Wednesday October 31 2012

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31ST 2012

STORM RECOVERY

TURKEYFOOT VALLEY SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED

2 HOUR DELAYS
CALVARY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
FORBES ROAD
HUNTINGDON
JUNIATA COUNTY
MOUNT UNION
ROCKWOOD
SALISBURY ELK LICK
SOUTHERN FULTON
SOUTHERN HUNTINGDON

SKILLS HUNTINGDON IS ON A 2 HOUR DELAY.

BLAIR COUNTY HEADSTART IS CLOSED.

HUNTINGDON, BROADTOP, MAPLETON, MOUNT UNION, ORBISONIA, AND JUNIATA VALLEY HEADSTARTS ARE CLOSED.

JUNIATA VALLEY, STANDING STONE, & SHIRLEY TOWNSHIP PRE-K—2 HOUR DELAY.

GALLITZIN HEADSTART CLOSED.

FULTON COUNTY HEADSTART AREAS 61 & 64—2 HOUR DELAY.

YOU CAN DONATE TO STORM RELIEF EFFORTS AT RED-CROSS-DOT-ORG…OR BY CALLING 1-800-RED-CROSS. YOU CAN ALSO TEXT THE WORD RED-CROSS TO 90999 TO MAKE A 10-DOLLAR DONATION.

FIRST ENERGY IS WORKING TO RESTORE POWER TO CUSTOMERS AFFECTED BY THE STORM. REPORT AN OUTAGE BY CALLING 1-888-LIGHTSS, WITH 2 S’S.

VALLEY RURAL ELECTRIC CUSTOMERS WHO ARE STILL WITHOUT POWER SHOULD CALL 1-800- 432-06-80.

PENNDOT IS ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC'S HELP IN IDENTIFYING DAMAGE FROM HURRICANE SANDY.  RESIDENTS CAN REPORT LOCATIONS WHERE THERE ARE MISSING HIGHWAY SIGNS, SHOULDER DROP-OFFS, WASH OUTS, AND OTHER POTENTIAL HAZARDS BY CALLING 1-800-FIX-ROAD.  CALLERS ARE ASKED TO BE SPECIFIC AND TO REPORT THE COUNTY, STATE ROUTE NUMBER AND FAMILIAR LANDMARKS THAT WILL HELP PENNDOT CREWS FIND THE PROBLEMS.

ABOUT 3 OF EVERY 4 FLIGHTS SCHEDULED AT PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT YESTERDAY WERE CANCELED OR RESCHEDULED DUE TO THE STORM. MOST FLIGHTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE BACK ON SCHEDULE TODAY, BUT OFFICIALS WARN PASSENGERS TO CHECK WITH THE AIRLINE BEFORE HEADING TO THE AIRPORT.

ALL STATE LIQUOR STORES…MORE THAN 600 OF THEM…REMAINED CLOSED TUESDAY TO ASSESS STORM DAMAGE. THE PENNSYLVANIA LIQUOR CONTROL BOARD SAYS THE STORES WILL REOPEN TODAY.

THE CENTRE REGION TRICK OR TREAT NIGHT WILL BE HELD AS SCHEDULED TONIGHT FROM 6 TO 8 IN STATE COLLEGE AS WELL AS COLLEGE, FERGUSON, HARRIS, PATTON, SPRING AND BENNER TOWNSHIPS. THE SAME HOURS IN BELLEFONTE, CENTRE HALL, MILLHEIM, PHILIPSBURG, HUSTON TOWNSHIP, AND POTTER TOWNSHIP. HALFMOON TOWNSHIP'S EVENT IS FROM 5:30 TO 8:30. IT MAY STILL BE RAINING AT TIMES, SO OFFICIALS RECOMMENDED THAT ADULTS ACCOMPANY TRICK-OR-TREATERS AND BE AWARE OF POTENTIAL SLIPPERY CONDITIONS CAUSED BY WET LEAVES.

TRICK OR TREATING IS ALSO SCHEDULED TONIGHT FROM 6 TO 8 IN WILLIAMSBURG BLAIR COUNTY. THE HALLOWEEN PARADE STARTS AT 5.

