THURSDAY, july 31, 2014
State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan is angry over a u-s justice DEPARTMENT lawsuit that alleges his agency discriminates against women in its hiring practices. Noonan says IDENTICAL PHYSICAL FITNESS REQUIREMENTS FOR MEN AND WOMEN MADE SENSE BECAUSE MOST NEW TROOPERS PERFORM THE SAME JOB. he ADDS THAT LOWERING STANDARDS WOULD ENDANGER SAFETY AND INSULT THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY MET THEM. NOONAN IS HOPING the SUIT will BE withdrawN before both parties are forced to spend taxpayer money on resources.
Crews CONTINUED CLEAN UP YESTERDAY after THE TUESDAY MORNING crash on Route 322 IN RUSH TOWNSHIP. State police saY Shardeed Winkfield of Philadelphia, FAILED TO NEGOTIATE A CURVE AND HIS tractor-trailer SLAMMED into a tree. Winkfield and his passenger, Marcus Howard, ALSO of Philadelphia, were taken to UPMC Altoona with major injuries.
A 12-year-old Osceola Mills girl was cited for numerous violations after a July 17TH crash on State Street in Rush Township. STATE POLICE SAY she lost control of the CAR SHE WAS DRIVING AND HIT an embankment, several small trees and shrubs…and THEN leaving the scene. She drove about 2 miles before the car became inoperable. A PASSENGER, 21 YEAR OLD Tamara Wohl of Sandy Ridge was also cited, but police did not detail THE offenses. THey both had minor injuries, but Another passenger, a 9-year-old Philipsburg girl, received major injuries, according to the police report.
a major drug bust yesterday in huntingdon county. District Attorney Dave Smith says 31 suspected drug dealers were taken off the streets. they are accused of selling heroin, cocaine, prescription pills, marijuana, and m-d-m-a.
GALLITZIN TOWNSHIP POLICE SAY 20 YEAR OLD JUSTIN CLINEMYER OF LORETTO IS FACING 50 COUNTS EACH OF THEFT, RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY, AND POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE. ON SATURDAY, HE ALLEGEDLY STOLE PRESCRIPTION ATIVAN PILLS FROM A RELATIVE. CLINEMYER IS CURRENTLY AWAITING TRIAL ON CHARGES INCLUDING CONSPIRACY AND THEFT FROM A MOTOR VEHICLE. THAT INCIDENT HAPPENED IN 2012.
ALTOONA POLICE SAY 27 YEAR OLD KELLI SNYDER IS JAILED AND CHARGED WITH SELLING METH TO AN UNDERCOVER COP IN MAY AND JUNE.
BAIL IS SET AT 20-THOUSAND DOLLARS CASH AND SNYDER’S PRELIMINARY HEARING IS AUGUST 5TH.
A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED TODAY FOR 21 YEAR OLD RAYMOND ZUEST OF EAST FREEDOM WHO IS CHARGED WITH SETTING HIS APARTMENT BUILDING ON FIRE FRIDAY. ZUEST TOLD INVESTIGATORS IT WAS AN ACCIDENT, BUT THEY THINK HE USED A LIGHTER TO SET THE CURTAINS ABLAZE, THEN LEFT THE FORMER HAVEN REST MOTEL. THE FLAMES QUICKLY BURNED OUT AND NO ONE WAS INJURED.
BLAIR COUNTY JUDGE TIM SULLIVAN YESTERDAY DECLARED 25 YEAR OLD KYLA HOLLINGSHEAD OF ALTOONA TO BE A SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR AND SHE WILL HAVE TO FOLLOW STRINGENT REGISTRATION AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS. THE FORMER ALTOONA HIGH SCHOOL ASSISTANT SOCCER COACH PREVIOUSLY PLEADED GUILTY TO HAVING A SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH 2 TEAM MEMBERS. HOLLINGSHEAD HAS ALREADY SERVED HER PRISON TIME AND WILL BE ON PROBATION FOR ANOTHER 2-AND-A-HALF YEARS.
More than 2-thousand union workers and supporters of the coal industry in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia are rallying to oppose new pollution regulations. The group gathered in Pittsburgh yesterday ahead of EPA hearings today and tomorrow on the proposed regulations, which are stricter. Governor Tom Corbett told reporters that a clean environment is important, but also said if the regulations lead to the closure of too many power plants, there may not be enough electricity.