News for Thursday, March 28, 2013

JOHNSTOWN POLICE SAY A ROUTINE PAROLE CHECK LEAD THEM TO A COLLECTION OF GUNS AND AMMO INSIDE A HOME ALONG THE 300 BLOCK OF PARK AVENUE…AND THE ARREST OF TWO FELONS.  POLICE FOUND ONE MAN -- MARVIN THRASHER -- WITH A FULLY LOADED HANDGUN.  HE HAD BEEN CONVICTED OF A BURGLARY IN NEW YORK.   HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND POLICE SAY THEY ALSO FOUND 25 ROUNDS OF AMMUNITION AND DISCOVERED A SECOND GUN IN A BABY BAG IN THE HOME.  THAT GUN WAS REPORTED STOLEN IN THE STATE OF OREGON BACK IN THE 1960S.   THEY ALSO ARRESTED ANOTHER FELON -- JAMES HALL-HUGER., JR., A MAN WHO IS ORIGINALLY FROM PHILADELPHIA BUT WHO HAS BEEN LIVING IN JOHNSTOWN.  HE IS ON PROBATION ON A DRUG CHARGE.

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THE TWO GIRLS ACCUSED OF THREATENING THE STEUBENVILLE RAPE VICTIM ARE NOW ON HOUSE ARREST.  BOTH GIRLS DENIED POSTING THREATS ON TWITTER.  THE JEFFERSON COUNTY PROSECUTOR HAS ASKED TWITTER TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SUSPECTS' ACCOUNTS, INCLUDING POSTS.  UNDER TERMS OF THEIR HOUSE ARREST THE 15 AND 16-YEAR-OLD MAY NOT CONTACT WITH THE RAPE VICTIM NOR USE SOCIAL MEDIA.

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STAFF AND HOURS ARE BEING CUT AT THE FLIGHT 93 NATIONAL MEMORIAL BECAUSE OF A FIVE-PERCENT REDUCTION IN FEDERAL FUNDING.  THE SEQUESTER IS BEING BLAMED FOR A CUTBACK AT ALL NATIONAL PARKS IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA.  AS A RESULT, SUMMER HOURS AT THE MEMORIAL WILL BEGIN MAY 1ST RATHER THAN APRIL 1ST.  THE FEDS REDUCED SPENDING INCREASES BY TWO PERCENT ACROSS THE BOARD.

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TODAY’S ALTOONA MIRROR REPORTS THAT A WOMAN WHO IS ACCUSED OF POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY IS NOW FACING ADDITIONAL FELONY CHARGES. AT A PRELIMINARY HEARING YESTERDAY, PROSECUTORS INCREASED THE NUMBER OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES FROM 10 TO 81 AGAINST 38-YEAR-OLD HELEN MC KINLEY OF ALTOONA. 62 OF THE CHARGES WERE SENT ON TO THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS. MC KINLEY WAS ARRESTED LAST FRIDAY BY ALTOONA POLICE, WHO SAY THEY FOUND OVER 250 IMAGES OF CHILD PORN ON HER COMPUTER.

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STATE TREASURER ROB MC CORD HAS ANNOUNCED THAT HE’LL JOIN SENATOR JAKE CORMAN IN SUING THE NCAA TO RECOVER THE FIRST INSTALLMENT OF 12-MILLION-DOLLARS IN PENALTIES THAT PENN STATE PAID IN THE WAKE OF THEJERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL. CITING A “RESPONSIBILITY TO SAFEGUARD THE MONEY FOR THE CITIZENS OF PENNSYLVANIA WHO SUPPORT PENN STATE WITH PUBLIC DOLLARS”, MC CORD SAID THAT THE BEHAVIOR THAT LED TO THE PENALTIES “HAPPENED IN PENNSYLVANIA, THE VICTIMS WERE IN PENNSYLVANIA AND THEREFORE, THE MONEY SHOULD STAY IN  PENNSYLVANIA”. A STATE LAW PUT INTO EFFECT EARLIER THIS YEAR REQUIRES THE MONEY TO BE DEPOSITED INTO AN ENDOWMENT FUND WHICH MC CORD WOULD BE IN CHARGE OF. THE NCAA WANTS ONLY A SMALL PORTION OF THE FINE TO REMAIN IN PENNSYLVANIA.

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A JUDGE HAS GIVEN THE APPROVAL FOR THE “SECOND MILE” CHARITY FOUNDED BY JERRY SANDUSKY TO SELL ITS PROPERTY ON SOUTH ATHERTON STREET IN STATE COLLEGE TO A-G-L-2 LIMITED PARTNERSHIP FOR $650,000. PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE MUST BE HELD UNTIL ALL PENDING CIVIL LAWSUITS FILED BY SANDUSKY’S VICTIMS AGAINST THE SECOND MILE ARE RESOLVED OR UNTIL THE COURT ORDERS OTHERWISE.

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