monDAY, december 16, 2013
4 DEAD IN WEEKEND CRASHES
2 PEOPLE DIED IN BLAIR COUNTY DURING SATURDAY’S SNOW STORM. POLICE SAY 53 YEAR OLD SCOTT SANDERS OF ALTOONA AND HIS PASSENGER, 28 YEAR OLD DANYELLE DEAN OF ALTOONA, WERE KILLED WHEN SANDERS’ SPEEDING VEHICLE RAN OFF SUGAR RUN ROAD in Allegheny Township JUST BEFORE 11AM. THE CAR SLID INTO THE PATH OF AN ON-COMING VEHICLE. THE SECOND DRIVER, 47 YEAR OLD WILLIAM CHAPPELL OF PORTAGE, WAS taken to UPMC Altoona with severe injuries.
2 PEOPLE DIED IN SEPARATE ALCOHOL-RELATED CRASHES IN CAMBRIA AND INDIANA COUNTIES THIS WEEKEND. THE FIRST WRECK HAPPENED ABOUT 2AM SATURDAY ALONG ROUTE 403 IN WEST TAYLOR TOWNSHIP. 44 YEAR OLD CHARLES ALT OF THE ARMAGH AREA LOST CONTROL OF HIS MINI-VAN AND SLAMMED into a tree. HIS blood-alcohol content was POINT-4 percent, which is more than 4 times the legal limit. ABOUT 2 HOURS LATER, 25 YEAR OLD IAN SZEWCZAK OF LEBANON DIED WHEN HIS S-U-V OVERTURNED TWICE ALONG state Route 954 in Brush Valley Township. HE WAS ejected from the vehicle. SZEWCZAK WAS flown to JOHNSTOWN’S Memorial Medical Center, where he died A FEW HOURS LATER. His blood-alcohol content was POINT-21 percent.
police chase in altoona
34 YEAR OLD SCOTT ALBRIGHT OF ALTOONA WAS LOCKED UP IN THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. ALTOONA POLICE SAY HE FAILED TO STOP AT A STOP SIGN AT 19TH STREET AND UNION AVENUE. HE THEN SPED OFF BEFORE FINALLY BEING FORCED INTO THE CURB BY A POLICE CRUISER. ALBRIGHT REFUSED TO GET OUT OF THE CAR AND HAD TO BE REMOVED. HE WAS FOUND TO BE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL, BUT HE REFUSED A BREATHALIZER AND WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL WHERE HE REFUSED TO SUBMIT TO A BLOOD TEST.
christmas packages full of pot
STATE POLICE IN CENTRE COUNTY SAY Somebody won’t be getting their Christmas presents this year. ON FRIDAY, TROOPERS PULLED OVER RANDY VALDIVIA OF Florida ALONG I-80 IN MARION TOWNSHIP. INSIDE HIS VEHICLE, THEY FOUND about 20 pounds of marijuana in large boxes wrapped as Christmas presents. THE POT HAD A STREET VALUE OF ABOUT 160-THOUSAND DOLLARS.Valdivia IS in the centre county prison.
FIRE AT LOGAN VALLEY MALL
Fire fighters were called to altoona’s Logan Valley Mall a little before 10 sunday morning. they went to the Dollar Store near the Applebees entrance and officials say they were using an extension cord that wasn’t heavy duty enough to run a drink cooler. crews quickly had the small electrical fire under control and there was very minor damage to the floor and wiring. today is the anniversary of the devastating logan valley mall fire back in 1994. it damaged 42 stores and kiosks. 15 were destroyed.
HEARING TOMORROW FOR FORMER PENN STATE LEADERS
A DAUPHIN COUNTY JUDGE WILL BEGIN A HEARING TOMORROW IN THE CASE AGAINST FORMER PENN STATE ADMINISTRATORS GRAHAM SPANIER, GARY SHULTZ, AND TIM CURLEY. Defense lawyers ARE EXPECTED TO argue THAT conspiracy and related charges should be dismissed because THE MEN THOUGHT THEY WERE BEING represented BY ex-university lawyer Cynthia Baldwin DURING THEIR GRAND JURY TESTIMONY. ALL 3 MEN SAY THEY DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN A COVER UP TO HIDE JERRY SANDUSKY’S ABUSE OF YOUNG BOYS. It’s not clear whether Baldwin will be called to testify at the hearing.
altoona town hall meeting
ALTOONA CITY COUNCIL HOLDS A TOWN HALL MEETING TONIGHT AT 6:30 INSIDE COUNCIL CHAMBERS. OFFICIALS WILL REVIEW THE ACT 47 INITIATIVES AND OUTCOMES AND ALSO TAKE PUBLIC COMMENTS.
State lawmakers are voting today on 2 bills THAT WOULD cut the size of the legislature. The House WOULD DROP FROM 203 members to 153…and the Senate from 50 to 38.
Since the bills would require a Constitutional amendment, they must be passed in 2 consecutive sessions of the General Assembly and then approved by referendum vote.