THURSDAY JUNE 26 2014

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THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2014

IN STATE COLLEGE YESTERDAY, MORE THAN ONE INCH OF RAIN FELL IN ABOUT 15 MINUTES, CAUSING FLOODING THROUGHOUT THE AREA. SEVERAL CARS STALLED IN HIGH WATER IN THE DOWNTOWN. ALSO, LINDEN HALL ROAD AT BOALSBURG ROAD IN OAK HALL WAS CLOSED DUE TO A ROCK SLIDE.

THE CAMBRIA COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY HAS NOT YET ANNOUNCED IF SHE WILL SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY AGAINST 3 JOHNSTOWN WHO ARE CHARGED IN THE MARCH SHOOTING DEATH OF TONY PHILLIPS WHO WAS IN A PARKED CAR OUTSIDE THE EDDERS DEN BAR IN OAKHURST. JOSHUA CAMBRIA, JEREMY WOODARD, AND KEITH REED WERE ALL ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL FOLLOWING A PRELIMINARY HEARING YESTERDAY. 2 EYE WITNESSES TESTIFIED THAT THEY SAW CAMBRIC FIRE SHOTS INTO THE CAR BEFORE TAKING OFF IN A CAR DRIVEN BY WOODARD. POLICE SAY WOODARD GOT PHILLIPS TO THE BAR THAT NIGHT.

THE CAMBRIA COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY HAS DECIDED NOT TO SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY AGAINST 20 YEAR OLD EARL MITCHELL OF JOHNS¬TOWN WHO IS CHARGED IN THE JANUARY SHOOTING DEATH OF JAREEK ADAMS IN OAKHURST. MITCHELL…WHO FLED AFTER THE MURDER AND WAS ARRESTED NEAR WASHINGTON D-C WEEKS LATER…WAS FORMALLY ARRAIGNED YESTERDAY AND JURY SELECTION IS SET TO BEGIN OCTOBER 5TH. ADAMS’S UNCLE, JONATHAN MOORE, WAS ALSO SHOT AND SERIOUSLY INJURED.

AN INDIANA COUNTY JURY YESTERDAY FOUND 27 YEAR OLD TONYA THOMAS OF WHITE TOWNSHIP GUILTY OF INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER IN THE DEATH OF HER 13-MONTH-OLD SON. RYDEN THOMAS JUNIOR DROWNED WHEN HE WAS LEFT ALONG IN A BATH TUB WITH HIS 2 AND 3 YEAR OLD SIBLINGS. THE BOY’S FATHER, WESLEY THOMAS, PLEADED GUILTY TO MISDEMEANOR CHILD ENDANGERMENT AND WAS SENTENCED TO 3 MONTHS TO 2 YEARS IN PRISON.

A CAMBRIA COUNTY JUDGE HAS SCHEDULED JURY SELECTION TO BEGIN OCTOBER 2ND FOR THE VEHICULAR HOMICIDE TRIAL OF 20 YEAR OLD ZETH MARKEL OF BEAVERDALE. POLICE SAY HE WAS UNDER THE INFLUENCE WHEN HIS VEHICLE CRASHED IN SUMMERHILL TOWNSHIP BACK IN NOVEMBER. MARKEL’S PASSENGER, 21 YEAR OLD LYLE POPISH OF BEAVERDALE, WAS EJECTED AND DIED AT THE SCENE. TESTIMONY IS SLATED TO BEGIN OCTOBER 6TH.

STATE POLICE IN BEDFORD ARE WARNING ABOUT A LOTTERY SCAM THAT COST A 92 YEAR OLD BEDFORD COUNTY WOMAN THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. THE VICTIM RECEIVED PHONE CALLS FROM A JAMAICA AREA CODE AND A LETTER CLAIMING SHE WON 3-POINT-5 MILLION DOLLARS AND A MERCEDES BENZ. SHE WAS INSTRUCTED TO PAY A 39-THOUSAND DOLLAR INSURANCE FEE AND SHE SENT 9 PAYMENTS TO VARIOUS ADDRESSES VIA WIRE TRANSFER OR MONEY ORDERS.

PENNSYLVANIA'S ATTORNEY GENERAL IS CLARIFYING COMMENTS SHE MADE ABOUT 2 MEN WHO ACCUSED JERRY SANDUSKY OF SEXUAL ABUSE IN 2009, AFTER HE WAS UNDER INVESTIGATION. KATHLEEN KANE'S OFFICE RELEASED A STATEMENT YESTERDAY SAYING ONE OF THE MEN ACTUALLY TESTIFIED AGAINST SANDUSKY DURING HIS 2012 TRIAL. SHE HAD PREVIOUSLY SAID THE MEN WERE NOT INCLUDED IN THE GROUP OF WITNESSES THAT HAD TESTIFIED. KANE SAYS THE OTHER ACCUSER CAME FORWARD IN 2012, AND SANDUSKY HAS NOT BEEN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH THAT VICTIM.

THE STATE HOUSE YESTERDAY PASSED A 29-POINT-1 BILLION DOLLAR BUDGET THAT INCLUDES AN ADDITIONAL 70 MILLION FOR BASIC EDUCATION FUNDING. THE REPUBLICAN-BACKED SPENDING PLAN…WHICH NOW GOES TO THE SENATE…RELIES ON 380 MILLION DOLLARS IN REVENUE FROM PRIVATIZING STATE LIQUOR STORES. DEMOCRATS AREN’T CRAZY ABOUT THAT IDEA. THE BUDGET ALSO INCLUDES 75 MILLION FROM LIFTING A RENDELL-ERA BAN ON NEW OIL AND GAS LEASES ON STATE FOREST LANDS. THE BILL DOES NOT INCLUDE A SEVERANCE TAX ON NATURAL GAS DRILLING, OR ANY OTHER NEW TAXES.

PENNSYLVANIA'S INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS IMPROVEMENT. ACCORDING TO A REPORT CARD RELEASED BY THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS YESTERDAY, PENNSYLVANIA RECEIVED A CUMULATIVE INFRASTRUCTURE GRADE OF C MINUS. THE REPORT EVALUATES 16 ASPECTS OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE, INCLUDING ROADS, BRIDGES AND TRANSIT. THE FREIGHT RAIL SYSTEM RECEIVED THE STATE'S HIGHEST GRADE OF A B. ROADS GOT A D MINUS AND BRIDGES GOT A D PLUS. THE REPORT PRAISED THE STATE'S NEW TRANSPORTATION FUNDING BILL AND THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE TRANSPORTATION SERVICES. OFFICIALS SAY THE BILL WILL HELP THE BAD GRADES IMPROVE OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS.

LEGISLATION THAT WOULD MAKE REGISTRATION ON THE STATE'S DO NOT CALL LIST PERMANENT, IS ON ITS WAY TO THE SENATE. THE BILL, WHICH WAS PASSED BY THE STATE HOUSE YESTERDAY, WOULD ALLOW PEOPLE WHO OPT TO BE ON THE LIST, TO STAY ON IT UNTIL THEY CHANGE THEIR MINDS. CURRENTLY, THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO BAN TELEMARKETING CALLS HAVE TO REGISTER EVERY 5 YEARS. THE BILL WOULD ALSO PROHIBIT TELEMARKETING COMPANIES FROM CALLING RESIDENTS ON LEGAL HOLIDAYS.