Wednesday May 2 2012

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2012

SHOULD SANDUSKY SUBPOENAS BE QUASHED?

A DAY AFTER KEYSTONE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT ASKED JUDGE JOHN CLELAND TO DENY A SUBPOENA IT RECEIVED FOR SCHOOL RECORDS PERTAINING TO ONE OF JERRY SANDUSKY’S ALLEGED VICTIMS, THE SECOND MILE AND THE MIFFLIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT ARE DOING THE SAME. THE DEFENSE HAS SUBPOENAED THE CHARITY FOR SEVERAL PIECES OF INFORMATION ABOUT SANDUSKY AND THE ALLEGED VICTIMS. THE MIFFLIN COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS BEEN ASKED TO TURN OVER INFORMATION ABOUT SO-CALLED VICTIM 9 WHO WAS PREVIOUSLY A STUDENT THERE. THE SCHOOLS SAY STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS PROTECT THEM FROM DIVULGING INFORMATION ABOUT STUDENT I-Q’S, GRADES, PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING, ABSENTEE, AND DISCIPLINE RECORDS.

MISSING MAN—DEAD

A MISSING CLEARFIELD COUNTY MAN HAS BEEN FOUND DEAD NEAR HOUTZDALE. STATE POLICE SAY CREWS SEARCHED FOR 57 YEAR OLD RICK BERNDT OF JANESVILLE FOR ABOUT 24 HOURS BEFORE THEY FOUND HIS TRUCK OFF STATE ROUTE 153. BERNDT…WHO PREVIOUSLY HAD A STROKE AND HAD STENTS IN HIS HEART…SUFFERED A FATAL HEART ATTACK. HIS WIFE CALLED AUTHORITIES WHEN HE DIDN’T RETURN HOME FROM WORK MONDAY AFTERNOON.

WOMAN DIES AFTER CRASH

A CAMBRIA COUNTY WOMAN HAS DIED FOLLOWING A WRECK MONDAY AFTERNOON IN CONEMAUGH TOWNSHIP. POLICE SAY 81-YEAR-OLD VELDA MASTOVICH OF EAST TAYLOR TOWNSHIP RAN OFF FULMER ROAD AND CRASHED INTO A TREE. SHE WAS NOT WEARING A SEATBELT.

NEIGHBOR RESCUES WOMAN FROM BURNING APARTMENT

68 YEAR OLD LANA TYLER OF COALPORT, CLEARFIELD COUNTY, WAS LIFE-FLIGHTED TO A PITTSBURGH BURN CENTER EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING AFTER FIRE BROKE OUT AT HER APARTMENT AT 959 MAIN STREET. ANOTHER TENANT RESCUED TYLER BEFORE EMERGENCY CREWS ARRIVED. DAMAGE IS ESTIMATED AT 35-THOUSAND DOLLARS AND A STATE POLICE FIRE MARSHAL IS INVESTIGATING. THE BUILDING ALSO HOUSES 3 OTHER APARTMENTS AND ONE BUSINESS, COALPORT CHIROPRACTIC.

3RD MURDER TRIAL

IN CLEARFIELD COUNTY COURT THIS WEEK, EDWARD HUMMEL OF WALLACETON IS ON TRIAL FOR THE 3RD TIME FOR THE NOVEMBER 1991 SHOOTING DEATH OF HIS WIFE, DEBRA, AFTER HE FOUND OUT SHE WAS CHEATING ON HIM. HUMMEL, WHO IS A PARAPLEGIC AFTER SHOOTING HIMSELF IN THE HEAD, WAS CONVICTED IN 1992, BUT HE WAS GRANTED A RE-TRIAL BECAUSE HIS COMPETENCE TO STAND TRIAL WAS NOT TESTED. THE SECOND TRIAL IN 2007 ENDED IN A MISTRIAL. YESTERDAY, ONE OF HUMMEL’S DAUGHTERS TESTIFIED THAT ED TOLD HER HE HAD KILLED HER MOTHER.

