Monday August 6 2012

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MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2012

INMATE STRANGLED IN HIS CELL

A CAMBRIA COUNTY PRISONER WILL BE CHARGED WITH MURDER FOR STRANGLING ANOTHER INMATE SATURDAY NIGHT. STATE POLICE SAY 28 YEAR OLD WILLIAM SHERRY OF NORTHERN CAMBRIA WAS FOUND DEAD IN HIS BED, STRANGLED WITH A PIECE OF BED SHEET. TROOPERS HAVE NOT RELEASED THE NAME OF THE ACCUSED KILLER. SHERRY HAD BEEN ARRESTED ON A BENCH WARRANT LAST WEEK FOR A PROBATION VIOLATION.

TEEN KILLED IN BLAIR COUNTY

ALLEGHENY TOWNSHIP POLICE HAVE RELEASED THE NAME OF THE MAN KILLED SATURDAY MORNING ALONG SUGAR RUN ROAD. 19 YEAR OLD BRANDON HOLLEN OF CRESSON CRASHED HIS CAR INTO SEVERAL TREES SHORTLY AFTER 6AM.

MISSING TEEN FOUND…CHARGES PENDING

STATE POLICE IN CAMBRIA COUNTY SAY 18 YEAR OLD NICOLAS BLEDSOE OF SANKERTOWN HAS BEEN FOUND, BUT CHARGES ARE PENDING IN HIS DISAPPEARANCE…AND THEY HAVEN’T SAID WHO WILL FACE CHARGES. BLEDSOE WENT MISSING FROM HIS APARTMENT SOMETIME LATE THURSDAY AND POLICE THOUGHT HE MIGHT HAVE BEEN TAKEN AGAINST HIS WILL. THE BOY WAS NOT HURT.

CABBIE SHOT IN JOHNSTOWN

A SHOOTING IN JOHNSTOWN’S OAKHURST NEIGHBORHOOD ABOUT 12:30 THIS MORNING. A CAB DRIVER TOLD A HOMEOWNER IN THE 500 BLOCK OF BRUSH AVENUE THAT HE HAD BEEN SHOT. NO WORD ON THE EXTENT OF THE VICTIM’S INJURIES. POLICE LATER FOUND THE CAB ON MERIDIAN AVENUE.

JOHNSTOWN HOUSE FIRE

A 3-ALARM BLAZE GUTTED A GROVE AVENUE HOME IN JOHNSTOWN’S MOXHAM NEIGHBORHOOD AROUND 1 SUNDAY MORNING. THE SCENE WAS CLEARED SHORTLY BEFORE 5, BUT THE FIRE RE-KINDLED AND RESPONDERS WERE SENT BACK. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. A FIRE MARSHAL IS INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE.

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

OFFICIALS WITH THE NCAA SAY THEY WILL NOT ENTERTAIN A REQUEST TO APPEAL THE SANCTIONS LEVIED AGAINST PENN STATE UNIVERSITY IN THE WAKE OF THE JERRY SANDUSKY CHILD SEX ABUSE SCANDAL. AN ATTORNEY REPRESENTING THE PATERNO FAMILY FILED A NOTICE OF INTENT TO APPEAL ON FRIDAY, FORMALLY REQUESTING THAT THE FAMILY BE ALLOWED TO PROVIDE A WRITTEN APPEAL, AS WELL AS ORAL ARGUMENTS. THE COURT DOCUMENTS SAY NCAA PRESIDENT MARK EMMERT RELIED HEAVILY ON THE LOUIS FREEH REPORT, WHICH THE PATERNOS BELIEVE IS “DEEPLY FLAWED…INCOMPLETE…RIFE WITH UNSUPPORTED OPINIONS…AND UNQUESTIONABLY ONE-SIDED.” NO COMMENT FROM THE FAMILY SO FAR.

PENN STATE IS OFFERING CONFIDENTIAL COUNSELING SESSIONS NEXT WEEK FOR UNIVERSITY EMPLOYEES AFFECTED BY THE JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL. 6 SESSIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE AUGUST 15TH AND 16TH AND EACH CAN ACCOMMODATE UP TO 200 PEOPLE. OFFICIALS SAY THEY WILL FOCUS ON THE EVENTS OF THE PAST 9 MONTHS AND GIVE PARTICIPANTS A CHANCE TO DISCUSS THEIR EMOTIONS AND LEARN WAYS TO COPE.

SCAM ARTISTS KNOCKING ON DOORS?

ABOUT A DOZEN TYRONE RESIDENTS CALLED THE POLICE THIS WEEKEND ABOUT MEN GOING DOOR TO DOOR ASKING THEM TO CHANGE THEIR ENERGY PROVIDER. 6 MEN FROM NEW YORK WERE KNOCKING ON DOORS, SAYING THEY WERE FROM RESPOND POWER AND MAJOR ENERGY. THEY ASKED TO SEE PEOPLE’S ELECTRIC BILLS AND WANTED PERSONAL INFORMATION LIKE ADDRESS AND NAME. TYRONE POLICE SAY THE MEN MIGHT BE LEGITIMATE, BUT THEY MADE MANY RESIDENTS FEEL UNEASY. AND THEY WARN PEOPLE NOT TO SIGN ANYTHING OR GIVE OUT ANY INFORMATION BEFORE SPEAKING WITH THE BUSINESS ON MONDAY. PEOPLE HAVE REPORTED SIMILAR INCIDENTS IN BELLWOOD AND ALTOONA.

SCOUTS SICK…CAMP CLOSED

AT LEAST 2 DOZEN CAMPERS CAME DOWN WITH A STOMACH VIRUS LAST WEEK AT 7 SEVEN MOUNTAINS BOY SCOUT CAMP IN PORTER TOWNSHIP, CENTRE COUNTY…AND NOW THE FINAL WEEK OF WEBELOS CAMP HAS BEEN CANCELED. JIM KENNEDY, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE JUNIATA VALLEY COUNCIL OF THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, SAYS THE STAFF WANTED TO “BE CAUTIOUS AND SAFE” AND CLOSE THE CAMP BEFORE ABOUT 140 CAMPERS ARRIVED YESTERDAY SUNDAY. THE CAMP HAS BEEN FULLY CLEANED AND DECONTAMINATED. WATER AND SWIMMING POOL TESTS HAVE COME BACK CLEAN. THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT IS ALSO INVOLVED IN THE INVESTIGATION.

MARCELLUS SHALE INDUSTRY IS BOOMING

ACCORDING TO NEW DATA FROM ENERGY INDUSTRY ANALYSTS AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THE MARCELLUS SHALE IS ABOUT TO BECOME THE MOST PRODUCTIVE NATURAL GAS FIELD IN THE UNITED STATES. IN 2008, MARCELLUS PRODUCTION BARELY REGISTERED ON NATIONAL ENERGY REPORTS, BUT IN JULY THE COMBINED OUTPUT FROM PENNSYLVANIA AND WEST VIRGINIA WELLS WAS ABOUT 7-POINT-4 BILLION CUBIC FEET PER DAY. THAT’S MORE THAN DOUBLE THE 3-POINT-8 BILLION FROM LAST APRIL. DRILLING HAS LED TO THE BOOM IN PRODUCTION, JOBS AND PROFITS, AND A DROP IN NATURAL GAS PRICES FOR CONSUMERS, BUT THERE ALSO ARE CONCERNS ABOUT POLLUTION AND IMPACTS TO ROADS AND OTHER PUBLIC SERVICES.