Monday December 2 2013

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2013

DEER SEASON BEGINS

TODAY IS THE OPENING DAY OF PENNSYLVANIA’S GENERAL DEER SEASON AND APPROXIMATELY 750-THOUSAND HUNTERS ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE TO THE WOODS. THE SEASON RUNS THROUGH DECEMBER 14TH AND, IN MANY AREAS, PROPERLY LICENSED HUNTERS MAY TAKE EITHER ANTLERED OR ANTLERLESS DEER AT ANY TIME DURING THE SEASON. IN OTHER AREAS, HUNTERS MAY TAKE ONLY ANTLERED DEER DURING THE FIRST 5 DAYS. HUNTERS MUST WEAR A MINIMUM OF 250 SQUARE INCHES OF FLUORESCENT ORANGE. HUNTERS ARE REMINDED THAT THEY MUST TAG A DEER BEFORE MOVING IT AND THE HARVEST MUST BE REPORTED TO THE GAME COMMISSION WITHIN 10 DAYS. YOU CAN DO THAT ON THE AGENCY’S WEBSITE…BY MAIL…OR BY CALLING 1-855-P-A-HUNT-1. CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE HAS BEEN DETECTED IN PARTS OF BLAIR, CAMBRIA, AND HUNTINGDON COUNTIES AND HUNTERS MUST FOLLOW SPECIAL RULES. YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION ON THE GAME COMMISSION’S WEBPAGE.

SPORTSMEN ARE REMINDED ABOUT THE “HUNTERS SHARING THE HARVEST” PROGRAM. SUCCESSFUL HUTNERS CAN SHARE THEIR EXTRA VENISON WITH FOOD BANKS ACROSS THE STATE. PARTICIPATING BUTCHERS COORDINATE THE MEAT DELIVERIES AND WORK WITH LOCAL AGENCIES. TO LOCATE A PROCESSOR, LOG ONTO THE GAME COMMISSION’S WEBSITE.

FATAL CRASH IN BEDFORD COUNTY

A FATAL CRASH LAST NIGHT IN BEDFORD COUNTY. STATE POLICE SAY 40 YEAR OLD BETH MORRIS LOST CONTROL OF HER CAR ALONG STATE ROUTE 30 NEAR MOUNT DALLAS ROAD IN EVERETT. THE VEHICLE STRUCK A ROCK EMBANKMENT. MORRIS WAS TAKEN TO UPMC BEDFORD BUT LATER DIED. SHE WAS NOT WEARING A SEATBELT.

SERIOUS INJURIES

STATE POLICE IN PHILIPSBURG SAY 2 PEOPLE SUFFERED SERIOUS INJURIES IN A CRASH JUST BEFORE NOON SATURDAY. TYLER FRIDAY WAS DRIVING ON SOUTH MOUNTAIN ROAD IN TAYLOR TOWNSHIP WHEN HIS VEHICLE STRUCK A TREE. FRIDAY AND HIS PASSENGER, KYLE BILGER, WERE TAKEN TO UPMC ALTOONA.

MAN FALLS INTO SPRING CREEK

BELLEFONTE POLICE SAY AN ELDERLY MAN WAS HOSPITALIZED EARLY SUNDAY AFTER FALLING INTO SPRING CREEK NEAR TALLEYRAND PARK. POLICE TELL THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES AN OFFICER WAS HEADING INTO TOWN AND SAW THE MAN JUST BEFORE 8AM. RESPONDERS PULLED HIM OUT. HE WAS UNABLE TO SAY HOW LONG HE HAD BEEN STUCK IN THE WATER AND WAS TAKEN TO MOUNT NITTANY MEDICAL CENTER FOR TREATMENT.

ALTOONA DRUG BUST

ALTOONA POLICE ARRESTED 3 PEOPLE OVER THE WEEKEND AFTER A DRUG BUST. COPS RECEIVED A REPORT OF A MAN WITH A GUN AND RESPONDED TO A HOUSE ALONG MAPLE AVENUE EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. INSIDE THE HOUSE, POLICE FOUND CRACK COCAINE, HEROIN, THREE-QUARTERS OF A POUND OF MARIJUANA, A HANDGUN, 47 RARE SILVER COINS, AND OVER 53-HUNDRED DOLLARS IN CASH. 18 YEAR OLD MICHAEL MITCHELL AND MANDY PIERCE LIVE IN THE HOME. THEY WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ALONG WITH 18 YEAR OLD JALAAL BATTLE OF JOHNSTOWN. ALL 3 ARE IN THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON.

LOOKING FOR BURGLARS

STATE COLLEGE POLICE SAY THE SAME PERSON MAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR AT LEAST 3 BURGLARIES OVER THE PAST WEEK. ELECTRONICS WERE STOLEN FROM RESIDENCES AT 148 WEST HAMILTON AVENUE…150 WEST HAMILTON…AND 518 SOUTH PUGH STREET. IN EACH CASE, THE THIEF BROKE THE LOCKS TO GET INSIDE.

STATE POLICE IN CLEARFIELD ARE LOOKING FOR THE SUSPECTS WHO BROKE INTO PHILIPSBURG TRUE VALUE OVERNIGHT SATURDAY. THEY STOLE ABOUT 350-DOLLARS FROM A LOCK BOX AND CAUSED HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS IN DAMAGE.

PREPARING FOR STATE PATTY’S DAY

STATE COLLEGE POLICE ARE ALREADY BRACING THEMSELVES FOR THE NEXT STATE PATTY’S DAY CELEBRATION. A DATE HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED FOR THE NEXT PENN STATE STUDENT-CREATED DRINKING HOLIDAY. IT’S SET FOR MARCH 1ST, ACCORDING TO A PUBLIC FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE. LAST YEAR, POLICE RESPONDED TO MORE THAN 300 CALLS. BARS WERE PAID TO CLOSE AND THAT COULD HAPPEN AGAIN.

BLAIR COUNTY GOES TO COURT

BLAIR COUNTY LEADERS WILL BE IN COURT TODAY ASKING A JUDGE FOR PERMISSION TO LEVY MORE THAN 25 MILLS IN PROPERTY TAXES TO SUPPORT THE GENERAL FUND BUDGET IN 2014. COMMISSIONERS HAVE INTRODUCED A SPENDING PLAN TOTALING 44-POINT-5 MILLION DOLLARS. IT HOLDS THE LINE ON TAXES AT 27-POINT-485 MILLS, BUT USES RESERVE FUNDS TO COVER THE DEFICIT.

BLACK FRIDAY

SPENDING OVER BLACK FRIDAY WEEKEND WAS DOWN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOUR YEARS. A SURVEY BY THE NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION SHOWS HOLIDAY SHOPPERS SPENT 57-POINT-FOUR BILLION DOLLARS AT STORES AND ON WEBSITES FROM THANKSGIVING DAY THROUGH SUNDAY. THAT'S ALMOST THREE-PERCENT BELOW LAST YEAR'S SPENDING LEVEL.

CYBER MONDAY

TODAY IS CYBER MONDAY AND MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WILL BE SHOPPING FOR DEALS ONLINE. THE MONDAY AFTER THANKSGIVING TYPICALLY MARKS THE KICK-OFF OF THE ONLINE HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON. GROWTH OF ONLINE SHOPPING ACTIVITY IS TRIPLE THAT OF IN-STORE SALES. MOBILE SHOPPING SALES HAVE GROWN 28 PERCENT SINCE LAST YEAR.