULED.

CAR THEFTS

RICHLAND TOWNSHIP POLICE SAY KEVIN PLUMMER STOLE A CAR FROM THE PIZZA HUT PARKING LOT YESTERDAY THEN TOOK OFF WHEN A DALE BORO OFFICER TRIED TO PULL HIM OVER. HE EVENTUALLY CRASHED INTO A POLICE CRUISER AND 2 OFFICERS SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES. AUTHORITIES BELIEVE PLUMMER IS PART OF AN AUTO-THEFT RING THAT HAS TAKEN AT LEAST 4 CARS IN RICHLAND TOWNSHIP AND ANOTHER IN THE CITY OF JOHNSTOWN WITHIN THE PAST MONTH. POLICE REMIND EVERYONE TO LOCK YOUR VEHICLE AND HIDE ANY VALUABLES. PLUMMER WAS JUST RELEASED FROM PRISON IN SEPTEMBER AFTER SERVING A 5-YEAR SENTENCE FOR AUTO-THEFT.

ALTOONA POLICE TELL THE ALTOONA MIRROR FACEBOOK LED TO THE ARRESTS OF 19 YEAR OLD FATIMAH GUTHRIE AND 19 YEAR OLD HILLARY OTT. POLICE POSTED A PICTURE SHOWING THE MAKE, MODEL AND COLOR OF A STOLEN MINI-VAN ON DECEMBER 3RD. THEY ASKED THE PUBLIC TO LOOK OUT FOR THE VEHICLE AND GOT A CALL LATER THAT DAY FROM A WOMAN WHO SPOTTED THE VAN AND FOLLOWED GUTHRIE AND OTT. POLICE LATER FOUND THE VAN’S KEY HIDDEN IN A WALL AT OTT’S RESIDENCE. BOTH WOMEN FACE PRELIMINARY HEARINGS WEDNESDAY.

COAL COMPANY ANNOUNCES LAYOFFS

LESS THAN 2 WEEKS BEFORE CHRISTMAS, 138 WORKERS AT PBS COALS WERE NOTIFIED YESTERDAY THAT THEY ARE BEING LAID OFF. A SPOKESWOMAN SAYS PBS IS THE LARGEST PRIVATE COMPANY IN SOMERSET COUNTY AND THE DECISION WAS VERY DIFFICULT BUT NECESSARY DUE TO DECLINES IN THE COAL MARKET. PBS STILL HAS AROUND 600 EMPLOYEES.

VOTER I-D LAW TRIAL?

A SUMMER TRIAL SEEMS LIKELY ON PENNSYLVANIA’S VOTER I-D LAW. COMMONWEALTH COURT JUDGE ROBERT SIMPSON DISCUSSED SCHEDULING WITH LAWYERS YESTERDAY. THE TIME FRAME WOULD ALLOW A RULING FROM THE STATE SUPREME COURT ON ANY APPEALS BEFORE NEXT NOVEMBER’S GENERAL ELECTION. IT’S NOT CLEAR YET WHETHER THE REQUIREMENT WILL BE ENFORCED IN THE MAY PRIMARY.

HOLIDAY TRAVEL

IF YOU PLAN TO TRAVEL THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, EXPECT TO SEE A LITTLE MORE TRAFFIC, BUT CHEAPER GAS. ACCORDING TO TRIPLE A, MORE THAN 93-MILLION AMERICANS ARE EXPECTED TO HIT THE ROAD, A 1-POINT-6 PERCENT INCREASE OVER LAST YEAR. GAS PRICES ARE ESTIMATED TO RANGE BETWEEN $3.20 AND $3.40 BY NEW YEAR’S DAY. AIRFARES ARE ALSO PREDICTED TO BE ABOUT 3 PERCENT CHEAPER THIS SEASON.