Wednesday February 22 2012

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2012

PEDESTRIAN INJURED

ALTOONA POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A CAR-PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT THAT HAPPENED ABOUT 10:30 LAST EVENING AT THE INTERSECTION OF 7TH AVENUE AND 29TH STREET. THE 34 YEAR OLD VICTIM WAS TAKEN TO ALTOONA REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM FOR TREATMENT OF HIS INJURIES.

ALTOONA RESTAURANT FIRE

CUSTOMERS AND STAFF WERE EVACUATED FROM THE ALTOONA DENNY’S RESTAURANT ABOUT 1:30 THIS MORNING WHEN A SMALL FIRE BROKE OUT.
EMPLOYEES SAY IT WAS CAUSED BY A GAS LEAK IN THE KITCHEN.

HORNER WANTS TO REPRESENT HIMSELF

IRAQ WAR VETERAN NICHOLAS HORNER OF ALTOONA IS SCHEDULED TO STAND TRIAL NEXT MONTH FOR THE 2009 MURDERS OF 2 PEOPLE…AND BLAIR COUNTY PRESIDENT JUDGE JOLENE KOPRIVA SAYS HORNER NOW WANTS TO REPRESENT HIMSELF DURING THE DEATH PENALTY PHASE OF HIS TRIAL IF HE IS CONVICTED. A HEARING IS SCHEDULED NEXT WEDNESDAY. ALTOONA LAWYER TOM DICKEY WILL HANDLE HORNER’S DEFENSE DURING THE ACTUAL TRIAL. JURY SELECTION IS SLATED TO START MARCH 12TH.

SON GETS MAXIMUM SENTENCE

24 YEAR OLD ANDREW CHOROS OF CRESSON SAID “NO COMMENT” YESTERDAY WHEN A CAMBRIA COUNTY JUDGE ASKED HIM WHY HE SHOT HIS MOTHER, SHARON, TO DEATH IN OCTOBER OF 2010. THE JUDGE SENTENCED CHOROS TO THE MAXIMUM OF 20 TO 40 YEARS IN A STATE PRISON. HE HAD PREVIOUSLY PLEADED GUILTY TO 3RD DEGREE MURDER.

KILLER’S APPEAL DENIED

THE STATE SUPREME COURT HAS REJECTED AN APPEAL FROM DEATH ROW INMATE ANDRE STATON. HE WAS SENTENCED TO DIE FOR THE 2004 STABBING DEATH OF HIS FORMER GIRLFRIEND, BEVERLY YOHN, IN ALTOONA. STATON CLAIMED THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO USE THE FACT THAT STATON HAD BEEN UNDER A PROTECTION-FROM-ABUSE ORDER AS AN AGGRAVATING CIRCUMSTANCE. STATON COULD NOW APPEAL TO THE U-S SUPREME COURT.

ST. COLLEGE ROBBERY

STATE COLLEGE POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR THE MAN WHO ROBBED THE NANO MART ON LOCUST LANE DOWNTOWN ABOUT 7PM. THE CLERK BELIEVES THE SUSPECT MAY HAVE HAD A WEAPON BECAUSE HE KEPT HIS HAND IN HIS POCKET. THE THIEF GOT AWAY WITH SOME MONEY. HE’S A COLLEGE AGE MAN, AROUND 5-FOOT-7 WITH A HEAVY BUILD. HE WAS WEARING A BROWN WINTER HAT, RED COAT AND GRAY SWEATPANTS.

ALTOONA DISTRESSED?

DUE TO ON-GOING MONEY PROBLEMS, CITY COUNCIL IS SCHEDULED TO VOTE TONIGHT ON WHETHER TO PURSUE THE POSSIBILITY OF DECLARING ALTOONA AS A DISTRESSED MUNICIPALITY. OVER THE PAST 3 YEARS, COUNCIL HAS BALANCED THE BUDGET WITH A DEFICIT, USING AN UN-RESERVED FUND, BUT IT WILL RUN OUT THIS YEAR. ALTHOUGH AN ACT 47 DECLARATION COULD LEAD TO A PROPERTY OR EARNED INCOME TAX HIKE, CITY COUNCILMAN BRUCE KELLEY SAYS IT COULD PREVENT CUTBACKS FOR PUBLIC SERVICE DEPARTMENTS.

LANDLORD: RICK SANTORUM

IT TURNS OUT THAT REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT CANDIDATE RICK SANTORUM OWNS 5 CONDOMINIUMS IN STATE COLLEGE. ACCORDING TO HIS RECENT FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE FORM, THEY EACH NET HIM BETWEEN 15 AND 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR AND EACH PROPERTY IS WORTH BETWEEN 100 AND 250-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

GAS COSTS UP…ELECTRICITY COSTS DOWN

TRIPLE A FUEL GAUGE SAYS THE CURRENT AVERAGE PRICE FOR A GALLON OF REGULAR, UNLEADED GAS  IN WESTERN PA IS $3.63, UP 7 CENTS A GALLON FROM A WEEK AGO. ALTOONA-AREA DRIVERS ARE PAYING $3.69. TODAY’S NATIONAL AVERAGE PRICE IS JUST $3.57.

PENELEC SAYS CUSTOMERS WILL SEE THEIR BILLS DECREASE BY 2-PERCENT STARTING MARCH 1ST. THE AVERAGE RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMER WILL SAVE ALMOST 2 DOLLARS A MONTH THROUGH MAY 31ST.