THURSDAY JULY 17 2014

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thurSDAY, july 17, 2014

 

THE ALTOONA MIRROR SAYS HOLLIDAYSBURG BORO COUNCIL IS SCHEDULED TO MEET TUESDAY TO DISCUSS PERSONNEL MATTERS RELATED TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. CHIEF JEFFREY KETNER WAS PLACED ON PAID LEAVE LAST WEEK, BUT NO ONE IS SAYING WHY. THE MEETING IS SET FOR 5PM IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS AND THE OFFICIAL MEETING NOTICE SAYS MEMBERS OF the PUBLIC ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND.

 

A VIOLENT DOG ATTACK IN THE GREENWOOD SECTION OF ALTOONA. 42 YEAR OLD STEPHEN ROSS IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AT A PITTSBURGH HOSPITAL AFTER BEING PINNED TO THE GROUND TUESDAY BY A MIXED BREED AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER/ AMERICAN BULLDOG. POLICE CHIEF RON HELLER SAYS DESPITE USING A TASER, OFFICERS WERE UNABLE TO GET THE LARGE DOG OFF OF ROSS, SO ONE OF THEM SHOT AND KILLED THE ANIMAL. HELLER TELLS THE ALTOONA MIRROR ROSS APPEARED TO BE RUNNING A DOG RESCUE AT HIS RUTGERS LANE PROPERTY. THE HUMANE SOCIETY AND STATE DOG LAW OFFICER WERE BROUGHT IN TO ASSIST.

 

2 DOGS ARE SAID TO BE DOING FINE AT THE CENTRAL PA Humane Society AFTER THEY WERE LEFT INSIDE a car WHERE IT was more than 90 degrees. IT HAPPENED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND The VEHICLE was parked at ALTOONA’S Logan Town Centre. Charges are pending against a Huntingdon County couple.

A 3rd JOHNSTOWN MURDER suspect IS NOW BEHIND BARS IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF JOHNSTOWN POLICE ACADEMY RECRUIT TYRONE WILLIAMS. 19 YEAR OLD Jaquan Watson turned himself into police Wednesday morning. 15 YEAR OLD FIDEL COSBY SURRENDERED TUESDAY and 21 YEAR OLD RICHARD COOK WAS ARRESTED FIRST.

Another shooting in Johnstown. Someone called 911 around 5:30 yesterday afternoon after hearing shots fired and screams in the Old Conemaugh neighborhood. No injuries were reported. Details are scarce as the investigation continues.

 POLICE SAY ALL 3 FIRED GUNS AT WILLIAMS OUTSIDE THE OAKHURT HOMES EARLY SUNDAY. preliminary hearings are scheduled for next week but are expected to be continued.

A DISTRICT JUDGE YESTERDAY ORDERED 21 YEAR OLD JORDAN KNUTSON OF ALTOONA TO STAND TRIAL ON ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING AND ASSAULT CHARGES.

POLICE SAY KNUTSON HAD 17 YEAR OLD TRISTEN WILSON DRIVE TO THE HOME OF A WOMAN IN LATE JUNE THEN KNUTSON DRAGGED HER TO THE CAR, THREW HER PARTIALLY IN, AND ORDERED WILSON TO DRIVE AWAY. SHE SUFFERED A FRACTURED LEG AND OTHER INJURIES. THE WOMAN TOLD POLICE KNUTSON HAS THREATENED HER SEVERAL TIMES OVER THE PAST YEAR DUE TO A COURT CASE THAT SHE IS INVOLVED IN. WILSON’S PRELIMINARY HEARING IS AUGUST 12TH. HIS ATTORNEY HOPES TO HAVE THE CASE TRANSFERRED TO JUVENILE COURT.

 

State Police have been busy confiscating illegal drugs this year. In the second quarter of 2014, they seized more than 24 kilograms of heroin…And over 1 thousand pounds of marijuana. Together, they have a street value of 22 million dollars. 41 kilograms of heroin have been taken off the streets this year while last year’s total was just 31-point-5 kilograms. Judy Rosser of the Blair County Drug and Alcohol tells wtaj middle school students are the fastest growing population of heroin users.

 

IN HIS INTERVIEW WITH OPRAH WINFREY, MATT SANDUSKY SAYS HIS ADOPTIVE FATHER HAD A BEDTIME RITUAL. IN A CLIP RELEASED BY THE OWN NETWORK, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SAYS SANDUSKY ALSO DESCRIBED GROOMING, METHODICAL CONTROL, AND MANIPULATION BY HIS FATHER. THE FULL INTERVIEW AIRS TONIGHT AT 9.

 

LAST MONTH, CONSTRUCTION CREWS AT PENN STATE’S UNIVERSITY PARK DISCOVERED A TIME CAPSULE DATING BACK TO 1956. DOZENS OF PEOPLE GATHERED YESTERDAY TO open IT up. Inside, were mementos from a sorority, newspaper clippings and the 1957 alumni magazine. THE UNIVERSITY is putting a 2014 capsule in place of this one. IT INCLUDES An iPhone and A James Franklin signed football. THEY ARE MARKING IT SO future generations CAN easily FIND IT.

Penn State placed 46TH, UP 4 SPOTS,  in a worldwide ranking of universities published Wednesday. the list WAS compiled by the Center for World University Rankings. Penn State came in 29th among all U.S. colleges and UNIVERSITIES. HARVARD TOPPED THE LIST WITH STANFORD, N-I-T, CAMBRIDGE, AND OXFORD ROUNDING OUT THE TOP 5.

Penn State University topS the list of universities that receive the most applications. MORE THAN 12-HUNDRED schools submitted application data to U.S. News AND PENN STATE COMES IN 10TH with a LITTLE OVER 47-THOUSAND APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED FOR THE FALL 2012 SEMESTER. 8 of the top 10 SCHOOLS were in California.

 

Governor Tom Corbett is being named most likely to lose his job in November. The National Journal yesterday called Corbett a dead man walking, citing the results of a recent Franklin and Marshall Poll that show Democratic challenger Tom Wolf holding a 22-point lead. The article claims Corbett is on his way to becoming the first Pennsylvania governor ever to be defeated for reelection.

 

Governor Tom Corbett YESTERDAY ANNOunced an 18 million DOLLAR state and federal investment TO MAKE improveMENTS at 35 Pennsylvania airports. 17-POINT-1 MILLION COMES FROM The Federal Aviation Administration’s block grant program. MONEY IS GOING TO THE EBENSBURG AIRPORT… CLEARFIELD-LAWRENCE AIRPORT…AND THOSE IN Bedford, CLINTON, INDIANA, Mifflin, AND Somerset CountIES.

 

STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY A MOSQUITO OR BIRD FOUND IN Allegheny Township, BLAIR COUNTY, HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR The West Nile Virus. Previously, the VIRUS HAD ONLY BEEn detected iN Centre COUNTY.

 

pesticide spraying has BEEN DONE TWICE IN RUSH TOWNSHIP.

 

CENTRE COUNTY AUTHORITIES SAY gypsy moths have been found in Patton and Ferguson townships. TheY start laying eggs in July AND, If the eggs are not found and destroyed, they will hatch next spring..THEN be deadly to oak trees. The last major outbreak of gypsy moths in Centre County was in 2009.

OFFICIALS will check THE AFFECTED AREAS later this summer So THEY WILL have a better idea of what residents can expect to happen next year.