Wednesday June 26 2013

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wednESDAY, JUNE 26, 2013

stormy weather

severe thunderstorms ROLLED THROUGH blair, CENTRE, CAMBRIA, SOMERSET AND OTHER COUNTIES LAST NIGHT CAUSING SOME power outages AS WELL AS DOWNED TREES. MORE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE LIKELY THROUGHOUT THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

senior citizens escape fire

MORE THAN 20 FIRE COMPANIES WERE CALLED OUT SHORTLY AFTER 7 LAST NIGHT WHEN FIRE DESTROYED COLONIAL COURTYARD SENIOR LIVING CENTER IN Clearfield. A CAUSE HAS NOT YET BEEN DETERMINED, BUT THE BLAZE MAY HAVE BEEN SPARKED BY LIGHTNING. SOME STUDENTS FROM the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Were taking a class next door and they helped ABOUT 40 RESIDENTS GET TO SAFETY.NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.

victims identified

CLEARFIELD COUNTY AUTHORITIES HAVE RELEASED THE NAMES OF THE 2 people WHO dIed IN A COLLISION Monday afternoon ALONG ROUTE 322 NEAR ROCKTON.35-year old Jeffrey Hoffman and 62-year old Joyce Morse WERE both KILLED AND 2 CHILDREN IN MORSE’S CAR WERE TAKEN TO A PITTSBURGH HOSPITAL. one has since been released.WITNESSES TOLD POLICE HOFFMAN WAS TRYING TO PASS A LINE OF VEHICLES.

2 charged with murder

The body of 46-year-old James Alexander OF ERNEST, INDIANA COUNTY, was found near a walking trail in Clymer Monday NIGHT AND State police have charged 22 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER SALSGIVER AND 33 YEAR OLD GREGORY PATTERSON, BOTH OF GLEN CAMPBELL, WITH murder. The coroner’s office saYS Alexander was atTENDING a friend’s party AND DECIDED TO GO for a walk. A Short WHILE LATER, friends hearD GUNshots AND FOUND HIS body. POLICE DO NOT BELIEVE THIS WAS A RANDOM CRIME.

staton’s attack called cowardly

handcuffed death-row inmate Andre Staton CLOBBERED HIS COURT-APPOINTED attorney Tim Burns DURING A HEARING AT THE BLAIR COUNTY COURTHOUSE IN May…LEAVING BURNS WITH A CONCUSSION AND OTHER INJURIES. AT another HEARING YESTERDAY, A DISTRICT JUDGE ORDERED STATON HELD FOR TRIAL. Blair County District Attorney Rich Consiglio witnessed the incident AND SAID BURNS WAS SUCKER PUNCHED IN A COWARDLY ATTACK. Staton WAS SENTENCED TO DIE FOR THE 2004 STABBING DEATH OF HIS EX-GIRLFRIEND, Beverly Yohn, IN Altoona.

fire chief makes restitution

former ROARING SPRING FIRE CHIEF GARY DENNIS yesterday pleaded guilty TO EMBEZZLING MORE THAN 17-THOUSAND DOLLARS OVER A 3 YEAR PERIOD. he handed over a cashier’s check to make restitution and the JUDGE sentenced him to 10 years probation. DENNIS ALLEGEDLY USED SOME OF THE MONEY TO PAY HIS COUNTY TAXES…AND USED A FIRE COMPANY CREDIT CARD DURING A TRIP TO A NASCAR RACE IN LEXINGTON KENTUCKY.

gas prices

AFTER BEING FAIRLY STABLE OVER THE PAST 2 MONTHS, Western Pa gas prices are up 2 cents this week to AVERAGE $3.53. On the National Front, REFINERY ISSUES THAT HAD BEEN AFFECTING THE MID-WEST HAVE BEEN RESOLVED AND prices ARE AVERAGING $3.55.The national average has now declined for 13 straight days.

state college is one smart town

State College is NUMBER 2 ON A LIST OF THE COUNTRY’S SMARTEST CITIES. THE study WAS CONDUCTED BY SAN FRANCISCO-BASED LUMOSITY, a company that creates brain-training exercises. RESEARCHERS used data from more than 3-POINT-3 million people aged 15 to 85 who took one of the 5 exercises the company created. The top spot is Ithaca NEW YORK, which is home to Cornell University and Ithaca College. ALSO IN THE top 10 were Big Ten cities such as Lafayette and West Lafayette IndIANA…Iowa City…Ann Arbor, MICHIGAN…Bloomington, IndIANA…and Madison, WisCONSIN. Altoona was NUMBER 75 on the list.