Thursday October 24 2013

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2013

ALL CLEAR AT THE COURTHOUSE

DRAMA LAST NIGHT AT THE BLAIR COUNTY COURTHOUSE IN HOLLIDAYSBURG. POLICE CHIEF JEFFREY KETNER SAYS WTAJ TV RECEIVED 2 BOMB THREATS DIRECTED AT THE COURTHOUSE VIA E-MAIL AND AUTHORITIES EVACUATED A 2 BLOCK AREA, SENDING RESIDENTS TO A SHELTER AT PHOENIX FIRE COMPANY. A BOMB-SNIFFING DOG HIT ON A BOX IN THE BASEMENT AND A ROBOTICS UNIT FROM PENN STATE’S BOMB SQUAD WAS CALLED IN. THE BOX TURNED OUT TO BE NOTHING. THE ORIGINAL THREAT SAID THERE WAS AN EXPLOSIVE DEVICE SET TO DETONATE IF AN UNSPECIFIED TRIAL BEGAN. THE COURTHOUSE SHOULD BE OPERATING NORMALLY TODAY.

MURDER FOR HIRE CASE

ALTOONA ATTORNEY TOM DICKEY SAYS AUTHORITIES DON’T HAVE ANY EVIDENCE AGAINST 26 YEAR OLD SHANE KRESTAR OF FALLENTIMBER AND HE SHOULD NOT BE SITTING IN THE CAMBRIA COUNTY JAIL. KRESTAR…WHO OWNS KEY LIFE HUMAN SERVICES IN COALPORT…IS ACCUSED OF TRYING TO HIRE HIS UNCLE TO KILL ONE OF HIS EMPLOYEES. POLICE SAY THE OPENLY GAY WOMAN WANTED A RAISE AND PROMOTION AND THREATENED TO—QUOTE—“PLAY THE GAY CARD” IF SHE WAS REFUSED. KRESTAR ALLEGEDLY SPOKE TO HIS UNCLE 4 TIMES. DICKEY PLANS TO FILE A MOTION TO GET HIM OUT OF JAIL THIS MORNING.

2 ORDERED TO TRIAL

FOLLOWING A PRELIMINARY HEARING WEDNESDAY, A PENN STATE HARRISBURG STUDENT HAS BEEN ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL FOR GRABBING AND VIOLENTLY ASSAULTING 2 WOMEN OCTOBER 13TH IN STATE COLLEGE. 19 YEAR OLD CLAUDIUS TAYLOR ALLEGEDLY STOLE ONE VICTIM’S CELLPHONE AND REPEATEDLY PUNCHED THE OTHER WOMAN IN THE HEAD BEFORE KNOCKING HER TO THE GROUND AND PINNING HER THERE. OFFICERS HEARD HER CRIES FOR HELP AND ARRESTED TAYLOR AFTER A BRIEF FOOT CHASE. HE REMAINS IN THE CENTRE COUNTY PRISON.

IN CENTRE COUNTY COURT YESTERDAY, 19-YEAR-OLD BRANDON BEDNASH OF SCRANTON WAIVED HIS PRELIMINARY HEARING. HE’S CHARGED WITH INJURING A STATE COLLEGE POLICE OFFICER WHILE RESISTING ARREST DURING HOMECOMING WEEKEND. POLICE SAY THE FEMALE OFFICER TRIED TO STOP BEDNASH FOR PUBLIC URINATION, BUT HE KNOCKED HER TO THE GROUND AND DRAGGED HER INTO THE STREET WHILE TRYING TO ESCAPE. BEDNASH REMAINS FREE ON UNSECURED BAIL.

CRASH VICTIM DIED OF NATURAL CAUSES

THE SOMERSET COUNTY CORONER SAYS 67 YEAR OLD JAMES KIMMEL OF JENNER TOWNSHIP APPARENTLY SUFFERED A FATAL HEART ATTACK TUESDAY. EMERGENCY CREWS PULLED HIS BODY FROM HIS BURNING PICKUP AFTER IT CRASHED INTO A CREEK NEAR KEYSERTOWN ROAD.

CABIN DESTROYED

A PERMANENT CABIN AT GRAM AND PAP’S FORT BELLEFONTE CAMPGROUND WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE LAST NIGHT. HOWARD FIRE CHIEF COLLIN ALTERIO SAYS A WOMAN AND HER 2 DOGS ESCAPED UNHURT. A NEARBY MOTORHOME ALSO HAD SOME HEAT DAMAGE. NO WORD YET ON THE CAUSE.

TRANSPORTATION FUNDING?

GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT SAYS IT’S MORE ABOUT PUBLIC SAFETY THAN PERSONAL CONVENIENCE…AND HE’S CALLING ON LAWMAKERS TO PASS A TRANSPORTATION FUNDING PLAN. CORBETT SAYS THE STATE’S MONEY FOR ROAD AND BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION IS SHRINKING AND WORKERS COULD LOSE THEIR JOBS IF A NEW BILL ISN’T APPROVED. HE’S HOPING FOR A YEARLY INCREASE OF MORE THAN 2 BILLION DOLLARS. SOME LAWMAKERS ARE CAUTIOUS BECAUSE CORBETT’S PLAN CALLS FOR RAISING FUEL TAX RATES WHICH WOULD ULTIMATELY MEAN HIGHER GAS PRICES IN PENNSYLVANIA.

PARADE TONIGHT

PENN STATE ALTOONA’S HOMECOMING PARADE IS TONIGHT STARTING AT 6 IN DOWNTOWN ALTOONA. THE ROUTE WILL BEGIN AT THE CORNER OF 11TH AVENUE AND 12TH STREET…CONTINUE THROUGH HERITAGE PLAZA… AND CONCLUDE AT THE INTERSECTION OF 16TH STREET. MORE THAN 30 UNITS ARE PARTICIPATING, INCLUDING STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS, COMMUNITY AGENCIES, LOCAL POLITICIANS, AND THE SHRINERS.