Friday January 3 2014

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 3, 2013

EXTREME COLD

WITH THE DANGEROUS COLD, STATE HEALTH AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS ARE URGING THOSE WHO HAVE TO TRAVEL TO HAVE ESSENTIAL ITEMS IN THEIR VEHICLE SUCH AS FOOD, WATER AND WARM CLOTHES. ALSO, TAKE SOME COMMONSENSE STEPS TO REDUCE THE RISK OF HEALTH HAZARDS DURING AND AFTER THE STORM INCLUDING: NEVER USING AN ELECTRIC GENERATOR, CAMP STOVE OR SIMILAR DEVICE INDOORS SINCE THEY PRODUCE CARBON MONOXIDE. STAY AS WARM AS POSSIBLE. THE ELDERLY AND BABIES ARE MOST AT RISK FOR HYPOTHERMIA. IF YOU’RE SHOVELING AND EXPERIENCE CHEST PAIN, CALL 911. WHEN POSSIBLE, PUSH SNOW INSTEAD OF LIFTING IT AND BEND YOUR LEGS AND NOT YOUR BACK. TO CHECK ROAD CONDITIONS ON MORE THAN 29-HUNDRED MILES OF STATE ROADS, VISIT 511PA.COM OR CALL 511.

REPLACING BILL O’BRIEN

LONGTIME PENN STATE DEFENSIVE LINE COACH LARRY JOHNSON WILL BE INTERIM HEAD COACH WHILE THE SEARCH IS UNDERWAY FOR BILL O’BRIEN’S REPLACEMENT. ACCORDING TO A PENN STATE NEWS RELEASE, JOHNSON IS THE POINT OF CONTACT FOR CURRENT PLAYERS AND RECRUITING. YESTERDAY, SEVERAL CURRENT AND FORMER PLAYERS USED SOCIAL MEDIA ENCOURAGING THE UNIVERSITY TO GIVE JOHNSON THE JOB. DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS DAVE JOYNER SAYS JOHNSON WILL BE GRANTED AN INTERVIEW, HOWEVER, IT IS CONSIDERED UNLIKELY THAT HE WILL BE HIRED.

MAN ATTACKS MOM

STATE POLICE HAVE RELEASED MORE DETAILS ABOUT A NEW YEAR’S EVE ATTACK ON RUSTIC HOLLOW LANE IN TYRONE TOWNSHIP. 30 YEAR OLD MICHAEL BALDESSARO IS CHARGED WITH ATTACKING HIS MOTHER, 55 YEAR OLD DEBRA, LEAVING HER WITH SEVERE HEAD AND FACIAL INJURIES. FAMILY MEMBERS SAY BALDESSARO HAD RECENTLY RETURNED FROM REHAB AND WAS ANGRY BECAUSE HE COULDN’T FIND HIS PILLS. BALDESSARO IS IN THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON ON A HALF-MILLION DOLLARS BOND. A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED JANUARY 14TH.

CHARGED WITH RAPING CHALLENGED TEEN

A CAMBRIA COUNTY MAN IS JAILED ON 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND, CHARGED WITH RAPING AND SEXUALLY ASSAULTED A MENTALLY DISABLED 16 YEAR OLD GIRL AT HIS BEAVERDALE HOME. SUMMERHILL TOWNSHIP POLICE TELL WJAC THEY HAVE A WRITTEN CONFESSION FROM DAVID CARMAN. THE ABUSE HAD REPORTEDLY BEEN GOING ON SINCE ABOUT APRIL OF LAST YEAR AND THERE WERE APPROXIMATELY 10 ASSAULTS.

DEER HAD C-W-D

THE GAME COMMISSION TELLS WJAC THAT A DEER KILLED ALONG INTERSTATE 99 IN BEDFORD COUNTY IN NOVEMBER TESTED POSITIVE FOR CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE. THIS IS THE 4TH CASE IN THE STATE SINCE THE DISEASE WAS FIRST SEEN IN 2012. THE SICK DEER WAS HARVESTED WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF ONE OF PENNSYLVANIA'S 2 DISEASE MANAGEMENT AREAS COVERING 900-SQUARE-MILES IN BEDFORD, BLAIR, CAMBRIA AND HUNTINGDON COUNTIES. THOSE WHO HUNT IN THAT AREA ARE ASKED TO DISPOSE OF THE POSSIBLY INFECTED DEER PARTS, INCLUDING THE BRAIN AND SPINAL COLUMN, BUT THE MEAT HARVESTED FROM THE DEER IS FINE TO EAT. IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A DEER TESTED, CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.

HOLIDAY D-U-I PATROL

THE BLAIR COUNTY D-U-I TASK FORCE CONDUCTED A COUNTYWIDE D-U-I PATROL FROM 11PM ON NEW YEAR’S EVE THROUGH 3AM ON NEW YEAR’S DAY. ONE MOTORIST WAS ARRESTED FOR IMPAIRED DRIVING AND 40 DRIVERS WERE STOPPED FOR TRAFFIC OR EQUIPMENT VIOLATIONS. POLICE ISSUED 33 CITATIONS AND WRITTEN WARNINGS.

MORE FLU CASES

STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY CONFIRMED FLU CASES IN BLAIR COUNTY HAVE CLIMBED TO 189 AS OF THE LAST FULL WEEK OF DECEMBER. BLAIR COUNTY LEADS THE STATE, BUT MOST SURROUNDING COUNTIES ALSO REPORTED AN INCREASE. THERE ARE ACTUALLY MORE CASES OF INFLUENZA, BECAUSE THE STATE ONLY COUNTS LAB-CONFIRMED CASES.

NEW OFFICIALS WILL BE SWORN IN

SWEARING IN CEREMONIES WILL BE HELD THIS AFTERNOON AT 1 IN COURTROOM NUMBER 2 AT THE BLAIR COUNTY COURTHOUSE IN HOLLIDAYSBURG. TAKING THE OATH OF OFFICE ARE JUDGE ELIZABETH DOYLE…NEWLY-ELECTED JUDGE WADE KAGARISE… MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT JUDGE STEVE JACKSON… DISTRICT ATTORNEY RICH CONSIGLIO… SHERIFF MITCHELL COOPER…PROTHONOTARY CAROL NEWMAN…AND JURY COMMISSIONERS JOY FOREMAN AND VINCENT FRANK.

HIGHER TOLLS

TRAVELING ON THE PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE IS ABOUT TO GET MORE EXPENSIVE. A TOLL INCREASE OF 12 PERCENT FOR CASH-PAYING CUSTOMERS AND 2 PERCENT FOR EZ-PASS USERS WILL TAKE EFFECT SUNDAY. THIS IS THE 6TH YEAR IN A ROW THAT TOLLS ARE INCREASING.

FARM SHOW

OPENS TOMORROW THE 98TH PENNSYLVANIA STATE FARM SHOW OPENS TOMORROW IN HARRISBURG AND CONTINUES THROUGH JANUARY 11TH. A RECORD HIGH 585-THOUSAND PEOPLE ATTENDED LAST YEAR’S EVENT AND THIS IS THE NATION’S LARGEST FREE INDOOR AGRICULTURAL EXHIBITION UNDER ONE ROOF, WITH 24 ACRES OF SPACE. THIS YEAR’S SHOW ALSO FEATURES A BUTTER SCULPTURE WEIGHING ALMOST 1-THOUSAND POUNDS. IT CELEBRATES THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MILKSHAKE AND HONORS THE STATE’S AG HISTORY AND 7-THOUSAND PLUS DAIRY FARM FAMILIES.