Tuesday July 31 2012

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TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012

HERO FIREFIGHTER

5 MILL CREEK VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS WERE IN A FIRETRUCK WHEN IT CRASHED INTO SIP’S TILE CRAFT BUILDING ALONG ROUTE 22 IN HUNTINGDON COUNTY AROUND 1 MONDAY MORNING…AND ASSISTANT CHIEF WAYNE COHENOUR IS BEING CALLED A HERO. THE DRIVER, 30 YEAR OLD MARK SNYDER, SUFFERED A SEIZURE AND LOST CONTROL, SO COHENOUR GRABBED THE STEERING WHEEL BEFORE THE TRUCK COULD GO DOWN A MORE THAN 200-FOOT EMBANKMENT. SNYDER HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL, BUT COHENOUR SUFFERED FRACTURES TO HIS LEGS AND A HEAD INJURY. THE 3 OTHER FIREMEN WERE TREATED AND RELEASED AT J-C BLAIR MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. THE TRUCK, VALUED AT ABOUT 350-THOUSAND DOLLARS, IS LIKELY A TOTAL LOSS.

2 VICTIMS’ NAMES RELEASED

3 PEOPLE ARE DEAD AFTER A CRASH AROUND 11 SUNDAY NIGHT ALONG ROUTE 40-09 IN EAST SAINT CLAIR TOWNSHIP, BEDFORD COUNTY. STATE POLICE SAY A DRIVER CROSSED THE CENTER LINE AND STRUCK A CAR DRIVEN BY 84-YEAR-OLD ROBERT BROAD. BROAD AND HIS PASSENGER, 54-YEAR-OLD RONDA REIGHARD, OF BEAVERDALE, CAMBRIA COUNTY WERE KILLED ALONG WITH THE OTHER DRIVER. THAT PERSON’S NAME HAS NOT YET BEEN RELEASED.

2 LIFE-FLIGHTED

4 PEOPLE WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITALS…2 BY HELICOPTER…AFTER A CRASH MONDAY AFTERNOON ON U.S. ROUTE 322 WESTBOUND IN RUSH TOWNSHIP, CENTRE COUNTY. STATE POLICE SAY A TRACTORTRAILER WAS IN THE DESIGNATED PULL-OFF AREA AT THE EN¬TRANCE TO THE MOSHANNON VALLEY REGIONAL BUSINESS PARK. THE TRUCKDRIVER WAITED FOR THE S-U-V TO PASS, BUT THE DRIVER SWERVED INTO THE RIG. NO WORD ON THE VICTIM’S CONDITIONS.

DEATH RULED HOMICIDE

CAMBRIA COUNTY CRIME STOPPERS IS OFFERING A REWARD OF UP TO 2-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE ARREST AND CONVICTION OF THE 2 BLACK MEN WHO ROBBED AND SET FIRE TO 38 YEAR OLD VINCE BLOOM INSIDE HIS LOWER YODER TOWNSHIP GARAGE EARLIER THIS MONTH. BLOOM DIED FRIDAY AND HIS DEATH HAS BEEN RULED A HOMICIDE. YOU CAN CALL POLICE AT 1-800-281-16-80.

UNEMPLOYMENT IS UP

CAMBRIA COUNTY’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE JUMPED 7-TENTHS OF A PERCENTAGE POINT TO STAND AT 8-POINT-9 PERCENT IN JUNE. THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR & INDUSTRY SAYS THAT’S THE LARGEST MONTHLY GAIN IN 15 YEARS. SOMERSET COUNTY’S RATE JUMPED BY THE SAME AMOUNT TO 8-POINT-6 PERCENT. CENTRE COUNTY’S JOBLESS RATE INCREASED FROM 5-POINT-5 TO 5-POINT-8, BUT REMAINS THE LOWEST IN PENNSYLVANIA. BLAIR COUNTY IS AT 7-POINT-4 PERCENT AND IT’S 9-POINT-6 IN HUNTINGDON COUNTY.

ASSISTANCE PROGRAM ENDING

THE STATE’S GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES CASH ASSISTANCE TO ABOUT 70-THOUSAND PENNSYLVANIANS WILL END THIS WEEK. GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT PROPOSED ELIMINATING THE 200-DOLLAR MONTHLY PAYMENTS IN FEBRUARY AND THE MEASURE WAS INCLUDED IN THE BUDGET APPROVED IN LATE JUNE. A ONE-MONTH EXTENSION RUNS OUT TOMORROW. THE ELIMINATION OF THE PROGRAM WILL SAVE THE STATE ABOUT 150 MILLION DOLLARS AND OFFICIALS SAY THOSE LOSING ASSISTANCE CAN RECEIVE AID THROUGH OTHER PROGRAMS.

LOTTERY DOING GREAT

THE PENNSYLVANIA LOTTERY HAD ITS MOST SUCCESSFUL YEAR IN 2011 AND 12. THE STATE REGISTERED 3-POINT-38 BILLION DOLLARS IN TOTAL SALES, ALMOST 273-MILLION OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR…AND GENERATING MORE THAN 1 BILLION DOLLARS FOR PROGRAMS BENEFITING OLDER PENNSYLVANIANS. NET REVENUE TO THE LOTTERY FUND TOTALED 1-POINT-06 BILLION, WHICH WAS 100 MILLION MORE THAN THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THE LOTTERY HAS MORE THAN 91-HUNDRED RETAILERS…AND THEY EARNED 183-POINT-9 MILLION IN COMMISSIONS.

WEST NILE

THE WEST NILE PROGRAMS OF BLAIR COUNTY AND THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES WILL BE DOING TRUCK-MOUNTED SPRAYING IN RESIDENTIAL AREAS OF THE CITY OF ALTOONA TOMORROW AND THURSDAY EVENINGS, WEATHER PERMITTING. RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO ELIMINATE STANDING WATER IN CONTAINERS, GUTTERS, AND POOLS AROUND THEIR HOMES. YOU CAN MAKE A MOSQUITO COMPLAINT BY CALLING THE BLAIR COUNTY MOSQUITO COORDINATOR AT 940-5901. MEANWHILE, THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION SAYS 2 MORE MOSQUITOES HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE VIRUS IN CENTRE COUNTY…BRINGING THE TOTAL TO 6 MOSQUITOS AND 2 BIRDS. 114 MOSQUITOS STATEWIDE TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS.

PAVING IN ALTOONA

PAVING BEGINS THIS MORNING ALONG 7TH STREET FROM 6TH AVENUE TO BELL AVENUE IN ALTOONA. NO PARKING WILL BE ALLOWED UNTIL THE PROJECT IS COMPLETED TOMORROW. MOTORISTS SHOULD FIND AN ALTERNATE ROUTE.