Tuesday July 2 2013

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TUESDAY, JULY 2, 2013

MOPPING UP

the town of beech creek near lock haven was hit hard by last week’s FLOODing…and an elderly man died when he was swept into THE SWOLLEN LITTLE SUGAR RUN. state representative mike hanna has written a letter to governor tom corbett asking for a disaster declartion. CLEANUP CONTINUES throughout the area and a flash flood watch is still posted until 8 tonight. showers and thunderstorms are forecast for at least the next few days.

CLEARFIELD COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND THE DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES IS ASKING ALL RESIDENTS WHO WERE AFFECTED TO REPORT ALL DAMAGE TO THEIR LOCAL MUNICIPALITY. OFFICIALS ARE WORKING TO DETERMINE IF ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE. FOR INFORMATION, YOU CAN GO TO clearfield911.com The Red Cross opened emergency shelters when the flooding STARTED LAST THURSDAY AND CONTINUES TO HELP VICTIMS. Donations of money, non-perishable food and cleaning items ARE BEING ACCEPTED at the Central Pennsylvania Community Action office on Cherry Street in Clearfield. 

MURDER IN JOHNSTOWN

Johnstown Police ARE STILL searchING for a KILLER. Jamil Gray was found shot to death in an alley behind the F-W-A Gym early YESTERDAY. A motive for the shooting has not been made public.  Anyone with information is asked to call city police.

HEARING FOR ACCUSED KILLERS

PRELIMINARY HEARINGS ARE SCHEDULED TODAY FOR 2 INDIANA COUNTY MEN CHARGED WITH MURDER. AUTHORITIES SAY 22 YEAR OLD CHRISTOPHER SALSGIVER SHOT 46 YEAR OLD JAMES ALEXANDER OF ERNEST IN THE HEAD LAST WEEK DUE TO AN ARGUMENT OVER HEROIN. GREGORY PATTERSON WAS HIS ALLEGED ACCOMPLICE. BOTH MEN ARE FROM GLEN CAMPBELL AND ARE IN THE COUNTY JAIL. THEY’RE ALSO ACCUSED OF STEALING 300 DOLLARS IN CASH AND 2 BRICKS OF HEROIN.

VICTIM GETS SUCKER BITE

IN CAMBRIA COUNTY, State Police are looking for THE MAN who punched AND beat 21-year old JOSEPH COMBS OF CONEMAUGH ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON. THE SUSPECT WAS DRIVING A BURGUNDY DODGE PICKUP WHEN HE APPROACHED COMBS AND OFFERED HIM 20 DOLLARS TO CUT HIS GRASS. COMBS GOT INTO THE VEHICLE…THEN THE MAN GAVE HIM a sucker bite on his neck…HIT HIM 3 OR 4 times with a ratchet…THEN kicked HIM in the ribs. the victim EVENTUALLY escaped. The suspect Is A WHITE MALE…About 250 pounds, with a tribal tattoo on his left arm.  The truck also had a lawn care website on its back window.

SPANIER WANTS TO TRAVEL

FORMER PENN STATE PRESIDENT Graham Spanier IS ASKING A JUDGE FOR LOOSER BAIL, ALLOWING HIM TO travel abroad. CURRENTLY SPANIER IS ONLY PERMITTED TO TRAVEL WITHIN THE U-S WITH PRIOR COURT APPROVAL, BUT HIS ATTORNEY SAYS THOSE RESTRICTIONS are “unconstitutional”. THE LAWYER SAYS WIDESPREAD TRAVEL IS NECESSARY FOR Spanier’s PROFESSION AND DOES NOT JEOPARDIZE HIS APPEARANCE AT LEGAL PROCEEDINGS.

SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT BROKE THE RULES

STATE Auditor General Eugene DePasquale saYS ALTOONA SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT Dr. Dennis Murray VIOLATED the public school code WHEN HE AWARDED RAISES WITHOUT SCHOOL BOARD APPROVAL. A RECENT AUDIT SHOWED 2 assistant superintendents were given a 5-PERCENT raise IN 2007 instead of the standard 3-POINT-5 PERCENT…and an administrative secretary was given a salary 14-PERCENT higher than the allotted total. DePasquale TELLS WTAJ he’s not sure if the DISTRICT will be able to get the money back AND No criminal charges have been filed. Dr. Murray…WHO IS NOW RETIRED…cLAIMS HE DID NOTHING WRONG.

HOSPITAL MERGER IS A DONE DEAL

A new era of patient care has begun with the merger of ALTOONA REGIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM WITH UPMC…CREATING UPMC Altoona. LOCAL OFFICIALS SAY THE University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has made a capital commitment of 250 million DOLLARS over 10 years to enhance health care facilities and services for patients, and to bring outstanding technology, science, innovation and expertise to the region. As UPMC’s sole regional referral center and tertiary hub, UPMC Altoona will offer more specialized medicine and advanced treatments. A newly formed board will oversee UPMC Altoona’s strategic direction. 2-thirds of the new board was appointed by the former Altoona Regional board. One-third was appointed by UPMC.

NEW PRISON IS OPEN

AS OF MONDAY, The newest Pennsylvania state prison is officially fully operational. S-C-I Benner in Centre County cost nearly 200 million DOLLARS to build and will house about 2-THOUSAND inmates. The prison will employ about 560 people. MANY Transferred from S-C-I Cresson and Greensburg.

BALD EAGLES ARE BACK

THe bald eagle is thriving in Pennsylvania. This year is the 30th anniversary of efforts to revive the bald-eagle population after it was decimated by water pollution and pesticides. At that time, there were only 3 pairs of nesting eagles in the state, but officials say there are now 252 nests in 56 of the 67 counties.