wednesDAY, june 4, 2014
A FAMILY MEMBER TELLS THE TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT THAT CARESSA KOVALCIK’S BABY DAUGHTER REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL IN PITTSBURGH. She WAS delivered by C-SECTION Saturday after her 9 MONTHS PREGNANT mother was fatally shot. Police have charged Kovalcik’s boyfriend, 25 YEAR OLD Denver Blough, with homicide. THE COUPLE ALSO HAD AN 11 MONTH OLD SON.
FLAG DESECRATION OR FREE SPEECH?
JOSHUA BRUBAKER OF ALLEGHENY TOWNSHIP APPEARED BEFORE A DISTRICT JUDGE IN BLAIR COUNTY YESTERDAY AND WAS ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL ON CHARGES INCLUDING flag desecration.
Brubaker hung an American flag upside down outside his home AND spray painted the letters A-I-M on It IN SUPPORT OF THE American Indian Movement. A woman in the neighborhood complained AND Police CONFISCATED the Flag. BRUBAKER SAYS THIS IS PART OF HIS RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH AND HIS LAWYERS WILL TRY TO HAVE THE CASE DISMISSED.
ACCUSED CEMETERY VANDAL FACES NEW CHARGES
STATE COLLEGE Police SAY 24 year-old Timothy Penrod WAS already JAILED for allegedly vandalizing the Pine Hall Cemetery in Ferguson Township last week. Now, he has reportedly confessed to setting 2 fires last month…one at a shed behind a home on Windsor Court…and another on the front porch of a home on Bayberry Drive in the Orchard Park area. damage was estimated at thousands of dollars. penrod lives at Strawberry Fields, a residential facility for adults with mental illness and intellectual disabilities. Police have not been able to link Penrod to the vandalism at boalsburg Cemetery a few weeks ago.
ANOTHER CEMETERY TARGETED
POLICE IN CAMBRIA COUNTY SAY ST. JOSEPH’S cemetery IN BEAVERDALE AND SOUTH FORK CEMETERY WERE vandalized Over THE Memorial Day holiday. NEARLY 200 Brass flag holders ON veterans’S GRAVESITES were ripped out and STOLEN. Some dated back to WORLD WAR ONE AND WORLD WAR 2. OFFICIALS BELIEVE They were TAKEN SO THE THIEVES COULD sell the brass. AREA scrap yards ARE WARNED to be on high alert.
Serial BURGLAR SENTENCED
39 YEAR OLD RYAN REICHLIN OF STATE COLLEGE WAS IN COURT THIS WEEK, PLEADING GUILTY TO A STRING OF 26 BURGLARIES IN THE AREA BETWEEN MARCH OF 2012 AND JANUARY OF THIS YEAR. REICHLIN WAS SENTENCED to 8 TO 20 years behind bars FOR breakING into apartment complexes and STEALING money, ELECTRONICS, AND OTHER ITEMS. HE ALSO STOLE A GUN AND AMMUNITION FROM A FRIEND’S VEHICLE. Reichlin TOLD POLICE he was addicted to heroin.
MOTORCYCLE VERSUS SUV
A MOTORCYLIST was seriously injured and flown TO THE HOSPITAL AFTER a CRASH Tuesday afternoon on Nittany Valley Drive near Snydertown Road in Walker Township, CENTRE COUNTY. Scanner reports indicate the RIDER WAS THROWN from the BIKE and went through the wiNdshield of AN SUV. NO OTHER DETAILS HAVE BEEN RELEASED.
2 bills that would eliminate some state government offices passed the Senate State Government Committee yesterday. THEY would shrink the House from 203 to 153 seats and the Senate from 50 to 45 seats. The bills would also eliminate the lieutenant governor position and would have the Senate president pro tempore succeed the governor if necessary. If the measures make it through the legislature, they will be brought to voters in a statewide referendum in 2015.
A BREAK AT THE GAS PUMP?
Triple A FUEL GAUGE SAYS Western Pa gas prices remained about the same, averaging $3.82 a gallon this week. IN THE ALTONA AREA, DRIVERS ARE PAYING $3.79. On the National Front, Entering the summer months, TRIPLE A expects drivers will experience little relief and prices are likely to remain near a range of $3.55 TO $3.70 per gallon. CURRENTLY, the national average for regular unleaded is $3.66 per gallon. This is about 4 cents more than on the same date last year.
Tyrone Hospital IS CHANGING ITS NAME TO Tyrone Regional Health Network and OFFICIALS YESTERday unveiled plans for a 20-MILLION DOLLAR, 38-THOUSAND square foot expansion. It WIll include doubling the SIZE OF THE emergency department, new radiology equipment and services, larger patient rooms, and increased orthopedic care. The new wing WILL be built to the right of the current facility WITH Groundbreaking thIS fall.
Penn State has received a 2 million DOLLAR donation.
Alumnus and longtime donor John Leone committed 1-POINT-5 million TO THE football program AND The strength and conditioning facility in the Lasch Football Building will be renamed the John and Willie Leone Family Strength and Conditioning Center. ANOTHER 500-THOUSAND DOLLARS will add to the endowment for the Willie Leone Endowed Scholarship Fund in Music Theater. Leone, who graduted from Penn State in 1956, is president and CEO of Bonney Forge IN MOUNT UNION.