Wednesday February 29 2012

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012

STUDENT MAKES THREATS AGAINST LOCAL SCHOOL

THE JEFFERSON COUNTY-DUBOIS AREA VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL SCHOOL WAS EVACUATED YESTERDAY AFTER A 16 YEAR OLD STUDENT POSTED A THREAT ON A SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLET, MENTIONING FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES. AFTER THE SCHOOL SHOOTING IN OHIO THIS WEEK, OFFICIALS SAID THEY WANTED TO MOVE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, JUST IN CASE THEY WERE DEALING WITH SOME TYPE OF COPYCAT SITUATION. STATE POLICE WENT TO THE SUSPECT’S HOME AND HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. TROOPERS DID NOT FIND ANY WEAPONS.

CORONER SAYS 9-11 REMAINS WERE NOT THROWN OUT

SOMERSET COUNTY CORONER WALLACE MILLER IS SURPRISED BY A PENTAGON REPORT THAT SAYS SOME HUMAN REMAINS FROM THE SEPTEMBER 11TH TERRORIST ATTACKS ENDED UP IN A LANDFILL INCLUDING PORTIONS FROM SHANKSVILLE. MILLER SAYS HE SENT SOME D-N-A SAMPLES OFF TO BE TESTED AND HE GOT THEM BACK…AND THE ONLY HUMAN REMAINS OF VICTIMS RECOVERED AT SHANKSVILLE WERE ALWAYS IN HIS POSSESSION AND WERE LAID TO REST AT THE CRASH SITE LAST SEPTEMBER. SAMPLES FROM THE 4 HIJACKERS ARE BEING HELD BY THE F-B-I FOR POTENTIAL MILITARY TRIBUNALS.

KILLER’S SENTENCE UPHELD

THE STATE SUPERIOR COURT HAS UPHELD THE LIFE-PLUS-20-YEAR PRISOJN SENTENCE FOR MIRINDA BOOB OF CENTRE HALL FOR THE 2009 MURDER OF HER HUSBAND, SAMUEL BOOB. AUTHORITIES SAY SHE PLOTTED WITH HER LOVER, RONALD HEICHEL, AND HE’S THE ONE WHO SHOT SAMUEL WITH HIS OWN SHOTGUN. HEICHEL IS ALSO SERVING LIFE.

LAST PIPE BOMBER SENTENCED

A FEDERAL JUDGE IN JOHNSTOWN YESTERDAY SENTENCED RONALD NEELY OF DUNCANSVILLE TO 2 YEARS IN PRISON IN CONNECTION WITH THE 2005 PIPE-BOMBING OF A HOUSE IN HOLLIDAYSBURG, OCCUPIED BY HIS FORMER GIRLFRIEND AND 5 OTHER PEOPLE. DANIEL SWARTZ OF ALTOONA, WHO THREW THE BOMB, SERVED 51 MONTHS, THEN WAS SENTENCED TO TIME SERVED. THE 3RD MAN INVOLVED…MARK BURGER…WHO HAS DIABETES AND IS ON DIALYSIS…WAS SENTENCED TO 18 MONTHS IN A FEDERAL PRISON.

LEFT ALL ALONE ON THE SCHOOL BUS

THE BLAIR COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY MUST DECIDE IF CHARGES WILL BE FILED AGAINST AN A & M TRANSIT SCHOOL BUS DRIVER AFTER 7 YEAR OLD TAYLOR MOSER OF CLAYSBURG FELL ASLEEP ON THE BUS MONDAY MORNING AND WAS LEFT ALL ALONE ONCE THE BUS WAS PARKED. HOURS LATER, A POLICE OFFICER FOUND THE GIRL WALKING ALONG A BUSY SECTION OF DUNNING HIGHWAY. THE CLAYSBURG KIMMEL SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT SAYS ALL 22 BUS DRIVERS NOW ARE REQUIRED TO WALK TO THE BACK OF THE BUS AND CHECK FOR ANY STUDENTS BEFORE GOING BACK TO THE DEPOT OR STARTING ANOTHER TRIP.

CORBETT COMING TO ALTOONA

GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT IS SCHEDULED TO MAKE A STOP IN ALTOONA TODAY. CORBETT WILL TOUR NORFOLK SOUTHERN’S JUNIATA LOCOMOTIVE SHOP THIS AFTERNOON, THEN HOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS HIS BUDGET PROPOSAL.

PSU FIRES MARKETING MAN

PENN STATE HAS FIRED GUIDO D’ELIA, THE MARKETING MANAGER FOR NITTANY LION FOOTBALL. D’ELIA TOLD THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES “THEY DECIDED TO GO IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION”. ATHLETICS SPOKESMAN JEFF NELSON SAID HE COULD NOT SPEAK ABOUT THE CIRCUMSTANCES, BUT HE CONFIRMED THAT 3 PART-TIME MEMBERS OFTHE MARKETING STAFF WERE ALSO LET GO LAST WEEK. PENN STATE IS ALSO BREAKING TIES WITH MIND OVER MEDIA, THE HIGHER EDUCATION AGENCY THAT PRODUCED THE WEEKLY HIGHLIGHT PROGRAM, THE PENN STATE FOOTBALL STORY.

NATURAL GAS AND REGULAR GAS PRICES CLIMBING

PEOPLES NATURAL GAS HAS TOLD THE PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION CUSTOMERS COULD SEE A 9-PERCENT HIKE IN THEIR MONTHLY BILLS BY THE END OF NOVEMBER. THE AVERAGE RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMER’S BILL WOULD JUMP ABOUT 7 DOLLARS TO $86.64. OFFICIALS SAY THE BASE RATE INCREASE IS NEEDED TO FUND THE SMART MODERNIZATION PLAN WHICH CALLS FOR REPLACING ALL CAST-IRON PIPES THROUGHOUT THE SYSTEM.

OFFICIALS SAY THE POTENTIAL CLOSURE OF A PHILADELPHIA REFINERY IS GETTING ATTENTION AT BOTH THE STATE AND FEDERAL LEVEL AND COULD LEAD TO EVEN HIGHER GAS PRICES IN THE NORTHEAST. TRIPLE A FUEL GAUGE SAYS THE CURRENT AVERAGE PRICE FOR A GALLON OF REGULAR, UNLEADED IN WESTERN PA IS $3.74, UP 10-POINT-9 CENTS A GALLON FROM A WEEK AGO. IN OUR AREA, WE’RE PAYING $3.79. TODAY’S NATIONAL AVERAGE IS $3.71.

MARCELLUS SHALE IMPACT FEES

CENTRE COUNTY IS PREPARING TO ENACT A MARCELLUS SHALE NATURAL GAS IMPACT FEE. COMMISSIONERS ARE RUNNING REQUIRED ADVERTISEMENTS AND ARE PLANNING A PUBLIC HEARING ON MARCH 20TH. THERE ARE 56 WELLS PRODUCING NATURAL GAS IN CENTRE COUNTY AND ALTHOUGH PRODUCTION HAS SLOWED DOWN SOMEWHAT, COMMISSIONERS SAY THE COUNTY COULD COLLECT 575-THOUSAND DOLLARS. IN BLAIR COUNTY, COMMISSIONERS HOPE TO BRING IN ALMOST 65-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN 2012. THERE IS ONLY ONE WELL PRODUCING RIGHT NOW, BUT OFFICIALS SAY THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR MORE.