Monday November 5 2012

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5 2012

TODDLER KILLED AT ZOO

TRAGEDY AT THE PITTSBURGH ZOO SUNDAY AS A 2-YEAR-OLD BOY DIED AFTER FALLING INTO A PEN FOR AFRICAN PAINTED DOGS. ZOO OFFICIALS SAY THE BOY’S MOTHER SET HIM ON TOP OF AN OBSERVATION DECK 14 FEET ABOVE THE EXHIBIT…HE TUMBLED OFF… AND THE ANIMALS ATTACKED BEFORE THEY COULD BE SCARED AWAY. THE MOST AGGRESSIVE DOG WAS SHOT AND KILLED. THE ZOO REMAINS CLOSED TODAY AS THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES. A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ASSOCIATION OF ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS SAID THE PITTSBURGH ZOO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED ITS 5 YEAR REVIEW IN SEPTEMBER, WHICH MEANS IT MEETS OR EXCEEDS ALL SAFETY STANDARDS.

FIRES IN BLAIR AND CENTRE COUNTIES

A HUGE FIRE DESTROYED A BARN SUNDAY AFTERNOON ON SCOTCH VALLEY ROAD IN FRANKSTOWN TOWNSHIP, BLAIR COUNTY. NO ANIMALS WERE INSIDE, BUT A LOT OF EQUIPMENT WAS LOST. THE PROPERTY WAS OWNED BY LOU AND HOLLY SHEETZ AND THE BARN HAD BEEN BUILT IN 1857. NO WORD YET ON THE CAUSE.

A STATE POLICE FIRE MARSHAL IN CENTRE COUNTY IS INVESTIGATING AFTER A SUNDAY MORNING BLAZE CAUSED SEVERE DAMAGE TO A MOBILE HOME AND CLOSED STATE ROUTE 144 BETWEEN BELLEFONTE AND MILESBURG FOR ABOUT 2 HOURS. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED AT THE SINGLE-OCCUPANT MOBILE HOME ON ARMOR RUN ROAD IN THE AREA KNOWN AS RED ROOST.

MURDER TRIAL TO BEGIN

IN CENTRE COUNTY COURT TODAY, 21 YEAR OLD TYLER MARLATT OF STATE COLLEGE GOES ON TRIAL FOR MURDER. POLICE SAY HE STABBED 20 YEAR OLD TYLER STRUBLE AT HIS LEMONT HOME FOLLOWING A DRUG DEAL GONE BAD IN JANUARY. HIS ATTORNEY CLAIMS MARLATT ACTED IN SELF-DEFENSE.

TOMORROW’S THE BIG DAY

ONE FINAL FURIOUS DAY OF CAMPAIGNING BEFORE VOTERS ELECT A PRESIDENT TOMORROW. PENNSYLVANIA HAS 20 ELECTORAL VOTES, THE 5TH MOST IN THE COUNTRY. VOTERS WILL ALSO CHOOSE A U.S. SENATOR, A STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND DOZENS OF OTHER GOVERNMENT LEADERS IN TUESDAY’S ELECTION. TERRY MADONNA, A FRANKLIN & MARSHALL COLLEGE POLLSTER, SAYS HE EXPECTS NEARLY 60 PERCENT OF THE 9-POINT-9 MILLION PENNSYLVANIANS AGE 18 AND OLDER TO TURN OUT AT THE POLLS. NEARLY 8-POINT-5 MILLION VOTERS ARE REGISTERED IN PENNSYLVANIA, INCLUDING 4-POINT-3 MILLION DEMOCRATS AND 3-POINT-1 MILLION REPUBLICANS. THE POLLS ARE OPEN FROM 7AM TO 8PM.

ACCORDING TO A "PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW" POLL, TOMORROW’S PRESIDENTIAL RACE IS TOO CLOSE TO CALL IN PENNSYLVANIA. NEARLY 60-PERCENT OF RESPONDENTS SAID THE COUNTRY IS ON THE WRONG TRACK. THE ECONOMY WAS THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE. THE SURVEY OF 800 LIKELY VOTERS WAS TAKEN DURING THE LAST 3 DAYS OF OCTOBER AND HAS A 3-POINT-4-6 MARGIN OF ERROR. 

CHEAPER GAS

GAS PRICES HAVE TAKEN THEIR BIGGEST DROP IN 4 YEARS. THE LATEST LUNDBERG SURVEY SHOWS THE AVERAGE COST FOR A GALLON OF REGULAR UNLEADED AT $3.54 AS OF FRIDAY. THAT’S DOWN MORE THAN 20 CENTS FROM OCTOBER 19TH.