NEWS for Monday, July 15, 2013

ONE PERSON IS HOSPITALIZED AFTER A MOTORCYCLE AND CAR COLLISION IN JOHNSTOWN LATE SATURDAY NIGHT.  POLICE SAY IT HAPPENED AT THE INTERSECTION OF FRANKLIN AND GOUCHER STREET.  ONE PERSON WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AFTER THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AT ABOUT 11:30 IN THE EVENING.  THE VICTIM’S CONDITION IS NOT KNOWN. 

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STATE POLICE IN SOMERSET COUNTY SAY IT WILL BE A WHILE BEFORE ALL THE EVIDENCE IS GATHERED IN THE INVESTIGATION OF A MOTHER AND SON FOUND DEAD.  DOROTHY AND WALTER ERNST WERE FOUND DEAD IN TWO DIFFERENT PLACES IN THE COUNTY BUT INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THEIR DEATHS ARE RELATED.  POLICE DID NOT INDICATE HOW THE TWO DIED.  THE 79-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WAS FOUND ALONG BLUELICK ROAD IN BROTHERSVALLEY.  HER 58-YEAR-OLD SON WAS FOUND ON WALTERS MILL ROAD IN BLACK.

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IS MARCELLUS SHALE CREATING A NEED FOR MORE LAWYERS??  ACCORDING TO A REPORT IN THE PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE, SHALE DRILLING IS CREATING A DEMAND FOR ENERGY LAWYERS THROUGHOUT WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA.  AS CASELOADS INCREASE, LOCAL LAW FIRMS HAVE BEEN FORCED TO EXPAND THEIR ENERGY LAW SERVICES.  THAT OFTEN REQUIRES HIRING LAWYERS WHO SPECIALIZE IN THE PRACTICE. 

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THE TRIAL TO DECIDE WHETHER PENNSYLVANIA’S VOTER ID LAW IS CONSTITUTIONAL IS UNDERWAY.  OPPONENTS SAY THE LAW DISCRIMINATES AGAINST THOSE WITHOUT AN I.D., BUT PROPONENTS SAY GETTING A PROPER I.D. IS FREE, AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE AND WILL HELP PROTECT AGAINST FRAUD.   NINE DAYS HAVE BEEN SET ASIDE FOR THE TRIAL. 

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A HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES IN ALTOONA. THE BLAIR COUNTY CORONER HAS CONFIRMED THAT 37 YEAR-OLD STEPHEN HACKNEY OF WASHINGTON D-C DIED AFTER BEING SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES AT A HOUSE AT 124 WALNUT AVENUE AROUND 1 SATURDAY MORNING.  AUTHORITIES SAY A NEIGHBOR CALLED TO REPORT A HOME INVASION ROBBERY IN PROGRESS … AND WHEN POLICE ARRIVED HACKNEY WAS DEAD.  HACKNEY WAS LIVING IN THAT HOUSE WITH A WOMAN AND A CHILD, BUT THEY WERE NOT HOME AT THE TIME OF THE SHOOTING.   HACKEY DID JAIL TIME FOR A DRIVE-BY SHOOTING IN ALTOONA BACK IN 2006. 

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PENN STATE BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPROVES SETTLEMENT OFFERS TO VICTIMS OF JERRY SANDUSKY.   WE STILL DON'T HAVE A DOLLAR AMOUNT ATTACHED TO THOSE SETTLEMENTS, AND WE DON'T KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE THEY'RE SETTLING WITH. BUT THE BOARD DID APPROVE THE RESOLUTION TO MAKE SOME OFFERS. NO DEALS HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN SIGNED, AND THERE'S NO TIMETABLE FOR WHEN IT WILL HAPPEN. BUT PENN STATE OFFICIALS SAY THIS WAS A BIG STEP.

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PENNSYLVANIA DEER HUNTERS CAN START SENDING IN ANTLERLESS DEER LICENSE APPLICATIONS TODAY.   AFTER THE FIRST 3 WEEKS NON-RESIDENTS MAY ALSO APPLY.  BEGINNING MONDAY, AUGUST 5TH, RESIDENTS AND NONRESIDENTS ALIKE MAY APPLY FOR ANY UNSOLD LICENSES THAT REMAIN. THE SECOND ROUND OF UNSOLD LICENSE SALES IS SET TO BEGIN ON MONDAY, AUGUST 19TH.  APPLICATIONS RECEIVED BEFORE THE MONDAY START OF ANY ROUND WILL BE RETURNED TO SENDER.
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