Thursday March 15 2012

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THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2012

TRUCK DRIVER KILLED/STUDENTS INJURED

A DEVASTATING CRASH YESTERDAY AFTERNOON IN NEW LEXINGTON, SOMERSET COUNTY. POLICE SAY PEPSI TRUCK DRIVER 31 YEAR OLD ROBERT DODSON JUNIOR OF DUNCANSVILLE WAS KILLED AFTER HIS TRUCK CROSSED THE CENTERLINE AND SLAMMED INTO A SCHOOL BUS ALONG ROUTE 281. ABOUT 22 STUDENTS WERE ON THE BUS, RETURNING TO THE TURKEYFOOT VALLEY AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT FROM THE SOMERSET COUNTY CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER. 2 ADULTS AND 3 STUDENTS WERE FLOWN TO MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER IN JOHNSTOWN. AT LEAST 3 OTHER STUDENTS WERE FLOWN TO HOSPITALS IN PITTSBURGH AND CUMBERLAND, MARYLAND. 17 STUDENTS WERE TREATED AND RELEASED AT SOMERSET HOSPITAL. AN ACCIDENT RECONSTRUCTIONIST IS NOW INVESTIGATING.

SERIOUS INJURIES FOLLOWING SUSPECTED D-U-I CRASH

42 YEAR OLD CASSANDRA GORSUCH OF ROARING SPRING SUFFERED SERIOUS INJURIES LATE LAST NIGHT AFTER THE CAR SHE WAS RIDING IN CRASHED ALONG ROUTE 22 IN ALLEGHENY TOWNSHIP. STATE POLICE SAY 24 YEAR OLD VINCENT GARLOCK OF ROARING SPRING WAS SPEEDING WHEN HIS VEHICLE SKIDDED OFF THE ROAD AND ROLLED ONTO THE DRIVER’S SIDE…THEN ROLLED AT LEAST 4 TIMES DOWN A HILL, EJECTING GORSUCH. GARLOCK…WHO IS SUSPECTED OF DRUNK DRIVING…FLED THE SCENE AND WAS ARRESTED IN A WOODED AREA ABOUT 5 MILES AWAY.

JURY SELECTION CONTINUES

MANY POTENTIAL JURORS HAD VALID REASONS YESTERDAY WHY THEY COULD NOT SERVE ON THE JURY DECIDING THE FATE OF IRAQ WAR VETERAN NICOLAS HORNER OF ALTOONA. ONLY ONE MORE JUROR WAS SELECTED FOR A TOTAL OF 7 SO FAR. HORNER FACES THE DEATH PENALTY FOR GUNNING DOWN 2 MEN IN 2009. THE SHOOTING STARTED AT THE 58TH STREET SUBWAY RESTAURANT.

GUNMAN NOT COMPETENT

DOCTORS AT NORRISTOWN STATE HOSPITAL SAY JOSEPH OLECKI OF ALTOONA IS STILL NOT MENTALLY COMPETENT TO STAND TRIAL FOR A 2009 SHOOTING SPREE. POLICE SAY OLECKI AND HIS LIVE-IN GIRLFRIEND BROKE UP, SO HE USED AN ASSAULT RIFLE TO FIRE 21 ROUNDS INTO HER HOUSE. THE NEXT DAY, OLECKI ALLEGEDLY WOUNDED 2 PEOPLE WHO LIVE NEXT DOOR TO HIS MOTHER IN SCRANTON. THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT OLECKI’S MENTAL HEALTH WILL BE REVIEWED EVERY 60 DAYS.

7 ARRESTS IN BEDFORD COUNTY ARSONS

IN BEDFORD COUNTY, 6 MEN AND ONE WOMAN ARE CHARGED WITH ARSON IN A STRING OF FIRES BETWEEN JULY AND FEBRUARY. AUTHORITIES SAY BLAZES WERE SET AT 6 STRUCTURES INCLUDING THE PENN AIRE MOTEL, 3 LIVESTOCK BARNS AND 2 UNOCCUPIED HOMES. DAMAGE IS ESTIMATED AT MORE THAN 1-POINT-5 MILLION DOLLARS AND ABOUT 20 HEAD OF CATTLE DIED IN ONE OF THE FIRES. ONE MORE PERSON IS STILL WANTED.

SANDUSKY DISMISSAL?

JERRY SANDUSKY’S ATTORNEY JOE AMENDOLA PLANS TO FILE A MOTION NEXT WEEK ASKING JUDGE JOHN CLELAND TO DISMISS ALL CHARGES AGAINST THE FORMER PENN STATE COACH BECAUSE THE PROSECUTION CANNOT PROVIDE SPECIFIC DETAILS ABOUT WHEN AND WHERE THE ALLEGED ASSAULTS HAPPENED. IF THAT IS DENIED, AMENDOLA WILL ASK THAT JURORS TO BE QUESTIONED SEPARATELY ABOUT THEMSELVES AND THE CASE. HE ALSO WANTS THE JURY TO BE SEQUESTERED OR ISOLATED, DURING THE TRIAL. SANDUSKY IS SLATED TO STAND TRIAL IN MID-MAY.

VOTER I-D BILL SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

PENNSYLVANIA NOW HAS ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S TOUGHEST VOTER IDENTIFICATION LAWS. THE MEASURE, SIGNED BY GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT, WEDNESDAY, WILL LIKELY FACE A LEGAL CHALLENGE. REPUBLICANS SAY HAVING VOTERS SHOW PHOTO ID WILL PREVENT VOTER FRAUD, BUT DEMOCRATS SAY THERE HAVE BEEN NO INSTANCES OF VOTER FRAUD THAT JUSTIFY SUCH A LAW. CORBETT SAYS STATE AGENCIES WILL ADD EXTRA HOURS TO TRANSPORT PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY THE ELDERLY, TO GET IDENTIFICATION CARDS FROM PENNDOT’S SERVICE CENTERS. THE APRIL 24 PRIMARY WILL BE TREATED AS A TEST RUN AND THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE PLANS TO SEND OUT POSTCARDS IN SEPTEMBER AND AIR RADIO AND TV ADS TO MAKE VOTERS AWARE OF THE NEW RULE.

ALTOONA DISTRESSED?

THE CITY OF ALTOONA IS APPLYING TO ENTER THE DISTRESSED MUNICIPALITIES PROGRAM AND STATE OFFICIALS MEET WITH ALTOONA LEADERS TODAY TO GO OVER THE PARTICULARS. THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WILL USE THE INFORMATION TO FORMULATE A REPORT ON THE CITY’S PETITION. IT WILL BE PRESENTED AT A PUBLIC HEARING SET FOR 6PM APRIL 3RD AT CITY HALL.