Monday August 20 2012

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MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012

ANOTHER DROWNING AT RAYSTOWN

A 4TH DROWNING IN LESS THAN A MONTH IS RAISING CONCERNS FOR SWIMMER SAFETY AT RAYSTOWN LAKE IN HUNTINGDON COUNTY. A YOUNG MAN WENT INTO THE WATER NEAR THE SUSQUEHANNOCK CAMP GROUND IN THE 7 POINTS AREA SATURDAY AFTERNOON. MORE THAN 100 VOLUNTEERS FROM FIRE COMPANIES AND VARIOUS AGENCIES HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR HIM, ALONG WITH ABOUT 30 DIVERS WHO ARE SCOURING THE LAKE WHICH GETS UP TO 120 FEET DEEP. 3 WEEKS AGO, 3 MEN DROWNED IN 2 SEPARATE INCIDENTS AT THE LAKE.

BIKER KILLED

A DEADLY MOTORCYCLE CRASH SATURDAY IN WALKER TOWNSHIP, CENTRE COUNTY. STATE POLICE AT ROCKVIEW SAY 49 YEAR OLD DENNIS PRASKOVICH OF HOWARD DIED AFTER HIS BIKE COLLIDED WITH A CAR THAT TURNED IN FRONT OF HIM AT THE INTERSECTION OF STATE ROUTES 550 AND 64. HIS WIFE, 46 YEAR OLD DAWN PRASKOVICH, WAS FLOWN TO GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER IN DANVILLE AND LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION. NEITHER THE CAR’S 17 YEAR OLD DRIVER NOR HER PASSENGER WAS INJURED.

CRASHES

2 PEOPLE WERE FLOWN TO THE HOSPITAL AFTER A CRASH EARLY SUNDAY IN BEDFORD COUNTY. STATE POLICE SAY RICHARD AND KAYLA COLLEDGE WERE NORTHBOUND ON STATE ROUTE 96 IN NAPIER TOWNSHIP A LITTLE BEFORE 3AM. RICHARD LOST CONTROL AND HIS VEHICLE WENT OVER AN EMBANKMENT, THEN HIT A TELEPHONE POLE AND A TREE.

2 PEOPLE WERE INJURED…AND ONE WAS FLOWN TO THE HOSPITAL…AFTER 2 TRACTOR TRAILERS CRASHED SUNDAY ON I-80 IN CENTRE COUNTY. STATE POLICE SAY MICHAEL MILES OF BUFFALO NEW YORK BEGAN HAVING MECHANICAL PROBLEMS IN THE RIGHT LANE AND A SECOND RIG, DRIVEN BY TONY ROMEO OF YOUNGSTOWN OHIO WAS APPROACHING AT A HIGH RATE OF SPEED.  HE WAS UNABLE TO AVOID MILES’ TRAILER AND HIT THE BACK. ROMEO WAS TRAPPED IN HIS TRUCK FOR ABOUT AN HOUR THEN FLOWN TO GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER IN DANVILLE. MILES HAD JUST MINOR INJURIES. BOTH LANES SHOULD BE RE-OPENED THIS MORNING.

A HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER IS BEING BLAMED FOR RUNNING A STOP SIGN AND DESTROYING A GARAGE IN SOMERSET COUNTY. POLICE SAY A BLACK AUDI COMPLETELY SMASHED THROUGH THE GARAGE ON STOYSTOWN ROAD IN QUEMAHONING TOWNSHIP EARLY YESTERDAY. THE DRIVER FLED SOUTH. IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION, CALL STATE TROOPERS.

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

IN THE WAKE OF THE SANDUSKY SCANDAL, A NEW POLICY IS NOW IN EFFECT AT PENN STATE’S RECREATION FACILITIES. USE OF THOSE FACILITIES, SUCH AS REC HALL AND THE I-M BUILDING, IS NOW LIMITED ONLY TO THOSE WITH A VALID PENN STATE I-D.THOSE WITH I-DS CAN BRING ONE RELATED GUEST, BUT ONLY DURING TIMES WHEN THE BUILDINGS ARE DESIGNATED AS OPEN AND AVAILABLE FOR USE.

