Wednesday, JULY 23 2014

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014

SOME HOLLIDAYSBURG BORO TAXPAYERS SAY THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW WHY LONG-TIME POLICE CHIEF JEFFREY KETNER IS RETIRING EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1ST, BUT BORO OFFICIALS AND KETNER AREN’T COMMENTING. HIS RETIREMENT WAS UNANIMOUSLY ACCEPTED AT A MEETING LAST NIGHT. LAWYERS DID RELEASE A STATEMENT SAYING THERE WERE DIFFERENCES OVER HOW THE DEPARTMENT WAS RUN. ABOUT 2 WEEKS AGO, KETNER WAS PUT ON PAID LEAVE. HE WILL RECEIVE A 25-THOUSAND DOLLAR RETIREMENT PACKAGE AND BENEFITS FOR 18 MONTHS.

JOE PATERNO’S SON JAY HAS FILED A FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAIN PENN STATE ALONG WITH FORMER TIGHT ENDS COACH BILL KENNEY. THEY CLAIM THAT BY ACCEPTING THE CONSENT DECREE WITH THE NCAA AND ADOPTING THE FREEH REPORT, THE UNIVERSITY DESTROYED THEIR CHANCES OF GETTING JOBS IN FOOTBALL. THE SUIT SEEKS IN EXCESS OF ONE MILLION DOLLARS.

ANOTHER DROWNING IN BEDFORD COUNTY. THE CORONER AND STATE POLICE SAY A 17 YEAR OLD AMISH BOY FROM LANCASTER COUNTY DIED MONDAY MORNING AT THE BREEZEWOOD PROVING GROUNDS IN CLEARVILLE. THAT LOCATION IS A PARK FOR A-T-V AND MOTOCROSS ENTHUSIASTS.

A CAMBRIA COUNTY JUDGE YESTERDAY SENTENCED 34 YEAR OLD DALE MALLOY OF VINTONDALE TO 16 TO 32 MONTHS IN THE COUNTY PRISON. HE PLEADED GUILTY TO REDUCED CHARGES OF HOMICIDE BY VEHICLE IN A FATAL D-U-I WRECK. MALLOY’S PICKUP CRASHED ON CHICKAREE HILL ROAD IN JACKSON TOWNSHIP IN DECEMBER 2011, KILLING HIS PASSENGER, KAYLYNN REYNOLDS.

MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE ACCIDENT THAT INJURED A VOLUNTEER FIRE POLICEMAN FROM THE JACKSON TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT. MONDAY AFTERNOON, A MOTORCYCLE AND A TRI-AXLE TRUCK COLLIDED ALONG ROUTE 271 NEAR MUNDY’S CORNER IN CAMBRIA COUNTY. TERRY CROUSE WAS DIRECTING TRAFFIC WHEN HE WAS HIT BY A CAR. HE SUFFERED A BROKEN ANKLE AND SOME CUTS IN HIS ELBOW THAT REQUIRED STITCHES. CHARGES WILL BE FILED AGAINST THE DRIVER. THE BIKE’S DRIVER, 30 YEAR OLD NATHAN KUBAT OF JACKSON SUFFERED A SEVERE HEAD INJURY AND REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION. HE WAS NOT WEARING A HELMET.

54 YEAR OLD JOHN MATTER OF HUNTINGDON SUSTAINED SERIOUS INJURIES IN A BICYCLE ACCIDENT YESTERDAY. STATE POLICE SAY HE WAS RIDING IN A CONSTRUCTION ZONE ALONG COLD SPRINGS ROAD IN ONEIDA TOWNSHIP WHEN HE LOST CONTROL IN A DIP ON THE ROADWAY. MATTER WAS WEARING A HELMET.

30 YEAR OLD DANIELLE RIGHTENOUR OF ALTOONA IS DUE AT HER PRELIMINARY HEARING TODAY. SHE’S IN THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON AFTER CRASHING HER CAR INTO A PARKED VEHICLE JULY 13TH ALONG WALNUT AVENUE. RIGHTENOUR HAD HER 9 MONTH OLD AND 23 MONTH OLD CHILDREN IN THE VEHICLE AND TOLD POLICE SHE HAD TAKEN PAINKILLERS. THEY ALSO FOUND A SMALL AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA AND 10 XANAX IN HER PURSE. RIGHTENOUR WILL FACE ENHANCED PENALTIES BECAUSE THE CHILDREN WERE IN DANGER.

CENTRE REGION COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENT FIRE DIRECTOR STEVE BAIR TELLS WJAC A STATE COLLEGE MAN IS LUCKY TO BE ALIVE AFTER HE FELL ASLEEP MONDAY WITH FOOD COOKING ON THE STOVE AND A FIRE BROKE OUT AT HIS APARTMENT AT THE BARCROFT APARTMENTS. THERE WAS A METAL FIRE STOP ABOVE THE RANGE THAT KEPT THE FLAMES FROM SPREADING AND THE PROPERTY MANAGER IS WORKING TO FIX THE BUILDING’S SMOKE ALARM WHICH DID NOT GO OFF, APPARENTLY BECAUSE IT HAD BEEN TRIPPED AND RESET. INSIDE THE APARTMENT, 3 SMOKE DETECTOR THE BATTERIES WERE DEAD. A NEIGHBOR DIALED 911 AND SAVED THIS MAN'S LIFE.