STATE AND LOCAL ELECTION SUPERVISORS ARE WORKING CLOSELY WITH EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCIES TO MAKE SURE VOTERS WILL BE ABLE TO CAST THEIR BALLOTS IN TUESDAY’S ELECTION, EVEN IF POWER OUTAGES WERE TO LAST A LONG TIME. MOST COUNTIES HAVE BACKUP BATTERY PACKS FOR ELECTRONIC VOTING UNITS AND GENERATORS WOULD BE USED TO PROVIDE LIGHTS AT PRECINCTS. VOTERS ACROSS PENNSYLVANIA WILL BE VOTING NOT ONLY FOR PRESIDENT, BUT ALSO A U.S. SENATOR, STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL, STATE AUDITOR GENERAL AND STATE TREASURER ALONG WITH CONGRESSMEN AND STATE LAWMAKERS. GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT IS ASKING POWER COMPANIES TO PRIORITIZE POLLING PLACES TO RESTORE ELECTRICITY.

CRASH VICTIM IDENTIFIED

SOMERSET COUNTY AUTHORITIES HAVE IDENTIFIED THE ELDERLY WOMAN KILLED IN A CRASH MONDAY NIGHT IN UPPER TURKEYFOOT TOWNSHIP. POLICE SAY 81 YEAR OLD ALICE HIMES OF MASSACHUSETTS WAS IN A CAR THAT RAN OFF A SNOW-COVERED ROUTE 281 AND OVERTURNED IN A POND. THE DRIVER OF THE CAR WAS NOT HURT.

PENN STATE STUDENT SUFFERS HEAD INJURIES

CENTRE COUNTY CRIMESTOPPERS IS OFFERING A 1-THOUSAND DOLLAR REWARD FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO AN ARREST IN A WEEKEND ASSAULT.
THE STATE COLLEGE POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS A 21 YEAR OLD PENN STATE STUDENT WAS FOUND UNCONSCIOUS IN THE ROADWAY ABOUT 1AM SATURDAY IN THE 200 BLOCK OF LOCUST LANE NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHLAND AVENUE. THE VICTIM WAS TAKEN TO MOUNT NITTANY MEDICAL CENTER THEN LIFEFLIGHTED TO GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER IN DANVILLE WITH A SKULL FRACTURE. INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE 3 PEOPLE, INCLUDING THE VICTIM, ARGUED….THEN THE VICTIM WAS HIT BY AN UNKNOWN SUSPECT CAUSING HIM TO FALL BACKWARDS STRIKING HIS HEAD. YOU CAN CALL CRIMESTOPPERS AT 1-877-99-CRIME.

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

KDKA TV REPORTS THAT A MAN NOT INCLUDED IN THE JERRY SANDUSKY CHILD SEX ABUSE CASE HAS COME FORWARD WITH CLAIMS THAT THE FORMER COACH ASSAULTED HIM IN THE BASEMENT OF A REC CENTER STARTED BY THE SANDUSKY FAMILY IN THE LATE 1950’S IN WASHINGTON PA. THE MAN IS NOW 57, BUT PENN STATE SPOKESMAN DAVID LATORRE SAYS THE UNIVERSITY HAS NOT BEEN NOTIFIED ABOUT HIS CLAIMS.

KIDNAPPING AND SEX ABUSE VICTIM ELIZABETH SMART SPOKE YESTERDAY AT THE CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE CONFERENCE AT THE PENN STATER CONFERENCE CENTER. SHE TOLD THE CROWD OF MORE THAN 400 PEOPLE THAT ONCE SHE WAS REUNITED WITH HER FAMILY, HER MOM GAVE HER ADVICE THAT SHE HOPES ALL SURVIVORS OF CHILD SEX ABUSE LIVE BY. QUOTE -- “THE BEST PUNISHMENT THAT YOU COULD EVER GIVE HIM IS TO BE HAPPY, TO FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS AND DO EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT TO DO.” SMART WAS ABDUCTED FROM HER HOME IN 2002 WHEN SHE WAS 14 AND HELD IN CAPTIVITY FOR 9 MONTHS. HER ABDUCTOR IS SERVING A LIFE SENTENCE. IN HIS STATEMENT, PENN STATE PRESIDENT RODNEY ERICKSON REITERATED THE UNIVERSITY’S COMMITMENT TO RAISING AWARENESS AND STAMPING OUT CHILD SEX ABUSE. HE’S HOPING THE CONFERENCE TURNS INTO AN ANNUAL EVENT.