FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2012
12 DEAD IN COLORADO SHOOTING –
twelve people were killed and about 50 were injured just after midnight this morning when shots rang out at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater during a premiere showing of the new Batman movie “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES”. 24-year-old JAMES HOLMES in is custody and an apartment building in north Aurora connected to the suspect was being evacuated and searched for possible explosives, according to denver Police Chief Dan Oates.
JOHNSTOWN DEATH INVESTIGATION -
JOHNSTOWN POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF A MAN WHOSE BODY WAS FOUND THURSDAY MORNING ON ADAMS STREET. THE TRIBUNE-DEMOCRAT REPORTS THAT THE POLICE HAVE NOT RELEASED THE IDENTITY OF THE MAN, WHO IS BELIEVED TO BE ABOUT 50-YEARS-OLD.
POLICE AND DETECTIVES WERE CONDUCTING INTERVIEWS WITH AREA RESIDENTS AND PROCESSING THE CRIME SCENE.
ALTOONA MAN GUILTY OF LYING -
AN ALTOONA MAN HAS BEEN FOUND GUILTY ON CHARGES OF PERJURY AND FALSE SWEARING IN A COURT CASE STEMMING FROM A BAR FIGHT IN ALTOONA IN MAY OF 2010. HOWEVER, THE JURY COULD NOT REACH A DECISION ON AN INDECENT ASSAULT CHARGE AGAINST 40-YEAR-OLD HERMAN “BO” LARDIERI AND THE JUDGE IN THE CASE DECLARED A HUNG JURY. TODAY’S ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT SENIOR DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL JONELLE ESHBACH IS NOT SURE IF THERE WILL BE A RETRIAL ON THE INDECENT ASSAULT CHARGE. TWO ALTOONA POLICE OFFICERS INVOLVED IN THE FIGHT, DUANE EICHENLAUB AND ERIC KRINER, ARE SCHEDULED TO BE TRIED THIS FALL.
VEHICLE CRASHES INTO HOUSE -
A MAN DRIVING AN S-U-V ON WALTON AVENUE IN ALTOONA ON THURSDAY EVENING DROVE THROUGH A FENCE AND CRASHED INTO A HOUSE ON THE 700 BLOCK. THE DRIVER WAS TAKEN TO ALTOONA REGIONAL TRAUMA CENTER. NO ONE IN THE HOME WAS INJURED.
CLEARFIELD COUNTY WOMAN HONORED -
A CLEARFIELD COUNTY WOMAN WHO DIED IN THE 9-11 ATTACKS ON THE WORLD TRADE CENTER HAS BEEN HAS BEEN HONORED IN HER HOMETOWN.MARY ELLEN TIESI OF IRVONA DIED WHEN THE TWIN TOWERS COLLAPSED. YESTERDAY, A BRIDGE WAS DEDICATED IN HER MEMORY AND NAMED THE “MARY ELLEN TIESI MEMORIAL 9-11 BRIDGE”.
PSU TRUSTEE RESIGNS -
A Penn State University board member who was chairman when the Jerry Sandusky scandal first broke resigns. Steven Garban's resignation is the first by a board member since the child sex abuse scandal came to light. When the Freeh Report was released, detailing multiple problems with the culture and specific administrators and former head coach Joe Paterno, Penn State trustees publicly promised to make permanent changes to prevent another scandal in the future.
PENN STATE MAY END UP CUTTING A HUGE CHECK TO THE GOVERNMENT BECAUSE OF THE JERRY SANDUSKY ABUSE SCANDAL. THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IS INVESTIGATING THE SCHOOL FOR POSSIBLE VIOLATIONS OF THE “CLERY ACT”, WHICH REQUIRES COLLEGES TO COLLECT AND REPORT ANNUAL CRIME STATISTICS AND WARN STUDENTS OF ANY CAMPUS SAFETY ISSUES. IF IT’S DETERMINED THAT CRIMES COMMITTED BY SANDUSKY SHOULD HAVE BEEN A PART OF THE REPORTING, THEN EACH INCIDENT COULD EARN THE SCHOOL A FINE.
NEW VOTER ID CARD -
Pennsylvania's new voter ID card will make its debut soon. Election officials say the card will make it easy for voters to comply with the new law. The state-issued ID is intended for registered voters who do not have a driver's license or the documents needed to get the non-driver ID. The ACLU is challenging Pennsylvania's Voter ID law in Commonwealth Court.
POLICE TARGET AGGRESSIVE DRIVERS –
Police in Pennsylvania are getting aggressive with aggressive drivers. Across the state, police are stepping up efforts to nab speeders, red light runners, and other traffic violators.
The campaign will run through August 16th in an effort to reduce accidents.
STATE UNEMPLOYMENT UP -
Unemployment is up slightly in Pennsylvania.
June's figures are a tenth of a percent higher than May's but still below the national average. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.5 % in June.