Wednesday October 16 2013

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2013

LAWMAKERS WORRY ABOUT DEFAULTING

IN WASHINGTON D-C, HOUSE LEADERS PLAN TO RESUME TALKS TODAY IN HOPES OF ENDING THE PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN AND AVOIDING A DEFAULT ON THE NATION’S DEBT. DEMOCRATIC SENATOR BOB CASEY TELLS WTAJ THERE IS AN AGREEMENT AMONG SENATE DEMOCRATIC, REPUBLICAN, AND INDEPENDENT LEADERS TO TEMPORARILY FUND THE GOVERNMENT…BUT THEY ARE WAITING TO SEE WHAT THE HOUSE RECOMMENDS. CASEY BLAMES THE TEA PARTY FOR THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, BUT HE SAYS DAMAGE FROM A DEFAULT WOULD BE INCALCULABLE. ON THE OTHER SIDE, REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN GLENN THOMPSON BLAMES PRESIDENT OBAMA AND SENATOR HARRY REID…SAYING IT TOOK THEM NEARLY 2 WEEKS AFTER THE SHUTDOWN BEGAN TO START NEGOTIATIONS.

DEADLY WRECK

STATE POLICE IN BEDFORD SAY 57 YEAR OLD GLENDA RILEY OF EVERETT DIED MONDAY NIGHT AFTER THE CAR SHE WAS RIDING IN HIT A DEER ALONG ROUTE 220, NEAR OLD BEDFORD VILLAGE. THE OTHERS TRIED TO MOVE THE DEER AND RILEY SIGNALED A PASSING TRUCK TO SLOW DOWN, BUT IT HIT HER. THE DRIVER OF THE TRUCK WASN'T HURT.

TEENS HURT

4 TEENAGERS ARE HOSPITALIZED AFTER A CRASH IN CLEARFIELD COUNTY TUESDAY AFTERNOON. STATE POLICE SAY THE TEENS WERE ON THEIR WAY HOME FROM SCHOOL WHEN THE DRIVER’S SPEEDING PICKUP HIT A TREE ALONG WESTOVER ROAD IN CHEST TOWNSHIP. 3 OF THE VICTIMS WERE LIFEFLIGHTED…AND THE 4TH WAS TAKEN BY AMBULANCE TO UPMC ALTOONA.

D-U-I STATS

THE CENTRE COUNTY ALCOHOL TASK FORCE HAS RELEASED TOTAL ARREST NUMBERS FOLLOWING SPECIAL DETAILS OVER THE PAST YEAR. POLICE MADE 68 ARRESTS FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS. COPS ALSO CITED 29 MINORS…AND ISSUED 242 TRAFFIC TICKETS…45 NON-TRAFFIC CITATIONS…AND 809 WARNINGS. THE STATISTICS DO NOT INCLUDE ARRESTS AND TICKETS FROM ROUTINE PATROLS.

BURGLARS BEHIND BARS

AUTHORITIES IN SOMERSET COUNTY SAY THEY’VE BUSTED A BURGLARY RING. MICHAELSON FERDINAND AND SHAWN EVERETTS WERE SEEN BREAKING INTO A BUSINESS IN CONEMAUGH TOWNSHIP FRIDAY. FERDINAND LED POLICE ON A CHASE SUNDAY, BUT GOT AWAY. HE WAS ARRESTED AND JAILED FOLLOWING A SECOND CHASE MONDAY. EVERETTS WAS FOUND HIDING IN A JOHNSTOWN APARTMENT. THEY ARE SUSPECTED IN DOZENS OF BURGLARIES IN CAMBRIA AND SOMERSET COUNTIES. MORE ARRESTS ARE EXPECTED.

ALTOONA POLICE ON FACEBOOK

ALTOONA POLICE HAVE TURNED TO FACEBOOK FOR HELP FINDING 28 YEAR OLD VINCENT “DIRT” WILLIAMS. HE WAS CHARGED WITH SELLING HEROIN IN NOVEMBER 2010 AS PART OF THE GENE “SHORTY” CARTER DRUG RING, BUT HE SKIPPED TOWN. WILLIAMS IS BELIEVED TO BE IN NEW YORK. HIS PHOTO IS ON THE POLICE DEPARTMENT’S FACEBOOK PAGE.

GAS PRICES STEADY IN ALTOONA

ALTOONA-AREA DRIVERS ARE STILL PAYING $3.49, BUT TRIPLE A FUEL GAUGE SAYS WESTERN PA GAS PRICES FELL ALMOST ANOTHER 3 CENTS TO $3.43 THIS WEEK. TODAY'S NATIONAL AVERAGE IS $3.35…FRACTIONS OF A PENNY LESS EXPENSIVE THAN ONE WEEK AGO, 18 CENTS LESS THAN ONE MONTH AGO AND 44 CENTS LESS THAN THE SAME DAY LAST YEAR.