Monday July 30 2012

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MONDAY, JULY 30, 2012

SUMMER TRAGEDY AT LAKE RAYSTOWN

3 PEOPLE DROWNED IN 2 SEPARATE INCIDENTS SUNDAY AT RAYSTOWN LAKE IN HUNTINGDON COUNTY. 57 YEAR OLD JERRY BROMAN AND 71 YEAR OLD LARRY NEWMAN OF CHAMBERSBURG WERE NOT WEARING LIFEJACKETS WHEN THEY GOT OUT OF THEIR BOAT AND INTO THE WATER LATE LAST NIGHT. EARLIER IN THE DAY, A UKRANIAN MAN DROWNED WHEN HE TRIED TO SWIM BETWEEN 2 POINTS IN THE LAKE. 71 YEAR OLD IGOR KHODAVSKY WAS PULLED FROM THE WATER BY A FAMILY MEMBER AND RUSHED TO J-C BLAIR MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WHERE HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD. THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.

MAN DIES AFTER BEING SET ON FIRE

A ROBBERY INVESTIGATION IN LOWER YODER TOWNSHIP, CAMBRIA COUNTY, HAS TURNED INTO A MURDER CASE. VINCE BLOOM DIED FRIDAY NIGHT IN PITTSBURGH’S WEST PENN BURN CENTER. LAST THURSDAY NIGHT, 2 BLACK MEN BEAT BLOOM, SET HIM ON FIRE, AND ROBBED HIM AT HIS GARAGE. NO WORD ON ANY SUSPECTS. CAMBRIA COUNTY CRIME STOPPERS IS OFFERING A 2-THOUSAND DOLLAR REWARD FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO AN ARREST.

FATAL WRECKS

THE CORONER WAS REPORTEDLY CALLED OUT TO THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT JUST AFTER 10 LAST NIGHT NEAR CESSNA IN BEDFORD COUNTY. WITNESSES SAY AT LEAST ONE VEHICLE WAS ON FIRE. NO OTHER DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE YET.

63 YEAR OLD WILLIAM MAYHEW OF SOMERSET WAS KILLED SATURDAY IN A 2-VEHICLE CRASH ON ROUTE 160 IN LARIMER TOWNSHIP. STATE POLICE SAY MAYHEW’S CAR WAS REAR-ENDED BY A VEHICLE DRIVEN BY 39 YEAR OLD BRIAN LOWERY OF HYNDMAN. MAYHEW’S PASSENGER, 62-YEAR-OLD CRUZ MAYHEW, SUFFERED MAJOR INJURIES. SHE WAS TAKEN TO WESTERN MARYLAND REGIONAL HEALTH CENTER. POLICE SAY LOWERY IS ALREADY CITED WITH DRIVING TOO CLOSELY TO ANOTHER VEHICLE AND THEIR INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING.

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

CBS NEWSMAN BOB SCHIEFFER CAME TO STATE COLLEGE FRIDAY AND INTERVIEWED PENN STATE PRESIDENT RODNEY ERICKSON. THE INTERVIEW AIRED ON “FACE THE NATION” SUNDAY MORNING. ERICKSON REITERATED HIS OPINION THAT ACCEPTING THE SEVERE PENALTIES FROM THE NCAA WAS THE BEST POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVE AND LIKELY PREVENTED A DEATH SENTENCE FOR THE FOOTBALL PROGRAM. HE PREDICTED THE UNIVERSITY WILL HAVE TO EXTEND THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT A LONG-TERM LOAN TO PAY THE 60-MILLION DOLLAR FINE. ERICKSON ALSO SAID THE UNIVERSITY IS ADEQUATELY COVERED TO HANDLE LAWSUITS STEMMING FROM THE SANDUSKY’S SCANDAL…AND PENN STATE HOPES TO SETTLE AS MANY OF THE SUITS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. ASKED WHETHER PENN STATE HAD PUT TOO MUCH EMPHASIS ON FOOTBALL, ERICKSON CALLED THE ATHLETICS PROGRAM “A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS,” BUT SAID CHANGES ARE BEING CONSIDERED. ERICKSON ALSO SAID PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO JUDGE FOR THEMSELVES THE LEGACY OF JOE PATERNO.

TREES HAVE NOW BEEN PLANTED AROUND THE AREA OUTSIDE BEAVER STADIUM WHERE THE STATUE OF JOE PATERNO ONCE STOOD. MEANWHILE, THE STATUE HAS REPORTEDLY BEEN MOVED, BUT UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS HAVE NOT COMMENTED ON ITS LONG-TERM FUTURE.

PENN STATE JUNIOR QUARTERBACK ROB BOLDEN IS APPARENTLY HEADED ELSEWHERE. THE TIMES-PICAYUNE OF NEW ORLEANS REPORTED SUNDAY THAT BOLDEN VISITED L-S-U THIS PAST WEEKEND AND LAST NIGHT, PENN STATE REMOVED BOLDEN’S NAME FROM ITS ONLINE ROSTER. HE’S THE FIRST FORMER STARTER TO LEAVE THE TEAM SINCE THE NCAA’S SANCTIONS WERE ANNOUNCED LAST WEEK. BOLDEN WAS LISTED AS 3RD STRING BEHIND SENIOR MATT MCGLOIN AND SOPHOMORE PAUL JONES. THEY HAVE BOTH COMMITTED TO STAYING WITH THE NITTANY LIONS THIS SEASON.

ALTOONA MAN BUSTED FOR DRUGS & GUNS

ALTOONA POLICE AND AGENTS FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S NARCOTICS DEPARTMENT SEARCHED THE APARTMENT OF MICHAEL BLACKIE JUNIOR FRIDAY NIGHT AND FOUND 600 DOLLARS WORTH OF MARIJUANA, ALMOST 5-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CASH, VARIOUS DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, AND 4 GUNS. ONE OF THOSE HANDGUNS WAS REPORTED STOLEN LAST MONTH AND BLACKIE IS A CONVICTED FELON WHO ISN’T ALLOWED TO HAVE GUNS. HE IS IN THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON ON 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS BAIL.

MORE EXPENSIVE ROAD TRIPS

ACCORDING TO THE LUNDBERG SURVEY, GAS PRICES HAVE JUMPED NEARLY A DIME IN THE PAST 2 WEEKS, REVERSING A 3-MONTH SLIDE. THE NATIONAL AVERAGE FOR REGULAR UNLEADED NOW SITS AT JUST UNDER $3.51…WHILE THE STATEWIDE AVERAGE IS A PENNY HIGHER. MOST DRIVERS IN OUR AREA ARE PAYING $3.49.