Thursday April 26 2012

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THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012

ONE DEAD IN HOUSE FIRE

A DEADLY HOUSE FIRE LAST NIGHT NEAR MAHAFFEY IN CLEARFIELD COUNTY. THE BLAZE BROKE OUT SHORTLY BEFORE 9:30 AT A HOME ON BRACKEN ROAD AND A WOMAN FOUND INSIDE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS STILL UNDETERMINED AND THE VICTIM’S NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.

A MOTHER, DAUGHTER, AND GRANDDAUGHTER ESCAPED WHEN FIRE EXTENSIVELY DAMAGED THEIR HOME AT 10-11 19TH AVENUE IN ALTOONA EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING. FIREFIGHTERS SAY THE BLAZE STARTED IN AN UPSTAIRS BEDROOM AND SPREAD INTO THE ATTIC. THE FIRE DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE SUSPICIOUS, BUT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

IN CLEARFIELD COUNTY COURT , DEANNA NEVEL OF WINBURNE AND HILMER HARRIS OF PHILIPSBURG HAVE BEEN ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL ON OVER 20 FELONY CHARGES, INCLUDING ATTEMPTED HOMICIDE BY ARSON. POLICE SAY THEY LIT NEVEL’S EX-HUSBAND’S HOME ON FIRE WHILE HE, NEVEL’S UNCLE AND HER EX-MOTHER-IN-LAW WERE INSIDE IN NOVEMBER 2010. THEY ALL ESCAPED, BUT THE HOUSE WAS A TOTAL LOSS. NEVEL AND HARRIS THEN ALLEGEDLY SET FIRE TO HER EX-FATHER-IN-LAW’S HOME, BUT IT DID NOT BURN DOWN. AUTHORITIES BELIEVE A CUSTODY BATTLE WAS UNDERWAY BETWEEN DEANNA AND JAMES NEVEL.

NO CHARGES IN PITT BOMB THREATS

55 YEAR OLD KATHERINE ANNE MCCLOSKEY OF VINCO TELLS THE TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT THAT THE FBI IS SUPPOSED TO RETURN THE COMPUTERS OWNED BY HER AND HER SPOUSE, 22 YEAR OLD SEAMUS JOHNSTON, TODAY. THE TRANSGENDER COUPLE HAS BEEN CONSIDERED “PERSONS OF INTEREST” IN THE RECENT BOMB THREATS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH. JOHNSTON HAS PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO INDECENT EXPOSURE FOR USING THE MEN’S ROOM AT THE JOHNSTOWN CAMPUS. THE COUPLE BELIEVES THEY ARE BEING TARGETED BECAUSE OF JOHNSTON’S EXPULSION AND SUBSEQUENT LAWSUIT. NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED IN THE BOMB THREATS.

PENN STATE HIRES P-R FIRMS

PENN STATE HAS HIRED 2 PUBLIC RELATIONS FIRMS FOLLOWING THE JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL. THE FIRMS OF EDELMAN AND LA TORRE COMMUNICATIONS WILL BE PAID ABOUT 2-POINT-5 MILLION DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT YEAR. A UNIVERSITY SPOKESPERSON SAYS THE FIRMS WILL COMMUNICATE WITH CURRENT AND PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS, ALUMNI, FACULTY AND STAFF, PARENTS AND MEDIA AS WELL AS “SUPPORT THE UNIVERSITY THROUGHOUT UPCOMING LITIGATION.” PENN STATE’S TAB IS ALREADY ABOUT 7-POINT-5 MILLION DOLLARS THROUGH THE END OF FEBRUARY AS IT DEALS WITH FALLOUT FROM THE SCANDAL.

HOG-TYING GRANDMA

48 YEAR OLD EVELYN HIMES OF DUNCANSVILLE IS ACCUSED OF HOG-TYING HER 5 YEAR OLD GRANDSON WITH 3 SCARVES SO SHE COULD GO TO A METHADONE CLINIC LAST MONTH AND HER PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED TODAY. HIMES DENIES THE ACCUSATION, BUT ADMITS SHE HAS TIED THE BOY TO A CHAIR IN THE PAST TO PREVENT HIM FROM HARMING HIMSELF. THE BOY ALSO TOLD INVESTIGATORS THAT HIS GUARDIAN SMACKS HIM, THROWS HIM TO THE GROUND, AND PULLS HIS HAIR

ANIMAL CRUELTY IN SOMERSET COUNTY

JESSE SHAY AND ANGELA BARTELS OF SOMERSET YESTERDAY PLEADED GUILTY TO ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES DATING BACK TO AUGUST. AUTHORITIES TOOK 9 CATS AND 4 DOGS FROM THEIR HOME AND THE SICK CATS ALL HAD TO BE EUTHANIZED. BACK IN JANUARY, ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS REMOVED A HALF-DOZEN HORSES FROM THE COUPLE’S PROPERTY IN MEYERSDALE…AND LAST WEEK A NUMBER OF DOGS AND CATS WERE TAKEN FROM THEIR HOUSE IN SOMERSET BORO. 4 DEAD DOGS WERE ALSO FOUND IN A DUMPSTER. MORE CHARGES ARE EXPECTED TO BE FILED SOON.

VOTER I-D LAW

PENNSYLVANIA’S TEST RUN OF THE NEW VOTER ID LAW IS GETTING MIXED REVIEWS. POLL WORKERS WERE SUPPOSED TO ASK EVERYONE TO SEE THEIR PHOTO ID BEFORE THEY VOTED IN TUESDAY’S PRIMARY, BUT IT WAS NOT REQUIRED. IF VOTERS DON’T HAVE THEIR ID IN NOVEMBER, THEY’LL ONLY BE ABLE TO FILL OUT A PROVISIONAL BALLOT.

$325,000 TICKET

A CASH 5 TICKET WORTH 325-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN TUESDAY’S DRAWING WAS SOLD AT THE SHEETZ ON 6TH AVENUE IN ALTOONA. LOTTERY OFFICIALS SAY THE STORE WILL RECEIVE A 500-DOLLAR BONUS. NO ONE HAS STEPPED FORWARD TO CLAIM THE PRIZE YET.

AWARD FOR JOE-PA

JOE PATERNO WILL BE POSTHUMOUSLY HONORED AS THE RECIPIENT OF THE 2012 DICK ENBERG AWARD PRESENTED BY THE COLLEGE SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTORS OF AMERICA. HE BECOMES THE 4TH MAJOR COLLEGE COAACH TO RECEIVE THE AWARD WHICH IS GIVEN ANNUAL TO SOMEONE WHO EMBODIES ENBERG’S PASSION AND COMMITMENT TO BOTH ACADEMICS AND ATHLETICS. PATERNO’S SON, JAY, WILL ACCEPT THE AWARD ON HIS FAMILY’S BEHALF AT THE ORGANIZATION’S ANNUAL CONVENTION IN ST. LOUIS ON JUNE 25TH.

BUSTED FOR DANCING IN THE STREET

DANCING IN THE STREET CAN GET YOU BUSTED IN ST. COLLEGE. POLICE SAY A 19-YEAR-OLD PENN STATE STUDENT STOPPED TRAFFIC JUST BEFORE 2 TUESDAY MORNING WHEN SHE STARTED DANCING WHILE CROSSING THE 400 BLOCK OF EAST COLLEGE AVENUE. A BORO POLICE OFFICER CITED HER FOR OBSTRUCTING THE ROADWAY. POLICE SAY THE STUDENT WASN’T INTOXICATED.