Wednesday, April 9 2014

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2014

ONE RUN FOR BOSTON

ONE RUN FOR BOSTON IS SCHEDULED TO BE CROSSING THE AREA TODAY, RAISING MONEY FOR VICTIMS OF LAST YEAR’S BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING. PENNSYLVANIA NATIVE GEORGE STEPHANS IS THE MAIN RUNN FOR THE ONLY ALL-BLAIR COUNTY LEG, WHICH GOES FROM DUNCANSVILLE TO CANOE CREEK THIS MORNING. RUNNERS STARTED IN SANTA MONICA CALIFORNIA ON MARCH 16TH AND THE RUN ENDS IN BOSTON SUNDAY. YOU CAN DONATE AT ONE-RUN-FOR-BOSTON-DOT-ORG. LAST YEAR’S EVENT INCLUDED OVER 2-THOUSAND RUNNERS AND RAISED 91-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

APARTMENT COMPLEX BURNS

5 FAMILIES ARE HOMELESS AFTER A FIRE ABOUT 11 LAST NIGHT AT AN APARTMENT BUILDING ON PENNDALE DRIVE IN GREENFIELD TOWNSHIP, BLAIR COUNTY. ONE FIREFIGHTER WAS INJURED AND TREATED AT THE SCENE, BUT NO OTHER INJURIES WERE REPORTED. NO WORD ON THE CAUSE OF THAT BLAZE.

COP SHOOTS MAN

AN OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOT AT A HOUSE ON 16TH STREET IN ALTOONA MONDAY NIGHT…AND STATE POLICE HAVE TAKEN OVER THE INVESTIGATION. TROOPERS SAY A MAN WAS USING A BUTCHER KNIFE TO CUT HIMSELF WHEN OFFICERS ARRIVED ON THE SCENE. HE THEN WALKED TOWARD THE COPS WITH THE KNIFE IN HIS HAND AND ONE OFFICER SHOT HIM. THE OTHERS WRESTLED HIM TO THE GROUND AND KNOCKED THE WEAPON AWAY. POLICE SAY THE MAN’S INJURIES DO NOT APPEAR TO BE LIFE-THREATENING AND HE’S BEING TREATED AT UPMC ALTOONA.

GUNMAN LEAVES HIS OWN TRIAL

HE WAS SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT HIMSELF, BUT AT THE CAMBRIA COUNTY COURTHOUSE YESTERDAY, KEVIN MCGEE OF JOHNSTOWN DECIDED TO LEAVE HIS ATTEMPTED HOMICIDE TRIAL. AND LET AN ATTORNEY FROM THE PUBLIC DEFENDERS OFFICE HANDLE THE CASE. MCGEE IS CHARGED WITH FIRING SHOTS INTO AN EMPTY RICHLAND TOWNSHIP POLICE CRUISER IN 2012. HE WAS SHOT IN THE STOMACH BY AN OFFICER WHEN HE REFUSED TO PUT DOWN HIS GUN. THE PROSECUTION IS EXPECTED TO REST ITS CASE TODAY.

BOYFRIEND GETS JAIL TIME

A BLAIR COUNTY JUDGE HAS SENTENCED 31 YEAR OLD DOUGLAS HINDAL OF ALTOONA TO 2-AND-A-HALF TO 5 YEARS IN A STATE PRISON. HE PLEADED NO CONTEST TO AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND TERRORISTIC THREATS FOR BRUTALLY BEATING HIS GIRLFRIEND LAST FALL…STABBING HER IN THE CHEST WITH A SCREWDRIVER…BURNING HER WITH CIGARETTES…AND DRAGGING HER ACROSS BROKEN GLASS.

FEWER HIGHWAY DEATHS

THE NUMBER OF DEATHS ON PENNSYLVANIA ROADWAYS IS FALLING. PENNDOT OFFICIALS SAID YESTERDAY THAT THE NUMBER OF DEATHS LAST YEAR WAS THE LOWEST SINCE THE STATE BEGAN KEEPING RECORDS IN 1928. UNBUCKLED FATALITIES, SPEEDING-RELATED CRASH DEATHS, FATALITIES INVOLVING DRUNK DRIVERS AND DEATHS ATTRIBUTED TO SINGLE-VEHICLE CRASHES ALL DECLINED. FATALITIES INVOLVING DISTRACTED DRIVERS THOUGH, HAVE INCREASED.

BLAIR COUNTY REASSESSMENT

THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT BLAIR COUNTY WILL PAY 3-POINT-34 MILLION DOLLARS FOR ITS FIRST REASSESSMENT SINCE 1958. COMMISSIONERS SAY OVER 65-THOUSAND PARCELS WILL BE SURVEYED AND ASSESSED BY EVALUATOR SERVICES AND TECHNOLOGY OF GREENSBURG. THE COMPANY WILL BE HIRING 40 TO 50 FIELD DATA COLLECTORS AT 10-DOLLARS AN HOUR AND THEY COULD STAY ON THE JOBS FOR UP TO 2-AND-A-HALF YEARS. IF YOU’RE INTERESTED, CONTACT BLAIR COUNTY CAREERLINK. THE REASSESSMENT IS SCHEDULED TO GO INTO EFFECT IN 2017.

FIRST ENERGY’S EXTRA FEE

FIRST ENERGY LAST WEEK ANNOUNCED THAT FIXED RATE CUSTOMERS WILL HAVE TO PAY A 5- TO 15-DOLLAR EXTRA FEE DUE TO HIGH HEATING COSTS DURING BRUTALLY-COLD JANUARY…AND NOW THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THE UTILITY WORKERS UNION OF AMERICAN HAS PETITIONED THE PENNSYLVANIA PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION TO REJECT FIRST ENERGY’S PLAN. UNION OFFICIALS SAY “FIXED” SHOULD MEAN “FIXED” AND THE CONTRACT LANGUAGE DOESN’T ALLOW THE COMPANY TO CHARGE MORE.

GAS PRICES

TRIPLE A FUEL GAUGE SAYS WESTERN PA GAS PRICES ROSE ANOTHER FRACTION OF A PENNY, REMAINING AT $3.65 A GALLON FOR A 4TH STRAIGHT WEEK. TODAY’S NATIONAL AVERAGE IS $3.56…3 CENTS MORE THAN ONE WEEK AGO AND 10 CENTS MORE THAN ONE MONTH AGO.