TUESDAY MAY 20 2014

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TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014

PA PRIMARY

IN TODAY’S PRIMARY ELECTION, POLLS ARE OPEN FROM 7AM TO 8PM. VOTERS WILL BE ASKED, BUT NOT REQUIRED, TO SHOW AN ACCEPTABLE PHOTO ID THAT CONTAINS AN EXPIRATION DATE.

INCUMBENT REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR JIM CAWLEY ARE UNOPPOSED. DEMOCRATS SEEKING THEIR PARTY’S NOMINATION FOR GOVERNOR INCLUDE: ALLYSON SCHWARTZ…TOM WOLF…ROB MCCORD…AND KATIE MCGINTY.

THE DEMOCRATIC HOPEFULS FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR ARE: STATE SENATOR MIKE STACK OF PHILADELPHIA…STATE REPRESENTATIVE BRANDON NEWMAN…FORMER CONGRESSMAN MARK CRITZ…BRADFORD COUNTY COMMISSIONER MARK SMITH…AND HARRISBURG CITY COUNCILMAN BRAD KOPLINSKI.

REPUBLICANS LIVING IN THE 9TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WILL VOTE FOR INCUMBENT BILL SHUSTER…BEDFORD COUNTY DEVELOPER ART HALVORSON…OR FRANKLIN COUNTY FARMER TRAVIS SCHOOLEY.

IN THE 80TH DISTRICT STATE HOUSE RACE, VOTERS WILL CHOOSE BETWEEN GOP CANDIDATES AARON RITCHEY AND JUDY WARD.

AND IN THE 78TH STATE HOUSE DISTRICT, REPUBLICANS JOSH LANG AND JESSE TOPPER ARE FACING OFF.

IN THE 12TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, DEMOCRATS JOHN HUGYA AND ERIN MCCLELLAND ARE FACING OFF. DEMOCRATIC INCUMBENT BRYAN BARBIN OF JOHNSTOWN IS RUNNING UNOPPOSED IN THE PRIMARY FOR THE 71ST DISTRICT. THE GOP HOPEFULS ARE JIM RIGBY OF FERNDALE AND MARK AMSDELL OF JOHNSTOWN.

THE RETIREMENT OF LONGTIME 72ND DISTRICT DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE GARY HALUSKA HAS INCUMBENT FRANK BURNS SEEKING THE PARTY NOD ALONG WITH MARTIN WESTRICK. ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, THE CANDIDATES ARE PHILIP RICE AND R-J WILSON.

UNDER THE REAPPORTIONMENT, THE NEW 73RD DISTRICT CONTAINS A SMALL PART OF CAMBRIA COUNTY, BUT IS LARGELY CLEARFIELD COUNTY. INCUMBENT REPUBLICAN TOMMY SANKEY OF CLEARFIELD IS RUNNING UNOPPOSED FOR HIS PARTY’S NOMINATION. ON THE DEMOCRATIC BALLOT IS MATT BARCZAK OF NORTHERN CAMBRIA.

A REFERENDUM IS ON THE BALLOT IN THE STATE COLLEGE SCHOOL DISTRICT TODAY. VOTERS WILL DECIDE WHETHER TO AUTHORIZE AN 85 MILLION DOLLAR UPGRADE TO THE HIGH SCHOOL. IT WOULD MEAN A PROPERTY TAX HIKE.

KAYAKER STILL MISSING

THE SEARCH CONTINUES FOR THE 19 YEAR OLD WHO MAY HAVE DROWN SATURDAY IN THE SUSQUEHANNA RIVER NEAR KARTHAUS, CLEARFIELD COUNTY. HE WAS KAYAKING WITH HIS CHURCH GROUP WHEN HE FELL INTO THE WATER. OFFICIALS SAY RESCUE OPERATIONS INCLUDE AIR SUPPORT, SEARCH DOGS, SONAR, AND UNDERWATER CAMERAS.

