Friday November 8 2013

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2013

VICTIM DIES DESPITE CPR

FORMER WILLIAMSBURG POLICE CHIEF CHARLES VERBONITZ IS THE MAN WHO DIED LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT AFTER HE DROVE OFF YELLOW SPRINGS ROAD AND FLAGGED DOWN HELP. AUTHORITIES SAY THE 77-YEAR OLD SUFFERED A CARDIAC EVENT. NEIGHBORS DRAGGED VERBONITZ OUT OF HIS VAN AND PERFORMED C-P-R, BUT THEY WERE UNABLE TO SAVE HIM. THE VAN SOMEHOW MALFUNCTIONED AND CAUGHT FIRE AT THE SCENE. IT WAS DESTROYED.

CHASE & CRASH

18 YEAR OLD COREY CLINGERMAN OF EVERETT IS LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION AT WESTERN MARYLAND REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER AFTER A HIGH SPEED CHASE AND CRASH EARLY THURSDAY MORNING. POLICE SAY THE TEEN TOOK JOSEPH CLINGERMAN’S PICKUP TRUCK WITHOUT PERMISSION. HE LEFT EVERETT AND CROSSED INTO MARYLAND, WITH POLICE CHASING HIM AT SPEEDS UP TO 90 MILES PER HOUR. COPS EVENTUALLY DROPPED STOP STICKS ON THE ROAD, CAUSING 3 OF THE VEHICLE’S TIRES TO DEFLATE. CLINGERMAN DROVE FOR ANOTHER MILE-AND-A-HALF BEFORE HE CRASHED AND WAS EJECTED FROM THE WRECKAGE.

MAN INJURED IN ALTOONA

A YOUNG MAN WAS INJURED THURSDAY MORNING WHEN HE CRASHED HIS CAR ALONG PLEASANT VALLEY BOULEVARD IN THE GREENWOOD SECTION OF ALTOONA. LOGAN TOWNSHIP POLICE SAY IT APPEARS THE DRIVER PASSED OUT…SLID INTO A DRAINAGE DITCH…AND GOT TRAPPED INSIDE THE CAR. THE DRIVER’S NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED. HE WAS TAKEN TO U-M-P-C ALTOONA.

SENTENCED IN TODDLER’S DEATH

IN CAMBRIA COUNTY COURT YESTERDAY, A JUDGE SENTENCED 26 YEAR OLD PATRICK BURKETT OF BEAVERDALE TO 13 TO 30 YEARS IN A STATE PRISON. BURKETT PLEADED GUILTY IN THE DEATH OF HIS GIRLFRIEND’S 22-MONTH OLD DAUGHTER. BURKETT WAS BABYSITTING REAGAN PANIC WHILE HER MOTHER WAS AT WORK. REAGAN DIED OF BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA TO THE HEAD AT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL IN PITTSBURGH IN AUGUST OF LAST YEAR.

DRUG ARRESTS

ALTOONA POLICE YESTERDAY ARRESTED 2 MEN ON DRUG CHARGES. THEY CALL 55 YEAR OLD JUAN COOK AN UPPER LEVEL HEROIN DEALER WHO IS SUSPECTED OF BRINGING 10 BRICKS OF HEROIN INTO ALTOONA EVERY WEEK. POLICE BOUGHT 50 BAGS OF HEROIN FROM HIM DURING AN UNDERCOVER BUY AND HE ALSO DELIVERED 50 BAGS TO 49 YEAR OLD KENNETH ROHRER AT A 12TH STREET APARTMENT. PRELIMINARY HEARINGS ARE SCHEDULED WEDNESDAY.

HEROIN FOUND ON THE STREET

A POST ON THE ALTOONA POLICE DEPARTMENT’S FACEBOOK PAGE IS SIGNED “YOUR ALWAYS CHARMING - APD FACEBOOK ADMINISTRATOR.”IT SAYS DEAR ALTOONA DRUG DEALER, POLICE RECEIVED A CALL FROM A CONCERNED CITIZEN ABOUT SOME PROPERTY YOU LOST. 90 PACKETS OF HEROIN WITH A STREET VALUE OF APPROXIMATELY 22-HUNDRED DOLLARS WERE FOUND. IF YOU ARE THE DRUG DEALER WHO IS MISSING 9 BUNDLES OF HEROIN PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL US AND WE WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH A COMPLIMENTARY RIDE AS WELL AS COMPLETE ROOM AND BOARD AT THE BLAIR COUNTY PRISON LOCATED IN HISTORIC HOLLIDAYSBURG. PS: SO MUCH FOR YOUR CHANCES AT EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH.

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

PENN STATE GOT A SMALL VICTORY THIS WEEK WHEN A U-S DISTRICT JUDGE IN PHILADELPHIA DISMISSED ONE COUNT OF VICARIOUS LIABILITY AGAINST THE UNIVERSITY IN A CIVIL SUIT BROUGHT BY VICTIM 6 IN THE JERRY SANDUSKY CASE. JUDGE ANITA BRODY RULED THAT PENN STATE CAN’T BE HELD LIABLE FOR SANDUSKY’S ACTIONS SIMPLY BECAUSE HE WAS AN EMPLOYEE AT THE TIME. THE JUDGE REFUSED TO DISMISS A CLAIM OF CIVIL CONSPIRACY.VICTIM 6 WAS THE BOY FORCED TO SHOWER WITH SANDUSKY IN A CAMPUS LOCKER ROOM BACK IN 1998.

PENN STATE PRESIDENT RODNEY ERICKSON SAYS HE DOESN’T KNOW WHERE THE JOE PATERNO STATUE IS. IT WAS REMOVED FROM IN FRONT OF BEAVER STADIUM IN JULY OF LAST YEAR FOLLOWING THE JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL. ERICKSON ALSO TELLS WTAJ IT’S NOT HIS DECISION WHETHER TO PUT THE STATUE BACK IN ITS ORIGINAL LOCATION. IT’S UP TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. MORE THAN 5-THOUSAND PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED A PETITION ASKING FOR THE STATUE TO BE RETURNED.

PENN STATE HAS RECEIVED A BOOST IN ITS LONG-TERM CREDIT RATING. MOODY’S INVESTMENT SERVICE REVISED THE RATING TO A POSITIVE OUTLOOK. A YEAR AGO, THE UNIVERSITY WAS DOWNGRADED TO A STABLE OR DOUBLE-A-2 RATING DUE TO THE EFFECTS OF THE SANDUSKY SCANDAL. ACCORDING TO MOODY’S, THE SETTLEMENTS WITH THE VICTIMS AND PENN STATE’S “EFFECTIVELY-EXECUTED IMPROVEMENTS TO ITS GOVERNNANCE, BEST PRACTICES, AND MANAGEMENT OVER THE PAST YEAR” WERE SOME OF THE THINGS LED TO THE REVISION.

VETERANS DAY WEEKEND

THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, INCLUDING THE 5 NATIONAL PARKS IN WESTERN PA, WILL HONOR VETERANS WITH FREE ENTRANCE FOR ALL VISITORS OVER THE 3 DAY VETERANS DAY WEEKEND, THIS SATURDAY, SUNDAY, AND MONDAY. THIS INCLUDES THE ALLEGHENY PORTAGE NATIONAL RAILROAD NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, THE JOHNSTOWN FLOOD NATIONAL MEMORIAL, AND THE FORT NECESSITY NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD. THE FLIGHT 93 AND FRIENDSHIP HILL NATIONAL MEMORIALS ARE FREE YEAR-ROUND.