thursDAY, july 3, 2014
ANOTHER FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH. STATE POLICE IN CENTRE COUNTY SAY 50 YEAR OLD Karen Moore of Port Matilda was killed when she was EJECTED from the back YESTERDAY AFTERNOON on State Route 504 near Unionville.
the driver, 52 YEAR OLD Charles Olliver OF ANDREAS PENNSYLVANIA, was unable to negotiate a curve. He was also thrown from the bike and suFFERed major injuries. OLLIVER was life flighted to UPMC Altoona. neither was wearing a helmet and alcohol may have been a factor.
A 7 year old boy is in critical condition after nearLY drowning JUST BEFORE 10:30 YESTERDAY MORNING at Shawnee State Park in Bedford County. The BOY was part of a swimming class through the Bedford Parks and Rec Program. he is being treated at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Lawyers FOR 21 YEAR OLD DEMETRIUS GIBSON OF TIRE HILL SAY HIS homicide TRIAL IS ON TRACK WITH JURY SELECTION TO BEGIN AUGUST 25TH. HE’S CHARGED in the August stabbing death of his estranged girlfriend, ELIZABETH MILLER. THE trial will be held in the courtroom at the Central Park Complex in downtown Johnstown. THE JUDGE will consider the petition for a change of venUE at the time of jury selection.
29 YEAR OLD MATTHEW GUYER OF HOLLIDAYSBURG IS due at a PRELIMINARY HEARING ToDAY. he’s IN THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON, CHARGED WITH KIDNAPPING AN ALTOONA WOMAN FROM THE PLANK ROAD COMMONS WALMART STORE last week AND FORCING HER TO DRIVE TO NEW KENSINGTON, NEAR PITTSBURGH. HE TOLD HER HE HAD A GUN, BUT HE NEVER DISPLAYED A WEAPON. THE VICTIM EVENTUALLY ESCAPED AND CALLED THE POLICE.
IN JOHNSTOWN’S FEDERAL COURT YESTERDAY, another MEMBER OF THE LOWMASTER DRUG RING WAS SENTENCED. 40-year-old CHRISTOPHER JOLLY WILL SPEND 10 months in prison and 4 years ON probation for mailing 46 PACKAGES OF marijuana worth 40-THOUSAND DOLLARS per box. RINGLEADER George Lowmaster OF CARROLLTOWN will be sentenced later this summer.
STILL NO STATE BUDGET AND NO AGREEMENT ON PENSION REFORM. A BILL WAS VOTED BACK TO COMMITTEE ON TUESDAY WITH VOTES FROM LOCAL STATE REPRESENTATIVES JERRY STERN AND MIKE FLECK. THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT REPRESENTATIVE JOHN MCGINNIS, WHO IS A SPONSOR LISTED ON THE REFORM PROPOSAL, VOTED TO SEND THE BILL TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE. HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER MIKE TURZAI SAID YESTERDAY THAT PENSION REFORM WILL NOT LIKELY BE FOCUSES ON UNTIL THE FALL.
INCUMBENT REPUBLICAN Tom Corbett is lagging behind his Democratic challenger, Tom Wolf, in the race for governor. A recent Franklin and Marshall College poll found 47 percent of registered voters plan to vote for Wolf in November, and 25 percent plan to vote for Corbett. Only 27 percent of the total voters surveyed said Corbett is doing an excellent or good job as governor.
4 out of 5 Pennsylvania voters are in favor of legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes. A recent Franklin and Marshall poll found 59 percent of registered voters strongly support medical marijuana and 25 percent somewhat favor it. The poll also found that 57-percent of Pennsylvanians are against legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes.
A new Department of Education REPORT SAYS students at the main campuses of Penn State AND PITT pay more tuition than students at any other publicly funded university.
TUITION TOPS 16-THOUSAND DOLLARS per year AND The national average for public universities is 74-HUNDRED-7 DOLLARS. Penn State Campuses at Berks, Harrisburg, Erie-Behrend and Altoona ranked 11TH THROUGH 14TH on the list.
A judge has approved a NEARLY 900-THOUSAND DOLLAR asset transfer from the Second Mile to ARROW FAMILY AND CHILD MINISTRIES, BASED IN TEXAS. THE SECOND MILE SELECTED ARROW TO TAKE OVER SEVERAL OF ITS YOUTH PROGRAMS FOLLOWING the Jerry Sandusky scandal. ARROW WAS ORIGINALLY GRANTED 200-THOUSAND DOLLARS, BUT REQUESTED ADDITIONAL FUNDS IN MAY. All other assets will be retained by the Second Mile for pending legal claims.
FOR A 12 STRAIGHT YEAR, MEMBERSHIP IN THE PENN STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION CONTINUES TO GROW.
ACCORDING TO THE UNIVERSITY, THERE WAS A JUMP OF 1 PERCENT TO 174-THOUSAND-379 MEMBERS BY THE CLOSE OF THE FISCAL YEAR. LIFE MEMBERS ACCOUNT FOR 62-PERCENT OF TOTAL MEMBERSHIP.
GAS PRICES are on average about 20 cents higher than on Independence Day 2013, BUT TRIPLE A predictS that more than 31 million people will travel 50 miles or more DURING the 3 DAY HOLIDAY weekend. THAT WOULD BE UP NEARLY 2 PERCENT FROM 2013. WEATHER IS EXPECTED TO BE BEAUTIFUL WITH LOTS OF SUNSHINE AND LOWER HUMIDITY. More than 2-POINT-7 million vehicles are expected to travel the TURNPIKE AND All available lanes will be open to traffic through Monday.
ANOTHER DELAY…AND OPENING DAY FOR THE NEW HOLLIDAYSBURG PUBLIC LIBRARY WILL NOT BE UNTIL AT LEAST MONDAY. DIRECTOR JANET ELDRED SAYS MONDAY WILL ALSO BE THE START OF SUMMER PROGRAMS AT THE library, WHICH HAS BEEN UNDER CONSTRUCTION FOR A YEAR AT ONE FURNACE ROAD. DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE AT hollidaysburglibrary.org
THE 2014 PINK ZONE AT PENN STATE RAISED 310-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR 6 BREAST CANCER CHARITIES. THE RECORD-SETTING AMOUNT PUSHED THE PENN STATE LADY LIONS PINK ZONE ALL-TIME TOTAL TO OVER ONE MILLION DOLLARS. THIS SEASON, THE TEAM HOSTS A RECORD 698 BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS AT THE FEBRUARY PINK ZONE GAME AGAINST WISCONSIN.