INMATE’S RAPE TRIAL BEGINNING TODAY

IN CENTRE COUNTY COURT, A FORMER ROCKVIEW STATE PRISON INMATE IS SCHEDULED TO GO ON TRIAL. OMAR BEST IS ACCUSED OF RAPING, BEATING, AND STRANGLING A CLERICAL WORKER LAST JULY…LEAVING HER FOR DEAD. THE FORMER EMPLOYEE IS NOW SUING THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, THE PRISON, HER BOSS AND THE WARDEN WHO WAS DEMOTED AFTER THE INCIDENT. HER ATTORNEYS CLAIM THAT SAFETY PROTOCOLS IMPLEMENTED AFTERWARDS SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN PLACE LONG BEFORE. BEST WAS TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER STATE PRISON.

ARSONS IN ST. COLLEGE

STATE COLLEGE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING 2 SUSPECTED ARSONS THAT OCCURRED MINUTES APART LATE SUNDAY NIGHT. A LARGE WOODEN SHED WAS DESTROYED AT 712 WINDSOR COURT AT 11:03PM. MINUTES LATER, WOODEN FURNITURE ON THE PORCH OF A HOME AT 10-37 BAYBERRY DRIVE WAS DAMAGEDAFTER AN ACCELERANT WAS USED TO START A FIRE. BOTH HOMEOWNERS WERE INSIDE AT THE TIME AND 2 YOUNG CHILDREN WERE SLEEPING INSIDE ON WINDSOR COURT. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL 234-71-50.

BOMB THREAT SUSPECT DUE IN COURT

A PRELIMINARY HEARING FOR STEVEN JABLONSKI OF JOHNSTOWN IS SCHEDULED TODAY. HE’S CHARGED WITH CALLING IN A BOMB THREAT TO THE CAMBRIA COUNTY COURTHOUSE LAST MONTH, LEADING TO AN EVACUATION. HE TOLD AUTHORITIES HIS GIRLFRIEND WAS DUE TO APPEAR IN COURT AND THE 2 HAD BEEN DOING DRUGS. HE DIDN’T WANT HER TO FAIL A DRUG TEST.

ALTOONA DRUG ARRESTS

ALTOONA POLICE AND STATE NARCOTICS AGENTS ARRESTED KENNETH SAULMARSHALL OF ALTOONA AND DWAYNE PENDERGRASS OF PHILADELPHIA YESTERDAY AFTER A CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANT AND UNDERCOVER OFFICER PURCHASED COCAINE FROM SAULMARSHALL ALONG THE 33-HUNDRED BLOCK OF 6TH AVENUE. THE AGENTS THEN BOUGHT HEROIN FROM PENDERGRASS ALONG THE 12-HUNDRED BLOCK OF 15TH AVENUE. PENDERGRASS TRIED TO GET AWAY BUT HE WRECKED HIS CAR. HE FLED ON FOOT, BUT WAS CAPTURED.

SCHOOL DRESS CODE APPROVED

THE SPRING COVE SCHOOL BOARD LAST NIGHT PASSED A COMPREHENSIVE NEW STUDENT DRESS CODE WHICH BANS TIGHT TOPS AND LEGGINGS IN THE PLACE OF PANTS. ACCORDING TO THE ALTOONA MIRROR, SOME BOARD MEMBERS ARE DISCUSSING THE POSSIBILITY OF UNIFORMS. THE DRESS CODE APPLIES TO STUDENTS OF ALL AGES.

TEACHER FINISHES SECOND

PENN CAMBRIA TEACHER LAUREN KUDLAWIEC MADE IT TO THE FINAL ROUND, BUT FINISHED SECOND IN THE RACHAEL RAY SHOW’S “GREAT AMERICAN COOKBOOK” COMPETITION. INSTEAD OF GETTING HER COOKBOOK PUBLISHED, KUDLAWIEC WON A TRIP FOR 2 TO MEXICO AND A ONE-TIME COOKING INSTRUCTION SPOT ON THE TV SHOW’S WEBSITE. SHE ALSO PLANS TO LAUNCH A COOKBOOK LATER THIS YEAR THROUGH AN INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER.