Thursday October 25 2012

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012

DEMENTIA PATIENT FOUND DEAD

70 YEAR OLD SALLY JEAN FULTZ WALKED AWAY FROM A CARE-DEPENDANT HOME IN BLAIRS MILLS, HUNTINGDON COUNTY, BETWEEN TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY MORNING…THEN SHE WAS FOUND DEAD IN A CREEK ABOUT 100 YARDS AWAY. STATE POLICE SAY FULTZ WAS BLIND AND SUFFERING FROM DEMENTIA. THE CARETAKER, 62 YEAR OLD CONNIE SOUDERS, IS NOW CHARGED WITH INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER AND NEGLECT OF A CARE-DEPENDENT PERSON. SOUDERS IS JAILED ON 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS BAIL AND A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SET FOR TUESDAY. 4 OTHER RESIDENTS ALSO LIVED AT THE SLEEPY HOLLOW PERSONAL CARE CENTER.

MENINGITIS OUTBREAK

LISTS RELEASED THIS WEEK BY THE U-S FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION SAY ALTOONA REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM…ALLEGHENY PAIN MANAGEMENT AND BLAIR ORTHOPEDICS IN ALTOONA…MOUNT NITTANY MEDICAL CENTER IN STATE COLLEGE…UPMC BEDFORD MEMORIAL…AND CONEMAUGH MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER IN JOHNSTOWN ALL RECEIVED MEDICATIONS THIS SUMMER FROM THE NEW ENGLAND COMPOUNDING CENTER, THE SITE OF THE TAINTED STEROIDS THAT LED TO THE FUNGAL MENINGITIS OUTBREAK AND THE DEATHS OF 24 PEOPLE. ONE ALLEGEHNY PAIN MANAGEMENT PATIENT HAS BEEN HOSPITALIZED WITH SYMPTOMS. THE OTHER FACILITIES TELL THE ALTOONA MIRROR THEY DID NOT BUY ANY OF THE SUSPECTED LOTS OF MEDICATIONS.

CHEERLEADER IMPROVING SLIGHTLY

A FAMILY SPOKESPERSON SAYS 19 YEAR OLD PENN STATE CHEERLEADER PAIGE RAQUE IS BECOMING MORE RESPONSIVE AT ALTOONA REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM. PAIGE SUFFERED A SERIOUS BRAIN INJURY WHEN SHE FELL 39 FEET FROM A DOWNTOWN STATE COLLEGE APARTMENT BUILDING WINDOW ON OCTOBER 14TH. RAQUE’S FELLOW CHEERLEADERS ARE RAISING MONEY FOR HER MEDICAL EXPENSES TODAY AND TOMORROW FROM 10 TO 3 AT THE HUB ROBESON CENTER. THEY WILL BE SELLING WRISTBANDS WITH THE MESSAGE #PRAYFORPAIGE.

GUILTY PLEA EXPECTED IN FRIEND’S DEATH

23 YEAR OLD KYLE REIGLE OF BURNHAM WAIVED HIS PRELIMINARY HEARING YESTERDAY IN CENTRE COUNTY COURT AND HE APPARENTLY PLANS TO PLEAD GUILTY TO A FELONY COUNT OF “ACCIDENTS INVOLVING DEATH OR PERSONAL INJURY WHILE NOT PROPERLY LICENSED” AS WELL AS 2 D-U-I COUNTS. REIGLE’S BLOOD ALCOHOL WAS POINT-13 PERCENT IN SEPTEMBER OF LAST YEAR WHEN HIS SPEEDING CAR CRASHED ON A BACK ROAD IN SEVEN MOUNTAINS, KILLING HIS FRIEND. POLICE SAY 24 YEAR OLD DANIEL CULVER OF BURNHAM WAS STANDING ON THE WINDOW OF THE CAR WHEN IT HIT A TREE. REIGLE’S LICENSE WAS SUSPENDED. HE’S FREE ON UNSECURED BAIL.

LIFE SENTENCE UNCONSTITUTIONAL?