JOHNSTOWN OFFICIALS WILL MEET WITH NAACP

THE JOHNSTOWN BRANCH OF THE N-DOUBLE-A-C-P WILL HOLD A PUBLIC MEETING WITH JOHNSTOWN OFFICIALS TONIGHT TO DISCUSS POLICE INTERACTIONS WITH THE MINORITY COMMUNITY. THE MEETING IS FROM 6 TO 8 THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS HALL. THE FORUM WAS PROMPTED BY THE FATAL SHOOTING OF ELIP CHEATHAM BY CITY POLICE BACK IN JUNE. LAST WEEK, DISTRICT ATTORNEY KELLY CALLIHAN ANNOUNCED THAT THE SHOOTING HAD BEEN RULED JUSTIFIABLE AND NO CHARGES WOULD BE FILED.
N-DOUBLE-A-C-P OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE HOPEFUL ABOUT BETTER POLICE RELATIONS WITH MINORITIES.

SWINE FLU CONFIRMED AFTER LOCAL FAIR

THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT HAS REPORTED 4 CONFIRMED… AND ANOTHER POSSIBLE 6 HUMAN CASES…OF SWINE FLU. THE NEW STRAND IS KNOWN AS H-3-H-2-V AND HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY EVERYONE INFECTED HAS TIES TO THE HUNTINGDON COUNTY FAIR, WHICH JUST WRAPPED UP LAST WEEK. KURT EYSENBACH, THE SUPERINTENDENT OF LIVESTOCK, TELLS WJAC THAT PEOPLE COMING DOWN WITH THE FLU AFTER THE FAIR ENDS ISN’T UNCOMMON…AND HE THINKS THE OUTBREAK MAY NOT EVEN BE LINKED TO LIVESTOCK. HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY FAIR-GOERS SHOULD NOT EAT OR DRINK AROUND LIVE ANIMALS AND WASH THEIR HANDS.

ALTOONA MAY NEED A NEW TAX COLLECTOR

ALTOONA OFFICIALS ARE SCRAMBLING AFTER LEARNING OVER THE WEEKEND THAT THE CENTRAL TAX BUREAU OF PENNSYLVANIA, OR CENTAX, COULD BE CLOSING ITS DOORS WITHIN THE NEXT 6 WEEKS. CENTAX HAS COLLECTED PROPERTY TAXES IN ALTOONA FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS. NO WORD YET WHAT THIS WILL MEAN FOR TAX COLLECTIONS IN THE CITY, BUT ALTOONA FINANCE DIRECTOR OMAR STROHM TELLS THE ALTOONA MIRROR THAT SOME OF THE WAYS CENTAX HAS BEEN DOING BUSINESS WERE NOT UP TO PAR AND HAVE BEEN GETTING WORSE.

PICNIC FIGHT

37 YEAR OLD JAMES BOGEL JUNIOR OF TYRONE IS JAILED ON 40-THOUSAND DOLLARS CASH BAIL FOLLOWING A DRUNKEN FIGHT AT A PICNIC NEAR GEESEYTOWN SATURDAY NIGHT. STATE POLICE SAY BOGEL ARUGED WITH A WOMAN OVER WHO HAD CONSUMED TOO MUCH ALCOHOL. HE PUNCHED AND KICKED HER UNTIL SEVERAL OTHER MEN INTERVENED. HE PUNCHED AND KICKED THEM UNTIL THEY WERE ABLE TO HOLD HIM DOWN. BOGEL TRIED TO KICK OUT THE WINDOWS OF THE POLICE CRUISER AND BROKE A LEATHER BELT USED FOR RESTRAINING SUSPECTS. HIS PRELIMINARY HEARING IS NEXT TUESDAY. STATE POLICE CALLED FOR ASSISTANCE FROM HOLLIDAYSBURG AND BLAIR TOWNSHIP POLICE BECAUSE THE PICNIC CROWD STARTED TO GET UNRULY DURING BOGEL’S ARREST.