Tuesday October 9 2012

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2012

SANDUSKY SENTENCING

FROM HIS CELL AT THE CENTRE COUNTY PRISON, JERRY SANDUSKY GAVE A STATEMENT TO PENN STATE RADIO MONDAY SAYING HE’S INNOCENT AND HE DIDN’T HAVE A FAIR OPPORTUNITY TO PREPARE FOR TRIAL. THE FORMER COACH SAYS “THEY COULD TAKE AWAY MY LIFE, THEY COULD MAKE ME OUT AS A MONSTER, THEY COULD TREAT ME AS A MONSTER, BUT THEY CAN'T TAKE AWAY MY HEART. IN MY HEART, I KNOW I DID NOT DO THESE ALLEGED DISGUSTING ACTS. MY WIFE HAS BEEN MY ONLY SEX PARTNER AND THAT WAS AFTER MARRIAGE. OUR LOVE CONTINUES.” SANDUSKY SAYS SO-CALLED VICTIM NUMBER ONE WAS—QUOTE --- “A DRAMATIC VETERAN ACCUSER WHO WAS JOINED BY A WELL-ORCHESTRATED EFFORT OF THE MEDIA, INVESTIGATORS, THE SYSTEM, PENN STATE, PSYCHOLOGISTS, CIVIL ATTORNEYS AND OTHER ACCUSERS. THEY WON.” SANDUSKY IS SCHEDULED FOR SENTENCING AT 9 THIS MORNING.

BURGLAR STANDS OVER WOMAN’S BED

A SUBURBAN JOHNSTOWN WOMAN WOKE UP MONDAY MORNING TO FIND A MAN STANDING OVER HER BED INSIDE HER DURANT STREET HOME. SHE SURPRISED HIM AND HE APOLOGIZED, THEN FLED. THE VICTIM WENT DOWNSTAIRS AND DISCOVERED SOME OF HER THINGS WERE OUT OF PLACE. POLICE LATER ARRESTED THE SUSPECT, BUT HAVE NOT IDENTIFIED HIM. JUST LAST WEEK, ANOTHER HOME IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD WAS BURGLARIZED AND SEVERAL GUNS, JEWELRY AND MONEY STOLEN.

ARSONIST ARRESTED

JOHNSTOWN POLICE HAVE CHARGED A 15-YEAR OLD BOY WITH SETTING FIRE TO THE HOME OF DR. ANTHONY GERGLY LAST MONTH. THE BLAZE IN THE 500 BLOCK OF NAPOLEON STREET DESTROYED THE HISTORIC HOUSE. GERGELY APPARENTLY LEFT…THEN THE TEEN SET A MATTRESS UPSTAIRS ON FIRE. HE’S IN THE CAMBRIA COUNTY DETENTION HOME FACING ARSON, RISKING A CATASTROPHE AND CRIMINAL MISCHIEF CHARGES.

PHILIPSBURG FIRE VICTIM STILL FIGHTING FOR HER LIFE

44 YEAR OLD WENDY SHARPLESS SUFFERED SEVERE BURNS ON HER LEGS, ARMS, HANDS, FACE AND NECK LAST WEEK WHEN AN EXPLOSION OCCURRED AT HER EAST PINE STREET HOME. SHARPLESS…WHO HAS SCHIZOPHRENIA AND BIPOLAR DISORDER…IS IN STABLE, BUT CRITICAL CONDITION AT A PITTSBURGH HOSPITAL. HER FAMILY IS SETTING UP A BANK FUND FOR DONATIONS AND THEY MAY HOLD A BENEFIT SPAGHETTI DINNER.

ALTOONA DRUG BUSTS

ARMED WITH A SEARCH WARRANT, STATE DRUG AGENTS ARRESTED 38 YEAR OLD ANDY BURGOS OF NEW JERSEY ON SATURDAY. THEY SEARCHED THE HOME WHERE HE’D BEEN STAYING ON KETTLE STREET IN ALTOONA AND FOUND HEROIN VALUED AT OVER 19-THOUSAND DOLLARS… PLUS A SMALL AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA…DRUG PACKAGING MATERIALS…AND 885-DOLLARS IN CASH. AGENTS ALSO SEIZED 6 CELL PHONES AND OTHER ELECTRONICS. BURGOS IS IN THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON ON 75-THOUSAND DOLLARS STRAIGHT CASH BAIL.

ALTOONA POLICE SEIZED CLOSE TO 6-THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF HEROIN AND 23-HUNDRED DOLLARS IN CASH WHEN THEY SEARCHED A HOME IN THE PUBLIC HOUSING COMPLEX JUST OFF 3RD STREET EARLY MONDAY MORNING. 29 YEAR OLD KATRINA HURLOCK AND 21 YEAR OLD LEVI HOLLEN OF TYRONE ARE IN THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON ON 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS CASH BAIL WITH PRELIMINARY HEARINGS SCHEDULED TUESDAY. 3 CHILDREN WERE LIVING IN THEIR HOME.

MAN WANTS TO GO TO FEDERAL PRISON

ON FRIDAY, 50 YEAR OLD JEFFREY MCMULLEN OF NORTHERN CAMBRIA WROTE THE CLERK A NOTE AND TRIED TO ROB THE AMERI-SERV BANK IN THE BORO FOR 1-DOLLAR. HE SAID HE WOULD WAIT FOR POLICE TO ARRIVE. AUTHORITIES BELIEVE HE WAS HOPING TO BE CHARGED WITH A FEDERAL CRIME AND PLACED IN THE FEDERAL PRISON AT LORETTO. MCMULLEN IS CURRENTLY IN THE CAMBRIA COUNTY JAIL. HIS PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED TODAY, BUT MAY BE POSTPONED.

ALTOONA’S ACT 47 MEETING

ALTOONA’S ACT 47 COORDINATOR HOSTS A PUBLIC MEETING TONIGHT TO TAKE COMMENTS ON THE CITY’S DISTRESSED MUNICIPALITY STATUS. THE SESSION IS AT 6 AT THE DOWNTOWN DEVORRIS CENTER AUDITORIUM. ATTORNEY JOHN ESPENSHADE MUST FILE A RECOVERY PLAN ON NOVEMBER 13TH AND CITY COUNCIL IS SLATED TO ADOPT THE PLAN ON DECEMBER 19TH.

NO DECISIONS ON MEMORIAL FIELD

THE STATE COLLEGE AREA SCHOOL BOARD MET LAST NIGHT AND TABLED DISCUSSIONS ON THE FUTURE OF MEMORIAL FIELD. THE FIELD IS STILL IN USE EVEN THOUGH OFFICIALS DISCOVERED A SINK HOLE AND HAD TO CLOSE THE HOME BLEACHERS.

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