21 YEAR OLD HUGO BAEZ OF NEW YORK IS CHARGED IN THE HALLOWEEN NIGHT SHOOTING DEATH OF 22 YEAR OLD WILLIE SOLOMON AT CHOICE’S NIGHTCLUB IN ALTOONA…AND THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS LAWYERS REPRESENTING BAEZ AND BRANDON MIDDER WANT THE VIDEOTAPE OF THE INCIDENT BARRED FROM THEIR TRIAL. MIDDER IS ACCUSED OF PISTOL WHIPPING THE DYING SOLOMON…THEN TRYING TO HELP BAEZ ESCAPE. TOM DICKEY SAYS BAEZ HAD AN EXPECTATION THAT ANYTHING THAT HAPPENED IN THE CLUB WAS PRIVATE. DEFENSE ATTORNEYS ALSO WANT SEPARATE TRIALS.

A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED TODAY FOR DAVID GREENWALT AND ROBIN KING WHO ARE FACING FELONY CHILD ENDANGERMENT CHARGES. ALTOONA POLICE REMOVED 4 CHILDREN…AGES 4, 5, 6, AND 11…FROM THEIR FILTHY HOME AT 117 EAST 6TH AVENUE OVER THE WEEKEND. THERE WAS GARBAGE EVERYWHERE…TONS OF DIRTY LAUNDRY…NO TOOTHBRUSHES…AND NO ELECTRICITY.

A FORMER CRESSON BORO ROAD FOREMAN IS FACING FELONY THEFT CHARGES. THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS RICHARD LATTERNER IS ACCUSED OF STEALING OVER 100 TONS OF ROAD SALT AND ANTI-SKID AND GIVING IT TO A CONTRACTOR IN CHARGE OF PLOWING AND SALTING IN LORETTO, WHERE LATTERNER ALSO WORKED. POLICE SAY HE THEN WROTE FAKE INVOICES AND SUBMITTED THEM TO LORETTO BORO, RECEIVING CHECKS FOR MORE THAN 43-HUNDRED DOLLARS. LATTERNER RESIGNED IN JUNE AND HIS FORMAL ARRAIGNMENT IS AUGUST 19TH.

AUDITOR GENERAL EUGENE DEPASQUALE IS RELEASING THE RESULTS OF AN AUDIT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION'S HANDLING OF THE MARCELLUS SHALE GAS INDUSTRY. THE AUDIT BEGAN IN 2013 AND FOUND THAT THE DEP IS UNDER-FUNDED, UNDERSTAFFED AND INCONSISTENT IN DEVELOPMENT. DEPASQUALE SAID YESTERDAY THAT EMPLOYEES WORK HARD, BUT THERE AREN'T ENOUGH INSPECTORS. THE DEP SAYS IT HAS ALREADY IMPLEMENTED 22 OF THE 29 REPORT RECOMMENDATIONS.

TRIPLE A FUEL GAUGE SAYS WESTERN PA GAS PRICES DIPPED ABOUT 4 CENTS TO $3.76 A GALLON THIS WEEK. DESPITE GLOBAL TROUBLES, THE NATIONAL AVERAGE PRICE OF GAS HAS FALLEN FOR 25 CONSECUTIVE DAYS DUE TO LOTS OF REFINERY PRODUCTION. TODAY’S AVERAGE IS $3.57, DOWN 4 CENTS FROM LAST WEEK.

PENNDOT IS LOOKING FOR WINTER EMPLOYEES. THE AGENCY WILL BE HIRING TEMPORARY EQUIPMENT OPERATORS, MECHANICS, WELDERS, CLERKS, TYPISTS, STOCK CLERKS AND CUSTODIAL WORKERS. THE POSITIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM SEPTEMBER THROUGH APRIL AND APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ONLINE BY AUGUST 8TH. YOU CAN GO TO portal.state.pa.us.

MORE PRODUCE IS BEING RECALLED DUE TO POTENTIAL LISTERIA CONTAMINATION. GIANT AND MARTIN'S FOODS ARE OFFERING REFUNDS IF YOU PURCHASED ORGANIC PEACHES AND NECTARINES AS WELL AS CERTAIN “ORCHARD PERFECT” BRAND PEACHES, NECTARINES, AND PLUMS. WEGMANS AND TRADER JOE'S HAVE ALSO RECALLED PRODUCTS, BUT THERE HAVE BEEN NO REPORTS OF ANY ILLNESSES.

STARTING TODAY, THE SPEED LIMIT ON 97 MILES OF THE PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE IS GOING UP TO 70 MILES PER HOUR. OFFICIALS SAY THE CHANGE IS FROM THE BLUE MOUNTAIN INTERCHANGE NEAR SHIPPENSBURG TO THE MORGANTOWN INTERCHANGE SOUTH OF READING. SOME OTHER SPEED CHANGES WILL BE ANNOUNCED NEXT WEEK.