CHARGES DROPPED IN STABBING

31 YEAR OLD JASON TABIB JUNIOR OF ALTOONA WAS FACING YEARS IN PRISON FOR ALLEGEDLY STABBING 44 YEAR OLD JUAN RIVERA 8 TIMES BACK IN JANUARY…BUT PROSECUTORS DROPPED THE MOST SERIOUS CHARGES AGAINST HIM YESTERDAY AND TABIB WAS RELEASED FROM THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON. TABIB PLEADED GUILTY TO SIMPLE ASSAULT AND MUTUAL COMBAT. RIVERA IS NOW FACING ATTEMPTED HOMICIDE AND OTHER CHARGES FOR ALLEGEDLY STABBING ANOTHER MAN LAST MONTH.

PUPPY FOUND IN DUMPSTER

A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED TODAY FOR 20 YEAR OLD CAROL ANN ZUMSTEIN OF ALTOONA WHO IS CHARGED WITH RESISTING ARREST, HARASSMENT, OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, AND CHILD ENDANGERMENT. HUMANE SOCIETY OFFICERS SAY SHE TOOK SWINGS AT THEM LAST WEEK WITH HER 1 AND 2 YEAR OLD CHILDREN IN THE ROOM. OFFICERS WERE INVESTIGATING CLAIMS THAT ONE OF ZUMSTEIN’S 2-WEEK-OLD PUPPIES WAS FOUND WRAPPED IN A GARBAGE BAG BUT ALIVE IN A DUMPSTER. ZUMSTEIN HAS NOT BEEN CHARGED WITH ANIMAL ABUSE AND CLAIMS SHE DID NOT TOSS THE ANIMAL. 3 OTHER PUPPIES FROM THE LITTER AND THE MOTHER DIED DURING BIRTH.

DRUG DEALERS BUSTED

THE BEDFORD COUNTY DRUG TASK FORCE HAS FILED CHARGES AGAINST 24 YEAR OLD JASON FISCHER AND 34 YEAR OLD JENNIFER SHAW OF WARFORDSBURG.
THEY ARE ACCUSED OF SELLING HEROIN TO AN UNDERCOVER INFORMANT BACK IN FEBRUARY AND DISTRICT ATTORNEY WILLIAM HIGGINS SAYS MORE ARRESTS ARE EXPECTED. FISCHER AND SHAW ARE JAILED WITH PRELIMINARY HEARINGS SCHEDULED NEXT WEDNESDAY.

25 YEAR OLD MICHAEL TURKOVICH OF STATE COLLEGE IS DUE AT A PRELIMINARY HEARING TODAY ON FELONY DRUG CHARGES. POLICE SAY HE RECEIVED 22 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA THROUGH THE MAIL AT A DOWNTOWN STATE COLLEGE BUSINESS. COPS FOUND AN ADDITIONAL 25 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA AT TURKOVICH’S RESIDENCE AND MONEY AND A FIREARM IN HIS VEHICLE. TURKOVICH IS FREE ON 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS BAIL.

VOTER ID LAW CHALLENGED

THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION IS SUING PENNSYLVANIA OVER THE NEW VOTER ID LAW, SAYING IT WILL ILLEGALLY DISENFRANCHISE VOTERS AND CREATE AN UN-DUE BURDEN ON THE 80- TO 90-THOUSAND VOTERS WHO DO NOT HAVE AN ID CARD, MANY OF WHOM ARE ELDERLY OR POOR. THE SUIT ALSO INCLUDES 10 REGISTERED VOTERS, SOME WHO SAY THEY ARE UNABLE TO GET THE KIND OF ID NOW REQUIRED AND ONE WOMAN WHO SAID SHE HAD TO PAY FOR ONE DESPITE THE LAW'S PROMISE OF A FREE PHOTO ID. THE LAW IS SCHEDULED TO OFFICIALLY GO INTO EFFECT FOR THE NOVEMBER ELECTION.

NEW RULES FOR FOOD STAMP APPLICANTS

THE STATE BEGAN ITS NEW ASSET TESTING FOR PEOPLE ON THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM YESTERDAY, BUT NOT WITHOUT CRITICISM. STATE DEMOCRATIC SENATOR SHIRLEY KITCHEN, ALONG WITH SOME OF HER COLLEAGUES ARE CALLING THE CHANGE “A DISGRACE.” PEOPLE WILL NOW HAVE TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ON CERTAIN ASSETS THEY HOLD WHEN APPLYING OR RE-APPLYING FOR FOOD STAMPS.