Wednesday September 19 2012

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012

VOTER I-D CHALLENGE

PENNSYLVANIA'S SUPREME COURT YESTERDAY TOLD A LOWER COURT JUDGE TO STOP A NEW LAW REQUIRING VOTERS TO SHOW PHOTO IDENTIFICATION FROM TAKING EFFECT IN THIS YEAR'S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IF HE FINDS VOTERS CANNOT GET EASY ACCESS TO ID CARDS OR IF HE THINKS VOTERS WILL BE DIS-ENFRANCHISED. THE 4-2 DECISION SENDS THE CASE BACK TO A COMMONWEALTH COURT JUDGE WHO INITIALLY REJECTED A REQUEST TO STOP THE DIVISIVE LAW FROM GOING FORWARD. THE HIGH COURT ASKED THE JUDGE, ROBERT SIMPSON, FOR HIS OPINION BY OCTOBER 2ND. THE JUDGES SAID IF SIMPSON FINDS THERE WILL BE NO VOTER DIS-ENFRANCHISEMENT AND THAT IDS ARE EASILY OBTAINED, THEN THE LAW CAN STAND. REPUBLICANS SAY THE LAW WOULD DETER ELECTION FRAUD, BUT DEMOCRATS SAY REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO STEAL THE WHITE HOUSE BY MAKING IT HARDER FOR THE ELDERLY, DISABLED, MINORITIES, THE POOR AND COLLEGE STUDENTS TO VOTE.

TRAVELING EVANGELIST ON TRIAL

A BEDFORD COUNTY JURY WILL BEGIN HEARING TESTIMONY TODAY IN THE SEXUAL ASSAULT TRIAL OF TRAVELING EVANGELIST WALTER BRADSHAW OF NORTH CAROLINA. HE IS ACCUSED OF HAVING SEX WITH AN 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN 2009 WHILE HE WAS HOLDING REVIVAL SERVICES IN THE AREA. THE VICTIM’S MOTHER PLEADED NO CONTEST TO REDUCED CHARGES AND WAS SENTENCED TO 2 TO 5 YEARS IN PRISON.

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

THE NCAA SAYS AT LEAST 25 PERCENT OF PENN STATE’S 60 MILLION DOLLAR FINE WILL STAY IN PENNSYLVANIA AND AN INDEPENDENT TASK FORCE WILL DEVELOP THE BLUEPRINT FOR HOW THE MONEY SHOULD BE DISTRIBUTED TO PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO PREVENT CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE OR TO ASSIST VICTIMS NATIONWIDE. ACCORDING TO A STATEMENT FROM PENN STATE, PENNSYLVANIA ORGANIZATIONS WILL RECEIVE THE FIRST ROUND OF FUNDING, BUT OFFICIALS HAVE NOT ESTABLISHED HOW LONG THAT WILL TAKE. PENN STATE WAS PERMITTED TO APPOINT 2 MEMBERS, SELECTING NAN CROUTER, DEAN OF THE UNIVERSITY’S COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, AND CRAIG HILLEMEIER, VICE-DEAN FOR CLINICAL AFFAIRS AT THE COLLEGE OF MEDICINE.

4 YEAR OLD KILLED

A 4-YEAR OLD BOY WAS KILLED TUESDAY MORNING WHEN 2 VEHICLES CRASHED HEAD-ON ALONG LUCERNE ROAD IN CENTER TOWNSHIP, INDIANA COUNTY. STATE POLICE SAY ONE DRIVER CROSSED THE CENTER LINE AND STRUCK AN S-U-V HEAD ON.  3 PASSENGERS WERE RIDING IN THE CAR, 2 OF THEM CHILDREN. JUSTIN WILLIAMSON JUNIOR WAS IN A BOOSTER SEAT WHILE A 2 YEAR OLD WAS RIDING IN A CARSEAT AND WAS NOT HURT. THE ADULT PASSENGER ALSO HAD SERIOUS INJURIES.

BABYSITTER DUE IN COURT

BELLEFONTE BABYSITTER JALENE MCCLURE IS DUE TO APPEAR AT A PRELIMINARY HEARING TODAY. IN AUGUST OF 2010, A 5 MONTH OLD BABY GIRL SHE WAS CARING FOR SUFFERED A FRACTURED SKULL AND TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES. WHEN MCCLURE WAS FIRST QUESTIONED, SHE SAID THE BABY HAD BEEN THROWING UP. LATER, MCCLURE CLAIMED THAT SHE FELL DOWN WHILE HOLDING THE BABY AND THE CHILD HIT HER HEAD ON THE SIDE ON HER CAR SEAT. MCCLURE IS FREE ON UNSECURED BAIL.

MAN INJURES COP

21 YEAR OLD JERRY NEWTON OF ALTOONA IS ACCUSED OF DISLOCATING A POLICE OFFICER’S SHOULDER AND BREAKING HIS HAND LAST WEEKEND…AND HE’S DUE AT A PRELIMINARY HEARING TODAY. POLICE SAY NEWTON FIRED A SHOTGUN INTO THE AIR AND PHYSICALLY ASSAULTED HIS MALE PARTNER EARLY SATURDAY MORNING…THEN RESISTED ARREST, STRIKING THE COPS WHO RESPONDED TO THE CALL. NEWTON REMAINS IN THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON.

RECYCLING PROGRAM CHANGES
 
DUE TO A LACK OF MONEY, BLAIR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS VOTED YESTERDAY TO OFFICIALLY ABOLISH THE DEPARTMENT OF SOLID WASTE…AND THAT MEANS GREEN COLLECTION BINS IN 9 AREAS WILL DISAPPEAR STARTING NEXT WEEK. MANDATED CURBSIDE RECYCLING WILL CONTINUE IN A NUMBER OF BLAIR COUNTY COMMUNITIES AND THERE WILL STILL BE A FEW PLACES FOR RESIDENTS TO DROP OFF RECYCLABLES INCLUDING COVE RECYCLING IN ROARING SPRING…BURGMEIER HAULING IN ALTOONA…AND PAUL KANE DISPOSAL IN WILLIAMSBURG. 6 SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES WILL LOSE THEIR JOBS, BUT SOME MAY BE RETAINED BY THE INTERMUNICIPAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE TO OPERATE THE COMPOST SITE OFF ROUTE 36 IN HOLLIDAYSBURG.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETING TONIGHT

THE BLAIR COUNTY NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM, SPONSORED BY OPERATION OUR TOWN, WILL HOLD A COUNTYWIDE MEETING TONIGHT AT 6 AT THE PENN STATE ALTOONA DEVORRIS DOWNTOWN CENTER. THE GUEST SPEAKER WILL BE TODD NEGOLA, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE PA GANG INVESTIGATORS ASSOCIATION. FUTURE MEETING DATES ARE OCTOBER 17TH AND NOVEMBER 14TH.