Thursday May 24 2012

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THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2012

FARM ANIMALS IN ALTOONA?

ONE ALTOONA COUPLE KEEPS A DWARF MINIATURE HORSE AT THEIR HOME…AND OTHER FAMILIES HAVE POT-BELLIED PIGS. BACK IN APRIL, ALTOONA CITY COUNCILMAN MARK GEIS INTRODUCED AN ORDINANCE TO BAN NON-DOMESTIC ANIMALS FROM LIVING IN ALTOONA. BUT COUNCIL PUT THE MEASURE ON HOLD LAST NIGHT. CITY OFFICIALS WILL WAIT FOR INPUT FROM ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS AND THE POLICE, FIRE, AND CODE DEPARTMENTS.

ALTOONA MAN SHOT IN THE FACE

A 47 YEAR OLD LOGAN TOWNSHIP MAN IS IN INTENSIVE CARE AT A PITTSBURGH HOSPITAL AFTER HE WAS SHOT IN THE FACE BY HIS OWN 38 CALIBER GUN LAST NIGHT AT A HOUSE ON THE 29-HUNDRED BLOCK OF 13TH STREET. POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AND AREN’T SURE YET IF THIS WAS AN ACCIDENT.

TEENS INJURED

STATE POLICE IN HUNTINGDON BELIEVE SPEED WAS A FACTOR IN A CRASH THAT SENT 5 TEENAGERS TO THE HOSPITAL LAST NIGHT. A TEENAGE DRIVER WAS DRIVING ON NEFF ROAD IN WARRIORS MARK SHORTLY BEFORE 6:30 WHEN SHE NOTICED A COW IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RURAL ROAD. POLICE BELIEVE THE GIRL TURNED AROUND TO ALERT THE PROPERTY OWNER, AND ON THE WAY BACK TO THE FARM, LOST CONTROL OF HER CAR, CRASHING THROUGH A FENCE AND SLAMMING INTO A TREE. THE TEENS SUFFERED MINOR TO MODERATE INJURIES.

DEATH PENALTY TRIAL ON HOLD

DEFENSE ATTORNEYS ARE STILL WAITING FOR REPORTS FROM EXPERTS, SO A TRIAL DATE COULD NOT BE SET YESTERDAY FOR THE BEDFORD COUNTY DEATH PENALTY CASE OF 45 YEAR OLD MARK SHIREY OF CUMBERLAND MARYLAND. HE’S CHARGED WITH GUNNING DOWN HIS EX-WIFE’S BOYFRIEND, MICHAEL SIMPSON, IN CUMBERLAND VALLEY TOWNSHIP IN MARCH OF LAST YEAR. SHIREY REMAINS IN THE BEDFORD COUNTY PRISON WITHOUT BAIL.

DRUG ACCOMPLICE SENTENCED

A BLAIR COUNTY JUDGE YESTERDAY SENTENCED 27 YEAR OLD JESSICA CARTWRIGHT OF ALTOONA TO 5 TO 10 YEARS IN A STATE PRISON. SHE PLEADED GUILTY TO HELPING DRUG KINGPIN GENE “SHORTY” CARTER PACKAGE AND DISTRIBUTE HEROIN IN THE ALTOONA AREA. CARTER IS SERVING 104 TO 216 YEARS AND HIS PHILADELPHIA SUPPLIER, MICHAEL SERRANO, IS DOING 31 TO 82 YEARS.

LOCAL DEMOCRAT SWITCHES TEAMS

PROMINENT LONG-TIME BLAIR COUNTY DEMOCRAT JO ANN NARDELLI ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT SHE’S SWITCHING TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY BECAUSE SHE CAN NO LONGER SUPPORT DEMOCRATIC INITIATIVES LIKE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. LAST YEAR, NARDELLI FAILED TO WIN A SEAT ON THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. SHE HAS GIVEN UP HER POSITION ON THE STATE DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE AND HER JOBS AS VICE PRESIDENT OF THE DEMOCRATIC STATE COMMITTEE WOMEN’S CAUCUS AND THE STATE COMMITTEE EXECUTIVE BOARD.

NO BIRTH CERTIFICATE REQUIRED

GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT’S ADMINISTRATION SAID WEDNESDAY THAT IT IS DROPPING A REQUIREMENT THAT VOTERS PRESENT A BIRTH CERTIFICATE IF THEY ARE TRYING TO GET A FREE, NON-DRIVER STATE PHOTO ID CARD UNDER PENNSYLVANIA’S TOUGH NEW VOTER ID LAW. STATE AGENCIES NOW CAN CERTIFY THE BIRTH RECORDS OF PENNSYLVANIA NATIVES WITHOUT REQUIRING THEM TO PAY 10-DOLLARS FOR A DUPLICATE BIRTH CERTIFICATE WITH A RAISED SEAL. THE APPLICANT WILL BE NOTIFIED BY MAIL WHEN TO PICK UP THE PHOTO ID CARD AT A PENNDOT DRIVER’S LICENSE CENTER ONCE THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH VERIFIES THAT IT HAS THE BIRTH RECORD ON FILE.

PENELEC RE-ARRANGING EMPLOYEES

PENELEC IS CONSOLIDATING SERVICE OPERATIONS, WHICH MEANS SOME LOCAL LOCATIONS WILL BE CLOSED AND JOBS MOVED.THE UTILITY PLANS ON CLOSING OFFICES IN EBENSBURG, BEDFORD AND HUNTINGDON AND THE WORKERS WILL BE RELOCATED TO THE ALTOONA SERVICE CENTER.PENELEC SAYS THE CHANGE WILL GIVE IT GREATER FLEXIBILITY TO RESPOND TO EMERGENCY CALLS.