tuesDAY, june 10, 2014
fatal fire caused by smoking
ALTOONA FIRE INSPECTOR TIM HUGHES TELLS THE ALTOONA MIRROR SMOKING WAS TO BLAME FOR A FATAL FIRE EARLY SATURDAY ON 7TH AVENUE. 67 YEAR OLD SALLY RHODES…WHO WAS WHEELCHAIR BOUND…WAS ON HOME OXYGEN AND SMOKING WHEN THE BLAZE BROKE OUT. HER HUSBAND, WAYNE, SUFFERED BURNS TO 15 PERCENT OF HIS BODY. HE’S BEING TREATED AT A PITTSBURGH HOSPITAL.
troopers receive high honor
State Police COMMISSIONER FRANK NOONAN recently PRESENTED 3 troopers WITH the Pennsylvania Narcotics Officers’ Association Heroism Award. Trooper Dustin Sosak of Troop G, Hollidaysburg…Corporal Dennis Ulery, from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation – Drug Law Enforcement Division…AND Corporal Joseph Alessandro of Troop A, Greensburg Were HONOROED for their selfless actions in rescuing Trooper Bradley Wilson who was shot during the execution of a drug search warrant In 2013. This is only the 4th time in the Association’S 25-year history that the Heroism Award has been given out.
Local v-a HOSPITAL DOING IT RIGHT
DESPITE THE CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING The Department of Veterans Affairs, A NEW Evaluation of wait times SHOWS THAT ALTOONA’S Van Zandt Medical Center earned a 99-PERCENT rating. only one percent of patients had to wait more than 30 days for an appointment. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs ordered the V-A to conduct THE audit in April AFTER REPORTS THAT DOZENS OF VETS HAD DIED WHILE WAITING FOR CARE IN PHOENIX. Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned UNDER FIRE.
NEW FORM OF GOVERNMENT?
Altoona HAS BEEN A FINANCIALLY DISTRESSED CITY UNDER ACT 47 SINCE 2012…AND COUNCIL HOSTED A PUBLIC FORUM LAST NIGHT TO DISCUSS CHANGING THE form of government TO HOME RULE. the government study commission HEARD FROM SEVERAL LOCAL RESIDENTS INCLUDINg the president of the local AFSCME union WHO RECOMMENDED thAT THE CITY VOTE ON all tax increases and not Be allowed to borrow money and GOT INTO debt. After the commission CREATES A final draft OF THE PROPOSAL, IT WILL GO TO VOTERS in the November election.
BLAIR COUNTY’S FIRST PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL MEETING ON THE PROPERTY REASSESSMENT TONIGHT AT 7 AT THE BLAIR COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER.
EVALUATOR SERVICES AND TECHNOLOGY OF GREENSBURG WILL PRESENT A VIDEO EXPLAINING THE PLAN. DATA COLLECTORS ARE SCHEDULED TO BEGIN ON–SITE SURVEYS THIS SUMMER AND THE REASSESSMENT SHOULD BE FINISHED FOR THE 2017 TAX YEAR.
highly paid lawmakers
Pennsylvania is on its way to having the highest paid lawmakers in the country. The National Conference of State Legislators said yesterday that California is first on the list, with an average legislator salary of just over 90-thousand dollars. OUR STATE ran a close second with the average salary at 84-thousand dollars, but while California salaries are decreasing, Pennsylvania's are increasing. The average lawmaker pay JUMPed by almost 4-thousand dollars since 2012.
mom driving under the influence
THE ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS 27 YEAR OLD GWEN SNYDER OF ALTOONA IS BEHIND BARS AFTER RESISTING ARREST FRIDAY. POLICE SAY SHE WAS ON A COCKTAIL OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS…AND ALSO HAD ILLEGAL DRUG PARAPHERNALIA ON HER…WHEN SHE DROVE TO JUNIATA GAP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO PICK UP HER DAUGHTER. A 911 CALLER FOLLOWED SNYDER AS SHE SWERVED AND NEARLY HIT 2 BUSES HEAD-ON. SNYDER…WHO WAS ALSO DRIVING WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE…ALLEGEDLY TRIED TO KICK AND BITE POLICE OFFICERS AND THEN KICKED THE WINDOW OF THE PATROL CAR. HER PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SET FOR THURSDAY.
8 YEARS AFTER FLEEING THE COUNTRY, 64 YEAR OLD Dr. William Acosta was arraigned in JOHNSTOWN’S federal court MondaY. He LEFT the day before he was expected to plead guilty to MEDICARE AND tax fraud for ALLEGEDLY prescribing a high amount of pain KILLERS to patients in the Johnstown area back in 2001…AND ALSO OVERBILLING INSURANCE COMPANIES. ACOSTA was arrested in PANAMA LAST MONTH. HE PLEADED GUILTY MONDAY AND remains BEHIND BARS.
same sex marriage ruling
FEDERAL JUDGE JOHN JONES THE 3RD RECENTLY STRUCK DOWN PENNSYLVANIA’S BAN ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE AND HE TOLD A RADIO STATION YESTERDAY HE SAW NO PROOF GAY MARRIAGE UNDERMINES THE INSTITUTION OF MARRIAGE OR WEAKENS FAMILIES. A DAY AFTER JONES’ RULING, GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT SAID HE WOULD NOT APPEAL. JONES, A REPUBLICAN, WAS AN APPOINTEE OF FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH.