Monday July 22 2013

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MONDAY, JULY 22, 2013

SEARCHING FOR ASSAULT SUSPECT

IN BEDFORD COUNTY, Police are searching for 49 YEAR OLD RONALD MILLER SENIOR OF eAST FREEDOM WHO IS ACCUSED OF HOLDING HIS ESTRANGED WIFE against her will for nearly 5 hours Friday night. AUTHORITIES SAY Miller was waiting for THE WOMAN when she ARRIVED AT HER IMLER home. he allegedly assaulted her and threatened to shoot her, BUT The victim was eventually able to get away. WHEN OFFICERS ARRIVED, Miller was GONE. If you have information ON HIS WHEREABOUTS, CALL TROOPERS at 623-61-33.

TEEN MISSING

Authorities in Gallitzin say they are looking for a missing 14 year old boy identified as Shane Watchy. He was last seen in Altoona tuesday when his father dropped him off with some unknown friends at a party. Anyone who has any information is urged to call police.

Stand ENDS WITH GUNSHOT

A standoff in Johnstown ended Sunday morning after nearly 18 hours of negotiations. POLICE SAY IT BEGAN around 1Pm THE DAY BEFORE WHEN THEY FOUND OUT A MAN WITH A GUN WAS INSIDE A HOUSE ALONG FOREST AVENUE. The MAN shot himself, but is expected to recover.

DRUG SUSPECT BUSTED

CORY BECKER SPENT THE WEEKEND IN THE CAMBRIA COUNTY PRISON FOLLOWING A WRECK FRIDAY. Cambria Township police SPOTTED HIS CAR IN A DITCH OFF Route 22, THEN BECKER WALKED OUT OF THE WOODS. WHEN police Seached, they found pills and a 100 dollar bill in the car. Becker told the officers he bought the pills in Altoona. In the weeds nearby, police found a black lockbox containing more than 7-thousand dollars…a large amount of marijuana…and a small baggie with a white powdery substance in it. the next day, cops returned and discovered a small backpack with Becker's ID and another 1-thousaNd dollars.

PRISON POPULATION IS DOWN

BLAIR COUNTY PRISON WARDEN MICHAEL JOHNSTON TELLS THE ALTOONA MIRROR THE INMATE POPULATION IS DOWN THIS SUMMER BECAUSE STATE-SENTENCED PRISONERS ARE BEING MOVED TO STATE FACILITIES AT A MUCH QUICKER RATE. JOHNSTON REPORTED TO THE PRISON BOARD LAST WEEK THAT THE POPULATION STOOD AT 262, WHICH IS 61 FEWER INMATES THAN WERE HOUSED AT THE LOCKUP IN JANUARY. JOHNSTON ALSO SAYS WITH FEWER PRISONERS, THE STAFF IS A LITTLE MORE AT EASE.

School RENOVATION IN THE WORKS

the State College Area school board meets TONIGHT TO NARROW DOWN THE concepts for the high school RENOVATION project. THE BOARD RECEIVED THE results of a community survey last week AND the PUBLIC SUPPORTS 2 DIFFERENT PLANS. ONE CALLS FOR RENOVATIONS TO both the NORTH AND SOUTH buildings with a new walkway to connect theM. The estimated cost is between 109 and 115 million DOLLARS. ANOTHER CONCEPT WOULD MOVE ALL CLASSES TO THE SOUTH BUILDING AFTER RENOVATIONS. THAT COST COULD BE UP TO 121 million. BOARD Members would like to have a final concept selected by the SeptEMBER 9TH meeting AND THEN PLACE The debt service referendum ON the May BALLOT.

PENNDOT WANTS TO KNOW

PennDOT is using an on-line survey to collect motorists’ input on highway safety, traffic safety enforcement, and driving behaviors. The brief survey is available through august 2nd at justdrivepa.com. PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch says iT focuses on highway safety issues such as seat belts, impaired driving, speeding, motorcycles and distracted driving. People completing the survey may remain anonymous, but are asked to provide their gender, age and county of residence. More than 33-HUNDRED people responded to last year’s survey.