Wednesday November 6 2013

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2013

ELECTION RESULTS IN YESTERDAY’S MUNICIPAL ELECTION, BLAIR COUNTY JUDGE ELIZABETH DOYLE EARNED HER 2ND TERM IN OFFICE. CAMBRIA COUNTY VOTERS DECIDED TO RETAIN PRESIDENT JUDGE TIM CREANY AND JUDGE NORM KRUMENACKER. STEVEN LACHMAN DEFEATED SUSAN BARDO TO BECOME STATE COLLEGE MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGE. VOTERS ELECTED REPUBLICAN MATTHEW PACIFICO AS THE NEW MAYOR OF ALTOONA. HE RECEIVED 59 PERCENT OF THE VOTE COMPARED TO 41 FOR JOHN PENTLAND. DEMOCRAT ELIZABETH GOREHAM WON RE-ELECTION AS STATE COLLEGE MAYOR. BELLWOOD’S MAYOR WILL BE BRIAN THOMAS. VOTERS KEPT WILLIAM FINK AS THE MAYOR OF TYRONE. WESLEY THURSTON WILL BE THE NEW CLEARFIELD COUNTY SHERIFF. ALTOONA CITY COUNCIL WILL NOW INCLUDE DAVID BUTTERBAUGH, MICHAEL HAIRE, AND MATT CACCIOTTI. THE NEW MEMBERS OF JOHNSTOWN CITY COUNCIL ARE ALL DEMOCRATS… PETE VIZZA, MARIE MOCK, DAVID VITOVICH AND NUNZIO JOHNCOLA. FRANK JANAKOVIC WILL BECOME JOHNSTOWN MAYOR. ELECTED TO THE ALTOONA SCHOOL BOARD WERE DICK LOCKARD, JUDY BERRYMAN, JOHN DONLEY, AND JOHN KLINGEMAN. STATEWIDE, VIC STABILE DEFEATED JACK MCVAY JUNIOR FOR A SEAT ON THE STATE SUPERIOR COURT. 4 STATE APPELLATE JUDGES RAN UNOPPOSED FOR RETENTION. IN BLAIR COUNTY, ELECTION WORKERS SAY TURNOUT WAS AT 18-POINT-4 PERCENT.UNOFFICIAL RESULTS SAY VOTER TURNOUT IN CENTRE COUNTY WAS 17-POINT-9 PERCENT.

ACCUSED KILLER DUE IN COURT

PRELIMINARY HEARINGS ARE SCHEDULED TODAY FOR 2 MEN ARRESTED FOLLOWING LAST THURSDAY’S LATE NIGHT SHOOTING AT CHOICE’S BOTTLE CLUB ON EAST 6TH AVENUE IN ALTOONA. 20 YEAR OLD NEW YORK CITY NATIVE HUGO BAEZ IS ACCUSED OF FIRING 5 SHOTS AT 20 YEAR OLD WILLIE SOLOMON AFTER SOLOMON’S BROTHER EXCHANGED ANGRY WORDS WITH BAEZ. SOLOMON, WHO IS ORIGINALLY FROM NEW JERSEY, DIED AT THE SCENE. ALTOONA POLICE TRACKED DOWN BAEZ HOURS LATER IN ALEXANDRIA, HUNTINGDON COUNTY. HE WAS WITH 24 YEAR OLD BRANDON MIDDER, A FORMER CHOICES BOUNCER. MIDDER, WHO PULLED A WEAPON AT THE CLUB, FACES CHARGES OF ILLEGALLY POSSESSING A GUN. BOTH MEN ARE IN THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON.

NO DEATH PENALTY

CAMBRIA COUNTY ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY TAMARA BERNSTEIN TELLS THE TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT THAT LEMMEL MYERS WILL NOT FACE THE DEATH PENALTY FOR THE SHOOTING DEATH OF LESLIE SCHETROMPF BACK IN JULY. POLICE SAY SCHETROMPF OWNED MYERS 20-DOLLARS, BUT THERE WERE NO AGGRAVATING CIRCUMSTANCES. IF THE CASE GOES TO TRIAL, THE DEFENSE MAY TRY TO PROVE THAT SCHETROMPF…WHO HAD COCAINE IN HIS SYSTEM…THREATENED MYERS WITH A MACHETE SO HE WAS ACTING IN SELF-DEFENSE.

UP TO 13 YEARS BEHIND BARS

A CAMBRIA COUNTY JUDGE YESTERDAY SENTENCED 20 YEAR OLD KEENAN SNYDER OF JOHNSTOWN TO 6-AND-A-HALF TO 13 YEARS IN A STATE PRISON IN CONNECTION WITH THE 2011 DEATH OF 64 YEAR OLD ROBERT KUHARCIK. LAST MONTH, SNYDER PLEADED GUILTY TO INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER, ROBBERY AND OTHER OFFENSES. AUTHORITIES SAY HE KNEW KUHARCIK HAD A HEART CONDITION AND WAS SUFFERING FROM CANCER AND HE WENT TO THE HOME TO GET MONEY AND DRUGS. SNYDER ATTACKED KUHARCIK WHO HAD A STRESS-INDUCED HEART ATTACK.

300 BAGS OF HEROIN

JOHNSTOWN POLICE RESPONDED TO A DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE ON CORINTH STREET LAST NIGHT AND FOUND DRUGS AND MONEY IN THE HOUSE. COPS SEIZED ABOUT 300 STAMPED BAGS OF HEROIN AND 14-HUNDRED DOLLARS IN CASH. NO NAMES HAVE BEEN RELEASED.

PENN STATE PRESIDENT SEARCH HITS ROADBLOCK

THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES REPORTS THAT PENN STATE’S CHOICE FOR ITS NEXT PRESIDENT WAS TAKEN OUT OF CONTENTION AFTER THE SEARCH PROCESS REVEALED HE WAS ALLEGEDLY PADDING HIS PAY AT HIS STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK JOB WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION. DAVID SMITH, THE PRESIDENT OF SUNY’S UPSTATE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY, WAS PLACED ON PAID LEAVE TUESDAY. PENN STATE PLANNED TO ANNOUNCE THE SUCCESSOR TO PRESIDENT RODNEY ERICKSON LAST FRIDAY, BUT THEN THE SPECIAL MEETING WAS CANCELLED.

ALTOONA DELAYS

THE ALTOONA WATER AUTHORITY IS MAKING REPAIRS TODAY NEAR THE CHESTNUT AVENUE ON-RAMP TO THE 10TH AVENUE EXPRESSWAY. NO LANE CLOSURES ARE EXPECTED, BUT DRIVERS COULD FACE SIGNIFICANT DELAYS. TRY TO AVOID THE AREA UNTIL 7PM.

GAS PRICES SLIDING

GAS PRICES DIPPED TO $3.39 IN THE ALTOONA AREA THIS WEEK…AND TRIPLE A FUEL GAUGE SAYS WESTERN PA PUMP PRICES FELL ALMOST 3 CENTS TO $3.35. TODAY'S NATIONAL AVERAGE FOR REGULAR UNLEADED IS $3.24…4 CENTS CHEAPER THAN ONE WEEK AGO, 11 CENTS LESS THAN ONE MONTH AGO AND 23 CENTS LESS THAN THE SAME DATE LAST YEAR.