Tuesday. February 21, 2012

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2012

CHOROS SENTENCING TODAY –

RATHER THAN GO TO TRIAL IN CAMBRIA COUNTY COURT, 24 YEAR OLD ANDREW CHOROS OF CRESSON AVOIDED THE DEATH PENALTY BY PLEADING GUILTY TO 3RD DEGREE MURDER IN THE OCTOBER 2010 SHOOTING DEATH OF HIS MOTHER, SHARON. CHOROS WILL GET 20 TO 40 YEARS IN JAIL WHEN HE’S SENTENCED TODAY.

BEDFORD COUNTY CRASH KILLS ONE –

A 35-YEAR-OLD MAN FROM EVERETT WAS KILLED ON MONDAY MORNING IN A TWO-VEHICLE CRASH ON ROUTE 26 IN MONROE TOWNSHIP, BEDFORD COUNTY. DALE CRAWFORD WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE AFTER HE LOST CONTROL OF HIS CAR, CROSSED THE CENTER LINE AND HIT ANOTHER VEHICLE, DRIVEN BY 45-YEAR-OLD KIRK LOGESTON OF FLINTSTONE, MARYLAND. LOGESTON WAS LIFE-FLIGHTED TO MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER IN JOHNSTOWN.

TYRONE ASSAULT UNDER INVESTIGATION-

TYRONE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AN ASSAULT THAT OCCURRED JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY ON THE 1500 BLOCK OF COLUMBIA AVENUE. POLICE SAY A 39-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS ASSAULTED, RESULTING IN A LARGE CUT ON THE TOP OF HIS HEAD. THE VICTIM WAS LYING ON THE GROUND WHEN POLICE APPROACHED. TWO MEN WHO RAN WHEN THEY SAW POLICE WERE CAUGHT AND IDENTIFIED AS 21-YEAR-OLD ALAN FINK AND 25-YEAR-OLD KEVIN FINK, JUNIOR BOTH FROM TYRONE. A WITNESS LINKED KEVIN FINK, JUNIOR TO THE INCIDENT. ANYONE ELSE WHO MAY HAVE SEEN THE ASSAULT IS ASKED TO CONTACT THE TYRONE POLICE AT 684-3732.

MERCERSBURG WOMAN TO RUN AGAINST SHUSTER -

TODAY’S ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT KAREN RAMSBERG, A NURSE FROM MERCERSBURG, WILL RUN AS AN INDEPENDENT AGAINST REPUBLICAN U.S. REPRESENTATIVE BILL SHUSTER FOR THE 9TH DISTRICT SEAT. RAMSBERG SAYS SHE’S UPSET WITH LACK OF JOBS, POLITICAL CORRUPTION AND POTENTIAL ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE FROM NATURAL GAS EXTRACTION. SHE ADDS THAT SHE DOESN’T FEEL THAT THE TWO MAJOR POLITICAL PARTIES ARE “LOOKING OUT FOR THE 99% OF AMERICANS”. RAMSBERG HAS UNTIL AUGUST TO GET THE REQUIRED NUMBER OF SIGNATURES ON THE NOMINATING PETITION.

STATE COLLEGE THEFT UNDER INVESTIGATION -

STATE COLLEGE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE THEFT OF A CREDIT CARD AND OTHER ITEMS VALUED AT OVER $6500 STOLEN FROM 245 EAST HAMILTON AVENUE. SOMEONE LATER USED THE CREDIT CARD TO MAKE  NEARLY $1000 IN FRAUDULENT PURCHASES AT THE NORTH ATHERTON STREET WALMART.

INVESTIGATION INTO PRISON ALTERCATION -

STATE POLICE IN HUNTINGDON ARE INVESTIGATING AN INCIDENT AT S-C-I SMITHFIELD THAT HAPPENED OVER THE WEEKEND. THEY SAY FOUR CORRECTIONS OFFICERS AT THE FACILITY WERE TRYING TO BREAK UP A FIGHT BETWEEN INMATES. ALL FOUR WERE EXPOSED TO BLOOD AND TWO WERE INJURED IN THE ALTERCATION.

TRAFFIC CHANGES IN HAPPY VALLEY -

STATE COLLEGE PUBLIC WORKS CREWS WILL BE MAKING REPAIRS ON SEVERAL SECTIONS OF SEWER LINES ON THE 700 BLOCK OF WINDSOR COURT. WEATHER PERMITTING, THE WORK WILL TAKE PLACE TODAY THROUGH FRIDAY BETWEEN 7:30 A.M. AND 5 P.M. AND WILL REQUIRE CLOSING WINDSOR COURT AT SAXTON DRIVE. ALSO, TODAY OR TOMORROW, INSTALLATION OF A NEW TRAFFIC SIGNAL POLE WILL BEGIN ON FRAZIER STREET. ONE OF THE TWO LANES ON COLLEGE AVENUE AT FRAZIER STREET WILL BE CLOSED INTERMITTANTLY FOR ABOUT A WEEK.

“STATE PATTY’S DAY” PARKING FEES TO INCREASE -

STATECOLLEGE.COM REPORTS THAT STATE COLLEGE BOROUGH PARKING RATES WILL CLIMB FOR “STATE PATTY’S DAY” THIS SATURDAY..AND PARKING ENFORCEMENT WILL ALSO INCREASE. RATES IN BOROUGH-OWNED GARAGES WILL BE $.75 PER HOUR FOR THE FIRST THREE HOURS AND THEN INCREASE TO $1.75 AN HOUR AFTER THAT. THE BOROUGH WILL HOLD ABOUT 100 PARKING SPACES OPEN AND RELEASE THEM ABOUT MID-DAY TO CREATE ADDITIONAL PARKING FOR DOWNTOWN EMPLOYEES AND REGULAR PATRONS. IT ALSO PLANS TO DOUBLE THE USUAL STREET-PARKING ENFORCEMENT PATROLS.

GAS PRICES ON THE RISE -

GAS PRICES CONTINUE TO CLIMB, SURPASSING $4 A GALLON IN SOME PARTS OF THE COUNTRY.  AAA SAYS THE NATIONAL AVERAGE HIT $3.57 YESTERDAY.  THAT'S UP FROM THE $3.17 MOTORISTS WERE PAYING A YEAR AGO.  BUT WE MAY NOT HAVE SEEN THE WORST YET.  EXPERTS WARN THE CURRENT PRICE AT THE PUMP WILL LIKELY SEEM CHEAP BY MEMORIAL DAY.  SOME ARE EVEN PREDICTING $5 GAS AT SOME POINT.  THE SURGING GAS PRICES FOLLOW A RECENT SPIKE IN THE COST OF CRUDE OIL DUE TO GROWING CONCERNS OVER IRAN AND FEARS OF A SUPPLY INTERRUPTION.