TUESDAY, aPrIL 8, 2014
PENELEC BACK TO WORK MONDAY
BACK IN NOVEMBER, PENELEC LOCKED OUT ABOUT 140 UNION WORKERS IN ALTOONA AND THE SURROUNDING AREA…BUT IT’S finally ENDING. The Utility Workers Union of America and FirstEngery HAVE REPORTEDLY REACHED AN AGREEMENT AND THE EMPLOYEES SHOULD BE BACK ON THE JOB MONDAY. THEY WILL WORK UNDER THE TERMS OF FIRST ENERGY’S “LAST, BEST AND FINAL OFFER” WHICH DOES INCLUDE WAGE HIKES. THE NEXT STEP IS FOR NEGOTIATIONS TO CONTINUE…AND HOPEFULLY THE UNION WILL SOON RATIFY A NEW CONTRACT.
STUDENT FOUND DEAD
THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES SAY 21 YEAR OLD PENN STATE STUDENT RICHARD BILGER WAS FOUND DEAD in his dorm room AT SIMMONS HALL ON SATURDAY. foul play is NOT suspected AND spokeswoman Lisa Powers saYS A cause of death is pending toxicology tests, WHICH could take several weeks.
AN OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING IN ALTOONA SHORTLY AFTER 11 LAST NIGHT. WTAJ REPORTS POLICE RESPONDED TO 16-15 16TH STREET IN THE CITY AND ONE PERSON WAS REPORTEDLY INJURED.NO OTHER DETAILS HAVE BEEN RELEASED.
SPOTZ VERDICT UPHELD
Pennsylvania’s Superior Court HAS UPHELD the Voluntary Manslaughter conviction of Mark Spotz OF CLEARFIELD COUNTY. BACK IN 1995, Spotz was on parole for a robbery conviction WHEN HE ARGUED WITH His brother, Dustin, AND THEN SHOT HIM 8 TIMES. SPOTZ AND his girlfriend then WENT ON A CROSS-STATE KILLING SPREE, MURDERING 3 PEOPLE in Schuylkill, York, and Cumberland Counties. HE WAS convicted of Voluntary Manslaughter IN DUSTIN’S DEATH AND LATER CONVICTED AND SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR THE OTHER 3 MURDERS. SPOTZ CLAIMED HE HAS INEFFECTIVE COUNSEL IN THE CLEARFIELD COUNTY CASE.
JURY SEATED FOR INMATE’S TRIAL
A CENTRE COUNTY JURY WAS SEATED YESTERDAY FOR THE TRIAL OF Omar Best WHO is accused of beating, strangling, and raping a clerical employee at the Rockview state prison BACK in July. BEST…WHO WAS SERVING TIME FOR RAPE…IS NOW BEING HELD AT ANOTHER FACILITY. HIS TRIAL IS SCHEDULED FOR MAY 20TH. ThE CASE LED TO A NUMBER OF CHANGES WITHIN THE STATE PRISON SYSTEM.
SHOTS FIRED INTO POLICE CRUISER
KEVIN MCGEE OF JOHNSTOWN WILL REPRESENT HIMSELF WHEN TESTIMONY BEGINS TODAY IN CAMBRIA COUNTY COURT. HE’S CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED HOMICIDE FOR FIRING SHOTS INTO AN EMPTY RICHLAND TOWNSHIP police cruiser in September 2012. MCGEE HE refusED to put down the gun AND an officer shot him in the stomach.
THE SEARCH CONTINUES FOR 28 YEAR OLD JACOB MORRONI OF THE OSCEOLA MILLS AREA WHO has not reported to work since the midnight shift Saturday. HIS BROTHER AND ROOMATE SAYS his car and cellphone Are at THEIR home. Morroni is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall, about 120 pounds, with short brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 342-33-70.
Today is Equal Pay Day and state lawmakers are WORKing ON 2 bipartisan pay-equity bills THAT WOULD UPdate the conditions under which employers could pay different wages for factors other than gender. The bills would also strengthen anti-retaliation protections for employees who share information about their pay. Officials say it takes the average woman in Pennsylvania one year, 3 months and 8 days to make as much as a man does in one year.
KEEPING WORK ZONES SAFER
National Work Zone Awareness Week CONTINUES THROUGH FRIDAY AND state OFFICIALS ARE UGING EVERYONE TO SLOW DOWN AND BE ALERT. LAST WEEK, 2 TURNPIKE MAINTENANCE EMPLOYEES WERE INJURED IN SEPARATE ACCIDENTS. OFFICIALS SAY NUMEROUS POT HOLES HAVE DEVELOPED AFTER THE ROUGH WINTER, ADDING TO THE CONSTRUCTION PLANS. UNDER STATE LAW, HEADLIGHTS ARE REQUIRED IN WORK AREAS AND SPEEDING TICKETS ARE DOUBLED.