Monday November 11 2013

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2013

2 SUNDAY FIRES

A CENTRE COUNTY BUSINESS IS BELIEVED TO BE A TOTAL LOSS AFTER A FIRE SUNDAY NIGHT. THE BLAZE BROKE OUT AT SCOTT’S LANDSCAPING ON ROUTE 322 IN POTTER TOWNSHIP. FIREFIGHTERS HAD TO BRING IN TANKER TRUCKS DUE TO A WATER SHORTAGE AND THEY ALSO HAD TO BATTLE BRISK WINDS. LUCKILY, NO ONE WAS INJURED. NO WORD YET ON THE CAUSE OF THE BLAZE.

4 PEOPLE WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AFTER A FIRE IN EVERETT, BEDFORD COUNTY, SUNDAY EVENING. THE BEDFORD COUNTY 911 CENTER TELLS WTAJ A DUPLEX ON NORTH SPRING STREET CAUGHT FIRE AROUND 7PM. A TOTAL OF 8 PEOPLE WERE DISPLACED BY THE BLAZE. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

DEADLY WRECK

A FATAL CRASH IN SOMERSET COUNTY THIS WEEKEND. POLICE SAY 31-YEAR-OLD TIFFANY WIEDEMANN OF BOSWELL DIED AFTER HER CAR ROLLED OVER ALONG ROUTE 30 ABOUT 4 SATURDAY MORNING. CELL PHONE USE IS BELIEVED TO BE A FACTOR AND WIEDEMANN WAS NOT WEARING A SEATBELT.

SHOT FIRED AT HOUSE

38 YEAR OLD SHAUN PAGE OF TYRONE IS IN THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON ON 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS BAIL. BORO POLICE SAY HE FIRED A SHOT FROM A SMALL CALIBER HANDGUN AT A HOUSE ON COLUMBIA AVENUE ABOUT 10 SATURDAY NIGHT. POLICE TELL THE ALTOONA MIRROR THE MOTHER OF A JUVENILE IN PAGE’S VAN REPORTED THE INCIDENT. IT TURNS OUT THE GUN HAD BEEN STOLEN FROM AN ALTOONA HOUSE.

SEARCHING FOR ACCUSED ABUSER

JOHNSTOWN POLICE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR 29 YEAR OLD MATTHEW HELLAMS FOR ABUSING HIS LIVE-IN GIRLFRIEND’S 3 YEAR-OLD CHILD. POLICE SAY HELLAMS ALLEGEDLY PUT THE CHILD IN WATER SO HOT, IT CAUSED 2ND DEGREE BURNS. THE INCIDENT HAPPENED ABOUT A MONTH AGO. THE MOTHER, JESSICA SWETZ, IS ALREADY IN CUSTODY AND CHARGED WITH ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON HELLAM’S WHEREABOUTS SHOULD CALL POLICE AT 533-20-74.

PRISON WORKER JAILED

A BLAIR COUNTY PRISON WORKER IS ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE BARS, CHARGED WITH BRINGING DRUGS TO WORK. POLICE SAY 27 YEAR-OLD FRED ZIGLER OF HOLLIDAYSBURG SHOWED UP FOR HIS SHIFT SATURDAY AND WAS APPROACHED BY THE WARDEN. HE WAS CARRYING 1OXYCONTIN TABLET…24 OXYCODONES, AND 5 ACETAMINOPHEN WITH OXYCODONE TABLETS. AUTHORITES ALSO FOUND LOOSE TOBACCO, ROLLING PAPERS, A LIGHTER, AND 2 TOENAIL CLIPPERS. ZIGLER IS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER AND OTHER DRUG CHARGES.

VANDALISM AT PENN STATE

STATE COLLEGE POLICE ARE OFFERING A REWARD OF UP TO 1-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO ARRESTS AFTER ANTI-SEMETIC SLOGANS WERE SPRAYPAINTED ON 12 VEHICLES PARKED AT THE REAR OF THE DELTA SIGMA PHI AND BETA SIGMA BETA FRATERNITIES AT UNIVERSITY PARK THURSDAY NIGHT OR FRIDAY MORNING. THE GRAFFITTI ALSO INCLUDED SWASTIKAS, SEXUAL PICTURES, AND SEXUAL PHRASES AND A GARAGE AND DUMPSTER IN THE AREA WERE ALSO TARGETED. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION SHOULD CALL BORO POLICE AT 234-71-50 OR SUBMIT AN ANONYMOUS TIP THROUGH THEIR WEBSITE.

DEMENTIA PATIENT FOUND

THE ALTOONA POLICE DEPARTMENT IS THANKING HEAVEN SCENT SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM FOR HELPING LOCATE A MISSING DEMENTIA PATIENT SATURDAY EVENING. 70 YEAR OLD THOMAS KOBAL WENT MISSING FROM FROST AVENUE IN ALTOONA AROUND 8PM AND HE WAS NOT DRESSED FOR THE COLD WEATHER. AUTHORITIES LOCATED KOBAL ABOUT 2 HOURS LATER NEAR THE FERRIS WHEEL AT LAKEMONT PARK.

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE CONDOLEEZZA RICE REPORTEDLY TURNED DOWN AN OFFER TO BECOME PENN STATE’S NEW PRESIDENT. IN A STATEMENT TO THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, RICE SAID SHE DECIDED TO REMAIN AT STANFORD AS A POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR. MEANWHILE, THE FORMER FRONTRUNNER FOR THE POST HAS OFFICIALLY RESIGNED FROM HIS CURRENT JOB. THE ALBANY TIMES-UNION REPORTED THAT DAVID SMITH RESIGNED FROM THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK FOLLOWING ALLEGATIONS THAT HE WAS PADDING HIS SALARY. PENN STATE’S SEARCH CONTINUES.

FRANCO HARRIS AND MORE THAN 250 OTHER PEOPLE TURNED OUT SATURDAY NIGHT TO SUPPORT THE LATE JOE PATERNO EXACTLY 2 YEARS AFTER HIS FIRING IN CONNECTION WITH THE JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL. ORGANIZERS SAY THEY HOPE INVESTIGATORS WILL GET TO THE TRUTH. RAY BLEHAR SAYS THE FREEH INVESTIGATION WAS A FAKE AND THAT FORMER FBI DIRECTOR LOUIS FREEH “WAS HIRED TO DECEIVE THE PUBLIC INTO BELIEVING AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION WOULD BE DONE.” FORMER ADMINISTRATORS GRAHAM SPANIER, TIM CURLEY AND GARY SCHULTZ ARE CURRENTLY AWAITING TRIAL.

GAS PRICES LOWER

GAS PRICES CONTINUE TO FALL. THE SLIDE BEGAN IN SEPTEMBER THANKS TO LOWER CRUDE PRICES…AND THE LATEST LUNDBERG SURVEY PUTS THE NATIONAL AVERAGE AT $3.22 A GALLON. IN ALTOONA, DRIVERS ARE PAYING AN AVERAGE OF $3.35.