WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2012
PENN STATE POLICE OFFICER INJURED -
A 27-YEAR-OLD PENN STATE POLICE OFFICER REMAINS HOSPITALIZED AFTER AN ACCIDENT TUESDAY MORNING WHILE SHE WAS ON BIKE PATROL. OFFICER JENNIFER WILLIAMS WAS FLOWN TO ALTOONA REGIONAL TRAUMA CENTER FOR TREATMENT AFTER BEING STRUCK BY A CAR AT ABOUT 6:30 A.M. ON EAST PARK AVENUE NEAR THE PENN STATE SOFTBALL COMPLEX AND JEFFREY FIELD ON THE UNIVERSITY PARK CAMPUS. THE BELLEFONTE MAN WHO WAS DRIVING THE CAR IS NOT EXPECTED TO FACE ANY TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS.
ORBISONIA MAN BEING EVALUATED -
A 45-YEAR-OLD ORBISONIA MAN WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER THREATENING TO SHOOT TWO PEOPLE ON MONDAY NIGHT. STATE POLICE SAY THAT JAMES FREDERICK WISOR LOADED A RIFLE AND POINTED IT AT A 45-YEAR-OLD WOMAN AND A 17-YEAR-OLD MALE AT A RESIDENCE ON RIDGLEY STREET IN ORBISONIA. BOTH VICITMS WERE ABLE TO RUN AWAY UNHARMED. WISOR ALSO FIRED A SHOT INTO THE AIR. STATE POLICE TROOPERS SURROUNDED THE HOUSE, ALONG WITH MEMBERS OF THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE SPECIAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM. WISOR WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND SENT TO J.C. BLAIR MEMORIAL HOSPITAL FOR EVALUATION. WISOR HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH SIMPLE ASSAULT, TERRORISTIC THREATS, RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT AND HARASSMENT.
CAMBRIA COUNTY MAN SENTENCED -
A Cambria County man has been sentenced to fifteen to thirty years in prison for the shaking death of his infant son. Justin Charles Sr. of South Fork had plead guilty to third degree murder. The baby died last December 23rd.
THREE ALTOONA WOMEN FACE NEGLECT CHARGE -
THE FORMER OWNER OF AN ALTOONA PERSONAL CARE HOME AND TWO FORMER EMPLOYEES ARE FACING NEGLECT CHARGES AFTER A STATE GRAND JURY INVESTIGATION. TODAY’S ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT 64-YEAR-OLD SHERRY JO WARNER….62-YEAR-OLD DIANA FRYE..AND 44-YEAR-OLD MARJORIE KOCH, ALL OF ALTOONA, WERE ARRESTED ON TUESDAY. WARNER OWNED AND OPERATED WARNER’S HOME FOR THE AGED IN ALTOONA UNTIL THE STATE REVOKED THE FACILITY’S LICENSE LAST YEAR. STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL AGENTS SAY THAT EMPLOYEES FAILED TO KEEP A FORMER PATIENT AT THE FACILITY CLEAN AND ALLOWED BEDSORES TO GROW AND MULTIPLY LAST YEAR. THE BEDSORES WERE DISCOVERED AFTER THE PATIENT WAS ADMITTED TO ALTOONA REGIONAL. ALL THREE WOMEN ARE FREE ON BOND AND HAVE PRELIMINARY HEARINGS ON OCTOBER 3RD.
State Officials Streamline Voter ID Process
State officials are trying to make it easier for registered voters to get a state-issued photo ID cards. Officials testified Tuesday that the new process is finalized and PennDOT can now issue a voting-only ID card that does not require proof of residency or citizenship. Applicants will only need to provide their name, date of birth, social security number and address. PennDOT is also opening 48 locations on Mondays, when they are normally closed, so they can serve last-minute voter ID needs.
Suspect Charged With Threatening Indiana 911 Center
A suspect is being held in Indiana County Prison for threatening to blow up the 9-1-1 call center. Kenneth Anthony allegedly told dispatchers there was a bomb at their facility and another at Torrance State Hospital. Anthony called from a cell phone and even though he deactivated it, police were able to trace it.
SCHOOL DISTRCITS WARNED -
School districts across the region have been given a warning from the state Department of Education, because there are too many students doing poorly on the P-S-S-A tests. WTAJ-TV reports the list of schools that have received the warning include Greater Johnstown, Altoona area, North Star, Somerset Area, Turkeyfoot Valley, Chestnut Ridge, Clearfield Area, DuBois Area and Philipsburg-Oscola. The Dept. of Education is hoping to see a 100% proficiency level in reading and math for all Pennsylvania school districts by 2014.
BILL COULD ATTRACT JOBS TO PA -
A BILL INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVE KERRY BENNINGHOFF IS ON ITS WAY TO THE ENTIRE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR CONSIDERATION. THE LEGISLATION WOULD HELP TO ATTRACT OUT-OF-STATE EMPLOYERS TO PENNSYLVANIA TO CREATE NEW JOBS STATEWIDE. COMPANIES THAT RE-LOCATE WOULD RECEIVE A STATE TAX INCENTIVE FOR A LIMITED TIME, MAKING PENNSYLVANIA AN ATTRACTIVE DESTINATION FOR BUSINESSES. THE HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE APPROVED THE BILL YESTERDAY MORNING.
PA Crime Rate Falls -
Crime in Pennsylvania is down. State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan announced Tuesday that crime rates have fallen by nearly one percent in the last year. The number of reported crimes decreased by point-seven percent and violent crime declined by point nine percent. There were fewer murders, rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults and arsons in 2011. Only theft and burglary increased.
NEW SUPERINTENDENT FOR PHILIPSBURG-OSCEOLA SCHOOLS-
THE PHILIPSBURG-OSCEOLA SCHOOL DISTRICT IS LOOKING FOR A NEW SUPERINTENDENT.THE SCHOOL BOARD VOTED NOT TO RENEW STEPHEN BENSON’S CONTRACT AT A MEETING EARLIER THIS WEEK. BENSON’S CONTRACT WILL EXPIRE ON JUNE 30TH .