Friday November 1 2013

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2013

CLUB SHOOTING

ALTOONA POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A SHOOTING THAT HAPPENED ABOUT 11 LAST NIGHT INSIDE CHOICES NIGHTCLUB AT 130 6TH AVENUE. AN AMBULANCE WAS CALLED TO THE SCENE, BUT NO WORD IF ANYONE WAS INJURED. NO OTHER DETAILS HAVE BEEN RELEASED.

STUDENT IN TROUBLE

A TEENAGE BOY IS FACING CHARGES FOR WRITING A BOMB THREAT IN A BATHROOM AT CENTRAL CAMBRIA HIGH SCHOOL IN EBENSBURG ON WEDNESDAY. POLICE HAVEN’T RELEASED MANY DETAILS, BUT SAY THERE WAS NO REAL THREAT TO STUDENTS EVEN THOUGH THEY TOOK THE THREAT VERY SERIOUSLY.

COP INJURED

AN ALTOONA POLICE OFFICER WAS INJURED THURSDAY MORNING WHEN A CRUISER DRIVEN BY AN OFFICER IN TRAINING COLLIDED WITH ANOTHER VEHICLE AT THE INTERSECTION OF 13TH STREET AND 19TH AVENUE. THE FIELD TRAINING OFFICER IN THE PASSENGER SEAT WAS TREATED AND RELEASED FROM UPMC ALTOONA. THE COP NEEDED 16 STAPLES FOR A HEAD INJURY. POLICE SAY THE OFFICER IN TRAINING WAS CITED.

TRUCKER FALLS INTO RIVER

65 YEAR OLD TRUCK DRIVER BOBBY JOE MERRELL OF TENNESSEE WAS FLOWN TO UPMC ALTOONA AFTER A CRASH ALONG I-80 IN CLEARFIELD YESTERDAY MORNING. MERRELL HIT THE WOLF RUN BRIDGE BARRIER, THEN GOT OUT OF HIS RIG AND FELL ABOUT 120 FEET INTO THE SUSQUEHANNA RIVER. RESCUE CREWS WERE ABLE TO SAVE HIM ALTHOUGH HE SUFFERED ABDOMINAL INJURIES.

STUDENT LIFEFLIGHTED

A PENN STATE STUDENT WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED WHEN HE STEPPED INTO THE PATH OF A VEHICLE AT SOUTH ATHERTON STREET AND WEST FAIRMOUNT AVENUE IN STATE COLLEGE ABOUT 2 THURSDAY MORNING. THE PEDESTRIAN WAS FLOWN TO UPMC ALTOONA WITH A MAJOR HEAD INJURY. AN ACCIDENT RECONSTRUCTIONIST IS ASSISTING WITH THE INVESTIGATION AND POLICE ARE DOING TOXICOLOGY TESTS.

SANDUSKY’S NEXT APPEAL

JERRY SANDUSKY IS APPEALING HIS CONVICTION AGAIN…THIS TIME IN THE STATE SUPREME COURT. ACCORDING TO STATE COLLEGE.COM, SANDUSKY’S APPEAL LAWYER FILED THE REQUEST THIS WEEK ASKING FOR A NEW TRIAL. THE STATE SUPERIOR COURT PREVIOUSLY DENIED SANDUSKY’S APPEAL.

OBAMACARE OPINIONS

SOME PEOPLE ARE HAPPY ABOUT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT…OTHERS NOT SO MUCH. NOW A NEW SURVEY BY FRANKLIN & MARSHALL COLLEGE SHOWS THAT 50-PERCENT OF NEARLY 630 PEOPLE POLLED BELIEVE THE ACT SHOULD NOT BE REPEALED. 40 PERCENT THINK IT SHOULD…AND 10 PERCENT ARE STILL UNSURE. ABOUT A DOZEN OBAMACARE SUPPORTERS WENT TO THE HOLLIDAYSBURG OFFICE OF REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN BILL SHUSTER YESTERDAY. HE WAS IN WASHINGTON, BUT ISSUED A STATEMENT SAYING, "I WILL NEVER STOP OPPOSING THIS ONEROUS AND BURDENSOME LAW THAT IS HURTING HARD WORKING FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES IN THE 9TH DISTRICT.” POLL DIRECTOR TERRY MADONNA SAYS THE RESULTS ALSO SHOW THAT SEVERAL PEOPLE ARE CONFUSED ABOUT THE EXACT DETAILS AND COVERAGE OF THE ACT…AS WELL AS WHO QUALIFIES AND WHO DOESN’T.

MONEY CRUNCH

BLAIR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TELL THE ALTOONA MIRROR THEY WILL TRY TO AVOID A TAX HIKE IN THE COMING YEAR, BUT PRELIMINARY BUDGET FIGURES SHOW EXPENSES EXCEEDING REVENUE BY 1-POINT-7 MILLION DOLLARS. THE COUNTY CURRENTLY HAS ENOUGH RESERVE MONEY TO COVER THE DEFICIT. COMMISSIONERS PLAN TO HOLD ANOTHER BUDGET HEARING MONDAY…THEN INTRODUCE A TENTATIVE SPENDING PLAN AT THEIR NOVEMBER 12TH MEETING.

WILL GOVERNOR BE RE-ELECTED?

A NEW FRANKLIN & MARSHALL COLLEGE POLL SHOWS THAT 33 PERCENT OF REGISTERED REPUBLICANS SURVEYED THINK GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT SHOULD NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION IN 2014. THE POLL ALSO SHOWS THAT ONLY 34-PERCENT OF REPUBLICANS RATED CORBETT’S JOB PERFORMANCE POSITIVELY. OFFICIALS SAY THE POLL IS BASED ON INTERVIEWS WITH 628 PENNSYLVANIA VOTERS AND HAS A MARGIN OF ERROR OF PLUS-OR-MINUS 3-POINT-9-PERCENT.

FEWER FOOD STAMPS

BEGINNING TODAY, THOSE WHO RECEIVE FOOD STAMPS IN PENNSYLVANIA WILL BE GETTING LESS. CONGRESS IS PLANNING TO LET LAPSE THE TEMPORARY BOOST IN FOOD-STAMP BENEFITS FOR MORE THAN 47 MILLION AMERICANS. BENEFITS FOR A FAMILY OF 4 WILL FALL BY 36 DOLLARS A MONTH, ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.