FOLLOWING THE RECENT SUPREME COURT RULING, THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT BLAIR COUNTY PRESIDENT JUDGE JOLENE KOPRIVA HAS AGREED TO HEAR A REQUEST ASKING HER TO REJECT HEARINGS FOR 3 AREA KILLERS. CHRISTOPHER YON, MARIE SEILHAMER, AND KRISTEN EDMUNDSON CLAIM THEY WERE UNDER 25 WHEN THEY WERE SENTENCED AND THE LIFE-WITHOUT-PAROLE SENTENCE VIOLATES THEIR RIGHTS UNDER THE U-S CONSTITUTION.
SEILHAMER AND EDMUNDSON WERE CONVICTED IN THE STABBING DEATH OF SHARI JACKSON OF HOLLIDAYSBURG. YON KILLED 74 YEAR OLD ARLENE PIPER. A HEARING DATE HAS NOT BEEN SET.

DEVASTATING FIRE

A STATE POLICE FIRE MARSHAL IN INDIANA COUNTY IS STILL SEARCHING FOR THE CAUSE OF TUESDAY’S MASSIVE FIRE AT CREPS UNITED PUBLICATIONS IN WHITE TOWNSHIP. DAMAGE IS ESTIMATED AT MORE THAN 10-MILLION DOLLARS. ABOUT 50 EMPLOYEES GOT OUT SAFELY.

SNOW NEXT WEEK?

HURRICANE SANDY COULD BRING HIGH WINDS AND EVEN SNOW TO CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA NEXT MONDAY AND TUESDAY AND PENNDOT SAYS TRUCKS, SNOW PLOWS, AND SALT SUPPLIES ARE READY. MUCH OF LAST YEAR’S SALT WASN’T USED BECAUSE OF THE MILD WINTER AND CREWS HAVE BEEN DOING EQUIPMENT INSPECTIONS THIS WEEK.

PENN STATE CLASS GIFT

PENN STATE’S CLASS OF 2013 HAS DECIDED ON A CLASS GIFT. IT’S A NEW SCULPTURE FEATURING THE ICONIC “WE ARE” CHANT ALONG WITH WORDS FROM THE ALMA MATER, INSCRIBED IN FRED LEWIS PATTEE’S HANDWRITING. PATTEE, WHO WAS A PROFESSOR OF AMERICAN LITERATURE, WROTE THE WORDS TO THE ALMA MATER IN 1901. ALUMNI ED AND HELEN HINTZ HAVE PROMISED TO ENDOW A SCHOLARSHIP IF MEMBERS OF THE CLASS MAKE 33-HUNDRED PLEDGES BY APRIL 15TH. NO WORD EXACTLY WHERE ON CAMPUS THE SCULPTURE WILL END UP.

TUITION IS HIGH IN PENNSYLVANIA

PENNSYLVANIA'S HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM WAS DOWNGRADED BY MOODY'S INVESTORS SERVICE THIS WEEK…GOING FROM DOUBLE-A-2 TO DOUBLE-A-3 BECAUSE OF A DROP IN ENROLLMENT AND HIGH EMPLOYEE PENSIONS AND HEALTH CARE COSTS. THE RATING CHANGE WILL AFFECT THE STATE SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION'S BONDS -- ABOUT 1-POINT-5 BILLION DOLLARS. MEANWHILE, THE INSTITUTE FOR COLLEGE ACCESS AND SUCCESS RELEASED A REPORT THIS WEEK SAYING COLLEGE GRADS IN PENNSYLVANIA CARRY MORE STUDENT LOAN DEBT THAN THOSE OF ANY OTHER STATE. ..AND THE COLLEGE BOARD SAYS PENNSYLVANIA IS 4TH HIGHEST FOR TUITION COSTS.

HALLOWEEN

LITTLE GHOSTS AND GOBLINS WILL BE OUT AND ABOUT IN ALMOST ALL OF BLAIR COUNTY TONIGHT. TRICK OR TREATING IS FROM 6 TO 8PM EVERYWHERE EXCEPT WILLIAMSBURG. IN WILLIAMSBURG, KIDS WILL GO DOOR TO DOOR ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT FROM 6 TO 8. A PARADE IS ALSO SET FOR WEDNESDAY AT 5.

THE 44TH ANNUAL JOHNSTOWN HALLOWEEN PARADE IS TONIGHT AT 7 AND IT’S ONE OF THE LARGEST HALLOWEEN EVENTS IN SOUTHCENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA. LAST YEAR, MORE THAN 12-THOUSAND PEOPLE WERE DOWNTOWN AND THIS YEAR’S PARADE SHOULD HAVE WELL OVER 100 UNITS.